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Moving from Oregon to Texas (newbie post)

Posted on 10/16/2004 7:27:28 AM PDT by truthandlogic

Greetings, We (me, my wife, and our dog) are moving to rual Austin area (Bastrop, Elgin, Buda, etc..). Maybe some freepers are from there or currently live there. I will likely comute to Austin high tech for employment. We have already visited this area and fell in love with it. We have been praying hard that these doors will be open to us. Can anyone give me feedback on these areas and what it is like to live there?

Looking forward to the best move we ever made. Gota get out of the peoples republic of Portland, too expensive, too liberal, high taxes, activist judges, etc....

Go GW!!!!!


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Greetings, We (me, my wife, and our dog) are moving to rual Austin area (Bastrop, Elgin, Buda, etc..). Maybe some freepers are from there or currently live there. I will likely comute to Austin high tech for employment. We have already visited this area and fell in love with it. We have been praying hard that these doors will be open to us. Can anyone give me feedback on these areas and what it is like to live there?

Looking forward to the best move we ever made. Gota get out of the peoples republic of Portland, too expensive, too liberal, high taxes, activist judges, etc....

Go GW!!!!!

1 posted on 10/16/2004 7:27:28 AM PDT by truthandlogic
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To: truthandlogic

It is great. I went to UT. Me and my wife will be moving to Austin in the next 2yrs(from Houston). Austin needs more Repubs. Looks like they are getting 4 more.


2 posted on 10/16/2004 7:31:30 AM PDT by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: truthandlogic

As far as Texas goes, the Austin area and surrounding hill country is very beautiful. It is also very liberal, so be prepared for that as well.

The tech industry in Austin took a downturn just like everywhere else but seems to be coming back now. Several friends who have been out of work for a long while just found jobs.


4 posted on 10/16/2004 7:33:54 AM PDT by wesdale
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To: truthandlogic

Well, we live North of Austin. If you want to get out of Oregon,,don't move directly into Austin, esp. the UT campus area. It is very democrat/socialist/communist. Think of Dan Rather's daughter....that's the type of movement there. The Bastrop is a country-ish area, gets lots of interesting weather (for Texas). Elgin has some fame for hot sausage,,also a pretty rural (but seemingly active) town. Buda is between Austin and San Marcos and is very affordable,,,lots of building going on down there. It puts you about an hour or so out of San Antonio as well, which is one of my favorite Texas spots.

I am not a native Texan, I spent 10+ years in Southern Cal and and 10+ years in Chicago after growing up in Missouri as a child. I can honestly say, you are in for a culture shock. Texas is like another planet (whether that is good or bad is up to you). Give yourself lots of time to get accommodated...and unless you live more towards Dallas,,you can forget about snow,,,,,,it's very rare here for obvious reason.


5 posted on 10/16/2004 7:34:31 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: truthandlogic

Welcome to Texas. Unfortunately, you will find the same liberals in Austin that you have in Oregon. tu seems to attract them like flies.


6 posted on 10/16/2004 7:34:40 AM PDT by Misplaced Texan
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To: Gracey

Ping


7 posted on 10/16/2004 7:35:52 AM PDT by BellStar (I will not amend my beliefs according to someone else’s politically correct straight jacket.)
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To: truthandlogic

I lived in Houston for 8 years and went to Austin on business at least once/month. It is a great place, plus no state income tax.


8 posted on 10/16/2004 7:36:33 AM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: truthandlogic; maeng; ValerieUSA; txflake; WinOne4TheGipper; DrewsDad; HiJinx; MeekOneGOP; ...
Central Texas is a nice area. The Austin & Travis county taxes are high by most standards. You may want to check into Williamson county. That is much more Conservative. There are areas in Travis that have quite a number as well, but for the most part Austin is liberal.

I live in the NW part of Travis co, near Lake Travis. The only problem there, is cedar pollen, which will start in Dec and last thru late JAn or early Feb. Check your FReep mail in a few.

9 posted on 10/16/2004 7:37:14 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Out of the mouths of democRATs come nothing but stupid words.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

It would be fun to get some of the Central Texas Freepers together say at,,,"The Oasis" to give the newbie a welcome to Texas party once the family arrives. While the food is not so great, the view of the lake cannot be beat...

Unless there's a better venue,,,I'd love to meet some of my fellow Texas freepers!


