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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Almond Buttercrunch Day

I hope it won't get soggy.
They say it will stop.

Sooner or later...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How Time Flies.

It was one of the first City Council meetings I went to after we moved here in 2001. Mayor Guthrie presided and the big topic was a proposed Rack n Stack on City property across from Lazy Bend. Most of the folks who attended the meeting were from Lazy Bend and none of them wanted a big building built there. I'm sure there is a tactful way of telling folks their opinion doesn't matter but Mayor Ted went with "You have no voice here". I get it but I'm thinking some of our Lazy Bend neighbors are missing that point. That was the gist of last night's Council meeting. The developer of the Star Fleet property was there discussing the proposed hotel and there were several Benders there voicing their displeasure at not being included in the development talks. Where's Ted when you need him. The proposed "Sweet Shop" at the old art gallery is trying to get opened in two weeks, and Club President Pricilla invited everyone to the next Club meeting July 6th.
Golf Cart parade line up starts as soon as you get there or by 10:30 whichever is convenient. It will start rolling at 11:30 to be back at the park for Noon. You do NOT have to be a member of the Club to be in the parade but you do have to be a member to win a trophy. NO OPEN CONTAINERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PARADE. It's against the law!

Here is the meatloaf recipe I've been talking about. This is dinner tonight.

I'm looking for a plumber for a small job. Anyone have a recommendation? Thx.

Another golden oldie.

Monday, June 26, 2017

National Chocolate Pudding Day is here!

I have no idea how many times I have headed south on CLR from Forest. I do know I have eyed the Oak on the corner as a contender for our biggest tree but after a lookover I could see it was short. Friday, for whatever reason, I finally noticed the BIG tree behind it. A carefully placed email provided me with the info I was looking for. A drumroll please. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new winner. Mike and Pamela Zuteck's nearly hidden Oak was measured at 11' 3" which soundly beats Reva's 9'8". All Hail the Zuteck Oak.

Anyone hear how the benefit went yesterday? I liked the brisket but that's about it. Oh well, a for a worthy cause. I hope you had a chance to get to Aspens.

City Council meets tomorrow. They combined the last meeting with the one that was to be on the 4th and will knock it out tomorrow. Here's the agenda.

Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


SPECIAL MEETING June 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Special 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 Hoerner Councilwoman Lyons Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor McNamara
    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

    Candace Mann – Waterfront/Boat slip Issues
    1. Check Register: June 1, 2017 thru June 21, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 6, 2017
  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approval of contract with Cobb Fendley Engineering for services related to five planned drainage projects in the amount of $98,280.00.(City Administrator George Jones)

b. Approval of a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Committee to rezone Tract 1 (3.9668 acres) and Tract 2 (0.1642 acre) land located at Star Fleet Marina (C-3) to the newly created C-4 MMU designation. (City Administrator George Jones)

Here's another blast from the past. A Soup Cook Off I think.

Happy Monday Islanders,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

National Praline Day

Here's everything you need to know.
At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.
The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cake, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.
The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection and thus created what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.
Including Paula Deen's recipe.

Here's one that's close to home. And I'll throw in a freebie at the end. Bee's. We talked about these little gems a few months back when Eileen's house became a nest for roughly 40,000 apian wonders and their queen. I'm a big fan of Honey Bees and have raised my family not to swat at them but how to coax them elsewhere. The removal team had to come out a total of three times to get them all. A few weeks after that I remember someone on FacePlant was asking what to do about bees at her place. I think we all understand how that many bees can make a person twitchy. With the Africanized bees in the area a whole new twist is added. Did you know over 50 people a year die from bee stings? Then there's this...
CDC: Bees are the Deadliest Non-Human Animals in America ...

