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Well, to begin with, I'm Cathy "Cat" and I was born in 1951.

I live in a group home, which was established by a lovely married couple for people who can't find a solution to Austin's daunting housing situation (you can get an apartment only if your rent is more than 1/3 your income.) We live in a great ranch-style home and our rent includes three meals a day. Utilities are also covered. My rent is $600 a month, which leaves me roughly $400 discretionary income from disability.

Not only this but this widow has the cameraderie of the other residents here and some pretty lively conversations ensue.

Career? I've been a teacher, a DJ and a safety rep for a casualty insurance company, but my real career was my guitar, playing and singing in the Live Music Capital of the World. (Yes, I've met Willie Nelson.)

To sum it up, I'm retired from general chaos--although I still sing some.

Cathy "Cat"
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Hi, Cat!
Welcome. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a beverage.
Interesting story you tell there. Glad you found a decent place in Austin. Had no idea that apartments were so difficult to get.

Oh, and I love Jefferson, Texas, as well.
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ChiliChild, I love Jefferson, too. Great bed and breakfasts and vacation spot.

Thanks for your response!

Cathy "Cat"
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Well. welcome to you!!!


Two new Boomers in the same week.

We needed some new blood around here.

Glad to make your acquaintance and looking forward to sharing electrons with you.

bigpix
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Hi, Cat...welcome to the Boomer board!
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Welcome aboard, "Cat."

I spent a couple of years as a part time DJ myself (not at clubs, but a li'l tiny classic rock station.)

Again, welcome.

Prof
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Welcome, Cathy "Cat"!!"

Pull up a chair to our virtual kitchen table, grab a beverage of your choice, and sit a spell!

Yoda
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Welcome to Boomers Cat!

I haven't met Willie, did see him in concert back in June here in CT.

Odee
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Oh, and I love Jefferson, Texas, as well.
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The Jefferson between Longview and Daingerfield, the one near Karnack and Lake o'the Pines---

or does TX have two Jeffersons (one near Austin)?



Molly--found really great hamburgers and fudge in Jefferson, but not all that great with her Texas geography
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Hi "Cat",

Welcome aboard. This is special - 2 new boomers in one week! Hope you stick around and share your life with us. It's a great group of friends you'll find on this board.

Arleen
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Again, add my welcome to the others!

I've never been to Texas, but I know (and like) some Texans!

~~ Alison
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The Jefferson between Longview and Daingerfield, the one near Karnack and Lake o'the Pines---

or does TX have two Jeffersons (one near Austin)?


You got it right, Molly.
It's the old town that robber baron Jay Gould proclaimed that with his intervention, "grass will grow in your streets and bats will roost in your belfreys."

It was the only inland port in Texas, which played havoc with his rail business, so he sabotaged the waterway and destroyed the shipping business. Oddly, (a testament to forgiveness?) his personal railcar is one of the big attractions in Jefferson.
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I've never been to Texas, but I know (and like) some Texans!

~~ Alison


And if you ever decide to travel to Texas I am willing to be your hostess.

;)

StarWarrior Rie
Alison fan
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And if you ever decide to travel to Texas I am willing to be your hostess.

;)

StarWarrior Rie
Alison fan

Me, too!
And I can vouch for Alison being a very nice houseguest.
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Hi Cat! Welcome to the best board in Fooldom. Pull up a chair and get ready for some fun. There's always something good going on around here.

I'm Joan and I live in north central Iowa. DH and I are farmers and winter snowbirds in AZ. I look forward to getting to know you.

Joan, liking new voices on the board
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And if you ever decide to travel to Texas I am willing to be your hostess.

;)

StarWarrior Rie
Alison fan

Me, too!
And I can vouch for Alison being a very nice houseguest.


Thank you most kindly! And you can bet that you both will be among the earliest notified -- probably only after myself <g>!

~~ Alison, always considering adventures
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Wow! What a warm welcome! Thanks so much for all the responses.

I forgot to mention, now that Texas is on our minds, I live in Austin, Live Music Capital of the World.

Austin has grown a lot, but there are still a number of people who remember the way it was back in 1978, the year I showed up from Tyler, Texas with a bumper sticker that read: I wasn't born in Austin but I got here as soon as I could! Now we have Tshirts that read Keep Austin Weird.

If you want to feel like your streaming sound is in Austin, check out KGSR.com "where the music comes first."

And remember, if you want to come here on vacation, that's fine. The problem is, we're full. (A small joke). We just ask as you cross the Red River, you must eat at least a small jar of jalapeno peppers when you do!

Thanks again, ya'll,

Cathy "Cat"
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Welcome to our group. :-)

Just call me RM and I'm in northern Michigan.

With 2 dogs, 6 ducks and a wandering DH.

RM
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Austin, Live Music Capital of the World.

I've heard and enjoyed the Austin Lounge Lizards several times. Does that count for anything? Anything other than my own enjoyment, I mean.

~~ Alison
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the way it was back in 1978, the year I showed up from Tyler, Texas with a bumper sticker that read: I wasn't born in Austin but I got here as soon as I could!
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3 favorite bumperstickers here in Colorado:

1) Simply a license plate outline with the word "Native"

2) Another, same design, that says in very small print "I'm not a" // NATIVE in same size type as bumpersticker #1 // "but I got here as fast as I could," again in small print

3) Please! Let's not CALIFORNICATE Colorado!

Yoda
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My favorite bumper stickers here in Juneau:

"Another sh1tty day in paradise"

"Juneau Rain Festival: January 1 - December 31"


RDW
*enjoying another day of pouring rain
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