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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day.

"The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume."

They say Matthew will turn north this weekend. We may just skate through another hurricane season.


Any guess’ what this is? 

Progress if you ask some folks, a horrible mistake if you ask some others. (Mostly they don’t live here anymore) Good or bad you make the call. These are pictures of the progress  being made on the Town Center project. There were any number of hurdles that had to be made in the last year to get to this point. Thanks to the perseverance of a few of our local go getters we made it. These are shots of the inside of the old hair salon’ where the kitchen, bar and restrooms  are being made to meet the ADA.  Whadaya think Bernie?
Did you know?
"Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey went on a couple dates in the mid-1980s. It was Roger who convinced her to syndicate her talk show."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Be Honest

Did you watch the Presidential Debate or the Saints game? I swear I tried to watch the most watched debate ever. When it became apparent I wasn't going to make it 80 million and 1 I even hit the record button. I tried again this morning. No one should have to start a day like that. The original plan was to play bullshit bingo with a card that came out yesterday.
By all I know to be Holy I couldn't do it. I was even running a talk timer. I had to stop at 12:15 for Clinton and 9:07 for Trump. I just can't make myself listen to "The Donald". I can't. I will support him as a candidate I just need him to close his mouth more. And WTF was up with all the sniffing? The other one makes me vomit in my mouth. At the time I bailed Hillary was ahead by 1. If anyone out there managed to make it all the way I'd like to hear the results.

Today is also National Voter Registration day. Why does the Google show it in Spanish? It's also Chocolate milk day. 
Back to my basket.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hurricane Rita

Came no where near here but caused the biggest traffic jam I ever heard of. I left my driveway at 4 AM with Rita making landfall some time late that night. I wished the officer standing guard of our little slice of paradise all the best and off I went. How bd could it really be? I got to Hwy 146 looked both ways and there was not a car in sight. Smooth sailing. When I got to the last on ramp over in La Porte and guess who I found. Everyone. By noon, I was on top of the Fred Hartman bridge. Yep. 8 hours to go about 15 miles. by 5 PM I was in Mont Belvieu. About another 10 miles. Things were picking up. by midnight me and 20,000 of my closest friends were in Livingston. That is usually a 90 minute drive. Only two more hours to the west side of Huntsville. The sight of headlights to the south and brake lights to the north as I crossed I-45 on 190 took my breath away. Literally as far as you could see. What a freakin' mess. Can you even imagine evacuating the 4th largest city in the country as well as the surrounding gulf counties? Apparently on one else did either. Feel free to share your Rita story. Storms Karl and Lisa are not an issue for us. Almost over the hump. 

Fun at the DMV this morning. We were there 15 minutes before they opened the doors. There were only a dozen folks in front of MJ who was there to renew her license. 24 minutes later they called her number and 8 minutes after that we were on our way back home. Good job DPS. Good job indeed. That was a lot better than my trip of a few years ago. 

Under the dumbest shit I’ve read today. "Cow farts can now be regulated in California” and you thought your job sucked? Someone has to keep up with the left coast cows. 


It’s the Autumnal Equinox. I think that means it’s the first day of fall. Somewhere other than here. I’m pretty sure it’s summer until Halloween. Come on cold front!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Relax

It's only National Pecan Cookie day. Happy Hump Day anyway.

The 50th Anniversary Civic Club T-Shirts are on order. Hopefully we'll have them soon. Plan A is to have them at Lowell Brown Sunset Park and invite everyone down to not only meet some neighbors and pick up your awesome t shirts but to watch a gorgeous sunset too. Sounds like a plan. Ooooh maybe it could happen on National Night Out? We'll see. More as I get it. And Thanks for supporting your Civic Club.

Here's what went on at the City Council meeting last night. Some of it anyway. And a special thanks to my secret source who was there in my stead.
Sounds like the permits for the Okies spot will get issued early next week. Yay!
Our Code Enforcement folks are on Fuller's shithole like white on rice. Still not sure how this will end. I see the city taking this one on the chin.
Birch is about to be a mess of construction. I for one am ready for that adventure to be over with.
All you waterfront lease holders , now is the time for you to check your place and make sure everything is up to snuff. The Waterfront team is about to start inspections. The two waterfront lease folks were no shows so no new info there. Say that three times real fast.
They want to fine tune the sign ordinance. The Window Tint guy believes his trailer with advertising all over it does not count as a sign. I tend to agree with him.
All the ordinance actions passed. There will be some new signage at Jarboe park. Turns out it was a stipulation of the original grant and it provides signage for most of the wildlife in the area.
Last but not least the City attorney will look into the pier issue. Who "owns" it and who has jurisdiction over it. Looks we'll have to wait a little longer for this to be resolved. Wonder if I'll live that long.
The next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday October 5th. They move this one to participate in the National Night Out event which is the first Tuesday of October.

