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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

National Pecan Torte Day

Each year on August 22, pecan lovers across the country participate in National Pecan Torte Day.
A torte is a rich dessert filled with whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jam, fruits or nuts. The baker will often glaze and garnish the torte once it is cooled. Generally made with little to no flour, tortes use ground nuts or breadcrumbs, along with sugar, eggs and flavorings instead.
Did you know the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?

Great weekend for the RAT Pack at the Guadalupe River. The river was low and slow but daaaayum it felt good compared to the triple digits not in the river. I was most "impressed" if that's the right word, of how much the river has changed since I was last there. It's been well over 20 years and that's because of the crowds. I'll have to visit a few more times to determine if I like it better. Or not.


We need the rain but is Harvey gonna give us any? Odds are getting better that it will give us some rain. At least some cloud cover.

There is a flyer going around labeled Save Flounder Pond. Almost everything on it is correct. I contacted the Corps 30 days ago and was informed there was nothing new and yesterday I did the same. Only to be notified the file number SWG-2017-00331has not been released for public comment yet. A statement on the bottom of the flyer implies there is a deadline of Sept 1 where there is none. I'll let you know when it is open for comment.

Building has restarted on the Regatta! Check this out. It was the Regatta before it was Sundance Grill.

For all my left leaning friends who wondered how we ended up with a President Trump, watch TV, or pick up a paper other than the HuffPo. Your kids are tearing up shit that doesn't belong to them. Now one of them tried to blow up a statue of the man who helped found the Houston Fire Department. And Christopher Columbus in Baltimore? Please use small words and explain to me how you think this is acceptable behavior? Anon is on, knock your lights out.

Check out this Obi Wan hairdo...
video

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Damn it's HOT

The good news is it only feels like 103. If you're in the shade. 
I missed the City Council meeting Tuesday. I suppose nothing fun happened or we would've heard about it by now. It was a belt graduation at ATA. Wyatt was awarded his Second Degree black belt. Congrats Son. You've earned it.

It's National Non Profit Day. Support you Civic Club!!

So today's kids want to erase history. Feel free to erase all of your 20 year old history you like kids but stay the hell off My History. I will give you the spanking you deserve. Your parents obviously failed you. You need to learn to keep your hands to yourself. Just because you don't like something you don't get to break it. It doesn't belong just to you. It's ours too. Your parents failed to teach you how to share. I won't go in to playing well with others. And what the hell is the matter with free speech? If you get your feelings hurt you call it "hate speech" and that's supposed to do what? Exactly? Make me sit down and shut up? If you collective dumbass' are gonna act like that You need to start wearing brown shirts. I am thankful that a few of you asshats were arrested and spent some quality time in the pokey. What a bunch of morons.



Two atoms are talking, One of them says" I think I've lost an electron"
"Are you sure?"
"Yeah, I'm positive"

Sunday, August 13, 2017

National Filet Mignon Day

This is a happy, sad, happy day. Got back late last night from a regional Tae kwan do tournament. Our first in a while. Wyatt's first as a Black Belt. Happy that he won two First Place medals in his two favorite events, Sparring and Forms.
Sad that the event was so poorly organized that we had to wait 6 hours between events. 10 hours in the Allen Civic Center is too long. Happy that the trip home went well and fast. Sad that it was so late when we got home. Happy that we discovered Liberty Burgers in Allen Texas. No, ecstatic! Far and away the best burger I have ever had. Ever. And I've had a lot across a few continents. Even my picky teenager gave his two thumbs up. Sad that there are none south of Dallas. The next time you get close to the Big D or Cow Town, make this a must stop. I kid you not. And don't forget to order a mudslide. Liberty Burgers. Write it down.

Here's a shout out to neighbor Alex Scanlon. Dude, Thanks. You made raising my carport look easy.

City Council meeting Tuesday. Here's the agenda. wonder what they plan on doing about the sunken boat. Has anyone called the Coast Guard?
Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey

  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:
    Councilwoman 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
    Economic Development Corporation Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

  6. CIVIC CLUB
  7. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  8. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: July 27, 2017 thru August 9, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held August 1, 2017
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Discuss and consider approval of CLEMC assessment of $32,022.00 for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year and 5% annual increases thereafter.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Discuss and consider approving an action of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation to engage the Goodman
Corporation

to perform a community needs assessment, and developing grant application(s) to financially assist in meeting the identified needs. (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance regulating the installation of cell nodes. (City Administrator George Jones)
d. Discuss and determine the proper course to follow in resolving City Attorney appointment. (City Administrator George Jones)
10. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Angie Galvan, Assistant City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, August 11, 2017.
__________________________________ Angie Galvan, TRMC

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

National Presidential Joke Day

Can it get any more wide open than that? Go ahead and give it your best shot. You know you want to. The First Amendment is alive and well here at Islanddrumz...


