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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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

SCORE!

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day!!!!

Looks like Our "Twitter in Chief" is making more progress on his campaign promises. He’s met with Union big wheels and wants to start some infrastructure work so that should make the Dems happy. Won’t stop them from bitching though. And he’s working on immigration and our military, should make the Repubs happy. Doubt it will stop their whining either. And he’s working on the wall that all the Dems voted on years ago and that makes me ecstatic. And it's a plus that he's calling out the dumbasses. Like wearing a pussy hat or dressing up like a vajayjay is really forwarding a cause. Lord knows how mistreated Madonna is....moron.

I hope you had a chance to get out to the soft opening at Okies Yardhouse last night. The draft prices are a bit steep but there was some yummy flavors on tap. MJ got the Moroccan pizza from Offbeat Eatz last night and I’m here to give them a shout out to the moon and back. That was the tastiest thing I’ve put in my mouth since the last Chili Cook off! Bravo Zulu Off Beat Eatz!! 


And speaking of Chili Cook offs, you have about 3 hours to get your spice together and get them over to Craig n Raynels. See you there and Happy Saturday! 

Oxymoron much?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Friday!!



A great weekend is here. Get out and meet your neighbors. It starts tonight at Okies Corner...

On Friday, we will open from 5:30pm to at least 10pm (Midnight if People are still here) & Saturday from Noon to at least 10pm....Please spread the word to everyone on Council, EDC, Okies Design Committee, City Staff and All Residents of Clear Lake Shores.  We want as many people as possible to come by, take a look and to help us work out the kinks (there's bound to be a few).

Tomorrow the fun moves to Narcissus,

Put this on your calendar! Chili Cook Off, Rain or Shine, Raynels' driveway, January 28th. Live Music so bring $$ for the tip jar. I think it's the 35th annual? I would ask Craig to verify but God knows he cant count past 21 17, 16?


Like it, don’t like it, The man is coming through on campaign promises. There may be better ways than a wall but at this point I’m willing to see what happens. Anyone who thinks we don’t need to control our borders is a moron. And whoever came up with this "sanctuary city” horseshit should be thrown in jail. Isn’t that what jail is for? Assholes who do not obey the law? If you know me, you know i’m not against immigration. Ask my wife, hell ask my ex-wife! and if you know me you know ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is my big red button. If you don’t know me it doesn't matter and the haters are just gonna hate. bring it. Moving on. 

amazing fact no. 33662. Obsessive nose picking is called rhinotillexomania. Don’t be a rhinotillexomaniac.

Have a great weekend folks


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

7 years ago the first post was made here. 420,180 page views to date. 961 posts not counting this one have produced 6,308 comments. One stat I find interesting is how folks are looking. The most popular browser is Chrome 49% followed by Safari at 27%. Even more interesting is the OS. Windows is in the lead at 35% followed by iPhone at 22%. Imagine that. "What a long strange trip it's been"
HOT OFF THE WIRE
Howdy All!

We received our first beer delivery today...Yaay!  

Phase 1 is coming along nicely so I'd like to confirm our Soft Open Date,  Friday, January 27th.  Okies YardHouse will also be open Saturday.

On Friday, we will open from 5:30pm to at least 10pm (Midnight if People are still here) & Saturday from Noon to at least 10pm....Please spread the word to everyone on Council, EDC, Okies Design Committee, City Staff and All Residents of Clear Lake Shores.  We want as many people as possible to come by, take a look and to help us work out the kinks (there's bound to be a few).

A few things...Okies YardHouse will be Open to the Public and Food Trucks will Be on Site Friday from 6p to 9p and Saturday from noon to 9pm selling food.  The Line Up for Friday is The Cuban Spot, Offbeat Eatz, CM Lobster and DLish Curbside.  Saturday's Line Up is El Topo, Offbeat Eatz and Cm Lobster.

