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

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's National Tooth Fairy Day

Look it up.
Yachty Gras Kick-Off Party
At the Club House

Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade
Saturday 2PM
Line up at the Pavilion
Trophies for 1st and 2nd

Calling all soup cooks!

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Club House (where else?!)
Entry Fee: $15 / $5 each additional soup
Entry Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014

If you would like to enter your favorite recipe, please complete the form found on page 9 of the February Islander, or submit your name, phone number, and soup(s) to:  Amanda L. Booren: or 281-924-9660

What cooks should bring:
·         6 ft. extension cord
·         Crock pot or hot plate for soup(s)
·         At least 1 gallon of each soup
·         Table decorations (if you want… there will be a prize for best table presentation)

Portion cups and napkins will be provided. Water, tea, and coffee will be served.

We will have prizes for 1st  place, 2nd  place, best presentation, and people‘s choice.

Tasters: $5 per person, includes soup, drink, and dessert

Recipes will be available for a $1 donation!

All proceeds benefit the Clear Lake Shores Civic Club Scholarship Fund.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy National

Chili Day!!
Go have a bowl of red. I wish our Wendy's was open....

Yachty Gras Party is Friday night at the Club House

Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade is Saturday at 2PM. I'll pick up trophies and 1 extra special prize just for this event.

Civic Club meeting next week

And before I go I wanted to tell the EDC what a great job they have done on the entrance to our fair city. It is gorgeous. Hard to believe some folks fought so hard against it.

My uncle Frank was a staunch Conservative.
 He voted straight Republican until the day he died in Chicago.
 Since then he has voted Democrat.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

busy, busy, busy

Yachty Gras Kick-Off party is at the Club house this Friday. Open to the public so come early they are expecting a crowd. All sorts of stuff is planned and the ol' Club House is gonna be jumpin'

From neighbor Steve,
See the Space Station
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:28 p.m. (Duration: 4 minutes)
Path: 10 degrees above NW to 48 degrees above SE
Maximum elevation: 87 degrees

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:39 p.m. (Duration: 6 minutes)
Path: 10 degrees above NNW to 11 degrees above ESE
Maximum elevation: 40 degrees
Friday, Feb. 28, 6:40 p.m. (Duration: 4 minutes)
Path: 44 degrees above W to 10 degrees above SSE

Maximum elevation: 49 degrees

Ready to get off your butt and pay back to the coolest little city on the bay? If the answer is yes then you need to know that this Friday, the 28th, is the last day to register. I realize there are fewer more noble causes than public office but an old W.C. Fields quote comes back to me. Allow me to paraphrase, "I wouldn't want to represent anyone who would vote for me". All kidding aside it truly is what makes this place so unique. It's our friends and neighbors who keep us moving forward. Some faster than others but they keep it moving. And lest we forget not always in the direction we want, but that's the wonder of a democracy. Keep it in mind.

Early Voting starts April 28th and in that spirit the Civic Club has changed it's Candidates Night. We bumped it up to April 24th just for you. Now you get a chance to grill your favorite, or otherwise, candidate prior to early voting. Thanks Christy for pointing out our faux pax.

Speaking of voting it's May 10th if you didn't already have that on your calendar.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Looks like Spring

is here. I never did hear from Gator Rescue on whether or not Al had his KFC so I'm just winging it. So much hooha over the golf cart statement. One of you got it right. Most of you are out in left field but hey, it's your nit to pick so knock your lights out. But to clarify, the incident on east shore where two buggies collided during water wars was an equipment failure. I guess that what you'd call it when the steering wheel comes off in your hands. Not drinking. And the buggie and kids that ended up in the creek? he was way past drunk but he was wasn't driving. He was in the passenger seat. I pulled him and the kids out of the water. Not saying it's OK but if you can't get your head around the difference between an adult having a cocktail at sunset and a 10 year old with other kids on a cart  that's on you. I could not possibly care less if you let your grandkids take the wheel. As long as there is an adult in the front seat. It's the booger eating morons who toss the kids the keys and tell them to go play. And it shouldn't matter to anyone whose mailbox got whacked. This time it was just a mailbox. Bernie did a good thing. He was nicer about it than I think I would be.  Trolls, take a break.
Enjoy your Sunday. See you at the Club House.

