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Round Rock Sports Center Open for Business

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The Round Rock Sports Center officially opened its doors for business on January 28, 2014. Located at 2400 Chisholm Trail Drive, the Center is expected to be the biggest tourist attraction in Round Rock. The $14.5 million project has created nine full-time and 50-60 part-time positions for employment. The 82,800 SF state-of-the-art indoor sports complex features six basketball courts, twelve volleyball courts, and 47,775 SF of open space. The complex is already generating revenue with contracts for weekend use in place from now until July 2014. Spring is booked from Monday through Thursday for local club sports. The venue can also serve as host to “expos, meetings, speakers and concerts.”

Source: Austin Business Journal
Photo: statesman.com

Population in South and West on the Rise

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Texas, California, and Florida are leading in the population rise of the Southern and Western states that account for “more than 80 percent of new residents nationwide over the last three years.” California remains the most populous state with 38,332,521 residents, and Texas has held its number two spot with 26,448,193 residents. New York came in third with 19,651,127, however Florida is expected to surpass the Big Apple because its population is growing three times faster and it is less than 100,000 residents behind.

State officials are closely monitoring these numbers because population estimates determine the funding of various federal programs as well as the number of seats that each state holds in the House of Representatives. Texas has the potential to gain 3 congressional seats if the population continues to rise as it has in the last 3 years. Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado would each gain one seat which would result in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia and Rhode Island losing one. The political clout of a state is largely determined by the “demographic contest”, so as long as population increases follow the recent trend, the spotlight will remain on the southwest.

Source: “Population rising faster in South and West, census data show” by Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times

 

The Don Quick Times Vol. 10

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Staying Safe AND Connected            DQ News + Recap

This week is dedicated to our personal heroes. Enjoy.

You can still view the rest of the newsletters below.

PW: stayhealthy

Vol. 1 Team Updates
Vol. 2 Quarantine Eats
Vol. 3 Green Thumbs/Inspiration
Vol. 4 DQ Throwbacks
Vol. 5 Now & Then
Vol. 7 Pet Profiles & Quarantine-Hairdos
Vol. 8 Projects & Accomplishments
Vol. 9 Part 1 Memorial Day + First Day out
Vol. 9 Part 2 Interesting Facts + Photos


 

Recent Birthdays

Charles – June 3
Harold – June 5
Rick – June 11

Recent Work Anniversaries 

Caitlin – 2015





A word from the editor.

Rick

Thank you for responding to the survey I included in my emails. You have been heard! We will be taking a brief hiatus from the newsletter to regroup and reorganize the way the newsletter is run. We aim to make it more engaging, rewarding, and beneficial for everyone. Thank you for everyone who has participated – the Don Quick Times would not be what it is without you guys.

We will come back stronger than ever💪!


Heroes

Cat

Whenever people speak of hero’s I always think of my grandmother and aunt. 

They lived together in a two-story house in Bronx, NY when I was a little girl.  They were warm and giving without asking for anything in return.  So many stories about them but here is one for each person.

My grandmother was Josephine, she loved to crochet and made the best shawls. 

We would listen to the Spanish radio stations and she smoked Kool (which at the age of 9/10is I would run to the little market BODEGA and buy for her). My sister and I would spend holiday, summer vacation or long weekends at her house.  Whenever my Mother would come to pick us up, Josephine would always want to give my mother a little money, even if it was all the cash she had at that time.  My mother would decline and when we got home, there would be money in someone’s coat pocket or stuffed in our suitcase.  She was a giver, it was her way.

My Aunt is Nancy.  In Spanish it’s Titi Nancy, and she is a force of nature. 

She curses like a sailor, is loud, and would give a kidney to anyone in need.  Once she was visiting my family in North Carolina and I told her she had a nice ring.  She had purchased it in an estate sale and while she was telling the story of the estate, she took the ring off and gave it me.  All I said was it was “nice”.  Now I had a new diamond ring!

The lesson I learned from the women in my family, “To give is a blessing.  A reminder that you can give instead of need.”  I live with this every day.


Mel

My aunt- Rachel Mosqueda is my inspiration.

My aunt is not a blood relative, but an aunt by marriage. She married my uncle when I was 6 years old, and unfortunately they divorced a few years later. However after the divorce my aunt had no obligation to stay in my life, 20 years later she is the woman that inspires me! My aunt is loving, caring, genuine, selfless, judgement free, and has taught me to live life by faith.

I am beyond blessed to have her in my life not only as my aunt, but now as the woman I strive to be.


