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  • NBC (von) Trapped Me

    When the dog bites—lawsuit! When the bee stings—grab the Epipen! When I’m feeling sad—Carrie Underwood playing Maria von Trapp. I simply remember my favorite things—you go, Julie Andrews—and then I don’t feel so bad. In addition to the original—correction: only—Sound of Music, units Magazine has a few more favorite (and not so favorite) things as we head into the new year. Yes, ladies and...
  • 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 tourist haven on the...
  • 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 to a fault. I...
  • 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 agreement made to...

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