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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

STOP THE PRESSES

Just when you were about to relegate Halloween '13 to the history books we have this. It's kinda nice to get more than one outing in a costume.

From neighbors Alyson and Trish....
Rain or shine!
Come on over to the Club House for a kids Halloween Party!
We will have games, treats and a costume contest.
It is a short notice I know but the weather is very unpredictable.
Besides, I know Levi would be disappointed if he didn't get to go trick or treating or wear his new costume.
We hope to see all you ghost and goblins there!

And Then there's this..
Aspens is having the final say in Halloween costume contests this year. The place to be is Aspens this Saturday night (the 2nd) First Place Best Costume is $100 bar tab. Second Place is a $50 bar tab and Third gets a $25 tab.

it's pouring down here......

Monday, October 28, 2013

more crap news



Who’s ready to roll your clocks back? It’s Saturday night.
It breaks my heart to hear from a neighbor that gets his stuff stolen. Some of us know all too well just how small this pile of mud we call paradise is. It has its good points as well as its bad points. I said too many times there are no secrets here. Too many eyes. So how come we can’t catch the dirtbag that’s stealing from us? Someone knows who it is. Please call the Chief and give him a heads up. It may save some real heartbreak down the road. The red X’s are houses that have been stolen from in the past two weeks. The blue X’s are where your neighbors cats have either met an untimely end or have gone amiss all together. Interesting pattern though.


From neighbor Rob.
So I’m getting ready for a great day of fall fishing and I’m downstairs loading stuff up and getting ready.  That’s when I notice something awry in my little shop downstair.  A couple of items are askew which begs me to the place where those items typically hangup.  That’s when I notice that a large coil of 4GA copper wire I use for making golf cart battery cables USED to hang up.  So this sorry asp! thief passed over thousands of dollars of power tools and equipment to steal a little copper.  Now for the naysayers that think it was some kid chasing a ball into my garage or someone having a senior moment distracted by a shiny object, I beg to differ.  This was a 5lb coil of heavy gauge marine grade cabling that was hung on a peg 6 ft above the floor.
I guess I will cast my ballot with the paranoia party and hang cameras this weekend.
Is this what our quaint little Island is coming too?
Sincerely,
Rob on East Shore

From Neighbor Steve
See the Space Station
Time: Mon Oct 28 7:38 PM
Visible: 4 min
Max Height: 44 degrees
Appears: NNW
Disappears: E


Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Looks like Fall

Is here to stay. Good I was ready for  change. It's been almost 10 days since I've posted anything. I guess thats a good thing. It usually means all is well in the hood. My Facebook connection tells me some of you are cranked up about the lady feeding the ducks. She's the same one we talked about a month ago. She drives the white Hyundai and shovels the feed, and I mean shovels, out of her trunk. I heard she lived in the RV Park across the street. How come there are no ducks over there? Or did her neighbors tell her to knock it off 'cause they were tired of tracking duck crap all over? If she is breaking a law I'm sure our finest will catchup to her. Think Karma. But feeding ducks is not necessarily breaking the law. This is where I mention one of our neighbors getting a ticket for rolling a stop sign. On his Golf Cart.

This from neighbors Kirk and Kathy
As a member I just wanted to announce that on Saturday evening October 26... this coming Saturday we will be hosting a pre-Halloween party at our home, 921 North Shore.
 We will have a great band that starts at 7pm. We will also have hamburgers and hot dogs. BYOB
 Costumes welcome.
 Kirk and Kathy Koepsel


This from neighbor Kendall
Allan, maybe you could address this in your blog. Recently, it's come to my attention that a neighbor and I have both had cats come up missing and we haven't found any carcasses nearby to blame on the coyote. Mine is fixed and doesn't wander far.  Someone suggested somebody may be shooting them with a pellet or bb gun or poisoning them. I don't know if this could really be true but it's not out of the realm of possibility. I know some people don't like cats and some don't like dogs but we all share this island together. If someone is having a problem with someone's pet that person should please talk to the owner first before harming them. Remember these are like kids to some people and part of the family and people can grieve for them just like they would a family member. Just because it is walking through your yard does not warrant harm.
I talked to Kendall and as many "special" neighbors as we have here I can't believe anyone would shoot another's pet. When we first moved here the Island had a feral cat problem. I remember quite well discovering some of the feral males marking the soft top of my Jeep. I will admit I went cat hunting for about a month. A couple of trips to the shelter later and all was good. Kendall, I'm sticking with the Coyotes. 