Colleen

My hero loves unicorns and tacos. How could I not adore that 🥰. Darren says he isn’t a good role model.  But Deadpool how I love your sarcasm!


Anya

My Dad is and always will be my superhero!  He has taught me so many things and has always been my biggest support along with my Mom! 


Laurie

My great-aunt Marie was born in 1900, and, never having children of her own, she was like a 2nd grandmother.  

She reinvented herself at the age of 40 when her husband ran off with his secretary by going to college and getting her teaching certificate.  Her fun-loving spirit and independence really had an impact on me. She was quite attractive but never remarried. She was so much fun I used to travel to Tulsa just to hang out with her.  We would try on her hats and jewelry and giggle like we were best friends. 

When I’m in my 90’s I want to be just like her.  Never grow old!!


Ryan

There are too many people that inspire me or motivate me to be better, to narrow to just one is too difficult.

I will take a moment to highlight a few that are important to me and why. Some are very common and others are personal but all are meaningful to me.

  • Noah (from the Bible)
    • In my opinion, has to be a hero of the faith. To do something new and different for 100 years with constant rejection, persecution, and no tangible reality of purpose.
    • This teaches me the upper limits of acting in faith and obedience that came with a great price but ultimately a great reward for himself, family, and mankind.

  • Martin Luther (Theologian 1500’s) & Martin Luther King jr. (Civil Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
    • Both of these men stood up for what they believed in, without apology, and without short term gains. They imparted leadership and wisdom to those who would listen.

  • Craig Biggio (Baseball Player- Houston Astros)
    • Although he was a 7 time All-Star (in multiple positions) he wasn’t the best at any one position but might have been the best all-around team player. Not a lot of people know who Biggio is/was with only 9 home runs short of the 3,000 hits, 300 homers and 300 stolen bases mark; he would have been only the second player in history to reach that club, the other being Willie Mays.
    • As I have and will love the game of baseball, watching Biggio for almost his whole career, has taught me aspects of dedication, work ethic, and teamwork.

  • Anthony “Tony” Dungy (NFL Player, Coach, Author, & Public Speaker)
    • I never watched Dungy play football but have lived in the era of his coaching and sports broadcasting. I don’t think that anyone who has been coached or worked with Dungy has ever said anything bad about him.
    • He has taught and encouraged me to “coach as you would want to be coached” to encourage others and to hold tight to character and moral over temporary success.

April

My Mom, Leah Thompson (no, not Back to the Future Lea Thompson! 😂) is my hero!

She’s always believed in us and would help us make a dream come true.

I mentioned that I had always wanted to ride on a train across the country. Well, it wasn’t this country, but she did help me figure out a way to ride all the way from Dublin to Galway. You dream it, she can help you make it happen. Obstacles melt in her path, and memories are made like clockwork.

She used to read all the books we kids were reading.

She used to read all the books we kids were reading, to see what all the fuss was about, and, to this day, my mom can debate Harry Potter with you all day long. One time, she watched all 12 hours of Lord of the Rings, just so she could play Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit with us!

My brother once bragged that his mom could type 100 wpm. When my mom heard that the teacher had reproved him for telling this lie (as no one could type this fast), my mom called the teacher and asserted that she had indeed clocked in at 100 wpm more than once and was happy to come in and demonstrate.

Furthermore, when my friend stole my new scooter and refused to give it back, my mom marched me to her house and informed her mother that we would be needing my scooter back. So, look out, if my mom heard that you had been a bad friend to me, she’d stoutly defend me to the death. We got the scooter back.

Mama Bear Thompson is not one to mess with.

Making a mistake was usually nothing to cry about; it was often something to laugh about.

My mom is the sort of person who figures that if you’re going to laugh about it later, you might as well laugh about it right now. So, that’s why my mom, my sister, and I were found, doubled over in my new apartment, laughing, as hot syrup bubbled and oozed out of the closed microwave door, after a recent Mrs. Butterworth explosion. Apparently, microwaving syrup should be done in seconds increments, not minutes increments…. We’ve also been seen driving around lost, laughing until we cry. (This happened a lot more in the days before GPS…) Mishaps make the best stories, and we’ve got plenty of them.

As our birthdays are exactly 2 weeks apart, we often celebrate together, to this day, crafting fun stuff side by side, like homemade gingerbread cookies, confetti casserole, personal pizzas, bulgogi, and lumpia (Filipino egg rolls, which recipe she received from a friend while living in Hawai’I; see apron photo for lumpia prep!). And, when I was little, she made the most amazing cakes to celebrate, and I felt so special. From dream Barbie getting breakfast in bed, to Patty the caterpillar, to a castle cake with royal subjects, a dragon, and a moat, to roller skate cakes with real doughnut wheels, she made the most exceptional birthday cakes! Birthdays were cause for big celebration. (And I still remember the taste of the white cake with 100 frosting roses that my mom made for my uncle’s wedding.) Cake is my love language.

