Who is the Brightest Star in Texas?

L.A. Cargill (nee Payne)
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Fun Facts!

  • Favorite color - Aqua
  • Favorite food - Anything fattening!
  • Lucky Number - 8
  • Middle Name - Anne
  • What's your sign?

Astrological - Libra

Yard - Trespassers will be shot!

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Lela Cargill - Original (It's mine y'all)!

The videos and photos are all things Lela Cargill!

I can't tell you how many times I have read a book only to get to the end and I didn't understand something. Books don't talk back no matter how many questions you ask. That is one of the coolest things about Hub - you can ask the author questions or tell them how much you enjoyed their work!

There is a person behind the Avatar! I don't care if you think you are talking to a dog, frog or Brad Pitt - there is a real person writing those hubs and exchanging commentary. Being inquisitive, as I am, I decided to ask fellow hubber, Austinstar, if she would let me interview her so we can all get a peek inside of her life. You can tell by her hubs and the comments she writes that she is creative, sassy and knows lots of stuff!

If you haven't had to opportunity to see her work - wait until you have finished reading this hub and then you can go read her stuff! Austinstar has an eclectic collection of 120 hubs. That alone is pretty impressive but she is a real mixed bag of treats. An artist, photographer, writer and get this - she works in Immunohematology.

What's your name?

Pleased to meet you! Hope you can guess it.

(I warned you that she's got a little sass goin' on with her bad self.....) Her name is Lela Cargill.

I know that you live on a ranch in Austin, Texas but who do you live with and what is on your ranch? Animals or crops?

Every Texan lives on a ranch. It's what we do. I live with my husband, Bob, of 20 years. He's a yankee, but I don't hold that against him. I have 2.3 acres of land, a creek, dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, rats, spiders, scorpions and a few other critters.

p.s. - ranches are for animals, farms are for crops!

Where were you born? I know that you are Choctaw Indian but what is your Indian name?

I was born in TexIas, of course! My Choctaw name is Shikoba Humma (Red Feather).

What age were you when you discovered that you had so much artistic talent? Did you draw a lot as a child?

I was creative for as long as I can remember. I did not draw a lot as a child but I did practice looking at things very closely. I was myopic.

Did artistry come naturally for you or did you take classes to learn to draw?

I took a few classes to learn to draw and a few for photograpy. Then it was practice, practice, practice!

To see more art by Austinstar visit lelacargill.com

Oh yeah! The design on shirt I am wearing in the avatar was created by yours truly also!

How long have you been writing and do you write for any other internet web sites?

I've been writing since I was old enough to draw letters and string them together. I have always wanted to be a writer. It is amazing to me to be able to communicate by words. I do write on a few other sites, but I have focused on HubPages because of the freedom they give me to say pretty much whatever I want. Copy editors are a necessary evil, but I don't like them. I like the guidance on HP but they aren't so rigid.

Can you sum up your work history for us? What kind of jobs have you held?

At the age of 12, I left my dysfunctional family and struck out on my own. I was a waitress, a laborer at a farmer's market and a very young wife. After I finished growing up, at 22, I stuck out on my own again and worked at various odd jobs to put myself through school to be a Medical Laboratory Technician (lab tech). I graduated in 1974 and went into that profession. After a few years, I began to specialize in the Blood Bank Department (Immunohematology). I've been doing that for over 30 years now. It's a very narrow field and still in demand. I think mostly because people don't know so much about it. Working with blood seems rather complicated and sordid in some ways.

Did you enjoy school? What kind of student would you say that you were?

I enjoyed school, especially the English classes. I learned to read when I was 5 years old and became a voracious reader. I still read a lot. I was an honor student and always made A's (except in conduct - now who would have guessed?). I used to read the dictionary for fun! I dropped out of school in the 7th grade and didn't return until after my divorce from my first husband.

Was there an artist that inspired you in particular to become an artist?

My favorite artist by far is Georgia O'Keefe. I also love Frederic Remington and Leonardo DaVinci. There are tons of photographers that I love too, like Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Annie Liebowitz and many others.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include making dream catchers, writing and photography.

What kind of camera do you use? Do you develop your own film?

