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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

National Cherry Popcicle Day

I kid you not.

You can see where Houston is but you can't see where Galveston Bay is. We are under the blob on the right. Again. With the exception of the eye location it looks like yesterdays pic. Hey, I posted a link to local weather yesterday. I mean really local. Like, he's on Maple local. Check it out. He's broadcasting to WU and has recorded the highest wind gust in Galveston County at 71mph. That's probably when Caldwells' lost their latest tree. The tide gauges are 1 foot higher than yesterday and all roads are clear with the normal exceptions like the south ends where Shore was raised. Joe's Pool AKA Flounder Pond is out of it's banks. Thanks Joe. Said no one.
Here's the boat ramp yesterday.
Here's today.
That's the diff a foot makes. More on the way. My rain gauge says we've 3 more inches since yesterday. With more on the way,  

Friday, August 25, 2017

All eyes on Harvey

We're under the blob of rain up top. So far it's just a rainy Friday but that will change. Just under a half inch of rain in the gauge. Everyone is guessing how much rain will fall and where. Time will tell. One upside is the cloud cover. We will go from the triple digits last week to a high in the low 80's. The wind will pick up tonight and shake out a lot of debris but everyone is waiting for Saturday and Sunday to see where this rainmaker will wander. Stand by.

Took my lovely bride to Opus Ocean Grill last night for our 23rd Anniversary. The food was very good but the white chocolate bread pudding goes down as one of the best things I've ever eaten ever.

Dumbest Shit I read today goes here.

And it's National Banana Split Day!

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Time to do a lap around the Island. Keep your feet dry.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

National Waffle Day

I'm in !

Looks like a fun weekend coming up...

Ready or not here comes Harvey. I just readied my rain gauge from the quarter inch yesterday.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

National Sponge Cake Day

It just doesn't sound like a good idea. Sponge. Cake. I like cake and sponges have their place but usually involve soap. I like it anyway.

Here comes Harvey. For those readers no where near here this is prime hurricane season for the Texas Coast. Now is the time to get ready. At the least we should get some cloud cover which should help keep the heart down. If you're interested go here.

The never ending insurance story V.
Got a check from the insurance company. It's good for 180 days and we are coming up on the halfway mark. Back in June I asked the agency, Maxim, (no kind words from me) to find out why they have not answered any of my questions from April. The only response was a snail mail from Wright, me spitting, asking why I haven't cashed the check yet. They are required, I LOVE this word, "Per FEMA regulations we are required to escheat all uncashed funds to FEMA six months after issue date" Bunch of dicks.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

National Pecan Torte Day

Each year on August 22, pecan lovers across the country participate in National Pecan Torte Day.
A torte is a rich dessert filled with whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jam, fruits or nuts. The baker will often glaze and garnish the torte once it is cooled. Generally made with little to no flour, tortes use ground nuts or breadcrumbs, along with sugar, eggs and flavorings instead.
Did you know the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?

Great weekend for the RAT Pack at the Guadalupe River. The river was low and slow but daaaayum it felt good compared to the triple digits not in the river. I was most "impressed" if that's the right word, of how much the river has changed since I was last there. It's been well over 20 years and that's because of the crowds. I'll have to visit a few more times to determine if I like it better. Or not.

We need the rain but is Harvey gonna give us any? Odds are getting better that it will give us some rain. At least some cloud cover.

There is a flyer going around labeled Save Flounder Pond. Almost everything on it is correct. I contacted the Corps 30 days ago and was informed there was nothing new and yesterday I did the same. Only to be notified the file number SWG-2017-00331has not been released for public comment yet. A statement on the bottom of the flyer implies there is a deadline of Sept 1 where there is none. I'll let you know when it is open for comment.

Building has restarted on the Regatta! Check this out. It was the Regatta before it was Sundance Grill.

For all my left leaning friends who wondered how we ended up with a President Trump, watch TV, or pick up a paper other than the HuffPo. Your kids are tearing up shit that doesn't belong to them. Now one of them tried to blow up a statue of the man who helped found the Houston Fire Department. And Christopher Columbus in Baltimore? Please use small words and explain to me how you think this is acceptable behavior? Anon is on, knock your lights out.

Check out this Obi Wan hairdo...

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Damn it's HOT

The good news is it only feels like 103. If you're in the shade. 
I missed the City Council meeting Tuesday. I suppose nothing fun happened or we would've heard about it by now. It was a belt graduation at ATA. Wyatt was awarded his Second Degree black belt. Congrats Son. You've earned it.

