Hugh Donagher and Brian Rountree relocated to Lavaca from Silicon Valley in January of this year. Quite by accident, they stumbled into the Lavaca & Friends happy hour the very first Thursday they were here, and they’ve been regular fixtures in the neighborhood since. They have settled in on Barrera Street, for the time being, and they enjoy hearing all the stories about their rental house and how it was moved to its current location from its original home next door to the Bonham Academy several years ago.
Originally from Florida & Georgia, Brian works in the Cloud Group at Rackspace, having formerly worked for Yahoo! in California. While looking for full-time work here, Hugh — a Connecticut Yankee by birth — creates websites, consults on social media strategy, and writes. He recently redeveloped the Lavaca Neighborhood Association website at www.lavaca.net. He is currently working on a project with other neighbors to better understand the code enforcement process in hopes of cleaning up some of the code compliance issues in the neighborhood. (More information is available about that on the LNA website, under the “Links & Resources” tab).
After 18 years together in California, Hugh and Brian are very much enjoying life in San Antonio, and Lavaca in particular. You can often find them them having Sunday Brunch, or dinner, or just a glass of wine at The Monterey. Other favorite hangouts in the neighborhood include Madhatters, La Frite and The Friendly Spot. They occasionally blog about their adventures in Texas at www.texasyankee.org.
Hugh and Brian have both been members of the Lions Club for some time, and have just joined the newly forming Southtown Lions Club. Both have been elected as officers and are very excited to see the world’s largest service club establish a presence in this great neighborhood, through which they anticipate doing a lot of good for the community.
Passionate wine enthusiasts who brought a sizable collection of (mostly) California wines with them from the Golden State, the couple always welcomes the opportunity to share some good wine and good conversation with friends and neighbors. Rumor has it that they may be working on a neighborhood wine meet-up group! Stay tuned!