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Shady Oaks Annual BBQ Picnic
Posted on Mar 30th, 2020 Comments (0)
The May 2, 2020 Annual Shady Oaks Picnic has been canceled.
Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, The Shady Oaks Georgetown Homeowners Association Board of Directors at the March 30, 2020 has decided to cancel this years Picnic .
Shady Oaks Wheels (SOW) - 10.26.19 at OakstoberFest
Posted on Oct 21st, 2019 Comments (0)
Shady Oaks Wheels (SOW) Car & Motorcycle Show
at OakstoberFest!
Date:  October 26, 2019
Location: at the end of Oak Branch Drive (just past Escondido Dr.) Time:  4:00 PM
Bring your Wheels at 3:00 PM
S.O.W. (Shady Oaks Wheels) is pleased to announce that the Fall Car and Motorcycle Show will be held in combination with the Shady Oaks Oakstoberfest.
If you have a car, truck, motorcycle, or special interest vehicle
(old or new) that you feel would be of interest to your neighbors, and you would like to display it in a casual and informal atmosphere, here is a chance to get out for a few hours to meet with other residents of Shady Oaks, have some great food, and see some cool vehicles. The Oakstoberfest and Car Show is open to only Shady Oaks Residents. There is no entry fee, no registration, no judging, no prizes:
just a chance to get together, meet your neighbors, and show off your wheels.
(So that we know how many “wheels” to expect, please text or call Dave Sledd at 636-577-3937
and leave your name and what type of vehicle you’re bringing. Thank You).
Shady OakstoberFest - 10.26.19
Posted on Oct 21st, 2019 Comments (0)
Shady OakstoberFest
Join the fun!
Great Food! - Meet your neighbors! - Have a Good Time!
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. Meal will be served at 4:30
Where: Intersection of Oak Branch Drive & Escondido Drive
Shady Oaks HOA will provide the meat selections, plates, napkins and eating utensils.
You bring chairs, your drinks and either a side dish or a dessert to feed 12 people
(with a serving utensil, please).
If your address is an:
Odd Number:  Please bring Side Dish
Even Number:  Please bring Dessert
In order to ensure adequate food and supplies please RSVP by
October 19th to:
Marion Lamantia - Shady Oaks Wheels will also be at the event.
Gene Baker's telescope will be set up for stargazing too!
CTSUD - Dissolution Meeting 9.30.19 at 6:30 P.M.
Posted on Sep 29th, 2019 Comments (0)
CTSUD - VOTE for the Incumbents 
 2-4-6-8  “Who do we Appreciate”
             Vote Positions “2-4-6”
   At the bottom of the Ballot            
Vote for Incumbents that kept their promise!!!
          Early voting begins October 21st
 “Who do we Appreciate”
Question:   “I am surprised we have to vote since our meeting where the CTSUD Board was dissolved?”
Response:  “The election is required under the law once there were more candidates than just the incumbents. There are 3 incumbents and 3 additional candidates that, coincidentally, are the same people involved in the litigation that has transpired over the last 5 years. As it is a contested election, we cannot stop this election which will cost the rate payers an estimated $ 40K to conduct. The votes will be tabulated, but nobody will be seated. Since our vote to merge with Georgetown, the delays have cost the rate payers over $ 1 million for CTSUD to exist as an entity and defend against the litigant’s law suites. As for the election, I believe it is very important to have our customers demonstrate support for the Merger with Georgetown.  By voting for the incumbents, it sends a clear message supporting the process that we fought so long and hard for. Please help us make this election count. We do not have the time or monies to purchase signage but through you and your neighbors you can socialize and spread the word about voting for our 2-4-6 candidates.”

Chisholm Trail Special Utility District Dissolution FAQ
The City of Georgetown and the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District have been working together for many years to improve water service and provide for the continued growth in the counties previously served by CTSUD. The City acquired CTSUD’s assets and liabilities in 2014 and became the certificate of convenience and necessity, or CCN, holder in early 2016. In short, this process transferred CTSUD’s responsibility of providing water service for portions of Williamson, Burnet, and Bell counties to the City. This transfer was initiated at the request of the CTSUD board of directors and has been confirmed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Travis County District Court, and the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Since the transfer, CTSUD has been working to dissolve its obsolete board of directors.
Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, State Rep. Terry Wilson, and State Rep. Hugh Shine sponsored legislation in 2017 to allow for the dissolution of CTSUD. It is important for all water customers served by the City, including those customers in the former CTSUD service area, that CTSUD be dissolved and the cost of operating this entity be eliminated. CTSUD no longer provides any specific function related to the provision of water service.
CTSUD no longer has the authority or resources to provide any water service to any customer and has been effectively inactive for five years. However, the board is still compelled by state law to hold regular meetings and elections because it has not formally dissolved.
Senate Bill 248, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, creates a process for dissolution of the district. This law allows CTSUD to dissolve after Aug. 31, 2019, whether or not third-party legal actions are resolved. A planned vote on the issue of dissolution is scheduled for
Sept. 30, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.,
at Ford Elementary School,
210 Woodlake Drive, in Georgetown.
This FAQ provides more background on the CTSUD merger with the City of Georgetown water utility and actions since 2011.
Benadryl - Keep it handy!
Posted on Aug 28th, 2019 Comments (0)
Important information about having Benadryl on hand:

For those living in rattlesnake areas, I have learned something new which I feel is important enough to pass on.
A man was bitten by a rattlesnake a few days ago.  He was getting ready to bale hay and turned over a windrow to check the moisture and the snake was in the window. It wrapped around his arm and bit him on the underside of the wrist. Luckily it was not a severe bite, the fang marks were clear, but not deep enough to draw blood. He went straight to the house and we put ice on the bite.  He arrived at the hospital within an hour. I called ahead so the emergency room was ready for him. By the time he arrived his arm was starting to swell up to the shoulder and his throat was getting tight. The emergency room attendees immediately gave him Benadryl. Apparently antivenom must be received within 4 hours of the snakebite, but the immediate threat is swelling and death of tissue, which was treated with the Benadryl. The swelling in his arm and throat started going down right away. The anti-venom medicine had to be prepared and was not ready for a couple of hours. He was given two doses of antivenom and spent the night in the hospital.  They drew blood every three hours.  He was able to go home the next day and even went back to work. 

