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, May 31, 2017

National Macaroon Day

In my haste to be done with yesterdays post I overlooked congratulating the winner of the our local drag race. Thence.
My most sincere apologies to the 2017 Queen of Clear Lake Shores. Ms. Erik(a) That's herm next to the amazon in the black top, which is last years winner. Pretty sure the splits was the kicker.

I am up to 2003. Our City grew by the size of Stewart Elementary, Home Depot, Target and IHOP. Howzat for a growth spurt? A bunch of islanders bought and donated palm trees to be planted on 2094. The first Steak and Sinatra event takes place at the Club House. What a great turnout that was! And only $8 a head.
I will definitely print Susans' Italian Cream Cake recipe. I'm drooling reading the ingredient list. Yikes! Had to cancel the children's Easter {arty for lack of volunteers to help. A couple of friends and neighbors on Narcissus tried to talk the EDC into funding a park on the west side of the Island. There was a empty lot, and I use this term loosely because while there was no house on this lot there was one hell of an Oak tree. I remember this tree well simply because it was such a beauty. I'm pretty sure it would be the record holder had it survived progress. Such is our plight. Whatever happened to the "Island Girls"? They used to meet on a fairly regular basis for lunch or whatever. They used to advertise and posted their open invitation in the Islander. Are y'all still out there? I know the ROMEO's are still active....

Here's the recipe. Comments appreciated.
A liberal friend asked me what I thought he might need in order to defend his home and family from home invasion.
I suggested a 9mm, a couple of clips, and a box of shells.
A few days later he sent me this picture and asked me how to make it all work.
He voted for Obama -- twice

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

National Mint Julep Day

OK, but which do you prefer a Mint Julep or a Mojito? Mojito lovers have to wait until July 11th for their day. Remember when Tommy and Marcy had Mojito parties? Mmmmmm.

I hope everyone had a Good Memorial Day. I know it means a lot of different things to a lot of different folks. If you served it's really different. Thank you all for your service.

Jammin' was a huge hit to say the least. I hope you got to see 'em. What a show. Biggest. Crowd. Ever.

Did a little cookin' for some friends this weekend. a couple of briskets, 10 lbs of yardbird, 4 racks of ribs and 10 lbs os sausage. Yum!
Speaking of food, and the fact that it is summertime and I'm a sucker for hotdogs I am going to post the Hawaiian recipe. If I can make the transition. Got it. Tell me what you think.

Then there was the 12th annual Drag Race. FYI you raised well over a thousand dollars for the Civic Club Scholarship Fund. Papa Duck's band was rained out in case you didn't know. Well done "Men"

The Islander 2002 edition brought us news of the Rack n Stack across from Lazy Bend. I was at that Council meeting. What a show. There is a lot of talk about the City getting it's own zip code. That's how the utility companies allot the taxes they collect from us back to the  cities and since we share(d) a zip with Kemah it was a financial mess. Island mover and shaker Lorretto Garst passed and a Live Oak was planted at Deep Hole Park. Does anyone know if it survived Ike? The City had to cough up $10k to get the sunken shrimp boat up and out from our turning basin. No one had a clue as to the whereabouts of the owner. Imagine that. Some folks are wanting a pedestrian bridge across the bayou. Again. See a pattern here? Another long time Island mover and Shaker Juanita Flurry was awarded the Galveston County Chamber of Commerce Senior Citizen of the Year. If you ever get around to reading some of these old Islanders you'll wonder what took 'em so long. Riddles appeared in the Islander. They were aimed at the readers and came with a prize. No one ever cashed in on one. The kitchen at the CLubHouse got a makeover and some new equipment. Believe me, that thing called a stove in there needed to be somewhere else. Scary! And the City posted a survey for residents to complete to point out what is most important, Another good read and my guess is still pertinent today.
So if you are reading this please keep this in mind, We will have a few holes to plug in the coming weeks. I'm talking about the odd Islander issue that I haven't come across. They are few and far between but they are there. If you have some oldies squirreled away some where, don't throw throw 'em out just yet. Thanks.