I have developed my own film and even X-rays in the past. Now I go totally digital. I have a simple Kodak digital camera and I transfer al photos to Paint Shop as soon as possible.

I know that you lived in Mexico in the past and were a "Curandera." How did this come about? Do you speak Spanish?

I learned to speak Spanish and very nearly moved to that country. Mexican's are obsessed with their health and are always seeking this or that potion for what ails them. Medication and supplies are readily available in Las pharmacias in Mexico. No prescriptions needed. I knew a lot about infectious agents and parasites and was able to provide "cures" to obvious ailments. Then it got out of hand. American tourists were also asking me to get this drug or that drug for them and when the AIDS scare was in full bloom, thousands of people went to Mexico for "treatment". It didn't work.

After you left Mexico where did you go?

I moved to Hawaii in 1990 to take a short vacation before moving to Mexico and starting a new life there. I ended up meeting my soul mate in Hawaii and gave up all my plans to move to Mexico. We lived on the island of Maui and sometimes I miss it so much I could just cry. It's a beautiful place. Maybe the most beautiful on Earth. Not being as rich as Bill Gates or Stephen Speilberg, we had to give it up and choose a place on the mainland to move to. I was partial to Texas and Bob is a musician, so Austin was a natural place for us.

What is your idea of the perfect evening?

Ha! Can I spend time with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)? Or talking to Einstein or reading the new Jack Reacher book? A perfect evening would be sitting on the beach, doing nothing at all.

If Drbj could resurrect anyone for one of her famous interviews, who would you like her to interview?

Einstein, of course. Or maybe the real Jesus.

What is your bank account number?

8675309. What's yours?

Now, let me ask you again folks, who is the brightest star in Texas?

Here's your night with Dwayne!

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Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This was awesome! I just happened to start following Austinstar and I now know so much more about her. Just had to hit all the buttons here RH. Fantastic JOB!!!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - thank you so much! I am nervously awaiting her response! LOL! Now, are you going to let me interview you too? Don't be shy - we all like to know a little about each other right?

Thank you so much for the comments and comfort! You will love Austinstar - she is so intelligent, fun and writes awesome hubs - like you!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have actually thought of emailing you as I really do like you a whole bunch!!!

Austinstar writes stuff I love so far but have only read a few of her hubs many more to yet read.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Me too Susan - so just do it already! I really want to come to Canada too! Haha! Ok - I'll go first!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm still busy drooling over Dwayne to answer. More later.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! I couldn't have found a better video - I like the pose where he looks like he's pointing right at you! I hope I did a good job for you Lela - I forgot to tell everyone what a perfectionist you are!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

RH Us Libra's are true perfectionists lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I know! It's crazy! That's why I gotta watch how you people do it! Im a fool to admit this but you should see some of the first 'hubs' I wrote! Terrible! I keep them on here though because it reminds me of how much I'm learning.

I really had no idea what I was doing at first - or what I could even say! So I stalked some of you trying to improve my own - I think it's panning out pretty good so far! Thanks guys!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

First perfectionist correction - It's Shikoba Humma, not Shinkoba Humma. (I should have been a copy editor). That could have been my mistake though when I first typed it in the interview.

Well, I have to say this is the best Interview I've ever had! I'm surprised you didn't ask for a baby picture :-)

I think RealHousewife is going to be one of the most popular hubbers ever. She's smart, sweet and kick-ass! Follow her now guys and gals! She's going to be a super nova!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

As soon as I got your email I knew I had to check this out. That is awesome and very informative. You are a good stalker... lol... ;) You have put together a really nice piece here! Voted up just because you are too dang cool!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thanks Austinstar! I think that my spell checker automatic thing did that! I'm pretty sure that I double checked that when I typed it because it's unusual. I edited a zillion times though!

Ah hem - I did ask for a baby picture! LOL I hope everyone finds it themselves through the link:)

Ah - thanks so much you! I just didn't have room for much more but there are so many interesting things about you I could have done part 2!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - haha! Thank you so much! I've stalked you a bunch:)! But you already know that - I think you might have been the first brave soul to have pity and help me. Lol! The Booty Pop was a great learning experience for me. Thanks again for doing it! Of course I knew you would be brave before I emailed you - I already knew you used to be in the Army!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Whew! Okay - I fixed it - Check it out!

