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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 30, 2013

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

  Movie Night Tomorrow
From neighbor Adelia;
It’s CAPTAIN RON !
Movie night in the Pool is on for Saturday August 31. We will show "Captain Ron". There were many requests for this repeat as a bunch of people missed it. I hope to make this an August tradition. Please follow pool rules and help us to keep the privilege of using the pool for movies in the summer. This is a family friendly event.
The club will provide popcorn and junior mints and treats for a donation. Adelia is bringing her soon to be famous Guerilla punch. If you don't "get" that you will have to see the movie.
Civic Club meeting next Thursday
 
Neighbor Mattie at Juniper and CLR has a beautiful buffet for sale if you're looking.
September 7th is the Block Party the Jammin’ with Hannah’s Reef PLUS grilled gourmet burgers at the concert.
 
 
 
Have a great weekend. If you’re traveling, travel safe.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mark your calendar



It’s CAPTAIN RON !
Movie night in the Pool is on for Saturday August 31. We will show "Captain Ron". There were many requests for this repeat as a bunch of people missed it. I hope to make this an August tradition. Please follow pool rules and help us to keep the privilege of using the pool for movies in the summer. This is a family friendly event.
The club will provide popcorn and junior mints and treats for a donation. Adelia is bringing her soon to be famous Guerilla punch. If you don't "get" that you will have to see the movie.

Civic Club meeting next Thursday

September 7th is the Block Party the Jammin’ with Hannah’s Reef PLUS grilled gourmet burgers at the concert.

Happy Birthday Philip Adams!

Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day weekend. If you’re traveling, travel safe. 




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Developing story

Lots of stuff will come out of this bit I'm sure.

This from Blue Shields via Roselyn:
"I have been requested to release this lawsuit by the Attorney of Record to all Sand Bar supporters.  So, please pass this out to everyone you know.  This is just one of many lawsuits that are going to be filed in the next couple of weeks against a large group of defendants."



Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy..

Anniversary to my wonderful wife of 19 years. 
It seems like yesterday we were standing on a beach down from the Whale's Tail in Destin. And a special thanks for not killing me in my sleep, God knows a jury would never convict you. I love you honey.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Happy Birthday to



Neighbors Donna and Philis! And many more my dears!!

Heads UP!
The Clear Lake International Triathlon is this Saturday and participants and onlookers will be all around us.  South Shore Harbor is ground zero and the bike course runs all over 2094. When you leave the island to get your weekend chores done be careful!

Movie Night is scheduled for NEXT weekend. That’s Labor Day weekend and it sounds like it will be in the Pool!! WOOHOO! Watch for an email.
The Civic Club is looking for a Maestro to manage the Thanksgiving Feast coming up in November. Any takers? Come on, you know you want to. Your staff is all lined up we’re just in need of a Majordomo.

Three plus years ago the Stewart 5th grade class held a fund raiser at one of the Jammin’ events. Thanks to your overwhelming generosity they raised enough money to pay for their class trip and T-shirts. Because the event diverted funds from Jammin’, we offered to host a similar event with all profit going into the Jammin’ budget fund. Well, long story short, we’re going to be offering gourmet burgers grilled when you order them at the next Jammin’ on Jarboe. September 7th Hanna’s Reef will be playing and we’ll be cooking. Please plan on having dinner in the park and help support Jammin on Jarboe. We’re still fleshing this thing out so if you have any suggestion please let me know.

Block Party is coming right up! Who wants to come out and play? Should we make it the same day as the Jammin concert? What a great day that would be.

Just when you thought you were done there's this.

Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Once in a

 Blue moon, Just like the one last night. Yes it was, look it up. I couldn’t make it to the City Council meeting last night so I enlisted the services of a Ghost Blogger. Yep. So here in his words is a recap of last night’s adventure. Pay close attention when he talks about the ninja babies….who knew?