For Sale. 77 Mako 21.5, 2006 Yamaha 225 4 stroke, Tandem axle trailer. First 8k drives it home. Clear Titles on hand.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

National Wine Day

BOOM! Coincidence that the first long weekend of summer is here? I think not.

The Wife's plane landed a few minutes early. Thank God. Thanks to ICE which used to be called INS it took her 1 hour and 19 minutes to get from the plane to the exit. I was counting the Air Crews that were coming out and stopped at 9. That's 9 whole airplanes. I was informed that there were three ICE nose pickers on "duty". So, a 10 hour flight from England and a two hour wait to get to the lobby. Yeeaah, thats the impression you want to implant on foreign visitors. As screwed up as you were as Immigration and Naturalization I think you knotheads may have reset the bar as ICE. What an embarrassment.
2001 is in the bank. A lot was going on here 16 plus years ago. I learned that Clear Lake Shores covers 204 acres. My Pal Clyde is on the cover of the December issue. I'm guessing he's about 19 months old. Lots of talk about how to annex the Home Depot property. Property has been donated for a community pool. Remember where that was? Forest and CLR. Uh Huh. The lift station. Pass. There is a new Recipe of the Month article running. I'll get as many as I can but I will probably pass on the Hawaiian hot dogs..... There has been an article from Jay Staley called Island Stories. Its a fun read. A good article about Alligators and as if needed all the reasons to leave them the hell alone. To fill in the shoes of the late Mrs. Roeshot a new Historian has been appointed. It lists one Jean Garth but I will bet money it's a typo and should have been Jean Garst. Someone will correct me If I'm wrong. Some of our neighbors did a tree inventory that covered City property and all Right of Ways. Pretty impressive. Two pie related events at the 4th celebration. One was throwing and the other was eating. I could get behind either one of those. Then there was 9/11. And those assholes created the mess we know as ICE. There is a special place in Hell for them.

Gotta go get my TDL renewed. note to self, pick up your glasses first......dang!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

National Brothers day

I think I'll call my baby brother.

Gettin' ready for the weekend. Papa Duck, AKA Kurt, wants you to know he's having a band at his place this Sunday from 7 till 10. Drop by and introduce yourself. That's N Shore at Queen.

Remember to bring $$$ to the Drag Race! Peoples Choice is counted by the dollars raised! Please spread the word!

I just finished 2000 and guess what? There's talk about a new Target AND a Home Depot coming to town. A developer has pulled permits. The Club is sponsoring a $400 cruise to Mexico for any interested members, courtesy of Delesandri Tours. There's also talk of a hotel being built(again) and all the hoo haa that involves ordinances. Alma Roeshot passes away. I mentioned her previously as the town historian. I promise you will love reading her stuff.
Club President Kathleen Gay is spearheading Grove Park and it's new playground equipment. She passes later that year. There is a regular column called Restaurant Review. Doesn't that sound like a fun job. I think President Ronnie gives this a whirl from time to time but it could be  fun regular article. I saw but didn't read the story about the Giant Cockroaches of Clear Lake Shores. I will make it a point to get back to that one. I want to see how they stack up against those big bastards in Key West! And last but not least the recipe for Italian Grits. Stand by on this site for this one.

Here's a thought given all the stink that is going on at the Flounder Pond. Granted, Joe's Dirt (didn't they make a movie about this?) is by far the biggest dump that has been taken in the pond but not the only. One neighbor bought one lot to shore up his yard, installed a bulkhead and hence had to fill in some dirt. And a neighbor at the other end bought the lot behind Mr. Franks and filled it in. I did hear some grumbling from a few folks but nothing was ever said out loud. No complaints to the City either. That said, back in '96 when a fellow named Don built the house "over" the pond he got approval from the Corp. Why? Because the Corp deemed it tidal back then. Now here's the question. If, and it's a big if, If (see what I did there?) Joe has to remove his dirt will the Corp make the other two remove their dirt? Tidal is tidal right? What a tangled web we weave.

Hurricane season starts in about 150 hours. Those in the know are predicting a busier than normal season. I wonder if they are getting that from the fact that we've already had Arlene. Last month. Get ready now...

Time to pick up my Sweetie Pie from the airport.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

National Taffy day.

