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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day Y'all

The concept of Earth Day was established in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. On March 21, 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. On April 22, 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. National Earth Day is not considered a national holiday. However, we encourage you to learn more about this important day at HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Progress on "Rusty" AKA the 1962 Ford Falcon Station Bus. We prefer Rusty.
Admiral Glass sent one of their finest out to remove the windshield. Having spent several years in the auto glass business and many DAYS prying out the other ten windows I thought I had an idea about how long it was going to take him. I was prepared to buy him dinner. POW! and we was done. From start to stop less than 5 minutes. I am impressed. Now to find a new one. I hear there's some in Canada or at least they are counting on them for next month. And yes my first call was to Richard. But I have yet to have him answer the phone. I'm just glad he's busy. Moving on.
Now on to more sanding. Bondo girl is set to begin any day now.
An orbital grinder, full on respirator AND Pink ropers! Is that HOT or what?!

So, the other night at Candidates Night I had these rambling thoughts rolling around in my brain. I kept searching for the best way to word then but alas, it was not meant to be. So it took a few days for them to solidify. I have referred to these words of wisdom from neighbor and looong time resident several times over the past few years but I couldn't quite make it a yes or no question to the candidates. Neighbor Chuck told me years ago that "If I was in charge, a person would have to live here for at least 10 years before they could run for office. They come from all around and the first thing they was to do is start changing shit. I think it takes 10 years before you "get it", what this place is all about, Why you moved here in the first place." Can I get n Amen!
The second item was a bit more puzzling. Angie repeatedly touted her mediation skills. I have no reason to doubt that she is an excellent mediator. But my question was what are you going to mediate? It seems to me the only mediation needed is on that godawful fb page. Start by limiting the word count. Or cull some of the igmos. Whatever it takes because I'm pretty sure you have the inmates running the asylum. And now I hear we're getting Emus? Hell I want one!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

National Garlic Day

This stinking rose is a member of the lily family. This family also includes onions, leeks and shallots. While garlic originated in Asia over 7,000 years ago, it is used in a variety of cuisines, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
It is considered an herbal remedy for colds, and it has been suggested to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven garlic’s antibiotic properties.
Dreaming of garlic is no different. To dream about garlic in the house is supposed to mean good luck and if the dream includes eating garlic (perhaps in a pesto sauce), there might be hidden secrets. There are over 300 varieties of garlic in the world to dream about as well!
Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Will Rogers was once quoted as saying it is “…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothes line.”

Here's a short recap of the Council Meeting.
We have cameras in the Club House. They are looking to update/upgrade the City website.The Fire Dept. is looking for more bodies. The Hanson Road project is moving right along. The Hurricane meeting will be held at Stewart and includes evERYONE in the WCID #@12. The Ice Cream Social / Pool Sign up is May 3rd. Lots of hoo ha about revoking Lazy Bend Citizen rate for the pool. Even more Hoo Ha about a curfew. Any one have any idea where this curfew stuff is coming from? I know we have one but are the kids mis-behavin'? 

Candidates Night was fun. Said no one in the room. Gotta love our Mayor Pro tem, Amanda Fenwick. Smart, engaged and energetic. That's a trifecta. No one there has more experience or has been more involved in our City than Bryan Hoerner. Why he wants a 4th term is beyond me but he has my vote. Kurt Otten put on a good show as did Angie Terrell. Some folks in the back were not amused and felt as if she was talking to crowd like we were a bunch of children. I suggested maybe she was communication with her FB crowd. She did bring the only emoji to the room. Decisions, decisions....
And Ronnie Richards is running for a seat on WCID12

New gas tank is here! Off I go. Gonna start the Bondo learning curve today. Feel free to drop by with any suggestions or instructions. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

National Bat Day

Not baseball. As long as they eat mosquitoes we will get along. Ever put up a bat house for 'em? Any luck? I don't seem to recall any positive stories but here's some fun facts just the same.
  • Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
  • Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
  • Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
  • There are over 1,200 known species of bats.
  • The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
  • Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores.
  • One of the largest bats is the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches.
  • Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
  • North America’s largest urban bat colony is found on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats. This colony of bats eats approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night.  It is estimated 100,000 tourists visit the bridge annually to watch the bats leave the roost at twilight.
  • One colony of 150 Big Brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more rootworms each summer.
  • Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline, with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
  • Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma have named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia has dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.
Finally! Progress at the front of our Island. Some pretty good looking Crepe Myrtles. I can't wait to see them in bloom. Probably not this year.