HOLY CRAP! Now the question becomes, what do you do when your over the
fence neighbor brings in an honest to God beehive? Well, you can take it to City Council but I can tell you after reading Section 10 of our Ordinances there's not much one can do. The closest thing I can find would be under Public Nuisance. Here ya go. 
  • Sec. 10-33. - Public nuisance.
    Failure to exercise proper care prohibited. It is unlawful for any owner to fail to exercise proper care and control over any animal owned or in the custody of such owner, or to fail to exercise proper care and control over the premises where any such animal is kept, so as to prevent such animals, or the conditions of such premises, from becoming a public nuisance. It is unlawful for an owner or handler of a dog or cat to fail to immediately remove droppings or feces of said animal when on public property or private property other than that of such owner.
    Conditions constituting a nuisance. All of the following conditions, situations or occurrences are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and constitute a failure of the owner to exercise proper care and control of his animal and/or the premises where said animal is or has been kept:
    Any animal, which turns over garbage containers or scatters garbage or which otherwise damages private or public property;
    Any animal at large;
    Any animal that barks, whines, howls, crows, or makes other loud sounds or noises that cause the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or the occupants of adjacent premises to be disturbed; or
So If I wanted to bring in wild animals, that are indigenous to the area and are not specifically outlawed in our ordinances I can. I pick rattlesnakes. I wonder how my neighbors are gonna like me now? But what if our apian advocates tell you they need the honey because they have severe allergies? It's a health issue.  I'm pretty sure the health nuts have made the argument that local honey is good juju and hey, who doesn't like honey right? The fact that you can buy local honey at our Farmers Market every Saturday doesn't seem to matter much. What about the whole "At Large" status? What to do. The bee guys said they use smoke because it makes the bees think there is a fire in the area and they will pack up their hive and move it to a safe place. Maybe set up your smoker on your side of the fence and roll out a brisket? or two? decisions, decisions...

While I was there I looked up on my favorite peeve. Yappin' ass dogs. You know the ones I'm talking about. Very few things can mess with your Zen as fast as the notorious brown yapper. Most of us want to be good neighbors so we bite our tongue and go on. But what about a dog you can hear barking 2 blocks away? Is it still protected under the good neighbor rule? Sonofabitch ain't my neighbor. No we don't have any dogs that loud thank God. I'm talking about parrots. There's a few on our little Island. And we know where they are because they are so damned loud. They fall squarely under 10-33(b)(3). When does your inclination, you do not have a right to own another animal, interfere with my preference for peace and quiet? As a responsible pet owner, assuming you are yet knowing not everyone is, you want the best for your animal. With parrots that includes placing them outside for a little fresh air. Where they commence to get loud. Really loud. The experts say they vocalize when they are happy. How ya gonna be mad at a happy animal? Did you know Macaws are the loudest of the parrots? Cockatoos are in third place (we have them too) and African Greys' are number 5. Yes we have at least one of these. Speaking of a being a bird sanctuary and all that entails I found this. 

  • Sec. 10-155. - City designated as a bird sanctuary.
    The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is designated as a bird sanctuary.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.010)

  • And here's the surprise I promised.  Pay attention to the second half of the sentence! HA
    Sec. 10-156. - Unlawful activities.
    It is unlawful to trap, hunt, shoot or attempt to shoot in any manner any bird or wild fowl or to rob or disturb occupied nests of birds or wild fowl within the corporate limits of the City of Clear Lake Shores, except for the Muscovy duck breed which may be trapped and humanely euthanized and the eggs of Muscovy ducks may be addled.
    (Code 1999, § 6.12.020; Ord. No. 2006-14, § 1, 12-19-2006; Ord. No. 2015-07, § 4, 8-18-2015)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Not gonna be easy

It's National Onion Ring Day and National Chocolate Eclair Day. I gotta tell ya I love me Burger King onion rings. Before you even go there Tookies are just too big.

2.5 inches in my rain gauge. Cindy is on her way to Arkansas and odds are taking the rain with her. We needed the rain, my 'maters were looking a might peeked.

2007. Just a tad over 10 years ago. Remember the local duo Tall and Short of It? They played at the Christmas Party. They were fun. The Sandbar put on the Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade again. My memory could be off but I think this was the year of the HurricHaynes. A concoction created at the old Knotty Pine Lodge and distributed around the hood. I don't remember being in the parade but I was told I had a good time? I'm pretty sure there is a current standing ordinance against future HurricHaynes. A neighbor kid started a website just for other kids. Way to go Madeline. The Island threw one hell of a benefit for Brett Bailey. Hard to believe that's been 10 years go. Long time resident and Island mover and Shaker Juanita Flurry gave us a brief history of where the Steam Tables came from and hoe they got to be here. Nope. Not gonna tell ya. It's an Island Lore story. One of the longer running bylines is Island Cooking by Susan Perez. You seen a bunch of her recipes copied and posted here. In April she'll tell you not only how she seasons' her cast iron but she'll throw in her Country Pot Roast recipe. Susan for the win!
Hard to believe it's been damn near two months getting all this info scanned in. Seems like it was just last week that I drug my HP out from under the desk and plugged it in. And that folks is it. Except for the odd recipes and photos I stumble on. See you around the Island.

