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

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's MLK Jr. day

In most places. Remember when it was Washington's Birthday? Then they combined Geo and Abe and made them Presidents day to make way for Martin. Unless you're in Biloxi Ms. They are catching all sorts of shit for renaming todays Great Americans Day. What's wrong with that you say? I don't see anything but there's them that don't like sharing. It seems today is also Robert E Lee's birthday and there are folks among us who can not abide American History. Too bad I say. Did you know a 42 year old black woman named Izzola Ware Curry tried to asassinate him in 1958? Yep stabbed the man with a big ass letter opener right in the chest. She just missed his aorta and allowed the good Dr. to live another 10 years and get some good deeds accomplished.

How about those Texans?! All said and done they've won back to back Championships so there. I personally thought they did pretty damned good all things considered. I wish they would have done better but I also wish US politics weren't what they are and we know how that turned out. Wonder how long, if ever, the Dems will stop blaming everyone else for their loss and come to realize just how fucked up their candidate was to be beaten by The Donald.

RIP Gene Cernan. The last man to walk on the moon has passed away. Godspeed Mr. C.

Here's tomorrows agenda. Some fun stuff.
    a) Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance: Proposed marine mixed use district
    b) 24 Tindel: Violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junk vehicles)
    c) 914 Hawthorne: Violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junk vehicles)
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilwoman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator George Jones Chief Cook
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

    CONSENT AGENDA from Council meeting held January 3, 2017: a. Check Register: December 1 thru December 28, 2016
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held December 6, 2016

    a. Check Register: December 29, 2016 thru January 11, 2017 b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held November 1, 2016

  2. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Accept resignation from Mayor Pro-Tem Al Burns. (City Administrator George Jones) b. Appoint a Councilmember to fill the vacancy left by Al Burns resignation.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Mayor Johnson recommendation for Mayor Pro-Tem which was vacated by the resignation of Al Burns. (Mayor Vern Jounson)
d. Recommendation from Council concerning amendment to the Zoning Ordinance; Proposed marine mixed use district. (City Administrator George Jones)
e. Recommendation from Council concerning 24 Tindel violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junked vehicles) (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
f. Recommendation from Council concerning 914 Hawthorne violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junked vehicles) (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
g. Propose and approve planting of 3-4 trees (natural/indigenous trees) on each of the three islands located in Jarboe Bayou across from the Clubhouse. (Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
h. Propose and approve the implemention and development of a pavilion/pergola/gazebo in city parks. (Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
i. Propose and approve installation of a Veteran's Memorial Site on the island.
(Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
j. Consider construction of a protective berm with a lighted area and bench in Jarboe Park. (City Administrator George Jones)
  1. a. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, ddiscipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones (Mayor Vern Johnson)
    b. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones (Mayor Vern Johnson)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Frigga

She was the wife of Odin in Scandinavian Mythology. The goddess of married love and of the hearth, often identified with Freya. Friday is named after her.

Or you can go here. paraskavedekatriaphobia. That’s the word for fear of Friday the 13th. Whatever floats your boat.

Well that little freeze we had last week didn’t affect my Orange tree and after a little taste test I think they are finally ready for picking. They are very tasty but a tad hard to peel. Beats the hell out of the first crop last year. They tasted like celery dipped in orange juice. I have no idea what type of orange tree it is but I know it's not a satsuma. Help yourself just be gentle and don't hurt my tree.

But my giant pothos,  didn’t fair so well.  Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo'orea, French Polynesia.

I went to the Island library yesterday and stopped at the take-a-book-leave-a-book spot too. I’m looking for a Michener book, Texas. Anyone have a copy I can borrow? 

Weird enough? Lord Voldemort is gonna play Michael Jackson.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Noe of my favorite day

It's National Kiss a Ginger Day! Hurry home Honey!!

Waaaa. The 747 is going to be retired early. Waaaa. I have always wanted to fly on one and now they are being retired. I guess it’s fair, The Queen of the Skies has been working almost as long as I have. Odds are I’ll never be invited to fly on Air Force One so I guess I’ll work on UPS. Dang. That bucket list item is gonna be tough.

Santa brought me the Game of Thrones boxed set. I won’t call it light reading but it sure is fun. I really enjoy his writing. He makes it fun. I amazes me that a human being can have a story like this rambling around in his head for years. Amazing. No spoilers please.