Boiled sugar and butter. Who knew? Not a fan, it pulls my fillings out.

Guess where the wifey is? Manchester. Thanks to the assholes she will have to go to the airport even earlier than normal. My thoughts and prayers are with the parents and the kids who had to experience this nightmare. I can not imagine. Well, Ms. May, the assholes just delivered your BREXIT plan and new immigration policy wrapped in bloody roses. Use it well. Too bad we're too civilized to deal with these animals in an effective manner. Hurry home Hon.

I picked up some more Islanders this morning. A bit of  jackpot as we are able to fill some missing months from '97 and '98. The first item to jump off the page was Sailor Shea winning 1st place at the Weinerdog Nationals at Gulf Greyhound Park. Remember back a few posts/weeks/months/years when he won third? Go Team Shea!!
There is a lot of concern about the Clear Creek drainage plan. Sounds like the Corps wants to straighten the creek and others don't. Add the fact that the Brio site up in Friendswood, 1/2 mile off the creek, has just made the Superfund list and some folks downstream are getting twitchy. I get it.
Have I mentioned how much it makes me smile when I see the cartoon they chose for the soup cook off? I love it.

A lot of folks calling for restrictions on who is "welcome" on the Island. Sound familiar? This could be from the last Council meeting. There's an article making fun of political correctness. It was copied from 1993! Funny, I don't remember us letting those dumbasses make the calls that long ago. I learned that the Cherokee word for possum means "smiling pig".
It just dawned on me that for better or worse once these Islanders are uploaded to "the cloud" our deeds will be recorded for all the world to see and possibly enjoy. Yep. Coffee stains and all, our neighbors, past and present will be with us for the foreseeable future. Wannna live forever? We might just be on our way.

African American Caucus leaders want to know why U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was cut off during state convention speech.

Pick me! pick me! maybe someone with a brain got tired of stupid shit falling out of her pie hole?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Today, A boating story

This is for the boaters out there in and out of the Yachting Capitol of Texas.
There was a blurb I came across in one of the old Islanders and it rattled awake some sleepy old memory cells.  A few weeks back I mentioned a odd sailboat and some of the things I knew about it. After talking to some folks in the know I found out "Slingshot" spent several weeks here on the Island getting some fine tuning done. It was in town to set the sailing speed record and one of our neighbors was in on the ground floor. WITHOUT LOOKING at the captions can you spot him? For you noobs he lives on CLR at Forest.

Mike Zuteck, Olaf Harken, Peter Harken, Jan Gougeon, Dan Reichelsdorfer, Ron Sherry and John Maudlin
Some of you may recognize John Maudlin too or at least the name, I've met a couple of his kids but not him.

In the summer of '85, May if I remember right. The plan was to run for the record on the leeward side of the Texas City Dike. I will attest to the fact that this sonofabitch  looked like it was doing 4 knots while it was tied to the pier at Legend Point. A speed record seemed like a walk in the park.

But as luck would have it Mother Nature intervened. As best as I can remember it was a weather phenomenon like I had never seen before or since. It was some sort of cyclonic storm that came at the bay from the north west. When it caught up with our boys in Texas City it broke their boat.

You can read a lot more at the link below.

Ready for a jam packed weekend? You better be. It's gonna start somewhere, sometime Friday afternoon and won't let up until Tuesday. And with all that said all I ask is that at some point in the festivities you stop, take 10 seconds and think about what this holiday is really about. Just 10 seconds.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Not today.

for those who need one. 

What will surely become known as the Great Flounder Pond Battle of '17 has taken a turn. For the better or for the worse is for you to decide. If you read these ramblings you pretty much know where I stand. To the noobs this is just the current iteration of a long running story. To fill or not to fill, that is the question. 
Let me introduce the contenders. Not all of them to be sure just the folks on the front lines. 
First, we have the neighbors and their sign;
They took their case to our elected officials who promptly dumped it in the lap of our new Mayor
And our first ever majority female City Council
And it just wouldn't be a party without the Feds. So these folks came along and promptly red tagged the operation
Which brings us to the other side of the story, who received GLO, (Texas General Land Office, the oldest State agency in Texas) permission to fill in this private property. Enter neighbor Joe. He left this card on my door.
just before he posted this sign at the job site.
I'm outta things to say for now so.....