Dumbest shit I read today goes to three goobers from Wisconsin. I guess they are tired of buying lotto tickets and figured this is faster. Please Big Box stores don't settle or you will open the dumbass flood gates for other bottom feeding lawyers.

MILWAUKEE — Two home improvements stores are accused of deceiving the buyers of four-by-four boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous two-by-four.

The alleged deception: Menards and Home Depot (HD) market and sell the hefty lumber as four-by-fours without specifying that the boards actually measure 3½ inches by 3½ inches.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome Summer

The first day of summer is finally here. Thanks to TS Cindy we are in the shade with a substantial breeze. Not bad huh? For fun stuff about the The Summer Solstice check out one of my favorite sites.

Thanks for all the well wishes for the birthday boy. We tried a new recipe on a new dish we call Texas Fish n Chips. We started with a tried and true English beer batter but instead of a pint of brown beer we used a can and a half of Lone Star. We kicked it in the butt with a tablespoon of Chipotle and instead of Cod we picked up some gorgeous Red Snapper fillets from Baybrook Seafood. We fired up the grill ('cause Momma said so) and fried them up in my old cast iron skillet outside. The best part? Aside from the eating, My son did it all. From start to stop I got to sip on a tasty little single malt and watch. Happy Birthday/Fathers Day to me! Then my Honey made this.

Yep. My favorite. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Carrot cake and coffee for breakfast. 😁

Winding up the Islander archiving. We'll start with 2006 where Jarboe park is about to open and our PD is having a garage sale. They are getting ready to move from the old fire station to the new barn on Birch. Can you think of a better time of the year for an Ice Cream Social than August? Nope. So we had one. We had the big clean up party at Darlene Sanders house and later that ear the Civic Club would buy, stuff and bury a time capsule. This was also the year of the bird. If you were here you know what I'm talking about. If you weren't here you were lucky. The Crutchfield property on Pine became a full fledged rookery. In the beginning it was truly awesome. Truly. Thousands of Herons, Crested Night Herons, Egrets, Cattle Egrets and a Great Blue Heron or two. Three months in it was a full fledged nightmare. I tried to count the nests in one of the small trees close to the street and I stopped after fifty. If you had the option you would not drive on Pine between Forest and Ivy. It literally rained bird crap. The ammonia stench would take your breath away. There was so much crap for so long it that killed many of the smaller trees on the property. Enter the cannons and neighbors who didn't live in the immediate area. All they could think of was how pretty the birds were and we had no right running them off. And then they would go back to their nice smelling quiet house blocks away calling us names the whole way back. It was not a pretty time. WCID put in new water lines. Every street on the Island was under construction. Imagine the joy. Tomorrow will be the end of this story with 2007. See you then.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not a good cause...

A truly Great cause. 
I hope to see you there.

Well the latest is the moved the Tropical Storm Warnings a little farther west to include us. I guess we can expect some high tides at the least. Bret should be a tad more interesting.

May of '86 saw a tribute to Jane Long Day. Drag out your Texas History book. She was know as “The Mother of Texas”. And the only known mention of a Jalapeno Eating Contest at Beto’s. Remember Betos'? It was where Skippers is now. We have to apologize for the poor quality of the front page but it’s all we had. 2001saw the Caldwell’s putting on the third annual Chili Cook off. Their’s is a CASI sanctioned event unlike the 30+year event at Wards. When you get around to reading Jay Stailey’s story about Tommy Chapman, you’ll find the ending in May of 2001. We may be years away from having a public pool but it hasn’t stopped us from having a pool committee. And Island Historian J. Garst is researching the origin of the name of Jarboe Bayou. I wonder if she found the answer. I bet she did. Read some more great stories from long gone neighbors and friends about the fiasco the was the Rita Evac. The price of ManCakes goes up to a staggering $4. The 4th Carolling Carters event got a great write up. This event is my Island Favorite. Thanks Caldwell’s. June has a good looking Key Lime Pie recipe. I’ll try to get that posted later this week. Remember the Tree Islanders I keep talking about? That's them Lower right. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Here's one for all of us

It's National Flip Flop Day! Have you seen the giant yellow ones by the pool? Pretty cool.

