August 20, 2014
Faces of Fauquier: Walmart cashier loves to play violin
“I’m a cashier because I love meeting new people, helping people and saving people money,” Lulu Baer says.
We wanted something similar to what we had in Colorado, and Fauquier County fit the bill for us. It was less expensive, pretty rural, but close enough to work in D.C. for my husband. Fauquier has lower taxes than Prince William and less sticker shock than Fairfax.
The Walmart cashier loves her job and Fauquier County.
“I could never work somewhere I didn’t believe in, and I believe in Walmart’s basic premises of ‘Save Money. Live Better’,” Lulu Baer says. “I’m a cashier because I love meeting new people, helping people and saving people money.”
Her spunk and enthusiasm extend to community involvement.
Mrs. Baer plays violin in the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, serves as a trained election official when Fauquier citizens go to the polls and volunteers with her son’s Boy Scout troop.
She and her family settled in Warrenton 16 years ago after moving from Colorado.
“I would describe (Fauquier) as rural, with a smattering of suburban, vinyl blight,” Mrs. Baer said. “To me, Fauquier County is like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. It’s very bucolic.”
Cashier at Walmart in Warrenton, 35 hours a week, for two years. Standards of Learning test moderator at Liberty High School in the winter and spring for over five years. Election officer in Fauquier County for two years. Previously worked three years at Great Harvest Bread Co. in Warrenton.
• Why do you do the job?
I could never work somewhere I didn’t believe in, and I believe in Walmart’s basic premises of “Save Money. Live Better.” What I like about Walmart is in this difficult economy, people are watching their budget and they can come here and save money. I also like that it’s non-union, and there is lots of room for advancement. I’m a cashier because I love meeting new people, helping people and saving people money.
Husband, Leon; three children, Fagel, 24, Meyrem, 21, and Abram, 17.
Two years at Pennsylvania State University, studying pre-med. Some community college in Colorado.
• Civic and/or church involvement
Member of Fauquier Jewish Congregation, which meets at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Piedmont Symphony Orchestra member for 10 years, playing the violin.
Occasionally plays in orchestras for musicals at LHS, KRHS, FHS, Highland School, Fresta Valley Christian School and for the Fauquier Community Theatre.
Liaison with local veterans and her son’s Boy Scout Troop 10 to help get volunteers.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
For 16 years, since 1998.
• Why do you live here?
We originally moved here from Colorado to be closer to family. We wanted something similar to what we had in Colorado, and Fauquier County fit the bill for us. It was less expensive, pretty rural, but close enough to work in D.C. for my husband. Fauquier has lower taxes than Prince William and less sticker shock than Fairfax. We set roots here and like it pretty well. It’s a nice place to live.
• How do you describe this county?
I love Fauquier County. I would describe it as rural with a smattering of suburban, vinyl blight. To me, Fauquier County is like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. It’s very bucolic.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
I would want the county powers that be to be more selective about the level of development. I think the bucolic, rural flavor we all came here for is going bye-bye.
We need more apartment complexes versus rows upon rows of townhouses.
From talking with small business owners in Fauquier, the county can sometimes be a nightmare. The county should make it easier to produce, buy and sell for small businesses. It needs to be more small-business-friendly, especially for wineries, because they are really coming into their own. They are bringing in revenue and, everywhere I turn, I see more rules and regulations being forced on wineries.
• What do you do for fun?
I love gardening, digging in the dirt, playing the violin and hiking when I get the chance.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Crockett Park, because it’s close, has gentle hikes and beautiful scenery.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think the way it looks right now. If current events are a good predictor of the future, we will probably look more like Prince William County unless we are very careful. It looks like we might get rail service.
• Favorite TV show?
Fox News: “The Kelly File,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Sean Hannity.”
• Favorite movie?
“Fiddler on the Roof” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
• Favorite book?
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
• Favorite vacation spot?
I love the ocean. Any beach is nice and any place that is green. I would love to revisit Montana and Glacier National Park.
• Favorite food?
Anything chocolate. A close second is salad.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
To be weary and on-guard against powerful, centralized government. Humans were meant to love freedom and govern themselves, and once you give up freedoms, you can never get them back.
To be your own best friend and not be selfish, because if you cannot love yourself and be OK with yourself, how can you love other people? I learned these things from reading Ayn Rand’s books.
• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad, Martin Pearlstein. He was my hero because he was a practicing dentist into his 80s, and his first love was music. He was the one who introduced me to music. He taught me about the “roll off” — if something was irking him, he would let it roll off.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I’m a practical person, so I would invest it and maybe buy my husband a new tractor.
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