Real people: Agent gets back in saddle to support Pin Oak charity show


John Daugherty, Realtors and sales associate Patricia Reed were 2015 bronze sponsors of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which supports Texas Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and The Candlelighters. Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty agent Nicole Brende and fiance Jan-Oliver Schmidt, vice president at Stahlschmidt Inc., had a fun-filled engagement weekend first hosting 150 friends and family at Kiran's restaurant, where they had their first date, and then a private party room at Up restaurant, where they first met. Between day trips out to tastings, the views at places like the Robert Mondavi vineyard, and delicious food offerings in the town of Napa, it's a perfect combination of relaxing and sightseeing fit for any weekend getaway, she said. During a recent stay at the Grand Canyon, your columnist learned that even national parks are not immune to fighting with their cable company. After three nights without television reception and only a slight trickle of Internet connectivity, the concept of roving neighborhood elk and a large hole in your front yard lost most of its charm.

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