Aside from always rooting for the underdog (so long as the underdog Is honorable) and having the strongest work ethic of anyone I know, she is warm, engaging, empathetic, cheerful, creative, and loyal. She worked her way through temp jobs with tenacity and perseverance, taking on the tasks that no one else wanted, getting promoted regularly, landing at top jobs in places like Xerox back in the day, and then Dell surviving 20+ years, through however many rounds of layoffs. Thus, you might spot her in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Ireland, or India, traveling on a big business project. She said, “Not bad, for a North Dakota farm girl.”

Recently retired, she’s still a legend; overheard at a staff meeting: “We need a Leah Thompson on this project!” They sure do.

My mom is one of a kind, and I’m lucky to call her mine. (I also sometimes share her. Let me know if you need an awesome mom in your life.)


Darren

I would have to say my role model is my father DON.

To me, a hero is someone that is hard to live up to our expectations and will let us down. The role model is someone that we know has their own challenges, and yet we admire them and want to be like them.  

It’s perfect that with Father’s Day this weekend, DON is my role model. I admire his humor, his leadership, his graciousness, his giving. He has the gift of storytelling, and it was always neat for me to sit in meetings with him, and watch him Transform a meeting with individuals that came in with their ideas looking to purchase or lease real estate. And DON would spend time with them, and inspire them in so many ways to do more, and think more outside the box, than they originally expected before the meeting with Don. 

My father has truly shaped who I am today, and I am very thankful I had the privilege of working with him for so many years.


Rick

I have many inspirations/heroes in my life. Two of them are my parents!

My parents were both born and raised in the Philippines. Both have/had 8 siblings minimum. Both grew up in some of the poorest parts of the Philippines as well. I remember my Dad telling me how he didn’t even have shoes for his high school graduation – that he had to walk too. My Mom told me that when my Dad was trying to date her, he would not eat or eat very little for a month just to save up enough to take her out to a meal. 

Eventually, after graduating from college, my Mom was allowed to come to the US for work. My Dad was initially denied for a year, but they stayed strong and eventually my Dad moved to the US as well. 

I truly admire their strength, persistence, and faith – despite all the obstacles they had to face. Through hard work and perseverance, they were able to provide a better life for my brothers and me. 




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The Don Quick Times Vol. 9

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Staying Safe AND Connected            DQ News + Recap

This week’s theme is “Memorial Day + First Day Out.” 

You can still view the rest of the newsletters below.

PW: stayhealthy

Vol. 1 Team Updates
Vol. 2 Quarantine Eats
Vol. 3 Green Thumbs/Inspiration
Vol. 4 DQ Throwbacks
Vol. 5 Now & Then
Vol. 7 Pet Profiles & Quarantine-Hairdos
Vol. 8 Projects & Accomplishments

 

 

Recent Birthdays

Laurie – April 6
April – April 10

Upcoming
Charles – June 3
Harold – June 5
Rick – June 11

Recent Work Anniversaries 

Ashley – May 3, 2019
Charles – May 13, 2007

Upcoming
Caitlin – June 5, 2015
April – April 10



Memorial Day 2020

Brent

I just spent some time with family. 


Shelly

I didn’t get one single photo from Memorial Day but we had a great time. My in-laws came over as well as my son’s best friend.

We smoked a brisket and had all the trimmings with that and finished it up with ice cream cake and rum cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

 


 

Darren

The first two pictures are of me taking pictures of a mermaid in Houston.  Some might recognize her.

The third picture is my brother-in-law’s lumberyard of old wood that he has in Houston that we were able to check out this weekend. He re-purposes lumber to sell to individuals remodeling.

 


April

Memorial Day was great! We fired up the grill, and not only did we enjoy the usual, we grilled homemade angel food cake, strawberries, and pineapple, served with fresh whipped cream. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a treat.

The grilled angel food cake caramelized on the outside and stayed soft and fluffy on the inside – reminiscent of a toasted marshmallow – yum!

I spent the weekend arranging flowers (with some help from my favorite floral designer and 4 virtual classmates). Looking forward to visiting her cool space on N Lamar when she opens again (see fun mural and striped space).

I also loved crafting handmade greeting cards. Let’s hear it for cakes and sock monkeys!


