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

Friday, December 15, 2017

National Cupcake Day

Each year, December 15th also recognizes National Cupcake Day. The cupcake was originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake because the recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs and also 1 cup of milk and 1 spoonful of baking soda.

Are you old enough to remember "engage brain before opening your mouth"? It's the biggest problem we face as a civilization and probably the single biggest reason so many of us are bailing on Facebook. A neighbor sent me this perfect and right on time article written by someone on the inside.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/11/facebook-former-executive-ripping-society-apart

Asked and answered...

Happy Friday Islanders

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to...


the oldest military organization in the United States. If you knew it was the National Guard you get two points.

HISTORY
On December 13 of 1636, a direct declaration by the Massachusetts General Court established for the first time in the American Colonies an official militia. The resolution required that all able-bodied men from age 16 to 60 were expected to join. While less-organized militia existed at the time, this legal document brought them together under a formal establishment. This organization today is known as the National Guard.

And it's National Cocoa Day. Just in time.

If you didn't make it to the EDC workshop last night you missed a full house. You missed The EDC voting to cancel the cancelled contract with Okies then voting to cancel the whole damn mess and starting over. There seemed to be some confusion among the directors as to what the citizenry wanted and or expected SO yours truly called for an impromptu show of hands as to who was for going forward and who was not. The Nots won the night by no small margin. Hence the do over. What a mess. You also missed the introduction of Team Clear Lake Shores. To the best of my knowledge it's only Craig but I could be wrong. I kinda get around and I've never heard the phrase until last night. Oh, that's when TCLS president told Councilman Hoerner to Fuck Off and proceeded to flip him off. See what you missed?! 



Monday, December 11, 2017

National Noodle Ring Day

Beats me. Feel free to look it up I'm out. And it's National App day. I am getting closer and closer to placing this iPhone next to it's predecessor which is just off Burchfieds pier. Maybe it's just me. Odds are.

Well as most of you know we did get snow. Not a lot Thank You Lord but enough to stay on the ground. Have I mentioned I hate the cold? That's three snows in the sixteen years we have lived here. Since '66 when we moved to Houston, I remember a big snow in '73 and one in '88 (I was in Annapolis) and zip in the 90's. If we could please keep this to 1 per decade? Please?

Went to Okies Yard House for dinner with friends Friday. Wanted to try out Love Me Tenders. I love me some yardbird but I'm not a big tender fan. My son on the other hand is a card carrying expert. A bona fide aficionado if you will. Having cooked more chicken in my lifetime then most people I will say the chicken was cooked perfectly. My biggest bitch about commercial chicken is it's over cooked and dry and or stringy. Not so with the tenders. The spice in the breading was very good and of all the dipping sauces offered I preferred the buffalo. Wyatt was clearly a fan of the special sauce. My favorite by far was the boudin egg rolls. A solid hit and I'm really picky about my boudin. All that said there's this.

You have all been invited to the EDC's open workshop tomorrow night. Sounds like the topic of discussion will be the future direction of Okies. This whole issue is a hot mess so if you're interested the workshop starts at 7:00 in the Club House. The more the merrier and that's a quote from an EDC member.

Time to start my next adventure. The 1964 Aljo is finally ready for it's first coat of primer. Gotta get it done before it turns cold again. Wish me luck.

Happy Monday Clear Lake Shores!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day

Nothing to add to that. I get these little tidbits from National Day Calendar at
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/ They also provide info like It's Cotton Candy Day and National Illinois Day. Illinois Day? OK, I posted all the days alloted to the original 13 Colonies but Illinois? WTF? Where is National Texas Day? OK, OK calm down. Here is their answer.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

Thanks National Day Calendar.

So who was ready for THIS cold front? Crap, the weather man even used the S word. I guess this falls squarely under be careful wht you ask for.

Looks like someone is wiggling the plug on the swamp. He wasn't funny on SNL either. A do-nut says the POS won't man up. Another campaign promise kept. 
Think it's a coincidence that the top 5 richest counties in the country surround DC? Or 9 out of the top 20? Reeeaaalllllly...

NOT

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

National Sacher Torte Day

Me either so I looked it up. I gotta say it looks good though.

Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. 

City Council meeting tonight. Here's the agenda, looks like it's gonna be a quickie...

Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  1. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  2. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  3. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: November 16th thru November 29th, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held November 7, 2017
    3. Quarterly Investment Report – September 30, 2017
  4. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Appoint/Re-appoint two positions to the Waterfront Compliance Committee. Current members up for re-appoint have expressed to remain on committee – Ed Waters and Brad Saltaformagio. (Mayor McNamara)
    2. Appointment of a director to the Plaza Ten 06 Corporation by Mayor McNamara.
(Mayor McNamara)
9. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup,, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, December 1, 2017.
______________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Since it's National Electronic Greetings Day

Greetings!

There may be 25 shopping days 'til Christmas but it's only 2 days until the annual Civic Club Christmas Party. If you've never been shame on you. You missed one heck of a great time with your neighbors. Noobs, this is a great starting point for y'all. See you there!

Did you know that Christmas was once banned in America. Yep. Blame it on the Puritans. Since it wasn't mentioned in the Bible our first Settlers wouldn't have any of it. 
Thanks Mental Floss

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It's National French Toast Day

Not sure if this post will even  make it. Apple decided to update my OS again and they have completely screwed everything up. Nice job knuckleheads. Airdrop doesn't work anymore, you assholes removed my entire Contacts list... I dare you to make it harder to send a photo to myself! I double dog dare you! Might as well be Microsoft. And dammit Google you need to clean up your shit too! Can't make you my new tab go to using Chrome?! WTF?  I sure hope you fired whoever thought THAT was a good idea. Freezing pages all the time... Ludditeville here I come.

And then there''s these damn things AGAIN! What the hell? we get them in the Spring and again in the fall? Dammit! I've killed well over a dozen just this week. They teleport to all sorts of places...


We are surrounded by them And Raid does not kill them. It'll take at least a flipflop.

Cruising www.break.com and came across this reminder. Remember all that fun?
For you noobs that is North Shore, Merrimans on the left Sager/Kalupa on the right. 

I think I need a nap


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

I have so much to be thankful for it's hard to know where to start and sometimes even harder to figure out when to stop. I wish everyone on earth had that problem. The Honey Baked is on the grill and the veggies are in the oven, The pies are on the counter and the squirrels have been (over) fed. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

This is from History.com
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.
This history of Thanksgiving provided by www.History.com. For more information on Thanksgiving, go to http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving.
Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939 when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

Monday, November 20, 2017

National Absuridty Day

Is this perfect timing or what ?!

So the Great State of Texas has denied these vanity plates for being lewd or offensive. These are just a few.
And State law describes disorderly conduct as intentionally using "abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace." The law also prohibits making "an offensive gesture or display in a public place" that could have the same effect. But the dirt bag in Fort Bend County says she can have a sticker on her truck that says Fuck Trump and Fuck you for voting for him and that's OK. Alrighty then, Hey, Karen Fonseca, Fuck yourself.

This is even dumber than the NFL blowing Tim Tebow All that shit for kneeling for a little prayer to give thanks but kneeling for some self perceived social injustice is quite alright. Hey Roger, Fuck you too. HUMPH, I thought I'd feel better.....


If y'all are traveling this Thanksgiving Holiday please have a safe trip.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

I'm partial to Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch myself. I'm having some now.

Great turnout at the EDC meeting last night. Recognize anyone?

Skippers will try to open tomorrow! Welcome Back Skippers!
George reported sales taxes were up. As expected after Harvey. You probably know the Bond election passed. Part of that is to put in a pedestrian bridge on the way to Stewart. 'Bout time. There were two scheduled visitors. The first said all his issues had been taken care of. Hard to believe. At least he didn't leave a mess for someone else to clean up this time. The second was a spokesman for Muscle Maker Grill. More here musclemakergrill.com
 Jim Ginger pitched their angle for developing the Okies property. They had some color glossies to pass around. They showed a three story restaurant with lots of palm trees and no mention of the name Okies. I thought that was part of the plan all along, to keep the name Okies?  Billy Flannigan reminded the EDC they were not quite to Phase two yet and pointed out that without Phase II $ the property was doomed. When he went on to to remind them and the crowd that he had not only invested a lot of his own money in the project but had complied with various EDC and City requests. That's when it hit me. He is trying to run a business by committee. Not totally disinterested parties but definitely not having the physical, emotional and monetary investment as Mr. F. How screwed up is that? Along about then Scott MacDonald made a motion to cancel the existing contract with Sidewalk Brands. Charles seconded the motion so the discussion could begin, and it did. In the end it was unanimous to cancel the contract. Bring in the lawyers. 
A committee......
Off to the DMV...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy (belated) Veteran's Day.

