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, March 31, 2012

Like it

or don't.

I think what happens next is going to be entertaining. So how do you get your neighbor thrown in the slammer? Starting next week I’ll tell you. I’m going to follow the trail from Blue Point to Galveston and back. It’s probably just me but that seemed a little too easy. Ding, Round three is about to begin. Get a good seat.

Looks like Arizona is off my list of places to live. Annoying? You have got to be kidding me…

This is mostly for all our marina dwellers. Having been a live aboard and cruiser for many years I know that everyone has a book swapping library. To add to that there is one here on the island. It’s fairly easy to get to by car or dingy. Your can find out more here.

there is an article in this months Islander

I gotta get going so much to do for the CRAWFISH BOIL AND MEET AND GREET this afternoon at 2. Jarboe pavilion is the place to be. Roselyn, we will have a special treat just for you.

I can’t close without telling everyone how much I appreciate your kind words and support through this little adventure. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Except for the commenter that wished me beaten and raped in prison. Dude, you need to get help.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to ..

All kneel. Eric Clapton. The rock god is 67 years young today. Rock on.

And the Great State of Texas was readmitted to the union on this day in 1870.

Most of you adults out there remember the song “On the Cover of Rollin’ Stone” by Dr. Hook.

It’s running through my head….I made the front page of the Galveston Daily News!

A new neighbor is in the market for a boat slip. If you are interested drop me a line and I’ll introduce you.

This is from our friends in Kemah:


This event is aimed at raising money for ALS research to help the Greater Houston Chapter of the ALS Association, ALS commonly reffered to as Lou Gerihg's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. So, Come out and enjoy a challenging work out in a team (partner) setting and a great post WOD Party with some live music, vendors, and the Kemah Boardwalk with all its activities! The WOD is tough, but doable for everyone, there are two groups scaled and RX... teams can be Male, Female, or a mix... FOCUS is on community and raising awareness for a great cause!

(281) 733-9668

Speaking of Kemah, one of our neighbors got in trouble over there last week. It cost her a lot of money for not driving her buggie just like you would drive your car. No rolling stop signs!

Here’s next weeks agenda.

Vern Johnson, Mayor AGENDA Al Burns

Richard Sowrey CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES Jackie Fuller


April 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

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.



3. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Economic Development Corporation, Waterfront Compliance

Committee, Planning/Zoning Committee, Roads and Drainage Committee, Park Committee,

Pool Committee, Council



a. Check Register from March 15, 2012 to March 28, 2012

b. Cash Balance Summary as of March 28, 2012

c. Minutes for February 21, 2012 meeting

d. Minutes for March 6, 2012 meeting

e. Minutes for March 20, 2012 meeting

6. OLD BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

a. Ordinance to require a new business to obtain an operations permit in the commercial zones:

C1, C2, C3 and NC (Mayor Pro-Tem Sowrey)

b. Amendment of Section 66-178 of the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Code: Dead, Diseased and

Infested trees (Building Inspector Jack Fryday)

7. NEW BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:

a. Interlocal Tax Collection Agreement with Galveston Tax Office for collection of

taxes on all real and personal property

b. 2012 CPI Adjustment to Municipal Telecommunications Right-of-Way Access line



Enjoy your weekend Clear Lake Shores!!

“We have enough gun control. What we need is idiot control.”

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"I hear that train a comin, comin' round the bend"

First and foremost Don’t forget about the Meet and Greet this Saturday.

2-5 or when Greg gets done cooking all those mudbugs! Come out and grill your Councilmen wannabes.

This from neighbor Jan. Sorry I’m late Jan but yesterday was a little hectic. I hope this can still help. Folks this disease has taken two of our neighbors.

--if you would consider this for the blog- I just got it. Both Lowell Brown and Brett, my husband passed away from this horrible type of cancer. Sorry for the late notice. Jan Bailey

From: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Houston Affiliate <>

Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:51:16 -0500

Subject: URGENT! Texas call-in Wednesday!

We need your help to get Senator Hutchison's support for our bill!

On Wednesday, March 21, folks from DFW and Austin affilates met with Kay Bailey Hutchison's North Texas Regional Director, Bruce Redden, and he is going to talk to her about our bill in Congress this week! Please call Senator Hutchison's local Houston office on Wednesday, March 28 at 713-653-3456 to express your support for this bill.

