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

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?

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great start. But WE (most tribes)have morphed,by learning to coexist and enjoy life with such diverse groups as walkers,runners,bikers,bikeriders, swimmers,yardies,foodies,GCers,barBquers,grillers,sushi eaters,beer drinkers,wine drinkers,and west vs
east watergunners,singers,dancers
...you get the drift. WE enjoy life on our little space on the globe with all sorts of tribes. While we enjoy life with family and friends, unfortunately, there is 1 tribe that hasn't evolved at all.It lags behind and looks for ways to disrupt the harmony of the City,such an irratant..but enough is enough. I hope Darwin was correct about the fittest...let's make sure of that.

Anonymous said...

In my humble opinion the Golden Years of CLS are in the past. Yes, I am an oldie and feel so for the newbies that never experienced the days and nights at the Sandbar. I remember when they served the best steaks and breakfasts at The Island Bar and Grill. That could be a whole other chapter. Lots were 6,000 then btw.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 3:19. It seems all the things we moved here for are disappearing one by one.

Roselyn said...

I believe the deadline for signing up to ask questions of counsel is noon tomorrow. I wonder if Tami would tell us which police personnel gave her a thank you card or if she would say its none of our business and she doesn't have to talk to us.

I am also anxious to know if Vern will read the report to us. We paid for it, I think we should have it. (Well, Jackie didn't pay for it, but thats another story.)

Anonymous said...

The things we moved here for are disappearing one by one because of a small group of very sad, bitter , evil neighbors. We know who is in this group and we need to take our Island back and never let them gain one ounce of control again. If we let them have power then I blame us not them.

davidc said...

Anon at 6:57 you speak the truth and I applaud you statement and would like to know who you are?

Dave C

Travis said...

Now here is a new low > can't be me so somebody wants to impersonate me. Last time I posted was on the 28th of Aug with an answer to Craig at 1am in the morning. Allen I'm curious how the Blog allowed somebody to Post with my exact name???

TRAVIS said...
They do now. Tami solved the problem of the wives and female cops being jealous of Tina, and got a few promoted that now adore her and they are thankful to North Shore Annex as well. You can rest peacefully now.

August 29, 2011 3:46 PM

Nobody is jealous of Tina Shelley who quit and left her supporters holding the bag. Secondly, Vern Johnson stopped Tami Perkins from reading the Thank You card at the meeting on Saturday. Further the Investigator found Tami Perkins' allegations were right, so I wouldn't rush to judgement until you hear the results of the investigation and other pending actions.

On CLS Economic Development Corp, YOU ARE RIGHT the Voters may think it is dead but on the 15th of August 2011 at 7pm "Discuss with possible action on a Project Funding Request for additional funding for Town Center Project in the amount of $250,000. You might want to ask the Board about how that is happening after the Voters turned down funding. See the AGENDA posted on CLS Web Site.

ab said...

Stranger things have happened Travis. The same section that allows for anon allows posters to enter pretty much any name they want. Not sure if you've read all the posts under your name but there is a reason some folks believe Travis to be a community name.
The way around it is to get an account and it will post under the account name be it Travis or Bernie. Sorry dude. And the voters voted down the loan for the town center. $250k is chump change. THe EDC should have that in their pockets since they haven't spent jack on anything else. Actually except for the paving of E Shore that R & D lined up 18 months ago and the Aspen/CLR work this city hasn't gotten an damn thing done. Ahhhh progress. Thanks again Council.ab.

Anonymous said...

The meeting on Saturday was confidential and from what I understand it is illegal to discuss anything that was discussed in the closed meeting yet Travis has details you could only have if you were there or had a mole who leaked the information to you. Just thinkin outloud. Does it seem strange to anyone else that Travis seems to have confidential info? He appears to know all of the details about the card and it seems he has intiment details about a report that has not been released. What the hell is going on? Is anyone looking into this?

Anonymous said...

OK, today was my 1st ever posting and,being low tech,I didn't look close enough to add my monicker to it. I think WE should put aside the frivoulous chatter and get to the basics of getting the like minded people/tribes engaged in this whole situation. I'm IN. Thanks for the comment Anon 4:47PM.
Anon 3:19Pm aka N.

Allen Cruthirds said...

The voters approved the Town Center Plan, but not the borrowing of funds to complete the prospective improvements. The improvements will be paid using cash flow the EDC receives from sales tax revenue. THIS IS NOT AN ABSTRACT MATTER ... IT IS A FACT: THE VOTES APPROVED THE TOWN CENTER PLAN. I believe with thoughtful and pragmatic guidance Ronnie Richards will be able to enlighted even the most "dim witted" about the worthiness of carefully spending these monies that will be a benefit to all of us. REMEMBER THE "TOWN CENTER" PLAN WAS APPROVED BY THE VOTERS, AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU ANY DIFFERENTLY.

Allen Cruthids said...

smally typo. I meant "enlighten" not enlightened.

Anonymous said...

Allen C.- you were a terrific civic club prez and you would be a wonderful,fair, and intelligent addition to the city council. We must make changes and get something done for our community! These witch hunts must stop. Please consider running in 2012! Bettie J Ivy Rd

Anonymous said...

Anyone who wants to get a copy of the investigation report can just go up to the city office and make an open records request. Don't make it out like it is harder than it really is. There is very little that a city can keep from those who want to know.

Roselyn said...

Just yesterday did I receive a letter from the Attorney General's office ruling on my Open Records Request. Over two months ago I requested emails between the councilpeople, McIntyres, and Bill Young discusing the Shelleys, along with arrest records. Now the City Attorney can release information I requested. It may be another 10 days before those are finally released to me. I will file Open Records Request also for the Investigation.

Anonymous said...

Sure hope the investigation's results will be posted here if not by the City. In fact, I wish the attorney that conducted it could speak at CC. She would not read it but perhaps add her comments - something along the line of, "I have never been asked to conduct such a trite, meritless investigation. Chief Shelley, deligated tasks to a capt. who deligated to a sgt. All very appropriate for any chief to do. In this case, those that did not like the style of the captain whined to an incompetent council women who also heard from the asst chief's wife. She wanted her husband to be chief. So I just got paid to track down nothing that began with whining women."

TRAVIS said...

And why was Deniese at Tami's house again on Tuesday night? How does she fit into this "woman cat fight"?

Anonymous said...

TRAVIS, SHE IS PROBABLY TRYING TO RETRIEVE THE THANK YOU NOTE SO IT CANT BE READ IN PUBLIC.

Anonymous said...

I heard Danise was one of the snakes that spoke to Tammy critical of Tina. Sure hope it is not true.

Anonymous said...

I heard Danese was also seen canoodlng with Bill Young over a year ago at Heads N Tail. Maybe she can work at the Sheriff's Department in the future.

Anonymous said...

There is no way he can win! Certainly running for office of sheriff will involved some public speaking events with Q + A. How about these for questions for Candidate for Sheriff, Wm Young...

How many times were you on probabtion while you worked part time in CLS prior to finally being fired?

How many insurance policies did you sell WHILE on duty in CLS?

Is it true you accepted a settlement from CLS yet violated the agreements of it?

Is there any truth to the rumor you have a restraining order preventing you from attending the council mtgs. in CLS because you become verbally aggressive with their council members?

Roselyn said...

Whew! Who opened the barn door?

Anonymous said...

I saw Bill Young verbally assault Al. I thought it was going to turn into a physical assault. Young as sheriff is scary. He obviously has anger issues.