81 thoughts on “Monday Open Comments

  1. Good morning day after the SB Hamsters. Got the final score wrong last night, cheated the Eagles of 3 points by looking at the bottom of the screen that showed 38-33 instead of 41-33. Mayor Turner says that yes, Houston is interested in hosting another SB.

    Now we can turn attention back to the really important stuff of The Memo as just the overture to what’s being exposed of Dem machinations to rig anything/everything they could think of in 2016 and now try to keep buried. So delicious that they couldn’t defeat President Trump despite all their plotting. Let their wound licking continue.

  2. What incredible flexibility that little girl has. If I tried to do that I would be paralyzed for the rest of my life. If Texpat or Shannon even think about it, a trip to the hospital will soon follow.
    A happy week to all.

  3. Houston won’t be hosting another Super Bowl until we build another new stadium or the city becomes majority black and we have a Republican president at the time of a great natural disaster that Dems can blame on him. Maybe if we elect a tranny mayor.

    Miami has had 11. Andrew was Bush 41’s fault. They get another one in 2020 because … Trump hates Haitians or something.

    New Orleans has had 10. Katrina was Bush 43’s fault. Chocolate City will always be in the rotation. They’ll eventually build a new stadium and make Trump pay for it.

    Houston has had three. The first one doesn’t count. It wasn’t a big deal back in ’74. No SB was ever played in the Astrodome. We got one in 2004 because we had a new stadium AND a toy train. We got one last year because when it was awarded we had a lesbo mayor and had made the toy train longer.

  4. Got a jury summons to appear this morning. I was considering going down there and hanging around for a while as jury trials are pretty rare around here – they normally change venue if it’s anything serious since everybody knows everybody else. But, upon waking this morning and having my coffee, I think I will exercise my over 70 exemption. Prostate considerations are not conducive to long periods of sitting without a bathroom available on demand. Got other business down at the courthouse too, so it won’t be a totally wasted trip. BTW, the courthouse is almost 2 miles away, and considering traffic, a school zone, residential speed limit, etc. the trip takes almost 4 minutes each way.

  5. According to the sports jockeys, the NFL was very pleased with Houston’s SB but with all the new stadiums and new cities with teams now and the cities like New a Orleans that will always be in the rotation I just don’t see Houston fitting in. I guess one of the favorites, San Diego, is out of the rotation since their team left so there is that.

  6. I put this out too late last night, but am still interested if anyone has a fire pit or knows anything about their legality.

    mharper42 says:
    FEBRUARY 4, 2018 AT 11:02 PM
    We noticed this evening that our neighbors across the back fence were sitting outside with a fire pit. (That’s the fence that was rebuilt last year after some huge dogs they had for a while had jumped against it so many times that it finally had been so damaged that it blew over in a wind.) There were huge flames visible through the narrow gaps between fence boards.

    Hubs says he never heard of a fire pit and can’t believe it’s legal. He says if you can’t burn leaves in your back yard, how could you burn wood in an outdoor container? Anyone happen to know for sure? Google was not my friend when I asked if fire pits are legal in Houston.

  7. I found out some fire pits are gas-fueled. Surely that would be different from burning wood outdoors.

  8. My understanding is that an actual fire pit occupies the same legal space as a bbq grill or smoker.

  9. #10 Harper: I’ve never understood the attraction of burning gas when there is actual wood available. It’s kind of like eating a hotdog when there’s a porterhouse in the fridge.

  10. The level of TDS with this person is astounding.

    HEADLINE: Column: I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties
    I wanted to be with people who shared my anger. Because I have been so angry about Donald Trump this past year. I have been angry at my country for electing this man, angry at my neighbors who support him, angry at the wealthy who sacrificed our country and its goodness for tax breaks, angry at the coal miners who believed his promises.

    My fury has been bottomless. I drink my morning coffee from a cup that says, “I hate to wake up when Donald Trump is President.” The constancy of my outrage has been exhausting, yet I have not yet found a way to quell it — nearly each day has brought a new reason to stoke the fire. But a day with my daughter, communing with the angry and the aggrieved, seemed a good way to try.

    She is humiliated that her deeply flawed candidate could not win a rigged election.

    Ruth Mayer is a development and communications consultant in Charlotte, N.C.

    I view her as a bitter, spiteful harridan to whom G-D has sent down an incredibly strong delusion because she had such a strenuous rejection of the truth.

