ActiveRain International Dinner in Austin, Texas! (Okay, so maybe that sounds a bit dramatic).

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Real Estate Agent with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I decided to go with an eye-catching headline here for my post about my first dinner with an ActiveRain friend who is from another country.  Another COUNTRY, I say! 

But which country is it, Jason? 

Well, it's Canada, of course!

Liz Moras and I had a chance to meet VERY briefly (perhaps five minutes or so) last month while she was in Austin, but this time around, it was several hours spent at dinner at a legendary Austin hangout.  My wife joined me, along with Russell Lewis, and we took Liz to Threadgill's restaurant near downtown, at Riverside and Barton Springs. 

Russell and I have become fast friends since last summer, and he and I never fail to make each other laugh.  That night with Liz, we all laughed so much that I think we scared the remaining patrons out of the place.  At 9:30pm, we realized that we were the only people in the restaurant, so we thought they might have closed.  It turns out we had another hour to go!

Liz is kind, fun, and a phenomenal conversationalist.  I love talking to people who are actually listening (who doesn't?), and Liz did not disappoint.  I can see why she was recently chosen to be a Team Leader for Keller-Williams in her market - great choice!

I guess one of the most surprising things to me was realizing that Liz had never tasted chicken fried steak OR catfish!  That problem was solved quickly.  These are actually two of my favorites, although I don't have either of them very often, now that I am 38 and watching my waistline.  I mainly seem to be watching it grow, unfortunately.

Russell seemed to have a story about most of the pictures and music posters hanging on the walls, which made me wonder if that's why he chose it in the first place!  Threadgill's is where Janis Joplin got her start in the 60's, so the history there is palpable.

We spent about 4 hours talking and joking before we took Liz back to her hotel.  From what I understand, she will be returning in late August, so I hope we have a chance to do it again!  In fact, maybe I need to plan my next birthday party a bit later this year....

Thanks to both Liz and Russell for a terrific evening.  My wife, who is just over six months pregnant now, remarked on the way home about how nice it was to get a chance to talk to adults that night!

Here's Liz's post about our night - I asked her to email me some of her pictures so that I could write this post:

Austin City Limits - Part III - Jason Crouch-Russell Lewis-Liz Moras

 

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Rainmaker
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Russell Lewis
Broker,CLHMS,GRI
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate

Jason, as always I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Liz and Pam. It is funny because we always have such a good time and always laugh and always take way more time than we can imagine. The time does indeed slip by and I look forward to seeing you at lunch again in the future! BTW, I do love Threadgills because as you said there is so much memorabilia of the years i have spent in our wonderful city!

Hello to Pam and Liz if y'all read this. it was a pleasure!

January 22, 2009 01:38 PM
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Columbia, SC Real Estate
Russell and Jeffcoat

I thought that Canada was just the 51rst state? Very cool that you guys got to spend some time together.

January 22, 2009 02:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Enjoyed the comments You All!  Loved the Catfish and the chicken fried steak...........tried sangria margaritas........enchiladas, taco and tortilla soups..........quesadillas.........creme brullee....pancakes..........you guys have the most fab restaurants.............I've promised myself to lose 30 lbs before I show up next time - just (well not 'just') but so I can enjoy! :-)

And Paul.......S...........I'm heading out to Key Largo next month..........and will be declaring it a "Moveable Feast"  and would love to meet you too one day!

Russ Russ Russ........Threadgills was a great choice..........and thinking about you STILL puts a smile on my face!

Jason I so hope you delay your birthday so I can be there.......this time..........we should all chip in for the event though! :-)

January 22, 2009 06:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Jason, sounds like you are a great host, maybe all of A/R can decend on your place one day HAHA. Sure looks like that ya had a wonderful time.

January 22, 2009 08:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Donna Harris
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
Regent Property Group

She's never had chicken fried steak??  No freakin' way!  Though I do prefer chicken fried chicken myself. Sounds like a fun evening.

January 22, 2009 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Amanda Hall
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas
DFW Living

Sounds like Liz had a great time!

I need to visit this Threadgill's place I keep hearing about.  I think I'll be seeing you and Russell sometime in February.

Still jealous I didn't get to meet Pam!  Bummer!

January 22, 2009 09:11 PM
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Tim Bradley
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY
Contour Investment Properties

Ah Threadgills...chicken fried steak....shiner bock....and the Janis Joplin shrine room. I lived in Austin from 1981-1987 - great memories!

January 22, 2009 10:14 PM
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Teresa Harris
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte
Lake Real Estate, LLC

Sounds like a lot of FUN!! It's great getting together with people you meet here in the Rain!! Great pictures too!   

January 22, 2009 10:19 PM
Rainer
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Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida

Jason - It is great fun meeting other Active Rainers.  What is the Barcamp all about?

January 22, 2009 10:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Vanessa Stalets
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
RE/MAX Elite

Sounds like you all had a blast! Maybe someday I will get to TX!

 

January 23, 2009 07:52 AM
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Jason Sardi
Your Agent for Life
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

What a handsome bunch!

Someday I hope to meet the whole lot of you.  I'm quite sure Russell is a pearl of wisdom and the man makes some killer salsa and BBQ sauce to boot.

January 23, 2009 07:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Olsen
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate
Olsen Ziegler Realty

It's fascinating to watch online relationships morph into real life, the power of online social networks just keeps getting better and better.  The planet is definitely getting smaller by the day.  Sounds like a fun restaurant to boot!

January 23, 2009 09:14 AM
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Jason Sardi
Your Agent for Life
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

Crouch - One more thing.  I told Russell to give you something from me... any chance he did?

January 23, 2009 12:08 PM
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Jason Crouch
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Austin Texas Homes, LLC

Sardi - No, not that I can recall.

January 23, 2009 12:14 PM
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Jason Sardi
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Darn that Russell.  Now I will plot that man's demise;)

January 23, 2009 12:40 PM
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Jason Crouch
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Austin Texas Homes, LLC

Sardi - Wanna tell me what it was?

January 23, 2009 01:04 PM
Rainmaker
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Jason - thanks for stopping by with the warm Austin breeze!! April

January 23, 2009 01:51 PM
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Debe Maxwell
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate

Hi Jason!  Is Canada another country?!  JK  My partner is from Canada and he and his wife are forever cracking us up with their Canadian humor!  I have to say, they're both awesome listeners too--common Canadian trait?  How fun to have had dinner with Russell too!  I just love that guy!  Perhaps you should plan an AR reunion in Austin when Liz returns--begin a Southern Tradition?!

Debe in Charlotte

January 24, 2009 04:36 PM
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Elizabeth Nieves
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

Hi Bro! I've been so busy lately that the past three weeks have flown by. I have missed you and everyone so much. I'm trying to find a way to keep up with all of the business and find time to blog. Where there is a will, there is a way...right?

In the meantime, I see that you have been achieving all kinds of success and meeting my buddy Liz for dinner. I'm jealous, because I can't wait to meet both of you (and Russell!!) I'll get my turn soon...hopefully.

I'm gonna include this post in my week in review...along with Liz's post. ~GBU~

January 25, 2009 05:44 PM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

What a great time .. and the food... yum yum!

January 26, 2009 07:22 AM
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