Here's a simple script to use:

"My name is ____________.

I live in __________, Texas.

I'm calling to ask Senator Hutchison to co-sponsor S.362, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act."

(You may want to add a sentence about your story if you wish.)

Ruth Helgerud


Houston Affiliate Advocacy Coordinator

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


713-851-9512 cell

Volunteer for progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Learn how.

This from one of our up and coming citizens. He gets a shiny star in my book. Neighbors, Mr Cameron Ward


It’s time again for the annual Children's Easter Party. It will be at the Clubhouse on Saturday April 7th from 10:00 AM to Noon. We will have an Easter Egg Hunt, Games, Food and Drinks, Music and of course the Easter Bunny will be there to take pictures with the kids. I will be hosting it this year and could use your help. I will need volunteers to help stuff the eggs, set up before the party ( I would need you there around 9:00 am), Volunteers to run the games, someone to serve punch and snacks and a clean up crew. We also need cakes and pies to be donated for the cake walk. If you have any ideas for a game or booth let me know I am up for any ideas. If you are willing to help please call me ASAP and let me know what you would like to do so I can get organized and make sure I have everything I need. You can call me or text me at 832-259-5986. Hope to see you and your kids there.

Cameron Ward

Cameron, Wyatt wants to help so there’s one.

This from Neighbor Nancy:

Please remind everyone to support the KVFD in the election as well as the other candidates.

Thanks, Nancy McD

From: Nancy T. McDonald

To: Citizens of Clear Lake Shores, Kemah & Lazy Bend

Fellow Citizens of Clear Lake Shores, Kemah and Lazy Bend, YOU are the owners of our Water District - WCID #12. As such, I am asking for your vote to continue to represent your interests as a Director on the Board of OUR District.

I have served on the Board of Directors of our District since my appointment in July 2011 and will be running for election on May 12. I am willing to continue to contribute my TIME, Leadership Skills and Business experience to our District. We need our District to be fiscally sound and financially prepared for unexpected events such as a hurricane or major infrastructure repairs: while, at the same time, keep our tax rates and cost of water as low as possible. That is a tall order: but I am working on it and capable of “doing the right thing” for our District.

I have no political aspirations; I am willing to work for the good of our District. I believe a Director should represent everyone in the District.

For those of you who don’t know me, my qualifications for Director of WCID#12 are:

· A 25 year career in the Natural Gas Business that included Management positions in both the Financial and Operating areas of the business.

· Earned my MBA from University of Houston

· Retired in 1998 as Vice President of Duke Energy Field Services (now Spectra Energy) with P/L responsibility for Duke’s $200 million dollar natural gas operation in Southeast Texas. This responsibility included:

- Marketing & Production -Strategic Planning

- Pipelines -Asset Acquisitions

- Gas Processing Plants -Project Development

· My husband Scott and I have lived in Clear Lake Shores since 1996.

I am 58 years old and a fiscal conservative. Scott and I consider the Kemah, Clear Lake Shores and Lazy Bend area to be a very unique and special place; and are proud to call it home.

With your support, I will continue to use my time, experience and leadership skills for the good of OUR District.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I would appreciate your vote!

Nancy T. McDonald

405 West Shore Dr, CLS

VOTE May 12- at the Kemah Fire Department Building on Hwy 146 Early voting: April 30 -May 4 & May 7-8

From our very own Senor Beans

Dear Friends,

On Sunday May 6th, 2 ~ 7PM, the Galveston Bay Parrothead Club will host benefit for our long time friend and Happy Hour music director, Frank Landry. The event will take place at Clear Lake Shores Pavillion at Birch and East Shore.

Frank has always been the first to step up and help when others were in need. He is now in a battle with cancer and it is time for us to step up for him.

Please mark this date on your calendar. Planning is in the early stages but we have several popular musicians volunteering their support (Jerry Diaz, Mark Mireles, Robert Greaney, Southbound, Ben Reyna and more to come.) There will be an auction, beverages, food and dancing for all. Everyone is welcome!

As the date nears I will be providing more details on the entertainment and other activities. Please share this with anyone who may be interested and for those of you who represent "groups", please forward to your mailing lists.

This will be a great event for a VERY worthy cause! Thanks in advance for your support. The response has already been outstanding, but we can do much more!