So we've been having an issue with varmints here at the Batchelor Pad. For a while I couldn't keep enough D-Con on hand. Then the possums moved in and took care of the roof rat problem. Not sure if the Coons moving in had any affect on the possums but Wyatt's punching bag seems to have convinced everyone to pack up and move to a quieter neighborhood. Just when we thought we had the place to ourselves again we spotted a long tail running along the back porch. Enter the Rat Zapper. This little jewell is worth its weight in gold. No more rodents dying in the far reaches of the attic or between the floors leaving that wonderful odor for days. The Zapper hits the little beggars with enough juice to take them out so all I have to do is check for a tail sticking out of the end and then empty it into the trash can. It doesn't get much easier. After several successful outings with the zapper everything went quiet. Victory at last. Not so fast fat boy. The other morning MJ spotted a little gray intruder running out on the front deck. That's where we feed the local squirrel population and some birds. Drag out the zapper! A few cat treats in the back end and behind the grill you go. The only unknown was if squirrels like cat treats or not. This could be troubling. Mere moments ago I was roused by quite a commotion on the deck. I looked to see if there might be a hairless tail sticking out of the Zapper but that's not what I found. Apparently squirrels do like cat treats. But not the shock the Zapper doles out. It seems our local red squirrel population is a bit tougher than their not so cute cousins. I assume the tree rat went after the treats in the usual fashion but was less than amused by the shock he got. Not to be cheated out of his new found treats I watch this squirrel slap the Zapper around the deck. The new question is, Is he mad at the Zapper and bitch slapping it around as payback or is it trying to knock the treats out so he can have his way with them? We might never know. Squirel 1 - Zapper 0.

And then there's these damned things! This makes 7! This one was on the door jamb...for about 10 seconds.

This makes me sad.

I guess that's the price of progress...

It's probably been 11 or twelve years ago when we went to Cavenders' Boot City to get Wyatt his first pair of manly footwear. MJ had him in hand and went off to find a sales person while I mulled over my new purchase of Alligator. I had my hands on a pair when an all too familiar wail went up from the kids section. Off I go to see. When I arrive on the scene I find the fruit of my loins clutching a beautiful pair of Pink and White frilly boots to his chest. They were good looking boots no doubt and on the right cheerleader or Barbi Doll they would be the perfect accessory. MJ and the sales lady are at a loss. These are the boots he wants. I managed to get him calmed down but he was not having anything to do with the other boots I pointed out. His death grip on those pretty pink boots was firm. Until I spotted a pair that I knew would trump the pink. I picked up pair of faux snake skin, held them out and asked Wyatt if he knew what they were. He tightened his grip  and shook his head. I said " These were made from a giant snakes skin". He dropped the frilly boots like they were hot and walked out wearing his new boots. Pretty sure he wore them to bed. I still have my gators but I am looking forward to the new trip to Cavenders. Come on Rodeo time.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hat's off to Connecticut.

It's their day. Nationally. Ben there, not that impressive but it was winter time.
Still no official word from the USACE on the Flounder Pond. A few more rainy spells like we had the past week and Ol' Joe will have to truck in more dirt because what's in there is spreading all over the effing pond. AND it needs a mow. 

It's also NATIONAL LAZY DAY
Today there will not be much information regarding this annually celebrated holiday as we do not feel like doing any research. Actually, we do not feel like doing anything at all. So we are in our hammocks with a couple of good books and glasses of lemonade and iced tea. Yes, it is National Lazy Day, and we choose to be lazy rather than tell you that this holiday is observed each year on August 10th.

The creator and origin of National Lazy Day could not be found. I think I hear my hammock calling....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rain, rain...

That's 4.25 inches in 2 hours and mega doppler says we're not done. It refilled all my rain barrels and then some so I'm OK.

Here's a short recap from last nights City Council meeting.
The real estate deal should close this week. I assume they were talking about the Lee property.

We met Jeremy and Brooke, the new owners of Remaks' old place. I invited them to the Civic Club meeting tomorrow.