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces. Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, is part of Armed Forces Week.
Trees. We talked about 'em a week or so ago. Once upon a time the largest tree on the Island was thought to be an Oak of some sort at 314 Clear Lake Road. Well, that tree is gone so as I wander aimlessly around out little slice of paradise I am looking for a new contender. I thought about the Black Jack Oak at Sundial Park but no. And I remember a huge Oak that used to be on Narcissus but it too is long gone. Kim and Joe on Oak have a contender neighbor Reva has the prize so far. Her two Live Oaks have not only survived Ike, Alicia and Frances but years of butchery by HL&P's hackers. The north tree measures 9 feet 8 1/2 inches around and the south tree is 8 feet 7 inches. I'll post height as soon as I figure out how to get it. You think you know where there is a bigger tree? Let me know. 
IWGS is in full swing. Time for me to don my best apron and assume the position. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

National Devils Food Cake Day.

Which brings me to Ice Cream.
I am at a crossroads. For time immemorial Blue Bell Pecan Pralines and Cream has been my undisputed, hands down no questions asked not even a close second candidate for Best Ice Cream on the planet. I know, I know there are you out there that may not think Blue Bell is indeed the best ice cream but you would be wrong. I am not trying to start an argument I am simply trying to educate. No other ice cream could inflict national sorrow, nay worldwide panic like the great Blue Bell shortage of 2015. The horror. Save the first 4 years of my tender young life I have never gone so long without ice cream. Lest you think me an ice cream snob please know that I have had hundreds of variations in over 30 countries on 4 continents. My creds are solid. Our son is still searching for his cold creamy bliss so when we pick up the mandatory PP&C we will pick up something new. Enter my conundrum. Tin Roof seems like such a simple thing. I fully expected this to be a one and done. Not so fast. I went so far as to do a side by side, bowl by bowl eat off last night. Woe is me. I may be seeking an intervention soon.

Island Wide Garage Sale technically starts at sunup tomorrow. The professional pre pickers will be cruising the Island this evening. Pay attention to traffic!

Next weekend is jam packed with Crawfish boil off

, Jammin' on Jarboe, starring
 Bag of Donuts

Not that one, this one!

and our very own Drag Race.

how do you like me now?
Happy Friday Islanders.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Not personally a fan but hey, don't be judging me.

Did you know that it was 1980 when we got to be officially separated from Kemah on our zip code? Even though we were a city before they were, it seems they had the Post Office. It wasn't that long ago when there was a movement afoot to get our own Post Office. That idea met a sure and certain death from DC.

Here's how Galveston County sees us. Some interesting stuff..

In 1980 the City was also on the Corps of Engineers shit list for filling in Shell Bottom park. That's the official name of the boat ramp. Much like the Flounder Pond area subsidence had taken it's toll. We won.

As I read these old Islanders I get the feeling that I'm getting to know some of these folks even though we've never met. Digital voyerism? Whatev.
I never met Virginia Bolin but I do know her daughter(?) Teresa. Virginia was another genuine mover and shaker of her time. She was a regular contributor to the islander with her This and That column which does not disappoint. I just read where she passed and can't help but think it affected everyone on the Island in some way. Yes, She was that in to it. Farewell Ms. Bolin. I miss you already.
Ever meet Alma Roeshot? Me either but she was the City Historian. October 15th was proclaimed Loretto Garst Day. She was another one of our Island treasures. Her daughter Jean lives on W. Shore. There was the great rubberband debate of '99 but you'll have to read about that one yourself. The restrooms at Deephole Park have been taken care of by public works but the damned copier in the office has been broken since last year. Priorities much? Kemah started a Farmers Market. Same place as the one you probably know (knew?) Seems that real estate was just destined to become a boat sales lot. All houses built after the flood of 79 have to be elevated and last but certainly not least Walter Birkman has been shot. He lived. His mom took him to the docs where a bullet was removed. Apparently one of his neighbors doesn't like him. Walter is a cat. Did you hear the one about the NAACP coming to Clear Lake Shores? Yeah. Clue. Fishing is involved.