Feel free to call if you have ideas or suggestions to share.

Ben Reyna

713 705 9177

You're never too old to learn something stupid”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sorry I'm late...

Late post

I hope your day was as exciting as mine. It started off a little slow but it picked up after lunch. I guess technically it started yesterday when Officer Janssen stopped by and told me she was going to arrest me tomorrow, which is today, but since she told me yesterday…oh never mind. Gosh where to start. You know the older I get the harder it is to do something I’ve never done before. You know what I mean? Well I crossed a bunch of firsts off my list today. I have never been in a police car. Had. I started to get in the back seat but was invited to sit in the front. It was really crowded with all the computer stuff but it was cool none the less. That was for the ride around to booking. I drove my car, actually Melindas Pacifica, down and for that I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Officer Janssen for the police escort all the way down to the County Jail at 54th off Broadway. And for handling the warrant. I have never been “booked” before. Had. I guess I really should say thanks to Barb for that but that is just not gonna happen. It was fairly painless. They did take my smart phone so I couldn’t pass the time with solitaire or check my email but if that’s the price I have to pay for Freedom of Speech so be it. My battery was running low anyhow. I had never dealt with a Bail Bonding company before. I huge shout out to Gulf Coast Bail Bonds for the yo-yo ride I put you through. I called them first then I had three of our friends and neighbors step in and offer to put up the cash ($2500) to save me the 10%. Guys. Thank you sooo much. The first charge was Online impersonation. It’s fairly new so there was a lot of confusion. But to all you deputies in the Jail, Officers Tyler, Reyes, Hinze and Liggio you guys (and gal) rock. I did my best impersonation of a couple of our Island favorites and they were ROFLAO. Thanks for making an akward situation so much fun. Tell the little cutie with the braces I said hi. And by all that is holy I hope you or Larry gets the smell out of 138b. Yikes! I have never been in a jail cell before. Had. OK, OK, It was only about 6 minutes but still a cell is a cell is a cell. I asked when we were going to get around to waterboarding and Deputy Liggio said that doesn’t start until May but If I would do the So.Carolina/Georgia/Vuhginia accent again he’d see what he could do. My new friend Crazy Bill is not so happy though. He’s pretty sure he’s going back to prison. Seems his sister called 911 on him over a bag of beans. That’s his story and I’m sticking to it. For the Brotherhood! Bon Chance CB. Darius, I feel your pain my brother. I’m sure they’ll find out whose crack that really was. I’m tired of the man keeping us down too. All in all I had my first scotch a tad later than usual but I’m OK with that. I’ll explain the whole silly mess to Wyatt in the morning and explain to him where his college money is coming from. Good night all. There will be more in the AM.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Numbers Part Two

Thanks to everyone that showed up to help the Shivers remove the old building on Saturday. We showed up at 8 and went home at noon. BOOM! The men from the KVFD that followed Mark Z made short work of a structure built over 60 years ago. I do need to add that it did not go easily. They built them to last back then. Just think Carla, Alicia, Ike and we still had to break two sledge hammers to coax it into the trailer. Great job neighbors! That’s the spirit that makes this place so much fun.

This from neighbor Marshall,
Everyone needs to write their Sen & Congress reps to keep on this before they are lost to US citizens !!!!
If you haven't kept up......find your current reps:
Collectible Firearms Protection Act - Amends the Arms Export Control Act to allow the importation of certain firearms listed as curios or relics into the United States by a licensed importer without the requirement of an authorization from or payment to the Department of State or the Department of Defense (DOD) upon certification to the Attorney General that such firearms are lawfully possessed under the laws of the exporting country.
Latest Title: Collectible Firearms Protection Act
Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 2/17/2011) Cosponsors (13)
Related Bills:H.R.615
Latest Major Action: 2/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Latest Title: Collectible Firearms Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] (introduced 2/10/2011) Cosponsors (137)
Related Bills:S.381
Latest Major Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Neighbor Jim has a pile of brush and tree cuttings headed for the dump. Anyone know of a place that will mulch this sort of debris? Give us a shout in the comments sections.

Here’s a HEADS UP to everyone who is looking for a Amanda/Carlo sign. Neighbor Steve is down to his last couple of dozen. He’s at sunset often but not every night so try him there first or drop him a line here on the blog. If you don’t get one it’s your own fault.