Looks like me and the rest of the world is gonna need a little time to adjust to the way our new president handles assholes. I’m talking about the rude behavior of the CNN “reporter” who wouldn’t shut the fuck up even when it was obvious to everyone on the planet he was not going to get called on. His momma didn’t teach him very good manners. Flash back 8 years and that’s what soontobeex President Obama did to the Fox team. Locked ‘em out as I recall. Karma has sharp teeth. I want to say Mr. T should have handled it with a little more tact but you know what, when someone has been blowing you shit for a year when do you get to stop being nice to them? He gets a point. He lasted longer than i would have. I’ll abide an asshole up to the point any conversation is pointless. Then they become persona non grata. Life is too short.

Well who woulda thunk it! Nicole Kidman has the biggest balls in Hollywood! Born in Hawaii, raised in Australia and lives in Nashville. Imagine that. She gets it. It’ll be interesting to see when she gets her next acting gig. 

And San Diego is moving to Los Angeles. 

One of the largest point spreads in NFL history. Damn.
Go Texans!! 

"The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other." Will Rogers

The boss checkin' out the inside of Okies Corner
Check out all dem taps!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Hump Day

And it's National Step in a puddle and splash your friend day. Raise your hand if you went out of your way to teach your youngster how to maximize a puddle splash. Me.

Seen the "controversial" art work Congress is spending so much time with? An 18 year old painted it and as part of a contest, he won so it got to be displayed on the hill. Depicts Police Officers as fat pigs and they're taking aim at what appears to be a black dog. Seems only the (R) are not happy with it. They say it's disrespectful of the police. Flip it over. If it showed cops shooting at looters stealing watermelons and 60" HDTV's who would be upset? Perhaps the contest holders? Oh, it was the CBC. Congressional Black Caucus. Just how in the hell are we supposed to get over racism with shit groups with f'ed up names like that?

Dumbest shit I read today? "What comes next for Dylan Roof?" A bullet. Kneel, over the drain please. Why does he still have a pulse? He has been proven guilty by a jury of his peers. That's when the egg timer should have been turned over. Same for the piece of shit in Ft Lauderdale. Don't get me started on the pig at Ft. Hood. My apologies to pigs everywhere.

Cows the size of elephants? I'm thinking brisket! Coming to a European Pasture near you.

Okie's Corner is almost there. Soon folks, real soon. I would send you the pics I took yesterday by apparently my google is broke.

Monday, January 9, 2017

National Static Electricity Day?

Really? New low.

Anyone out there watch the award show last night? Me either. If you did anything surprise you? Mutual Appreciation Societies bore me.
That said it's all over the papers I browse every morning so I feel compelled to drop a no vote on my trump-o-meter for his reaction. Don't get me wrong, I get it, I don't turn the other cheek either. Ask Babs. But I'm just a fat old retired guy. You're not. Mr. T, Let it go. There is nothing you can do or say that will change their minds. There are a lot of more important thing you need to look at and people who are paid to read other peoples words are not on the list. Start with health care. There is no goddamn reason for my hospital bed to cost over $10,000 per night. Start there.
He did say we need better relations with the Russians and anyone who disagrees is stupid. I'll give him a thumbs up on that one. AM I OK with the Ruskies? Yes I did grow up learning duck and cover but that was a different day. I can't see any valid reason not to improve relations with them, What did RR say? Trust but verify. And I will go to my grave not understanding why we're still mad at Cuba. Seriously? We kissed and made up with the Germans a loooong time ago, Italy? some folks don't know we ever had bitch with them or the Japanese. Vietnam? There's a long black wall on the mall in DC with over 58,000 American names on it. 3 of them are Batchelors' but you can take a cruise there. Cuba? WTF. Our politicians are outraged over their human rights abuses? STFU. Raul has dirty pictures on someone. Moving on. Snowden is a criminal. Plain and simple. No, not for what he did so much as how he did it. He lied his way in for the sole purpose of doing bad. That makes him a liar and a thief. For telling me that someone was watching me without my permission? Um, no. Want to talk about it over a cocktail? Stop by anytime and convince me I'm wrong. BTW I'm pitching all my music cd's. The Boss is on top.

From our next Mayor, his first PSA. Thanks Mike.
Happy Monday Clear Lake Shores!