So. After spending a LOT of time in RockAuto's parts database guess what I found. Everything goes back. Not one of the parts, as listed, had corresponding part numbers with the parts I need. UGH! As I boxed them up I did a visual and they were all different enough. All except the motor mounts. They are identical. .Thinking I may have misread something somewhere I went back to the database with old and new motor mounts in hand to see what I missed. Turns out I didn't miss a damned thing. They are two different part numbers and ne'er the twain shall meet and yes they are identical. I am so confused. Radiator and master cylinder are on their way. Not from Rock Auto. As is the new gas tank. Now to find a windshield. Wish me luck.

Fired the opening salvo's for our next awesomely epic road trip. Think Maine.

Here's tonight's agenda. See you there.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING April 17, 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.
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
    Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell Fire Chief Brent Hahn
    Roads and Drainage Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Planning and Zoning Landscape and Beautification

    Monisha Khurana: Goodman Corporation analysis for H-GAC Clear Lake Shores Projects Funding.
    1. Check Register: March 29, 2018 thru April 11, 2018
    2. Council Regular Meeting Minutes 04/03/18
    3. Special joint Meeting Minutes 04/03/18
8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
  1. Changes to the Clear Lake Shores Community Pool Membership Agreement for the Pool Season starting May 1, 2018 and ending April 30, 2018.
    Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick
  2. ORDINANCE 2018-04: An Ordinance adopting curfew hours for minors in the City of Clear Lake Shores and making it a violation for (1) a minor to remain in a public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours; (2) a parent or guardian of a minor to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow a minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours, or (3) an owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment to knowingly allow a minor to remain upon on the premises of the establishment during curfew hours; providing for defenses to the violation; providing for an enforcement provision: providing for a penalty to be fined for back offenses against the ordinance of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for back day or part of a day the violation exists; containing a severability clause; providing for publication by caption only and an effective date; providing for the repeal of all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance; and declaring an emergency.
  3. Economic Development funding for Hanson Road Extension Project in the amount of $300,000.00. Mayor Michael McNamara

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Here's why it's National Big Wind Day

Observed each year in the United States on April 12th, National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft, and it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

So. Here's the conundrum for today. Any help from you car guys will be appreciated. Our 1962 Falcon Station Bus came from the factory with a) 144 cid inline 6 or b) 170 cid inline six. It says so right on the VIN and in the online documentation and on parts ordering schema. I was told by the shop that is about to rebuild the block to remove everything that was not the engine block so off came the parts. A bunch of 'em. Not wanting to get behind I got on to different sites and started ordering stuff. It's coming in daily. Now we find out bus was re-powered in 1970 with a 200 cid inline 6. Now Rockauto's parts scheme does not list a Falcon Station Bus with a 200. Ever. In 1965 they list a 240 but... Well at least they do list a 200, in a Falcon, Car, in 1963. Can I assume these parts are compatible? Hell if I know. No great big deal yet. I will simply get in touch with RockAuto and see which parts are compatible and return the rest. Except Rockauto is a strictly online company. There is no customer support and they will tell you that when you call. So now it's a big deal. What to do? I'm thinking it's time to ship it all back and find a source that has a  dumb ass line I can call. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It is National 8 Track Day

and no one knows why. Even though I still have one with a beautiful Linda Ronstadt on the cover. I haven't listened to it in 40 years but hey...

Great turnout at the EDC meeting last night. Three prospective Council members were there and one was taking notes. You gotta love it when folks pay attention. A lot of stuff was covered. Mostly about prospective and upcoming projects that may or may not happen. The one that is as probable as any is the Hanson Road project. It will take Hanson road straight through to 518 at the curve behind Home Depot. Build it and they will come. Just look at what happened to 96 AKA the League City Parkway. A new City Hall building is on paper as is a new Clear Lake Road complete with a sidewalk. A new bridge is on the list too. and it has a "multi-use" side lane. I asked where all these ideas came from and was informed a steering committee had been assembled some time ago and they are the source of most of the thoughts. Good job neighbors. Watch for an article by Charles Scoville in next months Islander. And last but not least Candidates Night is just next week. See you there. Oh, Not sure why the Sage of Narcissus was there. Anybody?

New parts should be here any day. Anyone have a recommendation on a radiator shop? I'd like to see if the original can be used or if it needs to be replaced. Later.

Monday, April 9, 2018

National Cherish an Antique Day.

I did not make this up! But if I did It's still a little early to cherish our little diamond in the rough. Progress is being made daily. Windows are out on the right hand side. Th entire inside has been removed. Melinda passed that milestone when she pulled this beauty out Saturday.

That friends is a heater. Yes it is. I'll test the motor later today but it is the first item with movable parts that was not frozen up. This is me being optimistic. The transmission is at the Dr's and the engine goes in to Owens as soon as they have a spot open up. Hopefully early this week. Do me a favor and keep an eye out for a front bumper for the van. They seem to be a tad scarce. Our sandblaster is lacking a serious compressor so we will start looking for a plan d. Maybe like 10 grit sandpaper. The fact that I can't breathe in the bright red burka plays in here.

