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

Monday, January 22, 2018

Unsure?

On which event to celebrate, While it is indeed National Blonde Brownie Day it is hard not to celebrate the fact the Government is still shut down.
Here's a recipe if you're interested.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10177/blonde-brownies-i/?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=blonde%20brownie&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe&soid=sr_results_p1i3

The words don't come out easy but here they are none the less. Welcome back January. That crap from last week was horrible. Now what to do with all my dead plants....

I will give the Donald his last point just for hiring this guy. A hats off to Secretary Zinke. Thats how is should be done. I hope the asshat that followed O's instructions to fence off the open air parks last shutdown is selling cold french fries from a street wagon in Green Bay. Sorry Green Bay. Drain on Donald!

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/21/politics/zinke-national-parks-shutdown/index.html

Thanks Amazing Fact Generator!
Baby Porcupines are known as Porcupettes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Peking Duck Day

but what if we substituted Muscovy.....just a thought.

YAY
no freezing weather for the next 10 days!
Coldest winter I can remember...and it's just getting started.

OK Tonights the night for Council meeting here's the agenda. Again.

REGULAR MEETING January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG

WORKSHOP: Discussion of recommendations for the Main Pier along Clear Lake Road.

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara

STAFF REPORTS:
Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Roads and Drainage
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
CIVIC CLUB REPORT

UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
NEW BUSINESS:

CONSENT AGENDA:
Check Register: December 28, 2017 thru January 10, 2018
Minutes from Regular Meeting held January 2, 2018
Racial Profile Report for CLSPD 2017

Waterfront Trade A-003B/A004A: James Adams and Randall Haynes

COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
Make recommendation for open position on Board of Directors for Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (Mayor Michael McNamara)
Appoint members to the Communications Task Force.
(Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)
c. Approve Interlocal Agreement between Kemah and Clear Lake Shores in reference to Stewart Elementary Renovation /Construction. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
Recommendation and appointment to the Emergency Services Board.
(Mayor Michael McNamara)
Resolution 2018-01: A resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas providing that a General Municipal Election be held on May 5, 2018 for the purpose of electing three (3) Council Members; designating the polling place; providing the form of the ballot for such election; directing and giving notice of such election; and providing details relating to the holding of such election. (Mayor Michael McNamara)

Take action and approve recommendation for Main Pier. (Mayor Michael McNamara)

Notice of termination of agreement with Sidewalk Brands. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
12. ADJOURNMENT

Some 20+ years ago we lived in our first house. A little, 1300 Sq footer that had been moved to Sunny San Leon from Pearland because a new beltway was coming through. It was estimated to have been built in the 40's by a few experienced contractors we had to come and do stuff. We even found a few ceramic insulators in a wall during our first remodel. The kind that were mounted on the wall when you got electricity to your house for the first time. You oldsters may have to explain them to the youngsters. The 2x4's in the attic were actually 2 inches by 4 inches and were red pine. Not from around here. After the second remodel, where we added 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and shifted the bay end around we ended up with a large living room facing the bay so we did the natural thing and built a bar. I spent waaaaay too much time looking for the finishing touch, a neon Lone Star Beer sign. The great folks who worked for me at the time, I called them "My Kids" hatched a plan and at some birthday party or other they presented me with a brand new, custom made, 36" x 36 " neon Lone Star sign of my very own. I built a shrine for it and it was the only thing I took from the house when we moved to Clear Lake Shores. Shewhomustbeobeyed forbid me from hanging it on a wall so it languished in storage for quite a while. Thanks to hurricane Ike we lifted the house and voila! I had a place to call my own. Up went my sign. A little TLC every now and then and all was well. You may have noticed it on from time to time. It could probably be spotted from Smiths Point. I say all that to say this. Who knew neon couldn't stand cold weather? WTF?

Waaa. Time to start the search anew. It should be easier now thanks to Al inventing the Interwebs....

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

National Nothing Day?

I kid you not.

This is the worst winter I remember. It's just January and it's killed my plants. Twice. Ugh!

Anyone else have a GE fridge? My POS is wearing me out. Third pump in 9 years and now the water line is frozen and I can't seem to get it thawed out. After Ike, for all the wrong reasons, we went all GE on the appliance that had to be replaced. Which was all of them. We fired the dishwasher last year. It dumped water on the floor one too many times and the hard wood floors didn't like it. I'm thinking the fridge is about to become a beer fridge. The control panel on the door has a digital readout for temperature control. Makes sense right? The settings are 0 thru 9. So how cold do you want your freezer to be? 4? 4 what? Damn sure not degrees not farenheit, not celsius, Just 4. Maybe 8? Who knows. Fucking morons. The stove is manageable, it lights almost every time. We do keep a chicken match handy just in case though. GE, you are soooo fired. 

