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.”