I am trying to make a great hamburger bun. I'm no baker  but I'm no stranger either. I've mad more than my share of bread and rolls over the years most of them were even edible. Hamburger buns are a tad different. They need to be a little lighter in the middle and not too crisp on the top and bottom. My first outing was a straight up waste of flour. I re reread the instruction several times where it stated clearly "do not let the dough rise" trying to understand. My end product clearly showed that I did not. They were tasty but hard as a friggin' rock. I think I chipped a tooth. The turtle doves on my front porch love 'em so not a total waste.
NEXT!
Was a recipe for a brioche hamburger bun. Maybe a baker can explain what makes it brioche instead of "regular" bread. I think it's because of all the dairy that's added. They were pretty dang tasty just waaaaay too big. I can fix that. I need some poppy seeds.

And another moron gets pulled over by the Police and gets out of the car with a book that looks like a gun... you have to wonder if it rains a lot on their planet. Chlorine in the gene pool.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Aaaarrrrrgg!

Yes it is. National Talk Like A Pirate Day. Shiver me timbers.

It's a slow day. I was on leave last year at this time so I went back to 2014 to see what we were talking about on this day. Seems it was mostly about the first ever Barktoberfest and all things associated with that awesome event. in 2013 there was a little chatter about the upcoming BBQ Cook-off as it was starting to take shape.
2012 was all about the Block Party with a slight rant from yours truly about tree work.
2011 we wrapped up the "Tribes of Clear Lake Shores novella. and threw in a little late election hoo ha. That was kinda fun.

Here's tomorrow nights agenda. See you there.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING September 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick 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. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    Chief Cook
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

  6. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  7. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  8. SCHEDULED VISITORS:
    Abby White - Waterfront Lease E-126
    Sandra Leahey - Waterfront Lease E-124C and E-125

  9. CONSENT AGENDA:
    a. Check Register: Sept. 1, 2016 thru Sept. 14, 2016
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held September 6, 2016 c. Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2016/2017
    d. Quarterly Investment Report ending 06/30/2016

  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Approve meeting date for the first Council meeting in October 2016. The regular meeting date falls on October 4, 2016 which is National Night Out.
    (Mayor Vern Johnson)
b. ORDINANCE NO. 2016-10: An ordinance adopting amendment No. 2 to the original
budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year 2015-16, adjusting amounts in the total revenue and expenditure accounts of the General Fund and the Economic Development Corporation Fund; containing findings; providing for severability; and providing other details relating thereto. (Mayor Vern Johnson)
c. RESOLUTION 2016-11: A resolution adopting the Investment Policy of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas. (Mayor Vern Johnson)
  1. RESOLUTION 2016-12: A resolution of the City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, approving the terms and conditions of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, and the Bayou Animal Services Corporation, a non-profit local government corporation and created by the City of Dickinson; to provide its residents and businesses with full-time animal control and sheltering services in accordance with their public health and welfare responsibilities; authorizing execution of the Interlocal Agreement by the Mayor; and providing for an effective date. (Mayor Vern Johnson)
  2. Approve recommendation from the Parks and Pool Committee for Jarboe Park nature signage. (Councilwoman Fenwick)
  3. Review and approve recommendations submitted by the City Attorney pertaining to Section 18, Appendix A to the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Code (the Sign Ordinance) paragraphs D, E, F, and J.
  4. Determine and approve course of action on the Bridge and Boat/Pier Slips along Clear Lake Road in conjunction with waterfront leases. (Councilman Hoerner)
  5. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: a closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property: 922 FM 2094, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565 and 131 East Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565
  6. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 5
    551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: take action, if any, on discussion item
    of closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property: 922 FM 2094, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565 and 131 East Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565

11. 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, September 16, 2016.
__________________________________ 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
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Johnny Cash' "A Boy Named Sue" was written by Shel Silverstein

Friday, September 16, 2016

National POW MIA Day

And it would be my Dad's 90th birthday had he not sloughed off his mortal coil at the ripe old age of 46. Happy Birthday anyway Dad.
And Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores.
Looks like the tropics are getting frisky. Whatever that blob is off shore should move over land tonight, we have three named storms in the Atlantic and a brand new one spinning up off the African coast. It never ceases to amaze me that a dust storm from the Sahara can turn into the biggest water mover on the planet. Hmph.

