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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

National Chocolate Candy Day is today.

That's a tough one to beat.

Numbers, we got numbers.
Todays post makes 948.
There have been 418,115 page views that generated 6,285 comments mostly from friends and/or neighbors.
This site is regularly visited by folks from 10 different countries and Firefox is the most popular browser at 30%.
In 29 days this site will be 6 years old.
There are 361 shopping days till Christmas and like it or don't 2016 will become history in 3 more days.
President Elect Trump will be sworn in in 23 days, and I don't give one little shit about who won the popular vote.
The 35th Annual Chili Cook off and Birthday Bash at Raynel's house is only 31 days away,
And our City elections are about 116 days out.
I'm exhausted.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Well the chili isn't a total write off. Adding milk then cheese didn't do much to cool it off. I mixed it with a can of Wolf brand and that did the trick. It also changed the flavor. Can't win with this one. It was mighty tasty with two over easy's and some toast this morning.

Speaking of chili, Think about those miserably cold winter days, all dreary and nasty. And what a treat a nice bowl of chili is on those days, an absolute ray of sunshine in a bowl. Well that's not today. It's mostly sunny and will reach the low 70s. This is why we live in Texas. And we will have one hell of a time at the 35th annual Chili Cook-off on Narcissus. I say on Narcissus instead of Craig and Raynels' place because it hasn't been contained to their place for decades. It is literally on Narcissus. All are welcome so come on down. At this stage of the game it's more like a family reunion anyway. Hope to see you there. Oh, The 28th. 

To any and all Jeepsters out there, I have a Bikini top for a 97-02 TJ. It's Spice and just out of the box. Your's for the coming and getting. I changed my top to black a few years back so this just won't do. Besides, Santa bought me a new one.

Hope you had one.

PS. Word on the street is McNamara is running for Mayor in May. Pass the word. Except to Sandy, He wants to surprise her. You got my vote Mike!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's Forefather's Day.

This holiday is observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 22. It is a commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. It was introduced in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1769.

Missed snow day, How was it? was there a crowd? Wyatt and I were working on a Latin project of his. I providing supervision of the power tools.  It'll be a Roman style bow, as in bow and arrow, when we are done. I hope.

Ever eat something so hot it makes your nose run? Me too. I made my first pot of chili of the season last night. I've been making this same recipe for a very long time so there a very few surprises in the final product. There's always gonna be a little tweaking here and there given that no two jalapenos are alike. That goes for the onions and meat as well. Well  one of the last things that go in is the the chili powder. The stuff I have is in a round bottle It's nothing special but the mix adds a nice overall flavor. My recipe calls for three tablespoons and then add the fuel AKA cayenne in smaller doses to heat it up a bit. After three tbsps there was a tad left so I just dumped it in also. No biggie. After tapping out that last bit from the square bottle in my hand I found it curious the bottle changing shapes like that. This could lead to a terrible mixup as the brand of red Cayenne I use also comes in a square bottle. Thank goodness I didn't mix up the cayenne and the chili powd...Damn. This situation has the potential to turn to shit real fast. OK we'll let it cook and check it out in the morning. Sweet Jesus, Joseph and Mary that shit is hot. Time to add a few extras to cool this shit off. I think it ate a hole in the crock pot liner. I just hope it stopped there.  I don't see any on the counter so maybe I'll dodge that bullet. Come on Ice Cream!! If you laughed then you remember that joke. I'll let you know what happened tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's the First Day of Winter

But not the shortest day of the year. That was two weeks ago. Tonights sunset is 4 minutes longer than one week ago. And maybe the drought is officially over since we are ending 2016 with 14 inches more rain that 2015.

Thanks to all you Caroling Carters who put up with the really cold temps Sunday night just to ride around our little pile of mud and sing some awesome Christmas Carols to the rest of us. Thank you so much. That's a part of what makes this place so great.

Did you get your little ones out last night to see Santa? I asked but mine said no. The first time in 15 years he didn't run out to see "the big guy" on the fire truck. Oh well, I knew it was coming.

Here's one for all the guys. You know who you are. What the hell make nose and ear start growing after a certain age. anon is turned on.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's National Wright Brothers Day.

On December 17, 1903, the first plane carrying one man flew for just 59 seconds for a short 852 feet thanks to the engineering of the Wright brothers.
1903. Noe we have color pictures of other planets. Amazing. Proud to have spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin who is a huge part of that history. 

Ready or not here come winter. If you're not from here our air conditioner has been running all day. 80 degrees f and 96% humidity. Starting sometime arounf midnight the cold front gets here and we'll wake up to something in the 40s. To listen to the local weather folks you'd think the next ice age is here. I think most of us will survive. 

Anyone read the story in the UK papers about the one republican elector who will not vote for Trump? Turns out he's a real peach. The NY Times says they fact checked their story so you can take that for whats it's worth. Short version? Just another feckless liar added to the cesspool that are determined not to give PE Trump a fair shot. Wasn't a first responder at 911 like he claimed, not a EMT for lifeflight, not a lot of shit plus not an honest person. Surprised? How come I'm not really......

