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"