I have always carried liquid Benadryl in all of my vehicles because I am allergic to bee stings. After this incident, I went out to check my supplies. All three of the bottles I had behind the seats in my emergency kits, had been in there quite a while and the liquid was gone.

My daughter, who is a nurse, told me to go buy the children’s chewable Benadryl instead. It is given according to body weight, so can be used for adults as well. She said if you chew it and hold it in your mouth it will absorb just as fast or faster through the membranes of the mouth than from the stomach. The box doesn’t take much room and will fit in the glove compartment or a back pack.  
Shady Oaks Car Show
Posted on May 20th, 2018 Comments (0)
Shady Oaks Car Show was a great success and another will take place in the fall.
Something Bigger
Posted on May 29th, 2017 Comments (0)
I've always loved to run in the rain.  Not the manly toad floating rain for which Texas is famous, where even running across a low water crossing is likely to have you end up on some oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  I'm talking more that wimpy Seattle type rain, the slight drizzle that in Texas helps cool the body and is just heavy enough that drivers or casual observers think that you are not quite right in the head.  In Seattle, it is everyday weather so if it is not raining and you are running people think your elevator doesn’t go to the top.  This was one of those runs.
The slight drizzle amplified the cooler than normal temperature for late May in Austin and should have alerted me that this was going to be one of those magical runs.  My feet were light and quiet, the breathing was relaxed and effort light.  I try to judge how efficiently I am running by the quietness of the foot falls of my size 14 shoes.  Where normally there would be audible sounds of my clown sized Hoka One One Clifton 3's on the chip seal roads which run for miles through the countryside, today there was silence.  Half a mile into my run I noticed that the home owner’s association had placed small flags at every driveway to celebrate Armed Services Day.  The flags lined the side of the road like spectators along an Olympic marathon.  A bonus for the day’s effort.
Near the end of the first mile the drizzle started to dissipate and as I made my first left turn of the morning I spotted an egret on the peak of a roof.  The backdrop of thinning clouds trying to hold back the suns early rays caused a regal and comforting silhouette of the bird.  It stood there without so much as a feather moving, simply looking down at me in acknowledgment of my presence on this fine morning.  While an egret was a common occurrence during my morning runs when I lived in southeast Texas, this was the first one I have seen in the decade that I have lived in Austin.  Why did it choose today to show itself?  Many Native American tribes associate egrets with peace and harmony which was fitting for the way the run had begun.   Peaceful and harmonious.
My left wrist felt the vibration from my Garmin 735 watch, indicating the end of first mile, ticking off about 15 seconds earlier than normal.  This was a bit of a surprise based on how easy the effort but I have learned over the years of exercising to just go with it.  The second mile was uneventful but passed by rather fast, another 15 seconds faster than even the first.  As I turned left to begin the third mile I was determined that I was not going to spoil the harmony of the run by pushing the effort today.  Instead, I just wanted to enjoy the day that God had graciously given me.  These types days are far too rare to squander with something as trivial as a personal best time for a training run.  There will be other days for that.  100 yards into my final mile of the day I noticed one of the flags ahead had fallen over and was laying on the ground.  For a few seconds, I pondered the violation of US Flag etiquette but passed it and kept running, still enjoying a great running day.  However, with every new step, the little voice inside my head told me to go back and get the flag off the ground.  “Why?” I thought?  “No one would know and frankly they may not even care.  This was my good run and I didn’t want to interrupt it.” Finally, after about 20 additional yards, the pangs of responsibility, of something bigger than me, became too much and I turned around.
I bent over and picked it up and as I did scenes from Olympics past replayed in my head.  US Athletes taking a victory lap around the track, holding a flag and waving it in the air with pride.   Not only for winning the race but more importantly doing so in honor of the country that provided them the freedom to pursue their passion.  I couldn't resist reenacting this scene and was able to capture the moment in the best selfie to ever captured by a middle aged, middle of the packer.  This was likely the closet this old fat guy would be to act this out in real life and I felt a similar exhilaration to the gold medal winner.  After completing the celebrations, I placed the stick holding the flag firmly into the ground, to avoid falling over again, and returned to complete my run with a heart as light as my feet and a chest bursting with pride.  As I touched the button on my watch for the final time that day I was surprised to see that even with the impromptu celebration, my last mile was still 1 second faster than the one before allowing to complete my negative split.  Karma.
As I completed my cooldown I tried to decide if the great feeling embracing me now was due to the great run or that I took time out to do something simple that was bigger than me.  I could have easily passed it by because it was not my job or it would negatively impact my good run.  Instead I took a few seconds out and did what was right.  Not for recognition as no one was watching but it was the right thing to do.  What if everyone who reads this this story treats it as a metaphor to do something good for their neighbor, a stranger, or the country.   Something bigger than themselves.  They can put down their smartphone long enough to put out a flag, thank a soldier or veteran, help someone in need, or simply think of someone else instead of themselves for a minute.  Pixels on a television screen are small and when a single pixel changes color it is so insignificant that it doesn’t really impact the picture.  However, when hundreds or thousands of them change, the aggregate changes bring the picture to life.  Small acts of kindness or doing what is right, done often and by many people, can change the world.