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

Friday, September 30, 2011

Here’s yer sign…


Happy Friday. You can tell summers over when 92 degrees sound nice. 

I sat in the dark Wednesday morning waiting for my left turn light. Like Bambi in high beams I was transfixed on the Kemah sign we all know and love. Picture my tongue placed firmly in my cheek. I actually felt my pupils slam shut when the ad for The White Pelican flashed on in a pastel yellow. Like most of our neighbors I think a new(er) updated and easily managed marquee would be a nice touch. I’m not against the existing marquee but something from the 20th century might be more appropriate. That said, the example, if that’s what it was, in the pickup bed the other night, ain’t it. Did I just violate the too many coma’s per sentence law? Where’s the grammar editor on this one? Anyway, I think we’re headed in the right general direction but we need more options. Much like the Town Center proposition a few years ago. I looked at the concept drawings provided by the architects and while I didn’t necessarily like those drawings I liked the concept. I told one of the architects it was too Kingwoody, Woodlandish, Friendswoodly, insert name here. I think we may be reaching a tad too readily for generic off the shelf changes. Ya know, I can only imagine what a screaming pain it must be from the EDC’s standpoint of trying to find something unique and different that will even come close to fitting in here. Then you realize that despite all your best efforts and all the time, your time, and energy you put in to make our community a better place the best you can hope for is that only half the people on this island won’t want your head on a pole. Now there’s incentive…While I’m up here, I’ve been on a committee or two. Worked hand in hand with the Civic Club once or twice and I have decided there are too many of you out there who don’t appreciate how much gets done around here by volunteers. Go look at the City’s website and you will see that every committee is looking for bodies. Hell, some committees haven’t met in months because there is no one to meet with! You love living here? Well it comes with a price tag. Do your bit. It’s time to put up or shut up. This is me stepping down from my soap box. Ronnie and Co. I will try to make it to the next EDC meeting. Let me know what I can do. And thank you all for your service.

I got my Islander last night after the rain let up. Thanks Team Crawford\Pons.
I think we can safely say it is not a hot tub it is an ornamental pond. Great picture of Pondman thanks to Ty.

Construction News:Texas Department of Transportation Preconstruction Meeting 
Birch Road Bridge at Clear Lake Shore Canal 
Meeting Date & Time: September 27, 2011 @ 10:00am 
Location: TxDOT Area Office (LaMarque) 
 Project Scope: The project includes the replacement of the existing westerly bridge facilities on Birch 
Road that crosses the Clear Lake Shore Canal. Cost to replace the bridge structure is $377,936.67. The 
project also includes the relocation of WCID No. 12’s water and wastewater utilities adjacent to the 
bridge. This work will be done by two separate contractors.  
 
Project Contractors: 
1. TxDOT Bridge Contractor: Aranda Brothers Construction, Inc. 
Project Superintendant – Hector Aranda 
 
2. WCID No. 12 Utility Contractor: Forde Construction 
Project Contact – Don Mann   
 
Project Schedules: 
 
1. WCID No. 12 Utility Relocation:  
Start Date will be October 4, 2011 
Estimated Project Duration – 30 Calendar Days 
2. TxDOT Bridge Replacement 
Tentative Start Date – November 7, 2011 (Subject to Completion of Utility Relocation) 
Project Duration – 75 Days  
 
Work Schedule will be restricted to Monday through Friday 7am 6pm. 

Jammin on Jarboe is Saturday That’s tomorrow, here’s the scoop.
By the way will you put on your blog that Jammin starts @ 6:00 this Saturday, the band is Spiny Norman highly recommended by Ben Reyna.

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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I spoke to the Mayor last night and it’s official. The City Council meeting scheduled for October 4th has been rescheduled and so has the EDC meeting that was looking for input on the new marquee. You spoke they listened. Just like it’s supposed to be. You gotta love it when a plan comes together.

To everyone who takes kids to Stewart or works at Stewart or drives behind Stewart take note.
Lazy Bend news from Pricilla “…on a different note the water board will start their placement of pipes on Oct 4th so there may be some traffic congestion on that day (Oct 4th) The bridge replacement is scheduled to begin November. You may want to post on the blog for CLS residence who attend Stewart to start making alternate plans for carpooling.