10 posted on 10/16/2004 7:40:03 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: truthandlogic

Austin also has activist judges. Democrat Judge Scott McCown this sumemr declared the whole TX educational funding system unconstitutional because "richer" districts can outspend "poorer" districts. The legislature must tackle this matter next January, and more taxes will likely be levied on unsuspecting Texans.

Taxes are high in TX: no personal income tax but high property taxes, certainly compared to TN that has no income tax and much lower property taxes. Sales taxes are high in TX too -- OR has none.

But a Democrat has a hard time winning statewide in TX (not in Travis County though), whereas in OR a Republican is hard-pressed to win, unless he has compromised all his principles to get the general election slot on the ballot.

Also, the OR weather is probably much better than what you will have in Central TX.

Traffic congestion is really bad in Austin, particularly from 3-7 p.m. weekdays. Even the 30 miles or so from Bastrop to Austin is often fully congested.

Bastrop is Democrat and is too small to have most of the services that you would have had in Portland, OR.

Still, you can make a success in TX if you work hard and take advantage of your opportunities.

Welcome to TX, then.


11 posted on 10/16/2004 7:40:15 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: truthandlogic

Welcome to Texas, it's always great to have another conservative take the leap. The area is beautiful and you will never lack for something to do that's entertaining, from tubing the Guadalupe, to antiquing in Fredricksberg.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 7:40:28 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: truthandlogic

I have a niece that lives near Bastrop. Very nice area. However, Austin is quite liberal although a world class small city. You should like it just fine. I'm a transplanted Missourian but plan on staying here in east Texas for the duration.


13 posted on 10/16/2004 7:42:44 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: truthandlogic
I was born in Bastrop Country and have lived most of my life in TX. I now live in Lakeway, which is just a bit northwest of Austin. It is a very conservative area on Lake Travis--and I simply love it.

Austin is a liberal city due to the University being there--but Republicans are making inroads. I have no problem with Austin being liberal--it doesn't really affect me in my daily life. It is a beautiful city--but traffic is horrendous, and the roads are very poorly laid out.

There is a lot of development going on in and around Bastrop. However, the commute on 71 to Austin can be a real bear. When the exchange at 71 and US 35 is completed, it should be better--(but that might happen in God's lifetime, not mine--LOL!)

Welcome to Texas--we're a friendly bunch down here.

14 posted on 10/16/2004 7:44:19 AM PDT by basil
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To: Misplaced Texan

UT has a growing conservative movement on campus, but because Austin is the state capital, the city has many liberals like all state capitals have. ATM, on the other hand, has had to get used to the shock of liberals invading their campus in the last few years ;)


15 posted on 10/16/2004 7:46:45 AM PDT by demkicker (I'm Ra th er sick of Dan)
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To: truthandlogic
Look in the Lakeway area, Lots of small towns surround Lake Travis. Get ready for the worse traffic problems you could ever imagine.

Price range goes from low to out of sight.

16 posted on 10/16/2004 7:50:06 AM PDT by Jarhead1957 (Turned off Fox)
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To: ValerieUSA

Ping!


17 posted on 10/16/2004 7:52:27 AM PDT by null and void (They're lighting their arrows! Can they DO that?!?!?!)
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To: truthandlogic

Goodbye, Mildew. Hello, Dust.


18 posted on 10/16/2004 7:55:57 AM PDT by freepy smurf (Brought to you by The Frog Council. 'Frog: the other green meat.')
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To: truthandlogic

We moved to the Fort Worth area about 4 months ago from Michigan - believe me it was the best move we ever made. Aside from the terrible drivers you will love it here. Before you move go to www.traveltex.com and order their free information guides. You get a great book telling you about all the areas in Texas.
Welcome to Texas!!


19 posted on 10/16/2004 7:56:53 AM PDT by finallyatexan
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To: truthandlogic

Take a fan and a rifle.


20 posted on 10/16/2004 7:57:25 AM PDT by Porterville (NEED SOME WOOD?)
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To: truthandlogic

Fantastic!!! But Foat Wuth is mo betta. I sure hope ura Dallas Cowboys fan. LOL


21 posted on 10/16/2004 7:59:00 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: truthandlogic
If you choose Bastrop, plan on going the long way, through Elgin, into Austin. Most of the High Tech companies are on the north side of Austin, and you don't want to be driving through Austin. Traffic is really, really bad through central Austin, mainly because the city is strung out north to south, and there are really only two north-south freeways, I-35 and MoPac (TX 1). Although the area is nice, I wouldn't want to commute from Buda. That said you might consider the area to either the northeast or even better, the northwest. Marble Falls, while a bit far to commute (people do though, both ways) is great. Generally the hill country to the west is considered more desirable than the plain to the east, but that's a personal preference thing.

