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, August 31, 2011

Happy Birthday to..


Van Morrison.

Raffle for a First Responder. Way Cool stuff for the winner(s) and all for a very worth cause.

From neighbor Rick: Hey Allen,
Can you please help me get the word out for a raffle to benefit a long time friend of ours?
His name is James Romine (known the boy since high school) & he is a Sgt for the Harris Co Sheriff's dept.  A couple of months back, he was diagnosed with Superior& nbsp;Canal Dehiscense, an inner ear disorder that requires brain surgery to correct.  As a double whammy, the Drs also found an aneurysm during the pre-op testing.  On Aug 1st, he underwent a procedure using a catheter to have the it coiled & it was discovered that he had a double aneurysm so the coil procedure did not work.  He went in this past Tuesday for brain surgery to fix both problems.  He is doing well & should make a full recovery. It sounds like they may even let him go home tomorrow.

Unfortunately, insurance is only going to cover 80% of the costs, so he is going to be stuck with some pretty hefty bills on a public servant salary.  A raffle has been put together to help offset some of the expenses.  The prize is a Stag AR-15 assault rifle or there is an alternate prize of a $1000 Visa gift card for those that do not want the rifle or cannot pass the required background check.  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.  The drawing date is Oct 14, 2011.  If anyone is interested, they can contact me at 832-439-3319 (please leave a voicemail if no answer, I may be flying) or Sam at 832-567-1677.  My email is jetflyer73@gmail.com & Sam's issewitsam@gmail.com . 
 Thanks for the help & please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need any more info!
 Talk to you soon!
 Rick & Sam Fisher

Installment II “Tribes” Another thing I know – from years of experience changing large companies – is that there just a few keys to the functioning of all business organizations: the need for control and avoidance of accountability are a couple of the more important psychological ones.  Those who gravitate to positions of power almost always have a high need for control.  And, they are usually willing to consume enormous amounts of energy to stay in control.  They are our leaders.  Nothing is different in CLS – we love having those people so the rest of us can party, drink, ride our golf carts, etc.  And, not go to Council meetings. Of course, it is best when those folks in power have the same views you have; the problem surfaces when those folks in control differ in view.  The rub in CLS is that we have seven tribes and decisions must be made that affect all.  All the tribes have their own radical control freaks perfectly willing to make those decisions.  You are probably saying, “So does the nation.”  Well there are differences.  The nation is huge and has a slow bureaucracy.  We can balance the nation by throwing “the bums” out every 2-4 years.  The pendulum can swing back and forth slowly and the nation – as we experience it down in the trenches - will still stay relatively steady over the long haul.  Not so in CLS.  Things can change in weeks – without some of the tribes even aware of the change. 

I guess the election is getting close I’m seeing Bill Young for Sheriff posters in the neighborhood. Hopefully we’ll hear more about the investigation real soon. This needs to be over with but I don’t see us getting over this until May. But that’s just me.

A precious little Texas girl, with two missing teeth, walks into Pet Smart and asks the owner, "Excuthe me mithter, do you have any widdle wabbits?"
As his heart melts, he gets down on his knees so that he's on her level and asks,
"Do you want a widdle white wabbit, or a thoft and fuwwy bwack wabbit, or maybe one like that cute widdle bwown wabbit over there?"
 She, in turn, blushes, rocks on her heels, crosses her arms,  
Leans forward and says;

                                         "I don't think my python weally gives a thit."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Birthday


To the Hotel Galvez! 100 years old. I honestly thought she was older but still lookin’ good!

Anybody seen this weekends weather forecast? Highs in the LOW 90’s and rain! Never sounded so good did it?
One of our neighbors, who shall remain anonymous has been threatening to write a book about Clear Lake Shores for years. Well they sent me what I can only hope is the opening chapter(s). At any rate they offered it to me to do with as I please so I’m going to share. I’ll cut and paste a section here for the next several days for your review. Who knows, this may be the impetus to extend the story?! I know the author is a regular here on the blog so all you book crtic wanna be’s here’s your shot. If the author chooses to surrender their anonimty, so be it. Enjoy!