To all who served, Happy Veterans Day. We are because of you.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell

See, I didn't forget and honestly it's not something you could forget. 

Today is NATIONAL INDIAN PUDDING DAY
Ever had it? I'm pretty sure I had some when I was a kid. I think my Grandmother made it but that was a long tome ago.

National Indian Pudding Day is observed each year on November 13. This day honors a cold-weather classic, which is a traditional New England dessert, Indian pudding.

It was in the seventeenth century that English colonists brought hasty pudding to North America and completely transformed it. Although it was initially made with wheat, they substituted cornmeal due to a shortage of the grain at the time. The colonists had learned how to cultivate maize (corn) from the indigenous peoples. Indian pudding was derived from their name for cornmeal, Indian meal. Milk was substituted for water, and they added either molasses or maple syrup along with cinnamon, ground ginger, butter, eggs, raisins and nuts. Indian pudding is then slowly baked for several hours, transforming its texture from the original porridge-like quality of hasty pudding to a much smoother texture which is more typical of custard.
Indian pudding was found in most American cookbooks before 1900.
20th-century commercial puddings with industrially perfect creamy consistency replaced the popularity of Indian pudding.
The long cooking time required for Indian pudding did not appeal to 20th century home cooks.
Indian pudding is still associated with autumn holidays and is occasionally served by some restaurants.
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream are usually served with Indian pudding.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Indian Pudding Recipe.

The EDC meeting is tomorrow night at 7. They usually have it in the conference room at City Hall but I think it may be a little crowded. So come early and if it's moved it will be moved to the Club House. I hear Craig is bringing his game face. See you there.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Harvey Wallbanger?

It's got a day? I guess so because it's today. Anyone had on in the past 40 years? Too sweet for me. Speaking of old, and sorry in advance but it was 46 years ago that Stairway to Heaven came out. This is me making a sad face.

It's the Civic Clubs umpteenth annual Thanksgiving Feast this Saturday at the Clubhouse. Do not miss this event. For any and all you noobs out there this is where you want to be. Trust me on this.

Last Night s recap, for Enquiring minds....
Relatively uneventful night at the Council Meeting. I got there at the end of the Special Meeting where they were discussing how to provide better communication between the City and the Citizenry. Councilwoman Fenwick is looking for help to put together  a task force to make this happen. The City Atty was there and made clear to almost everyone that Facebook is not it. For a lot of reasons. Got questions? Call her. George is looking into a non breakable Bball backstop and the SBA was there letting folks know there are really low cost loans available to help with Harvey related issues.
One scheduled speaker started off by crashing all the steel chairs in the rack. Proceeded to let the room know he didn't read the instructions that say if you want Council to react to your questions they need to be submitted prior to the deadline. Apparently he has a list of 50 questions he wants answers to. The Atty pointed to George and said you need to start there. He let the Atty know George wasn't smart enough to answer his questions. He appeared agitated with Councilman Hoerner when asked why he thought our City Administrator wasn't smart enough. He bailed shortly after. And no. He didn't straighten up the mess he created with the chairs. Apparently he's too smart for that. Who knew.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Back to Back

Today is National Donut (doughnut) Day and yesterday was National Nachos Day. Winner winner chicken dinner.

A great weekend at Hoggatt/Miller pig roast. Mr Pig's Nightmare on Elm Street was delicious. And Andy, I'm coming after that red Carolina style sauce you made. Good stuff.
Good neighbors, good food and good wether. How ya gonna beat it. It was fun to see so many neighbors in one place having a good time. Got to see more than a few ex neighbors as well.


And then there's these damned things. Asps. From the Flannel Moth. What the hell? THey were here in the Spring and now they're back in the fall? WTF! I killed three Saturday.

Yep, the little bastard in on my handrail and the other soulless spine covered slug in on my SMOKER! Was.