The first quarter of 2012 is almost over. To all of my Mayan readers you have 27o days to go. Period. I would say Merry Christmas but it looks like you’ll miss it. Bummer.
47 is the number of days until our City election for three council seats. That is May 12th
40 days from now is the last day for early voting is May 5th.
35 is how many days before early voting begins on April 30th
17 days is all you have left to register to vote because on April 12th It’s done
5 days to go until out meet and greet at the pavilion, That’s Saturday from 2 till 5 or so. Odds are it will go on longer because Greg is in a cooking mood! Lucky us!
3 more City council meetings in the current configuration.

Anybody know who’s boat is sporting the LowTide sign by the bridge?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Sunday

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but just in case you don’t remember I’ll do a little recap. This is all about anon, Notice I said about and not to. Some of you good folks are paying waaaay too much attention to the anon posts. I originally turned anon on to provide an outlet for our neighbors who honestly had something to lose by signing their name. Some one who did business here. Specifically Craig. Well, you see how that worked out. He is so confident in his convictions that he signs his name gladly consequences be damned. My kinda guy. That belief leads me to think that most, not all, anon posts don’t really believe what they are typing. What other reason could there be for them to say the same old tired crap over and over and over? If they honestly believed their post they’d sign their name. It really is that simple. One anon posted last year that they were “afraid” to sign their name. I call bullshit. I think some may have confused fear with cowardice but that is an issue they will have to deal with. Maybe a change of medication is in order. When I read that I asked my wife if there was anything or anyone on this island that she was afraid of. She said she used to be afraid of hurricanes but Ike changed all that. It was a huge pain in the ass but nothing we didn’t get over. After a moment she said the answer was a definite no. Some folks she didn’t care for but none she was afraid of. I think the bulk of the anon posts are just meant to waste time. Not much more than a distraction. Some are entertaining most are boring. Every now and then there will be a legitimate anon posting and they are the reason I leave it on. If you have followed this blog for more than a month I’m willing to bet you can spot the bullshit posters in less than the first half of the first sentence. Am I right? That’s about when I stop and skip to the next comment. I have been called every thing but a white male by anon. I’ve been called a lot worse by a lot better. I suggested to all the candidates running to ignore anon posts. My current favorite is the perfect example of a moron with a keyboard. Even after it was explained using the smallest words possible by every clear thinking person on this blog they continue to associate my (I still think it was funny) cartoon with Bryan. What can you say. Assign them the value they add to a conversation.

I have offered space to any of the candidates for posting any messages they wanted to get out. Here is a note from Candidate Charles Russell.

I was raised in Mt Pleasant, Texas and attended Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas and graduated in 1963. I attended college at Allen and North Texas State in Denton. I worked for Texas Instruments as a line foreman and was transferred to Houston in 1968. I became a resident of Clear Lake Shores in 1985 when I moved onto my boat in Legend Point. I met Tina in 1986 and we were married in 1989 and shortly thereafter we purchased the house at 717 Narcissus. We have lived there since raising her two sons who are now grown and we are now proud grandparents.

I joined the Houston Police Department in 1972 and served until retiring in 1992. During my career as a police officer I served in the Patrol Division where in the late 70’s I was a member of the Northwest Tactical Division that was the forerunner to SWAT and later in Special Operations Division where I was involved with dignitary protection, special event security and as a police diver earning the designation of Master Diver. I was desk officer in the late 80’s at Neartown Community Center and finished my career at the Clear Lake Substation.

Since retiring from HPD I have been self-employed in the trucking industry.

My hobbies are motorcycles and I raced flattrack in the 60’s and later motocross in the 70’s and early 80’s. I also enjoy collecting and restoring old British cars and bikes.

Clear Lake Shores is a very special place and as a longtime resident I have seen changes both good and bad in our community. In order to keep it the special place we all love we need to work together to take our community forward to a brighter future.

To achieve this future we need the members of our council to be open to all views and ideas from all citizens to move our city forward past the gridlock that has engulfed our city for the past few years.

If elected I feel that the three areas that need to be addressed are fiscal responsibility by the council to insure funds are being spent properly, support for the EDC to develop the community center in a responsible and open manner with investigating the possibilities of securing financing through sale of tax free municipal bonds, and developing an independent grievance process for city employees that would eliminate them from having to involve council in the future.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to Star Wars.