The semi talk died for lack of a second and, wait for it,
We have some dumbass' for neighbors. Not quite a newsflash but...There are adults among us that see nothing wrong with bringing glass containers not just in to the pool area but into the pool. WTF? How retarded is that? Shut up, I hear you saying I'm a grown ass man and I an careful blah blah blah. That's why they invented the word accident dumbass. Put your cheap ass wine in a solo cup and move on.
And we're going to ante in for the Christmas Boat Lane Parade for the first time ever.
I'm looking for a welder to do a small job at my place so if you know of anyone who wants to make a few quick bucks have 'em call me.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

National Night Out

But not in Texas. It's kind of a no brainer. I can't think of anyone who want to go outside on purpose in August. That's we save ours till the first Tuesday in October. Well played.
City Council tonight and Civic Club Thursday night. See you there.
Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING August 1, 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. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  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:
    Councilwoman 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. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  6. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: July 13, 2017 thru July 26, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 27 , 2017
    3. Waterfront Transfer A-002A: Robert & Charlotte Remak to Jeremy & Brooke Franco
  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approve $2,000.00 sponsorship of the 56th Annual Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Boat Lane Parade. (Mayor Pro-Tem Fenwick)
b. Discuss and determine the advisability to adopting an ordinance restricting or prohibiting the parking of semi-trucks or trailers, or any combination thereof, on residentially zoned property and provide guidance to City staff.
(Councilman Solmonsson)
c. Discussion and staff direction regarding issues at the Swimming Pool:
glass containers, smoking in the restrooms and the pool and other behavioral issues.
(City Administrator George Jones)
d. Discuss and consider approval of CLEMC assessment of $32,022.00 for the 2017- 2018 Fiscal Year and 5% annual increases thereafter. (City Administrator George Jones)
8. 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, July 28, 2017.
__________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

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.
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. 


Monday, July 31, 2017

National Avocado Day

This is for all my Navy brothers. Today is also the 50th anniversary of the day they got the USS Forestal fire under control. Yesterday was day it started. If you were in the Navy or Marine Corps you went. once a year, to Naval Station Mayport for fire fighting school. Much like every Marine is first and foremost a rifleman, every Sailor is first and foremost a firefighter. While there you were shown flight deck footage of the Forestal fire from start to stop. You saw genuine, honest to God, heroes in action. Who the hell else runs in to an inferno carrying a fire extinguisher. Odds are you can find it on Youtube but know this, it is not for the faint of heart. This is the real thing. 131 men lost their lives that day. Over 160 were wounded. Static Electricity is the answer to the question in your brain. Just think winter time and sweaters.
When she was launched she was the first Super Carrier and the largest warship in the world. That was in 1955. She is currently here in Texas, down in Brownsville actually, being cut up for scrap. She was my last ship in 1974. At the time I was with RVAH 7 out of NAS Key West and we were flying RA-5C's. They flew really, really fast and took pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. If you come across pictures of the damaged but saved Forestal you will see a rather large hole port side aft. That hole is above where our sleeping compartment was. It's where a 1000 pounder went off on what I think was an A-4 Skyhawk. (my first and favorite plane) all those 7 years later, and I am not alone in saying this. we could still smell the fire. Non sibi sed patriae. 



On a lighter note, This goes back to about 2005. Fairly new neighbors were babysitting Wyatt while we were off the Island. As was the custom everyone met at Sundial Park for the usual festivities. As the story was told to me young Wyatt approached Ashly with "Miss Ashly, I need to use the restroom". Ashly being a newly imported yankee but quick to adapt to local customs replied "It's OK sweetie, just go behind that tree right there" pointing to one of the huge Blackjack Oaks in the park. Like a boy off he goes. Business concluded he approached with a simple question. "Miss Ashly, do you have any toilet paper?"
I can honestly say I don't know how the story ended. It's still funny.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

National Aunt and Uncles Day.

I'm down to 2. One each. A thousand miles from here. Thank God for Facebook. Said no one ever. Time for a phone call...

See any of these little guys around your place?
I've killed three in the past week. They also come in black.

This little critter is called an ASP. It’s a caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth. Neighbor Rob has spotted a couple at his place this week too. 
 KILL IT IF YOU COME ACROSS ONE. 

From the Houston Chronicle.

"Houston area experiencing boom in fuzzy venomous caterpillars"



It sort of looks like a furry Brazil nut. Or maybe a tiny Tribble from Star Trek lore.
You can certainly understand why a curious child might want to pick one up.
But the puss caterpillar, more commonly known as an asp in Texas, packs a wallop of a sting.
Across Houston, social media channels have been flooded with reports of asp stings.
While asps are somewhat common to the Houston region, many long-time residents say they've never seen so many of them.
So be on the lookout for these venomous caterpillars, which typically reach their peak numbers in October and November. After that, they turn into harmless moths that go on to repeat the life cycle.

