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, October 31, 2016

It's National Knock Knock joke Day

And Happy Halloween!

A shout out to Dennis and Terri for putting on a great costume party to coincide with the last Jammin' concert of the season. The band was one of the best and I personally loved the music genre. Then there were all the costumes. I'm pretty sure a blast was had by all in attendance, myself included. Job well done!

Dumbest shit I read today.
Woman sues KFC for 50 million dollars for not filling family bucket to the top. This tops calling 911 because your McDonalds is out of chicken nuggets. Mother of God where do these dumbasses's come from?

And here's tonight's City Council Agenda.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick Jan Bailey
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.
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Solmonsson Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator Police Chief Cook
    John and Brenda Scott: Public Boat Ramp, Vandalism at home, Golf Carts, Unleashed Dogs
    1. Check Register: 10.13.16 thru 10.26.16
    2. Minutes from regular meeting 10.18.16
    3. Quarterly Investment report for Qtr. ending 09/30/16
  8. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Approve an agreement with Candace Mann for serving as the City's representative in the acquisition of property. (City Administrator George Jones)
    b. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: a closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.
c. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 5 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: take action, if any, on discussion item of closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
The IRS, we're taking your house because you didn't buy Obamacare...

Thursday, October 27, 2016


No not Mike, Over his shoulder, Superman. SOmetime wednesday after dark someone absconded with Pons' Superman Roof ornament. This is not the first time so he knows the drill. There is a reward , no questions asked, for the return of Superman. Perhaps an anonymous phone call tip? At any rate, Mike wants his doll back.

This is to Apple Computer. You suck. I left IBM in 1989 and went to work in an Apple only environment. At the time it was the SDI office in DC, yep, the Star Wars group. It took a while but the lightbulb went off and I became an Apple Head. To the Core. But that was then and this is now. You are on the edge of becoming a Microsoft mimic. You don't change things to make them better like you used to, You change shit just for the sake of change. Just like Redmond. Air Drop was the coolest thing in a long time. You made it soooo easy to get photos off my iphone. Tap two buttons and voila! Two OS upgrades later and it's 4 buttons three clicks and where the HELL did my pics go? They used to be in the downloads folder but not anymore! Photos folder? Not a chance. Where to then? Your Cloud? I didn't sign up for that crap. I want my !#$% jpegs back in my my !$@%%!#$% download folder. You are on the edge. If you can't make shit better then just leave it alone.

The last Jammin' is This Saturday at Shelley Pavilion. Sounds like there will be a costume party to boot. Should be a great weekend if I can find my goddamn files......

Think I'll Big Easy a chicken.

THe 1900 Olympics ffeatured a live pigeon shooting event. The winner bagged 21 pigeons.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy National Pumpkin Day

Walked downstairs late yesterday to find a manilla folder on the steps.
It has a worn American Flag inside. First, Thank you for rescuing this old flag. I will see that it is properly retired. Next, my son is not a Boy Scout. The closest we came were the Indian Guides via the YMCA. Five of the best years ever. Last, and to everyone else take note, When the Boy Scouts come around in a few weeks, for Veterans Day, They will gladly accept old flags. They schedule ceremonial disposals just for this purpose. They have received all my old flags and will gladly accept yours. Please spread this word. 

How do you properly retire a worn American Flag?  The most common way is by burning. The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags was approved through Resolution No. 440 by the National Convention of The American Legion meeting in New York on September 20-23, 1937. At that time most American flags were made of cotton or wool. Today the vast majority of American flags are made of nylon or other petroleum-based materials. These synthetic materials last much longer but it's important that they are recycled instead of burned.

Well my last effort seems to have paid off. After a conversation with neighbor Rick about his huge pellet smoker I figured what the hell and decided to try pellets in my Masterbuilt electric smoker. 
Whaddayaknow. Smoke.
This is 30 minutes in at 220. More smoke than ever before. Chips, chunks, whatever. Might just have to give this one more shot. Who knows I might just drag it down to the BBQ Cook- Off next weekend!
Dumbest Shit I read today...

Canoes reek of genocide, theft and white privilege, professor claims.

Who knew? Makes me wonder who hired this person to teach kids. How twisted is your brain to justify the statement? Kinda sad.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

National Greasy Food Day.

Not sure how we missed this one over the years.
Neighbor Rob is back in the hospital. He's hoping to get released today. Keep him in your prayers.

The BBQ Cook Off is looking for a few more teams. If you think you have what it takes now is the time to put on your big boy apron and step forward. You only have 10 days.
Speaking of days to go, Thank God there are only 15 till election day. It's gotten so I don't want to turn on my TV.

