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Anxious—and still waiting—Austinites weigh in on the presidential election
(Bob Daemmrich)

Election night ended two days ago but the presidential race is still dragging on, and some Austinites are starting to get antsy.


With hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted in five key battleground states—Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania—this election is a nail-biter.

Nervous feelings are being shared among many on social media; the waiting game is testing people's patience.


Andrei Matei, who has been living in Austin for more than 20 years now, said he is shocked by the closeness of the presidential race.

"I'm very surprised that the race is as tight as it is at the national level right now," Matei said. "I've never seen our country more divided than it is now."

Austinites are reminding each other to remain calm, knowing the results would not be in anytime soon.

Others, like Austinite Rachel Wilson, are awaiting results calmly, with the attitude that whatever happens, happens.

"The presidential election is close as expected," Wilson said. "Regardless of the outcome we will all be OK. In life, and in politics, no defeat or victory is permanent."

Some locals are choosing to laugh the election nerves away, poking fun at the states the country is waiting on.

Above all else, distraction via hanging with your pup, getting outside or grabbing a bite are popular choices for this election.



Texas has already had a tense election cycle. In the midst of COVID-19, this election was destined to be different than years prior. With six extra days of early voting in Texas, residents did their part by casting their vote.

In the months leading up to the election, Texas appeared to be a swing state with Republicans and Democrats neck and neck, keeping residents on the edge of their seats into election night.

Though Texas' 38 Electoral College votes will go to President Donald Trump, the election is still undecided. According to the Associated Press, Biden currently has 264 electoral votes and Trump at 214 electoral votes of the 270 needed to win office. With at least five states yet to confirm a lead, the race is still not over.

More on waiting:

As the presidential election hangs in the balance, Austin progressive groups look to council runoffs and 2021 legislative session

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‘Like speed dating of cats’ at Purr-fecto Cat Lounge
Purr-fecto Cat Lounge

Lina Martinez with her newly adopted cat, Emmanuel, who she renamed Sullivan.

Timmy and Tommy are ready to play.

As the 2-month-old white-and-tabby brothers swat feather wands, chase toys and generally hold court inside Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, a half-dozen potential adoptive parents look on lovingly, trying to get their attention.

“This is kind of like the speed dating of cats,” said Lupita Foster, owner of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge. “I intentionally didn’t put in any tables. That’s why we call it a lounge instead of a cat café because we have these lounge areas where you can sit and relax and cuddle.”

Foster, who has owned a cleaning company, Enviromaids, for 18 years, was inspired to open Purr-fecto Cat Lounge after adopting her own cat, Romeo, from a local shelter.

“When you want to adopt a cat, you have to spend a lot of time with them to get their personality,” Foster said. “I wanted to do something to help the community and something that makes me feel good, that warms my heart. A business with a purpose. This was a perfect idea.”

Actually, a purr-fect idea.

Inspired in part by a cat lounge she visited in Los Angeles, Foster began laying the groundwork for the business in late 2021 and officially opened the doors of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, located at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., in July 2022. Since then, she’s worked with rescue organizations such as Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue and Sunshine Fund Cat Rescue to facilitate nearly 100 cat adoptions.

At any given time, there are 10-15 cats living in the space, which features an ideal blend of calm, cool corners and adorably Instagrammable backdrops with phrases such as “I want to spend all my 9 lives with you.”

Lina Martinez, 32, learned about Purr-fecto Cat Lounge from a friend’s Instagram post and made an appointment to visit two days later.

“My first impression was, ‘AWW!’” Martinez said. “The kittens were to die for. I felt happy and at peace – just what I needed.”

Visitors to the cat lounge pay $15 for a 30-minute CATXperience session or $30 for a 70-minute session that is spent getting to know the personalities of each cat. Foster said the first thing she typically sees from visitors to the lounge is a smile.

“Everybody that enters the door is smiling,” she said. “And we’ve seen people who have cried because they can’t have kids and they decide to go and adopt a cat instead.”

Foster said she loves bringing in cats who might not have a chance to be adopted at traditional shelters. She told the story of one cat named Izzy, who was partially blind, who was adopted by a family that had a deaf cat at home.

“Izzy was not going to get adopted anywhere else, but she’s extremely beautiful,” she said. “If she was in a cage in a rescue and you tell people she’s blind, she was probably going to be overlooked. But visiting our space, she doesn’t seem like she’s blind. She knows her way around. She moves around perfectly.”

Although Martinez, who had been casually looking for a pet to adopt since moving to Austin nearly four years ago, was interested in a cat named Ruby that she had seen on Purr-fecto’s social media, at the lounge she instead found herself drawn to 5-month-old mixed breed Tuxedo cat.

“I thought he was a star,” she said. “He worked the room and introduced himself to everyone. When I laid down to pet Ruby, he ran from the other side of the room and cuddled with me. It was game over. He got me.”

And she, of course, got him, complete with a commemorative photo that read “My Furrever Family” the day she took him home. Although his original name was Emmanuel, she renamed him Sullivan after her favorite DJ.

“Purr-fecto is special because of the amount of effort and love they put into taking care of the cats,” Martinez said, “and finding them good homes and making possible adopters feel at home.”

Foster, who spent a recent Thursday hosting a group of teenagers in foster care at the lounge, several of whom expressed interest in working there, said the best part about her new endeavor is that her heart is always full.

“I just feel complete,” she said. “I always felt as an entrepreneur that I was missing something. I knew I accomplished a lot, but in my heart I was missing a little connection with the community. Now I’m creating connections between humans and pets and that’s amazing. I’m creating family bonds. It’s just about love, you know. And we need that.”

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