  11. I am NOT getting a firepit! I’m just curious about their legality. There is a section in the CoH / HFD fire codes that addresses “recreational fires” with a category for BBQ pits and smokers, that seems about the closest match.

  12. Yesterdays 129 Texpat:
    There were some sleazy guys back in the ’90s trying to peddle a fake fried chicken made in some kind of pressure cooker system to Central Texas convenience stores. Really, seriously nasty stuff.”

    Huntsville, Tinsley’s Fried Chicken & Ol’ JW’s C’ stores. I worked at one C’store for a short time while at school at SHSU. Had to fry that stuff and you’re right, it’s truly nasty. I still get a bit nauseous when I go into C’stores that cook stuff.

    But Tinsley did have the ‘Boss Bird’ plane he flew around the state.

  13. Update:
    The price of Frozen Chicken Feet is holding at $350-500/Metric Ton.

    FOB: Los Angeles
    Min. order: 27 Tons

  14. Somehow, a Dairy Queen has remained open on Antoine, about a mile from Chez Harp. It’s in an area of strip centers that are more slanted toward soul food. I think we only ate there once in the 20+ years we’ve lived here — the view out the windows is just too depressing. Can you spell BLIGHT? DQ has long served chicken strips in a cardboard basket with french fries and your choice of dips. That was my favorite DQ meal back when we used to eat there occasionally, location I think was close to the now defunct Northwest Mall. DQ also has a steak strips and fries in a basket.

  15. Mom used to like getting the chicken strips and gravy, when I used to take her out to the doctors.

    I remember my freshman year and marching band practice. There’s a DQ across from what used to be my high school, and when we were let loose for lunch from our summer, pre-school year weeks of prep, a lot of us would literally run across a busy street to the DQ to eat. I was pretty broke most of the time, so my lunch became a fried bean burrito and a root beer float. Man, that was living. It cost me only a few bucks for lunch, and it was a dang sight better than the one piece of bologna on white bread with a smear of mustard sandwich that Mom’d make me to eat for lunch.

  16. better than the one piece of balogna on white bread with a smear of mustard sandwich that Mom’d make me to eat for lunch.

    Fay was sent to school with a cheese sandwich. Dry.

    Possibly explaining why she was 5’9”, 115 lbs. most of her life. 🙂

  17. #26

    We had chicken strips back at Fort Sill. Totally different thing though.

    Okay, I have an image of chickens in thongs pole dancing now.


    Thanks a lot.

  18. She’s still alive into her 88th year.

    The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the U.S. government is still paying a veteran’s pension from that conflict.

    “One beneficiary from the Civil War [is] still alive and receiving benefits,” Randy Noller of the Department of Veterans Affairs confirms.

    Irene Triplett – the 86-year-old daughter of a Civil War veteran – collects $73.13 each month from her father’s military pension. The identity of Triplett was first reported by The Wall Street Journal in 2014.

    Just think, if she collected the equivalent of $73 per month for 70 years, it amounts to over $54,000.

  19. You had half a cup of stock?!? You were lucky! We were lucky to get the green moldy crust of old bread. We lived in a shoe box by the sewer plant.

  20. I don’t remember taking my lunch to school. But I also don’t remember what I ate. I know I had lunch money with me, and I remember when I was in maybe 7th grade, a “candy truck” parked just off the school grounds at noon. I often blew my lunch $ on cinnamon red hots and similar items, maybe a sweet roll to fill the tummy. Amazing I survived all that. Several of my teachers tried to persuade me that I should eat actual food in the cafeteria.

  21. You guys are a bunch of sissies. My neighborhood was so rough, the gun stores had back to school sales. For lunch we got a bowl of warm steam.

  22. You had warm steam!?! you were lucky. We had to suck dirty ditch water through an old sock for our lunch.

  23. Chicken feets, necks, wing tips, carcass, along with the other assorted stuff that comes in the cavity of your basic H-E-B chicken are all most excellent for making stock.

  24. Now onto Shannon’s favorite topic….pre-Columbian American archeaology!

    First snd ofrmost, a one hour special called, “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings“ will premier tomorrow, Feb. 6 @ 9/8 C time. I do not have tV so I’ll have t dig it up online after it airs. It will demonstrate the revolutionary results of a new technological development called LiDAR. I haveposted about this before. It spuses lasers to survey the ground even in densly forested areas. A computer then erases the vegetation for people to “see” what is on the ground. A newly discovered Mayan megalopolis was uncovered. Some very neat highlights:

    In what’s being hailed as a “major breakthrough” in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.