I keep forgetting to thank you for introducing me to the song "The High Road" and Broken Bells - I LOVE that song! I'm gonna buy some of their music!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Can one of you "experienced" writers tell me how I can link Drbj - I couldn't figure out how to link her profile page and make it turn blue!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just go to drbj's profile, then copy the URL (Control+C), then add a link just like you did with my link. You can paste what you copied by hitting Control+V

I remember the keyboard shortcuts for Copy because I say in my head - Control + C for Copy.

But for paste, I have no idea why it's Control + V (very nice paste?)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you again! I tried but I just kept clicking on it:)! Lol!

I was just listening to all your favorite songs while fixing dinner - no fish tacos tonight - everyone complained the first time I tried to pull that:)!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Fish Tacos??? EWWWW sorry just had to comment on that lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! That's exactly what they said - but they ate it because they are still afraid I'll stop cooking:) I used cod, marinated in a little lime/cilantro with a slaw topping and served in white corn shells:) it was yummy (apparently only to me!) lol! Don't that at home Susan!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Fish tacos! YUMMMMM You should try one Susan! They're great. Better than a fish sandwich.

The first time I heard The High Road by Broken Bells, I had to have it. It's pretty awesome. I used to have many Striesand albums and I still have ALL of Billy Joel's stuff. I even have an 8 Track (Country Boy). It's never been opened.

My keyboard has been cleaned of the drool, so I can type again, but I don't dare watch Dwayne's video again until Bob isn't around! Who is that man's dentist? He's got the best smile in the whole world.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah - I love fish tacos! I just don't like the fish battered. Besides it's so much worse for you fried! I will just order out next time:)!

I love Billy Joel too! I knew every word to Glass Houses. He really is a musical genius! Funny you mention 8 tracks! Barber girl and I were just talking about them today! Blast from the past! Johnny Cash! Who hoo!

Yeah I took my time to find just the right video! (sniff...sorry Bob but we are celebrating your wife here - certainly nothing personal - you totally rival Dwayne! And besides - you got the girl!)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

RH - This was a GREAT interview and Lela was a GREAT subject. Put you both together and you create 'hubbalicious' Hub history.

Lela - I have Dwayne, the Rock's autograph. I met him in a restaurant when he was a well-known wrestler but not yet a movie star and convinced my dining companion to ask him for the autograph. He was sweet as pie and handsome as could be. You have superb taste.

RH - Thank you for the link; I will put Lela's request concerning Einstein under advisement. Thanks for the fun hub and THANKS for the photos of our hero!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Drbj - I am totally thrilled that you enjoyed it! After all, I have been having so much fun with your so very interesting hubs! Just trying to give some fun back:)

Actually - you gave me the idea with the One Question Personality test. Lela was the hard to get to know one so.........I just had to know!

What a darned interesting hubber, huh?


dj7it 5 years ago

Great job, what a well crafted and informative hub. Looks like you both had a lot of fun with this project. I especially liked the P.S. explaining the difference between ranches and farms.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ummm, I think we have a new stalker.

I was being a bit facetious. There is such a thing as farm animals and hybrid farm/ranches.

Oh, I do hope drbj does Einstein. I've been a fan of hers(his?) for like ever!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No I've seen him before! Harmless:) lol!

Yeah but it was Funny so I sure as heck didn't omit it:)!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

You all are great - RealHWife, Austinstar, Susan, barbergirl, drbj! What a fun hub! You are all so interesting and talented! Hint for great fish tacos -- called Margarita fish. Marinate them in everything you would put in a margarita - tequila, salt, lime . . . delicious!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hmmm, TS may make better fish tacos than you do K! I'll bet shrimp ceviche would be good as a fish taco too! Oh heck, now I want one.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sweet! Hi Sally! It's my hub teacher! Also, I believe, a shining star in Texas:)! Well if you give me a good grade it can't get better than that! But yet - it does! Another fish taco fan with a great addtion!

