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

Monday, July 7, 2014

It really is

National Macaroni day. But it's also National Strawberry Sundae dae. Macaroni? Really...

From the Writer's Almanac for July 7 via neighbor Todd,
Sliced bread was sold for the first time on this date in 1928. Up until that time, consumers baked their own bread, or bought it in solid loaves. Otto Frederick Rohwedder, a jeweler from Davenport, Iowa, had been working for years perfecting an eponymous invention, the Rohwedder Bread Slicer. He tried to sell it to bakeries. They scoffed, and told him that presliced bread would get stale and dry long before it could be eaten. He tried sticking the slices together with hatpins, but it didn't work. Finally he hit on the idea of wrapping the bread in waxed paper after it was sliced. Still no sale, until he took a trip to Chillicothe, Missouri, and met a baker who was willing to take a chance. Frank Bench agreed to try the five-foot-long, three-foot-high slicing and wrapping machine in his bakery. The proclamation went out to kitchens all over Chillicothe, via ads in the daily newspaper: "Announcing: The Greatest Forward Step in the Baking Industry Since Bread was Wrapped — Sliced Kleen Maid Bread." Sales went through the roof. Rohwedder not only gave Americans the gift of convenience and perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but he also provided the English language with the saying that expresses the ultimate in innovation: "the greatest thing since sliced bread."

Fun stuff from neighbor Steve. I won't use your last name just in case you know who is reading this..

Just to put it into "Numbers"........
The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.
The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.
The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.
The odds of a disk failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of three drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656.
The odds of seven different drives failing in the same month (like what happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power = 1 in 78,664,164,096. (that's over 78 Billion) In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those seven IRS hard drives crashing in the same month.
But, I guess, if the IRS says that it happened, we have to believe them.

From the good folks in the Office

If you have standing water on your property, please come by City Hall and obtain "tossit tablets" to be put in standing water.  These tablets are larvacide which will prevent mosquitos from hatching.  We will distribute them to Clear Lake Shores residents at no charge (limit of five per resident) while supplies last. If your property has a tendency to have standing water after a rainfall, please deposit these tablets into the standing water.  Each tablet will treat an area with a water surface of up to one hundred square feet.  Please do not use them unless you have standing water.  When handling these tablets, please use gloves or some type of barrier between the tablet and bare skin.  Mosquitos can be disease spreading insects.  Their bite can be very irritating and occasionally can produce illness, especially in the very young and older populations and others with compromised immune systems.  The most common illness is West Nile virus but other viral diseases may occur also, sometimes without apparent symptoms.  

From the Scholarship Committee
On behalf of the Civic Club scholarship fund committee, THANK YOU Clear Lake Shores! Because of YOU, we raised more than $2,600 in the July 4th silent auction. Whether you simply made a donation, bought a silent auction item, or bought tickets for the raffle / silent auction, you are helping our high school seniors attend college.

I also need to thank everyone who donated an auction / raffle item. The list is too long, but includes our neighbors, friends, and local businesses. This could not have happened without YOU!
 And finally, I have to thank the scholarship committee – Carolyn Einkauf and Tiffany Johnson. For the past couple of months, they were out pounding the pavement soliciting donations and items, and helped make this year’s July 4th silent auction so incredibly successful.
 I am humbled and awed every day by the generosity of the citizens of Clear Lake Shores. What an awesome place to live!
 Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
 Amanda L. Booren

From the Pie Contest

We had a total of nine entries.  All said and done we made $214 which has been handed over to the treasurer and three really nice pie slicers donated by Carlo to the Club. Thanks go out to Melinda who pitched in from the start. She helped organize, slice, sell and cleanup. Extra Kudo’s to Amy and Patrick  for stepping up when they noticed we were overwhelmed. They helped do it all. Bill McC and his friend bought the entire pie that won First in Fruit and First Overall.I promised to send her copy of the pic but I lost her number :-(

1 Jan Finnerty Blueberry Crumble
2 Karen Porter Black Cherry
1 Janna Grubbs Derry Irish Whisky Pecan
2 Patty McCaslin Oats and GranolaJan 

1 Brooklynd Wells

1 Jan Finnerty
2 Brooklynd Wells
3 Janna Grubbs Derry

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined,
 but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition 
 to maintain a status of Independence from any 
 who might attempt to abuse them,
 which would include their own government."
     ~ George Washington

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Alan, for not publishing my last name. I am very relieved "they" will never find me as "they" will undoubtedly "lose" the e-mail message I sent to you in the first place! Crashing hard drives...yep! Obviously due to poor products from the lowest bidders....Steve