PS. Put this on your calendar! Chili Cook Off, Rain or Shine, Raynels' driveway, January 28th. Live Music so bring $$ for the tip jar.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Confusion, a little

It's National Cuddle day AND National Bean Day. I see a scheduling conflict.

OK, the official Juice Mistress has corrected me on the apples. They were not Golden Delicious the were Honey Crisps. A rose by any other name...Today is the official end of the annual "cleanse/detox". I just had my second to last shot of the green stuff.
The next comes at lunch. Then there will be a couple of petite sirloins dancing their way to the grill tonight, to be rinsed down with my first cocktail of the new year. Yay me. And yes I dropped about 12 lbs.

I'm still confused about the Russian thing. I get they "interfered" with our political process. But WTF if you think we haven't done the same I suggest you call your History teacher and demand a refund. Short version is they only provided the proof to what we already suspected. Isn't that called a whistle blower and aren't we supposed to praise them for shining the light on dirty deeds? Hell, it ain't like them and the Chinese haven't been hacking our shit for years. I spent a few years in IT Security in the NASA environment and I know what I'm talking about.
That said, I still rate our PE at 100 on the Trumpometer. I am dying to see what happens with ACA. My biggest beef with that? Aside from getting the fuckin' IRS involved is fining me for not being able to afford a MANDATORY program! WTF??! On what planet does that make sense? Only a career politician can make up stupid shit like that. Having lived and worked inside the beltway I say this. Mr. Trump, should you need help pulling that plug drop me line. I'll buy my own gas thank you very much.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's National Whipped Cream Day

Who has a story they like to share? OK ok, who's got a story they can post here?

Said goodbye to Neighbor and Pal rank yesterday. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. The pastor even remarked on the size of the crowd. That's a statement right there. One can only hope...

Took the long way home from the north side. When's the last time you went this way?

Orange Sunshine was this morning's breakfast. Truth be told it wasn't bad at all. Super sweet. From the Pineapple I suppose. Down 8lbs since the beginning so It's working. See those Golden Delicious apples? Those bad boys are some kind of yummy too. They are so good they can almost take the stank off the Kale. Almost.

New thing on the right side of the page. At the suggestion of a neighbor and semi-regular reader you will find a Trumpometer. We'll debate later on pronunciation. I know it's troll bait but if they get too out of hand I'll turn off anon. Who knows, could be fun. I'll let it run for while or until it bores me. Tried to make it simple but I know it will still confuse the trolls. Yes if you approve of his action(s), No if you don't, Too early if you are on the fence but willing to wait and Not if for all you yellowdog Dems and haters. Aaaaan go!

Who knows what a perlicue is? Points if you don't look it up.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Y'all

Ready or not it's 2017. Think back when you were a kid, remember what we thought 2000 would look like? We were always hashing over how old we would be at the turn of the century. And now we have kids older than we were then.
Hope your new year is good to you. It started off great for us. We got to do something brand new. Not that camping is new for us us but we went to a spot we've never been before in a city, I use the term loosely, we've never been to and celebrated with a bunch of fun folks we had never met before. Except this guy. You know this guy.
Bluff Creek Ranch, in Warda Texas is a real working longhorn ranch that has expanded their business model.
They have carved out miles and miles of BMX trails, put game fish in the stock tanks and set aside some camping spots. Some for tents only some for drag alongs and 5th wheels. Power is a bit limited but we all made it work and there was a pretty good crowd there. I'm not sure who made the chili with the longhorn beef( they sell the beef also) but it was pretty tasty. The weather was a lot nicer there than it was back here. Win, win. Here's New Years Eve.

The downside? Watch where you step. Remember the part about a working cattle ranch?

Not that its a resolution but we have started our new year "cleanse".
Here's what lunch looks like before hitting the Breville.
And here's what it ends up as. 2 1/2 cups of green.

This recipe is from "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" and it's name is Mean Green. It's lunch and I've had worse. Ought to be an interesting week.
I don't know if you kept up with the previous endeavors but FYI, beets are still on the no fly list.

Too many National Days to pick just one. I do find it odd that Cream Puff Day and Buffet Day are shared with Personal Trainer day, Just sayin'.  Thanks National Day Calendar.


