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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's Christmas Eve

and 72 degrees. Time to do some yard work. Merry Christmas Y'all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's Festivus!

I like the concept. Seinfeld came along when watching TV was not high on my list of things to do. That makes me one of the few with a pulse that have never watched more that a short clip of tht popular TVShow. My loss I guess. Anyway here's apparently one of the many things I missed.

Festivus is held on December 23 each year. In a 1997 episode of the popular television comedy, Seinfeld, Festivus was brought to the masses when Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) explains he invented Festivus in response to the commercialism of Christmas.  Its slogan is “A Festivus for the rest of us.”
OBSERVE
Festivus traditions derived from the television episode and the original creator have been combined over the years.
  • The Festivus pole is an unadorned aluminum pole displayed in the home. In the O’Keefe household, there was no Festivus pole, but instead a clock was placed in a bag and nailed to the wall.
  • Festivus dinner is served during the evening.
  • The Airing of Grievances occurs during Festivus dinner. Each person takes turns describing how the others have disappointed him or her in the past year.
  • Feats of Strength follows dinner and involves wrestling the head of the household. The holiday is not complete unless the head of the household is pinned. Failure to pin the head of house hold could result in perpetual Festivus.
  • A Festivus Miracle is a frequent if unimpressive miracle. Carrying in all the groceries into the house for Festivus Dinner without tripping or dropping one of the bags could be considered a Festivus Miracle.
Festivus Song by Danny Lutz
Festivus Song by Brett Houston
Use #Festivus to post on social media.
HISTORY
Festivus was created by Reader’s Digest editor and author Daniel O’Keefe in response to family tension.  One of its central practices is the “airing of grievances”. It was first celebrated in February of 1966, but later was celebrated as it is now, on December 23 in honor of O’Keefe’s first date with his future wife.  The Seinfeld episode was written by O’Keefe’s son.
Two Major milestones on the bug yesterday. First and foremost the SOB is dry! Hallelueja!! I think of it as a boat with wheels, that means the water has to stay on the outside or it's just not worth a damn. Then I got the new floor in. It's a laminate called Alameda Hickory. 
Looking forward
 Looking aft
OK, enough of this, We are off to see the new Star Wars movie. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holy Cow!

Your pick

1.NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY

2. NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY

3.NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY 

4.GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY 

5.NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY 

6.INTERNATIONAL SHAREWARE DAY

Tis the season I suppose. Well it's official, The US Coast Guard has officially cancelled the 54th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade. Seems we/they are expecting some serious weather later today. This is the first time I know of that it's been cancelled and I defintly remember some pretty crappy weather in the past. Id you're not from the bay area here is more of what I'm talking about. It's quite a sight.

Out new porta potty is here. It sure is small. No I mean REALLY small. I'm kinda excited about the bad  weather coming in this afternoon. Looks like my new j ail will get a real test.  If it passes it's on to the new floor install. Fingers crossed.

Or not. Have a great weekend.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Happy Birthday to UNICEF

"The United Nations Children’s Fund  is a United Nations Program headquartered in New York City that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.
UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish bacteriologist, is regarded as the founder of UNICEF and was its first chairman from 1946 to 1950.  In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this previous title.
For more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNICEF
If you haven’t heard Neighbor Arline is healing nicely after her misstep and broken arm. She has relatives looking after her. Get well soon Arline. Mayor Vern is back in the Hospital with more fluid on his lungs. It does not sound like good news to me and Kimmy says he’s down to 160 lbs. Damn.

Well the long anticipated j-rail arrived. Huge shout out to SO-CAL Teardrops for not only having exactly what I needed, but for shipping it out ASAP. The fact that they shipped it in a beast of a shipping container didn’t stop UPS from bending it anyhow. Not to worry, It all worked out. Now I’m waiting for the rain test. Hopefully we’ll know this weekend. After that its time to lay the floor. The trailer wiring is in and done and waiting for the lights to arrive. That will be one item I get to remove from the to do list. The 110v is mostly in but I can’t finish it with the furniture out. So. 


Annie had her bottom worked on and is coming home today. Time to go for a boat ride. Welcome home Annie. Ain't she cute?

If you were fast enough you caught the anon troll who posted here a few days back. If you have been here before you know who it was. All that truly matters is that not one shit was given. Marry Christmas.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Who doesn't like

National Cookie Day! This is me going after an Oreo. BRB
So yesterday was plumbing day. The kitchen sink, had a leaky faucet. I thought I would get lucky and it would be a few o rings and done. Not so. One new faucet set later and I was moving on.
Ever do a kitchen sink? Remember these? Remember how much fun it was to get all the way up in the back recess of the sink with the water lines, garbage disposal, and drain line ? then to get a tool up in there to tighten them up was an adventure too, right? Who made this shit up?