I hope we get to see you at Steak and Sinatra tomorrow night. It is sure to be a great outing. If you didn't get you tickets, better luck next year. 

Make plans to have your buggie in the 4th of July parade. I say we are going for a new record but I'll have to look at photos from the City's 50th birthday party parade. That was massive. Plan B. 

More scattered news and another recipe. In '03 the EDC was looking into the whole pedestrian bridge issue. Even they shit canned it in '03. Here's an interesting article from then President R Burchfield.

We got our first but certainly not last official Pet Liaison in Lezlie Cates Smith. The Fishing derby is still going strong and there was a Texas River Otter spotted in the bayou by someone who knows the difference between an otter and a Nutria. Oreo the Goose had his Obit from 91 reprinted for reasons that escape me. And here come Susan's Crab Cake recipe. Enjoy.

Small wonder we're in such a state. And this duchebag thinks it's OK. How come no one ever shoots these assholes? 
NJ Democratic strategist launches #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen

Happy Friday Islanders!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

National Lobster Day

I want to like lobster. I really do. I've boiled it, I've grilled it, I've had it in rolls, I've tried Cousins' at the Food Park and I've had it served a few ways that I've forgot. No Joy. I'll stick with their little cousins from Louisiana.

Well, you knew it was coming and here it is. Three weeks in to hurricane season and there are two scenarios folks are watching. One is waaaaay out there but it's coming in low. The other one is here. It's in the Carib and is expected to be in the Gulf this weekend. And the follow on is the hurricane preparedness meeting is tonight at the Club House. Time to get up to speed. Don't forget to pick up a windshield sticker!

We got some hole filled in our missing Islanders so the report will be scattered around 05 and 06. I hope you enjoy. BTW I think I identified Doris Stafford incorrectly a few issues ago. I think I changed her last name to Sanders because Darlene Sanders was always in the news also. Doris Sanders lives here now, On East Shore. Sorry Doris(s).

Once upon a time yours truly called Austin and asked if there was a record for the longest golf cart parade. I don't remember the young ladies name that looked it up for me but she was very helpful. She called me back a few days later and let me know there was nothing on the books. We took several pictures of our 4th of July parade, counted 79 buggies and sent that info to Austin to claim the record. It's been 10 years and I have no idea if it still stands but whats say we go for more this year? Spread the word.
Our first National Night Out was in 06. That was when it was held in August. Pretty sure that was the last one. Who thought it was a good idea to stand on black asphalt in August in Texas. Fail. Pretty sure the hot dogs cooked themselves. Now we do it in October. Win. The first movement to include Lazy Bend in the Civic Club is happening. 05 saw us running from Rita. What a mess that was but it was a great learning experience. When they tell you to leave. Leave. Lots of talk about expanding the ETJ and the Parks are going wild with the rollout of Jarboe Park. Club membership was at 260. George Kesseler had the record with 262. I'm pretty sure Kelly reset that record. The Scholarship fund reached their goal of $2,000. There's a great story from Greg, "The King of Clear Lake Shores" about buggie safety and how to get one out of the lake.
More tomorrow. I gotta mow and it's about to get warm.
Recognize anyone?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It's National Flag Day

But I'm sure you knew that. But did you know it's also Bourbon Day? UhHuh. Or National Strawberry Shortcake Day? It's like a little mini jackpot!

On June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly. While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story. At the same time, there isn't any to disprove it, either. During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside. Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959. Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag. His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

HISTORY On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

Today I cast a nay vote over there → on the Trump-o-meter. Why? Simply because he is entertaining the idea of changing our Cuban Policy again. I'm pretty sure He's not mad at them. I know I'm not. I don't know of anyone who is and I damn sure can't think of any reason for anyone to be mad at the Cubans. That means he is giving in to special interests like the Miami. Get over yourself Miami. Time to move on.