From Neighbor Neeltje. Her keen camera eye spotted this guy. I wonder if this is the same one from a few months ago. I guess the signs to beware are for real. Oh, this was taken from the pool looking over the bayou.


And speaking of Lazy Bend I sent this invite to them
“Next Tuesday October 4th is National Night Out. We are coordinating a progressive weenie roast with our local Target Team. We would like to invite our Lazy Bend friends and neighbors to join us is this event. The “parade” will begin around 6:00 PM and wind slowly around the neighborhood. We will be serving Roasted hot dogs and soft drinks along the way. The Target Team will be passing out goodies and this year they are bringing a magician for the kids. Please join us in making our Unique community an even safer one. A schedule is provided below. If you would like to help please see Pricilla Duffy. See you there!
National Night Out
Tuesday October 4th
6:00 Lazy Lane & Birch
6:15 South Shore & Narcissus
6:30 Forest & W Shore
6:45 Pine & Ivy
7:00 Queen and Juniper
7:15  - 8:00 Sundial Park”

From Neighbor Jane:
We are in need of people here for several of my projects.  If you know anyone looking for a job and has environmental investigation and remediation experience – all levels – please send me their resume!!!  They must be willing to travel as well b/w OK, AZ and PA.
Thank you,
Jane C. Marzano
Environmental Scientist 3
It was a hot day in Minnesota.
Helga hung out the wash to dry and then went downtown to pick up some dry cleaning.
"Gootness, it's hotter dan hell today," she mused to herself as she walked down Main Street.
She passed a tavern and thought, "Vy nodt?”
So she walked in and took a seat at the bar. The bartender walked up and asked her what she would like to drink.
"Ya know," Helga said in a timid voice, "I don't usually go into bars, but today I vill make an exception.. It is so hot, I tink I'll haf myself a cold beer."
"Anheuser Busch?" the bartender asked.
Helga blushed and timidly replied, "Vell fine, tanks, und how's yur viener?"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dia de la Chepa

Remember our friend in the Coi pond? It looks like he’s a local. He was spotted AND photographed this week fishing in the channel. I guess his casting net paid off, he was seen launching his circular canoe at Shell Bottom park. I love this place. Thanks for the pic Jim.

Looks like a huge conflict is looming large. Next week, Tuesday actually, We have our City Council meeting, an EDC meeting to discuss and gather input from us on a marquee replacement and National Night Out. Everyone needs to be at every one of those events. We need to know what City Council is doing, The EDC needs to know what our take is on their actions and we all need to get out and meet our neighbors. Dang! Well, no one said this was easy. Watch this site for future developments.
Speaking of the EDC, what about that sign? Enhance your calm. Take a deep breath. The EDC wants and needs your input. That’s why they have meetings. This from neighbor Rick “Hey Allen,
 Tried to post a response on the blog, but kept getting redirected to google so I could create my own.  Never did post.  Any chance of convincing the powers to be on the EDC to reschedule the LED sign workshop for some date other than the 4th since that in National Night Out?  It would be a shame for anyone to miss one activity for the other.  Also, please let Sam and I know what we can do to help for National Night Out.  Have buggy (with fold down rear seat) & will travel!  Talk to you soon!
 Rick & Sam Fisher

EDC this message is for you to do with what you will.

I sent this to Council members and the powers that be in the office: ” Good morning. I am working with some of our neighbors and the Target Team to organize our National Night Out. After getting input from the neighborhood it was decided to continue with our rolling weenie roast. I have several folks who have volunteered to haul coolers with drinks and others to shuttle the Target Team. Glen Dowell will haul the grill and hot dog fixin’s. I have asked Chief Cook to arrange for as many of his officers to participate as possible in a very informal meet and greet possibly at the scheduled stops. As our elected officials I would like to ask if any of you would be interested in Introducing our officers at the different stops. The stop schedule is listed below. I know there is a regularly scheduled Council meeting that night but perhaps it can be abbreviated a tad or delayed 30 minutes. Just a suggestion. Please let me know one way or the other. Thanks.