No, the real one. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan proposed the development of technology to intercept enemy nuclear missiles; the plan was dubbed "Star Wars" by its critics. I had the honor of working on that program in 89 and 90. Cool stuff.

Days like this make me so glad I own a ragtop.

Got a fabulous email from former and soon to be neighbors again the Foleys. They have transited the Panama Canal. Here’s Lisas email.

Hi everyone,

After a long wait and multiple changes in dates and times for various reasons, we have successfully transited the Panama Canal!

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day was the day Albatross transited the Panama Canal. It is required to have 4 line handlers and a Canal Advisor aboard, as well as the vessels captain and crew. We were lucky to have other sailors offer to come along with us so Rick and Sue from s/v Moonshine and Mark and his young son Oscar from s/v Xanadu accompanied the Albatross crew. All said we had 6 adults and 3 boys ages 10-12 aboard our 32 foot boat. It was a bit crowded but with a bit of food and storytelling we made it work.

We had a great advisor, Carlos who's regular job in the canal is working one of the largest cranes in the world - Titan. Every 3 months he gets to climb to the top and inspect the pulleys. Not sure what danger pay is here in Panama.

We went thru the 3 Milaflores Locks with a 450 foot Pleasure boat - Serene and two ferries fully loaded with of tourists! The kids had fun and sold lanyards and palm frond birds to the tourists, they got lots of cash and even had the steward toss them several cans of soda - great for the sugar burst and nowhere to go later!

As we transited the Guillard cut and Gatun Lake the winds built but our advisor was very knowledgeable about the canal so lots of stories.

Carlos even drove our boat and was happier than a clam, even when it started to rain he stayed driving and when we could put the sails up and motor sail for extra speed he did very well.

Still after trying hard we did not make it to the second set of locks in time so we anchored in Gatun lake in 70 feet, there used to be a buoy to tie to but things change every day in Panama and it has now been removed. Sleeping was a bit of a challenge but the boys got 3 in the V-berth and only one person had to sleep in the cockpit.

Unfortunately, we had a canal workboat wake us (zips past us at high speed and creates huge wakes just for the fun of seeing us rock and roll - happens way too much here in Panama!) We rocked rail to rail and didn't lose a person thankfully, but the solar panels which had to be removed for the transit and were just being repositioned to allow for sleeping, took a dive, never to be seen again!

After a somber night, we did some early morning fishing but did not come up with any panels. Our second day of transit was with a different advisor who we all disliked immediately, we got into the 1st lock and tied up to a workboat, then watched as the Nord Spirit ship squeezed into the lock and settled close behind us. We went thru this routine 3 times, but the third was not charmed and we got a bit of a bump from the workboat that didn't stay tucked into the wall as we approached. So, Albatross now has "Canal Rash" on the starboard side and two bent stanchions. All cosmetic thankfully, but a girl does have her pride so she'll just be showing her port side off.

But she did make a dramatic exit and stuck her tongue out at the entire canal!

Finally the last gates open, as the fresh and salt water mix it creates great turbulence along with the very strong winds blowing into the canal it makes our exit very difficult and we begin get swirled around. Captain has it all under control and we make a dramatic exit backwards out of the lock and into Limon Bay! The entire crew of the Nord Spirit (the huge cargo ship behind us) gave Captain Kevin a big cheer and a round of applause! Never done before and never to be done again!

We are just happy to be on the Atlantic side!

A big thank you to all of you who diligently pray for our safe passage, it's working and as you can see we need all the help we can get!

From Kevin and Lisa and the Albatross Crew, Teagan and Mick Working our way home to Texas from here but our route is not yet planned as we lost 3 weeks waiting for the canal transit to happen.

Still need to get there before June 1 and the start of hurricane season.

This just in from neighbor Senor Beans!

Hey Friends! Just got a last minute booking for Jackie B's for Saturday night, 8:30 ~ 12:30 (or so).

Jackie's is the bar at Sudie's Catfish Kitchen on the East side of the Gulf Freeway and just North of FM518. (League City)

The food and drinks are great and the deck will be rocking. This would be a good stop after the Boat Show! Hope to see you there!

Senor Beans

Remember, if you get bored Saturday swing by the Shivers.

Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

Have a great weekend!