Mitzi

We spent most of Memorial Day weekend on Lake Travis.  My grandson Jaxton got to do flips off of the Sheriff’s boat!


Irulian

Memorial Day in Comfort TX – wine and hiking and thunder storms and skulking armadillos. (Woke up to an armadillo scraping the outside of my cottage. Terrifying sound, the slow dragging of the scaly shell along with rough stone in the dark.)


Anya

We spent Memorial Day fishing with the boys!


Colleen

I spent the weekend with Darren’s sister and family. Teased Milo with bubbles, Saw a Beautiful white-maned mini horse. Played with chicks, took pics of Darren when he didn’t know it and went swimming in my mermaid tail. 



First Day Out

Cat

First Day Out

When things are safe again, I would really like to go back to Bratton Springs pool.  So much fun!!  

No really missing any restaurants, we do take out from my favorite place, Chago’s Caribbean Cuisine, in Austin.  If you are looking for Spanish food, go to Chago’s (tell em Cat sent you, no discount but I like telling people I sent them places). 


Shelly

I am also excited to report that we had our first dining out experience at The Grove since COVID.  The atmosphere was a little strange but excellent food.

We have also been spending time at Camp Tejas down the road from us, the kids love it there. They have also been fishing in our neighborhood quite a bit and we are definitely getting use out of our “pool.”


Caitlin 

First Day Out:

I mostly look forward to small businesses being able to recover and thrive again. Small business is the backbone of our country, and without them our cities and small towns lose their unique characters. I feel like every Saturday should be “Small Business Saturday” for the next year so we can lift each other up and thrive once again!

 

Mitzi

When restaurants opened back up to dining in, my husband and I went to Jardin Corona, as we could probably eat Tex-Mex food every day. 


Irulian

First day out – went dancing at the Cotton Club in Granger last weekend. Fewer people than in the past on a Saturday night, but the live band was great and there was plenty of room to two


Laurie

First Day Out

What restaurant are you missing? I miss the Georgetown location of Greenhouse Craft Foods.  They had a different menu from Round Rock and a nice little bar.  Unfortunately they will not be reopening, so we will probably hit up Wildfire. 

What have you been missing the most during this time? TRAVELING!  My sisters and I had planned to visit my daughter in California in May originally, and I also just miss hanging with my sisters. 

Phil & I are booked for France and Belgium for September, so fingers crossed!

 


Robert

Miss – Seeing my son our summer trips and live sporting events


Anya

First day out:  Still being really careful and haven’t really gone anywhere.

 

Ryan

What I am looking forward to most after the lock-down:

  • Hugging family and friends
  • Going back to Church and worshiping corporately
  • Vacationing



TO BE CONTINUED…

Due to the amount and quality of the responses, we decided to split this newsletter into two editions. See ya next week!

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The Don Quick Times Vol. 7 “Pet Profiles & Quarantine-Hairdos”

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Staying Safe AND Connected            DQ News + Recap

This week’s theme is “Pet Profiles & Quarantine-Hairdos.” 

You can still view the rest of the newsletters below.

PW: stayhealthy

Vol. 1 Team Updates
Vol. 2 Quarantine Eats
Vol. 3 Green Thumbs/Inspiration
Vol. 4 DQ Throwbacks
Vol. 5 Now & Then


Team Updates


Becky

I have managed to be the head stylist in the house and my sweetheart liked it!!   He already had a second visit to my deck salon. 


Robert

Texas Rain



Pet Profiles

Mitzi

We have three pets: Flop (cat age 8), Colt (dog age 10), and Marley (dog age 9).  Flop is my favorite! We adopted her from Austin Pets Alive.  My son wanted an orange cat, and I threatened to name her Bevo.  However, we decided to keep the name she had from the shelter.  She is the sweetest kitty with the loudest purr, also the first cat I’ve ever had that will head butt me.

She can also flop better than some of the NBA players.  She’s a sweetheart!  

Then we have Colt (German Shepherd) who is very protective and we have to keep him separate from Flop for her safety.  He likes to bite, and he also sheds EVERYWHERE.

The last one is Marley (Sheltie) who loves to bark (yap), at anything and everything, ALL THE TIME. 


Ashley

It’s Pluto! He just turned 7 on May 10th! His quarantine hair is unfortunate – I trimmed his bangs, poorly. He’s so shaggy right now, we normally keep his coat pretty short!

He’s a mini schnauzer and he loves squirrels and corn chips. He is very bad at finding the squirrels though. Likes to be held like a baby

Chloe! She has snaggle teeth and weird chicken skin. I love her so much. We think she’s about 6-7, not really sure. She came from a hoarder, and was kept in a small crate for most of that time – she is super neurotic and is the boss of this house.