This Halloween, the most popular mask is th Arnold Schwarenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him
Conan O'Brien

This Halloween, the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

There's the Cold Front


Before I get to the fun stuff I wanted to take a second and tell everyone to calm the $%^  down. Don’t waste your time sniping at your neighbor. If you need something to do join a committee or volunteer somewhere. I understand the anon button makes it easy to taunt and dare and name call but it goes with the turf. It also allows someone to speak their piece out of the limelight and away from the finger pointers. I get that some folks like and need that shield. But knock off the name calling. How some of you twisted and flat out made up crap about what “24/7” posted blows my mind. Touches his grass?! Fetching a ball?! Some of you folks need to get out a little more and expand your vocabulary. It said “…catch ANYONE in my house, car, or garage I am firing”. I don’t care what your politics are on gun control but mine lean toward using both hands, and I don’t see how anyone could disagree with the statement as it was made. Like neighbor Jim said, most kid problems are really parent problems. Let that sink in. I don’t care where you are from or what problems you had growing up. Do you want to be the parent that answers the door at 2AM with an officer on the other side? As God is my witness I will do everything in my power to make sure that’s not me so I don’t have to worry about 24/7. We have a curfew in our fair city so if your kid is out after hours it’s your problem. If your kid is over 18 it’s their problem and problems are dealt with.


Fun Stuff. Everyone wanted to know what was turned in for Chef’s Choice. We don’t know how they stacked up against each other so I’ll put them in alphabetical order by team name.
Of course First Place goes first.
Keep it Moist - Cedar plank salmon, with a mushroom, spinach, shrimp white wine cream sauce reduction.
Butt Rubbers - tri-tip, aka bottom sirloin
Getting Piggy With It – Chocolate covered bacon
Island Cookers - Blackened Redfish with a pontchartrain sauce
Smoke This – Chicken Cordon Bleu
Team Jim - Salsa
Two Broke Gurls - Beef fajita nachos with guacamole
ZombieQ - Sesame crusted Asian (eye of round) roast



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cold Front

What cold front? Here I sit with my front door open and all I'm getting is mosquitoes. Dang! Pay attention to this memo from the Chief. Do you have the dispatch number in your phone? Why not?

From Chief Cook

October 16, 2013
There is now a $500 cash Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or person(s) responsible for the recent car burglaries committed in the 200 block of Oak and 1000 block of Forest.

Anyone with information pertaining to these crimes is asked to contact the police department and leave your contact information on the patrol desk’s message number (281) 334-1034 - ext 205.

If anyone should ever see any suspicious activity, please immediately call our 24hr dispatch number at (281) 538-0659 and then press option 2 to speak with a dispatcher.  An officer will immediately be radio dispatched to your location.

Please keep your vehicles locked, always be safe, and thank you for your support.

Chief Kenny Cook, CLSPD

From neighbor Dave who got his car broke in to.

"I found a nice and fairly new baseball glove in my front ditch Sat morning.  How many kids loose their favorite new glove?  My kid was so attached he slept with his.  Someone, somewhere on the island is missing their new glove.
NOTE: It is for someone who throws left handed - so it fits the right hand.
Glove looks almost new - aside from some rain damage from ditch.  It's about the size for a teenage girl or younger male.  No way I could get my paws into it and seriously doubt any High School male could either.  Looks like a decent glove.
Left-handed population is about 10%.... so there are maybe 2 or 3 people on the island this could belong to or fit?
It spent the weekend on my work bench drying out.  I'll drop it off at CLS police station after work on Thursday.  Prospective owners can find it there.  



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bad Guy Alert



OK Neighbors, looks like Dave’s report makes it official. We have a knot head roaming the streets. Don’t worry about the Coyotes, next time your dawg is barking have a peek out the blinds. Parents? Do you know where your kid is? You damn well better. Can’t stand a thief.

