Yes, I'm in Austin. Grilling season is January 1st through December 31st.
I do more than enough cooking to justify the purchase and expense -- I do the cooking every night except Friday (my night off). I like the fact that I can use it for multiple types of cooking, and that it can do things that are impossible for an indoor oven (high heat cooking, long smoking).
I know my way around outdoor cooking, so I'm sure I have the chops to handle it. (An executive chef who used to teach at the Central Market cooking schools used to drag me to all his outdoor grilling classes to handle the grilling because he acknowledged that I was much better at it than he was.)
If I had the scratch today, I'd definitely be getting one. Let's see if I change my mind (unlikely) after my taxes are done (and if I'm not in the Poor House).