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BEST HALLOWEEN LIGHTS OF 2011????? I vote yes

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A Marriage Made In Heaven

With all the statistics about the divorce rate getting higher and higher, here's a change of pace: a couple who was married 72 years, and ended up passing away together. Read this incredible story by clicking here:
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Every Picture Has A Story!

The iconic American painting "Amercian Gothic" is one of my favorites.  I stumbled upon an article on the inspiration for it and it so simple and sweet that I just had to share it with you.

So there you have it!!  The real story of American Gothic! Read more about it here!!
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Is John Travolta a Vampire Too?

First it was  a Nick Cage lookalike from an 1870 photogragh that had everyone talking that he could be a vampire, but now a remarkable likeness of his Face/Off costar John Travolta is showing up on Ebay for $50,000!  Could John Travolta be a vampire too?   The resemblance is kind of eerie!!  What do you think?
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Last Night on DWTS!!

Here's how the leaderboard stacked up: Ricky Lake & Derek Hough: 23 J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 22 Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 22 Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21 Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21 Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 21 Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 19 Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 18 David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 18 Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 17 Who do you think has danced his or her last step tonight? Who was your fave? Do you think Ricki was first-place material?!   I think Elisabetta needs to go home!!
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Austin Restaurants Have Fundraisers for the Wildfire Victims!!

 Ronald Cheng of Chinatown and Rob Balon have enlisted the support of a number of fine Austin restaurants to raise money for the victims of the recent wildfires.  “One of the great things about Austin is how the community assists those in need and this is just a small way for us to help our neighbors in their time of need” said Ronald Cheng. On Tuesday night, September 20th, visit any of the establishments on this list and mention that you’re there for the wildfire fundraiser. Twenty percent of each restaurant’s proceeds for that night will go to the American Red Cross of Central Texas specifically to aid the wildfire victims. For more information visit: . Participating Restaurants Include: Amy’s Ice Creams                                                      Creek Road Cafe Max’s Wine Dive                                                        Hyde Park Bar & Grill NoRTH (at the Domain)                                             CR Surf & Turf Chinatown Mopac                                                      East Side Pies Chinatown Downtown                                               Star of India Uno (at Davenport Center)                                         Old School BBQ & Grill Musashino                                                                   La Traviata China Star                                                                   Phil’s Ice House Freda’s Seafood Grill                                                 Zed’s (at Tech Ridge Center) Evangeline Café Casa Chapala Tony C’s (at the Galleria)  
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A True Sense Of Community

This past week has been one of deep reflection for me. No, I'm not going to espouse philosophy or anything; it's quite simple, really. The devastating wildfires here in the Austin area, along with the 10th anniversary of 9/11... both events have stirred a myriad of emotions in me, and, I'm sure, in many of you as well. We probably know at least someone who was affected by the wildfires in some way. I know three people personally who had to evacuate, but thankfully they were able to return to their homes with little or no damage. But there were countless others who lost everything, including their homes, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. You always hope that there is no loss of life with these events, but unfortunately, two people died from the wildfires, and my heart goes out to their families as well. Even if many of us weren't directly affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in the sense of losing loved ones or friends, I don't think we can ever forget the sense of horror and outrage we felt when the terrorists struck. Our country was being violated, and it didn't matter whether you lived in New York or Austin, if you saw the images on television or heard about it on the radio, you felt as if you were right in the thick of it. The dominant thought running through my mind as I ran through both events this week is the way people pull together in times of tragedy or great crisis. We worry and complain daily about our local, state, and federal government, about the economy, the unemployment rate, health care, etc. But when something or someone threatens our community, state, or country, all that goes out the window. When you hear about people opening their homes to total strangers because they had to evacuate, or give generously of their finances or material possessions, it shows more than just a sense of duty or responsibility. It demonstrates real compassion, a feeling of togetherness. It's one of the many reasons I'm proud to be an American.
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Wild Fire Safety Checklist

The Red Cross has an excellent checklist of things to have on hand if your are asked to evacuate because of a wild fire.  As we have learned every second counts , I know I am going to do this right away!  

Wild Fire Safety Checklist

  Supplies to take with you if you need to evacuate:
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­day supply)
  • Food—non­perishable, easy­to­prepare items (3­day supply)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery­powered or hand­crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Other essential items that could not be replaced if they were destroyed
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Wildfire Update Information

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the wildfires in Central Texas.  Below is some of the important information you need to know.
Due to the fires in Bastrop County, Bastrop ISD has canceled school for the rest of the week.
Smithville ISD has cancelled classes for the rest of the week.
You can call the phone numbers below to find out more information  for your area . Travis County (Steiner Ranch)  512-974-6199 Bastrop - 512-581-4023 Bastrop Citizens Information lines are 512-332-8856 and 512-332-8814 Hays - 512-753-2180 Bastrop Official Shelters Bastrop Middle School Ascension Catholic Church Smithville Recreation Center Bastrop Church of Christ Bastrop Community Outreach Church Elgin Family Worship Temporary Housing Homeaway Owners Offering Vacation Properties Austin-based HomeAway, Inc. has organized a Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory of vacation homes available for rent, some at reduced rates or free of charge, to evacuees in need of housing. For HomeAway's Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory go to: More than 30 properties, ranging from one-to-five-bedroom homes, are available in locations throughout Austin. Fully-furnished homes can be rented for short- and long-term stays. Individuals should contact the owners directly; more information is available on the site. More ways to help at Donations: Rundell Business Park 704 Hwy 71 W 512-332-8807 11am - 8pm Animal Rescue Donations 512-694-5129 The Red Cross of Central Texas  is helping out and if you would like to help with a donation you can go to their website here. The Austin Disaster Relief Network Austin Disaster Fire Victim Hotline - 512-331-2600 Our sister station Talk 1370 has more updates here.
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