Check this out, Santa brought this for MJ. He found a company in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog that customizes jig saw puzzles. We literally had to put it together boat by boat. That's Forest and Pine in the center. Pretty cool.




Here's tonight's Council Agenda. 

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. WORKSHOP: Discussion of recommendations for the Main Pier along Clear Lake Road.
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn
  6. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  7. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
  8. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  9. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  10. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: December 28, 2017 thru January 10, 2018
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held January 2, 2018
    3. Racial Profile Report for CLSPD 2017
    4. Waterfront Trade A-003B/A004A: James Adams and Randall Haynes
  11. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Make recommendation for open position on Board of Directors for Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (Mayor Michael McNamara)
    2. Appoint members to the Communications Task Force.
(Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Fenwick)

c. Approve Interlocal Agreement between Kemah and Clear Lake Shores in reference to Stewart Elementary Renovation /Construction. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  1. Recommendation and appointment to the Emergency Services Board.
    (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  2. Resolution 2018-01: A resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas providing that a General Municipal Election be held on May 5, 2018 for the purpose of electing three (3) Council Members; designating the polling place; providing the form of the ballot for such election; directing and giving notice of such election; and providing details relating to the holding of such election. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  3. Take action and approve recommendation for Main Pier. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
  4. Notice of termination of agreement with Sidewalk Brands. (Mayor Michael McNamara)
12. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, January 12, 2018.
_______________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

City Council encourages positive public comment and discussion during its meetings and reserves time during most Council meetings to hear such comments from either Scheduled or Unscheduled Visitors. However, the Texas Open Meetings Act places certain constraints on topics raised by such visitors where such discussions are not related to an item that has been placed on the Council's posted Agenda (Attorney General Opinion JC-0169). The most effective way for an individual to have their voice heard and receive feedback at a City Council meeting is to contact the City Secretary no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to an upcoming Council meeting and request that their name be placed on a future agenda as a Scheduled Visitor. When you make this request, please state specifically the subject you wish to discuss. The City Secretary will place your name on the Agenda along with a specific description of the subject to be discussed. If you fail to provide a specific description of the subject of your requested discussion, then Council will have no choice but to refer the matter to City staff for response or defer any feedback or discussion on the matter until a future Council meeting when the subject can be placed on the Agenda. Comments should be limited to five (5) minutes and directed to the entire Council, not individual members. Engaging in verbal attacks or comments intended to insult, abuse, malign or slander any individual shall be cause for termination of speaking privileges and expulsion from Council Chambers.
In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Clear Lake Shores will provide reasonable accommodations for disabled persons attending City Council meetings. Requests for interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting by calling 281-334-2799 or by faxing to 281-334-2866. 

Dumbest shit I read today? Maryland put an ex con, a convicted leaker of classified data, Democrat, on the ballot. Now, if convicted felons can't vote how the hell is that gonna work for you Maryland?

Friday, January 12, 2018

National Kiss a Ginger Day

I'll be ready for you when you get home honey ;-)

I think I'll give the Donald another yes vote today for saying out loud what most of us agree with anyhow. All I ask is that as you read/watch all the faux outrage, notice that nobody, absolutely no one, is contradicting what he said. Score. So he called a shit hole a shit hole. Even the senator from Utah, a Haitian, didn't disagree that Haiti is a shit hole. The best they have is his crude language. I think I'll give him two points since my 401k is through the moon.

It sounds like the only remarkable news from the EDC is that they made a sidewalk consulting firm $90,000 richer. Christmas bonus time. Some crap doesn't change though, " I just heard about the meeting" They need to advertise these meetings better" blah, blah and blah. The meeting date has been the second Tuesday for as long as I remember. Lord only knows where they are on Phase II. Seems there is a continuity problem and I'll bet a bottle of Scotch we'll have an ugly ass mud lot with a shuttered Okies one year from today. If I was Mr. Flannigan I think I'd call my lawyer and cut my losses other that let a committee run my business in to the dirt. Here's one that needs to be written down. The EDC is a corporation and you can't run a corporation by committee. Whats the old line? A camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. Think about this, we are doing exactly what we did 7 plus year ago. The citizenry was asked for input that ranged from a candle shop to a seafood store and the only one that panned out is what we got two plus years ago. All the man hours that went in to getting this far was erased by a facebook tantrum. As our neighbors continue to change what do you think the odds are that 5 or 6 years from now, just as your plans are finally set to take shape some whiny ass cry babies raise a stink that they didn't go the meetings and don't want what you have your heart set on. You know they'll demand a public hearing and more goddamn meetings. What are the odds? Maybe we need to get rid of the volunteers on the EDC and hire real folks? Why not, they just paid 90k to a company thats gonna tell 'em we don't have room for sidewalks without pissing off 100 slip owners and another 100 residents who live on East Shore. Hire commercial developers, hold 1 and only 1 public meeting and for Gods sake do something. It's a well known fact that no matter what you do. or where you do it, half the folks on this pile of mud are gonna be mad about it. Shit wears me out.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Does anybody appreciate their first responders more than us? Nope. Thanks to all the men and women who serve.


