On Friday, August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the coast of Texas and started a path of destruction that continued for nearly a week. The aftermath will last much longer.
On August 28th, Greg Fowler @ Lake Highlands Property teamed up with the DeShong Team, Myers the Home Buyers, and hundreds of Keller Williams agents in the D/FW metroplex to provide timely relief for hurting Texans:
Greg Fowler wrote:
What are your earliest memories, the very first things you can actually recall from the early years of your childhood? Mine are of the summer of 1969, a magical summer when my family lived on the Gulf Coast in the small town of Pass Christian, MS. My parents taught 4 year old me to swim, and I was ever so proud to be able to swim the length of the pool on a single breath. My father took me fishing on the pier at the end end of our street. We caught catfish and brought them home at my insistence – we had “pets” in the bathtub for a short time. Apollo 11 launched and I raced outside to see if I could see the rocket flying to the moon. What had been the perfect summer would end with a harsh lesson on the force of nature.
On the evening of August 17, 1969 my parents put three small children to bed in a house that had been prepared to weather a big storm. Windows were boarded, and the bed in their room had been placed on concrete cinder blocks. In the middle of the night, my parents transported all three of us into the small crawl space attic of our home. In the early hours of August 18, Hurricane Camille made landfall, right over our small town. Water flooded our house from floor to ceiling, and then receded. Thankfully, I remember nothing of the horrors of that night.
On the afternoon of August 18, we came out of that attic. I recall that the floors of our house were covered in silt. Our family car was at a 45 degree angle against the tree in the front yard. We made our way to the coastal highway at the end of the block. Every house closer to the beach than ours was gone, simply gone. In fact, much of the street pavement was gone.
The National Guard picked us up from the side of the highway in a deuce and a half truck and took us to a nearby shelter. Through the generosity of many people I will never know, we were given food, water, and a safe place to stay. My family lost most all of our material possessions, yet we did walk away with the most important things, each other. We needed help that day, and that help was provided.
So, my plea is quite simple. Help me provide a hand to our neighbors in the south who find themselves in the same position. From Houston to Austin and all along the coast, Harvey has left a path of devastation and floods, and the people of those areas need our help.
The four year old boy who is still alive and well inside me, thanks you for your generosity.
The response was outstanding:
Over the course of the next 3 days, Keller Williams Realty Dallas Preston Road collaborated with other KW agents, KWCares, and Black Tie Movers to fill 4 box trucks and an 18 wheeler with supplies to haul to Houston.
After over 18 hours on the road, our hometown heroes returned this evening to go back to their regularly scheduled programming.
This house is the only house on “A Long and Winding Road” in the Strawberry Fields subdivision. You take Penny Lane to get there.
Lake Highlands Property has joined, and we would like you to join too! Next Door has had it’s next major boost in the market, and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors, get updates from local public services, increase safety in your neighborhood, and find excellent recommendations for local services.
This article from HousingWire outlines some of the great new benefits coming to you from Next Door… Time to join the next wave!
If you’re a Texan, and chances are even if you aren’t… you can’t help but clap your hands when you hear:
“The Stars at Night, Are Big and Bright…”
Now NASA can show you it’s clearest ever view of deep in the heart of Texas!
See more of these amazing images in the original article:
When considering how to keep your home safe from burglary, there are a myriad of costly options in home security systems. The rapidly changing world of technology makes it difficult to keep up, and even then sometimes that won’t keep them away. Take it from the thieves themselves: some of the top deterrents for burglars are actually not “sold in stores”. Is your current approach warding off criminals, or are you advertising your home as a treasure chest?
See the full article: We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes | WFAA.com
Burglars prefer breaking in early morning or afternoon.
“Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school,” wrote a convicted burglar.
“NRA sticker on car bumper = Lots of guns to steal,” wrote one burglar.
Burglars had mixed opinions about home security signs. Some burglars said it didn’t faze them.
Others said they knew how to disable alarms or avoid setting them off.
All of the inmates who responded said they would knock on the front door before breaking in.
Generally, burglars agreed security cameras were a deterrent.
But some said it also likely signaled there were valuables inside the home.
If a homeowner had a big, loud dog most burglars would stay away.
Small dogs don’t seem to bother them.
“Dogs are a deal breaker for me,” said one inmate.
“Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”
As tomorrow is 236th anniversary of our separation from the tyranny of King George, I found myself reading the Declaration of Independence for the first time in many years. I am struck by a number of powerful thoughts in this document:
a) When in the course of human of events it becomes necessary… Quite simply, this is a big deal. In fact the change is so significant that the signers felt absolutely compelled to provide a thorough explanation of grievances. No hiding, no subversion. They had the absolute courage to stand up and say “this is wrong and we are going to change it”.
b) We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… Now, here’s our beliefs. These are the things that above all must remain true.
c) But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security… And since you have seen fit to disregard and trample upon the most basic rights of humanity, we have no other choice than to force a change. This is not a “wouldn’t it be nice” decision, rather, this is a compelling obligation.
d) And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. We are so firmly committed to this decision that we will stake EVERYTHING to see it through.
The passion, clarity and commitment these men held to our well being is staggering. They had about as much chance of being successful as would Chad, Sierra Leone or Burkina if they launched a war with the United States today. Yet they believed in what they were doing, had a vision for a great country, and they pressed forward despite insurmountable odds.
So, remember these men tomorrow. And the next day, take a mere fraction of their passion into your community and make it a better place. It’s the least we can do to honor the memory of those who gave us so much.
Reconnected with an old friend on Facebook and found this poem on his blog (Running Tyler to Ehningen). IF I can teach these lessons to my sons, then I will have been a successful father. Andre, thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy this verse:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!