Thank you - as always for your hilarious comments!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I agree Ausrinstar! I didn't have a recipe - I'd only eaten them at The Canyon Cafe - so I was just trying to guess! I'm gonna use her ideas.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Hmmmmmmmmmm.... I am trying to figure out what you learned from the booty pop! LOL I learned it makes your booty pop but makes you feel like your wearing depends... on your rear end... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I watched how you put it all together, worded it, and then I totally scrutinized the layout and details. So! Ha!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is an excellent interview and brings out so much more about AustinStar. Knowing these little extra things about someone discreates the stuff we imagine about them and it makes them more REAL. Your name says it all. It was you who introduced me to AustinStar among many other hubbers and it is your generous nature to share that touches everyone you communicate with. You have a talent for brightening up everyone's day and just look at the hive of activity around every single one of your hubs to see what I mean. Your energy is amazing and if you put your mind to it you could be your own Google someday! I agree with AustinStar when she says you are going to be the most popular hubber ever and you deserve all the praise that you get. Voted up up and awesome.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow SW - that is quite a compliment! You know how much your opinion means to me Doc! Thank you ever so much. I am just being real though - it's what I promised and all I have to give. I am so amazed at all the cool writers I "met" here and am humbled to be amongst them! It's like getting to jump into a movie with your favorite characters! So cool!

Hub has made my life so much better - I'm learning and doing something I always wanted to do and I'm glad so many of you gave me a chance to grow into this strange and wonderful place! (I stole those words right out of Austinstar's mouth!

Thank you so much again!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hey, I thought you were in school this morning! Aren't you supposed to dress up as a candygram? Do you deliver in Texas?

I still see the SNL skit about the shark, lol!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What fun to read! I knew about Austinstar's wit, photography and job...but learned even more from this lighthearted hub. Thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Okay I am back again. Have been contemplating the fish taco's and after reading TS Margarita Fish Taco's I am convinced I have to try them now. Okay off to the liquor store I go :) Oh and I Just finished listening to Broken Bells - The High Road. Thanks for introducing me a new band (to me) awesome!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Very interesting Hub. You are good interviewer and Austinstar is a good subject. Well done!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hey Peggy, I haven't forgotten the photography contest! I'm being very lazy about finishing it. But I'm getting there.

Broken Bells sang here at the last SXSW festival in Austin. They are really good. Then I saw them on Letterman or Leno one or the other. So they are very up and coming. The Ghost in the Machine is another one of their songs that is going places.

Hello James, thanks for the compliment. I hear you are doing quite well on hubpages! Congratulations on year two!


marellen 5 years ago

RHW: Very unique hub...I will check out Austinstar...its always fun to learn about hubbers. Voted UP!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austinstar - I just got back! Whew! I sold all the candy bars and then it got ugly! Lol! They didn't make me dress up this time - I dress funny enough all by myself!

@Peggy - thank you so much! I'm glad we all got to learn a little more about Lela:) she's real cool!

@Mr. Watson - hey thank you very much! I do consider that quite a compliment coming from

you! I mean you are a better researcher than me! I appreciate that a lot!

@marellen - thank for so much! I'm glad you agree - I think the writers here are so interesting and they write about other stuff, not themselves. I wanted to learn about some of you guys! Thanks for the read and the kind comments and votes! I vote you up:)!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised - the tacos are yummy! I thought they sounded gross to but my mom made me try them! Lol! Im digging Broken Bells! I am going to buy some iTunes for my iPod. I was glad she had this as a favorite or I may have never got to hear it!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - A Frog? You mean to tell me frogs write Hubs? Oh my...

And BTW! The brightest star in Texas will be my son on May 12th when he walks across the stage to receive his degree in geology from UT!

Excellent Hub. It got me thinking on my lily pad.

The Frog


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

There's the Frog! Haha!

Congrats! Thats really cool! I can't wait to say that::)!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting - youre such a darn smart Frog!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

8675309---Ricky don't change your number....

This was a great hub. I have always considered Austin an interesting specimen.. and even more so now. You dissected her well, Realho... you should be proud!