    The results suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilization that was, at its peak some 1,200 years ago, more comparable to sophisticated cultures such as ancient Greece or China than to the scattered and sparsely populated city states that ground-based research had long suggested.

    In addition to hundreds of previously unknown structures, the LiDAR images show raised highways connecting urban centers and quarries. Complex irrigation and terracing systems supported intensive agriculture capable of feeding masses of workers who dramatically reshaped the landscape.

    “Most people had been comfortable with population estimates of around 5 million,” said Estrada-Belli, who directs a multi-disciplinary archaeological project at Holmul, Guatemala. “With this new data it’s no longer unreasonable to think that there were 10 to 15 million people there—including many living in low-lying, swampy areas that many of us had thought uninhabitable.”

    Virtually all the Mayan cities were connected by causeways wide enough to suggest that they were heavily trafficked and used for trade and other forms of regional interaction. These highways were elevated to allow easy passage even during rainy seasons. In a part of the world where there is usually too much or too little precipitation, the flow of water was meticulously planned and controlled via canals, dikes, and reservoirs.

    Among the most surprising findings was the ubiquity of defensive walls, ramparts, terraces, and fortresses. “Warfare wasn’t only happening toward the end of the civilization,” said Garrison. “It was large-scale and systematic, and it endured over many years.”


    My interest in pre-Columbian civilizations is founded in my belief of the Book of Mormon. In this one find we see highways:

    10 And behold, now it came to pass that it was upon a tower, which was in the agarden of Nephi, which was by the highway which led to the chief market, which was in the city of Zarahemla; therefore, Nephi had bowed himself upon the tower which was in his garden, which tower was also near unto the garden gate by which led the highway.

    Helaman 7

    City fortresses:

    10 And he also placed armies on the south, in the borders of their possessions, and caused them to erect fortifications that they might secure their armies and their people from the hands of their enemies.

    Alma 50

    A huge population and massive warfare. The end of the Nephite civilzation came about from massive warfare and the Book of Mormon’s narrative at that piint gives its readers a glimpse of the size of their armies and therefore their overall population:

    11 And when they had gone through and hewn down aall my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.

    12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.

    13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.

    14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.

    15 And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even aall my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a bfew who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.

    Mormon 6

    If I counted correctly (always possible I did not), here alone speaks of 230,000 soldiers being killed in battle. Assuming the army size is a small portion of the overall population (less so for this battle as many Nephites, in vegeance, took up arms — thus the Lord ending them), 15 million overall sounds plausible.

    Very neat stuff!

  25. Bonecrusher;

    Mmmmmm, Porterhouse steak, mouth watering.

    I jusr recently learned about Corkscrew BBQ and it’s right here in Spring!

  26. Our maternal grandmother, born in 1905, would turn 113 years old today were she alive. Her life covered almost the entire 20th century. It boggles the mind to think of the changes she witnessed for mankind.

    Her mother, born in 1880, lived until the year before we landed on the moon. Just think of the changes she saw between 1880 and 1968.

  27. I’m not sure what the Spring Branch schools were serving back then but it would be a real stretch to call it “food”.

  28. FWIW – I’ve lived in the Houston area for most of the past 6 decades. I’ve never had (or heard of) fried chicken at a Dairy Queen. The closest think is chicken strips, which were preceded by “steak fingers” which I enjoyed.

    I do however have fond memories of fried chicken from Youngbloods. . . . .

  29. Texpat’s 44;

    Her mother, born in 1880, lived until the year before we landed on the moon. Just think of the changes she saw between 1880 and 1968.

    Wow. That’s something.

  30. Okay, I have an image of chickens in thongs pole dancing now.


    Thanks a lot.

    Gotta do something since they were probably couped up all day.

    / OK everyone, no more corny jokes on hamous’ site.

  31. Thanks to Darren for the heads up on the NatGeo program tomorrow night at 8pm on the Nat Geo channel. And for the article above.