Babies have more bones in their bodies than adults. As the babies grow older, some bones eventually fuse together (like in the skull), resulting in fewer bones as an adult. Thanks Amazing Fact generator.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Only 9 Shopping days left...

But on the upside it’s National Cupcake Day! SCORE!

Sad day on West Shore. Two words. Theda Darling. As true a treasure as any neighborhood could hope for. Yes she’s been gone for quite a while now but the memory of her and Mai Tai making their rounds to sunset will be with us longer than her cute red house. Another one bites the dust.

I"m not entirely sure how I feel about all these “celebrity” talking heads telling our National Electors what to do. I am certain I don’t like it. Who the hell do you think you are Martin Sheen? I’m pretty sure you became irrelevant somewhere in the 90’s. You are puppets. You read shit that other people pay you to read. You’re mostly not even smart enough to write it yourself. Yet you feel qualified to pass your judgment on my sanity and the President elects ability's. Some how and for God knows what reason you think a mans ability to make a few billion dollars is less than a second rate community organizer from the murder capitol of the US? Are you shittin” me?  Do the world a favor and shut the fuck up , sit down and go vote in 4 years. Aside from a few other loud mouths no one really wants to listen to your shit. Please stop before you embarrass yourself any further. Assholes. And for the folks preaching against bullying, how about you start with your fellow libtards and tell them to stop bullying the electors? The poor old lady in Arizona who has received over 50,000 emails ? You and I both know there are not 50,000 people out there who care that much, it’s done by some d bag who created a spam bot and got this poor ladys email address. What a turd. And death threats? You people suck. Yeah, yeah I know, the only bully's are on your right. Like all those Occupy D bags. Oh wait those were libtards too. My bad. Maybe it’s just me but a lot of you folks sound like hysterical children. I’m not mad at you, disgusted to be sure, and a little disappointed, It’s your parents that make me want to vomit. Did they really teach you that this type of behavior, in public no less, is acceptable. Parent FAIL. To paraphrase our soon to be ex president, He won. Deal with it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It's National Cocoa Day

Or you can go weird and celebrate National Pick a Pathologist Day, could be a toughie. Said no one.

My AV software says I have some d-bags spyware on my Mac. Not unheard of but it’s a first for me. Time for some house cleaning. 

Big Happy Birthday to the National Guard! 
The Guard traces its birthday to Dec. 13, 1636, when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies consisting of all adult males older than 16. That makes the guard 380 years old! Who knew?

Finally got the updated pics for Okies Corner. You know this shot
From the door looking toward Marina Bay
This makes it an Official Icehouse!
Here's the Maestro in the kitchen

He was showing me ALL the sinks. Seems, according to the Health Department if a room has "food" in it it has to has a three compartment sink. Okies has 4 three compartment sinks in about 1400 sq feet. Overkill much? And Thanks to the ADA the bathrooms are huge! but still only two holers. I could write a months blog on the ridiculousness of the ADA. If there was ever a poster child for Government idiocracy it goes there. 

Dumbest shit I read to day:
It's not 'he' and 'she'. It's 'ze': Oxford University union tells students to use gender neutral pronouns so as 'not to offend transgender undergraduates

Instead of making up a new word why not use “It” ? Too simple. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Noble Peace Prize day

So when do they give our President elect his Prize?

Moving on... the 55th annual is tonight!


6:00 pm

Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake  The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.

Sweet Mother of God this poor thing was arrested for prostitution.
My question is who ....i retract the question.

Friday, December 9, 2016

National Pastry Day

Looks like winter is here to stay. They say there’s another cold front on the way. Ooh, that rhymes. s'posed be here Thursday. 

Civic Club Christmas Party is tonight!! 

Looks like "Fake News" is the topic du jour. The feds want to "fix" it. Isn't that awfully close to screwing with my free speech? I get the whole "can't yell fire" aspect of free speech but I'm not sure "fake news" qualifies. The way I see it, It's a lot like the old he said /she said scenario. Discounting the dumbasses who can and often do take any given statement to extreme doesn't it all boil down to caveat emptor? If you only ever watch NBC won't that affect your perception on any given topic? I never watched NBC because if you grew up in Houston and did not live on the southwest side of town you just couldn't get channel 2. Foil on the antenna did not help. I used to be an avid ABC watcher. I loved Ted Koppel when i could stay up that late. But back in the early 80's I was watching the late Peter Jennings report on Reagan and at the end of his statement he raised his left eyebrow all the way into his hair line. I know when I do that it screams "you are shittin' me right?" That was my first hint that I was no longer getting news for me to digest, I was getting some talking heads opinion of what he thought I should know. I switched to HeadLine News. I still have a crush on Lynn Russell. Have you seen HNN lately? Meh. Enter FNC. This is where I tell you I do not give one tiny little shit about your news source opinions and I ask you to reciprocate. I watch and read many and not all are US based. Helps me decide. Seems to me if you get your news from several sources it would help one to make up your mind and aid in weeding out the bullshit. Not like there's a shortage of that floating around eh? So then the whole fake news outrage , like every other fucking outrage, could be boiled down to a self inflicted wound. And that's on you. If that's all you want, then that's all you get and you need to learn how to process that. And please don't try to make it someone else's problem. 