Well, after enough wishing my fingers were a foot longer than God gave me I came up with this little brain fart. It's a piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC with notches supplied by Mr. Sawzall. My gift to all plumberwannabes around the world and up your street. Yep. Up yours. Tip o' the hat to Dick Martin.

And if your new faucet has a 4th hole for the hand sprayer two little screws on the other end like this will allow you to tighten up that little jewel.


This is the most retardest thing I've heard a politician say all week. Courtesy of CAIR, and yes Virginia they are political. CAIR says it's acceptable to kill people if you don't like their governments foreign policy? Hell I don't like our Government's foreign policy(or lack of) Where do I start?
"In a Friday CNN interview, Hussam Ayloush, of the group's(CAIR) Los Angeles chapter, said American foreign policy has helped fuel the rage that drives Muslim radicals to kill in the name of their faith."
What a bunch of morons. This my friends and neighbors is what we have allowed to infest our country. Sadly, until we reset to "normal" and purge the idiotic political correctness crap there's no way out. Mr. Trump, lead the way. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's National Mutt Day again

You ever wonder where this crap comes from? http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/ is where.
Got some of the 110v wired up in the bug and most of the 12v trailer wire. Waiting for the lights to get here and then I cab check that off my to do list. The ever illusive j rail has shipped from Upland California. That was a lot more work than I ever dreamed of just to find the right stuff. There's a lot of jrail out there mind you but for the "canned ham" style trailers its different. It has to be bendable to go around the radii. By hand. Anyhow kudos to Dean at Dues Camper in Dickenson. After 6 weeks of trying to get the j rail he suggested So-Cal Teardrops. They have the right stuff and after working with Becky P it is on it's way. Woot!
I think last nights City Council meeting was the shortest in years. Mayor Pro Tem Burns kept things moving but there just wasn't much. Mayor Johnson was admitted back in to the hospital. He's having issues with fluid buildup in his lungs. Keep him in your prayers. There was a scheduled visitor last night. Mr. Dunlap from Tindel was there. He brought up a potentially sticky subject. Exempting the home owners on Tindel from the City's building and zoning codes. He pointed out that unlike the Island There are no rectangular lots on Tindel. He had a graphic provided by Galveston County but it wasn't very good. His basic premise was that in the case of a disaster, and we all know there will be another, a homeowner should be allowed to rebuild on his property at least the very same footprint that existed prior to the disaster. He pointed out there is no way any house there could meet the setback requirements just to start with. Unlike on the Island Tindel residents property lines go to the middle of the paved street. How the heel you gonna make that setback? But is that fair to all the folks on the Island who were denied variances on their non rectangular property? Hell no. Making exceptions is a very slippery slope indeed. But then there are many exceptions made already to the folks on Tindel. Do we even need to bring up the whole Fuller fiasco? It's not like THAT was ever resolved. Everyone just stopped talking about it. There's still a pile of shit on Aspen and there are still liveaboards on the waterfront. Meanwhile back at the ranch...
I'm going to play plumber today. The wife's idea not mine.

"Some magicians can walk on water, Chuck Norris can swim through land"

Monday, November 23, 2015

National Cashew Day!

Well it looks like summer is officially over. Man I hate cold weather. I look forward to the thermometer dropping out of the 90's like most others but the 40 degree crap is just wrong. Thank God we're in Texas and it will be back in the 70s tomorrow.
My good friend Jim put together a "retirement" party for me Saturday. It was awesome. I want to thank all of you who showed up and some of you who didn't. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.
Well it seems I've hit a road block in trying to get parts for the old trailer. It's been over a month since I first ordered the drip rail/jrail which I need to make the bug waterproof. I'm not blaming Dues Camper but I'm not getting the warm fuzzy feeling I need. Time will tell. I finished the forward dining area / bunk and momma has approved the shape and size. Now I'll pull everything out and wait for the rail. After I can get it water tight we'll look at flooring, then ceiling.
Sounds like a great time to go put the center console back in the boat.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Seriously ?

National button day? Someone got bored.
OK, my second Monday in the unemployment line. I think I'm getting the hang of it I just have to downshift one more time. The ATA tournament in Sulpher Springs was a lot bigger than we thought. It was help at the SS middle school. They have two gyms which was a good thing because they were both packed. Wyatt usually signs up for 6 events and does well in all. This time his instructor signed him up for 2 other events at the last minute. He was on the edge of freaking out but maintained. Short version is he brought home two more First Place medals. Don't know if you can see them all but that is 6 First Place medals and 2 Second Place'. Not too shabby. I'm about to pop just typing this.


