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, August 31, 2012

Once in a .....

Blue moon is tonight. As beautiful as it was last night, tonight's the night. And they say it's the last one til 2015. What a way to kick off the last long weekend of summer.


Looking for a buggie? This from neighbor Ty Johnson on Hawthorne.
"Hey Allan. I have a 06 Gas Club Car, lifted with turf tires, rear seat kit, windshield, head and tail lights, speakers and amp that hook up to any head phone jack. I have a firm price of 4k.
Thanks for putting this up on your blog!!"



Looks like Frank is looking for someone interested in the restaurant/bar business. McP? You still looking?


This from new neighbor Jessica;
Hi Allan, My name is Jessica. I am the owner of the new store across from the island 'I Spy.. The Perfect Piece'. Lezlie Smith recommended I contact you to get the word out for some help that I need. A while back my Father was asked by a friend to watch her cat. Since then the cat has had 5 kittens. They are 5 weeks old and have been abandoned by the lady. My Dad also lives on the island, but because he travels so much he can no longer take care of these cats. We were hoping we could find someone who would help foster and adopt these kittens out or would like to adopt one. The mother cat is a very affectionate small short hair tabby with a fluffy tail and all the kittens look like her. He said that he can provide kitten food and litter to whomever would be willing to take these kittens and the mom cat. Please let me know if there is anyone you know of that could help these baby kittens find a good home.
I really appreciate your time.
Thank you, Jessica Compeau 713-384-5919



I discovered J.U.G.S. last night at sunset. Just Us and Guns. I love acronyms. Donna Boyd is a Certified DPS Instructor for concealed handgun classes. If you're interested call her at 832 221 2678. Or come to sunset.


If you wanted to put this on your calendar "January 28th in Susan Criss court for Clear Lake Shores v Jackie Fuller". Should be interesting.


The neverending story is scheduled to wrap up on September 12th at the courthouse in Bacliff. More free entertainment.

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."
Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."



Have a great Labor Day Weekend Ya'll!

I've learned..
That life is like a
Roll of toilet paper.
The closer it gets
To the end, the
Faster it goes.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Birthday Boy

A shout out to my biggest breakfast taco fan Philip Adams. Happy Birthday pal. And, yes, I’m working on it.


I was wandering around on the City’s web site and I noticed in the upper right hand corner a “Volunteer” banner. Just what is the Animal Advisory Committee? Check it out http://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/



Club news. We got paperwork back from the attorney. We have been reinstated as a club!! WOO HOO! Next stop is the EIN number but we can operate without that for now. Stand by for an email from the club on the next meeting. It’s time to get this BBQ thing up and running!!


Television is bubble gum for the eyes. (Frank Lloyd Wright)




Monday, August 27, 2012

35th Monday of the Year.

OK, so it looks like tomorrow afternoon Isaac will make landfall and it looks like N.O. is the bull’s-eye. The good news is they should be ready for it. Any odds on how many folks will show up at the Superdome? To all my NOLA buds, be careful please, and if you feel the need to bail let me know and I’ll get the guest room ready.



Here’s one for the President of these here United States. It goes without saying he has no regard for NASA and it’s industry. For better or worse I think most of us here in the Bay Area have come to terms with that. We’ll get our say in November one way of the other. My question is, with the passing of an honest to God National Hero in Neil Armstrong why are the flags of this country not at half staff? WTF?



If you are looking for a buggie you are in the right spot. Ty Johnson on Grove is selling his to make room for his new EZ Go Monster, The Wyattmobile, and there is a good looking Club Car over on E. Shore for just $500.



This from new neighbor Jessica;

Hi Allan, My name is Jessica. I am the owner of the new store across from the island 'I Spy.. The Perfect Piece'. Lezlie Smith recommended I contact you to get the word out for some help that I need. A while back my Father was asked by a friend to watch her cat. Since then the cat has had 5 kittens. They are 5 weeks old and have been abandoned by the lady. My Dad also lives on the island, but because he travels so much he can no longer take care of these cats. We were hoping we could find someone who would help foster and adopt these kittens out or would like to adopt one. The mother cat is a very affectionate small short hair tabby with a fluffy tail and all the kittens look like her. He said that he can provide kitten food and litter to whomever would be willing to take these kittens and the mom cat. Please let me know if there is anyone you know of that could help these baby kittens find a good home.

I really appreciate your time.

