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, November 29, 2011


Is it just me? How do you like the new “The DAILY NEWS”. I don’t know about you but I miss “the Galveston County Daily News”. I miss the masthead. I miss “The oldest Newspaper in Texas”. I really miss The Texas flag. I would like to miss the new mast head, referred to as “big red” but as big as it is I don’t think I could miss it if I tried. Dear Mr. Grant, Change for the sake of change is rarely a good thing. I understand change happens. I get it. We have had to deal with our own change issues here on our little island since Ike. I gave the remodel time but I can’t say it’s growing on me. I get the feeling someone is trying to hide who you are, sort of like Amway in the old days. I hear the whole retro thing is hot so keep that in mind. And what happened to Today in history? I hope you have better web folks than the Chronicle. They have some sections that are still screwed up months after their last makeover. I know I don’t get a vote but if I did I’d say make fewer changes. Sorry. And your drop downs are aggravating.

I talked to our neighbor on Dogwood that had all the fire trucks outside his front door last night. He’s OK and there was only minor damage inside. He’s done such a great job on his place too. Sorry for your setback but I’m glad all is well.

Did you catch the 6:00 news yesterday? News might not be the best description but it’s almost always fun seeing someone you know on TV. I’m not too keen on the whole toilet paper thing though. That’s just nasty. With no end in sight. That’s kinda sad. So what’s the tally so far? The Galveston County Daily News, The Bay Area News, Houston Press, Channel 13, and what ever happened to the Chronicle guy? I’m almost embarrassed.

I’m glad it’s finally cooling off a little. It gives me a chance to wear my new Civic Club sweatshirt! Not that I am an expert on sweatshirts mind you but this is a nice one. You can get yours at the meeting tomorrow night. Come on by they’re going to decorate the tree.

Monday, November 28, 2011


I wonder what Channel 13 news truck is doing up at our favorite North Shore address? Maybe to get a picture of Bernie’s “.. three men 'sodomizing one another.' Heck I coulda saved them the gas money.

I hope everyone had a Great Thanksgiving! See you at the Civic Club meeting Thursday!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

And to all you good folks who drop in from around the web I understand this is mostly an American holiday but odds are if you're cruising the net you have something to be thankful for too. My list is too long and sadly too complicated. And I count that as a good thing. If you've known me for a while you have no doubt heard me proclaim myself one of the luckiest people I know. Not all of it has been good luck you understand but luck just the same. A wonderful dinner is now another great memory so it's cocktail time and off to do a lap. The weather is gret and the Cowboys are up by 7.

A welcome home to Mike and Beverly Emmans. I first met them a few years back when they lived on Aspen. They moved away but couldn't stay gone and bought Tim and Junes old place on Pine. Gld you're back.

Alan Staub was on TV this morning in the Macy'd Parade in NYC. He is with the 610 Stompers out of N.O. Big Al, you made my day. Looked for Mark but couldn't spot him. Hope you were there to bro. If you don't know Alan you will. He has to bring the Drag Race trophy back in May. Enjoy your weekend Clear Lake Shores!

From the Club: DECEMBER 1.  We will decorate the Club House for the holidays starting at 7:30.  Pot luck supper begins at 7:00.
                         Come on along for this fun evening - we'll have some spanking new decorations to put up

             DECEMBER 2.  The Annual Civic Club Christmas party from 8:00 to midnight.  There will be a band for dancing - and a tent on the back
                         deck.  Bring your favorite finger food to share.  Admission is $15.00 for singles, $20.00 per couple.  More details to follow.

For anyone who wanted to sign up for the flag subscription the Boy Scounts are offering he you go one more time.
Bill Meyers
Troop 2322

"Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR". What's my mother going to do?"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

From neighbor Ronnie. This is about frying turkeys and is all good info. I know all of you out there know what you’re doing so feel free to review this article so you can keep your idiot brother-in-law from burning the house down tomorrow. And if I might add my own 2 cents worth, I can think of several experienced turkey frying neighbors who agree the Oil less fryers are the way to go. What ever you do this holiday weekend have fun. Be thankful and be safe. We’ll look for you at sunset.

From the Civic Club,
DECEMBER 1.  We will decorate the Club House for the holidays starting at 7:30.  Pot luck supper begins at 7:00. Come on along for this fun evening - we'll have some spanking new decorations to put up

DECEMBER 2.  The Annual Civic C lub Christmas party from 8:00 to midnight.  There will be a band for dancing - and a tent on the back deck.  Bring your favorite finger food to share.  Admission is $15.00 for singles, $20.00 per couple.  More details to follow.

From the Parks Committee,
Hi Allan….could you please put two announcements in the Island Drum?
·        First the Parks Committee is looking for new members with energy and a commitment to our Parks.
·        We will be putting up Christmas Decorations on the bridge on December 1st at 11 am and need volunteers.&n bsp; If you can make it, just show up.

Bud Solmonsson, Chair
Parks Committee
Hey Bud, when  are we going to replant the trees at Lowell Brown Park? It’s been years since they died.
“ Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” Arthur Schopenhauer

Monday, November 21, 2011

North Carolina and

Dr John share a birthday today. Not sure but I think N.C. has the good doctor by a day or two.
I guess summer isn’t quite finished with us just yet. I’m not complaining mind you I’m just saying.
I’m not going to comment on what happened at City Hall with one of the employees except to express my sincere hope that Chief Cook is not only looking at this through a magnifying glass but also looking for any connections to all this other BS that we have been made to suffer. There is no doubt he will use all his considerable resources to find if this was indeed a passive attack on a fellow City employee or some weird quirk of nature.
From a dear friend and hopefully just in time for Black Friday. What a great idea.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods, merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. 
This year could and should be different. This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans, friends, family and community.
There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made electronics or some other techno gadget?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains, this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on 
the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change, set of tires or a tune-up for their car, truck or motorcycle,  done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, week or month.

