Unless you’re about twelve, it’s unlikely you’re actually from Lago Vista. Even those who’ve lived here the longest seem to have moved in after they learned to talk.
This list of community traits was unscientifically extorted from random people on the street, none of whom claim to be native Lago Vistans. The list did seem to fall into just a few broad categories, though.
If you are from Lago, let us know in the comments!
Flooding and drought
The first broad category shows that Lago Vistans know what to do in case of floods.
- Gina Carmichael, the longtime nurse for highly rated Lago Vista ISD from elementary to high school, also sells the nutritional supplement Juice Plus. Glancing at the rising water behind her, she says “You might be from Lago if you’re all right with occasional flooding.” Her family books a U-Haul and spends a few days away from their waterfront home when the lake gets too high.
- Daffana Gray of Loan Simple, who has lived in the area for over fifteen years, says you might be Lago Vistan if you can name more than one year when there was a drought and a flood both.*
- Luanne Hopper of Evolutionary Eats says you might be from Lago if you head to the parks to look for driftwood when it floods.
Food and drink
- Regina Bogart of Kuxtal Coffee and Tea says “You might have lived here a long time if there are now twice as many places to buy food as when you first moved here.” She adds, “And if you’re glad there’s more than just Oski’s!”
- Mayor Dale Mitchell, a Lago Vistan since moving from Iowa twenty-two years ago, jokes that Lago Vista is a drinking community with a golfing problem. This is similar to Point Venture’s old slogan, “A drinking community with a boating problem.”
- Asked about this, an employee of the Lago Vista Property Owners Association who prefers not to be identified says, “I don’t think Lago has much of a drinking problem.” Gazing over the lake, she adds, “There are plenty of nice places to drink here.”
- Amanda Yetley has lived in Lago about ten years. “Been spending summers out here since I was a kid back in the 80’s,” says this yogini. “If you always keep your swimsuit, towels, folding chairs, and a cooler in the back of your car or truck for the impromptu lake party, you might be from Lago Vista.” Make sure to add a stand-up paddle board for her classes!
- Carmichael’s business partner in Juice Plus, Connie Michaels, agrees that if you’re always ready to come out and have fun, you’re probably a Lago Vistan.
- Jan Steele moved to Lago Vista in 2002 and began working in the Lago Vista Public Library in 2003, serving as library director since December 2005. From the patrons who visit day in and day out, Steele sees Lago Vistans as “a population from diverse backgrounds that enjoys reading, learning, sharing information, and helping one another.”
- One of those doing the helping is Peggy Gibson, aka “The Story Lady” at the library. She says “Lago Vistans love summer with children and reading.” She volunteers to play games and read to children in the cool, air-conditioned library, giving harried parents their own summer break.
Plant and animal life
- Andrew Gale of Gale Endurance Coaching has lived in Lago Vista with his family since 2000, though he’s originally from England. “You might be from Lago Vista if you see a fox pass within 10 feet of a rabbit — and in your garden!” If you’re interested in training for long-distance running, swimming, biking, or triathlon, Andrew’s your man. His summer 2016 camp was in the French Alps.
- Avid gardener Mary Smothers of Get Alarmed says “In Lago, the deer are pets and the rabbits are pests!” She’s lived here since 1995.
- And organic farmer Selima Harbison, who runs the Lago Vista Farmer’s Market and also teaches Green Goddess barre classes at the Old Farm Community Center, says you know you’re in Lago if you hear your neighbors talking to themselves, only to go out and discover them talking to the deer.
*You wouldn’t have to live here long to be able to say 2016, but 2007 is another recent year that started with drought and ended with flooding.
And here’s a bonus: the little red schoolhouse, by request.