Author Archives: Jennifer

Not Really a Bucket List But Kinda, Part I

Salsa lessons Going blonde Catching a fish Ballroom dancing Getting comfortable with talking to the press Boxing lessons Aerial dancing or aerial yoga Trying quinoa Getting a “perfect workout” score at the gym Not hating Mother’s Day Playing with a … Continue reading

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Maxine’s on Main

Originally published on Yelp!, January 2008.  The management and menu have changed since then…sadly, the derelict potatoes are no more. The flair is back! A few things have changed since the Bastrop institution Maxine’s on Main (905 Main Street, (512) … Continue reading

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A List of Things that Scare Me, Part I

Small talk with strangers Bugs Networking events Cruciferous vegetables Hospitals Jumping from great heights, with or without safety gear

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A Review of China Grill (Bastrop)

Originally posted on Yelp!, November 2007: Vile, vile, vile.

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Flo’s Pancake House

Originally posted on Yelp!, September 2007: Out on Muldoon, heading toward the Glenn Highway, it gets kind of sketchy. Colorful tourist traps and seafood places give way to seedy, hole-in-the-wall diners and Mexican and Chinese joints.  The Volvos and sporty … Continue reading

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Leon’s Country Store

Posted on Yelp!, August 2007: Leon’s Country Store in Rockne (pop. 200) was recently voted first runner-up for “Best Bar” and first place for “Coldest Beer” in Bastrop.  Owner Herman Goertz took it over from his dad, who’d been serving … Continue reading

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On Aging

I have grown old enough to develop radical acceptance. I insist on the right to swim in warm water at every opportunity, no matter how I look, no matter how young and gorgeous the other people on the beach are. … Continue reading

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On Fireflies

And these are my vices: impatience, bad temper, wine, the more than occasional cigarette, an almost unquenchable thirst to be kissed, a hunger that isn’t hunger but something like fear, a staunching of dread and a taste for bitter gossip … Continue reading

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Travelin’ Notes

(originally published in December 2007) Beaumont, TX: I love that the list of vegetables here includes mashed potatoes, steak fries, mac ‘n’ cheese and dumplings. The vegetable of the day? Dressing. Yum. Greenwood, MS: Deeply disturbing poverty in the hometown … Continue reading

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“I can color. You can color, too.”

(originally published December 2007) There’s one person who taught me the skill that has allowed me to achieve everything I have in my life. I thanked him a lot when he was around, but there’s no way it could have … Continue reading

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