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Cheryl Strauss

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Cheryl Strauss, 50, a new resident of Harker Heights, works in the finance department of ERA Colonial Real Estate. She has fallen in love with Harker Heights’ proximity to Fort Hood, where she can enjoy the military benefits they have without being “right on top of the Army.”

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I recently celebrated my 50th birthday in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel with a water fountain view room, which was pretty spectacular. But I would have to say the Bahamas, because that’s where I learned to snorkel. The water is crystal clear and there were these foot-long fish with yellow spots that I called sun-spot fish, that would follow us. They were pretty cool.

What is the last movie you saw and last book you read?

The movie “Shaun of the Dead.” It’s hysterical! Last book ... I don’t know the exact name, but it’s “Happiness after Tragedy,” or something. It’s uplifting, about happy endings after a tragedy. Very comical. Yes, I find humor in everything. Right after we married, my husband told me we had laughed more together in two years than he did in his previous 12 years without me. I find that a good compliment.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

That I had finished college. It would’ve given me a better financial grip on things, better job options back when I was a single mom for 10 years. When you’re in a bad economic situation, you are stuck. You take what you have to, and it may not be the best job for you and may not pay the best but you take it and suck it up because you’ve got kids and no choices but to take care of them. Having a degree would’ve given me more validity for myself.

Did your children, after observing what you went through, pursue a college degree?

Yes, my oldest daughter is in college now after having served in the Army to get her college money. The youngest is still figuring it out. He knows he wants to go but hasn’t quite figured it out yet.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, from my grandma who had 10 kids. She said, “If you worry about every little thing you’ll drive yourself crazy. Let the little stuff go, save the worry for the big stuff.”

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