Realho... I just don't know how you do it. You find time to help at the school, work, write and stalk quite a few hubbers. You're an excellent stalker, by the way. My hat is off to you... and I agree with Austin, you're going to be one of the more popular hubbers...you're a ton of fun, and as nice as you are pretty. :O)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sue you are too funny! I have an iPad - so I might check after loading the washer or dryer - betwixt scrubbing toilets! I figure some people sit down for an hour or two in the evening to read or comment - I just spread mine out all day:) keeps the smiles coming even if I have to break out the special scrubbing wand! I also work on the computer a lot and it dings when I get a message:). I asked Dave to fire me because I was using hub during work hours - he said no! No one else will work for free!


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Chuck RitenouR 5 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

Very cool.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thanks so much Chuck!


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Austinstar, it's official...you're now a celebrity! Only celebrities get interviews...:)

RealHousewife, I've been an Austin fan for a while now, so thanks for this further insight into what makes our terrific Texan Tick. I can't believe she left home at 12! Sheesh I could barely tie my own shoelaces at that age. *Impressed*


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jane Bovary! Thank you so much! Austinstar is very interesting and made the job so easy for me - this could have gone on and on! I did make the tags on this hub - celebrity and royalty! Lol!

I know - 12? I had to make sure it wasn't a typo - I was still reading Nancy Drew books at 12 and watching cartoons! She's a trail blazer that's for sure. Thanks again for the read and excellent comments:)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I wish I could have had mothers or sisters like you guys! It took me years to straighten out my teen years. Talk about wild and crazy. I did a lot of stupid things, but the smartest one was leaving home. I would have died if I had stayed there. I sympathize with every runaway and I was very fortunate to meet the right people who helped me along. I got my driver's license at 14 and I still have the same number! I had a car before that and became the first of the homeless people to live in a car! I'm such a trailblazer. I think I was the one that started the one earring craze in the late 60's early 70's. I was a hippie when it was cool. Strangely enough I never did drugs. I worried about them destroying my mind and my mind was really all I had in the world.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I wish I could have been your mom! Wow - you would have been a hell of a neat kid to watch grow up and I'm sure I would have learned a lot from YOU:). We all did stupid things while young - you don't realize danger so well during those years. My uncle and mom were hippie's and you're so right - it was cool! Lol!

I wouldnt have pegged you for using drugs - simply because of the control factor. Drugs make you feel out of control you were way too smart to give control away. Hunch. Too bad I wasn't so smart! We had a lot of dirt weed here and too much time on my hands:) Live and learn:) I do worry about the effects on the brain and have done lots of reasearch in that area.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Wow girls! It took me longer to read the great comments than it did to read the cool interview. BUT all was very entertaining.

Austinstar is a great writer and one that I have been following (not stalking) for a while and have much respect for . . . I really loved learning new stuff about you Star.

And Kel, well, you are just a trip. You ALWAYS make me laugh. I've come to expect and respect sincere openness (and silliness) from you which I appreciate and look forward to always.

Great Job!!!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sharyn - I really appreciate that! Thank you for always being so supportive. I admire your work and am such a fan - it means a lot to me!

Star sure is one:)! I keep remembering little details I wanted to include - I could have written a novelette!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Who is the Brightest Star in Texas? Rick Perry. :)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Stu from VT - Let me guess, you also voted for G.W.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - Rick Perry? Nooooooo you are not write or right - read the hub again puppy!

Austinstar - he does look kind of like an old dog but I don't think he voted for George Washington! I really hope he didn't vote for the "other" G.W.! Let's see if he will admit that! Are dogs even allowed to vote?


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Did anyone see the movie with Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?

Well, it kind of sums up what Texans think about politics. Pay special attention to the "Governor" played by scene stealer, Charles Durning.

It's one of the funniest movies ever made that also makes you cry.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I've never seen that! I love Dolly though! Who doesn't? I'll have to add it to my Netflix if it isn't instant demand. If it's in Texas wouldn't it be said more like "the govna"? Haha! Do you have a southern drawl Austin? I meant to inslude that info! Dang!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

Actually, GWB was a centrist, and not a very good president. He overspent, got the notoriously illegal Patriot Act passed, and invaded Iraq based on fake evidence of nuclear research just to pump his poll numbers up for 2004 (he was trailing Kerry badly in the polls because he overpromised regarding what we would accomplish in the Afghanistan reprisal).