It's National Non Profit Day. Support you Civic Club!!

So today's kids want to erase history. Feel free to erase all of your 20 year old history you like kids but stay the hell off My History. I will give you the spanking you deserve. Your parents obviously failed you. You need to learn to keep your hands to yourself. Just because you don't like something you don't get to break it. It doesn't belong just to you. It's ours too. Your parents failed to teach you how to share. I won't go in to playing well with others. And what the hell is the matter with free speech? If you get your feelings hurt you call it "hate speech" and that's supposed to do what? Exactly? Make me sit down and shut up? If you collective dumbass' are gonna act like that You need to start wearing brown shirts. I am thankful that a few of you asshats were arrested and spent some quality time in the pokey. What a bunch of morons.

Two atoms are talking, One of them says" I think I've lost an electron"
"Are you sure?"
"Yeah, I'm positive"

Sunday, August 13, 2017

National Filet Mignon Day

This is a happy, sad, happy day. Got back late last night from a regional Tae kwan do tournament. Our first in a while. Wyatt's first as a Black Belt. Happy that he won two First Place medals in his two favorite events, Sparring and Forms.
Sad that the event was so poorly organized that we had to wait 6 hours between events. 10 hours in the Allen Civic Center is too long. Happy that the trip home went well and fast. Sad that it was so late when we got home. Happy that we discovered Liberty Burgers in Allen Texas. No, ecstatic! Far and away the best burger I have ever had. Ever. And I've had a lot across a few continents. Even my picky teenager gave his two thumbs up. Sad that there are none south of Dallas. The next time you get close to the Big D or Cow Town, make this a must stop. I kid you not. And don't forget to order a mudslide. Liberty Burgers. Write it down.

Here's a shout out to neighbor Alex Scanlon. Dude, Thanks. You made raising my carport look easy.

City Council meeting Tuesday. Here's the agenda. wonder what they plan on doing about the sunken boat. Has anyone called the Coast Guard?
Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

REGULAR MEETING August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons Jan Bailey

    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
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory

    1. Check Register: July 27, 2017 thru August 9, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held August 1, 2017
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Discuss and consider approval of CLEMC assessment of $32,022.00 for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year and 5% annual increases thereafter.
      (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Discuss and consider approving an action of the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation to engage the Goodman

to perform a community needs assessment, and developing grant application(s) to financially assist in meeting the identified needs. (City Administrator George Jones)
c. Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance regulating the installation of cell nodes. (City Administrator George Jones)
d. Discuss and determine the proper course to follow in resolving City Attorney appointment. (City Administrator George Jones)
I, Angie Galvan, Assistant City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, August 11, 2017.
__________________________________ Angie Galvan, TRMC


Friday, August 11, 2017

National Presidential Joke Day

Can it get any more wide open than that? Go ahead and give it your best shot. You know you want to. The First Amendment is alive and well here at Islanddrumz...

So we've been having an issue with varmints here at the Batchelor Pad. For a while I couldn't keep enough D-Con on hand. Then the possums moved in and took care of the roof rat problem. Not sure if the Coons moving in had any affect on the possums but Wyatt's punching bag seems to have convinced everyone to pack up and move to a quieter neighborhood. Just when we thought we had the place to ourselves again we spotted a long tail running along the back porch. Enter the Rat Zapper. This little jewell is worth its weight in gold. No more rodents dying in the far reaches of the attic or between the floors leaving that wonderful odor for days. The Zapper hits the little beggars with enough juice to take them out so all I have to do is check for a tail sticking out of the end and then empty it into the trash can. It doesn't get much easier. After several successful outings with the zapper everything went quiet. Victory at last. Not so fast fat boy. The other morning MJ spotted a little gray intruder running out on the front deck. That's where we feed the local squirrel population and some birds. Drag out the zapper! A few cat treats in the back end and behind the grill you go. The only unknown was if squirrels like cat treats or not. This could be troubling. Mere moments ago I was roused by quite a commotion on the deck. I looked to see if there might be a hairless tail sticking out of the Zapper but that's not what I found. Apparently squirrels do like cat treats. But not the shock the Zapper doles out. It seems our local red squirrel population is a bit tougher than their not so cute cousins. I assume the tree rat went after the treats in the usual fashion but was less than amused by the shock he got. Not to be cheated out of his new found treats I watch this squirrel slap the Zapper around the deck. The new question is, Is he mad at the Zapper and bitch slapping it around as payback or is it trying to knock the treats out so he can have his way with them? We might never know. Squirel 1 - Zapper 0.