Here's tomorrow's agenda. Number 7 ought to be a hoot. And I have it on good authority that next Tuesdays EDC meeting will be worth the visit. See you there.
Michael McNamara, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  1. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  2. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  3. SCHEDULED VISITOR:
    Don Johnson: Introduce Shannon Lucas as a nominee to fill the vacancy on the Harris Galveston Subsidence District Board.
    Craig Ward: Financial questions regarding Okie’s
  1. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: October 12 thru November 1, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held October 17, 2017
    3. Rescend approval of previous minutes for Regular meeting held August 15, 2017 and
      approve revised minutes for same meeting.
  2. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Policy for the Clear Lake Shores Volunteer Positions. (City Administrator George Jones) 9. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup,, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, November 3, 2017.
______________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Clear Lake Shores will provide reasonable accommodations for disabled persons attending City Council meetings. Requests for interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting by calling 281-334-2799 or by faxing to 281-334-2866.

City Council encourages positive public comment and discussion during its meetings and reserves time during most Council meetings to hear such comments from either Scheduled or Unscheduled Visitors. However, the Texas Open Meetings Act places certain constraints on topics raised by such visitors where such discussions are not related to an item that has been placed on the Council's posted Agenda (Attorney General Opinion JC-0169). The most effective way for an individual to have their voice heard and receive feedback at a City Council meeting is to contact the City Secretary no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to an upcoming Council meeting and request that their name be placed on a future agenda as a Scheduled Visitor. When you make this request, please state specifically the subject you wish to discuss. The City Secretary will place your name on the Agenda along with a specific description of the subject to be discussed. If you fail to provide a specific description of the subject of your requested discussion, then Council will have no choice but to refer the matter to City staff for response or defer any feedback or discussion on the matter until a future Council meeting when the subject can be placed on the Agenda. Comments should be limited to five (5) minutes and directed to the entire Council, not individual members. Engaging in verbal attacks or comments intended to insult, abuse, malign or slander any individual shall be cause for termination of speaking privileges and expulsion from Council Chambers.


And to you punkin' heads in Cupertino, Your last iOS update has screwed my iPhone se in to the mud and I will hate you til my dying day! I'm looking for a Pixel....

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Finally National Astros Day!

Congrats to the 2017 World Series Champions, The Houston Astros.

And according to the calendar it's National deviled Egg Day. The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” about food, appeared in 1786. It was in the 19th century that it came to be used when referring to spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity. And not to dis any buckeye's out there but how the hell id they get a National Ohio Day? I made up the part about the 'Stros but hey.

I'm gonna share a couple of sites with y'all today. You've probably already been their and have them bookmarked so this is for anyone who just dropped in. I think they're fun but it's your call. Do it or don't.
My Pal Jim turned me on to this one a few months back and it is a bona fide time suck. You can spend hours here. They cover stuff most of us have never heard of. Fun stuff.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/
remember I warned you.

I've been dropping in on Mental Floss for years. They recently revamped the site and did away with one of my favorite options and one I've mentioned here many times, The Amazing Fact Generator, but they are still a fun place to while away the time. Check out the Quiz section.
http://mentalfloss.com/

Last but not least, If, like me, you are getting sick of all the standard news outlets and the happiness drain on your life give this place a whirl. Same basic news without the downer hit.
https://www.theskimm.com

San Jac has cancelled my Motorcycle riders course. This makes the third time. First two were at Central campus and this latest was at North Campus. Next up is San Jacinto South. Fourth time is the charm? This is why.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

National Chocolate Day?

Can't lose with that.

Now THAT'S a cold front. Don't know about you but I was ready for a cool down.

Billy is selling his travel trailer if you know anyone looking. It's the 39 foot Gold Rush 5th wheel in his lot at Lawrence and Marina Bay. don't have a 5th wheel set up? Not to worry, this comes with a goose neck adapter. I'll try to get a picture up next post. If you need a number drop me a line or just stop in at Gulf Coast Trawl Doors.

This is for all you folks out there with little ones. Our Pal Andy is scrounging for volunteers to pull off the annual Stewart Elementary Carnival. And he shouldn't be. There are more than enough of you out there with little ones that need to step up and do your share. I was invited but had to decline. I've done about 9 carnivals and my son was only there for 6 years. You do the math. And Jim Adams should take the award for all time participation. If you fall in to "our" category and know some of the new folks who fit in to the former please spread the word. It's their turn in the barrel.

Dumbest shit I read goes to the moron from the great state of Georgia. John Lewis sent happy birthday wishes to Madame President, yes Hillary. Who's a bigger dumbass, him or the people who vote for him. May be a toss up. Time to man up and move on Mr. L.