Get your order in ASAP. Eileen gets back tomorrow and once we get settled up the order goes in. Jan?

 

I was washing out my coffee pot yesterday and look what I found under the handle. This poor guy is between the glass and the handle. Talk about wrong place wrong time.


Damn.

Raise your hand if you've ever busted a Pintrest how to post. Me Me Me. Well here's one that worked better than expected. worked up a little eggy breakfast mix in a stainless steel skillet. I hate stainless because everything sticks to it and it's such a pain in the ass to clean and make it look clean. But here we went. Breakfast is done and there is a godawful mess stuck to the skillet. Pintrest says add hot water and a used dryer sheet. Uh Huh. Well this is what happened.

Freakin' magic. So much better than the homemade weed killer.
Have a great weekend neighbors.

See what I mean about national politics?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

7 Up was originally called

"Bib-Label lithiated Lemon Lime Soda". Whatever happened to the Un Cola?

This just in from The Islander staff.
"I'm working on a write up about changes or observations people have on the Island. If you would like to get your thoughts written , 1-2 sentences max and your name, please send a text or email to flogrownpl at yahoo dot com. I'm adding my two cents. Pass the word.
PS. That's a standard email format written out to confuse bad guys.

The order for 50th anniversary Civic Club T Shirts will be placed next Tuesday. If you're interested and still haven't ordered you are getting real close to being to fucking late.

I try not to get too involved in National politics because at this level all it does is wake up the trolls. Not that I mind because they do liven up the place, but it really is a waste of time. But for the love of God I will never understand why a free thinking human would vote for a known, proven pathological liar for president.
Now where did I put that basket....

And it's National Peanut Day!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Winner, winner

Chocolate Milkshake day! What?
For all you drop in's out there who don't live here, This is for you. The year after Hurricane Ike literally beat our collective butts into the mud we decided to celebrate. The last of the trash had been hauled off and those who could rebuild were either done or well on their way. It was time to celebrate. Our neighbors to the east is an equally tight knit community named Lazy Bend. A few of us on both sides of the canal decided it was time to have a neighborhood block party. And what a party we had. When neighbors get together like that everything just gets better. This past weekend we had the 8th annual Block Party.
Then we got a taste of a very week cold front. It cooled things off for a little bit but just a little.
Not too long after Ike a couple of neighbors and elected officials cooked up the idea of a summer concert series and Voila! Jammin' on Jarboe was born. Jarboe being ur largest park and is named after the bayou that borders it to the south. Tip of the hat to the maestro behind Jammin'. Dennis that was one great band you had lined up for Saturday. Keep up the good work my friend.  It's the little things like this that make this one of the best places in Texas to live. Who else can honestly say they know there neighbors 4, 6, 8 blocks away? Bingo.
The 9/11 anniversary has come and gone. I think the rest of the world covered it well. Never Forget.
AND THE TEXANS WON! Take THAT Rey Gomez!!
Camping adventure, part dos.
Last month while, strolling through our very own Home Depot I spied a device that caused an immediate brain fart. It is called  hitch extender.
 
It allows for an extra receiver and I instantly envisioned and place for our hitch basket AND out bike rack! Awesome now we can go camping and take all our camping toys with us. I drug our 1964 Aljo over to Gulf Coast Trawl Doors, our local welding experts, for a retro fit. I pointed out what I wanted and lo and behold two hours later I was ready to go. I drug the box back and proceeded to sand and paint our new addition. 

I plugged the hitch basket and the Yakima bike rack the loaded them up. Hmmmm.
Plan B. There was just too much bounce on the basket. I removed the Yakima and we decided to make our first trip with just the basket. All that was in the basket was out two burner cooker. 80 lbs max. We made it all the way to La Porte. What is that 10 miles? tops. The noise was not an impact sound. When we finally got off the road to investigate the noise this is what we found.
It was apparently too much weight for our 50 year old bumper. On to Plan c. We unloaded the basket, stuffed everything in the back of the car and proceeded on the Village Creek. Looks like I need to see Billy and discuss options. I love camping.
I'm gonna be a nosy ass and go check out the shithole on Aspen.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Know what an ampersand is?

&. Did you know it has a "day" and it is today? Me either but here we go.
"Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
The plus sign is actually an ampersand?