Be particularly cautious around oak trees. Asps love them, Elms and Hackberrys'

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

National Hire a Veteran Day

If you know anyone that's hiring ...

Cudos to our Marine Division. We watched them "educate" a boater the other day. Topics included Speed limits and No Wake Zones I'm sure. This punkin' head came flying around the corner right at out Police Boat.

So. I'm doing something no one cares for especially you. You have asked me to get off your property before. But I need to get on it again and you are out of town. So is it OK to "sneak", if you can sneak a back hoe, early Sunday morning to dredge a channel because all the dirt you dumped in the Flounder Pond WITHOUT a freakin' bulkhead is oozing all over property that is not yours OK? WTF... still no word from the Corps. I wonder if they will fine him for burying an oyster bed. I wonder how he's going to clean out the outflows that anyone with a functioning brain knows are all but silted in.

Check this out. The next Willie?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKhxFrC8GiQ





Friday, July 21, 2017

National Junk Food Day

junk food
ˈjəNGk ˌfo͞od/
noun
  1. food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation.

Pretty sure Jack in the Box tacos are exempt. 

So a few weeks back I sent an email to one of the folks from the USACE. We spoke briefly right after the last load of dirt went in to the Flounder Pond and he gave me his card. This was the reply.

"Thank you for the information.  This is an ongoing enforcement action and I do not have any updates for the public at this time."
Thanks,

Celena Cui
Regulatory-Compliance Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2000 Fort Point Road
Galveston, Texas 77550
409-766-3119
Fax:  409-766-3931

The Corps does have a public webpage that we can drop in on from time to time and check for updates. 
http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Media/Public-Notices/ 
If you're interested the case number is SWG-2017-00331. If you're interested.

So how'd you do yesterday? 69 and Z are the answers. Z because the letters are the last row on your keyboard. In reverse. Go on, Look, you know you want to. I'll wait. See.

I'll throw one more out there because yesterdays were the easy ones. These folks are so out of my league. 
What word is missing? AAGKN, ABBIRT, EEEORY, EGGIRT, EGILPT, LOW, OOR

And following yesterday's trend we have this...

NASA denies running a child slave colony on Mars.

Oh thank God! WTF Alex Jones....


Thursday, July 20, 2017

National Pennsylvania Day

July 20 recognizes the second state to join the Union. Once the home of the temporary capital of the United States in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State. While the source of the nickname has been forgotten, the meaning is not lost. Bridge builders know leaving the vital keystone out of their structure would be folly and would lead to collapse.
Pennsylvania played many roles that could be considered keystones. Its vote for independence was split between its eight delegates and played a vital role in deciding to move toward independence and cementing the union of the newly formed country.
The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia during its tenure as the temporary capital. It was geographically centered among the 13 original colonies. Happy Pennsylvania Day?

I like puzzles. But not as much as these folks...
I got this from Melindas' Dad, John. 
GCHQ is the British version of our NSA. Some of the smartest people on the planet work there. They have a little in house puzzle contest every year and at some point they decided to share some of them. I'm gonna share with you. PS. Keep in mind these are the folks that brought us Alan Turing who broke the Enigma code. First, I'll throw you a bone. 
"Last night I wrote down the numbers from One to 99. I then rearranged them in alphabetical order. Which number didn't move?

And
M,N,B,V,C,X, ?

I'll post the answers tomorrow.

And now for the other end of the spectrum we have this moron. I'm sorry That should have been Moron. Or should it be Mr. Moron?

Self Described Drug Dealer Calls OCSO to Report Theft of Cocaine - A Fort Walton Beach man called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning to report that someone had stolen a baggie of cocaine and cash from his car.
32-year old David Blackmon of 119 Carson Drive, who identified himself as a drug dealer, told the responding deputy that someone entered his car while it was parked at 400 Ed Street and stole $50.00 and about a quarter ounce of cocaine off the center console.
The deputy however spotted cocaine still in that spot. He also found a crack pipe on the floorboard by the driver’s door and seat and a crack rock on the center console by the cocaine. The money was not located.
Blackmon is charged with possession of cocaine, resisting arrest without violence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

National Hot Dog Day!