From Dave:

“You might put the word out thru your Island Drumz blog that an island theft occurred over the weekend.
I got in my car saturday morning and noticed my center console glove box was open.  During the night someone got into my car and stole my Garmin Zumo 550 motorcycle GPS.  It being the island, I rarely lock my car doors at night - just felt safe enough on the island to not worry much about thieves.  Guess that trusting approach caught up with me.
Nothing else was stolen, despite numerous emergency quarters and other things being in the car and ash tray.  Actually - now that I think about it - a bottle of bug spray I kept in the car was taken. Even thieves have skeeter problems.
My impression was this is the sort of mischief that kids do.  Can't be 100% - but that is my impression. The loss is financial and more of the pain-in-the-butt variety.  It's an old GPS, but it has all sorts of links to places around the country and in Houston that I sometimes go to.  It also mounts to my BMW bike.
On the long shot that a parent may see an odd piece of electronics in their kids room or being mounted to their skate board (kidding) - here is what it looked like:
 



It has a suction cup attachment with built in speaker and car adapter power cord.  
No questions asked if it's returned.  Guess I'll have to start locking the car, closing the garage doors, getting that "bunker mentality", etc.  
Anyway - thanks in advance if you post the warning to lock up.



An 80-year-old rancher from Montana  goes to the Mayo clinic in Rochester for a check-up.
 
The doctor is amazed at what good  shape the guy is in and asks, 'How do you stay in such great physical  condition?'
 
'I'm from Montana and in my spare  time I like to hunt and fish' says the old guy, 'and that's why I'm in such good  shape. I'm up well before daylight riding herd and mending fences and when I'm  not doing that, I'm out hunting or fishing. In the evening, I have a beer, a  shot of whiskey and all is well.'
  'Well' says the doctor, 'I'm sure  that helps, but there's got to be more to it. How old was your father when he  died?'
  'Who said my Father's dead?'
  The doctor is amazed. 'You mean  you're 80 years old and your father's still alive? How old is he?'
  'He's 100 years old,' says the old  cowboy. 'In fact he worked and hunted with me this morning, and then we went to  the topless bar for a while and had a little beer and that's why he's still  alive. He's a Montana rancher and he hunts and fishes too!'
  'Well,' the doctor says, 'that's  great, but I'm sure there's more to it than that. How about your father's  father? How old was he when he died?'
  'Who said my Grandpa's dead?'
  Stunned, the doctor asks, 'you mean  you're 80 years old and your grandfather's still alive?'
  'He's 118 years old,' says the man.
  The doctor is getting frustrated at  this point, 'So, I guess he went hunting with you this morning too?'
  'No, Grandpa couldn't go this  morning because he's getting married today.'
  At this point the doctor is close to  losing it. 'Getting Married??? Why would a 118 year-old guy want to get  married?'
  'Who said he wanted to? '








Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Columbus Day


It must be Monday….
Well crap. As if the Texans game wasn’t enough. Then the Saint’s lost a nail biter. Then I get this from neighbor Mike.
He is referring to Greg and Pam’s place on Oak.
Anyone have any wandering company Friday night?

" Somebody got into my son's truck last night @ 515 Oak.  The glovebox was gone through  and contents dumped but wasn't anything of value. Just a heads up."
Capt. Mike Linbeck

Pay attention folks. We have to watch each others back.

Then the City got this little jewel.It's thirteen pages long, this is just the first page but it's public knowledge so you can look up the case if you feel so inclined. For your reading enjoyment I present:

Case 3:13-cv-00358 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 10/09/13 Page 1 of 13 

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS 
GALVESTON DIVISION 


LYNDA S. MICHAELSKI and ß 
PATRICK J. MICHAELSKI, ß 
ß Civil Action No. _______________ 

V. ß 
ß 
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES ß JURY TRIAL DEMANDED 

PLAINTIFFSí 
ORIGINAL COMPLAINT 
TO THE HONORABLE JUDGE OF SAID COURT: 
LYNDA S. MICHAELSKI and PATRICK J. MICHAELSKI , Plaintiffs complain 
of CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, and for causes of action shows: 

I. PARTIES AND SERVICE 
1. Plaintiff, LYNDA S. MICHAELSKI, is an individual residing in Clear 
Lake Shores, Galveston County, Texas. 
2. Plaintiff, PATRICK J. MICHAELSKI, is an individual residing in 
Clear Lake Shores, Galveston County, Texas. 
3. Defendant, CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES is a local governmental 
entity and may be served with process by service upon its City Administrator, GEORGE 
JONES, City Hall, 1006 South Shore, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565. 
II. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 
4. This Court has jurisdiction over this action because federal questions are 
involved 28 U.S.C.A. ß 1331 (West 2009). 
5. Pendent jurisdiction: because federal and state questions are involved, this 
court has pendent jurisdiction over this action, 28 U.S.C.A. ß 1367 (West 2009). 
Case 3:13-cv-00358 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 10/09/13 Page 2 of 13 