The Seven Tribes of Clear Lake Shores and the 20 Year War
I have lived in CLS long enough to realize understanding the tribes of the city is the key to keeping it running smoothly and without uproar.  Our nation’s founding fathers understood that balancing political power was the key to keeping the focus and tranquility of our nation.  It has served this nation well.  CLS is much like the nation.  Our number one goal is freedom.  In our case it is being able to party, drink, ride our golf carts, walk our walks, have our piece of the shore, and tend our victory gardens - all in peace and quiet.  It is why we all moved here.  Balancing the power of the mayor and Council is important; but maybe more important in CLS is balancing the power of the tribes on the Council.
There are four major tribes in CLS, the Cave People, the Romeos, the Sundowners, and the Silent People.  I call the first three the power tribes.  Cave stands for citizens against virtually everything.  Actually, they are for some things – low property taxes, more trees, little regulation, and small houses.  Romeo stands for retied old men who eat out.  They may hang out at the yacht club or own big houses, but maybe not.  They are more progressive and want newer stuff.  They don’t fear higher property taxes.  The Sundowners party a lot, gather in Sundial Park, and some drink whiskey and eat BBQ.  Some like swimming pools.  They will pay taxes if necessary.  The silent people are newcomers, own businesses and don’t get into issues, or just don’t like conflict –they are silent, and because of that, I don’t know their views on taxes.  Not that I get out much anyway.  Of course, these major groups can be subdivided and there are some fringe tribes.  The Parrot heads, Boaters, Bikers, Blue Point people, West-enders (above flood grade), Tree huggers, Really, really long-time CLS residents, Aspen-Tindel off-island folks, Marina-dwellers, and Shrimpers all are small groups with little power to themselves who intermingle with the power tribes as needed and by event or party.  Yes, there may be 15 tribes in CLS, but I will sum it up to seven at any one time. And, for the most part, they all can co-exist and live their lives in CLS.  I think CLS is interesting because of these many tribes.  We are not some big washed out entity of junior executives never coming out of our houses like some of our neighboring subdivisions.”

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Monday


How about that we have rain in our forecast! Lets keep our fingers crossed. I know, I know it’s a holiday weekend but look at the bright side that clouds will provide a little shade? I’m reaching here…..

If you’re travelling this Labor Day weekend please drive carefully. I’m sure you’re a great driver but there are a lot of knuckle heads out there.

Breseman’s Party of 4. All set for Sunday September 11th. We’ll be at the pavilion and get things rolling around 4 and hang out and visit until it’s time to go. You bring cash and we’ll bring everything else. If you want to help call me. If you would like to donate something call me twice.

Kudos To the fabuoulous folks who run the city! Check this out.
For the second year in a row, the City of Clear Lake Shores earned the Texas Comptroller's Leadership Circle Gold award for financial transparency.
The city's website achieved a near perfect score from the comptroller, scoring 19 of 20 possible points on the State’s ratings criteria to make state government more transparent and efficient.
The city received recognition for their online check register, financial reports and budget being clearly transparent and readily available to the public.
Only 65 cities throughout Texas have received the gold designation and only 30 cities statewide were awarded with the gold designation for a second consecutive year.
For the whole story go here..

Watch for your Islander. It will be hitting a driveway near you any minute now. That said, don’t’ forget the Civic Club meetings are the first Thursday of the month and the way it falls this month This Thursday! Hopefully we’ll see you there.

Looked like a damage control meeting on North Shore yesterday. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to hear this spin.


More Manlaws:

16: Women who claim they "love to watch sports" must
 be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge
 of the game and the ability to drink as much as the
 other sports watchers.


 17: A man in the company of a hot, suggestively
 dressed woman must remain sober enough to fight.