Here's tomorrow nights agenda. It's short so the meeting should be short too. The drainage issue could be a wild card,
    Discussion regarding a violation of Chapter 66, Article III (Drainage Facilities) of the Clear Lake Shores Code of Ordinances for the property located at 131 Queen Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas.
    Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

    a. Check Register: December 1st thru December 28th
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held December 6th, 2016
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Resolution of a violation of Chapter 66, Article III (Drainage Facilities) of the Clear Lake Shores Code of Ordinances for the property located at 131 Queen Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas
    (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
    (City Administrator George Jones)

Vaya con Dios Frank Hemby. I miss you already.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

National Chocolate Candy Day is today.

That's a tough one to beat.

Numbers, we got numbers.
Todays post makes 948.
There have been 418,115 page views that generated 6,285 comments mostly from friends and/or neighbors.
This site is regularly visited by folks from 10 different countries and Firefox is the most popular browser at 30%.
In 29 days this site will be 6 years old.
There are 361 shopping days till Christmas and like it or don't 2016 will become history in 3 more days.
President Elect Trump will be sworn in in 23 days, and I don't give one little shit about who won the popular vote.
The 35th Annual Chili Cook off and Birthday Bash at Raynel's house is only 31 days away,
And our City elections are about 116 days out.
I'm exhausted.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Well the chili isn't a total write off. Adding milk then cheese didn't do much to cool it off. I mixed it with a can of Wolf brand and that did the trick. It also changed the flavor. Can't win with this one. It was mighty tasty with two over easy's and some toast this morning.

Speaking of chili, Think about those miserably cold winter days, all dreary and nasty. And what a treat a nice bowl of chili is on those days, an absolute ray of sunshine in a bowl. Well that's not today. It's mostly sunny and will reach the low 70s. This is why we live in Texas. And we will have one hell of a time at the 35th annual Chili Cook-off on Narcissus. I say on Narcissus instead of Craig and Raynels' place because it hasn't been contained to their place for decades. It is literally on Narcissus. All are welcome so come on down. At this stage of the game it's more like a family reunion anyway. Hope to see you there. Oh, The 28th. 

To any and all Jeepsters out there, I have a Bikini top for a 97-02 TJ. It's Spice and just out of the box. Your's for the coming and getting. I changed my top to black a few years back so this just won't do. Besides, Santa bought me a new one.

Hope you had one.

PS. Word on the street is McNamara is running for Mayor in May. Pass the word. Except to Sandy, He wants to surprise her. You got my vote Mike!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's Forefather's Day.

This holiday is observed 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.

Missed snow day, How was it? was there a crowd? Wyatt and I were working on a Latin project of his. I providing supervision of the power tools.  It'll be a Roman style bow, as in bow and arrow, when we are done. I hope.

Ever eat something so hot it makes your nose run? Me too. I made my first pot of chili of the season last night. I've been making this same recipe for a very long time so there a very few surprises in the final product. There's always gonna be a little tweaking here and there given that no two jalapenos are alike. That goes for the onions and meat as well. Well  one of the last things that go in is the the chili powder. The stuff I have is in a round bottle It's nothing special but the mix adds a nice overall flavor. My recipe calls for three tablespoons and then add the fuel AKA cayenne in smaller doses to heat it up a bit. After three tbsps there was a tad left so I just dumped it in also. No biggie. After tapping out that last bit from the square bottle in my hand I found it curious the bottle changing shapes like that. This could lead to a terrible mixup as the brand of red Cayenne I use also comes in a square bottle. Thank goodness I didn't mix up the cayenne and the chili powd...Damn. This situation has the potential to turn to shit real fast. OK we'll let it cook and check it out in the morning. Sweet Jesus, Joseph and Mary that shit is hot. Time to add a few extras to cool this shit off. I think it ate a hole in the crock pot liner. I just hope it stopped there.  I don't see any on the counter so maybe I'll dodge that bullet. Come on Ice Cream!! If you laughed then you remember that joke. I'll let you know what happened tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's the First Day of Winter

But not the shortest day of the year. That was two weeks ago. Tonights sunset is 4 minutes longer than one week ago. And maybe the drought is officially over since we are ending 2016 with 14 inches more rain that 2015.

Thanks to all you Caroling Carters who put up with the really cold temps Sunday night just to ride around our little pile of mud and sing some awesome Christmas Carols to the rest of us. Thank you so much. That's a part of what makes this place so great.

Did you get your little ones out last night to see Santa? I asked but mine said no. The first time in 15 years he didn't run out to see "the big guy" on the fire truck. Oh well, I knew it was coming.

