Archive for January, 2005

Road Closure PSA

In case anyone is unaware, there’s going to be a total closure of Highway 59 north and south from the 610 West Loop to Highway 288 this weekend. It starts tonight, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. and won’t open again till Sunday, Jan. 16, at 6 a.m. More information can be found here.

Burn It – The Winter 2004 Edition

I know it’s not 2004 any more (and it doesn’t even feel like winter most days lately in Houston), but I’m just now getting around to Burn It – The Winter 2004 Edition.

For those of you not familiar with Burn It, it’s a mix CD swap that I run where I give you a theme, put you into groups, and everyone swaps CDs. You can read the rules and sign up here if that kind of thing is appealing to you.

Hope to see some new Houston faces in this Burn!

Diunna

Monday night, a couple of my friends and I headed out to The Continental Club for our weekly fix of The El Orbits.

We got there, only to find that a birthday party was going on for the guy that used to own Rockefellers. I was a bit sad to find out that it wasn’t going to be an El Orbits night like it generally is and wasn’t looking forward to the other bands (though, to be honest, I didn’t even know who was playing).

Boy, was I in for a treat. The first band that was up was Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy. They were incredible. Diunna is this awesome, sexy as hell, blues singer. As Katie put it, it was like we got a birthday present, it was so amazing listening to her sing.

It turns out that Diunna & Blue Mercy are having a CD release party in Humble this Saturday, which is pretty close to where I live since I’m stuck out in the suburbs in Spring. I’m going to try and make it out, so send me an e-mail (kymberlieATneuroticfishbowlDOTcom) if you plan on going. Here’s the info from the website (no time is listed, though I’m sure if you called, you could find out):

Twin Oak Tavern
211 E. Main St.
Humble, TX 77338
281-359-8687

Like I said, she was awesome, so it would be well worth checking her out if you can. According to her site, there isn’t another Houston show scheduled for months.

A great day to explore…

Have you ever checked out the Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park? If not, you are missing a rare treat. It is hidden away – in fact, I had been to the park for over a decade without noticing it. Talk about a peaceful place to take a date, a book, or even a camera.

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Don’t think that’s enough to keep you occupied? Check out 101 Things to do in Hermann Park.

Normally getting Dumped is a bad thing

You’ve probably been inundated with the advertising on this, but The Dump (10251 North Freeway – next to Fry’s) opened today. They’re open Friday through Sunday, so plan your spontaneous couch buying accordingly.

It’s a whopping 150,000 square feet and from what I hear actually has some pretty decent stuff. Unfortunately, as it lacks Ikea’s marzipan Princess cake and crazily-cheap Swedish designed random objects, it’ll probably be a while before I head across that gigantor parking lot.

Anyone know if it’s worth the trek?

Judge Ito would be overturning in his grave, were he dead

One of the big news stories today in Houston (and the nation, for whatever reason) appears to be the overturning of Andrea Yates’ conviction in the murder of her children. Why? Because a psychiatrist testifying for the prosecution lied about an episode of Law & Order that didn’t exist. I guess that makes sense if you think the jury made its decision believing that Yates was influenced by the television show.

I confess I know little about this case. Despite being a newspaper editor, I’d probably make for a good juror when they get around to trying Yates again. Or maybe not (I’m opposed to the death penalty). I don’t tend to follow these big stories. Maybe I get bored with them once the initial shock is over. And I have a double standard when it comes to the coverage. I don’t like the way television news stations report every twist and turn in a case like this or Scott Peterson’s, as if it’s really important to me. Then again, I understand the desire to hype, because if it were something I could run in my paper, I would cover it to death, too.

But everything’s bigger in Texas

Men’s Fitness magazine has once again named Houston the fattest city in the United States. Third times the charm, folks.

Some quotes from a Houston Chronicle article:

“It’s pretty interesting that everybody likes to hate on Houston,” said Councilwoman Ada Edwards. “Because we have such a great city and such great restaurants. They’re just jealous.”

“It’s calculated with voodoo and fraud,” said Mayor White.

Boogah boogah. Anyone for a cheeseburger?

So much for AAA

I’m surprised no one has commented on the new Safe Clear towing program around town yet. $75 to be hooked up and $1.50 per mile after the first 5 miles. How fantastical.

It’s great that Mayor White is trying to help clear congestion – it really is. But if I get a flat tire on a Saturday morning and a tow truck magically appears to waste my time and money I am going to be so beyond irritated.

Couldn’t this be in effect only during rush hour or something?

Incidentally, if you are an AAA member and are subject to a non-consent tow here’s how to get your money back.

1/09 edit: So now there’s a possibility for free tows for the poor? Will they ask for a paycheck stub or just look at how crappy your car is? You should write/call Bill White and tell him how much you love him.

In retrospect: Houston MetBlog’s Best Of 2004

Happy 2005 Houston!!

Here are some Houston favorites of 2004 from the brilliant minds of the Houston MetBloggers:

* Best Houston concert/event: The Superbowl

* Best Houston scandal: Superbowl ‘wardrobe
malfunction’
(thanks Janet!)

* Best Houston newspaper: Houston Press

* Best thing to happen in Houston in 2004: The Metrorail and downtown’s renovation

* Best Houston restaurant: Late Nite Pie

* Best place to shop in Houston: Fry’s

* Best new thing in Houston 2004: The Metrorail

* Worst thing in Houston 2004: TRAFFIC!!!

* Best local celebrity: Robert Durst

Happy New Year!!

So how did you celebrate the new year? I worked. Okay, well it wasn’t really hard work – but it was a paying gig. I went to the New Year’s Party at the Houstonian to do party photography. I got all swanky and headed out to rub shoulders with the pretty people…

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The party was a $200 a head suit & tie affair that featured a huge spread of food, a martini bar, two excellent bands and even two rooms of casino games. There was ample dancing featuring the high-energy music of The Green Onions and The Pictures in the elegant Houstonian Grande Ballroom.

It was an excellent way to ring in 2005 and even more cool to get paid to attend!

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