Since we will be open to the public, Okies YardHouse must Charge for all orders Served at the Bar....HOWEVER, Del Papa one of our Beer Distributors, will be on site FRIDAY for a Complementary Tasting from 7pm to 7:45pm...Beer Poured and Served by Beer Reps FRIDAY from 7pm to 7:45pm will be complementary so please take advantage of this while they are here (I believe they have to limit complementary drinks to a Max of 2 per person and can only serve for a limited time frame due to TABC Regulations).

Beyond this weekend, Okies will limit operations to Friday night and All Day Saturday until we get the right staff in place to begin expanding into Sunday, then the remainder of the week.  We will keep everyone updated as this this expansion happens...By the way, if you know of any good Managers and Bartenders, please send them our way!

Thanks to everyone for their support and we're looking forward to showing off Phase 1 and getting everyone's feedback.

Warmest Regards,
Billy @

What an awesome run up to the the 35th annual Chili cookoff at Raynels House!!


Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children. - Kenyan Proverb.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

National Peanut Butter day!

"We can thank four men for the inventions and processes that bring us the creamy, smooth peanut butter we enjoy today: Marcus Gilmore Edson of Canada, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri and chemist Joseph Rosefield.
In 1884, Edson developed a process to make peanut paste from milling roasted peanuts between two heated plates. The famous cereal maker and health food specialist of the time, Kellogg, patented a process with raw peanuts in 1895. Dr. Straub is responsible for patenting a peanut butter making machine in 1903.
Peanut butter was introduced to audiences at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand.
But the man who brought us the peanut butter we know and love today was Joseph Rosefield.  In 1922, through homogenization, Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He later sold the patent to a company that began making Peter Pan peanut butter. He went into business for himself selling Skippy peanut butter through Rosefield Packing. He also supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II."
Thanks National Day Calendar!!
Maybe it's just me but I really think Ashley Judd needs to up her meds.....That was kinda sad.
What's that smell? Low tide..
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My boat misses his water :-(
This is usually a floating dock. Good news for summertime though, no oyster shells in the swimming area!
Put this on your calendar! Chili Cook Off, Rain or Shine, Raynels' driveway, January 28th. Live Music so bring $$ for the tip jar. I think it's the 35th annual? I would ask Craig to verify but God knows he cant count past 21 17, 16?

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Saturday, February 11th, 8AM til 11AM It’s On!  Ready or not it’s time to kick of the 2017 season of fun with the 14th annual ManCake Breakfast! Men it’s that time, so drop the remote, grab your favorite spatula and I’ll provide the aprons. Saturday the 11th is Mancake time! To all you newcomers on our little pile of mud, ManCakes is when they guys treat the gals to breakfast and a cleanup. We’ll have a little something extra for the ladies and it rhymes with Himosas’. For the paltry fee of ??? you will be treated to the pancakes of your choice, Regular, Chocolate Chip, Pecan or Blueberry, bacon or sausage and a variety of beverages. Ladies all you have to do is show up and be catered to. We’ll do the rest. Guys, I’m looking for a few good men. If you think you can handle the strain drop me a line. WARNING, the volunteer line gets long really fast and if you volunteer you’ll know why. So. Drop me a line at allanmbatchelor@gmail.com. This is a one time offer. LADIES, you may volunteer your man at the same email address. See you there!

There are only two slots open!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Monday!

Interesting football weekend. I'm batting .500. I guess you could say the Texans are the second best team in the AFC. But, Tom Brady.  I know I'm not the only one that's glad the wind laid down. I watched two rescue boats working a small sailboat out in the lake but they couldn't get close enough to it to help. That sucks. I went for a late night boat ride Saturday nite before the rain and we watched the sailboats at anchor. Knowing some new sailor did not check the weather forecast. Moving aboard a sailboat is what turned me in to a weather watcher. Live and learn.