Both my daughters live in the north Austin area. I'm a bit farther north in Killeen, where I'm in process of moving to from San Antonio due to a work transfer. I'm gonna miss San Antonio. :(.

22 posted on 10/16/2004 8:00:19 AM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: truthandlogic

There are so many nice semi-rural towns around Austin with folks who are real people.

But I noticed you've begun your search to the east and southeast of Austin.

Have you done any checking to the west in the hill country or around the Highland lakes? The area is a lot cooler in the summertime and the lakes are wonderful, even if you don't choose to live right on the water.

Look at Leander, Dripping Springs, Cedar Pk and Wimberley before you make up your mind.


23 posted on 10/16/2004 8:00:38 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: truthandlogic

You will love Austin. My sister and her family live there; I'm going there next weekend (live in Dallas).

Freepers are always welcome to Texas!


24 posted on 10/16/2004 8:00:41 AM PDT by SerpentDove ("Integrity, integrity, integrity." Even Kerry's dying mother knew he didn't have any.)
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To: truthandlogic

I moved from Albany, OR to Houston two years ago. Best move of my life.. What I paid for state income tax in Oregon pays for my house here.

If my experience is any indication.. You will love it!


25 posted on 10/16/2004 8:03:58 AM PDT by tje
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To: truthandlogic
I'm from Texas and now live in Alabama. We go back home frequently - love it! Hey, be sure to visit the capital building and check out the first bridge on the street to the south of the capital (Congress Ave.) It's home to millions of bats that come out every night at about 8:00-9:00 every night.
26 posted on 10/16/2004 8:04:01 AM PDT by Jaysun (HAVE YOU GIVEN ALL YOU CAN TO RALPH NADER??????)
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To: austinaero

You are so right about the food. In the Lakeway area Rocco's is at the top of the list. Feeding the fish at Shades is fun, but their food is not that great.


27 posted on 10/16/2004 8:07:24 AM PDT by Jarhead1957 (Turned off Fox)
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To: Jarhead1957

I haven't been to Rocco's, thanks for the tip..we will have to check that out!


28 posted on 10/16/2004 8:10:21 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero
,,you can forget about snow,,,,,,it's very rare here for obvious reason.

Come on we have plenty of snow. It just snowed in 1984. What more do you want?
sheeesh!!

Bush/Cheney in 2004

29 posted on 10/16/2004 8:12:54 AM PDT by rock58seg (I will vote as kerry directs, when he says, "vote for Bush.")
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To: Crawdad
It is a great place, plus no state income tax.

But man, the property taxes are sky-high!! We moved to the Plano area in 95'. Our taxes on a $195,000 house were $4,000 a year. In Washington State we were paying half that on a house with the same value.

30 posted on 10/16/2004 8:13:26 AM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: rock58seg

You got me on that one!!! I wasn't here in 1984.

I have been here when the Austin area has gotten some overnight ice freezing on the bridges. Since Austin doesn't have sand or salt trucks,,the bridges just get closed. That is such a huge difference from life in the Midwest where the salt trucks sling the salt, which makes the slush and starts the potholes and covers your car with slushy muck that eats the paint off. Having fun with this, but I'm describing some of the culture shock that occurred when I moved here. I said to my husband,,what do you mean the bridges are CLOSED? I had never heard of such a thing. Well, now that I've seen some of the multi-story highrise flyover roads Austin has,,,I can appreciate the decision!


31 posted on 10/16/2004 8:16:35 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: truthandlogic
Is there some reason for you picking the area east of Austin? In which area of Austin will you be working? Look at your map and look at LagoVista, Jonestown, Lakeway, and other towns around the lake. Why drive to the lake to have fun, when you can live at the lake.

I go downtown in peak traffic in forty five minutes.

I have traveled from Bastrop at high traffic time and it is just as bad or worse.

