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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I'm done









Wednesday, March 11, 2015

42

That's the answer. If you don't believe me ask the Birthday Boy Douglas Adams. Author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. A book that is on just about every top 100 list I've ever seen.
Other than that, there's this from our very own Senor Beans

Aspens is hosting an open mic tonight starting at 8PM. Along with the regular line-up, Melanie Howell and Mike Snodgrass, aka Melagrass will be in house and performing a few tunes as will yours truly, Senor Beans. These two young people are excellent musicians and quality human beings! Because it is an open mic we will have lots of time to visit and be entertained. Hope you can join us for some fun and fellowship.

Da Bean


Enjoy Clear Lake Shores!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to

Chuck Norris! 75 today. I hope I have a pulse at 75.

The Soup CooOff is coming right up. It's Saturday the 21st.  You can get a sign up sheet on the Clubs home page over there->

This from Neighbor Diane Johnson


Allan,
  If anyone shows interest in doing an Easter party for the kids, I have someone to be the bunny. If someone tells you that they would like to head this endeavor, I will definitely  help. My number is ??????????. You may give it to anyone interested in the party. I just don't want my number on the blog.

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

One of my Favorites

It’s National Oreo Cookie Day! I’m in. I guess we all lose on this next one though, It’s National Unplug Day. Ironic that I got it off the Interwebs?

It was awesome to see so many folks at the Civic Club meeting last night. A rare occurence indeed. And to whomever brought and subsequently left the Boston Cream Pie, a pox upon you. Readers Digest version is we took a vote to make Wells Fargo a cash offer and they come and get their damned printer off the property. I really hope this works. Until a deal is reached with Wells Fargo Club activities that involve making money will be postponed. That includes all the hoohaa and bullshit about reprinting the Islander. If you were paying attention you get it. If not, well I don’t know what to tell you. All this Bring back the Islander crap is just that. TheIslander is still there folks its just online. If you choose not to read it well now that’s you isn’t it? Believe it or not our Civic Club is a 501c Corporation licensed by the Attorney General of the Great State of Texas. And we have to behave like one. We’re not Exxon-Mobile but we have much of the same rules. And that means not just anyone can run around the hood making deals for the Club. That gets to happen by the Officers, to limited extent the Board of Directors and or their duly appointed representatives. The Soup Cook-off however is still on for March 21st as it benefits the Scholarship fund exclusively. JT and Kathy have asked for volunteers to help with the Easter Sunrise Service. The Children's Easter EggHunt is off since no one volunteered to put it on. Note this is the first time it’s not been held in since forever but more on that in a minute. Team Dowell has agreed to host the Easter Fish Fry once more and I hope it comes to pass. The Fish Fry could not be in more capable hands. Thanks Dowells, Sorry I’m gonna miss it. The Garage Sale date was set by Bryan and Diana Hoerner. This year it will be on May 16th. More as I get it. Last but not least. The entire slate of Officers will be replaced next month. One way or the other. Here is where I need to point out NOT ONE citizen has stepped up to run for a seat. Pathetic fits very well here. Sad works too. Prior to the meeting I heard all theses stories about an army of volunteers that were going to step in and do what needed doing. I guess they had other things to do last night because they damn sure weren’t there. And don’t give me that I’m too busy bullshit. Everyone on the other side of that table has a job too. Lazy, whiney, bastards. I saw the exact same half dozen people that ALWAYS volunteer to get shit done and they were the only ones. Damn that’s lame. That's the rub, Too many of our friends and neighbors want someone else to do it. What will happen to the Civic Club if no one steps in? I guess we’ll find out in 4 weeks. 

City Elections are in May. Three seats are up. The Mayor is running unopposed and Councilmen Burns and Bailey are running for their seats and Ronnie Richards is also running for Council. Good luck one and all.

                      

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's National Cheese Doodle Day



I swear! I read it on the internet so it must be true. It’s also National Multiple Personality Day or National Dissociative Identity Disorder, depends on how you want to look at it. Anyone see where our old neighbor Bill King is going to run for the Mayor of Houston? That should be interesting. Hey Your Civic Club is having a meeting tonight and they need you. They need your ideas, your time and your support.
Hello Dear Civic Club Members!

From President Debbie,
I hope you are doing well and, like me, looking forward to Spring.  Sounds like we'll have another bite of winter starting tonight, so bundle up and make plans to attend your Civic Club meeting tomorrow night where it will be nice and toasty in the Club House.  We have a LOT going on, so please attend to find out what is happening and be "in the know"!

For those that have not attended a Civic Club meeting before, we always start early with Potluck where everyone brings a dish to share.  You're welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.  There was an error in the March Islander, so please note that this month we're asking folks to bring a food item as suggested below (based on the first initial of your last name):

A - K  Desserts
L - R  EntrĂ©e
S - Z  Veggies/Salads

(If you already had made plans to bring a food item based on the information in the Islander, then please stick with your plans.)

Potluck will actually begin at 6:30 tomorrow night instead of the normal
7:00 time slot.  The Club meeting will begin promptly at 7:30.  The Agenda, as well as the list of this year's Club activities, and information about our next activity in March, which is the annual Soup Cook-off is on-line and copies will be available at the meeting.

The March edition of our Civic Club's on-line newsletter called "The Islander" is now available for your reading pleasure.  The newsletter will help you get to know what fun we have around here.  Remember that you may find this issue and past issues online on our Club's website.  The address

Thank you to all the wonderful contributors of The Islander - your hard work and valuable input is very much appreciated!  I love the crawfish/shamrocks/leprechaun cover page - who would have thought of mixing that concept together except for our fun and spirited Theresa Viola-Buck!.
So...ENJOY, and see you tomorrow night.  Thank you for your support of the Clear Lake Shores Civic Club.
 Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm schizophrenic
And so am I.

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