I'm still OK with fake news allegations but Alternate Facts is too much. I know lawyers live for it and almost anything can be spun. But the short version is President Trump gets a No vote today. Everyone who gives a shit about the crowd count on the mall raise your hand. Raise both hands if you care whos' numbers are closer. Report what you know and leave it. Please don't ever use the term Alternate Facts again. It just sounds like crap and gives your number one enemy, CNN, something else to shoot at.

It's National Pie Day! Pecan is mine, with a real Key Lime a close second.



Friday, January 20, 2017

National Cheese Lovers Day

I like the stinky stuff. Especially Blue or Gorgonzola or Stilton or...How do you know when moldy milk goes bad?

Who listened/watched the inauguration ? What’d ya think? Over all I liked it. He said a lot of what I wanted to hear. Maybe a tad to much on America first but just a tad. While I agree with him 100% on the emotion I realize we do have an international economy.  Go ahead and cast your vote over there on the right. I give him 2 thumbs up. 
Once for "A Nation exists to provide for it’s people” and “We have defended other peoples borders while refusing to defend our own” . There were others but this covers it for me.
You know what, I'm gonna give him one more for calling out another lyin' ass Democrat. The one from Georgia who says this is the first inauguration he's missed. Guess he forgot about the other Republican he didn't deem legitimate. What an ass hat. 
OK Mr. President, Talk time is over, show us what ya got. 

I’m a bit concerned abut Michelle O. though. I’m sure she wasn’t shaking her head while standing behind the President, That would be rude AF. Maybe it’s just the onset of dementia. 

Put this on your calendar! Chili Cook Off, Rain or Shine, Raynels' driveway, January 28th. Live Music so bring $$ for the tip jar. I think it's the 35th annual? I would ask Craig to verify but God knows he cant count past 21. Oh crap or is it 17 now? 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Saturday, February 11th, 8AM til 11AM It’s On!  Ready or not it’s time to kick of the 2017 season of fun with the 14th annual ManCake Breakfast! Men it’s that time, so drop the remote, grab your favorite spatula and I’ll provide the aprons. Saturday the 11th is Mancake time! To all you newcomers on our little pile of mud, ManCakes is when they guys treat the gals to breakfast and a cleanup. We’ll have a little something extra for the ladies and it rhymes with Himosas’. For the paltry fee of ??? you will be treated to the pancakes of your choice, Regular, Chocolate Chip, Pecan or Blueberry, bacon or sausage and a variety of beverages. Ladies all you have to do is show up and be catered to. We’ll do the rest. Guys, I’m looking for a few good men. If you think you can handle the strain drop me a line. WARNING, the volunteer line gets long really fast and if you volunteer you’ll know why. So. Drop me a line at allanmbatchelor@gmail.com. This is a one time offer. LADIES, you may volunteer your man at the same email address. See you there!


Gorgeous Friday so far. My phone says it’s 79 with rain expected this afternoon. Radar shows no clouds within a few hundred miles. I guess we’ll see. 


Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

National Winnie the Pooh Day

And National Peking Duck Day. Did you know it's the National Dish of China? Me either.

For the d-bags "boycotting" the innauguration, You are not boycotting shit. You are cowards. Just because you don't like what is happening you are going to take your ball and go home. Go. This Country is great enough to get by without you. The time honored ceremony of a peaceful transfer of power of the greatest nation on earth does not deserve you. You have no honer. To advertise as a paying position for anyone willing to disrupt the ceremony shines the light on your shame. You and your ilk are unworthy. I fart in your general direction.