City Council Meeting Report
Decent crowd.  Saw a few faces that have not been there in a while and who were regulars during all the controversial times, so that gave me some hope there would be fireworks.  I don’t miss the dark days, trust me, but the meetings have been a little vanilla lately.
Richard Sowrey, Mayor Pro Tem, led the meeting in Vern’s absence.  I didn’t hear any mention of where Vern was so hopefully all is well with him.  Richard did a good job overall.  He is really just a calmer and better groomed version of Vern anyway so his performance was as expected. 
Department/Council Reports were uneventful, as usual.
The Committee Reports were pretty generic, other than the Parks Committee reporting that the 2nd order of bricks will not be ordered until after the 1st of the year.  No explanation was given as to why and no one seemed to care.  Also, the Waterfront Compliance Committee reported that 50% of the bulkheads that had been identified earlier this year as needing repair had been completed and more progress was expected soon.  Nice job.
 There were no Unscheduled Visitors, which was both surprising and disappointing at the same time, given the return of some old controversial regulars, as mentioned above.  They had made some memorable appearances in the past as unscheduled visitors and I was hoping for some repeat performances.  Nothing.  Nada.  Even Vern, I mean Richard, seemed surprised.   Actually, he looked relieved.
The Consent Agenda was actually approved in whole, with no items being pulled.  And without Vern there we did not have to hear the usual:  “Is there any discussion?”………”Ummm, Mayor, there can be no discussion on a Consent Agenda”………”Oh, that’s right…All in favor?”   Richard has obviously mastered Robert’s Rules of Order.
New Business
Item A.  Resolution 2013-11 was something about flood insurance.  I kinda dozed off during that one.  It passed, I think.         
Item B.  Ordinance 2013-06.  This was where it turned bizarre.  I woke up just in time to hear one of our police officers stating that there are 6 terrorists that are on an FBI watch list that live in Clear Lake Shores.   They consider themselves “sovereign citizens” and feel they are above laws and ordinances, or something to that effect.  He said they are constantly showing up at court and disrupting the proceedings, and they show up at City Hall and barge in on meetings and other city and police business.  They also carry guns on them!  I felt like I was in a Twilight Zone episode at that point.  At that point I asked Rob Scherer to pinch me and the bastard did.  I have a bruise to prove it.  Anyway, I know the Island is full of crazies but I always considered them to be harmless crazies, unless politics is involved, of course.  They can sure figure out creative ways to get dead people to sign petitions and vote, and also waste reams of paper and city staff time on useless Open Records Requests, but carrying guns and jumping over the counter at City Hall was never in their bag of tricks.  Now we were talking about a whole new level of crazy that I didn’t even know walked amongst us.  Apparently the police, and City Administrator George Jones, think an ordinance is needed in order to give the city something to charge these dirty half-dozen with.  I think the penalty was a $500 fine.  I guess a “disturbing the peace” or a “disorderly conduct” charge won’t stick to a sovereign citizen?  But an ordinance will?  Confusing.  Not surprisingly, and rightly so, Councilman Ianni challenged the need for the ordinance and wondered aloud if it would even enforceable, would it apply to all citizens or just the “terrorists” in question, etc.  He said something like: “so, if I show up at City Hall and start screaming about something I don’t like then I will have violated the ordinance and I have to pay you $500?”  At that point Councilman Burns woke up and said “yes, and you will also need an attitude adjustment”.  I thought we might finally get something juicy going but it fizzled.  Councilwoman Bailey then muttered a few questions but her microphone was not on so I couldn’t hear her anyway.  Then, just before it came to a vote, Councilwoman Boren wisely asked for a moment to think about it and the she asked a few more questions.  This pause was good, because it was uncovered during this time that the City Attorney had not yet reviewed the wording on the proposed ordinance and had not even been consulted on whether or not it was even enforceable.  Sloppy work there, guys.   No new ordinance should be voted on that has not been through the City Attorney first.  The whole thing was tabled until next meeting.  Now, the real question is:  who are those 6 terrorists?   When I got home I did a little googling on the whole “sovereign citizen” thing and a found a whole handbook called, you guessed it, “The Sovereign Citizen’s Handbook”.  This is the most interesting chapter, in my opinion:
Includes special chapter on Having Ninja Babies!
With 15 years of experience in keeping our children safely outside of the system we included a special chapter that shows you how to keep your kids safely out of the system and even use alternative documentation for establishing their identity! Without a mark or a number C.P.S. employees have no claim to your children, which keeps them from devastating your children's lives.
In chapter 14, Having Ninja Babies...
Whether you're birthing your baby at home or in a hospital, we show you how to have your baby without creating the birth certificate and social security number ("fictitious business accounts") or giving up your child's DNA.
Enough said.
Item C.  Ordinance 2013-07 involved amending the Community Pool rules to tighten up a few areas and outlaw a few new activities.  Apparently there were some issues recently.  One involved a resident purchasing 50 guest passes for her company party that was held at the pavilion, and then all 50 people crashed the pool at one time, overwhelming the staff and, I suppose, the chlorine level.  What were you thinking?  Also, crowd attending a bachelor party on island invaded the pool and allegedly were not on their best behavior as part of a ………bachelor party.  Go figure.  Ah, memories….  Anyway, vomiting and ogling the 16 year old lifeguards is not allowed at the pool any more.  Thanks a lot, guys. 
Item D.  Last but not least was a family on Narcissus asking for a variance to allow some existing 3rd floor attic space to be converted into living space.  Apparently it had already been rejected by ZBOA and they were under the impression that their next course of action in their quest for resolution was to appear before Council and request a variance.  However, before they could even get stared presenting their case Mayor Pro Tem Sowrey read a letter from the City Attorney stating that they would need to take the issue to court, not Council.  That procedure is intended which keep politics (Council) out of it.  I was always under the impression that what they were trying to do was the right protocol, but I guess not.  Anyway, once that opinion was read there was really nothing Council could do or act on.  I did feel for the home owners, though. The whole ordinance in question has always been an issue.  It is the whole “box on a box” discussion.  The intent of the ordinance was to keep folks from building houses that look like a giant square box.  The wording is something like the “living” square footage of the upper story cannot be greater than 60% on the floor below it.  So, you build it the same size but you make 40% of it attic space.  Simple.  Maybe it should say that the “total” square footage of the upper story cannot be greater than 60% on the floor below it.  Can someone on P&Z look into that please?  Other than a poorly written ordinance the other issue is clearly inconsistent enforcement of some of our ordinances by the Building Inspector.  The owners of the house in question presented 2 or 3 houses that were built AFTER their which appeared to violate the same ordinance but still passed inspection.  I can understand their frustration.  In any event, it looks like the city may be headed to court, again.          