I love me a hot dog. grilled, boiled, pan fried, deep fried, whatever
  The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and for 2017 Wednesday, July 19 as National Hot Dog Day.
Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year.
On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California.
7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.
And 230lb 6'1" Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own previous record by eating 74 Nathans hot dogs AND buns in 10 minutes. I gotta admit, I don't love 'em that much.
This is one of eleven Nathan's Foot longs that were served at Wyatts' Birthday
party last Friday.

See my new driveway? If you've ever pulled in it you're welcome. 
Last March I called League City Construction about doing the job. They were the closest maybe a mile away. They came out, measured and provided an estimate that I agreed to. They'd get back to me. I called in May and left a message. I called two weeks ago and suggested I'd been forgotten. The young lady said she had nothing about the job but she's look in to it and call me right back. 10 days ago I called Mullen. They are in San Leon, maybe 7 miles away. Their estimator called me back and left a message. I called him back and left a message. 

Tuesday I called Sullivan Paving. They showed up yesterday at 6:30 with a crew of 4 and finished about an hour later. 
And they are from Spring. 50 + miles away. I could not be happier with my new driveway. Congrats Sullivan Crew. You have one very satisfied customer. 





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

National Caviar Day

On July 18 recognize a seafood delicacy with roe on toast. It’s National Caviar Day!
In simple terms, caviar is Sturgeon fish eggs. There are several species of Sturgeon fish. As a result, the caviar produced varies in colors depending on the species. Caviar is full of protein and vitamins making the delicacy a healthy meal.
The United States was the leading distributor of caviar around the year 1900 producing over 600 tons a year. However, due to the over harvesting of Sturgeon fish for the caviar, a ban was put in place to protect the Sturgeon fish from becoming extinct. The population has never recovered sufficiently since the ban, resulting in caviar’s continued status as a luxury item.
Are you a fan? I'll pass. I've had the opportunity to sample a few different types and nothing made me want seconds.

To all you boaters out there, Today is the second happiest day (again) for me. 

Half way done on the striping job. My bad, not striping. When we bought it the tin can it came with no title but three bills of sale going back to whoever drug it out of the pasture. We were told it was an Aljo all along and found a few pics on the innerwebs that looked like our diamond in the rough but nothing you could hang your hat on. Till this.

City Council Meeting tonight. Here's your agenda. See you tonight.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING July 18, 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. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PUBLIC HEARING:
    1. 1)  19 Tindel: Violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Section 78-16: Junked Vehicle
    2. 2)  Possible Revocation of Waterfront Leases for Non-Compliance:
      A-013: William Cain – No longer CLS Property owner B-020: Matthew Donahue – high grass and weeds B-021A: Peter and Deanne Meeh – high grass and weeds C-080: Nancy Schwartz – high grass and weeds
      C-081: Walker Croft – high grass and weeds
  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department Chief Cook Building Official Kevin Harrell
  6. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

  7. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  8. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  9. SCHEDULED VISITOR:
    Paul and Linda Merryman: Flounder Pond
  10. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: June 22, 2017 thru July 12, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 27, 2017
c. Waterfront Transfer F-147B: Summer Roberts to Daniel and Erin Schutmaat d. Waterfront Transfer F-149A: Michael Calpakis to Joe and Connie Whiddon
  1. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Make recommendation and approve action for Municipal Ordinance Violation 78-16 (junk vehicle) for Clear Lake Shores, Texas property – 19 Tindel. (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Make recommendation and approve action for revocation of the following Waterfront Leases for non-compliance:
      (City Administrator George Jones)
      A-013: William Cain – No longer CLS Property owner B-020: Matthew Donahue – high grass and weeds B-021A: Peter and Deanne Meeh – high grass and weeds C-080: Nancy Schwartz – high grass and weeds
      C-081: Walker Croft – high grass and weeds
    3. RESOLUTION 2017-11: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS APPROVING A REVERTER AGREEMENT IN REGARD TO A PURCHASE OF CERTAIN LAND FROM EDNA SUZANNE LEE. (City Administrator George Jones)
    4. Authorize the City Administrator and the City Secretary to issue checks for all costs related to the purchase of certain land from Edna Suzanne Lee including, but not limited to, the following:
      down payment, realtor fees, financial advisor, legal advisor and any other closing costs related to said purchase. Total to be approximately $150,000.00.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    5. Appoint a Councilmember to the Waterfront Review Board.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    6. Appoint Waterfront Compliance Committee member Kurt Otten to the Waterfront Review Board and Ed Waters as alternate.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    7. Consider and approve recommendation from the Waterfront Compliance Committee concerning the “Common Pier” located along Clear Lake Road.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    8. Waterfront Leases E-124C, E-125 and E-126: Establish parameters for these leases to prepare for auction: Minimum Bid, amount of days for auction, compliance issues, etc. (City Administrator George Jones)
  2. 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, July14, 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. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Striper Contest update

But first it's National Pecan Pie Day! Pecan has been my favorite for a very, very long time. Key Lime gave it a run for it's money for a while but Pecan hung in there. If you are a pie fan like me, Put this in your calendar for next year. Volunteer as a judge at the Civic Clubs 4th of July Pie contest. Your taste buds will thank you.

