IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's National Hug a G.I. Day

yeah, yeah, yeah, i know. I just lost my mojo. I'm not saying it's back but I am fired up. The very short version is some of your friends and neighbors want the Islander back in hard copy form. This is not what lit the fire. I would sorta like to see it back too and I know a lot of folks that think tht way also. I read 5 or 6 papers a day. All e versions. It's the way the world is moving. Like it don;t like I don't care. But that's what it is. I will admit I have not read it once since it went digital either, but you know what? That's on me. That's like like leaving the old hard copy in the driveway until Mother Nature has her way with it. Same same. I am betting it will be THE topic of conversation at Thursday's Civic Club Meeting. What has me lit up is that I learned Wells Fargo is going to sue the Civic Club for money the club does not have all over a stupid printer that worked two of our friends and neighbors half to death over the past 6 years. Before you launch on me let me say, I get it. The Club signed a lease and we did not live up to our end of the bargain. I get it. But we are quickly approaching the old blood and turnip scenario here. When does an organization the size of WellsgoddamFargo realize what is actually going on and cut their losses? It looks like they won't be happy til the Club files for dissolution or bankruptcy. That is what has me fired up. Is that really in anyone's bet interest? I guarantee I'm worth more in bad press than they will ever get out the the Club. A lot of us have put more than a little effort in to the Club over the past umpteen years and really don't want to see it play out like this. There may not be any other way but I really hope one will be found. And THAT is what pisses me off.
See you at the Civic Club meeting Thursday? Come on down, it should be a hoot.

And a huge thanks to all who made the 13th annual Mancakes a record breaker. The kitchen team the floor team and all our wonderful friends and neighbors who came out and had breakfast with us. God willing we'll do it again next year.

Friday, February 6, 2015

National Wear Red day



Or National Frozen Yogurt day. Your choice.

From the Civic Club meeting last night:
 The Carti Gras Parade is Saturday. That’s tomorrow and this year’s theme I’m told is The Wizard of Oz. Have a shot and let your imagination run wild. I’m sure the line up will be in the usual place, that being the newly renovated and entirely awesome Paul Shelley Pavilion. They are looking for judges so if you are interested please please please contact President Debbie. And yes, there will be prizes for First Second and Kids. Slight pause here to give a shout out to neighbor Rob Scherer who made all the upgrades to the pavilion and to Councilman Bryan Hoerner for spearheading the project. Bravo Zulu  men. The other thing that came out of the meeting is what the Club Charges for events. This is a heads up but only for a few of you. If you are NOT a member your price will be a tad higher. About 50% higher. Makes it a worthy investment if you attend more than one Club event. That said ManCakes is on It will be Saturday the 14th and if your dues are in place it will be a whopping $5 for adults and $3 for under 12. Team Mancakes will begin serving at 8 and will continue to do so until 11 or we run out. See you there.

“Living a good life is like flipping pancakes. If you hesitate, it splatters all over the place” Matt Simpson

Thursday, February 5, 2015

National Shower with a Friend day!

I signed up for this Ancestry.com DNA thing. Anyone else done that? I've been tracking my family tree for a while and this seemed like it could be fun. I'll let you know.

Civic Club news
Tonight is the night to talk about the Cartie Gras Parade!!
AND MANCAKES


Don't forget to attend our first 2015 Civic Club meeting tonight!  Potluck is at 7:00  and meeting will start at 7:30.

  Bring your dish, based on first initial of your last name: 
  A-H   Please bring main dish/meat.
  I-P     Please bring appetizers/salads. 
  Q-Z   Please bring desserts

See you tonight!

Debbie Darwin
CLSCC - President

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Homemade Soup day

And it's Thank a mail man day too. I thank ours all the time. buy ya a beer if you know her name.

Tomorrow night is the Civic Club meeting. We're gonna talk about Mancakes. Yep, it's that time. If you want in tell me fast because we have limited space and lots of men who want to play.

In the market for a vintage "canned ham"? It is stripped out now but the price is right. Let me know and I'll point you in the right direction.

I still haven't heard from Gary or Al that matter in relation to Ground Hog day. As soon asI getit you'll get it.
 