A tip of the hat to outgoing Club President President Pricilla Duffey for doing a great job and a double tip to newly elected Megan Morris, the incoming president. Her first rodeo will be the upcoming Candidates Night. We haven't had on in several years so this should be a treat to the noobs.

We were walking down the sidewalk when my wife shouted "you NEVER listen to me" I thought, what an odd way to start a conversation...

Friday, April 6, 2018

National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day honors all the Scottish heritage that flows through this nation. From its earliest beginnings, Americans with Scottish ancestry endeavored for that freedom as much as any American. It was in their blood.
It might be surprising to know that of the 13 governors in the newly established United States; nine were Scots. There are 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Some scholars suggest nearly a third of those signers were of Scottish descent. My 13th Great Grandfather got here in 1652. His Folks came from Scotland. I think it's interesting.
Not only can we point to the country’s founding fathers, but of the 43 Presidents who have taken office, 33 have been of Scottish descent.
In the United States today, over 11 million Americans claim Scottish or Scotch-Irish roots. That makes them the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States.
Let's talk about volunteers for a short second. This from Wiki
"Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization".[1]Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.[2] "

I know a little bit about this. I've volunteered a time or two for different causes and it is an unwritten rule and a very well known fact that bad juju will rain on your ass if you bad mouth your volunteers. Where the hell am I going? I want everyone to remember who keeps our City moving. It damn sure isn't the crybabies on FB. Most of those folks consider bitching about the way things get done is their contribution. Please keep in mind that everyone on City Council, while not voluteers in the strictest sense, is still volunteering their time and effort. If you haven't been in their shoes I ask you to reread this before you make a comment bitching about the staff. That applies to every committee member too. They are all 100% vols. These are your neighbors, they have regular 9 to 5 jobs, a family, hobbies and all sorts of other crap but they still manage to fill the seats on the EDC, Roads and Drainage, Civic Club instead of parking their ass on the sofa after a long day and letting someone else do "it". I am not suggesting that anyone is above criticism, and God knows I've had my issues with some of those folks but even I have been able to keep it civil. That's all I'm asking. If you don't care for the way someone is doing a job offer a positive suggestion or shut the fuck up. Kidding. A little. Not. 

Bought Melinda an early Mothers Day prezzie. It's a sandblaster. I know she'll be thrilled. Lookout Falcon here come the Walnut shells! 

The term "Lawn Mullet" refers to a neatly manicured front yard and an unmowed mess in the back. 

Happy Friday Islanders!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Win Win!!

Not only is it National Jeep 4X4 day but It's Chicken Cordon Bleu day AND we had actual forward progress at last nights joint meeting(s)! I kid you not. Points if you remember whos' signature line that was.
Here's what I took away from the joint meeting last night. Note, I did get there 15 minutes late so I don't know what happened then. Odds are nothing.
Kudos were heaped on the Civic Club for all the sucessfull Easter goings on. And well deserved I might add.
Wendy's is trying to reopen after the kitchen fire Friday. Almost there.
Sounds like the local Popeye's franchisee is in shit with the parent company so no Popeye's for us. Sounds like a Mickey D's and an Autozone are on the way though. Over by Aldis. Dror lane is the name of the street. Because Mr Dror owns the property. CLS will build Dror Blvd starting at the Hanson curve and going across to 518. Because... see above.
Great crowd last night. LOTSA of different faces. My guess is that's what kept the anti's quiet. Good job folks. The EDC voted on and passed two projects to improve the property up front and City Council followed suit. FINALLY.

Got the gas tank dropped last night. All went well until I tried to open the drain plug. I managed to spin the whole damned thing right out of the tank. Anyone know who works on gas tanks? Ugh!

Mark your calendars!  Clean out your closets!  It’s time once again to get ready for the CLS Annual Island Wide Garage Sale.  This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, with a rain date of Saturday, May 26th.  The Civic Club will be selling food and drinks in the City Hall Parking Lot, and also on the North side of the Island.  

As usual, all the proceeds from this great community event will go to the Civic Club.  Volunteers are needed to hand out maps, and cook and sell refreshments.

If you are interested in helping out please contact:
Diana & Bryan Hoerner

Monday, April 2, 2018

It's National PB & J Day!

The lunchbox staple of a generation. Can I get an AMEN!

A good poweer washing until She-who-must-be-bbeyed made me turn off the noisy ass power washer. Progress none the less. Hopefully the majority of the greasy messy bit is over. Now the hunt begins for 55 year old parts. Aaaaand we're off..

Tomorrow night is another joint meeting between the EDC and City Council. Here's the agenda(s)

Happy Monday Islanders!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

Success! Now for a good scrubbing before I head to the Civic Club Fish Fry.

We order a new one Monday!!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

National Tater Day is it.

And what a beautiful Spring day to boot. This 80-60 temperature split is perfect.
And it showed at Okies. Great crowd!

Yesterday was a fabulous day. My trusty assistant and I started on the door issue.
We started by disassembling the extra door so we could better understand the enemy. A few short minutes of banging on the test subject some of the biggest, ugliest fire ants I've ever seen came boiling out of every opening. The ones that didn't die immediately from the Raid or WD-40 were subject to the hammer of death. A short while later we had the mechanics of the door latch assembly worked out and once again my trusty assistant attacked the stubborn door.

I paid a visit to Capt. Mike and borrowed his engine puller. No joy. I'm sure it works fine on anything with a hood but that's not me. Alex to the rescue. Sorry Capt, Alexs' is bigger than yours.

A linkage group here and a few transmission bolts there and the beast is ready to pull.

And the car dollys arrived. I think I'll keep the custom curtains. What do you think?

Now to pull, stash and power wash.

I can almost see it from here...

Blood donors in Sweden receive a thank you note when their blood is used. Thanks Amazing Fact Generator!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Birthday to

Eric Clapton. Or Clapner if you're former Surgeon GeneralJocelyn Elders.

And a shout out to Captain Mike and Bonnie on the 50th anniversarry!!

And since it's National "You Are In Charge" day I'm gonna open that damn cargo door for keeps. I hope. Yesterday was another good day(except for the door thing) Dog house is out, radiator is out, carb, starter, generator, yes generator not alternator, and a host of other little tidbits. We did positively id the motor as a Ford 200 inline 6. AKA 3.3 liter. No matter it's coming out this weekend. The car dollys were supposed to be here by 8PM yesterday but. Sorry neighbors.
Let the games begin. Have a great weekend Islanders. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

National Vietnam War Vereans Day

While I do appreciate the long overdue recognition I really don't see a reason for this day to be separate from November 11th. We're all vets. We're all on the same side. We all (mostly) love our Country, warts and all. And we're all members of one damn big fraternity.

Yesterday was a good day in adventureland. I got the side doors to open. All it took was  pry bar. My bad was closing them when it statred to sprinkle. All my tools being in the opening and now I need my pry bar back to reopen the doors. I'll get there. On the plus side they do come with instructions!

On to the doghouse. Once it's out of the way I can start to disconnect things underneath. 

OK, riddle me this, just what the hell is wrong with asking for citizenship status on a voting ballot. Gimme your best shot. Remember it's me so use little words.

And Jim, definately a sight in Olongapo City! Who knew this Ford could seat 18?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Big Day is here!

Delivered yesterday from Denton.  It's a 62 Falcon that needs some lovin'. We had to help it off the delivery truck. A lot like a controlled crash if you know what I mean. Thanks to all my neighbors who pitched in to help. 
I promise it won't stay this ugly for long.
Maybe lots of Lovin'
I got the seats out yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how easy everything turned loose. Fingers crossed. To my new neighbors, auto dollys get here tomorrow and then I can tuck it away.
Anyone have an engine puller I can rent? This little jewel has got to come out. That's step 3. Off we go to remove the doghouse.

Happy Birthday to Hannah Glasse. Renowned for her English Cookbook. Published in 1747!

And its National Something on a Stick day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

National Spanish Paella Day

One extra point if you know what Spanish City that starts with a V it originated in.

Driverless car gets banned from the pavement in Arizona after fatal crash. One fatal crash. Thats more than zero but less than two. Imagine applying that logic across the board. How many cars\drivers would be off the road if their drivers

Dumbest shit I read (so far) today. Pakistani man let off of rape charges by allowing his victims brother to rape his sister. What the fuck are we doing in any country where this behavior is even an option?

Entrepreneur. en·tre·pre·neur
a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

Arguably what made this country as great as it is. We have a few examples right here in our own back(front?) yard. I’m talking about Okies. Specifically about Ellie’s Sweet Blue Bakery. This couple bought an old camper and retro fitted it for a business. So these brand new parents, on top of what all that means, now run a couple of business’ with the bakery being the latest venture. Ever baked? Then you know what goes in to it. It’s a science not an art form.Ever baked on a large enough scale to make a business out of it? That’s a job. A job that adds sales tax revenue to the city coffers. To the punkin' head who didn’t have the onions to post with a name about the trailer that sells some awesome goddam cupcakes I offer you this. Take this time to go pour yourself another big cup of shut the fuck up about shit you don’t know anything about and go back to facebook where you belong. This blog is for the grownups.

Or it’s National Joe Day.