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

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


Craig said...

Great blog Allan. I am all about supporting mom and pop. We drive on vacations alot. When we do we always stop at a local cafe or hole in the wall in every city we eat in instead of the chains and I always go to Kemah Hardware instead of Home Depot if possible. Kirk Dahl auto, Randy C AC, Skippers, Richard the waveing glassman, and the list goes on and on. Your ideas are great and make alot more sense than another Chinese tie. Keep American mom and pop alive.


DaveC. said...

look on the net for and find lots of goodies made in the U.S.A.!!!!!
dave C

Craig said...

Oh Yea and Adelia for spices


DaveC. said...

Adelias spices come from all over the world, but my Olive Oils are from California and THATS MADE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!