Last nights Council meeting was well attended and a lot of stuff got done. Here's the short version.  
The Starfleet folks are looking for a mod in the marina section so they can build a hotel on the site.
Junk vehicles, Tindel has been remediated but the one on Hawthorne is about to get towed.
There are three chairs available come May's election. Two Council seats and the Mayors chair. You have until 2/17 to file.
Sounds like George and Lisa are moved in to E Shore. Welcome Y'all!
Okie's Corner is trying to put an open house together for the 27th.
EDC is looking at new sidewalks.
Amanda was elected Mayor Pro-Tem.
McNamara was elected to fill Al Burns Council seat.
All three parks issues were sent to Parks Committee for more info.
I saved the best for last. Someone, wants the city to build a lighted berm to protect the geese from something. Going to Opus' was mentioned but I missed the connection.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Saturday, February 11th, 8AM til 11AM It’s On!  Ready or not it’s time to kick of the 2017 season of fun with the 14th annual ManCake Breakfast! Men it’s that time, so drop the remote, grab your favorite spatula and I’ll provide the aprons. Saturday the 11th is Mancake time! To all you newcomers on our little pile of mud, ManCakes is when they guys treat the gals to breakfast and a cleanup. We’ll have a little something extra for the ladies and it rhymes with Himosas’. For the paltry fee of ??? you will be treated to the pancakes of your choice, Regular, Chocolate Chip, Pecan or Blueberry, bacon or sausage and a variety of beverages. Ladies all you have to do is show up and be catered to. We’ll do the rest. Guys, I’m looking for a few good men. If you think you can handle the strain drop me a line. WARNING, the volunteer line gets long really fast and if you volunteer you’ll know why. So. Drop me a line at allanmbatchelor@gmail.com. This is a one time offer. LADIES, you may volunteer your man at the same email address. See you there!

Dumbest shit I've read so far today. Illegal alien in San Francisco is suing San Fran for violating their Sanctuary City status. Dude had his car stole, reported it, it comes up he's illegal and SF notifies the Feds. Buh Bye.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's MLK Jr. day

In most places. Remember when it was Washington's Birthday? Then they combined Geo and Abe and made them Presidents day to make way for Martin. Unless you're in Biloxi Ms. They are catching all sorts of shit for renaming todays Great Americans Day. What's wrong with that you say? I don't see anything but there's them that don't like sharing. It seems today is also Robert E Lee's birthday and there are folks among us who can not abide American History. Too bad I say. Did you know a 42 year old black woman named Izzola Ware Curry tried to asassinate him in 1958? Yep stabbed the man with a big ass letter opener right in the chest. She just missed his aorta and allowed the good Dr. to live another 10 years and get some good deeds accomplished.

How about those Texans?! All said and done they've won back to back Championships so there. I personally thought they did pretty damned good all things considered. I wish they would have done better but I also wish US politics weren't what they are and we know how that turned out. Wonder how long, if ever, the Dems will stop blaming everyone else for their loss and come to realize just how fucked up their candidate was to be beaten by The Donald.

RIP Gene Cernan. The last man to walk on the moon has passed away. Godspeed Mr. C.

Here's tomorrows agenda. Some fun stuff.
  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. PUBLIC HEARING:
    a) Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance: Proposed marine mixed use district
    b) 24 Tindel: Violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junk vehicles)
    c) 914 Hawthorne: Violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junk vehicles)
  1. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilwoman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
  2. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Chief Cook
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

  3. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

  4. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  5. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  6. OLD BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA from Council meeting held January 3, 2017: a. Check Register: December 1 thru December 28, 2016
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held December 6, 2016


  1. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    a. Check Register: December 29, 2016 thru January 11, 2017 b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held November 1, 2016