Interested in what the EC is up to or are you just another mouth piece? Here's tonites agenda.

Numbers, we got numbers. As this blog closes in on it's eighth birthday a little later this month I wanted to share a few stats.
Pageviews all time - 468,051. Damn.
Comments - 6,395
Countries - 16
Browsers
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Operating Systems
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“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Guess what day it is?

It's National Trivia Day! Two points if you go it. And it's spaghetti day.

I went to the USACE site to check on any progress on the Flounder Pone issue a couple of weeks ago. Still nada. Then I got a info update from a local source who let me know the permit / investigation has changed hands even though the original SWG (SWG-2017-00331) number stayed the same. A young man named Steven is now heading up the permit. Walls is the last name. I won't post his phone number but if you're interested drop me a line.

And here comes the topic of running paths again. I guess it's to be expected every few years. Enough new folks move in to this little slice of paradise and the first thing they can think of is to make it like the shit hole they moved from. We've had runners and walkers and the entire Bay Area Running Club strolling around for years and guess what? Keep your head out of your ass and your ear buds in your pocket and you won't be the first person to get hit by a car. Here's a thought, You get 51% of the Shore Dr residents and 51% of the waterfront lease holders to sign off and I'll get on board. After all these are the neighbors your ideas will directly effect. Deal? And don't even start with that "all it takes is one person to get hurt.." bullshit. The only way that conversation can work is if you ban all cars from the island. Hey! I'm good with that...
And we don't need a dog park either. Been there, done that. Want to walk your dog? Take off. Want to know why we don't have a dog park anymore? Ask someone who's been here longer than 6 months. I'll save you some time, some loving dog owners wouldn't pick up after their dogs. The guy who offered his property warned 'em but WTF they didn't care. I still have to pick up dog flowers in my yard and my dog lives in a jar on the mantle. Until I catch 'em.

Happy New Year Clear Lake Shores. 2018 should be interesting if nothing else.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

National Make up Your Mind Day

I'd like to stamp that on the foreheads of a lot of our neighbors. Yes I'm talking about the Okies issue. Looks like another 10 wonderful years of a mud lots at the entrance to our little slice of paradise.

It's also the day to add the leap second to your favorite time piece. Because, accuracy.

Seventeen and a half years ago I was blessed with this little bundle of joy. Thank goodness he has his mothers eyes...





Happy New Years Y'all!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

National Fruitcake Day

Across the United States, fruitcake lovers young and old, observe National Fruitcake Day each year on December 27.

Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices and sometimes soaked in “spirits,” fruitcake has been a holiday gift-giving tradition for many years.
Rome is believed to be the creator of fruitcake, and one of the earliest recipes known comes from ancient Rome listing pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. Records indicate that in the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added. Recipes for fruitcake vary from country to country depending on available ingredients and tradition.
Sugar from the American Colonies along with the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits, created an excess of candied fruit hence making fruitcakes more affordable and much more popular starting in the 16th century.

Pass.

So here I am with a one week window to paint the Aljo. The primer has been sprayed and the runs have been sanded. Everything has been masked for so long that the crappy ass blue painters tape is starting to give it up. I wipe the ass end off with mineral spirits and turn my attention to the sprayer and the "thinned" paint. It says to test the pattern out on cardboard and it just so happens I have some. It took a few passes and a few more adjustments but I'm thinkin' this'll work. If you are standing too far away the paint hits the surface and resembles a sheet rock texture job. Too close and under thinned or not it runs like a scalded dog. After a while and a couple of breaks to wipe up/off the running paint I think I have it. It only took an hour to get the first coat on and most of that involved moving the scaffolding. I let it sit for a day before sanding off the bad spots, wiping and spraying again. So four days and the top half is done in a creamy white called Whitetail. I let it sit for a whole day and repeat the bottom in a deep blue called Dress Blue. We let it sit for one whole day, the last nice day we had actually so our timing was spot on, and then it's time to remove all the masking and assess the damage.  I am not and never will be a painter. I'm not good at it and I don't like to do it, but as the old saying goes, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. I am satisfied. We still have to paint the eyebrows and a little touch up here and there but I am going to pat myself on the back on this one. Anyone want to buy a lightly used spray gun?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's National Candy Cane day


Sweet Jesus, Joseph and Mary it's also National Whiners day. Who in the name of all that's Holy thought that could ever be a good idea? You can't read a newspaper or an online site without having to wade ass deep through some stupid son of a bitch whining about something. If it's not some 100 year old statue it's someone using mean words.... Oh, this guy did..