Thank you, Jessica Compeau 713-384-5919



From neighbor Steve:

JSC: See the Space Station
Viewers in the JSC area will be able to see the International Space Station this week.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 9:27 p.m. (Duration: 2 minutes)
Path: 13 degrees above NNW to 42 degrees above N
Maximum elevation: 42 degrees


Monday, Aug. 27, 8:38 p.m. (Duration: 4 minutes)
Path: 11 degrees above NNW to 19 degrees above E
Maximum elevation: 28 degrees

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 8:39 p.m. (Duration: 4 minutes)
Path: 28 degrees above NW to 17 degrees above SE
Maximum elevation: 74 degrees




A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. (Harvey Mackay)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Birthday To......

R2D2! Actor Kenny Baker is 78 today. Bet you didn’t see that coming.


To all you wood carving artist wannabes this is for you. Neighbor Craig has a really big chunk of wood that has no end of possibilities to someone with a good eye and an better chainsaw. It won’t be available long so if there is any interest don’t dawdle. It can be seen in the 700 block of Pine across from Donnas’ place. :-)


This is a shout out to the person who really runs our fair city. I won’t say she had minor surgery because in my book cutting open a body and removing an organ, even tonsils, is not minor. Get Well soon Karen!


From neighbor Bryan. He is looking for 1 used 8 volt battery. Used. 8 volt. Can anybody help a neighbor out?


Melinda went to the re sale shop across the street the other day and insisted that I put on the blog how much cool stuff they have over there. It is also operated by some fairly new neighbors that live on East Shore where Forest ends in their drive way. The old Sha-Boom Boys hang out. Sounds like it’s worth a trip.


The Neverending Story update: Revised Court date. Bacliff September 12th 2 PM.


Official Announcement:
The government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.
A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy Anniversary !

To my wonderful wife of 18 years. How time flies. Married barefoot on the beach in beautiful Destin by a Florida Notary Public named Bonnie. Like it was yesterday, I remember climbing the steps to rickety front porch (the steps were more like a ladder because the stringers were upside down) of our first house down in Sunny San Leon. It was the end of August and we didn’t have A/C. Or blinds, or curtains, hell, we didn’t even have a toilet seat. We had my mom’s vintage 70’s sofa and a 105qt Igloo cooler. And a cordless drill. And a million $ view. We still tell the story of the $65,000 sofa we bought. I love you more now than I did then.

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stormin' Norman

Schwarzkopf General, U.S. Army (ret) shares his birthday today with two of our neighbors who are much cuter and a whole lot younger than the good Generals 78 years. When you see Donna Holder or Philis Christeson tell them Happy Birthday!

A shout out to City employee Angie Galvan for getting enough certifications to become our first Code Enforcement officer. Is that a correct title?

From neighbor Bryan,

City Council Meetings

I attended the City Council Meeting last night, and I have a question – “Where is everybody?”.

When we had serious issues over the last year with the way the city was being led the meetings were standing room only. Now that the silent majority finally woke up and worked together to correct the terrible situation we had somehow gotten ourselves into, everyone seems to have disappeared.

I will admit that the meetings over the past year were much more entertaining than they are now which certainly led to the increased attendance. Sitting there and observing some of those meetings was like a watching a reality show about a train wreck. But, quiet and boring meetings are good too as it means people are working together, discussing issues as mature adults, and things are getting done that affect the residents, so you should be there to provide your input.

Please consider attending as many meetings as you can, and support the current Council and Staff. I can tell you from experience that it is pretty disappointing to sit behind that table and look out into the audience and see rows and rows of empty chairs.

Bryan Hoerner

318 Pine Road

SEE! I’m not the only one who recognizes the need to participate! I know it’s easy to let someone else do it but each one of you has a duty to contribute. This is one very small way to meet that commitment. ab.

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in theright place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

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Monday, August 20, 2012

1977

The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.


Cool by August standards and only one great big cloud in the sky blocking sunset. Oh well, my sofa was calling anyway. It was a great way to finish up a weekend.


Club news. I got a letter from our atty with instructions on where to mail the check and saw to it that it was in the US Mail Saturday. This mail went to the Atty General of the Great State of Texas to get our Charter reinstated. He said as soon as this formality was taken care of we could address our IRS issues. Short version, we are making progress and I expect to be back on track in a matter of weeks. I can almost smell the BBQ.


From the agenda below it looks like the Office staff has had enough of their time wasted on FOI requests. Last I heard they were after all communications involving Mrs. McIntyres appointment to P&Z and all communications that involved complaints on Mr. McIntyres Tide sign. Enquiring minds wanna know. I hope she enjoyed the flowers we sent. I haven’t heard.


This to my Pal Dave. You can’t kick Mike off the Island. Period. Have a nice big glass of iced tea and calm down. I like Mike and so do a lot of your neighbors. You do too most of the time. Enough said.


AGENDA

CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

August 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores,

County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House,

931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items.

