Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.16-15 - Ladies (And Gentlemen) Who Lunch

It was the annual luncheon for Legacy Community Health. This luncheon started in 2003 and I've been to all of them except one. Yes, I was at the one that had Ivana Trump as a no-show. Well, she made it all the way to the airport in Houston and then turned around and went home. Shelby Hodge said it best in column with the headline, "Shame. Shame. Shame." And with or without a celebrity, we've always raised money for a good cause.

This year, Lucinda Loya and Monsour Taghdisi were the co-chairs, Javier Loya was the guest speaker, Dominique Sachse was the emcess and H-E-B was the honoree. This great formula equals success.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.15.15 - ¡Viva La Raza!

September 15 kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month for the City of Houston. We gathered in the rotunda at City Hall for the press conference. Mariachis. Pan dulce. Tacos. And outstanding citizens being recognized for their achievements.

I wondered why the month starts on the 15th? It seems that several Central American countries declared their independence from Spain on September 15 followed by Mexico on September 16 followed by Chile(?) on the 18th. Who knew?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.14.15 - Cookies & Milk

The commemoration of my 54th Birthday continued at the office. Unexpectedly, I was the recipient of some warm cookies from Tiff Treats. It came along with some milk and some cookies 'n cream ice cream. #yummy

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.13.15 - Sunday Scenes

There are some new stores coming to IAH and I believe this is the construction zone art work for MAC.

Airport art
While waiting for The Calvinator at Dogtopia, I found this chew toy in the boutique. I wonder if Jimmy Choo knows about it?

Chew toy

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.12.15 - Holocaust Museum

It seemed like a good idea. Skip out on the morning sessions of USCA and visit The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

So I did and made a few stops along the way. By the time I got there, I really only had about 1.5 hours and I'm sort of glad I was a time limit. The museum is overwhelming and heartbreaking. It makes you wonder how the Nazis were able to bamboozle everyone.

I learned some new things and had my memory refreshed on other things. I was doing OK until I got to the area that was about the concentration camps. The stories made me sick. What really turned my stomach was the exhibit of shoes and hair that was shaved from the people in the camps.

If you ever have the chance to visit the museum, please do so. And be prepared.

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.11.15 - Davey Wavey

I was perusing some of the conference materials for USCA and found a flyer from Gilead about a social media session late on Friday afternoon. And then I saw that Davey Wavey was one of the presenters!

So I made sure I was one of the first people in the ballroom and was front row and center. All of the presenters had great information, including Davey Wavey. My biggest disappointment...

...he kept his shirt on. But damn! Those arms!

Interior of Marriott Marquis-Washington, D.C.

Aerial view of sculpture in the Marriott Marquis-Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.10.15 - USCA

I awakened on my birthday to fluttering of sounds on my phone. It was notifications from Facebook that people were wishing me a Happy Birthday. Some of you may think it's odd that I would opt to spend my birthday out of town but as I've mentioned before, birthdays are no big deal to anymore. I might throw a double nickel party next year. Maybe. Maybe not.

I was in DC for the United States Conference on AIDS. Unexpectedly, I ended up in the same room with Kate Burton and Nancy Pelosi and an $18 sandwich.

Prior to eating my $18 sandwich, I'm not sure I knew who Kate Burton is but it turns out she is the daughter of Richard Burton and she is on Scandal. She was there to present Nancy Pelosi with The Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award. Unbeknownst to me, Nancy had taken on the fight against HIV/AIDS early in her career when she joined the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, they showed a photo of a young Nancy Pelosi with Elizabeth Taylor!

Nancy was met with skepticism by her House colleagues. She also stated that by now she thought there would be a cure. She looks forward to a time when the disease is eradicated. “It will be relegated to a museum — people will take their children and say, ‘There was a time when HIV… invaded our community, but we overcame it.’”