 18: Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the
 last slice of pizza, but not both, that's just greedy.


 19: If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd
 better be talking about his choice of beer.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Damn it's Hot!



My "never sees direct sunlight" thermometer registered 104 at noon today. If you have friends or family on east coast I wish them well. Yeah I know it's just a cat two but so was Ike. A big fat cat two. Hang on to yer butt Folks. It will pass.

Sunday September 11th. Jarboe Pavilion from 4 till we decide to go home. That's the place to be. I'm talking BBQ, Beer, Ice Cream and music by Senor Beans! What else could you ask for. It's all for the Breseman fund raiser so plan on dinner and drinks and bring csh for the silent auction and the coolest duck races ever. I've already placed my order for three ducks with out newest duck lady, Steph Haynes. If you'd like to pitch in leave a comment or call me at 281 787 3751.

Well, The investigation is over and the way I hear it it was all for nothing. Thanks Councilman Perkins. I can only guess at the final bill and I don't want to. So what's next kids? Are you finally going to do something that vagley resembles running the city or we just gonna fart around until May?

Let's chat a bit about this blog. Some of you out there will no doubt go to your graves believing this blog is all about you. Nice try, no cigar. It's all about us. Lets try to keep that in mind. You all know I'm not against name calling. I mean, Some people honestly don't realize they're assholes until someone points it out. I look at it as more of a public service than name calling. That said, refering to other commenters as an anatomical orofice is a just tad much. Dave. You know I love you brother but...If we just use that old email rule of thumb that loosley translates "don't use any language you wouldn't want your mother/daughter to read" I think it would buy us a lot. I really do. So. Look around. Better take a closer look. This is where we are. How do we get to the next step? Hell what is the next step? 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Last Friday in August


Keep our neighbors on the East Coast in your prayers as Irene takes a shot at them this weekend. We’ve all been there and know what they could be facing. Hang in there folks.

Chopped with a twist this weekend so look for an play by play somethime Sunday. I wonder what the ingredients will be…
From neighbor Carlo:
 Alan,
I work with a women who is looking for a good home for an Australian Great Dane. She adopted the dog from a woman who was returning to Australia and cou ld not take her. Her current living situation is not ideal for the dog, and she would like to see her go to home where he has room to run.
She is a 7 year old fixed female. Very good with kids, energetic, and lovable.
 Could you please post this to your blog, so she doesn't have to take the dog to the pound? If anyone is interested they can contact Sally Silverthorn at 832-282-6478. She will deliver the dog to anyone living in the great Houston area.
Breseman, Party of 4. Will have a powwow today after work so check in tomorrow for the latest.

Have a great weekend everybody. Well maybe not everybody…..

In Mason , Texas , there is a large German-speaking population. A farmer walking down a country road notices a man drinking from his pond with his hand. The farmer shouted: "Trink das Wasser nicht. Die Kuehe haben da reingeschissen." (Which means: "Don't drink the water. The cows have shit in it.") The man shouted back: "I'm from New York and just down here campaigning for Obama’s health care plan. I can't understand you. Please speak in English." The farmer replied: "Use two hands ~ you'll get more water."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to

Sean, excuse me, Sir Sean Connery. One of the first books I ever read on my own as a kid was Dr. No. Always was a James Bond fan and he was always the best. Until the new Casino Royale. Sorry Sir C. Daniel Craig is what you were.  I just finished the new James Bond book Carte Blanche. Can't wait for the next movie.