For my next magic trick I am going to attempt to find recipes posted in our old Islands and recreate them. I promise no beets will be harmed in this attempt. Stand by for more.

Heard of Piescrapers yet? you will. Some look like this.
And some look like this!
I'm looking for ideas for the newly (re)formed Clear Lake Shores Yacht Club. Got any you want to share? Something along the lines of "A Drinking Club With A Boating Problem"
For a logo,
Or maybe this in cartoon
Lets chat.
Not good.....

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

National Cherry Cobbler Day

Sign me up!!

So the Corps of Engineers has red tagged the work on the Flounder Pond. I gotta say I'm not mad about that. I listened to both sides at the City Council meeting and I will give that round to Paul and Linda. Joe's appeal to the crowd was strictly emotional. I'm not sure how I feel about pissing off all your neighbors to help someone else. I guess it's how you want to spin it. I'll leave that up to you. 

BTW The Islander referred to it as "The Lagoon" as late as 1998. Just sayin'. In other 1998 Islander news, The Bayview Duck runs it's first ad. Island Lore is a new article. Tropical Storm Frances tears up a lot of stuff and makes everything really, really wet. There's a wooden bear named John at Ivy & Oak. The Civic Club purchases Street Signs for the City. The Civic Club creates a Parks Committee. The South Shore Beer Garden icon "BurgerHead" makes his debut. And hears one I bet no one saw coming. Clear Lake Shores got it start from some folks who had a summer retreat called Camp Hughes. They thought the undeveloped little Island could be turned into something special. How right those forward thinkers were. Oh, Camp Hughes, We know it now as Lazy Bend. BOOM!

How would you like to see a few recipes from some of our neighbors past and present? I saw more than a few recipes that I want to try. I'll post 'em here.

Island Wide Garage Sale is Saturday. Get ready for some crazy traffic. Keep an eye on the little ones not everyone can handle our skinny streets.

On to Memorial Day and The Civic CLubs Crawfish Boil-Off at the Shelley Pavilion. I hear they need cooks and judges! 

Next It's our first Jammin' on Jarboe concert featuring 
Bag of Donuts Straight outta NOLA just for us. Check 'em out here.

drum roll please......then it's

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

National Love A Tree Day

Here's a question for our Island. Who has the biggest tree on the Island? You give me a candidate and I will go measure it. I nominate my neighbors Live Oaks on Pine. 
Short version of last nights Council Meeting:

Island Wide Garage Sale is Saturday. Not too late to sign up.

  • Happy Birthday Mayor ProTem Fenwick
  • 5 AirBnBs have been notified of Violation of Ordinance.
  • Pool aerobics will begin soon.
  • Next Civic Club meeting will be held at Deep Hole Park. Instead of Pizza they are having Fajitas. Yum.
  • Memorial Weekend is gonna be nuts. 
  • a: paddle boat/canoe/kayak race
  • b: Crawfish Boil-Off (They need cooks and judges)
  • c: Drag Race
  • Steak and Sinatra and the Children's Fishing Derby are on deck.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers put a red tag on the Flounder Pond fill in.
  • Joe asked us to get behind the fill not stand in the way of the 
  • Paul said knock it off Joe.

Muscovys. Love ‘em or hate ‘em 1996 is all about those ugly bastards. Pros, Cons and a few in between. Me personally, “you varmints git offa my lawn” Who knew their crap would stain concrete? That’s just wrong. The Islander is full of articles.
Moose Manor Farms says
Muscovy are the only domestic ducks that are not derived from Mallard stock. Originating from the Caribbean Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras where the native culture values them for their meat, Muscovy aren't really ducks, but rather large perching waterfowl (Cairina moschata).

Muscovy ducks are great on the farm to control insects the natural way. They are particularly helpful controlling flies, grasshoppers, ticks and mosquitos. If you put them in a pen with cows or calves they will eat most of the flies. In one experiment where two year old Muscovy ducks were put in cow pens, the fly population was reduced by 80 to 90 percent.