Here's one for all the guys. You know who you are. What the hell make nose and ear start growing after a certain age. anon is turned on.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's National Wright Brothers Day.

On December 17, 1903, the first plane carrying one man flew for just 59 seconds for a short 852 feet thanks to the engineering of the Wright brothers.
1903. Noe we have color pictures of other planets. Amazing. Proud to have spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin who is a huge part of that history. 

Ready or not here come winter. If you're not from here our air conditioner has been running all day. 80 degrees f and 96% humidity. Starting sometime arounf midnight the cold front gets here and we'll wake up to something in the 40s. To listen to the local weather folks you'd think the next ice age is here. I think most of us will survive. 

Anyone read the story in the UK papers about the one republican elector who will not vote for Trump? Turns out he's a real peach. The NY Times says they fact checked their story so you can take that for whats it's worth. Short version? Just another feckless liar added to the cesspool that are determined not to give PE Trump a fair shot. Wasn't a first responder at 911 like he claimed, not a EMT for lifeflight, not a lot of shit plus not an honest person. Surprised? How come I'm not really......

Babies have more bones in their bodies than adults. As the babies grow older, some bones eventually fuse together (like in the skull), resulting in fewer bones as an adult. Thanks Amazing Fact generator.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Only 9 Shopping days left...

But on the upside it’s National Cupcake Day! SCORE!

Sad day on West Shore. Two words. Theda Darling. As true a treasure as any neighborhood could hope for. Yes she’s been gone for quite a while now but the memory of her and Mai Tai making their rounds to sunset will be with us longer than her cute red house. Another one bites the dust.

I"m not entirely sure how I feel about all these “celebrity” talking heads telling our National Electors what to do. I am certain I don’t like it. Who the hell do you think you are Martin Sheen? I’m pretty sure you became irrelevant somewhere in the 90’s. You are puppets. You read shit that other people pay you to read. You’re mostly not even smart enough to write it yourself. Yet you feel qualified to pass your judgment on my sanity and the President elects ability's. Some how and for God knows what reason you think a mans ability to make a few billion dollars is less than a second rate community organizer from the murder capitol of the US? Are you shittin” me?  Do the world a favor and shut the fuck up , sit down and go vote in 4 years. Aside from a few other loud mouths no one really wants to listen to your shit. Please stop before you embarrass yourself any further. Assholes. And for the folks preaching against bullying, how about you start with your fellow libtards and tell them to stop bullying the electors? The poor old lady in Arizona who has received over 50,000 emails ? You and I both know there are not 50,000 people out there who care that much, it’s done by some d bag who created a spam bot and got this poor ladys email address. What a turd. And death threats? You people suck. Yeah, yeah I know, the only bully's are on your right. Like all those Occupy D bags. Oh wait those were libtards too. My bad. Maybe it’s just me but a lot of you folks sound like hysterical children. I’m not mad at you, disgusted to be sure, and a little disappointed, It’s your parents that make me want to vomit. Did they really teach you that this type of behavior, in public no less, is acceptable. Parent FAIL. To paraphrase our soon to be ex president, He won. Deal with it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It's National Cocoa Day

Or you can go weird and celebrate National Pick a Pathologist Day, could be a toughie. Said no one.

My AV software says I have some d-bags spyware on my Mac. Not unheard of but it’s a first for me. Time for some house cleaning. 

Big Happy Birthday to the National Guard! 
The Guard traces its birthday to Dec. 13, 1636, when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies consisting of all adult males older than 16. That makes the guard 380 years old! Who knew?

Finally got the updated pics for Okies Corner. You know this shot
From the door looking toward Marina Bay
This makes it an Official Icehouse!
Here's the Maestro in the kitchen

He was showing me ALL the sinks. Seems, according to the Health Department if a room has "food" in it it has to has a three compartment sink. Okies has 4 three compartment sinks in about 1400 sq feet. Overkill much? And Thanks to the ADA the bathrooms are huge! but still only two holers. I could write a months blog on the ridiculousness of the ADA. If there was ever a poster child for Government idiocracy it goes there. 

Dumbest shit I read to day:
It's not 'he' and 'she'. It's 'ze': Oxford University union tells students to use gender neutral pronouns so as 'not to offend transgender undergraduates

Instead of making up a new word why not use “It” ? Too simple.