  2. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Accept resignation from Mayor Pro-Tem Al Burns. (City Administrator George Jones) b. Appoint a Councilmember to fill the vacancy left by Al Burns resignation.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Mayor Johnson recommendation for Mayor Pro-Tem which was vacated by the resignation of Al Burns. (Mayor Vern Jounson)
d. Recommendation from Council concerning amendment to the Zoning Ordinance; Proposed marine mixed use district. (City Administrator George Jones)
e. Recommendation from Council concerning 24 Tindel violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junked vehicles) (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
f. Recommendation from Council concerning 914 Hawthorne violation of the Clear Lake Shores Ordinance Sec 78-16 (junked vehicles) (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
g. Propose and approve planting of 3-4 trees (natural/indigenous trees) on each of the three islands located in Jarboe Bayou across from the Clubhouse. (Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
h. Propose and approve the implemention and development of a pavilion/pergola/gazebo in city parks. (Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
i. Propose and approve installation of a Veteran's Memorial Site on the island.
(Councilman Bud Solmonsson)
j. Consider construction of a protective berm with a lighted area and bench in Jarboe Park. (City Administrator George Jones)
  1. a. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, ddiscipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones (Mayor Vern Johnson)
    b. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Texas Government Code, Section 551.074: Personnel matters; to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: City Administrator George Jones (Mayor Vern Johnson)
  2. ADJOURNMENT 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Frigga

She was the wife of Odin in Scandinavian Mythology. The goddess of married love and of the hearth, often identified with Freya. Friday is named after her.

Or you can go here. paraskavedekatriaphobia. That’s the word for fear of Friday the 13th. Whatever floats your boat.

Well that little freeze we had last week didn’t affect my Orange tree and after a little taste test I think they are finally ready for picking. They are very tasty but a tad hard to peel. Beats the hell out of the first crop last year. They tasted like celery dipped in orange juice. I have no idea what type of orange tree it is but I know it's not a satsuma. Help yourself just be gentle and don't hurt my tree.


But my giant pothos,  didn’t fair so well.  Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo'orea, French Polynesia.

I went to the Island library yesterday and stopped at the take-a-book-leave-a-book spot too. I’m looking for a Michener book, Texas. Anyone have a copy I can borrow? 


Weird enough? Lord Voldemort is gonna play Michael Jackson.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Noe of my favorite day

It's National Kiss a Ginger Day! Hurry home Honey!!

Waaaa. The 747 is going to be retired early. Waaaa. I have always wanted to fly on one and now they are being retired. I guess it’s fair, The Queen of the Skies has been working almost as long as I have. Odds are I’ll never be invited to fly on Air Force One so I guess I’ll work on UPS. Dang. That bucket list item is gonna be tough.

Santa brought me the Game of Thrones boxed set. I won’t call it light reading but it sure is fun. I really enjoy his writing. He makes it fun. I amazes me that a human being can have a story like this rambling around in his head for years. Amazing. No spoilers please.

Looks like me and the rest of the world is gonna need a little time to adjust to the way our new president handles assholes. I’m talking about the rude behavior of the CNN “reporter” who wouldn’t shut the fuck up even when it was obvious to everyone on the planet he was not going to get called on. His momma didn’t teach him very good manners. Flash back 8 years and that’s what soontobeex President Obama did to the Fox team. Locked ‘em out as I recall. Karma has sharp teeth. I want to say Mr. T should have handled it with a little more tact but you know what, when someone has been blowing you shit for a year when do you get to stop being nice to them? He gets a point. He lasted longer than i would have. I’ll abide an asshole up to the point any conversation is pointless. Then they become persona non grata. Life is too short.

Well who woulda thunk it! Nicole Kidman has the biggest balls in Hollywood! Born in Hawaii, raised in Australia and lives in Nashville. Imagine that. She gets it. It’ll be interesting to see when she gets her next acting gig. 

And San Diego is moving to Los Angeles. 

One of the largest point spreads in NFL history. Damn.
Go Texans!! 


"The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other." Will Rogers

The boss checkin' out the inside of Okies Corner
Check out all dem taps!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Hump Day

And it's National Step in a puddle and splash your friend day. Raise your hand if you went out of your way to teach your youngster how to maximize a puddle splash. Me.

Seen the "controversial" art work Congress is spending so much time with? An 18 year old painted it and as part of a contest, he won so it got to be displayed on the hill. Depicts Police Officers as fat pigs and they're taking aim at what appears to be a black dog. Seems only the (R) are not happy with it. They say it's disrespectful of the police. Flip it over. If it showed cops shooting at looters stealing watermelons and 60" HDTV's who would be upset? Perhaps the contest holders? Oh, it was the CBC. Congressional Black Caucus. Just how in the hell are we supposed to get over racism with shit groups with f'ed up names like that?

