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Old 09-06-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Default Let me tell you why I love this place...

This weekend has really given me the opportunity to reflect on why I love that we chose this place as our home.

My family went on a hike in an area green belt. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention to the ground and took a nasty spill about a third of a mile on the way in. Other hikers close by immediately came to our aid. They offered to call an ambulance, stayed until they knew I was ok and then found a walking stick to help me balance as my husband helped me back to the head of the trail. Just about every person we passed on the way back to the trail head as I hobbled along, offered to help. One guy even helped carry me over some boulders.

Some of our close friends were evacuated out of Steiner Ranch this past weekend. We called them to see if they needed a place to stay. They were already hooked up and had several offers.

I was glued to the computer yesterday (since I can't walk now) reading about the wildfires in the area. I was following the Texas Storm Chaser's facebook page. People were offering to board people's animals and horses, offering to volunteer, wondering where they could drop off donations, trying to figure out how they could help during this tragic time.

A lot of people on this forum talk about a vibe here in Central TX/Austin as being a draw. I really have never lived anywhere else where I can say one of the predominate cultural traits is one of such giving of oneself. I don't know if that is the 'vibe' people are talking about, but it's one of the main reasons I am so grateful to call this place home.

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I would echo this even though we are new to the area. My kiddo attends preschool in southern Cedar Park. Her school includes families from Steiner Ranch and and areas near Leander. While waiting for class to let out, chatting with other parents, I learned that 4 of the parents I was talking to had at least two evacuated families from those areas staying with them right now until they are able to go back to their (hopefully safe homes). I think this says a lot about the people here in Central Texas; in addition to the general concern in Austin during this tough time for so many families. I have not experienced this level of support or empathy anywhere else I've lived (CA, CO, OH, GA, or CT).
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I (or members of my family) have experienced many times help from complete strangers in a variety of situations. People in this area are by and large simply decent and generous.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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I grew up in the South we would just consider this type of thing to be normal, good manners, or being a good neighbor. I don't find people here to be mean but in my experience people are not as kind or hospitable here as they would be from anywhere in the South.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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It's interesting because I'm hearing many similar stories from my brother in Vermont where many are helping others, even before helping themselves, due to the ravages of Hurricane Irene. I prefer to think that we, as Americans, are a generous, helpful people rather than concentrating on regional differences.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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I think it's more related to community connectedness than anything. And Austin surely has that going for it! Community pride and sense of caring for those around you abounds in Austin. My parents experienced the same outpouring of love and support in the Missouri river flooding this summer in IA, SD and NE (their neighborhood was evacuated late May and they are still not home). So it is alive and well in this country for sure and we see it in times of dire need.

Instead of focusing on the jerks in the world, I applaud anyone who steps up to help someone in need today. Let's see some positive posts on that! Let CD know how someone helped you today!
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: NW Austin
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I grew up in the South we would just consider this type of thing to be normal, good manners, or being a good neighbor. I don't find people here to be mean but in my experience people are not as kind or hospitable here as they would be from anywhere in the South.
I grew up in the South -- Florida, Georgia and Virginia. Can't say it's quite the same. I agree with the Jennibc's statement and think Austin is pretty special too.

I had a friend in Mcdade and he got tons of offers to help board/move his horses. I think it's pretty amazing how kind, open and generous people are here.

When I got into work this morning, there was an email in my inbox that had been sent out over the weekend saying that if any of us employees were suffering from the fire, we were welcome to hang out at the office, use the showers and enjoy the well-stocked snack areas. I was pretty impressed.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: NW Austin
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Vacation Rentals Available for TX Wildfire Evacuees

With the news this weekend about the Texas wildfires - particularly in the Austin area - HomeAway has been contacted by dozens of vacation rental owners, offering their properties to local residents who have been displaced by the disaster.

Here is a list of vacation rental properties that owners are offering for free or at discounted rates: HomeAway Community: Vacation Rentals Available for TX Wildfire Evacuees
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Vacation Rentals Available for TX Wildfire Evacuees

With the news this weekend about the Texas wildfires - particularly in the Austin area - HomeAway has been contacted by dozens of vacation rental owners, offering their properties to local residents who have been displaced by the disaster.

Here is a list of vacation rental properties that owners are offering for free or at discounted rates: HomeAway Community: Vacation Rentals Available for TX Wildfire Evacuees
What's interesting is that the governor in Vermont has requested that people do this, but here people have voluntarily decided to do this (unless I missed something where a public official made the request here).
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It's interesting because I'm hearing many similar stories from my brother in Vermont where many are helping others, even before helping themselves, due to the ravages of Hurricane Irene. I prefer to think that we, as Americans, are a generous, helpful people rather than concentrating on regional differences.
Good post. For as horrible as disasters are it tends to remind me how damn compassionate we can be towards each other when the chips are down.
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