OK Update time. Maybe our contestant from up yonder in the frozen wastelands is just a late riser but after a second coat for the other two and intermittent applications spritzed at will something started happening.  It wasn't much but hey it's a contest right. All told, I'm thinking she needs to get out of the stripping bidness and maybe apply as a greeter.


But after the second coat was removed by the first two I got down to what I assume is the factory paint. While Miss 3 got down to an ugly brownish sticky somethingorother, the first two discovered what appears to be a factory stripe!



MJ found one that looked like this...

What to do, what to do.....



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

National Pet Photo Day

So here's a new picture of Tinker. Hi Tinker, who's a good girl?

STRIPPER Contest

First, I had to prepare the stage. The Stage is our 1964 Aljo, Curb Side, below the big windows. I marked off more or less equal space for our three contestants.
Thus.
Now let's meet our contestants shall we? From left to right...
A true Southern Belle, all the way from Memphis, CitrisStrip. She loves the environment and prefers to be outdoors but she can work behind closed doors if you know what I mean. wink wink. I will confess she does smell yummy!
Next up from beautiful, downtown Wheeling Illinois it is my pleasure to introduce to you, MultiStrip. Don't let her looks fool you, she may not be as vertically gifted as the other two but her name says it all, Multi! Up to 7 layers if you can believe it!
Our last contestant is one tall drink of ......well it's tall. Aaaand Easy! Says so right up front. I'm a big fan of EZ! No messy wardrobe changes, just squeeze. And squeeze. and ... I guess thats all it takes in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario and that's in Canada!

So following all the (very simple) instructions we end up looking like this.

SO far so good. I set my timer while I'm spreading the love to my 20 year old Jeep. 30 minutes later we have this.



And 1 hour later we get to this. Maybe number three just isn't used to the heat. Or maybe it's the humidity. Or, well, Canada...


After an hour and change I scrape it all off and I'm betting that big summer thunder bumper stays out over the bay as I apply a second coat. I'll really put ol' number 3 on heavy this time. Who knows, It might just be shy.
Let's see how long it takes to get down to bare shiny metal.


Monday, July 10, 2017

National Piña Colada Day

A Puerto Rican recipe calls for Coco Lopez and Don Q rum. And it's right on the money. It's so good that back in the day we got Okies to stock Don Q. Yes, It's that good.

Any one see the massive oil slick coming out of the Bayou yesterday? It was way past my boat. Nasty shit.

Keep your shirt on. These strippers don't work in the rain. So the contest will have to wait an extra day. I'll introduce the contestants tomorrow and post ics of the stage.

The never-ending insurance story. Part 5. Tomorrow will be 30 days with no response to my counter. I'mm send them a friendly reminder in the morning.

The crab cakes were delish by the way. Even cold. The recipe made 12 cakes for about $22 and Randalls sells some pre mades for about the same price. I'll try out the pre mades later this week.

If you get really bored and want to watch some of your tax dollars hard at work read this. If you can read the wapo that is...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/06/02/female-named-hurricanes-kill-more-than-male-because-people-dont-respect-them-study-finds/?utm_term=.25cd606c939b

Saturday, July 8, 2017

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

Sometimes you feel like a nut.... 2 points if you finished that old ad in your head.

From the Civic Club meeting.
The Kids back to school party is tentatively set for 8/17. I say tentatively because if =no one steps up to chair the event it won't happen.
I made a motion to formally adopt the two birds over sun as the official logo of the Club. Mostly because its been around for so long. 40 + years or better. That got the conversation started about creating a new logo. Drop the Prez your 2¢.

Anyone have a Roberts Rules of Order I can borrow? Or better yet donate to the Civic Club?

Next week I'm having a stripper contest. It will be here starting Monday. See you then.

Time for a boat ride.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

National Fried Chicken Day!