I missed a piece of Senor Beans schedule but here's what left. Sorry Beans.
Feb 7th, Saturday, 6PM - Krewe de Lac  "Pirates In Paradise", Yachty Gras Boat Parade on the Texas Tease cruise boat. 280 Grove Road in Kemah.
Mardi Gras on the water!!
As of last week there were still a few spots available.  $40 per person gets you a ride in the parade, hors d'oeuvers, live music with Senor Beans, dancing and a cash bar. 
Bring plenty of beads to toss at the partiers on restaurant row and wear your dancing shoes!  This one will be off the charts!
Contact D'Anne at 281-382-1435, maemskool@aol.com,  or go to www.krewedulac.org for tickets and more information.

Feb 10th, Tuesday night - T-Bone Tom's Backyard, 6 ~ 10PM
Join me for a fun night with awesome food, beverages and Kemah's number one Tropical venue!  Happy Hour 5:00 ~ 6:30PM.

Feb 22nd, Sunday - HLS&Rodeo, Kids Riding Event Awards Party.  My favorite "give back gig"....year five!
These kids move my soul!  Private Event

Feb 27th & 28th, Pirates and Poets Songwriter Invitational, Port Aransas, Texas.
The fun starts at Shorty's place, 7PM on Friday with Dennis Davis.  I will be performing on Saturday from 2~5PM at the Plantation Suites.  For information go to  www.piratesandpoets.net or send an email to jonboy820@gmail.com
There is a very respectable number of Bay Area folks going down for this.  Let's make it a ROAD TRIP!  Sign up now!

I hope to see you all in the very near future and look forward to sharing some new tunes, some old stuff and a few stories with you!  Take care of one another!
Peace and Love,
Senor Beans
832-857-2326

This from neighbor Walter. Pretty damned cool Walter.
 I'm selling the outboard on my Mako. A real brother-In-Law deal to someone. Know anyoone who might be interested? Could be a finders fee....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Holding Out

I am, for January 16th. It's National Nothing day. I'm having a real hard time getting motivated so here's what's coming up.
ITS THAT TIME AGAIN

BURL AND RAYNELS 33rd ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH AND CHILI OFF

WHERE:        CRAIG AND RAYNELS.   707 NARCISSUS CLEAR LAKE SHORES

WHEN:           JANUARY 31, 2015

DETAILS PLEASE:

PARTY STARTS AT 12:00

BAND STARTS AT 1:00

JUDGING STARTS AT 3:00

EVERYONE EATS AT 4:00

WHOS PLAYING?  DAVE NEVELING AND THE BLUES KATS.  7th YEAR IN A ROW I THINK.

HOW DOES IT WORK?   BRING A CHAIR, YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE, A CROCKPOT OF CHILI AND A GENEROUS DONATION FOR THE BAND AS THEY PLAY FOR TIPS.  BE PREPARED TO HAVE A GREAT TIME. 

I CANT  COOK CHILI.  SO WHAT!  ALAN B CANT EITHER AND HES WON THREE TIMES.  BUT IF YOUR TOO SCARED TO TRY, BRING A SIDE DISH OR NOTHING AT ALL BUT IT IS A CHILI COOKOFF AND WE ARE TRYING TO BREAK THE RECORD OF 40 ENTRIES.

BUT I MIGHT NOT KNOW ANYONE.   YOU WILL FIVE MINUETS AFTER YOU GET HERE AND YOU CAN BRING YOUR FRIENDS.

I THINK I HAVE COVERED ALL OF THE EXCUSES TO MISS THE PARTY.

FOR ALL OF YOU CLS NEWBIES.  NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP YOUR PETS INDOORS AS ROB AND ALAN WILL BE LOOKING FOR THEIR MAIN INGREDIENT.  THE ONLY RULE TO OUR CHILI COOKOFF IS THERE ARE NO RULES.  YOU CAN ENTER A POT OF BOILING WATER IF YOU WANT AND MIGHT WIN IF YOU PAY THE JUDGES ENOUGH.  WE REALLY HOPE ALL OF YOU NEW FOLKS COME AND ENJOY WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MEET YOU.