Tuesday October 4th
6:00 Lazy Lane & Birch
        6:15 South Shore & Narcissus
        6:30 Forest & W Shore  
        6:45 Pine & Ivy
        7:00 Queen and Juniper
        7:15  - 8:00 Sundial Park
I have heard back from two council members so far. As the schedule develops I will post it here.

Here is one answer to yesterday’s question. “We went to the court date between Bernie and Lynda and Patrick. The Judge told Bernie that he was not dressed appropriate for
his court room and they changed to another date.  Told Bernie to be in a dress shirt and tie. Bernie and Kathy were in shorts, thongs, and Bernie had on a white undershirt. UNBELIEVABLE  This guy is completely not all together to do what he pulled in going to court dressed that way.  The only supporter he had with him was John who smokes the cigars and he was dressed in the same way. So anyway we
look forward to see what Bernie will pull at the next court date.  Lynda and Patrick were absolutely dressed first class and looked very nice. There were about 8 or 10 of us there to support them.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27th already

Anybody get a chance to sit in on Bernie's hearing yesterday?

Anybody got a stump grinder coming out soon? My Mulberry trunk needs to go away.

In case you haven't heard Wyatt scored his FIRST goal in soccer and WE WON!

OK OK Anon is gone.

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Well summer is officially over. It ended last Friday in the wee hours. So why is our high today forecast at 98? I’m pretty much a summer guy. I like 95. Gives me a reason to take off my clothes. I’ll say it out loud, I’m ready for a cold front. I don’t want something like we had last week, I want a real cold front. I’m ready for a weather changer.

National Night Out is next Tuesday. Due to the lame input we’ll do it the way we’ve done it in the past. That is a rolling NNO event. Our Target neighbors will be with us as usual and this year they will bring along a magician just for the kids. Chief Cook is working with our officers to get them a little more involved this year. That’s good since we have so many new people on the force. This event is for us. It’s National Night out. It’s a chance to get out and meet your neighbors and the people we count on to keep us safe. If more of us were out a little more often maybe these dirt bags that are stealing our neighbors stuff off the waterfront would get caught. This year we’ll start at 6:00 at Lazy Lane and Birch and roll from there. I’m looking for a couple of buggies that will carry a cooler and help pass out drinks at the different stops. Invite your Lazy Bend friends out to this event. It’s all about your neighbors. Below is the schedule and I’ll post it a few more times.
6:00 Lazy Lane & Birch
               6:15 South Shore & Narcissus
               6:30 Forest & W Shore   
               6:45 Pine & Ivy
               7:00 Queen and Juniper
               7:15  - 8:00 Sundial Park---Dark about  8
Anybody out there looking for registered lab puppies? They will be ready to go in 4 weeks. They’re as cute as a ……..well, a puppy. Let me know or contact Pricilla the D.

No word yet on “the investigation” AKA “The Great Fiasco of ’11”.

The objective definition of Political Correctness
       A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Friday, September 23, 2011

TGIF Y'all


I’m not even going to mention Ophelia. Of all the years not to get a storm. Oh well.

From Neighbor Pete—
 could you help pass the word.   I have about 25 sheets of plywood that have been cut to various window/door sizes for hurricane protection that I am willing to give to anyone that will come to the storeroom and pick them up.   Call me on my cell phone:   281-796-2438   Pete Carrothers

