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  • Remember (We Lost) the Alamo

    I made my first trip to Texas a few years ago. I was in Dallas for a conference and my roommate met me afterward for a little road trip.  After passing what seemed like 15 different dead animals on the side of the highway—I swear I saw an ocelot among the roadkill—Steph and I arrived in San Antonio. First order of business: margaritas and Mexican goods. We made our way to a...
  • Jenny’s Great Adventure: Why I Love My Apartment Community

    Five years ago, I rescued a tiny kitten that was about to be put out to pasture. She was a mere five weeks when I got her, and I named her Jennifer (nicknames include Jenny, Jen Jen, and JJ). I’ve always been a dog person, but I found myself in the mood for a pet and happened upon her. I’m very fortunate because JJ is a pretty stellar cat in terms of cat temperament. She is friendly...
  • Capitol Update: Business as “Usual” Means More Negotiations

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,The shutdown is over, the debt limit was extended another three months and Congress is returning to business as usual. Right now, “usual” means another round of negotiations to find a deal addressing the federal government’s budget and fiscal challenges and avoid another situation such as what occurred in October. This was mandated by the...
  • You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar

    Thanksgiving is the Jello salad in the cornucopia of holidays—straight up overlooked. As soon as Halloween is over, everyone is bombarded with Santas and Christmas trees and feelings of panic over personal finances and perpetual loneliness. Maize and belt-buckle shoes never get any respect! So before I succumb to the holiday madness and begin watching “While You Were Sleeping...

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