Did my early voting today. It's at the Kemah Community Center at the end of Marina Bay Dr. If thats not close enough here are the others in Galveston County.

This'll make you glad you don't live in Florida.
Dumbest shit I read today:
Florida County tells resident to keep BBQ smoke in his own yard.

Pinellas County environmental specialist Joe Graham issuing a warning to Jordan and a friend for violating the county’s air quality law.  The video, which has been watched over four million times, shows Graham telling Jordan that there's too much smoke emanating from Jordan's commercial-grade grill.

This tops the College's that are supporting racial segregation in their roommate policy's. Makes you wonder what all the hooha in the 60's was all about.....

Friday, October 21, 2016

Now THATS the way to start a weekend!

Whens the last time we had low 60s? Don't care. What a beautiful start to a Friday. The weather man says enjoy it because it won't last long. OK by me.

It's National Pumpkin Cheesecake day. I like a good cheesecake as much as the next guy but I gotta pass on the whole punkin flavor. Never did care for it. I'll try something punkin flavored every year or so but it's just not there. Never has been.  I always said i don't care for orange colored food but I love oranges. Maybe it's a squash thing. Zucchini is OK but just barely. Sure you can cover it in all sorts of other yummy crap but then it's just a vehicle for the yummy crap. Zucchini of and by itself? Meh.
It's also National Mammography Day. I feel my inner 12 year old waking up.
Vegan brisket. Why? Why is there even such a thing. If you don't like meat wtf are ya doing inventing phony meat that tastes like the meat you DONT LIKE!  That's just retarded.

On to more of my baking adventure. I think I'll drop focus on the brioche and look into plain white buns. Yes. White Buns Matter.

PS: I know where there is One Medium Tank top and One Large Long Sleeve T-Shirt available. Interested? Drop me a line and I'll plug you in.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fair enough

It's National Bra Day. Last week was National No Bra Day. Whatev.
Here's what you missed at last nights Council meeting.
George is BACK!! We missed you George, Welcome back.
We have some bored teenagers in the hood. Seems they were bored enough to wreck the little kids slide at Grove Park. Speculation is they beat holes in the plastic slide with something very hard. This is going to cost you. And me. Someone also trashed the restrooms at the pool. This could be iffy. The pavilion was rented out, and they left the door unlocked. Our bathroom still got trashed and took our maintenance crew several hours to clean it up. A bounty perhaps?
The StarFleet folks are looking into some new adventure that has to do with water taps? They think they have enough. The Waterfront Compliance crew starts a walk around on the 27th.

From your Civic Club, The kids Halloween party is on the 29th, The BBQ Cook off is on the 5th and the Thanksgiving Feast is on the 12th. The President Dunnegan presented Mayor Johnson with an anniversary t shirt for his long time support of the Club. Good Job Mr. President. Folks there's alot of ways to get involved. And it's really, really easy. It's mostly fun. Give it a whirl.
There are a few anniversary shirts left.
3 XXX T-shirts
1 XX Tank top
2 L T-shirts. When they are gone they are gone. Let me know

The meeting would have been over abt 7:20 but the discussion about selling more City ROW to the lady on E Shore drug it out till 8:30 ish. Council voted no. Again. Which backed up P&Z. Which backed up ZBOA. Lady, it's as simple as firing your architect who can't draw and stay within the lines. He needs to figure out a new way to put 2300 Sq Ft there?

OK my yeast food should be warmed up I gotta go.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

If it's National

No beard Day should I stay inside? How are you folks gonna pick up your Civic Club T-shirts? It's also National Chocolate Cupcake day. Yay.
Here's tonights agenda.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick Jan Bailey
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.
    Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator George Jones Chief Cook
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

    a. Check Register: Sept. 30, 2016 thru October 12, 2016 b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held October 5, 2016

10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approve the purchase of a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe for the Police Department in the amount of $33,994.00
b. Approve the purchase of 4 In-Car Video Systems for the Police Department patrol vehicles in the amount of $10,900.00.
c. Appoint Michael Pons and Don Milbeaur as Directors to the Economic Development Corporation for a two year term ending October. Bryan Hoerner and Jim Moncur do not wish to remain on the board for EDC.
d. Re-appoint Al Burns, Vice President and Scott McDonald of the Economic