Picked up 10 more years of Islanders today. I'll work my way through them looking to fill in any blanks. So far we are looking good.

NEIS VI. Contact. Sort of. I am trying to keep the "Agent" out of this. At this point Maxim serves no purpose. Actually They haven't served a purpose since 2003. I got through to the call center for Wright Flood. They reluctantly took my message. It was to be delivered to someone in the appraissal dept. An hour later I get an email from the "Agent" and she wants to know what the question is. I send her all the questions i have as of right now including why is she back in the middle of this shitstorm. Believe it or not Wright lost my phone number. Imagine that.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey   
and car keys to teenage boys.
-- P.J. O'Rourke

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kitchen Klutz Day

This one has my name all over it. If you would have seen the kitchen/dining room after the Jack in the Box tacos.....


Each June 13 honors those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn’t seem to work well for them. After all, it is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.
These are the people who set out with the intentions of Paula Dean or Julia Child as the open up the cookbook. Setting out the mixing bowl and ingredients, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay. However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven and salt is mistaken for sugar. Those knife cuts become bloody and cookies and fingers are burnt. 
Can I get an AMEN! Although I am not the one that uses our smoke detector as an oven timer. Just sayin'.

Here's one from Thanksgiving Dinner 2005. See how many you can name. Remember so of us are aging in dog years so be nice.

The nev erending Insurance Story, Part V.
Got a rate reduction on our flood insurance and a check. They have refunded $2,900 dollars that they overcharged us for the year. The problem is they have been overcharging us since 2010. I'm not math wiz but I'm thinking they are about $17, 400 short. Time to get on the phone.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's Corn on the Cobb Day!

What's not to love about this truly American dish? Boiled, grilled, pan fried, Yum! I must admit that I look for the big ears coming out of the Midwest when I'm buying though. They just make my mouth happier than our Texas stock. I think our harsher environment has a lot to do with it but that's just me.

The last time I got on MyFace someone had posted the recipe for Jack in the Box tacos. Love 'em or hate 'em doesn't matter even though I am squarely in the former category. Here it is.
I did take a few liberties with the ingredients but the were minor liberties. For the Chili powder I used a red medium that came from New Mexico via a neighbor. It keeps well in the freezer and we use it on a lot of different stuff. Like this mornings' omelettes. For the taco sauce I used a spicier Mateo's Salsa from HEB. I probably should have used just a tad more to up the fluid content as the end product was a bit "thick". The biggest hurdle was the tortillas. WE used fresh corn but when we got to the folding part they kept tearing. Made one hellofa mess in the oil. I sorta got around this by not so much folding them as holding them together then laying them on their side in to the oil. This left them without that sealed look found in the original treat. This recipe also makes for 12 tacos but they are waaaay more stuffed that the real deal. I also tried putting the cheese in prior to hitting the oil. Don't do that. Cheese n crackers what a mess! Adding the nice cool lettuce at the end, spooning in a little salsa over it and strap on the feed bag baby it's time to eat. We ended up with 10 that were edible as tacos and they were very good! Wyatt came home a hour later and ate the last 4 and they were cold. And greasy but that's why we like 'em right? OK Short version. At 99¢ for two I'll drive to the nearest Jack in the Box. I know the mess was mostly me but frying, inside, is tedious for the cleaning lady and the exhaust fan. Especially when the metal slotted spoon made contact with my finger. Most of that taco landed on the bread box. Most. Nope. This goes right up there with making your own tamales. If you've ever tried this you know what I mean. It was fun, they were damned good but worth the effort compared to  short drive and seasoned curly fries? Mr. Box, you have a customer for life. Next up, Susans' meatloaf.

Steak and Sinatra ticket sales end soon. They will order the (ribeyes?) and spuds and the rest will be history. Bring your favorite beverage have a seat, visit with your friends and neighbors and get waited on. And you don't even have to clean up. Win Win! Call Wanda today!
There were four sophomores taking chemistry and all of them had an 'A' so far.
These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided
to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time but, after all the
hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Texas Tech
until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided that after the final they would
explain to their professor why they missed it. They said that they visited friends
but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.
The professor agreed they could make up the final the next day.
The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for the exam. 