Yachty Gras Kick-Off party is Friday. It's open to the public. More later.

Bev Emmans, drop me a line please. I have a question for you.

"A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one"
Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday To...

Smokey Robinson. He’s 72. Yes, THAT Smokey Robinson. I feel like I’m running out of time. You should have been at the meeting last night. It was a great discussion on what may or may not become a pedestrian bridge. It has been turned over to Council to vote or get off the pot. Let your Council know how you feel. Unscheduled visitor, former Mayor McIntyre, brought in her mailbox. More accurately what was left of her mail box. Seems some young, possibly under aged, drivers lost control of daddies buggie and took out a mail box. Thank God none of your little darlin’s friends were hurt. This time. I swear by all I know to be Holy I am calling the cops the next time I even suspect one of you let your stupid kid drive your golf cart. For all you responsible adults, if you don’t have our City’s Dispatch number in your phone here’s your chance to fix that. Dial 281 538 0659 and press 2 to get the Officer on duty.

From Senor Beans...

It's another rockin' Saturday night at Aspen's Bar and Grill in Clear Lake Shores. Last time I was there we had a ball and with this incredible Spring-like weather breaking out, I think it's time for another one!

This is a cozy little neighborhood bar with good prices cold beverages, pizza, burgers and great folks!  Located at 817 Clear Lake Road a couple hundred yards North of FM2094 (Marina Bay Drive).  About 1 mile West of FM146.  281 549 6384.

Music is from 7 ~ 11 PM and they are open until 2AM.  Hope to see you all there! 
Senor Beans!

“If we’re not meant to have midnight snacks the why is there a light in the fridge?”

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Happy belated Presidents Day.

First up this evening..

The EDC will host a Public Hearing at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 18 on the topic of “update on the status of the pedestrian bridge project and public input on the current level of support for the project.” Following this hearing the city council will include on their agenda discussing and taking action on the acceptance of the TxDOT Transportation Enhancement grant. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important hearing and council meeting. We encourage you to invite your family and friends that are Clear Lake Shores residents.

Ronnie Richards
Economic Development Corporation
City of Clear Lake Shores

And for council..



 * City Administrator - George Jones

* Police Department - Chief Cook

* City Council - Mayor Pro-Tem Sowrey, Councilman Burns, Councilwoman Bailey.
Councilman Ianni, Councilwoman Booren


*Economic Development Corporation

*Roads and Drainage

*Planning and Zoning

*Waterfront Compliance 

*Parks Committee

*Pool Committee

*Civic Club



a. Check Register from January 30 thru February 12, 2014

b. City Council Minutes - February 4, 2014

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

a. Policy Statement on the Maximum Exposure to loss from hurricanes, floods and/or
windstorm to property and infrastructure of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas.
(City Administrator George Jones)

b. Acceptance of the TxDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant
(City Administrator George Jones)

c. Replacement of damaged police vehicle rather than repairing the unit.
 (City Administrator George Jones)


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valantines Day!

 ManCakes tomorrow!

Time to slice and get it in the pot. Spread the word. The Chili do is tomorrow. The more the merrier.

If I gave you a dollar would you spend a week here? The next time you think our Mayor is overpaid just remember he spent a week here as part of his Mayoral duties. Welcome home Mr. Mayor and entourage.

"Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."
Last words of Kit Carson, American frontiersman (1809-1868)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

48 Hours

And excuses are starting to trickle in. I understand it's been a tough season for nutria, what with Polar Vortex and global warming. I’m too busy/scared/ashamed, aliens abducted my coriander, dog ate my recipe, my only child is graduating college, whatever…..The short version is we are going to party with you or without you. We will eat lots of great chili, (depending on how much I make) and some of you will have to eat the fishhead stew that the noobs drag in.  Pray for a north westerly wind that will keep the smell off the Island. The weather forecast has cooled a tad but it’s still gonna be 66 and partly sunny. Bring a sweatshirt. And a chair. When Craigbob gets old enough to be affected by the weather he'll be strapped to a wheel chair drooling down his chin and it won't matter anyway. Hell he's half way there now.
Remember what I said about electricity? If you will need it to keep your soup warm you need to let Craig know. If you don’t and then you show up looking for a plug and there aren’t any I’ll hit you with a quarter. Let him know. Please.

