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Steve Cloud
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Attended Hardin-Simmons University
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Are you dismayed by what has been going on in the world in the past few weeks?  Are you hurting due to some type of personal loss, or maybe dealing with feelings of sadness and loneliness?  I have personally spoken with many ...
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Giants...  What makes a person a giant?  Well, obviously it could be physical stature and size, and there truly are some physical giants in the world.  However, when I think of a Giant, I think of someone who is a HUGE part o...
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BUSY... The Great Lie "I'm just so busy..."   "I am so busy that I don't have time to..." "I do not think my life will ever slow down..." Said one of those things in the past few days?  I know that I certainly have.  In fact,...
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Like many of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams in what seems to be an apparent suicide.  This makes me sad for many reasons, as the characters that he played have been a part of life for ...
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Lately, there have been a lot of news reports, and personal discussions about the kidnapping of the nearly 300 school-aged girls in Nigeria.  It is clearly a story that has captured the hearts and attention of the world.  As ...
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One of the things that I have learned through my time dealing with anxiety and depression is that there are some out there that do not understand this condition, and therefore do not know how to handle it.  Now, I'm a grown-u...
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Over the past 18 months or so, I have attempted to share a glimpse into my ongoing battle with anxiety and depression.  Lately, I have been hesitant to write much about it, as I certainly do not want to sound like a broken re...
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It is that time of year again!  If you have not heard yet, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were announced by Apple yesterday, and will go on sale next week.  For many people, especially here in the United States, this means that it i...
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If you are, or have been, in a very dark place in life, you are not alone.  There are millions of people who struggle with depression and anxiety in it's many forms.  The biggest lie that Satan wants you to believe is that yo...
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I have to confess something.... and I doubt it will be a surprise to anyone that really knows me.  I do not have it all together...  In fact, there are a lot of days that I feel like I'm barely hanging on by a thread.  I have...
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Thanks for sharing your heart Steve. It's hard to do, in any setting (one on one, small group, large group, public). Praying for you and Amy.
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  • Hillcrest Baptist Church
    Youth Pastor, 2011 - present
  • Wayland Baptist University
    Academic Advisor, 2009 - 2011
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  • Hardin-Simmons University
    Communication, 1993 - 1997
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My mom and dad were involved in an accident, and needed to replace their truck quickly. We decided to stop by Covert since it was the closest Ford dealer to our house, and seemed to have a large inventory. I had been there before, but have never even had a salesman come out to talk to me. Found out that's part of their "schtick." Very low pressure, and our salesman named Travis Palu was absolutely great in helping get the initial deal done. Told them what we were looking for, and they found the right truck for us. Great price on the truck. It was nice to find exactly what we were looking for at the first place we stopped. Why only one star? Well, because of the sheer amount of time we had to spend at the dealership, and their rather shady business practices after the sale. We walked in just before 1:00 PM, and did not have the truck to drive out until nearly 8:00 PM! We found the truck we wanted within 30 minutes of walking in. We had reached a deal soon after that. We sat and sat... just waiting on them to get all of their ducks in a row to finalize everything. No idea why it took so long. Already had financing in place before the purchase. Granted, it took them a little while to figure out the trade value on the truck traded, but seriously... Why so long? Plus, it seemed that everyone we talked to was juggling more than one customer at a time. I know that managers have to deal with multiple people at a time, but salesmen should not engage you at all if they have another customer coming in. Our first salesman dumped us after 10 minutes because he had another customer coming in. Sorry, but if I'm sitting in front of you, READY to buy a car, then we should have your complete attention. This, while a whole table full of salespeople/management sat around a desk and "shot the bull" for most of our time there. They even began discussing us, and our trade among themselves where we could hear them. Just bad business practice, guys... seriously. Speaking of taking their sweet time... We intended to trade the truck that had been wrecked. They gave us a price on it, and we made a deal. AFTER everything was done, and papers were getting ready to be signed, they decided that they would NOT do the trade because we didn't have the title for the paid off trade, strictly because my parents were from out of state. I live 5 minutes from Covert, but that did not seem to matter. My parents ended up having to just buy the truck without including the trade, as they had no real choice. They gave us a written note on letterhead stating that they would pay us the amount agreed upon for the trade as soon as they received the title. Well, they did not trust us that we were telling the truth about having the truck paid off. We had the title in their hands within a few days. That was nearly 2 weeks ago, and now they have the title, truck, and still no check. I was told that they would overnight the check, and that it would be in my parents' hands by this past Wednesday. Still no dice. They asked us to trust them, and then violated that trust. I sincerely hope that the money is in hand within the next couple of days. I never want to set foot in that dealership again. Save yourself the hassle... drive to Mac Haik in Georgetown...
