Julie Howard

Ok, Julie–heh, heh, heh,–Howard.

Ok, dreams.

Do you remember your dreams?

Mmmm… only sometimes—not often. I’d say not often.

Do you have any dreams you remember?

Not really, only from when I was a kid. This one particular dream—it was the mailman was coming but he was like, he looked like one of the balloons in the Macy’s Day parade and it was like him and his mailcart were like a giant slow floating Macy’s Day parade-type of golf or postal truck and then the mailman would come out and throw the mail really slowly and everything was like these giant Macy’s Day parade float envelopes.

And, that’s what I remember. I used to call it the “mail dream.” It was actually scary. I would have to go sleep with my parents. But otherwise no, I don’t really recall.

Do you have any dreams or goals you want to accomplish in life?

In life? Just to see stuff, do stuff—not like be totally sedentary.

What’s the most important work you’re doing?

Mmmm… I’m a stay-at-home mom. Yep, running the household.

What’s the best part about your work?

Well, it always evolves. A lot of evolving and changing, I’m always busy putting out all kinds of fires, and it’s never the same day. Everything’s different, so that’s fun.

What’s the most challenging part?

There’s no real break, so that’s probably a big challenge. But, it’s not really that challenging, I’ve gotta say at this stage—pretty easy.

What’s your current opinion of Santa Cruz?

Well, I love Santa Cruz and I’ve lived here for almost thirty years. And I’ve seen it do all kinds of ups and downs. And, I did just read that according to the 2023 census that Santa Cruz is the second highest growing city in the United States, which is nuts. So, it’s pretty crazy I think Santa Cruz is going to change in the next twenty years, I don’t think it’s going to be the Santa Cruz that we know. I think we’re going to be the Malibu to San Jose. So, I love it ,but I don’t think it’s going to stay—I don’t think it’s going to stay the way it’s been. I think a lot of people are going to get pushed out, sadly.

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