The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council

session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title

5, Chapter 551, of the Texas Government Code.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Economic Development Corporation, Waterfront Compliance

Committee, Planning/Zoning Committee, Roads and Drainage Committee, Park Committee,

Pool Committee, Civic Club, Council

3. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS

4. CONSENT AGENDA:

a. Check Register from August 2, 2012 to August 15, 2012

b. Cash Balance Summary as of August 15, 2012

c. Appointment of Larry McCaslin to the Zoning Board of Adjustments

d. Waterfront Transfer: B-047C, Decker/Severson to Berg

5. COUNCIL BUSINESS – Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

a. ORDINANCE 2012-05: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM INCLUDING MITIGATION, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PHASES OF

COMPREHENSIVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT; ACKNOWLEDGING THE POSITION OF

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF AN EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR; AND PROVIDING FOR THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF

THOSE OFFICES; IDENTIFYING AN OPERATIONAL ORGANIZATION; GRANTING NECESSARY

POWERS TO COPE WITH ALL PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WHICH THREATEN LIFE

AND PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES; ESTABLISHING A COOPERATIVE

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN AND PROGRAM ; AUTHORIZING COOPERATIVE AND MUTUAL

AID AGREEMENTS FOR RELIEF WORK BETWEEN THIS AND OTHER CITIES OR COUNTIES AND FOR

RELATED PURPOSES; PROHIBITING UNAUTHORIZED WARNING AND ALL-CLEAR SIGNALS AND

MAKING VIOLATIONS A MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY FINE NOT TO EXCEED $10,000.

b. Resolution 2012-07: RESOLUTION ADOPTING 36 HOURS IN A 12 MONTH PERIOD THAT

CORRESPONDS WITH THE CITY’S FISCAL YEAR AS THE TIME LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME

THAT PERSONNEL OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES ARE REQUIRED TO SPEND PRODUCING

PUBLIC INFORMATION FOR INSPECTION OR DUPLICATION BY A REQUESTOR, WITHOUT

RECOVERING ITS COSTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THAT PERSONNEL TIME; PROVIDING RULES FOR

City Council Agenda for August 21, 2012 Page 2 of 2

REQUESTS BY MINORS AND SENDING NOTICES OF TIME LEFT, IF ANY, AND OTHER COMPLIANCE

RULES, AND PROVIDING CERTAIN EXPECTATIONS. (Johnson)

c. Request for Proposal for Bank Depository Services (Mericle)

d. Maintenance 2 position (Shelley)

6. ADJOURNMENT




So NOAA wants to buy 46,000 rounds for 63 Special Agent and the SS folks only need 174,000 rounds for 295 officers. The numbers work out to about 2 rounds a day for each agency but two a day seems like an awful lot. I wonder how that compares to our Officers. Interesting.



The never-ending story update. Well we finally have a Court date. The Honorable J Miles Whittington has granted us an appearance date of September 5th. Bacliff here we come!



Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? Also they track her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country.
I think the solution is to give every illegal alien a cow.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elvis has left the building

Where were you 35 years ago when you heard The King ate his last peanut butter and banana sandwich? I was somewhere near the 40th floor of what would one day be the Republic Bank Building downtown Houston. I think it’s a Bank of America bldg these days but I could be wrong. He was only 42.

A big Shout Out to our very own Karen Mericle who is celebrating her 8 year anniversary with the City today. Did I say celebrating? Oh hell, you know what I mean! Most of us are glad you’re here Karen!



Does anyone know if Richard got his dog back?


There are 10 days left, for the Whiskerville cats to be adopted out or they face death by injection. The area shelters have housed them for 8 months and they are running out of time. There are about 30 cats left, all indoor animals, and are in wonderful condition. We had the pleasure of bringing " Samantha" home with us on Saturday and she is an affectionate and loving , beautiful black cat with green eyes. We want to encourage everyone who can, to make room for these beautiful cats and adopt one. The charge is only $10.00 and they have all shots, are neutered or spayed. Some are micro chipped. Please help to save them from certain death and visit the Texas City shelter on Loop 197, for a look at these beautiful feline friends. They need our help. Thanks, Lynda and Patrick Michaelski


Back to School Tax Free Weekend starts tomorrow. Get out there and stimulate our economy.


The Mayor said there is absolutely no truth to the latest rumor that he is shutting down our police department. Apparently the County is patrolling at requests from some of our friends and neighbors. Someone believes our police department isn’t good enough? Are we really lining up to be the next Bacliff as a haven for ne’er do wells? Seriously? Between you and me I’m surprised the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t have our entire phone exchange on their blocked callers list.


Get your geek on here!

http://blog.chron.com/hottopics/2012/08/%E2%80%98i%E2%80%99m-nasa-and-i-know-it%E2%80%99-video-parodies-mars-rover-mission/