She regularly rolls squirrels. She has bad knees, and rides in a stroller for her walks – I’ve accepted this.

I also have to talk about my WFH glow up –


Robert

Champ relaxing after a run

The cat with Champ and Bailey


Joshua

It’s Rizzo! Rizzo just turned 2 a few weeks ago and I bet as you’re reading this, he is either sleeping within 3 feet of me or zooming around the house with his favorite elephant toy in his mouth. Those are his only 2 settings.


Laurie

Mia, my 9 yr old, is in the front.  She is never happy, and she hates the other two.

This is Gracie, the one I caught with a hamburger behind our property at Whitestone.  She doesn’t purr.  She makes tribble noises.  You are all too young to know what that is.

This is another photo of that cute little orange kitty that Ashley caught by Popeye’s.  He now weighs 15 lbs and he’s a jerk.



Marty


Becky

Well, my little Callie is on borrowed time and very spoiled!    Not good news from the vet on Mother’s Day 😢 but my son came home from Dallas and surprised me.  Sweet!


Zach


I have one dog and his name is RRanger(two R’s for Round Rock). He is a 5 year old full blood english lab who weighs 116 lbs, and he is my sweet giant. He enjoys chasing squirrels(he has caught three in his lifetime, and it did not end well for them), hiking at the blue hole park in Gtown, and eating literally anything. He has been banned from the dog park in Round Rock, because other males get jealous when he pulls the ladies. He is also 1/1 in being a wingman at zilker park, and helps his dad talk to girls lol. He’s cool and I wish he was like a turtle and could live for 60 years.

Rick

I have three dogs at my home in Dallas and one dog that passed away last year. Below is a collage of photos of all of them. Buddy is the small Pomeranian Shih Tzu – he’s about 9-10 years old. He’s the first dog our family got and my best friend’s family actually has Buddy’s sister, Speedy. Huey is the chocolate lab – he’s about 7-8 years old. Romo is the leopard/jaguar looking one – he’s the youngest at around 4 years old. We are not sure what breed he is as we got him from the side of the road. Buddy is an indoor dog so he lives a pampered life. Huey and Romo are outside dogs and get to roam around our property where my home in Dallas is. They love running around, chasing different animals, and hanging out with our llamas.

Fifi was a chow-chow German Shephard mix – I adopted her during college as a grandma. She was deaf – so she wasn’t really bothered by much and even though she was a grandma she’d still bully bigger dogs. She loved brisket and bbq in general and she ate/stole a lot of it from me before! RIP Fifi.

 

Introducing KENDRICK!

This past weekend, we adopted  Kendrick from APA. He’s a 2-year-old red heeler and blue heeler mix. He likes going on long runs and being a couch potato. He’s extremely friendly and we’re excited to have him!

 

Brent

Here are some pictures of our dog, Mac. He is a 10-year-old boxer. He is super sweet, funny, and the best dog ever. He likes eating, sleeping, going for walks, playing with Brent, and running in circles in the yard at super-speed. 




Quarantine-Hairdos

Darren


April

Here you go!!

Crazy hair don’t care.

🤣😂



Photos from DQ Live!




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This week we got to see pet profiles and quarantine-dos. What’s next?

Send Me Your Ideas. Next Week’s Theme Will Be Announced Next Monday!

Anything we can do for each other?

If anyone gets sick, let Darren and Colleen know and they would be very happy to help do grocery runs, etc.  

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Austin Real Estate Continues to Bring Bay Area Business

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Austin is in the spotlight for San Francisco real estate companies with a special interest in the tech industry. Drawbridge Realty Trust recently purchased StoneCreek Park, which is located on Duval Road, for $16.9 million. It is a “76,910 square-foot Class A office building with a life sciences bent.” This is not the company’s first purchase in the Austin area. Drawbridge Realty Trust also owns three other local buildings ranging from 12,000 to 118,000 square-feet, all of which are associated with the science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields. Todd Mills, executive vice president for CBRE Group Inc. says, “The reasoning is pretty clear. A lot of these companies only invest in tech markets, so they’ve been invested in Silicon Valley and see what’s happening in Austin.” Drawbridge is among four other major players in the industry from the Bay Area. As long as the Austin market continues to depend on the tech industry for growth, the interest and focus of San Francisco investors is expected to heighten.

 

Information Source:
Buccholz, Jan. “Bay Area continues to take bits of Austin.” Austin Business Journal 29 Nov. 2013: 7. Print.

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