Development Corporation for a two year term ending October 2018
e. Review and approve proposal submitted by Teresa Sturrock, property owner of 131 East Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, Texas pertaining to purchase of Right- of-Way footage from the City of Clear Lake Shores.
I, Christy Stroup, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, October 14, 2016.
__________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City of Clear Lake Shores will provide reasonable accommodations for disabled persons attending City Council meetings. Requests for interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting by calling 281-334-2799 or by faxing to 281-334-2866.
City Council encourages positive public comment and discussion during its meetings and reserves time during most Council meetings to hear such comments from either Scheduled or Unscheduled Visitors. However, the Texas Open Meetings Act places certain constraints on topics raised by such visitors where such discussions are not related to an item that has been placed on the Council's posted Agenda (Attorney General Opinion JC-0169). The most effective way for an individual to have their voice heard and receive feedback at a City Council meeting is to contact the City Secretary no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to an upcoming Council meeting and request that their name be placed on a future agenda as a Scheduled Visitor. When you make this request, please state specifically the subject you wish to discuss. The City Secretary will place your name on the Agenda along with a specific description of the subject to be discussed. If you fail to provide a specific description of the subject of your requested discussion, then Council will have no choice but to refer the matter to City staff for response or defer any feedback or discussion on the matter until a future Council meeting when the subject can be placed on the Agenda. Comments should be limited to five (5) minutes and directed to the entire Council, not individual members. Engaging in verbal attacks or comments intended to insult, abuse, malign or slander any individual shall be cause for termination of speaking privileges and expulsion from Council Chambers. 

And for all you wanna be Cooks out there don't forget to sign up!

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's Friday!

And it's National Desert Day. Win Win!

Ready or not here comes the BBQ Cook-Off! Woo HOO!
- Trophies for 1st and 2nd place for each category, except Chef Choice gets 1st place. 
- Time 12pm to 5pm 
- Looking for Volunteers 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Birthday!

To the U.S. Navy.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force.  Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy’s birthday was celebrated on October 27th, the date of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. Designated by the Navy League of the United States for Roosevelt’s foresight and vision in elevating the U.S. Navy into a premier force, the celebration of the Navy’s birthday has always been one of pride.  The change to October 13 was seen as a more relevant date in line with the first official action legislating a navy.  Since 1972, October 13 has been the officially recognized date of U.S. Navy’s birth. 
I had the pleasure of serving aboard three different Aircraft Carriers during my hitch. Saw 37 different countries. Never a dull moment. Almost. When you're a teenager it doesn't take long to get bored. But those short times were separated by some mighty exciting adventures. Still the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on.
Did you know there are seven, count 'em, seven uniformed services in the United States. A nice cold Lone Star if you can name them without looking them up. I only got six.
It's National No Bra Day! I'll go to my grave knowing a sailor had some input on that one.
So now President knucklehead says he is all up in NASA's bidness and wants them to go to Mars. That's a shitty explanation as to why he effectivley fired one of the best Administrators NASA ever had in Dr. Griffin and left the post VACANT for 9 friggin' months. Asshat. Any idea what that did to morale? I fart in your general direction.

Camping this weekend. A test of sorts. A teenager left to survive on his instincts. I'm talking naked and afraid here. I've taught him how to cook all sorts of stuff but I'm still betting we're all out of Ramen by Sunday morning. That or the food trucks will have a good weekend. Remember Mikey's rule Son, No Cops, No Hospitals.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Which one ?

Are you more excited about?
73 Shopping Days till Christmas 
27 Days till Election Day
Shit is wearing me out. I think what wears me out even more is the fact that a thinking brain will vote for a candidate who says she needs to have a Public opinion and a Private opinion. The more I read that the sadder I get.

Dumbest Shit I read in the aper today.
Amazon is taking "Sexy Burka"costume (oxymoron?) of the market because some one whined about it. Who would do such a thing? Obviously some pimple faced fat kid living in mommys' basement. No? Doesn't really matter does it. Notice no question mark. Who gets to draw that line? If one person is outraged but 2 are not why does the one win these days? What happened to this is a democracy and the majority wins. Like it, don't like, your option. Why have we allowed the whiners to make the call for everyone else? I'm on page 1089 of Atlas Shrugged. If I whined that's it's just too long does that mean someone has to edit the story? Where the hell is that going to stop?  It just gives me the willies to look around at what is happening all over the world. The problem isn't the one crybaby who got his feelings hurt, it's the two that coddle him, give in, and change their way of life even if they might not like it. Just so a whiner doesn't have to grow a pair and learn how to deal with reality? The next thing you know we are surrounded by a world of feckless pussies being governed by someone else's feelings. Now who's the bully? My dad taught me that if I wanted the big kid next door to stop slapping me around it was up to me. Yep, I got my ass handed to me, but he never did it again. Like my ol' man said "I might not stop you from kicking my ass but I'll damn sure break you of the habit". 