Discover more interesting facts about the ampersand — including details on those you just read — & see “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art” at AmperArt.com.

To our newest Officer, mentioned here yesterday, I apologize for not mentioning your name. I didn't hear it at the meeting and I didn't find out till late yesterday. Welcome Officer Peter Behler.

Numbers, we got numbers. This blog is coming up on its 5th birthday. Hard to believe. There have been 890 posts with 6,241 comments. that doesn't count the dozen or so comments that made it to the spam folder or comments with no value. Yes, those. I guess the number that surprises me most is the 409,643 page views from over 10 different countries. Whooda Thunk it?

Any ideas on what I can do with a LOT of really, really old popcorn? Hate to add it to a landfill but that's where it's headed. When I put it in my bird feeder the only thing that eats it are rats. That's no bueno.

This weekend is the 8th annual Block Party. Come on out and for the love of Pete drag some of these new folks out with you. I'm sure the incredible Mrs. Duffey will impress us once more.

“The problem with the alphabet is that it bears no relation to anything at all, and when words are arranged alphabetically they are uselessly separated. In the OED, for example, aardvarks are 19 volumes away from the zoo, yachts are 18 volumes from the beach, and wine is 17 volumes from the nearest corkscrew.” 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Too many

But I pick NATIONAL BEER LOVER’S DAY
or NATIONAL NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN DAY
or NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY
or NATIONAL GRANDMA MOSES DAY
or NATIONAL SALAMI DAY

National Beer Lover’s Day is observed annually on September 7th.
Beer and the process of brewing beer may predate known history.  As varied as the methods, grains, and flavors, beer continues to change and evolve over time.

Virginia colonists brewed beer. William Penn included a place for brewing beer within the colony of Pennsylvania which can still be visited at Pennsbury Manor today. The first President of the United States recorded a recipe for brewing beer in his notes. Samuel Adams holds a place in both beer and tea history in this country.  There were a few beer lovers and patriots among the nation’s founders.

The United States also derives its rich brewing history from beer-loving German immigrants during the mid-1800s. Some of those immigrants families’ names are as familiar today as they were a hundred years ago.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Beer Lover’s Day.


That was one of the longest City Council meetings we've had in quite a while. Here's the Readers Digest version
The Learning Chanel aka TLC is inquiring about shooting some footage at our Farmers Market.
We met our newest officer. With his addition we are now fully staffed.
The atty for Blue Point has rescheduled. Sounds like a beef between neighbors?
We are about to have a Marine Division with two new Yamaha Jet Skis. Oh well.
A new neighbor on Aspen has filed a complaint against Fuller's shithole. Man does that sound familiar? We thought a long lost daughter , who was named in the will, was in charge but it sounds like its a long lost sister instead. Like it matters. Sounds genetic.

The lady who wants to buy some right of way on E Shore was not denied the sale. Council wants to talk it over some more. Shorter version. She lives alone and apparently can't do it without some 2,000 sq. ft. Imagine that. How the hell has my family made it this long on 1500 sq. ft? It's sad that we only have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a small shop out back? Hell I'd love a walk around veranda but since I live on a corner also I have a different setbacks. Just like her. I sat on ZBOA when this original variance request was made. The request was pulled before it got denied. I said no then and if I had a say I'd say BUILD A SMALLER HOUSE!

Then there's the pier up front. $150k of our tax money to rebuild it for the dozen plus slip holders up there. City engineer will put together some number to pull the whole thing out and let the 12+ build their own finger piers and bulkheads. More to come

Anniversary T Shirts are almost gone. The final order is shaping up. If you are interested contact me. Soon. I mean it.
Happy Hump Day Islanders

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

National Read a Book Day

I have determined that in order to read Hemingway, you have to want to read Hemingway. I just finished another Michener. Covenant. I got it from the free library up at City Hall. I confess to having read several Michener's over the years. If you have you know he's a bit of a slow starter. Once he gets the web spun hang on for the story. When I read Centennial waaaaaaaay back in my truck driver days, I found I didn't want the story to end. Now thats a fun read. Hemingway, not so much. Ernest, sorry, this is where we part ways.

Here's tonight's agenda. Note we have a schedules visitor. WHo is an attorney. Any guesses? Sounds like someone wants to play by different rules. Just a guess.
  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. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES FISCAL YEAR 2016- 2017 BUDGET
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Solmonsson Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator Police Chief Cook
  6. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  7. SCHEDULED VISITOR:
    a. David Feldman - Attorney for Warren Wester, 223 Blue Point Rd.