Can you imagine anyone wanting to shut this blog down? Of course you can. Can you imagine why? Who on earth could this point of information possibly scare? It's like being afraid of a news paper. Can you imagine someone setting fire to a news stand because there were ideas they didn't like? Awfully terroristic if you ask me. Right out of Kandahar. But alas and alack you have friends and or neighbors who keep trying. I spent a lovely hour and change in  meeting with our corporate ethics officer and my manager about my blog. We did a little forensic study of my workstation and this blog and when the powers that be were satisfied that I was not breaking any of our comany guidelines or policies oue ethics officer explained that some of my concerned neighbors had called him. Again. Some of our friends and neighbors are worried I was using corporate assets to post on this blog. I did admit that Tuesday I was guilty of posting a happy anniversary to my wife on the blog but the investigtion proved the rest was posted from elsewhere. I also let him know that I was intentionally making it look like I was posting during work hours for no other reason than to expose the assholes for what they really are. PS. I own the clock you stupid bastards.

Hey the good news? Yes it is RAINING ON THE ISLAND! My sources tell me it's not just raining it's pouring WOOHOO!

The Breseman, Party of 4, preps are moving along. It will be 9/11 which is/was our block party weekend but.....There is no rain date. Right now I think most of us wouldn't mind a party in the rain. More later.

A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Fracais?” he tries. The two continue to stare. “Parlare Italiano?” No response. “Hablan ustedes Espanol?” Still nothing. The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language.” “Why?” says the other. “That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Annivesary

To my wonderful wife. She has managed not to kill me in my sleep for seventeen years. Not that she hasn't tried.....but still, a testament to her self control.
And if I might give a shout out to our friends and past slumlords. Happy anniversary to Grant and Becky. We still owe you large.

I hope some of y'all got to go check out the Ice Cream Social put on by the Civic Club Sunday. I did send out a reminder but found out later it didn't go.


'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.
I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first'
- Ronald Reagan

Monday, August 22, 2011

First day of school


You’ve probably heard this one before but too bad. 6 extremely short years ago Wyatt had his first day at Stewart Elementary as a kindergarten student. At the end of the day the students were instructed where to go, West Walkers (us) go to this line, Car riders go to this line and bus riders go to this line. Wyatt decided he wanted to ride on a big yellow bus so he went to the proper line and took his place. I was at the back of the school where the West Walkers were thinning out and being collected by respective chauffer’s. I asked the teacher if there were more inside and she let me know this was the last of the west walkers. I let her know she was one short.  On cue, then principal, Debbie Phillips comes out the back door with W in tow. She told me he said he wanted to ride the bus, hence his line selection. Well today he got to ride the bus. A smile I think uncharacteristic of the first day of school beamed back at me from the last seat at 8:06 this morning. Right on schedule. I hope you had a great ride son.

Here’s the latest on what will surely become known as “Breseman, Party of 4”
It’s Sunday September 11th. As sort of an Ike celebration come on out and help us help a neighbor to another fresh start.
We’ll be there from 4 till’ 7, so hopefully the temps will start dropping and it being a school night we’ll wrap it up early enough for sunset and all that other good stuff. It will be after the Texans game on Sunday so DO NOT fill up on chips! Save some room for dinner and suds. If you’re catching the next game come down for a go box. We will be offering BBQ plates for a donation and we will have a 15/5 gallon container of adult beverages also available for a donation. There ya go. Beer and BBQ. Coonie is making his near world famous pulled pork to compliment the Brisket chicken and sausage that will be there.
Steph H (the new duck lady) is putting together the duck race. Prizes, times, entry fees and rules will be announced as soon as I know them. So check back.
Live music by our very own Senor Beans. God loves ya Ben and so do we. Make sure Andy comes to this one.
And to end this great day on a perfect note the older kids will be dishing out Ice Cream!
Go, put it on your calendar right now.
Some goodies for the grills are coming in and going straight to the freezer but we are still looking for more. Any questions?

Hey Vern, is this your third term as Mayor? I thought so. Apparently anon has her knickers in a twist over ancient history. Evidently it doesn’t matter how many degrees you get you can still be a moron. Anyone wonder why anon is stuck on something from 6+ years ago that evidently doesn’t bother anyone else but all this current bullshit is OK? Amazing.

ManRules:
 11: It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink
 only when you're sunning on a tropical beach ... and
 it's delivered by a topless model and only when it's free.

