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You’ll be receiving a little slip of paper at home about this (thanks, Jim!), but here’s some advance notice: the neighborhood garage sale is set for Saturday, October 10. Start making piles of all the things you aren’t using and let’s find new homes for them! I’ll place ads in the Missourian and Tribune, and Jim has volunteered to help me make a sign to post at the entrance of the neighborhood a few days before 10th.
John and I are happy to announce the arrival of Victor Catlin Dupuy, born right here on Country Lane this morning at 12:46am with the help of the team from the Columbia Community Birth Center. He was only two weeks late, beating his big brother Dante by a full week. 9 lbs. 11 1/2 oz, 22 1/4″ long, healthy as a horse. Had a near-perfect apgar score of 9 1/2 out of 10. We’re all doing well and are being cared for by my parents for the next two weeks, thank goodness. He’s looking forward to meeting everyone at the picnic!
Thanks to everyone who has returned the neighborhood directory forms. For those of you who haven’t, please take a minute to fill it out and return it! I’d like to have the directories ready to hand out by the August 5 picnic, but there are far too many outstanding forms at this point. You can fill out as much or as little as you choose.
Socket is throwing a party for our neighborhood to celebrate the availability of their service to our area. Please join them Thursday, July 30 from 5-8 PM at Stephens Lake Park (Broadway Entrance). They’re providing free Shakespeare’s Pizza, a bounce house for the kids, trivia, bingo, prizes and more. Plus, enter a drawing to win Mizzou Homecoming tickets vs. Texas. It really *is* free–as Socket is opening up service to one small area at a time, this is the way they choose to announce it, rather than spending money on print, radio, or television advertisements.
More info at www.socket.net/neighborhoodparty
Hope to see some of you there. I’m sure you’ll find us over by the bounce house–Dante loves those things.
Hello, everyone! Jim has asked the other new officers to step up and introduce themselves. My parner and I moved onto Country Lane two summers ago in July. We were looking for a house that was close to our jobs (Stephens College for me, Socket for him) that was more kid-friendly than our downtown loft. The steep stairs, lack of elevator, and parade of loud Deja Vu drunks under our window from 1:00am-2:00am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday was not conducive to child-rearing! We knew the moment we visited that this was the house, and the neighborhood, for us. We were joined by our son, Dante, that November–if you’re trying to do the math, he’s 21 months as I write this.
Most of the time I’m at home with Dante and our two cats, Josie and 13, but I sneak over to Stephens a few times a week where I teach one or two classes a semester in women’s studies or liberal arts–women’s folklore, women world leaders, and other humanities courses. I’ve also been taking banjo lessons from Dierik Leonhard of Ironweed for a couple of years now. My nearby neighbors will be glad I’ve traded in my first love, percussion, for that banjo; it’s so much quieter! I do still have a set of drums out in the garage in their cases, though, should anyone want to rock out….
Most of you will have a chance to meet me in person over the next year as I update the neighborhood directory, one of my goals as secretary. See you around the ‘hood!