Then I read this drivel.
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome," leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.
"Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”

Correct me if I'm wrong but if they recognize the message is unintended but choose to receive the message anyhow isn't the unwelcome or unsafe feeling on them? Damn right it is. The longer we don't call it out as bullshit the longer it will take to get over it. And I'm calling it out.

Where's all the food trucks?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jackpot!

It's Friday, It's National Navy Day AND It's National American Beer Day!! WOOT!

National American Beer Day is observed annually by beer drinkers across the nation on October 27.

There are more than 2,100 breweries that manufacture beer in the United States. They range in size from industry giants to brewpubs and microbreweries.
The U.S. produced 196 million barrels of beer in 2009.
The U.S. consumes roughly 20 US gallons of beer per capita annually.
In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
The majority of the new breweries in the U.S. are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980s, produce a range of styles.
Beer styles originating in the United States include:
American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

Well my never ending Insurance story is nearing it's end. But what the hell it's only been a year. Or would that be 7 years? MaximGroup is now and will forever be on my shit list. Wright Flood, they used to be Fidelity when Ike hit, Has their collective asses covered by Federal legalese but in all fairness this should be the agents job. I am not letting my self completely off the hook. If I would have been more diligent in watching my insurance agent we could have caught this years ago. But then isn't that why we hire insurance agents? To find us the best deal and make sure we hang on to the best deals? Seems to me it is so. SO. Short version, if you have any dealings with Maxim Group, They used to be in a little building on Main St up in League City but now they are in big shiny new building in Nassau Bay (coincidence?) watch your ass because they sure won't. It's all documented and I filed complaints with the BBB an the Texas Dept of Insurance. Picture me not holding my breath. Expect more rants on this later and for crying out loud if you know someone who deals with these morons tell them to watch their back. We moved everything to Kim Trammel who has an Allstate office on 96 between the HEB and Clear Falls. 180° out. She is always checking on us. Moving on. 

Anyone seen a cold front?



Have a great weekend Islanders!

Monday, October 23, 2017

How 'bout them Astros!

I'm not now and never have been a baseball fan but it's always fun when the hometown team does well. Congrats are definitely in order. 

It's National Boston Cream Pie Day and it is observed annually on October 23. Pie lovers move along. Cake lovers, pull up a chair. Let’s celebrate the cake with an identity crisis! Boston Cream Pie is a chocolate frosted, custard filled cake that is loved by millions.
In 1856, at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian created this pudding and cake combination which comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or creme patisserie. The cake is then topped with a chocolate glaze, such as a ganache or sometimes powdered sugar and a cherry. Yum.

Great timing on this article on CNN. It's about Tom Hanks and it's pretty much on the money.

We tried a spin on a Pintrest hack Sunday morning. In late 2016 I posted this hack experiment with amazing results. Originally we tried it on our new stainless cookware and just wow. I still don't like cooking with the wife's stainless so for Sundays' Atchafalaya Cafe style breakfast I broke out my trusty cast iron and got to work on the potatoes/onions/garlic and butter. 20+ minutes later when the boudin patties and poached eggs were ready I uncovered the crusty spuds and it was a serve yourself. W whinged a bit at the taters being stuck to the skillet and I knew what was in store for my beautiful old cast iron. MJ reminded me of the Pintrest trick and we decided to give it a whirl on the CI.
This is what we started with...

Add hot water, enough to cover what you want to remove. Add a dryer sheet. It does not have to be a new one. Yep, we grabbed the one right outta the dryer. Let it stand for an hour, we let this stand for two. And this is what we got.

A quick wipe and back in the oven. Freakin' magic. Note: If you want to read the original post you can search this blog for "Pintrest" BUT beware! Two posts will show up and the second one is from March 2012 when our fair city was rolling in it's own shit. Content and Comments are not for the PC or Snowflakes. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first National Mammography Day in 1993.

and it's National Brandied Fruit Day
Brandied fruit is fresh, sweet fruit that is soaked in brandy and sugar, which is then used as a topping on pies, cake or ice cream. Brandy, which has been around since about the 12th century, is distilled from fermented fruit. Yum.

