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    Texas is FRIENDLY!

    by american_tourister Written Dec 21, 2009

    Favorite thing: I lived in SoCal for 15 years and my wife is from Tarzana. We moved to Round Rock (just N of Austin) 5 years ago. She flat out loves living here. She has made friends, has a job she loves and other than the deep summer, loves the weather. Schools are better here, housing is much more affordable and NO STATE INCOME TAX. There are a lot of things we miss about California but we don't miss the crowding, crime, cost or the Me!, Me!, Me! attitude. Texans say "Ya'll" and "Fixin to" but don't judge a culture by the way they speak, judge it by the way they act. You will find Texans to be polite, friendlier, more hospitable, helpful and curious about you than anyone on the Left Coast.

    Fondest memory: Just hanging out in the park on a spring day watching my son play on the playground equipment. My dog was sitting beside me and it was just such a peacefull moment.

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    Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston sculptures

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: As you enter the Texas Capitol building and move towards the rotunda, you'll be greeted by the likenesses of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin, brilliantly executed by sculptress Elizabet Ney. These lifelike statues were commissioned in 1893 for the Chicago World's Fair.

    Who was Elizabet Ney? She was born in Westphalia, Germany in 1833 to a stone carver and his wife. She married Edmund D. Montgomery, a Scottish scientist and physician in 1863 and settled in the United States during the next decade. Eventually, Ney, her husband and two sons moved to a plantation in Waller County, Texas.

    Elizabet was schooled at the Munich Academy of Art, later moving to Berlin where she studied under Christian Daniel Rauch and her skills as an artist developed. After her marriage and the move to Texas, she oversaw their plantation while her husband did his research.

    The Governor of Texas invited Ney to Austin in the 1880's, where she resumed her art. She sculpted Albert Sidney Johnston's likeness for his grave in the Texas State Cemetery (see that tip).

    Elizabet was very active in the Austin cultural scene. Her studio in Austin became the Elizabet Ney Museum.

    (info from wikipedia.org)

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    David Crockett, of Alamo Fame

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: David Crockett has gained hero status for his participation in the historic Battle of the Alamo. Legend says that he was one of the last victims of the Alamo massacre led by Mexican General Santa Anna. However, before his demise he was already popular due to his storytelling abilities.

    David Crockett* (1786-1836) was born in what is now Northeast Tennessee. He worked for a cattle driver at age 12, but ran away at age 13. He had no formal education.

    He and his wife, Elizabeth, raised a family and David eventually became active in politics. His prowess as a bear hunter and humorous oration skills brought him many admirers.

    He served as a community Magistrate, was elected to the State Legislature and to the United States Congress. Due to the politics of the time, he grew weary of public service and moved to Texas in the Fall of 1835. Sadly, only a month later, he died at the Alamo.

    A recently discovered journal purportedly kept by one of Santa Anna's aides claims that Crockett was executed along with a handful of survivors at the end of the battle. This refutes the legend that he was killed during the actual battle itself.

    *This portrait of David Crockett hangs in the Texas Capitol.

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    Austin-laid back, funky, hi -tech, hip and cool

    by butterfly_girl Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Austin is a mixture of so many things. It is a liberal, laid back, musician friendly, hi-tech and hip place to live. There are so many cool people living here and lots of things that make this a unique place to live. It is has beautiful nature, tons of music and so much to do. The other nice thing about Austin is that there is a good economy here and it is still an affordable place to live.

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    Keep Austin Weird

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Jan 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I like this little enclave of the offbeat and fun in a place that's known for its conservatism.

    Spent about 36 hours in Austin checking out the music scene and the areas in/around the main town.... seems nice and definitely worth a visit.

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    Leslie

    by klasher Updated Dec 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Leslie is Austin's homeless, cross-dressing Icon. Leslie can be found on 6th Street in front of One American Center, usually sporting a thong and tierra. Leslie recently ran for Mayor and got 2nd place.

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    Bring Your Laptop!

    by richnewman Written Jun 2, 2005

    Favorite thing: With tons of sites that tell you what is going on in town, you should definitely bring your laptop. If you go to this website: http://auscillate.com/wireless/
    you will find a huge list of establishments that offer free wireless internet! You can use the internet to touch base with general info sites like:
    www.austin360.com
    www.austinchronicle.com

    Fondest memory: When I am gone from Austin, I miss the numerous beer gardens that offer so many choices of places to enjoy the laid back lifestyle of this city. Usually they have the best food, too. I always miss the friendly atmostphere, great music, and just drinking a beer in the cool Austin night.

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    Austin Visitor's Center

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If after all the other tips I have written does not suit your fancy, I would highly recommend going into the Austin Visitor's Center. It has hundreds of activities to visit in Austin.

    Centrally located on 6th Street, it is convienent to locate during the day, but is not open when the bars open at night.

    Fondest memory: Call (866) GO-AUSTIN
    Located at 209 E. Sixth Street
    Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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    Austin Children's Museum

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 20, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the charities that my boss Michael Dell dedicates alot of time and effort to is the Austin Children's Museum, which was built in 1983 as a "museum without walls" and dedicated by teachers, educators, and other citizens of the Austin community as a place for children to learn and develop.

    In 1997, thanks to a generous donation, the Dell Discovery Center was added to the museum, at a price tag of just about $5 Million dollars.

    Fondest memory: 201 Colorado St.
    512-472-2499
    http://www.austinkids.org

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    See the sites..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Aug 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: See as much of this beautiful city as possible. Unfortunately time was limited when I was here, so I didn't get to see all I wanted to see.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Austin, is definitely my arrival. I came off the aircraft, and was greeted by my friend with a gorgeous single yellow 'Rose' ;-) Don't you just love tradition?

    Walking around the city, just taking in the sites, and relax in the beautiful park, which I can't remember the name of.

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    The Need for Internet!

    by Jmill42 Updated Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For those travelling through Austin, the need to download all those photographs, or to check your email is made easy by the city of Austin. At any public library, you may access the internet for free. The limit is something like 1 hour per day. Not bad for free, right?And the computers are actually of good quality and speed!

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    Agave

    by scott_txguy Updated May 8, 2003

    Favorite thing: These are agave plants. Also called "century plants" because supposedly they bloom only once a century. When they do bloom they grow a large stalk then it flowers. After a while then plant dies.

    In mexico they are grown on huge farms, the Mexicans cut down the stalk before it has flowered and use the resulting juice to make tequila. This is good, except cutting down so many before they flower is causing the bees that pollinate them to go extinct, so eventually there may be no more agave. Oh well.

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    The tree that weathers the storm

    by kimberbakos Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: The live oaks on the capital grounds have grown sideways from all the years of wind coming off the prairie. To me they are a symbol of Austin and TX, battered and bent but never broken. 20% of the population was wiped out in the Civil War, but Austin is once again a vital, vibrant city with a flavor all its own.

    Fondest memory: I loved the walking tour of the grounds of the capital building.

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    a great guide to...

    by khalloud Written Sep 8, 2002

    Favorite thing: a great guide to AUSTIN
    http://www.auschron.com
    You can pick up the Austin Chronicle from pretty much most places for free when you're there. Gives you the lowdown on ALL the happenings in town plus other info like cuisine, film, etc

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  • You must dine at Threadgill's....

    by jsrobinett Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: You must dine at Threadgill's. This Southern down home cooking establishment is Old Austin at it's best . Don't forget to get multiple helpings of those veggies!

    Fondest memory: I think my favorite memory of Austin will always be lying on the grass in the 'six pack' of the University of Texas trying to relax in the shade between classes and watching people go by.

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