Wiki says
The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to MexicoCentral, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in Florida and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. Feral Muscovy ducks are found in New Zealand, Australia, and in parts of Europe. (poultry business) says.
The meat of the Muscovy is unlike that of the other domestic ducks. It is not greasy and is much more like veal than like poultry. In Taiwan and Europe they often use the Mule Duck, a hybrid of the Muscovy with Mallard-derivatives, as a meat bird.
By the age of three months or so, the males are nearly twice as large as the females. I've found that in younger Muscovys, the feet of the males are often relatively larger, but I don't know if you can count on this.

Too much? meh.
In other Island news , Sailor Shea won third place at Gulf Greyhound Parks' Weiner Dog Nationals. Woof! April had, ready for this? 10 1/2 pages of Police reports. 10 + pages! Hooligans. The RR bridge is coming out. City Friend and man about town, Joe Lee Sr. passes away. I knew Joe. June has a most excellent Island Poll. Read this when you have the time. Judy Blossom created the Club Logo, two seagulls flying in to the sun. The native Southern Brown Pelican makes a celebrated return to the area. It's been gone since the 70's thanks to DDT. Speed bumps are talked about on Clear Lake Road. Because someone hit a cat. No, really. The EDC is created. Blue Point is about to get paved. A Miss Teen America finalist is one of ours. The Sandbar makes it debut. There's talk about a footbridge across the bayou. And there is an awesome article called "From the Mouth of the Bayou".

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Chip Day

How ya gonna lose?

City Council Meeting tonight. New Mayor gets sworn in and old Mayor gets sworn at. Here's your agenda. More chatter on the Flounder Pond. A work stoppage was issued.
Vern Johnson, Mayor 
Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

SPECIAL MEETING May 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Mike McNamara Jan Bailey
    Councilwoman Hoerner Councilman McNamara Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department 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

    Paul and Linda Merryman – House being built behind their home on East Shore Drive in the pond.
    1. Check Register: April 27th thru May 10th, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held May 2, 2017
    3. Approve WF Transfer F-149C Michael Calpakis to Dianna & David Cox
  7. Presentation of Silver Dollars to City Council and Mayor (Mayor Vern Johnson)
  8. Administer Statement of Election and Oath of Office to newly elected/re-elected candidates (Mayor Vern Johnson)

  1. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Appoint Thomas Haaland to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Award of contingency contract for debris removal in the event of a declared disaster requiring such services.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    3. Appointment and confirmation of the position of Mayor Pro-Tem.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    4. Appointments to Boards: The following boards are to be represented by an elected or appointed official. (City Adminstrator George Jones)
      Bayou Animal Services Board of Directors:
      Provides animal control and shelter services to Dickinson, Santa Fe and Clear Lake Shores.

      Kemah-Clear Lake Shores Emergency Services Board:
      Governs the operation of the Kemah Volunteer Fire Department

      Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps Board of Directors:
      Governs the operation of the Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps.

    5. Resolution 2017-10: A resolution by the City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas approving the purchase of certain property by the City and further approving a lease purchase agreement to finance the same.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
Coming up!

A new turn of events for the annual Drag Race. BRING MONEY! There will be a People's Choice winner and the votes will be dollar bills. Here's you chance. All monies go to the Civic Club's Scholarship fund. Win, Win, Win!

Today's history lesson courtesy of the Islander.
Just like today, A lot of controversy about filling in the Flounder Pond.
Roger Day and his airplane on Clear Lake Road made the paper. We got a new Police Chief. His name was Paul Shelley, Hi Paul! drop me a line sometime.
There was a move afoot by the Williams family to name the houses (sound familiar) as they are being built on the Island.  Not too hard since it's 1946 and there just aren't many houses yet. Their original house was on Oak and was named the Scrap Inn. Mostly because it was being built by scrap bits brought in. And you know there was the Seldom Inn on Forest right?  What would you name your house? The first ad for an Island Calendar appears. Is this something worth bringing back? Lois Lane wrote an article. No mention of Jimmy or Clark. Yet.