Here's a recap of the City Council meeting. 
Councilman Hoerner provided everyone that was interested an update on the Okies property. It's sounds like there's another round of stupid shit floating around in FB world. I wonder who that could be? I am so glad I blocked that time suck.
We were notified of an upcoming bond election and George provided a link, I just can't find it in my notes but it will directly affect CLS for about 450k.
The folks building the hotel on the Starfleet property are modeling it after the Hotel Dana in Chicago. It seems there are several other Hotel Danas' around the country. They don't look too shabby at all. They want to start on the bulkhead in the next month or so. 



BOSTON – The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin in three years.
Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage.
The world's oldest commissioned warship will fire a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort, and its cannons will boom another 17 times as it passes the U.S. Coast Guard station — the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.
I got to see Her on a trip to Beantown in'86. What a hoot.

That's all I got. Mary Freeman is looking for some volunteers to help load and unload supplies for the upcoming Thanksgiving Feast. If you can please help.
Have a great weekend neighbors!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

National Pasta Day

Slow day it is..

I like this cold front a whole lot better than that tease that blew through here last Monday. I'm pretty sure we can count the number of days in the 90's on one hand from now til May(?) But who knows, word on the street that La NiƱa is going to cause all sorts of mischief for the winter. That usually means a colder and wetter winter for us. We'll see.

Looks like The USCG's salvage contractor is done. They pulled up the last two sailboats and hauled one off but left the other? I wonder why. The Coastie I talked to said Shandly told him it was OK to leave the hulls once they were raised but the Coastie said nope. Once they are on the bottom they are mine. And off they went. Except for that last one.


And those poor bastards in Ireland get a winter hurricane. I think they can handle it...

And here's tonight's City Council Agenda, See you there.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  5. COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REPORT
  7. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  8. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  9. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: September 28th thru October 11th, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held October 2, 2017
  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. ORDINANCE 2017-11: An ordinance of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas
      amending Chapter 50, offenses and miscellaneous provisions, Article IV, regulation of sex offender residency, of the City Code of Ordinances; updating the city’s restrictions for registered sex offenders going in, on or within a specified distance of a child safety zone in the city under Chapter 341 of the Texas Local Government Code; providing a savings clause; and providing a penalty as provided by Section 1-21 of
      the code.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Approve the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe in the amount of $34,585.00 for the
Clear Lake Shores Police Department. (Chief Kenneth Cooke)
c. Re-appoint Ronnie Richards, Mike McNamara and Charles Scoville to the Economic
Development Corporation. Positions expire October 31, 2017.
(City Administrator George Jones)
  1. Re-appoint all members of the Town Center Review Board for a new 2 year term. Current members are Ronnie Richards, Mike McNamara, Richard Sowrey, Craig Hervey and George Jones. (City Administrator George Jones)
  2. Re-appoint Patrick Michaelski, Alex Scanlon and Joe Schulsky for a new 2 year term to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Term expired September 30, 2017. (City Administrator George Jones)
  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Section 551.087 of the Open Meetings Act: 1) to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economics development negotiations. 2) to deliberate the offer of a financial
    or other incentive to a business prospect described by Subdivision (1).
  2. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to Section 551.087 of the Open Meetings Act: 1) to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economics development negotiations. 2) to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect described by Subdivision (1).
  3. ADJOURNMENT
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to the US Navy

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force. Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. To all my past, present and future brothers and sisters in arms, Happy Birthday.and it's National No Bra Day. Coincidence? I think not...

Progress day two. Two down (Up?) and epending on who you ask 2, 3 or 4 to go.


Neighbor Doug stopped by this morning and asked who is paying for this. I'm still laughing. This folks is your tax dollars hard at work. 


Have a great weekend Islanders!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

National Gumbo Day

Beat That!
Progress. Been sitting in the sun trying to avoid heat stroke watching the US Coast Guard begin the clean up in the bayou. After talking to Petty Officer Tindol, (Irony much?) who is heading up this operation under guidance from the GLO, They think they have three more. He did state that if they were floating he could not touch them. So all you good folks on Aspen have to put up with the piece of floating Fuller. Word is she is going to turn it into a BnB. Let that sink (pun intended) in for a minute. Uh Huh.
So, here's where they are,
and they are going to drag them around to here for disposal.


I think they are going to find an extra boat under one of the others....