Dumbest shit I read today? "What comes next for Dylan Roof?" A bullet. Kneel, over the drain please. Why does he still have a pulse? He has been proven guilty by a jury of his peers. That's when the egg timer should have been turned over. Same for the piece of shit in Ft Lauderdale. Don't get me started on the pig at Ft. Hood. My apologies to pigs everywhere.

Cows the size of elephants? I'm thinking brisket! Coming to a European Pasture near you.

Okie's Corner is almost there. Soon folks, real soon. I would send you the pics I took yesterday by apparently my google is broke.

Monday, January 9, 2017

National Static Electricity Day?

Really? New low.

Anyone out there watch the award show last night? Me either. If you did anything surprise you? Mutual Appreciation Societies bore me.
That said it's all over the papers I browse every morning so I feel compelled to drop a no vote on my trump-o-meter for his reaction. Don't get me wrong, I get it, I don't turn the other cheek either. Ask Babs. But I'm just a fat old retired guy. You're not. Mr. T, Let it go. There is nothing you can do or say that will change their minds. There are a lot of more important thing you need to look at and people who are paid to read other peoples words are not on the list. Start with health care. There is no goddamn reason for my hospital bed to cost over $10,000 per night. Start there.
He did say we need better relations with the Russians and anyone who disagrees is stupid. I'll give him a thumbs up on that one. AM I OK with the Ruskies? Yes I did grow up learning duck and cover but that was a different day. I can't see any valid reason not to improve relations with them, What did RR say? Trust but verify. And I will go to my grave not understanding why we're still mad at Cuba. Seriously? We kissed and made up with the Germans a loooong time ago, Italy? some folks don't know we ever had bitch with them or the Japanese. Vietnam? There's a long black wall on the mall in DC with over 58,000 American names on it. 3 of them are Batchelors' but you can take a cruise there. Cuba? WTF. Our politicians are outraged over their human rights abuses? STFU. Raul has dirty pictures on someone. Moving on. Snowden is a criminal. Plain and simple. No, not for what he did so much as how he did it. He lied his way in for the sole purpose of doing bad. That makes him a liar and a thief. For telling me that someone was watching me without my permission? Um, no. Want to talk about it over a cocktail? Stop by anytime and convince me I'm wrong. BTW I'm pitching all my music cd's. The Boss is on top.

From our next Mayor, his first PSA. Thanks Mike.
Happy Monday Clear Lake Shores!

PS. Put this on your calendar! Chili Cook Off, Rain or Shine, Raynels' driveway, January 28th. Live Music so bring $$ for the tip jar.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Confusion, a little

It's National Cuddle day AND National Bean Day. I see a scheduling conflict.

OK, the official Juice Mistress has corrected me on the apples. They were not Golden Delicious the were Honey Crisps. A rose by any other name...Today is the official end of the annual "cleanse/detox". I just had my second to last shot of the green stuff.
The next comes at lunch. Then there will be a couple of petite sirloins dancing their way to the grill tonight, to be rinsed down with my first cocktail of the new year. Yay me. And yes I dropped about 12 lbs.

I'm still confused about the Russian thing. I get they "interfered" with our political process. But WTF if you think we haven't done the same I suggest you call your History teacher and demand a refund. Short version is they only provided the proof to what we already suspected. Isn't that called a whistle blower and aren't we supposed to praise them for shining the light on dirty deeds? Hell, it ain't like them and the Chinese haven't been hacking our shit for years. I spent a few years in IT Security in the NASA environment and I know what I'm talking about.
That said, I still rate our PE at 100 on the Trumpometer. I am dying to see what happens with ACA. My biggest beef with that? Aside from getting the fuckin' IRS involved is fining me for not being able to afford a MANDATORY program! WTF??! On what planet does that make sense? Only a career politician can make up stupid shit like that. Having lived and worked inside the beltway I say this. Mr. Trump, should you need help pulling that plug drop me line. I'll buy my own gas thank you very much.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's National Whipped Cream Day

Who has a story they like to share? OK ok, who's got a story they can post here?