I'm not going blather on about the Religion of Peace and what those pigs pulled off in France. I'll just mention that the few times I've been to France are still some of my best memories. I hope they respond accordingly.
 Moving right along. I have the bathroom framed in and we have agreed on the shape and size of the dining table and seats. Now if my drip rail will just get here I can finish drying the bug in. Once I can prove to myself it will stay dry we can start making real progress. We were all out at the pier last night discussing the pros and cons of having a water heater on board. Just when we had settled on a plan Jim finds an on demand water heater that is just made for small spaces and it's too cheap to pass up. Looks like I need to change my plumbing plans.

Rumor mill has it there is a movement here on the Island to establish a Home Owners Association. Maybe not in those exact words but it sounds like some of our neighbors don't like the looks of some of the other houses on the Island and want to change them. That smells like a HOA to me. Fights On, See you at City Council.

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's National Indian Pudding Day

Feather, not dot.
And It's Friday the 13th. My first Friday in the unemployment line. I am getting used to the change in my day. It's odd not having to be somewhere or see someone. The verdict still isn't in on whether or not I'll like but ... Going to a Taekwondo tournament this weekend in Sulphur Springs so I'll miss the annual Thanksgiving Feast put on by our Civic Club. This will be the first one I've missed in 14 years. If you haven't been you have no idea what you're missing. The old Club House smells just like Grandmas' kitchen. Here's me drooling on my keyboard. Go. It will be the best $10 bucks you spend all year.

Well the rear windows are in and they do not leak. Yeah. Got a few boards laid out for a side bunk/sofa and the first cabinet. Next will be to frame the bathroom. That is if momma likes the size and shapes we have now.  

I thought of a few other neighbors who is also served this great country. Mr. Frank joined the Army in 1946 and neighbor Bud makes 4. Anyone else?
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day y'all



Who else besides the Mayor is a Vet? Drop me a line, lets get a list together.




 
Was going to post a pic on my rear windows I got back in the bug but for some reason my new iPhone won't let me email myself today.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I'm Outta Here !



What a long strange trip it’s been…..
I started in the Aerospace business in June of 1985 with Barrios Technology. The IBM PC and PC XT were the industry standard. The XT had a 10M hard drive and a staggering 128k of RAM. You read that right. The phone in your pocket blows those numbers away. After 11 incredible years I moved to Lockheed which was about to become Lockheed Martin. 19 years later I am in need of a break and the timing could not be better. My co-workers and myself here in the Houston area have been steadily working our way out of a job for years and my turn is here. With the average desktop PC now sporting gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte or more of hard drive space the evolution is apparent. As is my time to bail. 99% of the time it was a blast. The rest of the time I choose not to dwell on. I have had the pleasure of working with Astronauts, REAL Rocket Scientists, and some of the brightest people I will ever meet. What an experience. The International Space Station just celebrated its’ 15th anniversary and when I came aboard one of my first tasks was to support the documentation group that was responsible for taking notes at all the meetings on the design of the thing. The Space Shuttle Discovery had just launched and was the 18th Orbiter launch that carried a mission status. We lost Challenger the following January. That was a little too close to home as I know the Onizuka family and worked with his wife Lorna but we all knew it was part of the job, like it or don’t. Well the Shuttle program has come and gone, The ISS is often visible in the night sky and It’s time for me to go do something else for a while. 
Like work on my camper. What are the odds I can get my windows in before it rains? Odds?


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

City Council Meeting tonight

Next chore is to replace the rear windows. A little framing on the inside is needed first but the windows all need reglazing. I guess it's a good thing I was a glazier once. 

 
This from the Civic Club President.



The BBQ Cook Off is this Saturday !

This event is a BIG fundraiser for the CLS Civic Club and is sooooooo much fun!

Categories include Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Ribs, Beans, Deserts and Chef's Choice.  First and 2nd place trophies will be awarded! Judging will be early this year and should be over by 4:30 when food will start being sold & served to the public. Winners will be able to flaunt their awards for the general public this year as they enjoy their meals!  

Texas Beer Refinery will be serving their fabulous beers!


DJ Rick will be providing music!


Plates are $10.00/members and $12.00/non-members for some incredible BBQ Brisket, chicken or ???, sides, and a drink.

If you would like to Judge, volunteer to set up, serve or clean up please  email cmann@remax.net or call 832-628-6266