And then there's these damned things! This makes 7! This one was on the door jamb...for about 10 seconds.

This makes me sad.

I guess that's the price of progress...

It's probably been 11 or twelve years ago when we went to Cavenders' Boot City to get Wyatt his first pair of manly footwear. MJ had him in hand and went off to find a sales person while I mulled over my new purchase of Alligator. I had my hands on a pair when an all too familiar wail went up from the kids section. Off I go to see. When I arrive on the scene I find the fruit of my loins clutching a beautiful pair of Pink and White frilly boots to his chest. They were good looking boots no doubt and on the right cheerleader or Barbi Doll they would be the perfect accessory. MJ and the sales lady are at a loss. These are the boots he wants. I managed to get him calmed down but he was not having anything to do with the other boots I pointed out. His death grip on those pretty pink boots was firm. Until I spotted a pair that I knew would trump the pink. I picked up pair of faux snake skin, held them out and asked Wyatt if he knew what they were. He tightened his grip  and shook his head. I said " These were made from a giant snakes skin". He dropped the frilly boots like they were hot and walked out wearing his new boots. Pretty sure he wore them to bed. I still have my gators but I am looking forward to the new trip to Cavenders. Come on Rodeo time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hat's off to Connecticut.

It's their day. Nationally. Ben there, not that impressive but it was winter time.
Still no official word from the USACE on the Flounder Pond. A few more rainy spells like we had the past week and Ol' Joe will have to truck in more dirt because what's in there is spreading all over the effing pond. AND it needs a mow. 

Today there will not be much information regarding this annually celebrated holiday as we do not feel like doing any research. Actually, we do not feel like doing anything at all. So we are in our hammocks with a couple of good books and glasses of lemonade and iced tea. Yes, it is National Lazy Day, and we choose to be lazy rather than tell you that this holiday is observed each year on August 10th.

The creator and origin of National Lazy Day could not be found. I think I hear my hammock calling....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rain, rain...

That's 4.25 inches in 2 hours and mega doppler says we're not done. It refilled all my rain barrels and then some so I'm OK.

Here's a short recap from last nights City Council meeting.
The real estate deal should close this week. I assume they were talking about the Lee property.

We met Jeremy and Brooke, the new owners of Remaks' old place. I invited them to the Civic Club meeting tomorrow.

The semi talk died for lack of a second and, wait for it,
We have some dumbass' for neighbors. Not quite a newsflash but...There are adults among us that see nothing wrong with bringing glass containers not just in to the pool area but into the pool. WTF? How retarded is that? Shut up, I hear you saying I'm a grown ass man and I an careful blah blah blah. That's why they invented the word accident dumbass. Put your cheap ass wine in a solo cup and move on.
And we're going to ante in for the Christmas Boat Lane Parade for the first time ever.
I'm looking for a welder to do a small job at my place so if you know of anyone who wants to make a few quick bucks have 'em call me.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

National Night Out

But not in Texas. It's kind of a no brainer. I can't think of anyone who want to go outside on purpose in August. That's we save ours till the first Tuesday in October. Well played.
City Council tonight and Civic Club Thursday night. See you there.
Michael McNamara, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING August 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Lyons 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 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
    1. Check Register: July 13, 2017 thru July 26, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held June 27 , 2017
    3. Waterfront Transfer A-002A: Robert & Charlotte Remak to Jeremy & Brooke Franco
  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
a. Approve $2,000.00 sponsorship of the 56th Annual Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Boat Lane Parade. (Mayor Pro-Tem Fenwick)
b. Discuss and determine the advisability to adopting an ordinance restricting or prohibiting the parking of semi-trucks or trailers, or any combination thereof, on residentially zoned property and provide guidance to City staff.
(Councilman Solmonsson)
c. Discussion and staff direction regarding issues at the Swimming Pool:
glass containers, smoking in the restrooms and the pool and other behavioral issues.
(City Administrator George Jones)
d. Discuss and consider approval of CLEMC assessment of $32,022.00 for the 2017- 2018 Fiscal Year and 5% annual increases thereafter. (City Administrator George Jones)

I, Christy Stroup, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, July 28, 2017.
__________________________________ Christy Stroup
City Secretary

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