Rev. Kevin Zaborney created National Whiners Day in 1986 in hopes of encouraging people to be thankful for what they have instead of being unhappy “whining” about what they do not have.
You hear that Snowflakes?! 

So where were we. Ahhhh painting. Have I mentioned how much I really don't like painting? About 2 weeks ago we made the call that the 1964 Aljo was as ready as it would ever be for a fresh coat of paint. I started at the Sherwin Williams in Webster. I found out they only do House paint and they directed me to A PPG store in Webster. Ok, off to Webster. Ooopsies. They only do House paint also but they new where an automotive paint store was. Off to TASCO in Dickinson. What an education that was. It was Brian, a big 'ol boy who should go in to sales, because he let me know how ignorant I was about paint and did it not only with a smile on his face but left me with a smile on mine. He was the one who told me more about two pat epoxy automotive primer than I ever wanted to know. After much discussion and a phone call or two He let me know that I did not need to purchase his expensive automotive paint to freshen up the Aljo. He reluctantly gave his blessing to a good exterior enamel provided I applied more than one coat. Done and done. Two quarts of Rustoleum clean metal primer, One Sunday Galveston Daily News, 4 rolls of painters tape and 1000 square feet of plastic later we are ready for paint. The primer was a walk in the park. It took a pass or two to get the rhythm right then it was off to the races. The paint is another story. Allow me to share my conundrum. My Tacklife sprayer comes with a little thing called a ford cup. It's sole purpose is to measure viscosity. The Tacklife wants 70 or less. That's 70 seconds, or less, for all the fluid in it to drain out. FYI water is about 8.5 seconds. Well my paint, straight out of the can was somewhere around 390. A little thinning is in order. Behr lays out the specs on the label. "Not to exceed 1/2 pint per gallon". Seems pretty clear. Until you do the math and then apply the results. 8 ozs of water per gallon of paint and I'm using a quart. I'll wait while you do the math. My 2ozs of H2O dropped the viscosity to a little over 200. I don't know the exact number as it was obvious my thinning needed some tweaking. After doubling the mfgrs recomendation I managed to get the vis to 150 and decided to give it a whirl. What happened you ask? Holy crap, I'll tell you tomorrow. 

Hey before I forget I wanted to give Mike P a shout out for taking me as his date to the City Christmas Party. Wink, wink, Nod, nod.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Where does the time go? It's been well over a week since my last post. Where to begin...
Might as well start here.
El Jefe working on some touch up's on the '64 Aljo
Opening up the front
Curb side is done
We started stripping the old paint off a long time ago. Mother of God what a task. We finally got to the end of that adventure so the next obvious step is to replace the 50/30/10/5 year old paint that we so painfully removed. The top two layers, meaning the most recent were a piece of cake. Hell, some of it practically fell off hence the need for a paint job. The original paint was another story all together. A horse of a different color as it were. After using up my cuss word allowance well into 2019 I discovered they used a two part epoxy for primer back in the old days. Noted. Well after waaaaay too many hours we believed we were ready for new paint. The boss picked out the colors and I picked out a paint sprayer. We opted, for no apparent reason, for an airless sprayer. It is a TackLife electric SGP15AC. I'll start by pointing out how much I literally HATE painting. It's a story that goes back to my Navy days. That said. This sprayer is a miracle worker. After much negotiating the machine and I came to an agreement as to what it would and would not spray. Did I say negotiate? I capitulated like a 50 lb weakling to the school yard bully with the mustache. After I took my whoopin'. Cut to the chase, There is a little touch up that needs to happen but the lions share is done and for a lot of reasons I'm happy as a clam. I'll post a few more details this week not so much as a documentary trail as possibly entertainment for you masochists out there. Later. 



Friday, December 15, 2017

National Cupcake Day

Each year, December 15th also recognizes National Cupcake Day. The cupcake was originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake because the recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs and also 1 cup of milk and 1 spoonful of baking soda.

