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Featured in our August issue is Preston Hollow neighbor Louisa Meyer, a dedicated DISD volunteer and a retired accountant from ARCO (now BP). She’s been married for 28 years to Jim, whom she met at SMU, and they have two sons — Ben, 22, who just graduated from Yale and is returning to W. T. White to teach math and coach; and John, 18, who was W. T. White’s salutatorian and heading to Washington University in St. Louis to study business and play football.
What’s a little known fact about you?
Twenty tears ago, I received a death threat related to a high profile trial where I was a juror.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I had a party at my house in high school. When two guys started arguing over a girl and were threatening to fight each other, they “took it outside.” My mom got out the garden hose and drenched them. Now I understand her logic, but then, I was mortified.
What makes you laugh out loud?
The Middle television show.
What’s your most treasured possession?
My charm bracelet.
What’s your strangest or most random Facebook Friend connection?
I’m not totally comfortable with all the personal detail everyone shares and considered deleting my page, but I didn’t since the page reconnected me with my best friend from junior high.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Married with children living in the mountains of North Carolina.
If you could only eat at one neighborhood restaurant for the rest of your life, which would it be?
I don’t have just one, but I’m a 30-year fan of The Great Outdoors and can name most of their locations. My usual is #8 but I love to indulge with #21. If you say “specially dressed,” they’ll know you’re an old-timer.
What brings a smile to your face every time?
My husband’s unusual sense of humor or, actually, his heart for mentoring youth.
What item in your closet is most humiliating?
I have no idea though I have a friend or two who would probably like to tell me.
What do you miss about the you from 10 or 20 years ago?
Watching our boys play Y Sports, AAU basketball or baseball games at Northaven Park.
What do you love about the age you’re at now?
SMU Football is winning again!
What are some jobs you’ve held in the past?
My first job was a Six Flags (St. Louis) riverboat operator. That cured my shyness. I was later promoted to Guest Relations where I wore a short skirt and “go-go” boots. When I wasn’t strolling the park taking guest surveys, I was on the receiving end of guest complaints from those who were mostly angry that we wouldn’t page their lost children and didn’t understand why others were being paged. Just so you know, a page usually means the kid shoplifted or acted up on a ride. And when I was a senior at SMU, I was a waitress at Andrew’s on McKinney, which is now Breadwinners. Andrew’s was like Cheers before the show was created. Our bartender reminded me of Sam. We definitely had a Carla. And they might have thought I was as ditsy as Diane though I would have had nothing to do with Sam!
What’s your favorite guilty-pleasure website?
The Drudge Report
Do you have a favorite quote?
“God hasn’t promised us tomorrow but he has promised us eternity.” —Tony Snow
What are you afraid of, rationally or irrationally?
Offending someone I care about. Aka “foot in mouth disease.”
If you could import the brain of any person, living or dead, into your own noggin, whose would it be?
Charles Krauthammer or Condi Rice. I admire both for their intellect; Krauthammer also for his wit; and it’d be a nice dividend to have Rice’s athleticism, musical abilities and fashion sense.
Who is your hero and why?
Tie: My father-in-law, Duane Meyer, who is the most joyful person I know. The other, who remains anonymous, overcame an addiction and quietly does extraordinary things to help others do the same.
Would you skydive in the most beautiful place in the world? Why or why not?
Yes, I’d like to but my husband would probably talk me out of it.
When did you realize you were no longer a child?
When I was 26 and the grocery store bagger called me “ma’am.” Last year, I had another unfortunate encounter with a bagger who called me “sir.” It was clearly more than just a bad hair day.