HEADS UP FOLKS!! Looks like we have dirtbags cruising our waterfront. I know a lot of y’all have water toys so take care. Sorry Bud.
From Neighbor Bud—
I don’t know why the world works the way it does, but it does.  I am certainly luckier than most so I shouldn’t complain.  I am a blessed and lucky guy. But I want to air my feelings.  If you don’t want to hear this, just skip this letter.  I realize that this is a bit selfish because there are people in the world (and Texas) with real problems that make me seem spoiled.  Still it is wrong to steal from someone.
Last night I drove my golf cart by my boat slip to notice that both of my brand new kayaks were gone.  They were a special treat to me as I only used them once. They didn’t take my canoe because I guess it had a chain instead of a bike cable.
 I bought two so that I could have a friend go kayaking with me. That was a big splurge to me. They cost me about $450 each.  I am so bummed. I had them locked with a bicycle cable to a palm tree which obviously didn’t matter.  This was in plain sight right on a major Island road….West Shore.  I just can’t believe that this happened on the Island. I saved my money to buy them and felt like I had a FREE type of recreation that I could have anytime I wanted to get out on a nice day and paddle.
I don’t know if you have ever been robbed or ripped off but the feeling in your gut is wrenching when you realize what really just happened.  I just couldn’t believe it when I saw an empty spot from where they were next to my nice park bench that I put there.  Maybe it will go next.
Tomorrow is a new day and I am a lucky man in that I have my health and my family and friends.  But I still don’t know why do people have to steal from each other??
I just thought that maybe beside my venting that people should know that we have to keep an eye on our possessions.  I am offering a $100 reward to anyone who can find them.  They are green Pelican sit on top fishing kayaks.
Thank you Lord for everything else I have and I am sorry for being so selfish.  I am luckier than most.
Bud Solmonsson

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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From our neighbors to you…
Dear Fellow Islanders
 Well, it has been a little over a week and we are still in shock.  We still have to pinch one another to make sure it is not a dream.  On Sunday September 11, 2011 we were given a memory that will last the rest of our lives.  SO MANY of the “Islanders” came out to support us during this fantastic event.  There were also friends from every stage in our life and family.  Never have we witnessed such generosity, such care for others, such support to help you go on.  Our Family has been quietly struggling for a long time.  Between losing a job, medical issues, accidents and so much more, we didn’t know how to go on.  Some very incredible people (and friends) got together to tell our story.  We never wanted it to go public.  After all, everyone has problems…..and these were ours.
 To our amazement so many people came out to help.  Many we knew, many we didn’t know and some we had lost touch with over the years.  Through the generous efforts of you, our friends and neighbors, we have been able to fend off the immediate threats on our home, utilities and much needed medications.  Ed is still looking towards another hand surgery in the next couple of weeks.  His thumb is not stabilizing how the doctor would like.  Paula began a new biologic IV medication to help with her Rheumatoid Arthritis.  This is the last available drug she has not tried.  It is new on the market.  These have been un-affordable for quite a while.  Everyone still keep your fingers crossed for a while.
We can never fully express what this has done for us.  God Bless you one and all.  We thank you for helping lighten our burden for a while.  Most importantly, OUR belief in Human Nature and the strength and love that can come from a community makes Clear Lake Shores “Our Own Little Piece of Paradise.”
The Bresemans – Ed, Paula, Emily and Maisey

No more drive-by turd slingin’ and time wasting. Life is too short. Anon is dead. Long live Anon. I  don’t know what that means either.  

National Night Out- Coming right up on October 4th. How about a show of hands out there. Want to do a fixed outing at the Pavillion or stay with the travelling weenie roast like in the past? We need some feedback here.
Neighbors turned cruisers Landwers are in pahse two of their voyage you can drop in for a visit by clicking http://www.squivot.com

Tribes – Finale – again
OK, I will sum up and shut up.  CLS has had tribes for a long time.  They have been enduring and have stable community of interest.  The Caves want low taxes and to keep CLS as it is, the Sundowners want to party and have golf carts, pool, etc.  The Romeos have traditionally wanted to improve the City.  There are lots of fringe tribes.  The 20 year war has been mostly Cave against all and Cave against Romeo. The elitist wing of the Romeos have lost power of late because many have given up and moved away.  Our hope is strengthening of other tribes.  The best candidate is the Sundowners, but others could come forward. The Caves or old people have been organized and treat CLS elections seriously.  They prepare, organize, get out the vote and subsume one issue candidates to further their agenda.  I call for CLS to organize by tribe, get organized, and balance the Council every election.  Do not let one issue, “throw the bums out,” or one agenda prevail simply because it is better organized.  Balance the Council and Mayor at all times is the message.  And realize you are electing people to use their own judgment to represent you.  Thanks for listening.