Bachmann in 2012!!!

Stu and Sheepie


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

As I said to Austinstar, GWB was a centrist, and not a very good president. He overspent, got the notoriously illegal Patriot Act passed, and invaded Iraq based on fake evidence of nuclear research just to pump his poll numbers up for 2004 (he was trailing Kerry badly in the polls because he overpromised regarding what we would accomplish in the Afghanistan reprisal).

But what's wrong with Rick Perry? He fought against creating a TX income tax, he's anti-abortion, anti homosexual marriage, pro-Israel, in favor of teaching children intelligent design, vetoed more liberal legislation than any governor in the country, made numerous conservative appointments to the Texas courts, is very tough on crime, supports both legacy and green energy production, is an unwavering supporter of states' rights under the Tenth Amendment, and wants to enact a law similar to AZ's SB 1070 to eject illegal aliens.

Stu and Sheepie (political advisor)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - nothing at all is wrong with Rick Perry - but Austinstar is brighter than him! LOL - I know more about her than him too:)!


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

I feel like I stumbled into the Austinstar Girl's Fan Club Forum. You guys go back and forth faster than I can think. I celebrate anyone from Texas and Lela you make us proud. Thanks RH for a fun interview. =:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Winsome! This sure is her fan club (she may need to design t-shirts!). Glad you are one of them. Thank you for your great comments:)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm still contemplating the pole dancing T's. And Rick Perry is as phony and bought as they get. But I do agree with about half of what he "stands" for.

Everyone needs a fan club! Thank you, RealHo!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Omg! Austinstar that would be exponentially hilarious!

Your welcome! Side bar: a little girl who comes over a lot noticed the new picture - she loved it! The cool thing is she is a little artist too - she just won the "design the school yearbook cover" contest! She's REALLY talented for 11:) now I know she has great taste too!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Two things - Austin, you're AWESOME!!!!! Real, I can't believe - I honestly thought I was already following Lela, but apparently, I wasn't. Thanks for straightening that out for me!

Ladies, this place is full of some of the most awesome folks in the world, and you are definitely TWO of them. I'm gonna jump on the interview bandwagon soon - expect calls, emails, whatever.

Much love to you both. :-)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hey Mo. I thought you were following me too! Well, I was following you at least. I just checked. I have a tiny touch of Alzheimer's brain, but you are too cool not to follow!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Real, this was fantastic. I went to her site. I love her art work.

My mom is Blackfeet and I love anything Native American. I also love her native name it is beautiful

Thank you for the peek into Austinstar's world

Tina


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

MO - I couldn't wait for you to get a chance to read this! I knew you would love it - I knew you were already a Lela fan:)! It was so awesome to share all the cool things I learned about the person behind the avatar that speaks to us and entertains us - all for free!

Thank you so very much for being a cool awesome person yourself! I learn a lot from you too and you have a killer sense of humor! Plus you're pretty good with the grammar!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Tina - I'm so glad you checked her work out! I didn't realize you weren't her follower already - but I do know you will not be disappointed! Especially knowing you have an Indian background. Thanks for telling me you enjoyed her work too - proves we both have excellent taste:)

Thanks as always for reading and you thoughtful comments!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Real, I'm so glad you didn't say I have a killer sense of grammar and was pretty good with the humor. :P You two are by far two of my brightest stars!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha there you go! Now that's what I'm talking about - keep spreading the love sister MO:)!!!! That's why I'm stalking you!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Whoa! It's only taken me 36 years, but I finally have a stalker! Woo hoo! I'm cool now, you know!?!? :P


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I know! I've been stalking you for a while!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

A stalker a day keeps the dull people away.


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Caramus 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

Dull people love me. They get bored outshining me. :P


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Sorry, folks....that Caramus comment was actually from me. I didn't realize I was logged in under his account. That snazzy looking dude in the pic with the cool cat is my husband.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Awwww! Way cool! I didn't knowmyour hubby was a hubBer! See how easy it is to have some one else's account pop up and leave a comment? Or send Pole Dancing for Jesus to 48 eleven year olds;)! Omg! I still can't believe I almost did that!

