A Love Letter to Austin

RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 28, 2009

Dear Editor,
    I wasn't born in Texas, but I did get here as quick as I could. While there was a plethora of reasons why I wanted to move to Austin, film is what brought me. Richard Linklater, more specifically, for Suburbia, Waking Life, etc. and for co-founding the Austin Film Society, where I obtained an internship in the spring of '08 and for which I moved from San Diego, Calif. Having never set foot in Austin, with all my earthly possessions in tow, I journeyed here with the hope that everything I'd heard about this place was true. This January marks my second year in Austin, and here is what I have to say about it.
    This town thrives on passion – passion for music, for movies, food, art, wine, politics, dancing, the outdoors, education, barbecue, football. Passion for creating the life we desire, for making dreams into reality. I have never lived anywhere where people care as much about their city as they do in Austin. It is evident in all aspects of life, in grocery stores, restaurants, recreational activities, movie theatres, bookstores, and fundraising events. I am proud to work at the locally owned and oh-so-delicious Galaxy Cafe and am proud to have worked for the Austin Film Society. Both places were created by and are staffed by exceptional people, who, in their passion for quality and experience, have improved life in their community. In these and so many other ways, Austin has exceeded my expectations and made me most beholden to all the people who make this glorious city what it is.
    So, for the Austin Film Society, Galaxy Cafe, the Alamo Drafthouse, Wheatsville, Waterloo, KGSR, BookPeople, ACL, the Paramount, Texas Film Commission, Central Market, UT and KUT, I Luv Video, Amy's, Esther's Follies, Austin Java, the Mean-Eyed Cat, Dog and Duck, Deep Eddy, Zilker Park, Barton Springs, South Congress, Hyde Park, South First, all the musicians, the music venues, the community, all you independent businesses, for everything, thank you, Austin for being my new home. To the tenacious, hard-working, hard-partying, music-lovin', dog-walking, bike-riding, springs-swimmin', movie-watchin', dream-livin', ever-lovin', and beautiful city, keep doin' what you do. Here's to a glorious 2010!
    And last, but not least, here's to the Chronicle! Thanks for printing the positive and the negative, the praise and the dissent, the arts, events, reviews, music, everything going on around this lovely town! Rock on, and happy New Year!
Danielle Burnett
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