The next day the Professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet.
They quickly answered the first problem worth 5  points. Cool, they thought!  
Each one, in a separate room, thought this was going to be easy ... then they turned the page.
On the second page was written…

    For 95 points: Which tire?

My iPhone 6 committed suicide Friday. I have witness'. It's no secret there was no love between us. Being an Applehead since the 80's I've paid my dues and I will tell the good folks at Apple that the iPhone 6 was the biggest POS you ever released on the public. And yes that includes the Lisa. I swore it would be the the last Apple product I ever bought. So when it performed a spectacularly flawless double gainer into Clear Lake I didn't even flinch. I had my heart st on an old school flip phone and went so far as to bring one home. I obviously forgot how much fun it was keyboarding on the little guy. MJ was on her last nerve and somehow located my old iPhone 4. After 2 years in a box it needed a charge but then it was ready to go. Contacts, calendars, games and even my favorite weather app were all there greeting me like a good dog. I drug it to the AT&T Store, they spin it up in two minutes flat and voila! I am a happy boy. Coincidence that the two worst cell phones I've ever owned are both at the bottom of the same lake and not that far from each other? I think not. I'm thinking it's just good juju.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Friday Islanders!

Got your attention?

Good. Steak and Sinatra tickets are going fast. If you do not get your ticket soon you lose. Contact me or Glen or Wanda or Priscilla. Do it now! It's on the 17th or should I say NEXT WEEKEND!

I have volunteered to head up the July 4th Golf Cart Parade. If you want in on the fun say so now. You know it will be a blast.

2005 started off with a bang. More accurately 2004 ended with a bang and we talked about it in the February edition. I'm talking about an absolute once in a lifetime event and it happened here. Yes, the snow on Christmas Eve, We have the pictures to prove it. There's even a picture of Feisty the Snowman the Christenson kids made. How awesome was that?!
The feral cats took up some space. The City is trying to figure out what to do about them. They were quite a problem when we moved here. Cap'n Okies management returned to the the family with Lloyd and Cynthia taking over and Amy is absolutely rockin' the Children's library. Bayside BnB opens in April and just in time for a Capybara sighting in the neighborhood. Look it up. They look like a ginormous guinea pig. Neighbor Floyd Perez publishes his latest book. Evolution of Consciousness: Spiritual Journey Guided by Universal Laws. Go Floyd! Alex the Peacock (AKA Chic-Chic) had his story rerun. There was a lot of buzz about putting in a skateboard park and we learned the history of Sundial park just in time for it to get a makeover in to generally what we see today. We were reminded what a nightmare running away from Hurricane Rita was and I found Susan's world famous meatloaf recipe. I promise to print it here soon.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Name your Poison Day?

I've seen that get real ugly real fast.

I am on the verge of wrapping up the delightful task of scanning in our old Islanders. A tad under 400 issues. We are skipping around filling in a few blank spots in years and or months. Now comes the hard part. Mary the Magician has to arrange for (a lot) more storage space, then make them presentable to you. She can handle it no doubt but that pesky work thing keeps slowing her down so don’t get antsy. It’ll happen.

I started off with the November 2001 issue. It has a great piece from Doris Sanders, you’ll remember her as The Duck Lady. She had been here since 1929. A few years back the Club buried a time capsule under the Club House and I'm pretty sure there is a high school picture of Doris in the lake, in front of their house, with Islands behind her. Pretty sure. I'll just have to hang around another 39 years to see, I had read a few stories about a beer joint on the Island but I just couldn’t place it. Her article leads me to believe it was where the law office is now next to the Club House. Who knew? 
In other news the police department got two new Ski Do jet skis and a new motor for the police boat. Thanks EDC. 
On to 2003 and the beginning of one of my favorites, ManCakes. Hard to believe next year will make 15 years. We'll have to come up with something a little special. Maybe bring back the original $2 price tag? Not happening. Then hurricane Claudette raised the tides. A few tips on how to help your lawn after it goes under water, salt water that is, and a reminder to get your CLS stickers on your vehicles so the PD will let you back on the Island afterward. It keeps the gawkers out. You will appreciate that when the time comes.
Did you know we used to have a group of citizens called the Tree Islanders. True tree huggers extrodinaire, This intrepid group actually inventoried every tree on the Island that was on public space, right of ways and easements. Think about that for a minute and remember that we lost half of our trees to Ike. Great job ladies.
We got the popcorn machine and what was "mislabeled" as a sno cone machine. It's just a margarita machine in disguise. Drainage was a huge issue in 03 and that year was when they rebuilt Clear Lake Road. Remember how much fun that was? On to 2005.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Beat that!