Your computer need a tune-up, I KNOW you can find some young local guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you are looking for something more personal. Local craftsmen and other talented people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves, grow 
their own grapes, and make them into wine. They make jams, jellies and deserts, and All kinds of great stuff to eat and enjoy. They also make and or sell All sorts of craft items from beautiful wood, clay, metal & glass. Personal items or items for home decor. What about our local artist?  Potters', painters, sculptors, glass workers, photographers, jewelers & sign makers. Just to name a few!

What about planning your holiday outings at local, owner-operated pubs and restaurants, be sure to leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a movie,  play or ballet at your hometown theater or playhouse.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house from your big box stores? You could buy a five dollar string of lights locally. At least some of the money from that purchase stays in
 the community.
If you have big bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas should no longer be about draining American pockets so that China and big corporations can control all the wealth or build another glittering city.
Christmas should involve caring about our community and country, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

 Albert Einstein

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mickey Mouse

Is 83 today. Imagine that. Happy Friday neighbors!

Welcome to Island newbies Mike and Andrea on Forest. They are next door to Jim and Julie M. I think Lee has them hooked up with a buggie but just in case.

So, Spice Lady got a visit from the Health Department one week after opening huh Dave? How’d that go for you?

Ronnie Richards has a few questions for the next slate of candidates running for council. Food for thought. Thanks Ronnie. I could skip 6, 7 and 8 but I think 1 and 2 should be mandatory. What do you think?
1.     Why are you running for this office?
2.     What city committees have you served on in the past and when?
3.     Tell us about your education and any degrees you hold.
4.     Do you have any professional designations, i.e. CPA, RN, etc.?
5.     What is your work experience?
6.     Do you typically vote in the Democratic or Republican primary?
7.     Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.
8.     Please describe one to three accomplishments or contributions of which you are most proud. These examples should illustrate skills and capabilities you think apply to the office you are seeking. These accomplishments may have occurred at any time during your personal, professional or public life.
9.     Please describe the duties of the office you seek, in your own words. Which are the most important duties and why?
10.  What are the City’s strengths? What are its weaknesses?
11.  Do you think Clear Lake Shores is a well-run city? Why or why not?
12.  Where do you see Clear Lake Shores in five years and what role would you play to get it there?
13.  If elected, how would you handle a constituent's call to complain about a matter?
14.  What issues would you like to see the council address?
15.  Please list your top three to five priorities you will champion to move the city forward.
16.  Describe how you plan to implement your top three priorities. (50 words or less)
17.  What would you like to change about the council?
18.  What would you like to stay the same about the council?
19.  What in your view is the relationship between the Mayor and City Council? What is the main function of each, and where are certain responsibilities shared?
20.  How do you propose to create a positive working relationship?
21.  Is there anything else you would like our residents to know about your candidacy?

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Thursday

Ahhhhh, that’s much better. I think the old anon button is akin to electronic Tequila. It makes people do and say things that under normal circumstance they wouldn’t dream of. We’ll let the  kids have a nap and go on about grownup business for a while. I hope you all got to read the article in the Houston Press I linked to yesterday. It was a lot of fun. Still waiting for the Chronicle guy Dean to write his bit. I hope he is as entertaining as Mr. Jansen. There are a lot of things I don’t like. It’s a fairly substantial list that I won’t go in to here. Maybe over a scotch and water at the Batchelor Pad but I don’t want to type that much. I think the only thing I can say I really hate is mosquitoes. I will go out of my way to kill them. That’s why I don’t buy repellant. I don’t want to repel them I want them to die. Which brings me back to the Houston Press article. Why would anyone make the claim that “no one hated  George Bush more than me”? Mother of God. I think that’s just sad. As sad as me falling down drunk at the last council meeting. Now that statement make’s someone on West Shore a liar. Jean.
Here’s a question to the person who keeps insisting the city bought the Okies property before Ike. Why do you insist this is so? Did someone tell you this was true and you just believe it? Have you looked it up or was it in the kool-aid? Prior to Ike the only valid offer the Medsgers’ got was from a check cashing company. They entertained it then along came Ike. I have Lloyds phone number if you'd like it. To insist this lie is anything other suggests you wish to cast light away from the current situation. This will not happen. I will not allow it. I will invite you to attempt to change my mind though. I’ve seen the tactic before though. When Bernie kept dropping inuendos impuning the Town Center folks and their intentions. Over and over and over….And Councilman Fullers insistance to anyone who would listen that the Town Center was going to bulldoze Tindel. I am not making this up. I know it sounds like it can’t possibly be true. If I hadn’t been there I’d probably be a tad  skeptical too. We have misguided people in our city that have been given our trust and allowed authority. They have abused both on many levels and I don’t think they should be invited back.
Now comes the hard part.
Is anyone paying attention to what is going on over at the Fire Department / Water Board? I suggest you look in to it. You will see a lot of similarities. Same names similar crap. But then, take a step back, a deep breath and ask yourself why……..
Once at a social gathering, Gladstone said to Disraeli, "I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease". Disraeli replied, "That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.".
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