Dumbest shit I read to day is a toss up.
Chelsea Manning to remain in Army, receive health care benefits after prison release
Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, was convicted in 2013 of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents and battlefield video to WikiLeaks. She served nearly seven years of her 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth. She was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison.
Why would the U.S. Army want this dirt bagette to stay?

Or ....
Social-justice warriors are now saying that Mother’s Day is gender-exclusionary.
Writing in the Toronto Star, columnist Emma Teitel says that such “gendered holidays” are “generally a drag for non-binary parents who don’t identify with a single gender.”
Oh Canada.....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mothers' Day Y'all

Hard to imagine she's been gone 22 years and Dad 42 years. The good news is I think about them both everyday. 

Did you go to the "Special Meeting" last night? What a great turnout. I haven't seen that many folks in the building since Steak & Sinatra Night. I hope you came away with all the answers you were looking for.  I realize there's one or two out there who may not have gotten the answers they wanted but that's a different subject. I for one thought they did a good job. And a special tip of the hat to Bryan who is on neither the EDC or City Council. Good job folks.

Ever see this map? It's on the wall at City Hall.

It shows Laurel Street running right through what we now refer to as the flounder pond. Back in the day it was called Mud Bottom pond. In a past Islander 

Looks like they weren't too keen on the idea then either. I will miss The Flounder Pond. That's were my son learned to cast a rod and reel. We heard the same story as most of you. You could buy the underwater lots but could not build on them. It happens. Subsidence was a major pain all around the bay area. That said I love the fact that someone did their homework and found the stories to be false. Joe literally discovered a sunken treasure. Good for you Joe. 
Bye Bye Flounder Pond.

I'll buy you a beer if you know what this is.
Close but no cigar. It's Coon bait. Tonight's the night. Bubba on the youtubes says this is the best coon bait in the world. I'll keep you posted.

Dumbest shit I read today, 
Man arrested after 'masturbating vigorously' in public because he 'hates Portland'

Friday, May 12, 2017

National Limerick day.

Here's an oldie but a goodie. There once was a man from Nantucket...kidding, not happening here.
From the office of the President. Of the Civic Club
We need volunteers for:
  • Island Wide Garage Sale 5/20
  • Crawfish Boil Off (Bridget David to chair) date 5/27
  • Fishing Derby TBD (Pam Linbeck to Chair)
  • Steaks and Sinatra-If anyone wants to organize, they need to step up
  • July 4th-Need Chair and volunteers
Priscilla Duffy
please contact

Finished scanning in a few old Islanders. I'm taking these back to Helle and get some more.
What I got out of 1985. 
Who remembers Mallorcas restaurant at Watergate. I had forgotten all about it. Our Police Chief Simms retired. Said he's been here since Moby Dick was a minnow. The new Kemah Bridge officially opened and watercolor paintings of the old draw bridge were for sale. Have you ever worked for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner? This one's for you. The serving hours in '85 were from 11AM to 7PM. And the cost was $5 per plate. City Father, First Mayor, Civic Club President and so much more, R.A. "Bob Piehl passes away while on a trip to Alaska. 
Took my Jeep in for inspection. In the lot was a new 4 wheel drive, supercharged Jaguar. It comes with a built in portal for a tow hook.
How sad is that?
Imagine it's April 2008, you dial in Letterman and he's on a rant at the newly elected President Obama. Smiling , he turns to the camera and says "In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Bill Clintons cock holster." What's your reaction? and how many seconds go by before Letterman is off the air?
President Trump does get a "No" vote today. I'm pretty sure he doesn't need to threaten anyone. Out loud. Moving on Sir, moving on.

See you tomorrow at the EDC Open house. I'll be taking notes.
Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Observed annually on May 11, National Eat What You Want Day is about having one day a year of eating with no regrets. Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to indulge without feeling guilty. Chili cheese dogs, greasy hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, cake, cookies, candy and ice cream are just a few of the things you can enjoy today without remorse. Decadent food is definitely on the menu today.
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of, Eat What You Want Day is just a way to enjoy life with friends and family. Many nutritionists even agree that “taking a short break” from your diet regimen is actually good for you.
I had Mamacitas' Fajitas. 

