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How Many Austinites Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Song: My City was Gone-The Pretenders

Feelings: Can someone be apprehensive and super excited at the same time?

Gratitude: I am grateful that I have so many friends that I have known for over 20 years

I have lived in Austin for almost 34 years. I think that makes me an Austinite and I think it's pretty well known that most of us Austinites don't like change. What's that joke..."How many Austinites does it take to change light bulb? Only one to change it, but the rest to bitch about how it was better the old way" This year I feel like we are all part of a big handful of confetti tossed in the air with no control over where we might land.

I told my therapist that Austin broke my heart. When I moved here in '88, I was immediately taken with the grittiness, the artsy vibe, and the way folks lived left of center. I still love many aspects of Austin(Viva Barton Springs!), but it's like REM the band, I can only still enjoy listening to them if I don't compare them to their older music. What I miss most is probably the feeling that as Austinites we were in some way all one big extended family.

Speaking of family, I am lucky to have a family that lives fairly close. Although we don't visit enough, we are close at heart. Likewise, I am blessed to have friends I have known forever and can still call on and vice versa. I feel love for and am loved by many people. I have formed long standing meaningful friendships with so many of my Bouldin Crew and customers over the years, and I consider them family as well.

Covid pinged folks all over like a pinball machine. Honestly, at first I was excited for people to have time to get a fresh perspective after having "a few month off." Fourteen months later and I am working with many new people and many important people in my life have moved or are making plans to. When I am in bed at night I relish the many familiar names I saw ordering take out. I also wonder how many customers I won't recognize when we reopen.

On the subject of moving, I would like to send a shout out to Lisa Goodell, my Office Administrator, and the person who helped me open Bouldin 21 years ago. She has kept our bills, taxes, and employees paid as well as so much more for two decades. She has been an important part of keeping Bouldin thriving, and has been with me on this wild ride from day one. This year, the tech world is scooping her up and I am sad but also proud of her for challenging herself to learn something new. High fives and hats off to my OG Bouldin sister and forever friend.

Take care everyone and I will see you in August.

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