A few weeks ago I asked, rhetorically, how long it would take for the losers to quit whining. Then I read where fat bot is calling for ll sorts of disruption at next years inauguration. Someone refresh my memory, was there a planned disruption for 
either of President Obama's inauguration's? 
“If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest,”
Godspeed John Glenn 

In car design circles, a hood ornament is properly called a "mascot." The first American automobile to sport a mascot was the 1912 Cadillac. Courtesy of the Amazing Fact Generator.

Have a great weekend Clear Lake Shores.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy Hump Day

And it’s not like anyone would forget but it’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 75 years ago. Wow, I’m getting old. Watched a few WWII shows on the tube all week. That was my Dad,  and a couple of his brothers. One Uncle survived Normandy and another survived a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines. Makes my boat ride to Tonkin Gulf seem small. 

And on a happier note, President elect Trump has been named Time’s Man of the Year. I’m not sure what that’s worth though. I guess next he’ll get a call from Oslo. Right? 

If you missed the meeting last night you missed a lot. Here’s what I heard.
Some of our folks met with TXDOT on the 146 expansion. Their original plan was to bypass us all together but with a ton of bitchin’ from Kemah they are looking at other options.
Okies Corner is looking better
Star Art Gallery is going tango uniform and looking for options. She suggested a City sponsored art center, which she would run. Maybe even an art walk like they have in Galveston? I’m not seeing that at all. Just me?
Passed, passed and passed and the Jammin’ on Jarboe budget got a raise. They got a raise earlier this year (up 1K) and tonight they bumped it up another 1.5K.
Councilman Hoerner’s resignation due to working away from home was not only accepted but, as suggested, Diana Hoerner was asked to sit in for the duration of Bryan’s term. Welcome Councilwoman Hoerner.  
Councilman Burns noted that he will try to sit out his term but he may have to leave earlier as well. 
Next meeting is in January. 

Kudos to Texas A&M for showing the world how it’s done right. They hosted a card carrying dumbass, the majority protested. There were no beat downs, shootings or fires. No crying, moaning and whining. No pleas for a safe room, or mommy or an analyst. Maybe there is hope. Gig ‘Em Aggies. 

Sofia Vergara being sued by her own embryos
I think this is a clear case of too many lawyers.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's National Sock Day again.

And it's Definitely December. Looks like we'll finish out the year with a 14+" rain fall surplus. Depending on how much more we get before it stops. My front deck rain Gage has collected over 6 inches in the past 24 hours. That's a lot of rain.

I will keep trying to get updated pics of the new Okies Corner for the blog but Rob and I have been missing each other for over a week. We'll get there.

Dog story with a happy ending. The dumped dog from last week has been reunited with it's owner. Great neighbors took him to the groomer and got him cleaned up. Then someone recognized it as a possible lost dog. Owners were contacted and Voila! Win Win Win. That's just good Karma. Can't wait for it to catch up with the dumpers.

Here's the City Agenda for Tuesday's meeting. It's a definite need to be there.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING December 6, 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 Police Department report Building Official Kevin Harrell
    a. Check Register: Nov. 10th thru Nov. 30, 2016
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held November 15, 2016

  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Acquisition of 9 laptop computers with docking stations, pedestal stands and appropriate connecting hardware at a cost not to exceed $42,255.09
      (City Administrator)
    2. Approve Change Order No. 4 in the amount of $10,404.00 for the Birch Road and North Shore Drive road project. (City Administrator George Jones)
    c. Approve Ordinance 2016-12: An Ordinance adopting amendment no. 1 to the General Fund Budget for the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, increasing the appropriation for the concert series and decreasing the appropriation for contractual services in the City Council budget.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
    d. Accept Councilman Bryan Hoerner's resignation from City Council. (City Administrator George Jones)
    e. Appoint Council person to fill the vacant seat due to Bryan Hoerner's resignation.
    (City Administrator George Jones)

Keep your feet dry. I'm gonna go check my bilge pump...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's December already ?

Plus, It's National Rosa Parks Day.
Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday celebrated on February 4 or December 1 in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks.
On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section, but as she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.
The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand a passenger give up their seat. Despite this, bus drivers had customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when the public transportation became full.
When Rosa Parks was asked to give up her seat, she refused. She was arrested and what followed is Civil Rights history. She was found guilty on December 5, 1955, of violating the city ordinance and fined $10 plus a court fee.
This Lady had a set. 

I volunteered as a chaperone for a school outing yesterday. It was for the aquatic sciences class so we went to the aquarium and rain forest at Moody Gardens in Galveston. As nice as it was if you plan on making the trip wait until after May 2017. easily half of the aquarium was closed for a whole host of reasons. Upgrades, updates and it looks like a lot of new stuff but you have to wait until May. The rainforest was pretty cool.

I'm gonna see if I can sneak in to Okies Corner and get a couple of pics for the blog. I better do it now, looks like we have a wet, cool weekend coming up. 

2017 is 30 days away. Can't quite.....

Anyone have a chance to try out the newest Island business?