“Chili represents your three stages of matter: solid, liquid and eventually gas.”Dan Conner (John Goodman) in 'Roseanne' TV series.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


days and counting. That's right, the umpteenth annual Chili Cookoff and Chicken Bingo is official and it is set for Saturday, February 15th. The time table is roughly kickoff at noon, judging at 3 and they give me my trophy at 4. That said lets go over the ground rules for all you newbies. First and foremost Rule Number One is there are no rules. Hell, it ain't even a party till the second cop car gets there right? But what about the chili rules you say? I'll repeat for you slow readers. There are no rules. Period.
It is up to you to spread the word. I swear by all I know to be holy the first person to come up to me and whine that they didn't get an invitation from me is going to get a bowl of Robs lumpy coriander flavored, cat stew right in the kisser.
Next, we really, really want to avoid a repeat of the brown-out of '94. If you are bringing your creation in a crock pot and you want to plug that same crock pot in to an outlet we need to know. We need to know in advance how many crock pots need to be plugged in. I swear Reliant has a wanted poster with Craig's face on it. You may contact Mr. Ward directly. Please no more Molotoff cocktails.

If you are bringing your concoction in a pot that uses an open flame, i.e. propane, wood or cow pies we need to know. Open flames have their own special quirks that need to be dealt with. We haven't lost anyone to open flames since '88 and want to keep it that way. She healed nicely if you must know but moved to a cooler climate. If you plan on using Solar heat, good for you. If your Chili, Chilli, Chilly, Chily, Chile is self heating note that your cook off will be held in Little Rock on the 27th.
Onward, Yes, there is a trophy and if by some freak occurrence a monkey flies out of my butt and gives you the trophy you have to put a new battery in it for next year.
Lastly, Judges are not paid, mostly, and you can't prove it anyway.  Our lead judge in past years has been the illustrious Mr. Thomas Mott. I understand his stomach replacement was a success. Mr. Mott, you up for it again you sick freak?

Mancakes ! I have one slot open so......

 This will be on next weeks agenda. If you think you have somethingt o say make a point in being there!
The EDC will host a Public Hearing at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 18 on the topic of “update on the status of the pedestrian bridge project and public input on the current level of support for the project.” Following this hearing the city council will include on their agenda discussing and taking action on the acceptance of the TxDOT Transportation Enhancement grant. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important hearing and council meeting. We encourage you to invite your family and friends that are Clear

I am looking for two stretch golf carts with drivers to shuttle our visiting dignitaries and judges for the Yachty Gras Parade. Please drop me a line asap. Thanks. If you have a buggie but want to play and can't drive that's ok I have drivers. Let me know.

Monday, February 10, 2014

5 days to go

The now nearly world famous ManCakes is on deck for Saturday morning. $5 whole dollars will get you a great breakfast with juice or milk cooked right in front of you. What a great way to start your day. See you there.

You are running out of time to come up with a) an excuse or b) a chili recipe. Lord knows I’ve heard and used my share of excuses but I never get tired of making fun of them. I mean who can forget Adelia’s “chili” in a used gas can? Yeah hon, I’m sure it was the plastic taste that kept you from winning and no, it wasn’t that clean. Then there’s Jim’s famous, for all the wrong reasons, bologna & beer soup/chili. My chili has a first name its O S C A R….. And nobody, but nobody can get hair off a cat better than Wisnoski! Ever since he stopped with the cheese grater and went to the potato peeler………hey Wis, kill it first next time, it won’t bite so hard. If you have yet to RSVP to our Host you really should take the time to do so. Remember what happens if you wait too long you have to set up next to Rob and his coriander concoction that he calls chili, chilli, Chile, chilly, chily, chillie. Chiley. Possum on the Half-Shell by any other name is still an Armadillo. Hey, if the smell of burning hair doesn’t bother you I guess it’s no biggie.
This is where I should remind you that standing on concrete all day is good for your posture but when you’re as old and fat as I am sitting is OK too but you damn well better bring your own chair. I’ll have Rolaids for a buck a piece after the judging and Larry is has rented a stomach pump. I’ve never seen one with a kick start on it.
Enjoy your week and we’ll see y’all Saturday!!
Weather forecast is party sunny and 68. Not a typo.
Don’t forget to RSVP to Craig & Raynel Ward 281 3OO 3541