  8. CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: 08/11/16 thru 08/31/16
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held August 18, 2016
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Presentation and discussion regarding the issuance of Certificates of Obligation or Tax Anticipation Notes to finance a purchase. (City Administrator George Jones)
    b. Clear Lake Shores Police Department Marine Division (City Administrator George Jones) 1) Purchase two personal watercraft at the cost of $25,714.00
    2) Use of overtime for presence on the water during main boating season

    (Councilman Bryan Hoerner)
    c. Approve Change Order No. 3 for the 2015 Multiple Street Improvements Project in the amount of $46,836.00 for the additional excavation required on Birch Road due to the discovery of unsuitable base material. (City Administrator George Jones)
    d. A request from Ann Sturrock to sell a portion of City street right of way to her to allow the construction of a home at 131 East Shore Drive in Clear Lake Shores.

e. f. g.
h.
j. k. l.
k. m
(City Administrator George Jones)
Re-appoint Craig Hervey and Steve Wirtes to the Planning and Zoning Committee for a 2 year term ending September 30, 2018. (City Administrator George Jones)
Re-appoint Pam Zuteck and Richard Sowery to Zoning Board of Adjustments for a 2 year term ending September 30, 2018. (City Administrator George Jones)
Re-appoint Richard Sowrey, Mike McNamara, Ronnie Richards, Al Burns and Charles Jenkins the Roads and Drainage Committee for a 2 year term ending September 30, 2018. (City Administrator George Jones)
Cast a ballot for Places 6 - 9 of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees and recommendations from City Administrator. (City Administrator George Jones)
Appoint a representative to the Galveston County Transit Authority.
(City Administrator George Jones)
Discussion on the Proposed 2016-17 Budget for the City of Clear Lake Shores
(City Administrator George Jones)
ORDINANCE 2016-09: AN ORDINANCE MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2016 AND ENDING ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2017; APPROPRIATING MONEY TO THE VARIOUS FUNDS OF THE CITY, ADOPTING THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS; AUTHORIZING CHANGES TO THE PAYROLL PLAN FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR TO TAKE CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS REGARDING THE BUDGET.
(City Administrator George Jones)
Determine the course of action on the Bridge and Boat Pier/Slips along Clear Lake Road. (City Administrator George Jones)
Council interpretation of Section 18, Appendix A to the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Code (the Sign Ordinance), paragraphs D, E, F, and J and determine enforcement policy. (City Administrator George Jones)
n.
10. ADJOURNMENT


 See you there?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

National Wildlife Day

And where better to celebrate a wild life than right here? See what I did there?

The 50th anniversary T-Shirts are more than half gone and there is an order shaping up for Tuesday. Odds are this will be the only order due to the underwhelming lack of support. I got mine. Moving on.

This is for all you ichthyologists/aquarist wannabes. The Aquatic Sciences teacher at Clear Falls is looking to do you a favor by releiveing you of all that old aquarium gear you have stored in the attic because you couldn't unload it at the yard sale. They are in need of tanks 10-200 gallon and any and all internal fixins' that go along with them. If you have such an item please drop me a line and I'll have W come and pick it up. Don't worry about cleaning it up either. Let the kidss work on that.

I'm sitting here listening to Enya. I don't know. But there are a couple of songs that I'm adding to my funeral playlist.

I'll start off by saying the brisket was not bad. Everyone in the family liked it. I'm taking some to a cook off in a little bit and I'll get other opinions. I'll add to the first statement by saying I like smoked meat. Really smoked meat. And the MAsterbuilt does not meet my requirements. It may be OK as a smoker in Georgia but I ain't in Georgia. Before anyone gets exicted, I have no problem with THe Peach State. I was stationed there in a previous life and enjoyed almost all of it. It's where I learned the basics of Golf. Notice I didn't say I learned how to play golf. So. The first $200 takes this slightly used 40" Masterbuilt electric smoker with remote control, Cover and all of the chips I have. There ya have it.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Happy Friday!

Here's to the last long weekend of summer! Believe it.

Well my brisket has been on for a little over 4 hours now. This is the last test for my new Masterbuilt electric smoker. I just can't get any smoke out of it. I checked my thermometer yesterdy and everyone was close enough so the only thing left was the wood chips. I tried a different brand yesterday just because that's the only thing left. Still no joy. I am on my 3rd tray of Mesquite chips this morning so I know they are being used up but where's the smoke?
This is 225 degrees after 45 minutes.

