You know who I miss? This lady.

ann richards.

I know we don’t really talk about politics at all – if ever – on Austin Eavesdropper, but lately I’ve been thinking about my poor municipal voting record, and wanted a little inspiration, since elections are coming up in November.

So I’m calling on the spirit of Ann, one of my favorite Texas governors. In a few weeks (September 1), it will be her birthday.

If you are a Republican and didn’t care for Ann’s politics, well, I’m sorry. In truth, when she was in office, I was too young to really understand what she was all about.

But I DID know that my whole family loved her, and I did think it was awesome that someone who looked almost exactly like my grandmother had such an important job. So when I got older, I learned more about ol’ Ann.

Did you know that:

* Out of 40+ governors from Texas, Ann is one of two women to ever have held the post.
* Before she was governor, she was a social studies and history teacher.
* She was a movie lover, and helped created the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
* She made a “no talking” film trailer for the Alamo Drafthouse with my friends!

(The annoyed guy in the red cap is my roomate, Caleb, and the other, annoyING guy in a red cap is our buddy Rob).
 But one of the best things about Ann Richards? Surely her sass.

“I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don’t have any.”

I think it’s safe to call that an “oh snap,” don’t you?

Miss your fiery spirit, Ann. Happy almost birthday!