Great job Casper!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mornin'

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Where were you 30 years ago?

I lived up on the Gulf fwy at Edgebrook when Alicia came through. No power for three or four days but that was about it. My future ex wife and I were boat shopping for our soon to be live aboard life style. We were marina walking every weekend and had been for some time so we were familiar with the waterfront neighborhood. We came down 45 to NASA Road 1 and turned east. The biggest problem to that point were all the other rubber neckers and disaster tourists. Like us. The water had receded back to the lake and left a few sailboats parked up on the bridge to mud lake. When we finally made our way over to where our new home would be, The still under construction Legend Point, was when the eye opener came. Alicia had piled several dozen boats up in to a fiberglass mountain on the north side of Watergate Marina. Over where the entrance to Waterford is now.



Got a great story from the in-Laws who you undoubtedly know by now live in England. Seems they woke Saturday morning to find a wallaby in their drive. To those zoologically challenged out there Wallabys are not native to England. Or even the northern hemisphere.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing, it was raining very heavily and no one was about when a Wallaby appeared in the front garden. I called John who grabbed the camera and began filming. It tried to get through the hedge across the road and then came back and sat down on our driveway. A young guy and his girlfriend got out of a car and came across to say that they had hit it, we reckoned it had an injured back leg. They called the police who weren't interested and they had to get to work so we were left to deal with the poor creature.


That is when the saga began, we called the local community police and they gave us the number of the RSPCA and all we got was a recorded message telling you to take injured animals to a vet. We called another 2 local RSPSA offices and couldn't get them to take responsibility. We tried Blackpool zoo who didn't answer the phone. We spoke to the community police 3 times and they just said they were trying to locate its owner! We called about 4 vets and they didn't want to know. They expected us to pick it up and put it in the car and take it over to their office! About 5 hours after the event a young girl arrived on her own She made a few calls and then announced she had found its owner and was going to go to their address and get them to come and collect it. The poor wallaby had tried to move from the drive and spent about 3 hours at the side of the house, I thought it was dying but we didn't want to go near it. It moved a few times but it couldn't stand up properly. At about 5.30, 6 hours after it had been hit, the girl appeared with a man and 2 teenagers, they put a net around it and carted it off back home.
 Apparently these people have a big farm and keep all kinds of exotic animals. 3 wallabies escaped on Monday and this was the last one to be caught."



Lee got his White rabbit back. I want to know how it got down the winding stairwell?


The dog did it. Mom and passenger had just made the corner coming off Forest and heading north on Clear Lake Road. the dog was around moms feet which added just enough distraction to let her get too close to the steep ditch on the west side and over it went. Passengers and dog are fine. Buggie needs some TLC.We righted the buggie with a little help from neighbor Rob and sent them on their way.

Tried some home delivery from the newly opened Szechuan Garden. We all ordered something different. Got a mountain of Chinese takeout delivered in about 25 minutes. Love the egg rolls. I was looking for something spicy but didn't get it there. Maybe I'll try something else but will definitely give them another shot.
I heard Aspens has put in a ventilation system to help keeping the place smelling fresh. A few of us popped in Thursday evening. Nice crowd. Still a few bugs. The new girl behind the bar needs a little motivation but I think it will all work itself out.




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Happy Birthday



To my pal John Wright. Many more my friend. The Mayor say’s his broken leg is mending just fine thank you for asking.

To all you south paws out there, Sorry I missed yesterday. That’s right (pun intended) yesterday was International Left-Handers day. Why?

I checked my “smart phone” early this am for the daily weather update. Someone please explain to me what a “approaching stationary front” is.

Neighbor Danny is looking for a general handyman do fix a few things on his house. Anyone got a recommendation?

Saw an article on CNN about 22 can’t miss U.S. beaches. Not much news. Hawaii, California, Florida and you can argue with Alabama. A little surprised Louisisanna made the list but they do have a long coast. The bigger surprise was no Texas beach made the list. The biggest surprise is we were bested by Conneticut, New Hampshire, and, wait for it, Maine. Go figure. I’ll admit I’ve never been to Maine but I have been to South Padre. I cannot make that leap.