ANY QUESTIONS CALL CRAIG:   281-300-3541

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not only is it New Years Eve



It’s also Make up your mind day. New Years Eve 2014. Ready or not tomorrow is 2015. Took a peek at last years 1/1 post and it had these little jewels, The Texans have a new coach, The Sandbar should be open this year and so should Chill. Did I mention I talked to Frank a couple of weeks ago? He has a new guy stepping up to get Chill back on track. One out of three eh? Well Chill is in the hands of the Micro Brew outfit and I hope that’s coming along. Anyone heard any news on that? I did get a chance to talk to Roxanne earlier this summer but when I asked her what the latest was all I got was a “UGH!”
Speaking of numbers, this blog is coming up on its 4th anniversary. Can you believe it ? 1,435 days ago was the first post. For the numerically challenged it was January 26, 2011. And here we are 802 posts later. 6,200 comments have been posted and most of them are still up. One or two trolls have been deleted just because I can.Those numbers make up the 380,397 pageviews. Whodda thunk it.
I hope everyone made their kids go out and play in the snow that was provided by the City on Monday. Aside from the annual city event and the odd snow day at Stewart it was ten years ago when we had our White Christmas. Statistically it will be 182 years before we have another. I won’t wait up. Resolutions anyone? I’m gonna pass this year so don’t blow me any crap if you see me out walking around the island.
Lot’s of changes going on all around us. Just look at all the new homes going up. With the exception of the idento-boxes next to me on Pine they are pretty cool. We really should have an ordinance just for the money bags that don’t live here but buy the dirt to build spec houses. Nothing against capitalism mind you just don’t make your cheap shit that you will never see because you don’t live here identical sitting RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. What a D bag. That’s why we moved here wasn’t it? Because it was different? If you want every 4th house to look the same move to League City right? And here I have identical twin spec homes two doors down. Bad Karma.
Who’s little sailboat sank on South Shore down at Narcissus? Cute little boat stuck in mud. Oh well.
Happy New Year Clear Lake Shores




“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

Monday, December 22, 2014

National Forefather's Day



Forefathers’ Day is a holiday celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 22. It is a commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. It was introduced in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1769. Take that.

Well if you missed the Civic Club’s Christmas Party you missed one heck of a good time. The foos was great and the crowd was jusr awesome. Shanna and Pricilla have outdone themselves. Next time you see either one of them make sure you thank them for effort they put into this final event of the year. Job well done Ladies.

And speaking of the Christmas Party, for all those enquiring minds Bryan Hoerner won First Place in the wacky hat contest with his home made Sno-Globe hat. Lisa Foley won Second Place and Rick and Sam took home best couple.

The Carroling Carters worked their magic around the Island last night. I am so thankful they stopped at the Corner of Forest and Pine. We weren’t able to join in this year MJ and I are both trying to get over the Crud. We’ll be there next year tho. I counted 45 buggies as they drove off to spread Christmas Joy around the neighborhood. Caldwell’s, you rock! Merry Christmas everyone.

RIP
John Robert "Joe" Cocker

Sunday, December 21, 2014

4 Shopping days left

That gives me three more days to goof off.

HOT OFF THE WIRE
For all who have been asking 
CARROLING IS ON!
Be at 405 Oak at 5PM this evening for practice. See you there! 
Don't know where 405 is? Just get close and it will find you.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7 Shopping Days till...

Christmas!

From the Prez...
Hello Club Members,

Don't forget about our last Civic Club party of the year!  This Friday is our annual Christmas party.  Priscilla Duffy & Shanna McGinty , AKA the Dynamic Duo, has organized a great time for us - thank you Duo!  We will have food, a DJ and a Christmas hat contest.  All details are on-line in the Islander!
Also, Diane Johnson is collecting stuffed animals to give to the elderly on Christmas Eve.  We're going to have a box at the party to collect any that you can donate for this wonderful cause.

See you Friday!  If you can't make it, then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you for a wonderful year - looking forward to another great time in 2015.

Regards,
Debbie Darwin
CLSCC - President