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 23, 2015

National Cashew Day!

Well it looks like summer is officially over. Man I hate cold weather. I look forward to the thermometer dropping out of the 90's like most others but the 40 degree crap is just wrong. Thank God we're in Texas and it will be back in the 70s tomorrow.
My good friend Jim put together a "retirement" party for me Saturday. It was awesome. I want to thank all of you who showed up and some of you who didn't. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.
Well it seems I've hit a road block in trying to get parts for the old trailer. It's been over a month since I first ordered the drip rail/jrail which I need to make the bug waterproof. I'm not blaming Dues Camper but I'm not getting the warm fuzzy feeling I need. Time will tell. I finished the forward dining area / bunk and momma has approved the shape and size. Now I'll pull everything out and wait for the rail. After I can get it water tight we'll look at flooring, then ceiling.
Sounds like a great time to go put the center console back in the boat.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Seriously ?

National button day? Someone got bored.
OK, my second Monday in the unemployment line. I think I'm getting the hang of it I just have to downshift one more time. The ATA tournament in Sulpher Springs was a lot bigger than we thought. It was help at the SS middle school. They have two gyms which was a good thing because they were both packed. Wyatt usually signs up for 6 events and does well in all. This time his instructor signed him up for 2 other events at the last minute. He was on the edge of freaking out but maintained. Short version is he brought home two more First Place medals. Don't know if you can see them all but that is 6 First Place medals and 2 Second Place'. Not too shabby. I'm about to pop just typing this.

I'm not going blather on about the Religion of Peace and what those pigs pulled off in France. I'll just mention that the few times I've been to France are still some of my best memories. I hope they respond accordingly.
 Moving right along. I have the bathroom framed in and we have agreed on the shape and size of the dining table and seats. Now if my drip rail will just get here I can finish drying the bug in. Once I can prove to myself it will stay dry we can start making real progress. We were all out at the pier last night discussing the pros and cons of having a water heater on board. Just when we had settled on a plan Jim finds an on demand water heater that is just made for small spaces and it's too cheap to pass up. Looks like I need to change my plumbing plans.

Rumor mill has it there is a movement here on the Island to establish a Home Owners Association. Maybe not in those exact words but it sounds like some of our neighbors don't like the looks of some of the other houses on the Island and want to change them. That smells like a HOA to me. Fights On, See you at City Council.

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's National Indian Pudding Day

Feather, not dot.
And It's Friday the 13th. My first Friday in the unemployment line. I am getting used to the change in my day. It's odd not having to be somewhere or see someone. The verdict still isn't in on whether or not I'll like but ... Going to a Taekwondo tournament this weekend in Sulphur Springs so I'll miss the annual Thanksgiving Feast put on by our Civic Club. This will be the first one I've missed in 14 years. If you haven't been you have no idea what you're missing. The old Club House smells just like Grandmas' kitchen. Here's me drooling on my keyboard. Go. It will be the best $10 bucks you spend all year.

Well the rear windows are in and they do not leak. Yeah. Got a few boards laid out for a side bunk/sofa and the first cabinet. Next will be to frame the bathroom. That is if momma likes the size and shapes we have now.  

I thought of a few other neighbors who is also served this great country. Mr. Frank joined the Army in 1946 and neighbor Bud makes 4. Anyone else?
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day y'all

Who else besides the Mayor is a Vet? Drop me a line, lets get a list together.

Was going to post a pic on my rear windows I got back in the bug but for some reason my new iPhone won't let me email myself today.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I'm Outta Here !

What a long strange trip it’s been…..
I started in the Aerospace business in June of 1985 with Barrios Technology. The IBM PC and PC XT were the industry standard. The XT had a 10M hard drive and a staggering 128k of RAM. You read that right. The phone in your pocket blows those numbers away. After 11 incredible years I moved to Lockheed which was about to become Lockheed Martin. 19 years later I am in need of a break and the timing could not be better. My co-workers and myself here in the Houston area have been steadily working our way out of a job for years and my turn is here. With the average desktop PC now sporting gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte or more of hard drive space the evolution is apparent. As is my time to bail. 99% of the time it was a blast. The rest of the time I choose not to dwell on. I have had the pleasure of working with Astronauts, REAL Rocket Scientists, and some of the brightest people I will ever meet. What an experience. The International Space Station just celebrated its’ 15th anniversary and when I came aboard one of my first tasks was to support the documentation group that was responsible for taking notes at all the meetings on the design of the thing. The Space Shuttle Discovery had just launched and was the 18th Orbiter launch that carried a mission status. We lost Challenger the following January. That was a little too close to home as I know the Onizuka family and worked with his wife Lorna but we all knew it was part of the job, like it or don’t. Well the Shuttle program has come and gone, The ISS is often visible in the night sky and It’s time for me to go do something else for a while. 
Like work on my camper. What are the odds I can get my windows in before it rains? Odds?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

City Council Meeting tonight

Next chore is to replace the rear windows. A little framing on the inside is needed first but the windows all need reglazing. I guess it's a good thing I was a glazier once. 