6. The events giving rise to the causes of action occurred in Galveston 
County, Texas. This suit is within the minimum jurisdictional limits of the Court. 
U.S.C.A. ß 1391(e) (West 2009). 
III. STATEMENT OF FACTS AND BACKGROUND 
7. The Plaintiffs will show Lynda S. Michaelski, formally Lynda S. Morgan, 
purchased three (3) lots located at 1019 North Shore, Clear Lake Shores, Texas and built 
a home in 1993 in Clear Lake Shores, Texas. Plaintiff, Lynda Michaelski met all City, 
State and Federal code requirements at the time of construction and was subsequently 
issued the required permits for construction and two certificates of occupancy in 1993 
and 1994 for the structure. Plaintiff, Lynda Michaelski leased out the bottom floor at 
1019 North Shore in full compliance with city ordinances and codes, but regardless was 
constantly harassed by some city council members, mayors, the code enforcement officer, 
Jack Fryday, and at least one city administrator, Paul Shelley, with public allegations of 
non-compliance, maintaining an illegal, unlawful structure, tax evasion and accusations 
of working as a prostitute, or alternatively, an ìevil prostituteî, was referred to as ìa 
high-yellowî and a ìblack widowî and was with ìall these menî by city elected officials 
including council members and mayors, as well as appointed officials to include city 
administrator(s) and building inspectors. This harassment has lasted for 15 plus years. 
Further, City officials often referred to Plaintiff Lynda S. Michaelski as ìthe crazy ladyî, 
the ìAnna Nicole of Clear Lake Shoresî and the ìbitch witchî, ìwicked witchî and that 
she ìbullied people with lawsuitsî had ìvulgar artî that ìdepicted sodomizing menî on 
her fence. This Plaintiff will show that male residents did not have to meet the code 
requirements and were not subject to the badgering by city officials. ....................


The trouble with law is lawyers. - Clarence Darrow

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tonight at Aspens

Tonight at Aspens
"Local man, Slim, will be playing ab acoustic set from 5:30 to 9PM. Classic Rock and Country Rock." See you there…

Friday, October 11, 2013

Good Morning and Happppy Friday!

I saw the post yesterday about a water bill. Anybody else got their water bill yet? I haven't seen mine yet so no comment.
The Fishing derby is in dire need of a hot dog cooker for tomorrows event. Everything is provided for you all you have to do is cook. Come on, you know you want to. Call me for the details.

Children’s 9th Annual Fishing Derby
It’s time to dust off your rods and oil those reels!!!
Our Children’s 9th Annual Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, October 12th (9am to 1pm) at Deep
Hole Park.
On the day of the event, we will be taking registrations (from those that did not preregister)
at Deep Hole Park until 9:30 am. The event requires one adult (18 years and older) and one
child (16 years and younger). Both the adult and child (this includes pre registrants) will need to stop by the park at 9am to apply for a participant number and to pick up the rules, along with a goodie bag for the child.
The Civic Club will be providing hot dogs, chips, and various drinks to all the participants for
lunch. We will have prizes for age categories, ―Biggest Fish,‖ and ―Most Fish Caught During the
Time Allotted.


Keep neighbor Ann Burns in your thoughts she is in room 5516 of the Heart Hospital Clear Lake. Hurry home Anne we miss your smile.

Games Night at the Club House this Sunday starting at 6:30p.  We will have PICTIONARY set up and ready to go, or if you want to bring your own game, feel free.  We will also have playing cards, dice, dominoes and a Mah Jongh set on hand.
Bring refreshments to share and a beverage if you want one.

We would like to make this an on-going event for this winter, so come help us get it started.  Contact Jan Finnerty 281-788-0710.



> > One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.
> > After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied,
> > 'I cannot accept money from you,
> > I'm doing community service this week.'
> > The florist was pleased and left the shop.
> > When the barber went to open his shop the next
> > morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen
> > roses waiting for him at his door.
> > Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries
> > to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept
> > money from you , I'm doing community service this week.'
> > The cop was happy and left the shop.
> > The next morning when the barber went to open up,
> > there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts
> > waiting for him at his door.
> > Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when
> > he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied,
> > 'I cannot accept money from you.
> > I'm doing community service this week.'
> > The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
> > The next morning, when the barber
> > went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen
> > lined up waiting for a free haircut.