Can't beat that. I wonder what ever became of our newest business in the Home Depot parking lot? One was supposed to be a Chicken place and the other a do- nut shop. Hmmm. I'll have to check that out.

Another Independence day is history. And this is another Thank You to the folks at Landry's for putting on one heck of a Fourth of July Week. Five days leading to to the 4th and trotting out new displays every day. I personally love the smiley face firework. Here's something from Mental Floss about fireworks.

"...When it’s airborne, a second explosion is triggered inside the shell by a time delay fuse. The bursting charges set off the stars—small, explosive pellets made of fuel and metallic compounds that create the lights in the fireworks display. Different metals create different colors when they ignite: barium goes green, calcium salts go orange, magnesium goes white, copper is blue, lithium turns red, and sodium becomes gold. And the arrangement of the stars will determine the shape of the explosion—so if they’re packed in a heart shape, they should reproduce that heart shape in the sky...."
Pretty cool

We are prepping our 64 Aljo for a new paint job. For a lot of reasons we started on the back end and are 85% done with 70% being down to shiny aluminum. We experimented with different strippers but all are eco friendly. We are staying away from the crap that can kill things including us. The orange based stripper definitely has better results. What's weird is that some areas bubble up as expected and the area right next to it does nothing. Both products advertise the ability to strip more than one layer but they don't say that it might take three coats of stripper. Time to get another coat on.

Civic Club meeting tonite. 7 PM at the Club House. I can't wait to hear how they did on the membership drive Tuesday. If you haven't joined yet please do so soon. We did it online.


This is on the menu tomorrow. I'm off to get the ingredients. 

Here's some more neighbors...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How Time Flies.

It was one of the first City Council meetings I went to after we moved here in 2001. Mayor Guthrie presided and the big topic was a proposed Rack n Stack on City property across from Lazy Bend. Most of the folks who attended the meeting were from Lazy Bend and none of them wanted a big building built there. I'm sure there is a tactful way of telling folks their opinion doesn't matter but Mayor Ted went with "You have no voice here". I get it but I'm thinking some of our Lazy Bend neighbors are missing that point. That was the gist of last night's Council meeting. The developer of the Star Fleet property was there discussing the proposed hotel and there were several Benders there voicing their displeasure at not being included in the development talks. Where's Ted when you need him. The proposed "Sweet Shop" at the old art gallery is trying to get opened in two weeks, and Club President Pricilla invited everyone to the next Club meeting July 6th.
Golf Cart parade line up starts as soon as you get there or by 10:30 whichever is convenient. It will start rolling at 11:30 to be back at the park for Noon. You do NOT have to be a member of the Club to be in the parade but you do have to be a member to win a trophy. NO OPEN CONTAINERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PARADE. It's against the law!

Here is the meatloaf recipe I've been talking about. This is dinner tonight.

 
I'm looking for a plumber for a small job. Anyone have a recommendation? Thx.

Another golden oldie.

Monday, June 26, 2017

National Chocolate Pudding Day is here!

I have no idea how many times I have headed south on CLR from Forest. I do know I have eyed the Oak on the corner as a contender for our biggest tree but after a lookover I could see it was short. Friday, for whatever reason, I finally noticed the BIG tree behind it. A carefully placed email provided me with the info I was looking for. A drumroll please. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new winner. Mike and Pamela Zuteck's nearly hidden Oak was measured at 11' 3" which soundly beats Reva's 9'8". All Hail the Zuteck Oak.

Anyone hear how the benefit went yesterday? I liked the brisket but that's about it. Oh well, a for a worthy cause. I hope you had a chance to get to Aspens.

City Council meets tomorrow. They combined the last meeting with the one that was to be on the 4th and will knock it out tomorrow. Here's the agenda.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL MEETING June 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Special 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. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  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:
    Councilwoman 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
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

  6. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  7. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  8. SCHEDULED VISITOR:
    Candace Mann – Waterfront/Boat slip Issues
  9. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: June 1, 2017 thru June 21, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 6, 2017
  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approval of contract with Cobb Fendley Engineering for services related to five planned drainage projects in the amount of $98,280.00.(City Administrator George Jones)

b. Approval of a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Committee to rezone Tract 1 (3.9668 acres) and Tract 2 (0.1642 acre) land located at Star Fleet Marina (C-3) to the newly created C-4 MMU designation. (City Administrator George Jones)
11. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION

Here's another blast from the past. A Soup Cook Off I think.


Happy Monday Islanders,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

National Praline Day

Here's everything you need to know.
At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.
The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cake, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.
The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection and thus created what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.
Including Paula Deen's recipe.