So here's a question to all you hoarder wanna be's out there. Do you have any old Islanders squirreled away somewhere? If you do, drop me a line. We have the vast majority of the past 30+ years in the process of being loaded on the Clubs website and now we are looking to fill in a few blanks. If you think you have something please let me know. If we can use them I'll scan them in and return them to you unharmed, I promise.

1986 was mercifully short. The Galveston Bay Cruising Association, AKA GBCA, officially moved to Watergate Marina. And just in time for the grand opening of the new ships store. The first copy I have seen of the Clubs By-Laws are published. The annual Shrimp Boil, to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet is held. I think this tradition is worth looking into and bringing back? How about you? Dallas Croft is the first BOI that I've read about. Her brother Travis still lives here. A note was placed in the Islander explaining to everyone that the Civic Clubs Coke Machine does not take pennies. I came across a recipe called Better than Sex. I will find it.

Odds are that was a Chinkapin Oak in the last post.

Well when all the intel chiefs say says there is nothing going on what is it gonna take to move on?

One leak plugged. How many more to go? Thousands is my guess.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


June 6, 1944, is known most commonly by the term D-Day. It refers to the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France staging one of the pivotal attacks against Germany during World War II.

The landing of troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, known around the world as D-Day, was given the name Operation Overlord. Leading up to the attack, plans of deception were carried out to mislead Germany.

The attack included more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft and landed more than 156,000 troops in Normandy. There are estimates of approximately 4,000 Allied casualties that day alone. 
I had two uncles there that day. Both came home. And our very own Battleship Texas BB35 was there doing her part. Learn more here.
Wiki has a lot here. Thanks Wiki.

On a much lighter note we were invited to attend some neighbors renewing their wedding vows. It was a camping adventure. We hooked up out 1964 ALJO 
and headed to Emma Long Municipal Park in Austin. It's a huge park just west of downtown and sits on that part of the Colorado River they call Lake Austin. 
Last weekend was not a holiday so I have to believe Emma Long is one heck of a popular park because the place was jammed. Did I say jammed? I meant JAMMED! WE did not use the facilities while we were there and were informed that conditions were deplorable at best. I can't speak to their staffing but it sounds like they were not up to the task. And given the size of the crowd it was a task indeed. The park itself was quite nice. Power, water, civilized campers. That's all I ask for. We camped under this tree.
Anyone know what type of tree it is? 
Saturday found us enroute to Llano and on the Enchanted Rock SNA. A place I've been trying to get to for a very long time.
It's only .6 miles of trail. It just happens to be straight up. Sorta like climbing a ladder 20 or so stories high. This is about half way.
Mission accomplished. Hell of a view. And vows renewed. Win win.
On the way back we went into Llano looking for lunch. Neighbor Jim scored a solid 10 finding Hacienda de Jalisco. If you even get close to Llano this is where you need to stop for lunch. All 6 of us gave it a thumbs up. No cops, no hospitals. Successful outing.

In to Mud? Just for you and your sweet tooth (teeth?) Thanks Susan!

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's National Veggie Burger Day

I know, I know but before you delete this link here me out. I used to cook with the Space Cadet Cookers. We made a few rounds, collected a few trophies and even landed back to back First Place wins at Yaga's Wild Game Cook off. For quite a few years we cooked for MS-150 teams in various configurations until it ended up being Team Mission Control. When you're cooking for that many folks there's gonna be a vegetarian or 12 in the crowd of hundreds. We used great big Portobello, rubbed a little olive oil on 'em and grilled them just like the burgers and folks loved them. Even the twitchy ones who asked us not to use the same tongs we used on the beef. Seriously. A lightly grilled tomato slice, lettuce a little salt and pepper (or Scooter Spice) l and let me tell you brother that made one hell of a burger!