Defaulted to the big grill for dinner last night. Emory's has ahi tuna and swordfish as the weekend special. I bought 1lb steaks of each not realizing just how much fish that was gonna end up being. That's the Tuna on the left. Both were yummy. My picky eating teen inhaled all the grilled shrimp and still had some of both. He preferred the swordfish. I concur.


Quick meeting at the Civic Club last night. WE have a new neighbor and Club secretary, Ellie Grant. She lives up Oak. Welcome to the madness Ellie and family. If the kids are to have a Halloween Party this year someone needs to step up and Chair the event. If not... We have a new Chair for the Scholarship committee. His name is David Cox. I don't know how new David is but welcome anyway. Pam L. is trying to put together a 50th celebration and is looking for some help. I think the idea is to hold it along with one of the Jammin' concerts. If you wanna play contact Pam.
Shirts are going fast. I still have some left. No smalls, 1 m,  and the only two tanks are xxl.  I will place an order on Tuesday so let me know what you want.

Next up is the 8th annual Block Party. I think it's on the 10th. More as I get it.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend Clear Lake Shores.!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Twitterers

I don't tweet but I understand there are some who do. Did you know the little yellow bird's name is Larry? As in Larry Bird.

We went to the the newly opened and greatly anticipated Tookies Seafood for our anniversary last week. Have you been yet? You know you want to. We asked to be seated in the Treehouse. A bit warm for when we were there and a tad and a half too noisy for both of us but a great view of 146 traffic. At our waiters suggestion, we had the beachballs. One more name for a stuffed, fried jalapeno. Midway through my second beachball I had to ask MJ what they were stuffed with. She said crab and other stuff. Lord knows I don't argue with shewhomustbeobeyed so I took her word for it because you couldn't prove it by me. I will attest to the delightful but not overpowering flavor of the jap. I ordered the blackened catfish Pontchartrain. The fish itself was very good. You have to work at it to mess up a Tennessee Tarpon but the rest, well, hmph. The grilled veggies looked great. Hell everything was camera ready, someone just forgot to add flavor. I asked my lovely wife about hers. She ordered Shrimp Alfredo but was waved off and went for the Shrimp Scampi instead. The best she had to offer was a limp wristed wave of her fork and a rather non committal shrug. They are still new and we will be back we'll just try something else. BTW, the Glenlivet was spectacular.

OK on to fix the plumbing problems with our camper. Seems when we turned on the campsite water the pressure was enough to disconnect everything inside our chariot. What a mess. Then we'll look into the whole bumper issue.

Speaking of anniversaries the new 50th Anniversary T shirts and other stuff are in. Some will be available at the meeting this Thursday and orders are being taken in a lot of different ways. Check you Islander. Here's a peek. And a HUGE Thank You to Teresa Otten for all her hard work to get this done.

And it's National Trail Mix Day. Me yawning.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Camping in the rain

Is OK but that's all. Just OK. All the clouds did provide some very welcome shade though.
If you've never been to Village Creek State park it is very much worth the drive. It's just a couple of miles north of Beaumont on US 69. That makes it less than a two hour drive from our little slice of paradise. The camp was almost empty until we got there. We all got sites next to each other and that was nice and cozy. When I say cozy I mean less than 20 feet from the next camp. Since we have all been camping together for over 10 years and haven't killed each other it's OK. If someone else were that close to my camp site it would be awkward. Potentially very awkward. The sites we were in were very shaded which made it easier on our little AC units. The park was very clean and most importantly the restrooms we practically unused. Except by us. I do not recall one complaint from any of our significant others. A short hike to the creek prior to our departure was the perfect ending to a good camp. Official creek access was closed due to recent flooding but we managed to get close enough for a good look. Great swimming and one of our troop was already planning a paddle trip. River Otters and Beaver in the area but they assure us no gators. Water's too cool they say. All in all, We'll be back. It's just too close not to. Can't wait for the itching to stop. Entertainment was provided by our very own Master of Ceremony, B Hoerner. And I do mean Master.
Who do you know that can convince a group of adults to wrap each other in toilet paper in 90+. Extra pints if you can identify any of the "mummies"


Then it was dinner time. Did I mention we don't do hot dogs...


Tood, is it your turn to pick?
RAT (raggedy ass trailers)Pack. Redefining trailer trash one camp site at a time.

A shout out to C Kaepernick. Pretty sure you just singlehandedly redefined moron.