Are you old enough to remember "engage brain before opening your mouth"? It's the biggest problem we face as a civilization and probably the single biggest reason so many of us are bailing on Facebook. A neighbor sent me this perfect and right on time article written by someone on the inside.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/11/facebook-former-executive-ripping-society-apart

Asked and answered...

Happy Friday Islanders

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to...


the oldest military organization in the United States. If you knew it was the National Guard you get two points.

HISTORY
On December 13 of 1636, a direct declaration by the Massachusetts General Court established for the first time in the American Colonies an official militia. The resolution required that all able-bodied men from age 16 to 60 were expected to join. While less-organized militia existed at the time, this legal document brought them together under a formal establishment. This organization today is known as the National Guard.

And it's National Cocoa Day. Just in time.

If you didn't make it to the EDC workshop last night you missed a full house. You missed The EDC voting to cancel the cancelled contract with Okies then voting to cancel the whole damn mess and starting over. There seemed to be some confusion among the directors as to what the citizenry wanted and or expected SO yours truly called for an impromptu show of hands as to who was for going forward and who was not. The Nots won the night by no small margin. Hence the do over. What a mess. You also missed the introduction of Team Clear Lake Shores. To the best of my knowledge it's only Craig but I could be wrong. I kinda get around and I've never heard the phrase until last night. Oh, that's when TCLS president told Councilman Hoerner to Fuck Off and proceeded to flip him off. See what you missed?! 



Monday, December 11, 2017

National Noodle Ring Day

Beats me. Feel free to look it up I'm out. And it's National App day. I am getting closer and closer to placing this iPhone next to it's predecessor which is just off Burchfieds pier. Maybe it's just me. Odds are.

Well as most of you know we did get snow. Not a lot Thank You Lord but enough to stay on the ground. Have I mentioned I hate the cold? That's three snows in the sixteen years we have lived here. Since '66 when we moved to Houston, I remember a big snow in '73 and one in '88 (I was in Annapolis) and zip in the 90's. If we could please keep this to 1 per decade? Please?

Went to Okies Yard House for dinner with friends Friday. Wanted to try out Love Me Tenders. I love me some yardbird but I'm not a big tender fan. My son on the other hand is a card carrying expert. A bona fide aficionado if you will. Having cooked more chicken in my lifetime then most people I will say the chicken was cooked perfectly. My biggest bitch about commercial chicken is it's over cooked and dry and or stringy. Not so with the tenders. The spice in the breading was very good and of all the dipping sauces offered I preferred the buffalo. Wyatt was clearly a fan of the special sauce. My favorite by far was the boudin egg rolls. A solid hit and I'm really picky about my boudin. All that said there's this.

You have all been invited to the EDC's open workshop tomorrow night. Sounds like the topic of discussion will be the future direction of Okies. This whole issue is a hot mess so if you're interested the workshop starts at 7:00 in the Club House. The more the merrier and that's a quote from an EDC member.

Time to start my next adventure. The 1964 Aljo is finally ready for it's first coat of primer. Gotta get it done before it turns cold again. Wish me luck.

Happy Monday Clear Lake Shores!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day

Nothing to add to that. I get these little tidbits from National Day Calendar at
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/ They also provide info like It's Cotton Candy Day and National Illinois Day. Illinois Day? OK, I posted all the days alloted to the original 13 Colonies but Illinois? WTF? Where is National Texas Day? OK, OK calm down. Here is their answer.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

Thanks National Day Calendar.

So who was ready for THIS cold front? Crap, the weather man even used the S word. I guess this falls squarely under be careful wht you ask for.

Looks like someone is wiggling the plug on the swamp. He wasn't funny on SNL either. A do-nut says the POS won't man up. Another campaign promise kept. 
Think it's a coincidence that the top 5 richest counties in the country surround DC? Or 9 out of the top 20? Reeeaaalllllly...

NOT

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

National Sacher Torte Day

Me either so I looked it up. I gotta say it looks good though.

Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. 

City Council meeting tonight. Here's the agenda, looks like it's gonna be a quickie...

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  1. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  2. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  3. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: November 16th thru November 29th, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held November 7, 2017
    3. Quarterly Investment Report – September 30, 2017
  4. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Appoint/Re-appoint two positions to the Waterfront Compliance Committee. Current members up for re-appoint have expressed to remain on committee – Ed Waters and Brad Saltaformagio. (Mayor McNamara)
    2. Appointment of a director to the Plaza Ten 06 Corporation by Mayor McNamara.
(Mayor McNamara)
9. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup,, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, December 1, 2017.
______________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary