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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant offers residents and visitors to Beaumont a taste of authentic Mexican fare without leaving our area. Owner and manager Able Martinez believes that keeping the food true to the old recipes people love and not succumbing to the Tex Mex flair is what makes his customers continue to eat with him. “Everything we make here is made by chefs who are from Mexico and understand the old ways. We are proud of our people and the food they cook and serve,” he said.

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Buddy Wilcox runs a tight ship at Cici’s Pizza in Beaumont. The very busy owner/manager should know the ropes from his more than 10 years working for the company in the Dallas area. He has honed his skills to perfection in the five years he has owned the franchise in Beaumont.

Wilcox is a hands-on manager, busily handling the buffet line, helping answer customer questions, checking on hot pizzas coming out of the kitchen, and taking special orders for various combinations of toppings.

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Working really hard and giving your best effort in an attempt to carry out a plan or to meet a goal for someone else can end in negative feelings when the other person doesn’t seem to understand or value our contribution. We are disappointed. There are times when we honestly feel we have followed the orders or instructions we were given only to have them change in midstream. We wanted the person or people to see it our way or to at least give verbal acknowledgement to the fact that we tried.

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“I grew up a dreamin’ of bein’ a cowboy … and lovin’ the cowboy ways …”

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My friend and neighbor on Bolivar, Rusty Cluck, pulls some mighty big words out of his hat from time to time. I confess up front that I got this one and the idea for this column when reading something he wrote recently. He told a woman to “enjoy her schadenfreude,” and I wanted to be certain I understood what it meant. The woman writer has an overly offensive attitude and she is at her worst when writing.

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