Here's one that's close to home. And I'll throw in a freebie at the end. Bee's. We talked about these little gems a few months back when Eileen's house became a nest for roughly 40,000 apian wonders and their queen. I'm a big fan of Honey Bees and have raised my family not to swat at them but how to coax them elsewhere. The removal team had to come out a total of three times to get them all. A few weeks after that I remember someone on FacePlant was asking what to do about bees at her place. I think we all understand how that many bees can make a person twitchy. With the Africanized bees in the area a whole new twist is added. Did you know over 50 people a year die from bee stings? Then there's this...
CDC: Bees are the Deadliest Non-Human Animals in America ...
www.govexec.com/management/2015/08/bees-are-deadliest-non...cdc/119328/


HOLY CRAP! Now the question becomes, what do you do when your over the
fence neighbor brings in an honest to God beehive? Well, you can take it to City Council but I can tell you after reading Section 10 of our Ordinances there's not much one can do. The closest thing I can find would be under Public Nuisance. Here ya go. 
  • Sec. 10-33. - Public nuisance.
    (a)
    Failure to exercise proper care prohibited. It is unlawful for any owner to fail to exercise proper care and control over any animal owned or in the custody of such owner, or to fail to exercise proper care and control over the premises where any such animal is kept, so as to prevent such animals, or the conditions of such premises, from becoming a public nuisance. It is unlawful for an owner or handler of a dog or cat to fail to immediately remove droppings or feces of said animal when on public property or private property other than that of such owner.
    (b)
    Conditions constituting a nuisance. All of the following conditions, situations or occurrences are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and constitute a failure of the owner to exercise proper care and control of his animal and/or the premises where said animal is or has been kept:
    (1)
    Any animal, which turns over garbage containers or scatters garbage or which otherwise damages private or public property;
    (2)
    Any animal at large;
    (3)
    Any animal that barks, whines, howls, crows, or makes other loud sounds or noises that cause the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or the occupants of adjacent premises to be disturbed; or
So If I wanted to bring in wild animals, that are indigenous to the area and are not specifically outlawed in our ordinances I can. I pick rattlesnakes. I wonder how my neighbors are gonna like me now? But what if our apian advocates tell you they need the honey because they have severe allergies? It's a health issue.  I'm pretty sure the health nuts have made the argument that local honey is good juju and hey, who doesn't like honey right? The fact that you can buy local honey at our Farmers Market every Saturday doesn't seem to matter much. What about the whole "At Large" status? What to do. The bee guys said they use smoke because it makes the bees think there is a fire in the area and they will pack up their hive and move it to a safe place. Maybe set up your smoker on your side of the fence and roll out a brisket? or two? decisions, decisions...

While I was there I looked up on my favorite peeve. Yappin' ass dogs. You know the ones I'm talking about. Very few things can mess with your Zen as fast as the notorious brown yapper. Most of us want to be good neighbors so we bite our tongue and go on. But what about a dog you can hear barking 2 blocks away? Is it still protected under the good neighbor rule? Sonofabitch ain't my neighbor. No we don't have any dogs that loud thank God. I'm talking about parrots. There's a few on our little Island. And we know where they are because they are so damned loud. They fall squarely under 10-33(b)(3). When does your inclination, you do not have a right to own another animal, interfere with my preference for peace and quiet? As a responsible pet owner, assuming you are yet knowing not everyone is, you want the best for your animal. With parrots that includes placing them outside for a little fresh air. Where they commence to get loud. Really loud. The experts say they vocalize when they are happy. How ya gonna be mad at a happy animal? Did you know Macaws are the loudest of the parrots? Cockatoos are in third place (we have them too) and African Greys' are number 5. Yes we have at least one of these. Speaking of a being a bird sanctuary and all that entails I found this. 

  • Sec. 10-155. - City designated as a bird sanctuary.
    The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is designated as a bird sanctuary.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.010)

  • And here's the surprise I promised.  Pay attention to the second half of the sentence! HA
    Sec. 10-156. - Unlawful activities.
    It is unlawful to trap, hunt, shoot or attempt to shoot in any manner any bird or wild fowl or to rob or disturb occupied nests of birds or wild fowl within the corporate limits of the City of Clear Lake Shores, except for the Muscovy duck breed which may be trapped and humanely euthanized and the eggs of Muscovy ducks may be addled.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.020; Ord. No. 2006-14, § 1, 12-19-2006; Ord. No. 2015-07, § 4, 8-18-2015)