Yachty Gras Kick-Off Party is Friday the 28th. It’s at the Club House and is open to the public. Food, Drink and live music.

Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade is March 1st. We’ll line up at the Pavilion and go from there. Start time is 2PM

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Don't Forget..

Benefiting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Please join Joanna & I for cocktails and appetizers at the Clear Lake Shores Club House.

Saturday, February 8th
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost $15 per person

On January 19th Carlo ran the Houston Half Marathon on behalf of the LLS Team in Training Program. The LLS helps raise money for research to bring an end to blood related cancers. In addition the Gulf Coast Chapter in the Houston area assists patients with blood cancers and their families with cancer related cost, counseling, and general support.

Please help Carlo in his continued effort to raise money for this very worthy cause.
Your donation gets you access to the event, food, drinks, music, door prizes, and knowledge that you are helping others win the fight against blood related cancers.

Can’t make the party, that’s OK, you can donate directly to the cause by cutting and pasting the link below to your browser. No amount is too big or too small.

Thanks-Carlo & Joanna

 The bad guys struck again. This time at the corner of Forest and Oak. The Lindsey boys had a BMX bike stolen from the garage last night. Keep an eye on your stuff folks.

Friday, February 7, 2014


Civic Club meeting hi-lites
I’m not sure who brought that chocolate cake but it was fantastic! I’m slobbering just typing about it.
The Club is looking for a President in the upcoming election. The other Officers have agreed to stay on.
The Scholarship Committee Chair, Amanda Booren says it’s Official the ever favorite Soup Cook-Off is scheduled for March 22nd. She is looking for a couple of volunteers to help pull it off. You can leave a note here and I’ll hook you up or contact her directly.
Glenn has an awesome idea for a Porthole marker for our Time Capsule. Didn’t know we had a time capsule? That’s because you don’t come to the meetings.
We read the updated By-Laws and agreed to make a few tweeks before the final vote next meeting.
The Club is going to move The Islander to the digital age. That’s right, we’re going electronic. Stand by for more news.

Best for last at this years 4th of July Membership Drive and Celebration we are going to have a Pie Baking contest. All Proceeds will go the Police Departments equipment fund. How freakin’ AWESOME is that?! Thanks Councilman Ianni for a great idea!

I have two openings left for ManCakes. Don’t wait till the last damned minute again.

The Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade starts at 2PM March 1. We’ll start the lineup at the Pavilion. Get your beads early.

I’m looking for two stretch golf carts with drivers to shuttle the Yachty Gras Judges from the Club house to Deep Hole park and back Saturday, March 1, starting about 6 and ending close to 9.

According to a BBB news release, a remote computer is sending thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers. The phone only rings once and then disconnects. Some curious customers then return the missed call and will immediately be charged hefty international call-fees and additional per-minute charges. Consumers, who have been scammed, indicate the calls come from the Caribbean Islands, including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands.
Mobile phone users need to be on the lookout for this “one ring” scam that could result in unauthorized charges on your wireless bill. It is also recommended if you don’t recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it.  If you do answer, and no one speaks, hang up and do not call back.

Bigfoot is coming to town. Seriously.
“Anyone who doubts a Texas man's claim that he shot Bigfoot near San Antonio will have a chance, two actually, to check out the carcass at close range.
Rick Dyer, who says he shot the ape-human creature in 2012, is scheduled to make two evening appearances later this month at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Dyer will be at the Mason Park location, 531 S. Mason Road in Katy, and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, he will be at the Vintage Park site, 114 Vintage Park Blvd., in northwest Houston.”

The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called “cramming.”

Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
       How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? 
       What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end .