Or you can go with Moonshine Day.

Islander 2006 saw the start of the Scholarship Fund with all the proceeds from the soup cook. We lost a long time mover and shaker on he Island. I'm pretty sure she had lived on the Island longer than anyone else at the time. She didn't pass away though, she was made to leave her home by local forces, some familial, some political. We bid adieu to the original Duck Lady, Doris Stafford. We had a groundbreaking ceremony for Jarboe Park. There is another movement afoot about a community pool and a walking path around the Island and "The King of Clear Lake Shores" put a fresh  coat of paint on the Sundial at what used to be Melvin Rouff Park.
A few of us pulled off our first Spaghetti Night but it was over at Stewart Elementary. It still worked. And there was another great tory from Buzz. And last but not least neighbor Chuck Finnerty organized a book collection and with help from the Rotary Books for the world they got shipped off to Africa if memory serves.

And then there's this. I'm not gonna say just another moron in California but...

A woman is suing the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans, claiming she was tricked into believing one of the company's candy products was free of sugar.

The plaintiff, Jessica Gomez of San Bernadino County, first brought the case against the candy company earlier this year, blaming "fancy phrasing" for her confusion over the ingredients..

Tomorrow I'll post my two cents on Emma Long Park.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday!

Today is a bonafide twofer. Not only is it National Leave Work Early day But the first Saturday in June is also National Bubbly day!! Should probably save item 2 for after you enact item 1. Just sayin'.

A very well attended Civic Club Meeting last night. Here is what you not only need to know you need to write it down AND pass the word.
This years Steak and Sinatra Night is on June 17th, 6:30 ish at the Club House. Here's the important part. ALL TICKETS ARE TO BE PRE SOLD. Read that again. PRE SOLD. Contact Either of the Dowells', ANY of the officers or Me. We will get you connected to a ticket or 4. The plan right now is to limit the sales to 60 so don't wait. Remember PRE SOLD. No walking up to the door with money in hand. No excuses. 

Down to the last stack of Islanders.
And I pulled this little jewell out of June 2004.

So that's Kathy Griffins excuse? Hmph.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ike peas in an esophagus?

It's National Olive Day AND Heimlich Maneuver Day. Perfect!
2004 is in the tube and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Pretty sure it's not a train. This time. 
The year started off with ManCakes and moved straight to the Sandbars Mardi Gras Parade. Great way to kick start a year eh? There was a tax hike to pay for street maintenance and Neal Pleasant replaced a bunch of Nav Aids in the bayou. Thanks Neal! Pete Carrothers led another waterfront cleanup and had lots of help and a small, pedestrian bridge idea was floated for the canals at Lazy Bend. It was for the Chilrens. There was zero interest. The 2nd annual Caroling Carters had a blast and the third IWGS was a hit. The City finally put together a master drainage plan with the help of Mike Bass and Council put together our "Green Space" ordinance. The Police got a new police boat and City Hall made the move across the street to their current home. A much needed move. The Next time you are n the Club House envision City Hall being in the room where the Civic Club office is and the whole damned police department in the other end. Tight much? Marcy D opened up out first Island Coffee shop. It was above where Aspens is now. There is an interesting recipe about a Pina Colada cake that bears investigation and it just wouldn't do if there was not another conversation brought up about filling in the Flounder Pond. The Corps has posted a number and is asking for all concerned citizens opinions. Whodda thunk it. 

All you LSU fans, Looks like it's your turn in the barrel. 
"The petition’s author claims the mascot is “incredibly insulting” for African Americans because they have to “attend a school that honors Confederate militantism.”
The student gave another reason why the tiger mascot ought to be changed: “It’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people. They’ve never been in a cage!”
Sounds like it's time for a grownup to point out to these morons they don't have to attend LSU?
Well at least they are not alone. The snowflakes at Evergreen in Washington State are having a nervous breakdown because the white people won't leave campus like they demanded. WTF?