 12: Only in situations of moral and/or physical peril
 are you allowed to kick another guy in the nuts.

 13: Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.

 14: Friends don't let friends wear Speedos. Ever.
 Issue closed.

 15: If a man's fly is down, that's his problem, you
 didn't see anything.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What a beautiful Saturday. Is that redundant?

I just checked and according to the numbers we are 20 inches behind in rain for the year. So we knew it was coming and now it's official. This from WCID 12.
"Galveston County WCID #12 is not required by the TCEQ to institute a prohibition on outside watering at this time. Voluntary water conservation is highly encouraged, and we ask our customers to do everything they can to conserve water. Please minimize your outdoor water use. Do not water your lawn and landscape during daylight hours, rather set timers for watering between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. every 3-4 days if possible.
Without a change in the drought conditions we may be forced to institute water use restrictions with very little prior notice. We ask that our customers do everything they can to conserve water for the benefit of all of us and the citizens of the State of Texas. If you see a water leak, please contact us 281-334-3331 quickly so we may repair and conserve this precious resource. You may also receive updates by checking the WCID #12 website at www.galvcowcid12.com

The good news is next wednesday it's cooling down! The forecast high is only 97!! I'm gettin' goosebumps.....

Latest on the 911 benefit:
Bryan is going to make his outstanding pulled pork for the BBQ plates. There will be brisket, chicken, sausage with all the fixins also. Maybe even baked spuds ala Adams.
There will be live music courtesy of Senor Beans.
Steph Haynes is lining out her boys for the third ever CLear Lake Shores Duck Races. If you want to preorder your duck leave a message/comment and we'll see what we can do. I'm in for three Steph.
Larry is donating a keg of ice cold suds that will be available for a donation to the cause. You da Man LW.
Adelia is putting the silent auction together so if you have something for her let ehr know.
Diana is organizing some of the older kids for an ice cream extravaganza!

Now the best part. We are asking for donations for the grills. If I were to make a shopping list it would look a lot like this. 4 pork shoulders, as many whole chickens as we can get. 6 briskets and a lot of smoked sausage. Any thing and everything can be dropped of at our place and I'll take it from there.

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
-Ronald Reagan

Friday, August 19, 2011

Good morning neighbors

and Happy Friday! First to Dave. Dr. Dave, you know I love ya like a brother right? Well, I removed Adelias' phone number from your comment.  Not too sure that's the place for a private phone number. You're welcome Adelia.
Then to Jana and everyone else who is asking for a contact for the upcoming benefit on September 11th. I think if we keep this simple we'll get more mileage out of it. I will volunteer myself and this bog as the point of contact. If it's for the Silent Auction I'll pass it on to Adelia, If it's for the grill I'll put it in one of my freezers or fridges and so on. If you have something for the family and can't make it by please feel free to drop it off at our place and I'll get it to them. At sunset we'll find out if the duck races are on.
The Chairman of the Parks committee asked me to post the questionnair that was in this months Islander. I had an extra cup of coffee and still can't figure out a way to get the document here so stand by for an email. Don't return it to me please get it to Bud. Thanks. And thank you Bud.

From Mark Z
Your Kemah Volunteer Fire Department is hard at work again collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  We will be at the Clear Lake Shores Target from 1 to 4 this Sunday.  Stop on by to donate or just check out the apparatus used by the KVFD.  We hope to see you there.

Tonight, 7 ~ 10 PM at Noah's Ark in Bacliff, Senor Beans returns to the stage for your entertainment pleasure!  Good tunes, good food, good times!

Take FM 646 East from I-45, go all the way to the water (7 or 8 miles), take a left, one block north, it's on your left. Get there early if you want a good seat....it will be hopping tonight.

I am really looking forward to sharing some good times with my friends again.  Hope to see you all there!