1984 is over. Wuuuuu? I've been scanning in old Islanders and just finished 1984. The Gazebo at Deep Hole park was dedicated as were the two Live Oak trees. Sorry to say we lost both of them to Hurricane Ike. Neighbor Eva'a late husband, Judge Thatch was mentioned as the ribbon cutter on the newly opened Seabrook Kemah bridge. Not the one we have now, The old draw bridge. One council member wannabe is running on the promise to pave all the roads on the Island. The first Spaghetti Dinner was held. $4 for adults and $2 for kids. 1984 had a lot of coon problems. The big talk was about rabies. I gotta get them out from under my house. Everyone is excited about the new jukebox at City Hall. I wonder what ever became of it? Anyone know? One of the coolest ideas put forth by the Club was asking all the parents to bring their kids to the meetings so we could hear what they had to say. That could be fun! This was the year we moved to Clear Lake Shores. It was also the year the Presidential Yacht Sequoia visited the area. We ran with it for a few miles up to the port of Houston Turning basin and back. What a magnificent ship. That communist peanut farmer from Georgia sold it. She was 104' of Trumpy. Her keel was laid in 1926 and she became the Presidents yacht under Herbert Hoover. Last I read she was on the hard in the DC area.

Wave bye bye to the flounder pond.

And for the love of God don't forget the EDC meeting Saturday. This needs to move on one way or the other. I don't know how much longer I will tolerate being called names by that whiny little bitch on FB. 😁

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Shrimp Day!

I am in! "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich...  That- that's about it."

1983 saw Hurricane Alicia blow through in August. We went through the eye up on the Gulf Freeway, where I lived then. She beat up our little Island a bit while she was in the neighborhood. Odds are thats why there was no August Islander. Neighbor Eva Thatch was the President of the Club that year and Theda Darling got Yard of the Month. The best part was an article by the original Duck Lady, Doris Stafford. Her place used to sit on North Shore, between Pine and Oak. She wanted to thank the Tug Boat Captain who pulled his boat up the bayou so the City could use his onboard generator to power the city. How cool is that?! And to celebrate their new flagpole Watergate hoisted a whopper. It measured 20' by 30'. I just called and that is still the measurements they use today. With an extra 2' on the fly so they can trim it up if need be. So there ya have it. 

Looks like all those rumors of not being able to build in the Flounder Pond have been false. It's getting a lot of fill in it this morning. Too bad. The biggest flounder I have ever seen up close came out of there. Greg Christeson cooked it for dinner that night. So if you can fill in tidal waters on the Gulf Coast I guess Jarboe bayou could be next?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Been there....
May 9 recognizes a fun and unique holiday, National Lost Sock Memorial Day. It is time to say “good-bye” to all of the single socks, the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown. Where do all the missing socks go? Is there a washing machine heaven? This is a question that people have been trying to solve for many centuries. An answer may never be found to this problem, and life will go on. How sad to have lost such a close-knit friend!

Now is the time to let go and move on. Clean out all of your left behind socks. Make sock puppets or recycle those old socks by reusing them as dust rags! Say your final goodbyes to your lost socks using #LostSockMemorialDay.

1982 is in the can. Did you know that Okies YardHouse used to be the Hair Salon used to be Mike's Tavern? The circle of life or mere coincidence? I think not. Our then Building inspector condemned 9, count 'em 9 houses on the Island. They were told to clean up, fix up or tear it down. Wow. There was an ad for the Wine Cellar bar. Anyone ever heard of it? There was no address. We got the Corps permission to bulkhead the Island from Rouf Park (test) to Shell Bottom. The Club sponsored the building of the Gazebo at Deep Hole park. The most interesting item was the mention of Laural Street. We don't have a Laural. It talks about getting rid of Laural and making it a canal with access to the creek between Rosewood and East Shore? The Flounder pond is my only guess. You've heard me tell of when E. Shore was awash at high tide there. Interesting.

Sounds like there will be a crawfish boil off on Memorial weekend if the Club can find a chair. This is a good time to step up.

Drag Race News. There will be tickets for sale so the crowd can vote with their wallets. Yep. Peoples Choice. More as I get it. popints for how many of your neighbors you can identify.
Hint for you noobs, This is before Ike...