S'right Austinstar - there are no dull people catting around here!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a fun and interesting interview. Very well done! You both make a good team. Rated up and awesome. :)


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Nice interview....as well as interesting comments...not sure which I enjoyed more....so I will vote both way up


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Vocalcoach - hi! Thank you so very much! This was so much fun to do! I really appreciate your comments:)!

Cogerson - thank you so very much! Im not sure which part I like best either! Haha!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

drbj gets to interview dead people, RealH gets to interview living people! It's all good again...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! I think I'm gonna do another one Austin - ! What do you think? Should we unveil barbergirl28?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

The "Star" is a sassy one and those cool dark sunglasses she wears makes me think that she does a pretty good Stevie Wonder impersonation...dang that ESP anyway! LOL! Thanks for the fun RH! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

WB - she is a long cool woman in a black dress:) And sassy! She's so cool she's just gotta wear shades. She looks very mysterious doesn't she? Haha!

Thanks for enjoying the fun hub that I enjoyed writing!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

You can't see me! Mwhaahahaha.

The Hollies - Long Cool Woman! I was a groupie!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That is the coolest song isn't it? , I wondered if that would get by you! Nope! I'm going to listen to The High Road since I'm here - I can't resist playing it evrytime I visit:). Then a little Momma's and Poppas (California Dreaming) while I clean - it's raining here!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's not raining here. So dry I can't even spit.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wish we could trade!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

California Dreamin' is one of my faves...not raining here yet, but sure looks and feels like it's going to. :-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I sent it on your way - it's sunny here now! Yay!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Thanks, Real. I'll be sure to send it back when I'm done. :P Of course, since Austin probably needs it more, I'll send it down to her. :)


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

OK, I stand corrected.

Austinstar is the brightest star in Texas.

Rick Perry is number two.

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Winsome,

Wish I lived in Texas. They'd like me there alot more than in the People's Republik of Vermont!

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

Can you give me some examples of where Perry's actions have differed from his stated policies? Exactly who is he caving in to?

Thanks, Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

I noticed you voiced no comment about "RealHo." I probably would have offered constructive advice. :)

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

Now I'm getting jealous. Nobody is stalking me. :(

Stu


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - my name cuts off as RealHo in the emails - a very funny persion (a sassy one too) noticed it and it stuck a little bit! Lol! I do have a sense of humor so I think it's funny:)

Rick Perry can br number 2 - I don't think anyone will mind!

Stu - isn't that frog still chasing you?


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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

What a really cool hub. Nicely done. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

ZZRON - why thank you so much! I'm really glad you like the hub and I appreciate your great comment and mothers day wish. I had a very nice one - my husband bought me 2 tickets to see Kidd Rock and Sheryl Crow! Way cool!

I would certainly wish you a good mothers day - but that just doesn't sound nice! So I hope you and your lovely wife had another great day in history:)!


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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

Thanks RealHousewife, we had a nice Mother's Day too. We went to the beach at Galveston, Tx. and had a nice seafood dinner.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That sounds awesome! Seafood dinner = double super awesome!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Stu - Rick Perry does seem to take care of Texas for the most part. He's in bed with oil and rail, but maybe we need that. He is certainly more Texan than G.W. Goober anyway.

My sister has the same problem with her phone I.D. It says "Vernaho" which is her home number. I still think it's funny. And then there's always "Idaho".


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

I assume you mean Perry takes money from oil and rail, and then supports legislation that helps them. Do you know what kind of help he typically provides (tax loopholes, earmarks, etc.)?

Thanks, Stu


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Stu, darling, I'm not a politician and couldn't answer those questions. I hear Perry is open to communication, so please contact him directly. Personally, I don't think Perry is any better or worse than any other politician. Being a governor is the farthest job title I would ever aspire to.

Now, if you want me to photograph him naked (boudoir style) . That would be more up my alley.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - I've always admitted ny political ignorance. You know my step dad said all we would need to do is shove rockets up their a@@es and shoot them all to the moon. He thought that would be the first step in making the world a more beautiful place. After his pension was fraudulently removed from the fund, I think he got a little more bitter:(

I am going to look into Perry and see what the fuss is about. I hadn't even heard his name before.