Peace and Love,
Senor Beans (AKA - Ben Reyna)
I'm heading to DQ. See y'all at sunset!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday Eve


Where were you on this day in 1983? Hurricane Alicia was crawling over down town right about this time……..
Looks like we might have TS Emily to watch later today. We sure could use the rain.

School starts next week. I can hear most of you cheering. Just a reminder that for a few more days we will have to take the detour through Lazy Bend and behind Stewart Elementary and we will be driving through active school zones. Cell phone use is PROHIBITED where marked in a school zone. Just like the one you are going to drive though if you pass Stewart. If you are just dying to give the Kemah Cops more of your paycheck then by all means knock your lights out. Odds are you’ll get over that a lot sooner than you will running over some squirrel chasing 9 year old. And if you travel on the east end of NASA Parkway you should know that you are required to stop for school buses coming and going unless there is a raised median.

Mark September 11th on your calendar. No, not for the obvious or even as Ike’s anniversary. On September 11th there is going to be a BBQ Benefit for the Bresemans. It is shaping up nicely. Know this ahead of time, I will be asking for donations of stuff to throw on a grill and sell and I have a big freezer.  Watch this space for more info

I see Travesty Travis D is back. Don’t stay gone so long T you make me laugh. In a new puppy kind of way.

More Manlaws:
7: No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday
 present for another man. In fact, even remembering
 your buddy's birthday is strictly optional. At that
 point, you must celebrate at a strip bar of the
 birthday boy's choice.

 8: On a road trip, the strongest bladder determines
 pit stops, not the weakest.

 9: When stumbling upon other guys watching a sporting
 event, you may ask the score of the game in progress,
 but you may never ask who's playing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day of the Hump


TOOKIES IS OPEN!

The skinny on the mermaid is Eric has been called away to another project. Progress has been on hold but I have been assured new photos will be forthcoming as soon as there are some. So there.

City of Pasadena is having an auction this weekend. All their excess slash confiscated stuff and all things in between. If you’re interested call 713 740 7041 or visit the city’s website.

Civic Club is throwing  an ice cream party on the 21st. It’s at the club house and starts at 2:00. They will supply the Ice cream and they are asking us to bring our favorite toppings and enough to share. I think Wyatt is camped outside the doors right now. If you haven’t had a chance to join the Civic Club now is the time. Come on down bring the kids and get signed up. Find a Club Officer and get on their email list. See you there!

I need some plumbing wok done. Anyone got a recommendation?

I heard it was an interesting albeit boring Council meeting last night. Councilman Perkins felt she was on trial. What an interesting choice of words since she is the one that broke the law. Amazing. Councilman Burns proposed a measure to insure all elected officials, the same ones that are in charge of spending your tax money, be current on their own taxes. If you have read this blog you know too well that you can be incredibly delinquent on your school and or property and or City taxes to the tune of thousands of dollars and still hold an elected office. We also know that there is no prerequisite to serve on a committee or have any type of experience. That part is fairly evident. Seems Councilman Burns made an attempt to plug this ethical loop hole and was unanimously voted down. That’s right. Let me say this again. You have 4 councilmen that think it’s ok if you don’t pay your taxes. I would have lost that bet. Since three of them think I’m the antichrist I guess it will have to be Councilman Sowrey that explains to me the logic. Richard, please use small words. Hell according to ex-Mayor McIntyre it’s none of councils business. I guess that means we could have an illegal alien on the payroll and just make up the required numbers? Oh. Wait a minute……nevermind. Where does Council draw the line? You can be a rapist but no more than 3 convictions…… Sorry, only one felony per two years, Oh hell no, Grand theft auto? It’s none of our business. Puhleese.

Manlaws update……
4: Unless he murdered someone in your family, you must
 bail a friend out of jail within 12 hours.

 5: If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his
 sister is off limits forever unless you actually marry her.

 6: Moaning about the brand of free beer in a buddy's
 fridge is forbidden. However complain at will if the
 temperature is unsuitable.