And all this on National Stop Bullying Day. Oh, not to worry all 70+ Sexy Nun costumes are still available.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

It's Leif Erikson Day!

and how appropriate for National White History Month!
National Leif Erickson Day is observed annually on October 9th.  The day honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who brought the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.  Leif Erikson left the European continent in 999 and set foot in America in the year 1,000.

Went to our first ATA tournament since March.  Since he earned his Black Belt he has been uncertain on his new set of opponents. These folks are Black Belts for Pete's sake. It took a considerable amount of push, mostly from his teacher to get back out there and compete. Unsure, he only signed up for three events instead of the usual 7 or 8. SO we only came home with THREE FIRST PLACES MEDALS! Onwards and upwards. Looking forward to the next tourny in November. Tried to post the videos for Sparring but they are too much for the blog. Waaa,

Great news from friend and neighbor Rob. He was given the all clear from his Doc at his Friday meet. Can't say how glad we were to hear that bit of good great news. 

Don't forget about Barktoberfest this weekend. Not that you could with all the signs around. 

It's 65 outside right now. Damn that feels nice doesn't it?

So, the so called Republican leaders are calling for the Donald to drop out of the race. He talked like a man to another man in a rolling condo some 10+ years ago. So what. I think you self described "leaders" of the GOP need to pull your collective head out of your bass fiddle sized ass and search for a reality break. It's time to put on your big boy pants and man the fuck up or sit down and shut the hell up. He's the one in the race not you. Thats apparently obvious to everyone but you crybabies. In case you punkin' heads haven't been paying attention he's the man we want, not your lame asses. If the GOP had a pair of balls among them it might be a different political picture. But you don't and it's not. And there is no one to blame but yourselves. Like that would ever happen. There would have to be a spine involved so you're out. And to all who are "offended", Call your mommy. Odds are she'll tell you to butch up too. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

National Noodle Day?

Moving on.
Was it as hard for you to watch the VP "debate" as it was for me? Like a couple of 3rd graders. Are too, Am not, Are too am not.....Mother of God what have we done to deserve this.

Sorry about not getting the agenda up in time. It was a really quick meeting. The Mayor and Mayor PT were away and the meeting was led by Councilman Fenwick. First and foremost George is home and doing well. He is up and about but there is no speculation as to when he will return to work. Get well my friend. Framing has begun on the bar at Okies Corner. Council will review the waterfront leases that were revoked this past summer. Seems the previous owner want them back. Big surprise here, our lawyers haven't made up our mind on who owns the big pier up front so all action on it has been kicked on down the road. Again.
The Elks are having their BBQ Cook Off not this weekend but next. If you've never been it is a real hoot. Lots of great BBQ all cooked by local folks. Lots of music and a good time for all. We need to try that event again.
Anyone got family in Florida? The interesting part is some of the computer models show Matthew hanging a hard right out into the Atlantic. Where it looks like it will bump into Nicole?  Some of the models show it doing a 360 and heading into the Gulf. Should be fun to watch.

I'm finally learning a little about Usenet, IRCMySpace Facebook. I'm reaching out to many of my long lost relatives in an attempt to update our family tree. It's quite the experience.

Amazing Fact 56995. In the 1980s a beer drinking goat was elected Mayor of Lajitas, Texas.

Monday, October 3, 2016

This is a toughie

It's National Taco Day AND National Day! Your call.
It's also National Night Out in Texas. The rest of the country has NNO on the first Tuesday in August. Since we don't want to go outside in August unless we have to we moved it to October. Much, much better. The festivities will be headed up once more by Dazzling Dave Petkus and he's gonna kick things off at 6PM at Jarboe Park . Come on out and meet your neighbors. Make it your mission to meet at least one new neighbor. Can you imagine how awesome this place would be like if everyone did that?

Under "Dumbest Shit I Saw This Week. At Randalls, Back in the dairy section there was an endcap with squirt guns. Only they were labeled, wait for it, no shit, "Water Squirters" Yup.  Shoulda got a picture. W    T    F........

Fun in Galveston today. Jury Duty fun. I am one of those  who believes it is a duty to serve so Jury duty just goes with that. Didn't get picked today but got instructions on when to be and where in the morning. Yay.

I'm hearing all this bullshit about Trump not paying any taxes and I can't help but scream at my TV. That's why I voting for him. He's "gaming" the system all right, but it's the system all these rotten SOB career politicians put in place. He didn't make the freakin' laws he's following. They did. And she is definatly one of them. Term Limits.  I swear we need term limits.
If any of our friends in Jamaica are reading this, know that we are keeping our fingers crossed for you. I think you'll be OK and it's Haiti and the Cuba who will have to deal with the worst of it but you just never know.

See you tomorrow night Clear 
Lake Shores!