Austinstar - if he's a cutie I'll be your assistant and hold your paint palette for you!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Perry is reasonable handsome. But too old for my cougar tastes.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ok well I've always wanted to be in an art class where you paint a nude person, now I can't paint as you know, but I bet my picture would be the most fun!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Be nice to Dave day - have him pose on fresh sheets and pillows with a rose between his teeth and get out your easel. Draw whatever you feel.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh man! It come out looking like Barney!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

I think I'm going to make that suggestion to Michael. That's funny as he!!, Austin!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dave would be looking for a hidden camera - probably wondering if he would end up as the focal point of my next hub! Lol!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Austinstar,

I wasn't surprised by your comments about Perry. I've heard some others say he is a little slippery as an operator, even though he has a fantastic policy platform. I need to do more research on him.

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

Thanks for investigating; I'll look forward to your results.

And you gals say men always think with what's between their legs. Maybe there's some contributory negligence here?

Stoo


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - yeah I might fess up to that! LOL


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

You and RH are helping us men shed our neanderthal image. Thanks!!!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

I don't think being a porn star would help a governor's career.

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RealHousewife,

Go forward with the Barney thing. Maybe I can use it to replace Leahy, Sanders, or Welch.

Stu


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Now posing for a boudoir shot as a birthday or anniversary gift for your wife is not porn!

Just like feathers are not kinky - you have to use the whole chicken to be kinky!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Rolfpp!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Austinstar,

Good point. Maybe that's what Spitzer was really doing, but everyone misunderstood.

Stu


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

GREAT HUB.WISH I WAS IN TEXAS.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you very much Roshall - I wish I was there too:)!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RH - What frog is chasing me?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Stu - Usually when I see you that Frog is right behind you! Lol!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi RealHo (hehe),

Are you referring to Frog Prince?

Stu


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yes! Haha! Now you're barkin' up my tree! Lol! (RealHo!)!!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just redid my hub profile and making sure the link to this fabulous hub still works! You are the bestest hub friend ever!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austinstar - you rock!! You are a hub hero to me!! I visit this hub often.....I love listening the song The High Road:). I'm so hooked on that song!

I've been told a true friend is someone you admire - someone who makes you want to be a better person. You are all that! I'm so honored to be YOUR friend!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love this interview! Real you are truly a talented writer. I'm going to follow your friend so I can read more witty hubs! Keep up the great work!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sunshine! Ha! Yep - she's very smart and super funny! Great photographer and artist and loves music. Plus you know she's got to have good taste did you see that video of Dwayne...! Thank you so much!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, i must come back from time to time just to read the glowing description of myself by Real. And to watch the Dwayne Johnson video (yum!)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Um yes I did watch the video. Nice!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin - I visit all the time so I can replay The High Road also! Such a great song! And it would be wrong not to watch the Dwayne video. Just wrong! Lol. He I'd bring sexy back! Ha!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sunshine - I figured you did:) I mean how could any female not want to check out those pecks! Haha!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm listening to the high road - for the 1000th time:)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Oh my Kelly. This was great reading your interview with Lela n all, she is so very talented. Okay, are you ready for this: AP here is a Libra: Aqua is the birthstone of his,ahem, current friend: 8 is his lucky number, and Anne is the name of his sister. Coincidence, I dunno know..whew!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wow! That is a wild set of coincidences! But your both cool and great writers sooo....maybe not! Thanks a lot! I love the interviews - always so interring to learn about everyone:). Maybe one day you'll agree! Huh? Lol


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Haha-got the aqua birthstone mixed up with someone else, but still.....


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's an opal, right? At least that's what I've always been told.

I once dated and nearly married another Libra. We were way too compatible :-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Now I'm listening to the song again - but not before I heard my new Nardo CD!!

Working on my sonnet Lela:)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

It is aqua!! Its Aquamarine-March! Hoary sheeet!!! That's all of em Kelly. You may have to re-think that Libra compatibility Lela.

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