AND
President Putin allegedly said off the record, "Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.  The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board, and then struts around like it won the game."

allegedly….

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

lots of stuff



One site says Aldi has postponed the opening of its Kemah area store at 222 FM 518. That’s across from Wal-y-world. The GCDN says Aldi has set the opening for the 24th with a ribbon cutting on the 22nd. Pick one.
The Childrens Fishing Tournament is this Saturday! See your Islander for details.
The Citizen has this about our “Shuttle”
Named by a Texan in the “Spirit of Texas,” Space Center Houston’s shuttle replica is now called “Independence.”
Tim Judd, of Kingwood, submitted “Independence” in the first second of the online contest earlier this year.
said Richard Allen, President of Space Center Houston.
The full-sized Space Shuttle replica is at ground level until the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, now parked at Ellington Airport, is brought to Space Center Houston and the shuttle replica put on top of it.
FREE E-Recycle Drive
Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
JSC FCU Main Office/Clear Lake Branch
1330 Gemini, Houston
Do you have e-waste (electronic waste)? You know, those old computers, printers or fax machines just sitting around gathering dust? Bring them on down to the JSC FCU E-Recycle Drive! E-Waste is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream and is filling landfills fast. Recycling your e-waste saves valuable resources, protects the environment and can even reduce the cost of new computer related items.
JSC FCU has teamed up with CompuCycle of Houston (www.compucycle.net) to help make it easy for you to recycle your old computer-related items. Simply bring your items to the drive and drop them off. Please limit your e-recycle items to one car/pick-up truck load per household.* Be sure to review the list of items you can and cannot bring to the drive listed below:
Items You CAN E-Recycle:
Computers
Monitors Keyboards & Mice
Routers Hubs Small Kitchen Appliances
Laptops Printers Switches
Power Cords Cables Fax Machines
UPS Servers Cell Phones
Cellular Phones DVD Players Telephones
VCRs Cables Boxes Game consoles
Clocks Batteries Radios
Tonner Cartridges Ink Jet Cartridges Copiers
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:
Vacuum cleaners Refrigerators Washing machines
Weed eaters  TVs
 ABOUT COMPUCYCLE:
CompuCycle, Houston's first EPA-accredited, R2 Certified responsible e-cycling solutions provider focuses on refurbishing equipment for resale, reuse of components and environmentally responsible e-waste recycling. 
Our Services include:
  • Nationwide Logistics and Handling
  • Audit Reporting and Asset Tracking
  • Secure Data Removal and Destruction
  • Equipment Re-marketing
  • Compliant Electronic Recycling
  • Universal Waste Recycling
CompuCycle is proud to be the H-GAC approved e-cycling vendor, a Gulf Coast Recycling Council Steering Committee Member and State of Texas Alliance for Recycling Board Member.  Visit the CompuCycle's website at www.compucycle.net.
*Strict limit of one car/pick-up truck load per household. No commercial or company items are allowed. Space for items to e-recycle is limited and is only available while space remains. JSC Federal Credit Union and CompuRecyclers assumes NO responsibility for any information left on any items given up for e-recycle. JSC FCU reserves the right to cancel or end the E-Recycle event at any time for any reason without prior notice.
For more information on JSC Federal Credit Union, or to find out how you can join, please call 281.488.7070 or 800.940.0708, or visit any branch office or e-mail.

 More from the Dumbasses in D.C.
“Tourists watch the Old Faithful geyser in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in June 2011. One tourist told a Massachusetts newspaper that National Park Service guards treated members of her tour group brusquely and told them not to "recreate" while taking pictures of bison.”
The tour guide argued to rangers that the tourists -- some of them from overseas -- weren't "recreating," just taking pictures.
"She responded and said, 'Sir, you are recreating,' and her tone became very aggressive," the newspaper quoted Vaillancourt as saying.


Wong Chow calls into work and says, I no come work today, I really sick.
Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come work..

The boss says, You know something, Wong Chow, I really need you today.
When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex.
That make everything better and I go to work.. You try that.

Two hours later Wong Chow calls again.  I do what you say and I feel
great... I be at work soon..... You got nice house.