This from the Civic Club President.

The BBQ Cook Off is this Saturday !

This event is a BIG fundraiser for the CLS Civic Club and is sooooooo much fun!

Categories include Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Ribs, Beans, Deserts and Chef's Choice.  First and 2nd place trophies will be awarded! Judging will be early this year and should be over by 4:30 when food will start being sold & served to the public. Winners will be able to flaunt their awards for the general public this year as they enjoy their meals!  

Texas Beer Refinery will be serving their fabulous beers!

DJ Rick will be providing music!

Plates are $10.00/members and $12.00/non-members for some incredible BBQ Brisket, chicken or ???, sides, and a drink.

If you would like to Judge, volunteer to set up, serve or clean up please  email or call 832-628-6266

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hooraay for National Deviled Egg Day!

Well despite all the rain we got the floor in bug. With all the rest of the leaks soaking our new floor I hope this won't come back to bite me in the ass. It looks good and feels even better. Waiting on the j-rail. That should work wonders for keeping the water on the outside. 
 They have a busy agenda on tap for tonight. Will I see you there?

Vern Johnson, Mayor AGENDA Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem
Bryan Hoerner CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES Amanda Fenwick
Carlo Ianni CITY COUNCIL Jan Bailey
November 3, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M.

Councilwoman Bailey
Councilman Hoerner
Mayor Pro-Tem Burns
Councilwoman Fenwick
Councilman Ianni
Mayor Johnson
City Administrator
Chief Cook
a. Check Register: Oct. 15 thru Oct. 28, 2015
b. Council Meeting Minutes from October 20, 2015
7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following
a. Approve Waterfront Transfer E-123 from Jim Yates to Damon and Sandy
Black. (City Administrator George Jones)
b. Re-appoint Ronnie Richards, Mike McNamara to the Economic Development
Corporation. (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Appoint Charles Scoville to replace Daniel Otto to the Economic Development
Corporation. (City Administrator George Jones)
d. Re-appoint Ralph Coats, Joe Shulsky and Patrick Michaelski to the Zoning
Board of Adjustments. (City Administrator George Jones)
e. Re-appoint Richard Sowrey, Mike McNamara, Ronnie Richards, and
George Jones to the Town Center Review Board to serve from October 1,
2015 thru September 30, 2017.(City Administrator George Jones)
f. Accept resignation from Craig Ward and appoint Carrie Sneed to Planning and
Zoning Commission to serve for two years from date of appointment by Council.
(City Administrator George Jones)
g. Ordinance 2015-15: An Ordinance adopting amendment No. 1 to the original
budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year 2015-2016,
adjusting the expenditure accounts of the General Fund by transfer of funds to
the Plaza Ten 06 Corporation. (City Administrator George Jones)
h. Re-appoint Judge Richard Cope as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Clear
Lake Shores for another two-year term from October 1, 2015 thru September 30,
2017. (City Administrator George Jones)
i. Ordinance 2015-16: An Ordinance amending Article 5, Division 2, Section 2-
141 - Appointment and Removal of the Waterfront Compliance Committee:
The Waterfront Compliance Committee shall consist of five members who
shall serve terms of two years. Appointees shall be selected and approved
by a majority vote of the City Council. Appointees may be removed by
City Council by a majority vote. (City Administrator George Jones)
j. Appoint five (5) members to serve on the Okie's Courtyard and Beer
Garden Special Design Review Committee. (Councilman Bryan Hoerner)
k. Ordinance 2015-17: An Ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article II, Section
2-27 of the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Code pertaining to standing and
special committee guildelines. (City Administrator George Jones)
l. Ordinance 2015-18: An Ordinance amending Chapter 54, Article II, Sec. 54-19 (8)
pertaining to the attendance of board members at the Planning and Zoning
Commission meetings. (City Administrator George Jones)


Looks like there are enough people wanting to make a desert that I'm going to add that category 30 min after Chef's Choice.  An updated Registration form is attached.  You can use the last one if you already printed it, just let me know if your going to make a desert.