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Needed to have an alignment done on one of our cars. Checked with several places, and they either wanted to make an appointment for several days later, or wanted to charge $100 or more to do the alignment. I originally went to check out Speedy Align, but they were closed today for some reason. Found StopShop via yelp, and the location was close to where I was. Gave them a call, and found out that there would be no waiting if I came by. Shop is very clean and attractive. Waiting area is spotless, and equipped with a Keurig machine, large TV, comfortable couches, and free wifi. I was quickly greeted by the lady at the front desk, as well as one of the mechanics. Very impressed, so far. Here's the best part... They will actually do a full check of your alignment for FREE! Then, if you indeed need the service, they will discussing the pricing and details with you, including a diagram that shows exactly what adjustments need to be made, etc. Top it off with the best price I've found in town for a 4 wheel alignment ($65) and a 20 minute turnaround time... and I'm a fan! Go by and check this place out... they are some great people!
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Great food, somewhat dark atmosphere (hard to see your food), but usually no waiting to be seated. Menu selection is good, and pizza/pasta are good. The one glaring problem is that the food here is WAY overpriced. $12 for spaghetti and no salad? $15 for a Stromboli? Sorry, for that money I can eat at Olive Garden, which includes salad and bread. If you don't care about the expense, its a nice place. However, I'll probably go elsewhere next time.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Amazing buying experience...gave us a killer deal, and treated us so well. Best dealership we've been to in Austin!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Amazing service, great food, and great atmosphere. This is a great neighborhood pizza joint, and our family loves it! Just a tip, sign up for their online coupons and get their customer card. I never have to pay full price for anything!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've tried this place twice since moving to Austin. It's musical heritage and atmosphere are cool, but that's about it. I'd give the food a healthy "thumbs down," as it is just not anything special. Chicken fried steak...seriously...edible, not horrible, but certainly not "world famous" like the menu states. Santa Fe squash was a no-go in my opinion, but the spinich casserole was good! WORST part of the experience was the service. Our waitress acted like she had no desire to be there. The food took FOREVER to arrive (even though they were not busy), and once it arrived, we had to ask TWICE for some silverware to eat it! There were 9 of us in the party, and she brought us 6 sets of silverware... We actually had to get up and find the other three sets ourselves. After being there for 2 hours, we finally escaped.....doubt we'll be back any time soon. Too bad, as the atmosphere and live music is pretty cool.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Went to B & B to do a re-repair of some body damage we had repaired at the "recommended" shop by our insurance company. After finally getting the insurance company to agree to a different body shop for the re-repair, we found B & B. I cannot say enough how amazing this place is. Customer service is over the top good. Nice waiting area, super friendly and helpful staff. Good communication throughout the process, and they even arranged the rental vehicle for me. Our insurance company continued to balk at the repairs that were not completed by the first body shop, and B & B went to bat for us, and got the repairs that needed to be done covered. When I picked the car up, it looked like it just came from the showroom. It was spotless inside and out. Even the tires had been dressed. Would not go anywhere else in Austin. B & B is the best at customer service, and fixing cars. If you need a body shop, look no further...
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago