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, June 27, 2016

National Sunglasses Day is here already.

Slow calendar day. The birthday boy (me) got a new toy for Fathers Day/BD. I have been wrasslin' with a few ideas for quit a while but I decided to do something different. I have been smoking different meats for a while now the traditional way. Wood fired offset smoker. Everything from lobster to Emu. Most of you have seen it at some time or another. I started looking for my next smoker months ago. I like the offset style mostly because I'm used to it. I enjoy babying the fire and playing with the different woods. Our long term plans here in paradise don't call for a good smoker. The ones that run upwards of $1000 but will last a while. I can't make myself spend $400 on any of the new light weights out there that just won't last so I started poking around and looking at options. Pellet smokers are all the rage now. Rick says he wants to get a smaller one because his smokes out his neighbor. His neighbor that's dying from cancer. So he's out of the smoker business. Then theres the propane fired smokers. add your wood chunks or chips, turn on the propane and go. I settled on a Masterbuilt electric smoker. I know it sounds like an oxymoron but thats what it is. Not an oxymoron, an electric smoker. You plug it in turn it on and add your chips. It doesn't get much easier.



This model uses chips. Not chunks or pieces. Chips. and just a few of them at that. About half a cup and they last a looooong time. I reckon my little bag will last through the year. I want to be impressed but it has yet to happen. The first round of ribs were big ol' fat country style. I love Mesquite so that was the chip du jour. All said and done I underestimated the cook time by 2 hours. 4 in the new toy and had to finish them off in the oven for another two. The smoke flavor was OK for my tastebuds but MJ loved it. Did I mention she's not a big smoked meats fan. OK thats one solid plus.
By any stretch there is not much smoke. And I'm being generous. Agreed, I'm used to a different machine. One that could lay down a fog bank to cover a naval invasion. I've seen cigarillo's put out more smoke than this rig.
Did I mention I found Hoerners dog?
Part II was yesterday, more ribs just in a different shape. St. Louis style. Neighbor Bryan brought his down and threw in a chicken for good measure. I miss the smokey coloring of my old offset. As was discussed, this is an electric oven. That smokes. A little. And that is what I am having to adjust to. The ribs were on for 6 hours at 200 and still needed a couple of hours in doors. They were ready but they just ain't done. Did I mention this thin comes with a remote control? Yep. Pretty cool once you get it figured out. And the built in temperature probe is handy as all get out once I remember to use it. I can control the whole thing from my basement. That's a good thing. So. Next will be a whole yard bird. I'm telling you straight up it has some tough competition from my Big Easy. That thing works bird magic. But without the smoke. We'll see.

Monday, June 20, 2016

It's National Ice Cream Soda Aaaand ..

NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY

National Kouign Amann Day is observed annually on June 20.  Kouign amann is a round crusty cake, made with a yeast-raised dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry or croissants but with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough creating the layered aspect of it and the sugar caramelizes. The name comes from the Breton words for cake “kouign” and butter “amann.” Kouign amann is a popular and traditional pastry in Brittany, where it originated in 1860 when flour was scarce, but butter was abundant.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Buy a kouign amann to share with your family and friends.   If you are feeling adventurous, try your hand at making your own.  On social media, use #NationalKouignAmannDay.
HISTORY
National Kouign Amann Day was submitted by b.patisserie in April 2015.  The Registrar of National Day Calendar declared June 20 as National Kouign Amann Day in June 2015.
I can't pronounce it but it sounds wonderful! For Fathers's Day and Birthday I got something different ans a little weird. It's an electric smoker. Burns wood chips. Not pellets and not chunks. Chips. I've been trying to get it preseasoned all weekend but the rain keeps throwing me  curve. I want to keep it on the front deck but being electric and all has it's own challenges. Neither one of us can get excited about having a smoker under the house so I'm not sure where this will go. It doesn't smoke near as much as I expected. WE'll see what it does for a rack of ribs later.
Today is the day the fruit of my loins gets his learners permit. I have all the official documentation I can get my hands on and then some. 
A new twist in my application for a CHL. The past two months when I submitted my email query asking if there was a problem I got the standard boilerplate email blah, blah, we're busy, blah. Well, last week When I sent in my lateset query explaining that the State has exceeded it's own mandate of 180 days for completion guess what I got back? Nuttin'. Nada, Zip. Makes one wonder.
Here's what's on the agenda Tuesday. Looks Like the Waterfront Committee has been busy. And who are most of these folks?
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: Waterfront Lease Revocations for various leases that have been found out of compliance. 
4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL: Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson 
5. STAFF REPORTS: City Administrator Chief Cook Building Official 
6. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Roads and Drainage Planning and Zoning Economic Development Corporation Waterfront Compliance Parks and Pool Committee Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee Okie's Courtyard Design/Review Committee 
7. CIVIC CLUB REPORT 
8. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS 
9. CONSENT AGENDA: a. Check Register: 06/02/16 thru 06/14/16 b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 7, 2016 c. Waterfront Transfer C-065 Joshua Connelly to William and Katherine Chalfant 
10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items: 
a. Revoke Waterfront Lease B-027B leased by Leslie Lundquist, for Pier and/or Piling issues (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
b. Revoke Waterfront Lease B-043A leased by Rebecca Vickery for Pier and/or Piling issues (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
c. Revoke Waterfront Lease D-094 leased by J. M. O'Neal for Bulkhead issues (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
d. Revoke Waterfront Lease E-124C and E-125 leased by Edward Leahey for missing numbers and street markers. (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
e. Revoke Waterfront Lease E-126 leased by Abberdean White for missing numbers (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
f. Revoke Waterfront Lease F-140A and F-141 leased by Paul Merryman for missing numbers and street markers (Building Official Kevin Harrell) 
g. Revoke the prior agreement with Sidewalk Brands, LLC previously approved by the City Council and approve an Economic Development Agreement with Sidewalk Brands, LLC. 1
1. ADJOURNMENT
Ready for Summer? You better be. It starts tomorrow.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Whiskey and keyboards

Never go together. Or should I say rarely? As in never say never? Moving on. It’s Flag Day here in the USofA. It’s also Strawberry shortcake day, National Bourbon day and for whatever reason It’s National Pop goes the weasel day. On a larger scale it’s also International Bath Day. Go where you will.

I’m flummoxed about the shit that just went down in Orlando. By all accounts this US Citizen had been vetted by DHS. Aren’t these the same punkin heads that are doing the background checks on all the Muslim refugees from Syria? Dudes, If you missed this one WTF makes you qualified to OK someone from a country that’s on FUCKING FIRE?
I get the age old axiom that you can’t stop a dedicated lone wolf. I do, I get it, it’s a solid theory. But it sure sounds like there were bells and whistles going off all around this piece of shit that were missed/ignored/overlooked. It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback so I’ll stop now. I guess I’m just glad I don’t have your job. 
And to think, we had one moron with a gun that shot up a church and murdered some wonderful people. He had a Confederate flag decal on his truck and we couldn’t strip those flags from our public places fast enough. Shit, then we went after anything and anybody who was related to to the South in the Civil War and God forbid if they or anyone they knew had ever had a slave. Statues are still being removed and schools are being renamed. But this human stain in Orlando is cool? Him and San Bernadino and Boston and their Icons are still cool. America we are upside down. Again, Thank you mister President. Your are our Commander in Chief. I did not vote for you. I do not support you. I can’t wait for your dumb ass to get the fuck out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But you are my President. And I am ashamed. 

Folks, you and I did not create this problem. The people in Washington DC did. I lived there for a few years and what a wondrous place it is. It is truly an American Treasure. Except for all the politicians that live there. My only problem with term limits is that it dictates who I can and cannot vote for. And that is fundamentally wrong. For the life of me I do not see any other way out of this mess other than to vote out every sonofabitch that currently holds office. I know, I know it’s the old don’t throw out the baby with the bath water but like I said earlier they are the ones who have screwed everything up , not you, and not me. I have a sad history of voting Independent and we all know how that's gone. But I’m open for suggestions. One thing is clear in my mind. No more career politicians. None. 8 years then go home. You’ve made your millions. Unless you’re “lucky” in cattle futures and make 10 millions. Lyin' whore. 
I rest my case. Go home assholes. The only you are fixing is your retirement checks. Mr. Trump, you have my vote.

And for the folks who set their children on fire....

I need to vomit.......

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Can you believe it?

It's National Corn on the Cob day already! Where does the time go?

Well, sew far, get it? my latest adventure has been a success. Not too shabby for my first outing. They might not win any medals but my toys are now covered and that my friends is a win.

So, most of you have probably heard about the "undocumented" high school Valedictorian in Dallas. Her video is on most of the news feeds and even some in England. Now maybe she goes to one of those "special" schools or maybe Valedictorian isn't as smart as I once thought it to be but, as the lovely and talented Miss Martinez states their application status is 7 years in the works. Sweetie I wish you all the success possible in your future and Thank you for doing it right but you are not an undocumented alien. ICE has your documents. And they are so mind bogglingly fucked up it takes them 7 years to do anything. I know, we had the same adventure years ago with Melinda. I wrote to both our senators and W to enlighten them on the pathetic status of what was then INS. They most likely stopped reading when they got to the "fucked up beyond definition" part. We had been married for 6 years and took our child to the INS interview. You'd think that would mean something but you'd be wrong. Had to hire an attorney. What do you do when your company is too fucked up? Re brand. Try to shake the name recognition. Voila ICE. I'd fire every sonofabitch there and hire the first people that walked in off the street. Could not possibly do any worse. And here we are 20 years later and oopsies, still a shit hole. Good job federal government. And you dumbasses think they'll fix health care. Back to Miss Martinez, Congrats my fellow Texan and thanks for doing it the right way however painful. Maybe if we build a HUGE FUCKING WALL we could reassign some of the Federal resources that are being sucked up by the Illegals? Just a thought.

Tonight is Jammin on Jarboe. Come on out and hear the Dennis Davis band. Don't forget the bug spray.

My long lost Cousin Bob is coming to visit. Can't wait. This should be a hoot.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ooooo Yeeeaaahhhhh...

NATIONAL BLACK COW DAY
National Black Cow Day is observed each year on June 10.  Are you in the mood for ice cream?  We are all familiar with the Root Beer Float but did you know that it is also called the Black Cow?

A Black Cow was originally made with root beer and vanilla ice cream.  Now it is sometimes made with root beer and chocolate ice cream or cola and vanilla ice cream. Score.
Off to a fair start with my new adventure. I started with this,
And this 
And so far I have these.
I might not make Suzie Homemaker jealous but it works for me. 
Three down, two to go. Time for another beer.
Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores! 
And a heads up Wyatt starts Drivers Ed Monday. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Decisions, decisions

This one's on you. It's National Donald Duck day or Nation Earl Day, It's a toughie.

I got rid of my flattop at the last garage sale. It was one hell of a cooking machine and I’m gonna miss it. The main reason I passed it on was because I just don’t use it enough and sitting in the “basement” 
 all my crap just collects dirt. Then, when I decide to use something I’ll spend a day cleaning it up. Well, today I think I have a solution. Like my Big Easy I will simply cover up my toys.

 How you say? I have a big piece of Sunbrella that used to cover the Harley just sitting around taking up space. So what If i use that to make some covers for my kitchen toys downstairs? What a great idea! All I have to do now is learn to sew. How hard can that be? I’m off to begin my newest adventure, I will learn to sew. 

BTW I was at Academy yesterday and they have 10x10 pop ups for $46 and change. Now that's a deal.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SUCCESS!

Great Crawfish Boil. Congrats to Steve Zirilli on First
Place Bugs and Bryan Hoerner First Place Everything else.

On to the Drag Race..
On Sunday, May 29th the brave and beautiful "Ladies" will be called to the starting line at about 7:30 for the customary parade around Lowell Brown Sunset Park.  Afterwards the ''girls'' will go before the judges to determine the lucky trophy caretaker for the next year.  Diane Johnson is making her famous sashes for this years event too.  There will be donation boxes for canned goods and donation cans for cash or whatever you choose to give.  This is going to be dishonorable behavior for an honorable cause.  If you choose to dress up or just come watch please bring a donation so that we can support this charity and show that - though we may be of questionable character and often display poor judgment - The people of Clear Lake Shores are good people and we are willing to share for a good cause. 

This event is not limited to Clear Lake Shores residents only so try and trick any off-island friends and unsuspecting relatives into dressin like a girl and showing up at the park between 6:30 and 7 pm on Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend.  It's always a fun-filled evening with more entertainment then you will likely want to see.  It's a display of poor taste, bad outfits, overstuffed bras and pure ugliness, however there will be kids present so let's keep it as clean as we can considering it's a bunch of men dressed like ladies drinking cocktails and prancing around a park.  


There are really no rules.  You can't win two years in a row.  And, that's it.  Try to keep it PG-13 and have a good time!  The judges will be announced at the last minute to minimize the opportunity for bribery.  But again, there are really no rules!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores

And It's National Heat Awareness Day. What better way to get ready for another Texas summer. And let's not forget Hurricane season. T.S. Bonnie (notice that's a "B") is expected to visit the East Coast this long weekend.
Above all please keep in mind the reason for this holiday. It was hard earned.
Bust weekend on deck with the Paddle race around the Island, The Crawfish Boil Off, The Drag Race Memorial Day. Shit, I'm exhausted already. If you travel, be safe, It's always the other guy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OK, Who didn't know

That It's National Wine Day? Come raise your hand. That' what I thought.


The First ever round theIsland boat race is looking for contestants. Kayaks, canoes and Paddleboards just to name a few. Contact the Civic Club President for more info. Or just show up, maybe they can squeeze you in. 

Thanks for the solid tip on the Cuban anon. It was a very good sandwich. Mel enjoyed it too. But after she was done we talked about at length. The thing that make a Cuban a Cuban is the bread. While The Lunchbox puts theres on a very tasty brat like roll it’s just not Cuban bread. I love that crunchy crust and thin ready interior. I’ve discussed the toppings on Cubans with other folks but we all agree its the bread. That said The Lunchbox in La Porte has a whole bucket load of other goodies too.  I can see me making another visit to check out the French Dip or maybe the Good Ol’ Boy. 





PETER HASSON, The Daily Caller
Update: Metro PD confirmed to The Daily Caller that they are treating the incident as a “suspected hate crime.”
A female security guard working at a Washington, D.C. grocery store was arrested Monday afternoon for physically escorting a man out of the women’s restroom after he refused to leave because he identifies as a woman.


It’s official. We are upside down. Thank You Mr. President. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Challenge accepted

Looks like I'm having lunch in La Porte Monday. I'll let you know what my tastebuds think. Thanks anon.


Clear Lake Shores Crawfish ”Boil Off” Competition on Saturday May 28h, 12 Noon at Jarboe Pavilion.
This is a closed event and no mudbugs will be available to the public. If you would like to compete, Contact Tim Garber and BYOB (bring your own bugs)

The day will kick off with the First EVER ‘round the island 2.07mile Kayak Race!
$5.00 - Registration @ 7am at the pavilion
Race starts at 8am in front of the Kayak dock at Jarboe
For more information Contact Shawn Dunegan clspresident@clscivicclub.com

On Sunday, May 29th the brave and beautiful "Ladies" will be called to the starting line at about 7:30 for the customary parade around Lowell Brown Sunset Park.  Afterwards the ''girls'' will go before the judges to determine the lucky trophy caretaker for the next year.  Diane Johnson is making her famous sashes for this years event too.  There will be donation boxes for canned goods and donation cans for cash or whatever you choose to give.  This is going to be dishonorable behavior for an honorable cause.  If you choose to dress up or just come watch please bring a donation so that we can support this charity and show that - though we may be of questionable character and often display poor judgment - The people of Clear Lake Shores are good people and we are willing to share for a good cause. 

This event is not limited to Clear Lake Shores residents only so try and trick any off-island friends and unsuspecting relatives into dressin like a girl and showing up at the park between 6:30 and 7 pm on Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend.  It's always a fun-filled evening with more entertainment then you will likely want to see.  It's a display of poor taste, bad outfits, overstuffed bras and pure ugliness, however there will be kids present so let's keep it as clean as we can considering it's a bunch of men dressed like ladies drinking cocktails and prancing around a park.  

There are really no rules.  You can't win two years in a row.  And, that's it.  Try to keep it PG-13 and have a good time!  The judges will be announced at the last minute to minimize the opportunity for bribery.  But again, there are really no rules!