Sunday, October 8, 2017

I sure hope you had a chance to come out to the 6th Annual Clear Lake Shores BBQ Cook Off yesterday. This was by far the biggest yet and I'm guessing the cash prizes had something to do with it. I had the honor/pleasure of Judging Brisket and Chefs' Choice. I am no expert on briskets but I know a few. And Lord knows I've been to my share of cook offs even winning a few. Here's my take away, use it as you will. In the Brisket category most were given 5 or 6 points. There were only three that gave any thought to presentation. It's the first thing a judge sees and it does matter. Smoke rings count. And to this judge and brisket smoker it counts a lot. Of the 10 entries I saw three smoke rings. And I went looking for them on the meats that should have been a pot roast. Which brings me to slicing. If you think you know how to cut a brisket check out YouTube. Aaron Franklin has a few videos. And there were at least 5 of you who do not know how to cut a brisket.  All but one had different flavors and one of you cooked yours to death. It will make great shredded sandwiches or Baker filling so don't throw it away. It got a 4. Just sayin'.

Chef's Choice went to Krusty Kookers (with out very own Doug Whitmarsh) by way of an amazing pizza. Never seen pickles on  pizza before but hey. It beat out the bacon wrapped deep fried Oreo. Which was damned good. Another note, of the 14 entries waaay over half were bacon wrapped. I love bacon and you will never read here that there was too much bacon but...time to think outside the pork belly. There were at least 6 stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in you know what. Some were good. The little cakes with the spicy caramel (and bacon chip) was awesome and my personal favorite. I'd like to know who made those. Here's the rest of the run down. Sorry I don't have scores but if you won congrats on a job well done.

Chefs Choice Krusty Kookers Pizza

Brisket First Island Time Cookers
Second Team Jackson

Ribs First Naughty Mermaid
Second BBQ Studs

Pork First Rafter G
Second Louisiana Exiles

Chicken First Mac Daddy Cookers
Second Naughty Mermaid

Beans First Rafter G
Second BBQ Studs

Dumbest shit I read today courtesy of the Washington Post.

An appeals court says federal disability law requires movie theaters to provide interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain.
The case involved a Pennsylvania man who wanted to see the movie “Gone Girl” and sought a “tactile interpreter” from a Cinemark theater in Pittsburgh. The theater denied his request.
The plaintiff, Paul McGann, reads American Sign Language through touch.

When are they going to be required to provide language interpreters for every other language? Here's a free tip for Mr. McGann, READ THE DAMN BOOK.

Friday, October 6, 2017

It's National Noodle Day again.

If you didn't make it to the Civic Club meeting last night allow me to rub it in. Priscilla made a big pot of Chicken and Sausage gumbo using Bryan Hoerner's recipe. Loser. Not sure who brought all the fresh French bread but thanks, it was very good. The Club said thanks and bye to Eileen as treasurer. She's off traveling in her new Winnebago. They recapped NNO and Back the Blue, talked about the BBQ Cook off this weekend (There's only two spots left) went over Barktoberfest and touched on the Thanksgiving feast. And we ate gumbo. Did I mention the fresh French bread?
The Civic Club is looking for a little help. They are looking for someone to help Teresa working with The Islander advertisers. It's not a lot of work, maybe an hour a month and it's a great way to get out and get to know the neighborhood.

It looks like Fall is trying to get here. WE haven't seen mid or upper 90's since Harvey. I don't know about you but me and the Fed Ex guy are ready for a cool down.

Where's Nate going? Looks like NOLA but...

Go Texans!

Have a great weekend Clear Lake Shores!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

SCORE!

It's National Taco Day!


The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. This meal was arranged by Hernan Cortes for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.
In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez 


wait for it.....wait for it............


and it's National Vodka Day!!

I hope you had a chance to get out for National Night Out last night. WE had a ball. The rain held off except for that little spritz around Shell Bottom Park but truth be told it was some kind of sticky out there. Oh well. Joe and Doug did the cooking and cooked up over 300 of Oscar Meyer's finest. With help from the Target Team we made four stops and had well over an hour to meet new neighbors, old friends our local PD and VFD and choke down a dog or two. Thanks for the great turn out! 

Next up is the 6th annual CLS BBQ Cook Off. And you lucky bastards are gonna miss me this year. I have  class all weekend at San Jac so you will have to wait until next year to put your Que where my mouth is. 

If you look on the calendar on the right you'll see the Elks BBQ Cook off is in two weeks. Who's up for that one? We might run in to our ol' Pal Ring o Fire...

Two weeks after that is the Civic Clubs Turkey Dinner with a Halloween Party or two in between. Tis the season. Off we go.