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    Suju
    19 Feb 2021
    10:29am

    Watched Black Art on HBO. Very interesting. Definitely learned a lot and got to see some beautiful art which made me miss galleries and museums even more. Deeper dive into Black artists I was already familiar with and introduced me to some new ones. Well worth checking out IMO

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    Mimi A.
    19 Feb 2021
    11:22am

    You knocked it out of the park with these links, Kim. Attacking my list of things to do this morning had to wait while I read the delightful semi-colon piece and the Shelly Duvall story, which was fascinating, so well written and a little heartbreaking. Looking at her photo I couldn’t help but wonder….is that what 70 looks like? (FYI, I remember 70.)

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      Carrie P
      19 Feb 2021
      1:54pm

      Yes this is a great list indeed; I have sent along almost all of them to friends and family. Thank you so much, Kim. Happy Friday to all!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    19 Feb 2021
    12:53pm

    I’m looking forward to several movies; “Land” by Robin Wright and “Nomadland” with Frances McDormand. I watched “The Dig,” and while I didn’t think it was the best movie making, I really loved the story (I’m a frustrated archaeologist). I think I miss going to movies more than anything. Great piece about the semicolon.

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      Carrie P
      19 Feb 2021
      2:00pm

      I just watched The Dig and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m fascinated with archeology.

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    Mouse
    19 Feb 2021
    7:50am

    I too adore the semi-colon and use it way too much and probably badly; irresistible!

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    cw
    19 Feb 2021
    8:27am

    Texan checking in…my internet came back on late last night. Whatever you’ve heard about the Texas ice storm––it has been far worse. In Austin we are still on a boil water advisory (for those of us who have water) and can not shower, bath, do laundry or run dishwashers. All first world problems. The grocery stores are empty, the food banks are shut down and, one of the saddest things I was told is that in small towns the local Hospice groups have not been able to deliver (because they don’t have) oxygen or morphine to their patients. So many suffering so terribly. Thank you to everyone who has donated anything or even wished us well. All is so appreciated. Nothing like a disaster to help you understand what is important and who are important. And, yes, Ted Cruz did throw his daughters under the bus once again proving that he is the [email protected]#ing a**hole we always thought him to be.

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      LeighTX
      19 Feb 2021
      12:56pm

      Houstonian here, and CW is absolutely correct–this is as bad as a hurricane, but affecting the entire state. The cleanup will take some some time; I have lost track of the number of people who have had burst pipes and water damage. One friend told me of the eight people in her department at work, four had burst pipes. My husband checked in on an elderly church member Tuesday who had spent Monday night in a home with no power or water and literally thought she might die from the cold–it was less than 20 degrees in her house. Her story is just one of so, so many.

      Many of our current elected officials are completely useless, but Beto O’Rourke mobilized his volunteer base this week to contact 784,000 seniors across the state and check in on them, connecting them to resources if needed. Amazing what someone with both compassion and connections can accomplish.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      19 Feb 2021
      12:57pm

      I’m fairly certain that if you look up “[email protected]#ing a**hole” in the dictionary, Ted Cruz’s photo would be there.

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      kimbersam
      19 Feb 2021
      10:14am

      CW, Glad you are OK despite the terrible circumstances. I used to work for a company in Plano and am worried about friends/colleagues. Hope things turn around quickly. I’ve been watching Lying Ted blame his daughters and read the NYT article about his FREEZING (in their mansion) wife putting the trip together. Hopefully, he’ll pay a political price–along with the governor.

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        cw
        19 Feb 2021
        11:05am

        They also left their dog alone in the dark freezing house with a security guard who “comes by every once in a while” to take care of him. Horrifying.

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          Heather
          19 Feb 2021
          1:05pm

          I didn’t think I could dislike Ted Cruz more than I already do, but that did the trick.

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            Mary
            19 Feb 2021
            7:39pm

            Cruz is absolutely loathsome, hideous man – I’m struggling to find the words.

            A terrible situation in Texas and I’m so saddened. We’re thinking of you and of course, wish you well! I hope those of you in Texas will update us on the situation.

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      Katy
      19 Feb 2021
      11:23pm

      Austinite here as well. We were lucky and didn’t lose heat or water, but to try to save the grid, we hunkered down in one room, turned the thermostat to 63 and unplugged all extraneous appliances for four days. A family friend (basically an aunt to me) died of a stroke yesterday. I am feeling like I should have more grit, but I am about done with the trauma and slow-motion terror of the past eleven months and want to sleep for a year. On a positive note, I hugged my vaccinated mom today for 2 seconds for the first time in a year (both of us masked). Strange days.

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        cw
        20 Feb 2021
        8:30am

        So sorry, Katy, for your loss––that’s just too much to bear in this already horrible scenario. I am glad that you got to hug your mom. And that she’s been vaccinated! And, yes, I’d like to go to sleep and stay in that zone at least until July. Instead, we’ll do an Austin GOACA social distant gathering as soon as this terror is over and the weather allows us to do so!

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          Katy
          20 Feb 2021
          2:58pm

          Aw, thanks! I am feeling better today since the day is so lovely and everything seems normal (even though it isn’t). I’m always up for a local GOACA meet-up!

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    cw
    21 Feb 2021
    11:11am

    Read the heartbreaking Shelly Duvall piece. And I loved the bit about Footloose. I once went to a wedding full of hipster-too-cool-to-dance folks and when Footloose came over the loudspeakers they were ALL on the dance floor rocking out. It was hilarious and sweet. Austin update: everyone I know now has electricity restored which is huge. Many, many people have broken pipes and water is still an issue as is the no-groceries-available issue. BUT, it’s sunny outside and suppose to hit 70 degrees!!!

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