    On our excursions to two Mayan sites during the trip it was plain that a lot remained to be excavated at the first much lesser known one in Guatemala closest to the port. It had already been extensively excavated by several university archaeology departments working through grants and is managed by the Guatemalan government as a national treasure. Several temple tops are covered by vegetation and even some sizeable trees grow out of them. Just what lies beneath that would be wonderful to explore, if and when the funds become available. The site is well maintained with signage describing the various buildings.

    We were there on Sunday, and the parking lot was quite full of cars and trucks as well as several tour buses. Residents in the area frequent it as a park on the weekends with family and picnics. This site has a small ball court similar to the famous larger one at Chichen Itza.

    The best known site in Guatemala is Tikal deep in the jungle with its enormous temple in the north, and visiting that was an expensive excursion option by plane ($600+).

    The second site was near Puerto Chiapas in Mexico and was much smaller, or at least what has been excavated is much smaller. It is a community project and well cared for, but lumps and hills on the ground promise secrets lie within. It also has a small ball court. Again, funds for careful excavation would be wonderful if a donor can be found.

    Mexican Chiapas is a relatively new cruise stop, and the visit there was delightful. Tourists have not yet ruined it.

  32. Never mind the school lunches. At my school they frisked us for guns or knives when we got there and if we didn’t have any, they gave us one.

  33. Saw a piece somewhere that the Episcopal Church in the US has suspended referring to God as a masculine being/entity/essence. IMHO lunacy out the wazoo. Well if’n they want to skip the gender association, how about referring to God as They/Them? Recognize the Trinity without being sexist. Simple solution for seriously screwed up minds.

  34. #47

    When we finally got to junior high (Spring Woods), we had made the big time – a snack bar! I’m sure it was crappy but it was no more cafeteria for me, BBQ sammiches and chips most everyday!

  35. 56 GJT
    Yes, so-called hamburgers from the Snack Bar were the only alternative.
    They probably took that away when they pulled the Coke machines.
    Then, years later, Michele Obama comes to power and children, dead from starvation, littered the streets. When is she going to prison?

  36. You foreigners don’t remember Houston Oiler Robert Brazile who was just elected to the Hall of Fame. He was pretty special and I am happy for him.

  37. #57

    Yep, the poor chillrens today don’t know what they don’t have. That’s the fun part of being a grandparent, you get to introduce things to the young uns like Spam and powdered donuts! 😀

  38. I will never forget KHOU doing a story with some local high school football players who couldn’t sustain on Moochell-directed school food. Smuggling in extra food – if they had it.

    Dumb witch.

  39. Fat Albert mentioned Youngblood’s Fried Chicken.

    That deserves some kind of local culinary history Pulitzer Prize or something.

    Eating fried chicken at Youngblood’s was a transcendental religious experience. Unfortunately, most of the Youngblood family were insane or strung out on coke and they just couldn’t sustain the genius thing.

  40. Flyer in the mail says I can take these capsules and shrink my stomach by 50% in 72 hours. Lose 42 pounds in 30 Days.

    Sounds like a winner to me.

    Maybe I shouldn’t throw away that stack of 36” jeans collecting dust in the top of the closet?

    Whatdaya think?

  41. That’s the fun part of being a grandparent, you get to introduce things to the young uns like Spam and powdered donuts!

    And coffee. And cigars. And beer. And scotch.

  42. Bill William’s…Home of the Capon Dinner…

    Tideland’s…Cork Club…Aubrey, Orville & Mack…

    I was a little boy and my father opened his first real business out on South Main next to the Shamrock Hilton. All those images and memories.

    Those were the days.

  43. Maybe I shouldn’t throw away that stack of 36” jeans…

    Yeah, you know, you could just send them to me.

  44. I already said the waist of the old jeans was 36.
    The length is 32 – Which you haven’t worn since the third grade.

  45. I’m not sure what my waist is in jeans. I just wear some old ones with a bungee chord between the front loops.

  46. My brother and I are the same exact height, but we stand next to each other his waist is about at my belly. We both got daddy’s height, he got his legs, I got mama’s. 😀

  47. #58 Shannon

    We also congratulate Green Bay’s right guard Jerry Kramer who played 1958-1968 for his induction into the Hall of Fame along with Robert Brazile in the senior category.

    Jerry cleared the path for Bart Starr’s leap into the end zone to defeat the Cowboys in the Ice Bowl of 1967. He was a stalwart member of the Packers during the winning years of the Lombardi era. He is the 25th member of the Packers to enter the Hall of Fame.

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