32 posted on 10/16/2004 8:20:32 AM PDT by Jarhead1957 (Turned off Fox)
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To: Arrowhead1952; truthandlogic
C'mon down ! :^D

33 posted on 10/16/2004 8:23:08 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: rock58seg
You are right about the snow, I went to St Edwards High School and I have seen snow many times in the Austin area. Shucks I'll bet it has been at least four times.
34 posted on 10/16/2004 8:29:29 AM PDT by Jarhead1957 (Turned off Fox)
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To: austinaero
It would be fun to get some of the Central Texas Freepers together say at,,,"The Oasis" to give the newbie a welcome to Texas party once the family arrives. While the food is not so great, the view of the lake cannot be beat...

That would be a good idea. We've given up on The Oasis because the quality of the food. Shades Restaurant, a floating marina and restaurant is at Point Venture, but that closes at the end of this month.

35 posted on 10/16/2004 8:39:17 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Out of the mouths of democRATs come nothing but stupid words.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

You know, there's a thread here by basil that is inviting Texas freepers (or anyone) for that matter to their home on the 24th to get together and watch "Stolen Honor". You may want to check it out...maybe something like a restaurant outing will evolve from that....

There is strength and comfort in numbers, at least for me anyway. I know there is a Central Texas Freeper List but I am so new I cannot tell you who runs it,,I may be able to check my mail and find out because they have contacted me before...and I'll post it back to you,,either here or in your mail...

The more the merrier is what I say!(ewww,does that sound like Bubba?)


36 posted on 10/16/2004 8:42:50 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero
Sunset from The Oasis Sept. 11


37 posted on 10/16/2004 8:43:10 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA

Now THAT's what I'm talking about!

And yes,,their food is well,,,

hmmm,,,
(ick!)

Their 'ritas aren't so hot either. I sure wish they would fix that!


38 posted on 10/16/2004 8:45:28 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: truthandlogic

I prefer the DFW area. Lots more to see and do. Plenty of jobs too! Either way, you will love Texas!


39 posted on 10/16/2004 8:47:22 AM PDT by txlurker
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To: wildbill

I live in Cedar Park (NW of Austin), and while the traffic is terrible during the 5 hours deemed "rush hour," it's not bad to get to town any other time.
I'm hoping some big businesses in town will offer flex time for employees who commute.
I moved to central Texas from Washington state (90 miles north of Portland OR) in January 2000 and love it here.


40 posted on 10/16/2004 8:49:57 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: austinaero
You know, there's a thread here by basil that is inviting Texas freepers (or anyone) for that matter to their home on the 24th to get together and watch "Stolen Honor".

I have to help my dad do some work at his farm near Giddings next weekend. We have several fences we need to repair and parts that need to have brush cleared away from the property lines. BTW, I think Gracey has the CENTEX FReeper list.

41 posted on 10/16/2004 8:50:06 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Out of the mouths of democRATs come nothing but stupid words.)
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To: austinaero

We have a FR chapter in Austin. Freepmail basil for directions to a get-together at her home to watch Stolen Valor Sunday October 24th.


42 posted on 10/16/2004 8:50:06 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: austingirl

We're going,,you gonna be there?


43 posted on 10/16/2004 8:52:19 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

I will. I've been absent from chapter meetings lately due to school pressure, but I love the people I met during the 2000 attempted theft of the election by Gore as we protested at the Governor's mansion. We formed the chapter after that.


44 posted on 10/16/2004 8:55:46 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: Jarhead1957
Hey! It snowed here in February!


45 posted on 10/16/2004 8:56:06 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: finallyatexan
Welcome to Fort worth yall. Were just south of you in Burleson. Glad to have you here!

46 posted on 10/16/2004 9:00:20 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: truthandlogic

When are you moving here? I live southwest of the city and I love it. The city proper is rabidly liberalm but my neighbors for the most part are conservative. Welcome and please join our chapter.


47 posted on 10/16/2004 9:00:40 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: Arrowhead1952

48 posted on 10/16/2004 9:01:37 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: austinaero

I'm thinking of making the move as well. Can you message me about the culture shock and anything else worth suggesting? Thanks


49 posted on 10/16/2004 9:08:18 AM PDT by Vision ("When you trust in yourself, you're trusting in the same wisdom that created you")
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To: truthandlogic

Greetings and welcome from a resident of east Texas.


50 posted on 10/16/2004 9:10:33 AM PDT by CFIIIMEIATP737
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