Said goodbye to Neighbor and Pal rank yesterday. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. The pastor even remarked on the size of the crowd. That's a statement right there. One can only hope...

Took the long way home from the north side. When's the last time you went this way?


Orange Sunshine was this morning's breakfast. Truth be told it wasn't bad at all. Super sweet. From the Pineapple I suppose. Down 8lbs since the beginning so It's working. See those Golden Delicious apples? Those bad boys are some kind of yummy too. They are so good they can almost take the stank off the Kale. Almost.

New thing on the right side of the page. At the suggestion of a neighbor and semi-regular reader you will find a Trumpometer. We'll debate later on pronunciation. I know it's troll bait but if they get too out of hand I'll turn off anon. Who knows, could be fun. I'll let it run for while or until it bores me. Tried to make it simple but I know it will still confuse the trolls. Yes if you approve of his action(s), No if you don't, Too early if you are on the fence but willing to wait and Not if for all you yellowdog Dems and haters. Aaaaan go!


Who knows what a perlicue is? Points if you don't look it up.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Y'all

Ready or not it's 2017. Think back when you were a kid, remember what we thought 2000 would look like? We were always hashing over how old we would be at the turn of the century. And now we have kids older than we were then.
Hope your new year is good to you. It started off great for us. We got to do something brand new. Not that camping is new for us us but we went to a spot we've never been before in a city, I use the term loosely, we've never been to and celebrated with a bunch of fun folks we had never met before. Except this guy. You know this guy.
Bluff Creek Ranch, in Warda Texas is a real working longhorn ranch that has expanded their business model.
They have carved out miles and miles of BMX trails, put game fish in the stock tanks and set aside some camping spots. Some for tents only some for drag alongs and 5th wheels. Power is a bit limited but we all made it work and there was a pretty good crowd there. I'm not sure who made the chili with the longhorn beef( they sell the beef also) but it was pretty tasty. The weather was a lot nicer there than it was back here. Win, win. Here's New Years Eve.


The downside? Watch where you step. Remember the part about a working cattle ranch?

Not that its a resolution but we have started our new year "cleanse".
Here's what lunch looks like before hitting the Breville.
And here's what it ends up as. 2 1/2 cups of green.

This recipe is from "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" and it's name is Mean Green. It's lunch and I've had worse. Ought to be an interesting week.
I don't know if you kept up with the previous endeavors but FYI, beets are still on the no fly list.

Too many National Days to pick just one. I do find it odd that Cream Puff Day and Buffet Day are shared with Personal Trainer day, Just sayin'.  Thanks National Day Calendar.

NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY – NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY – NATIONAL BUFFET DAY – NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY – NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY


Here's tomorrow nights agenda. It's short so the meeting should be short too. The drainage issue could be a wild card,
  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. PUBLIC HEARING:
    Discussion regarding a violation of Chapter 66, Article III (Drainage Facilities) of the Clear Lake Shores Code of Ordinances for the property located at 131 Queen Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas.
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Mayor Johnson
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

  6. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  7. CONSENT AGENDA:
    a. Check Register: December 1st thru December 28th
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held December 6th, 2016
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Resolution of a violation of Chapter 66, Article III (Drainage Facilities) of the Clear Lake Shores Code of Ordinances for the property located at 131 Queen Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas
    (Building Official Kevin Harrell)
    b. ORDINANCE 2017-01: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS AMENDING CHAPTER 14, BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS BY ADOPTING THE 2015
    INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
9. ADJOURNMENT 

Vaya con Dios Frank Hemby. I miss you already.