Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Guess who's back in town? The Spin Doctor! He came Waltzing Matilda into LeFittes. Turns out he had just returned from Down Under. According to the Spin Doctor, the drought in Oz ended the day he got there. He taught a good class. His style is different from Connie's but both of them will give you a good workout. (My new measurement tool is the amount of sweat that has puddled by the end of the class.)
James Nielsen: Chronicle
"That just goes to show you what kind of guy he is," Bagwell said. "He was kind of thinking about a whole different bunch of things. When you play with somebody for 15 years, there's a lot of emotions and all kinds of stuff."
Thursday, June 28, 2007
She proceeds to offer her thoughts and Ann Coulter interrupts her and starts to talk over her. Ann Richards looks at Ann Coulter and says in her best Southern drawl, “Would you please shut up? I didn’t interrupt you when you were talking.” (Round of applause from the audience. Str8 Up With A Twist cackles.)
If you haven’t kept up with what has put a new bee in my bonnet, you can see the footage from Hardball on YouTube or read the story on USA Today. It really started back in January when she referred to John Edwards as a f****t
I really wish Ann Coulter would go away. Go buy a new dress. Do something other than mouth off! In the words of Ann Richards, “Would you puh-leeze shut up?”
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Tim Johnson: For The Chronicle
Ebony Smith, 8, left, and Christopher Delgado, 13, finish in first place in the girls and boys divisons of the 22nd annual Heights Fun Run.
And last but not least, birthday greetings to Leah in Fort Worth. Leah and I met in college. She is one of those people that I may not speak to for months but when we do it's like we just spoke yesterday. Leah is one of the two people I credit with teaching me to like beer. I think one of my favorite memories is tubing down the Guadalupe River with her and Tracey and some other members of the Student Foundation. THEY had a tube specifically for beer! I don't have a pic of Leah but I will raise a beer mug in her honor.
Monday, June 25, 2007
After the festival closed, a few of us went to a party at The Shop. This is where I get my hair cut. And yes, that is a leopard print motif on the building. You can't miss it.
A reader of St8 Up With A Twist noted an error in years. And the reader is correct. She's So Unusual was released in 1983. I should remember that 'cause I had it on a cassette.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
"Just a small correction about the summer solstice. The earth's "axis" is always tilted the same direction, however, once the sun passes the Tropic of Cancer, the sun hits the earth with more intensity on the northern hemisphere, hence summer. The winter (Dec. 21) solstice does the opposite. The sun's rays hits more directly on the southern hemisphere after it passes the Tropic of Capricorn. The seasons are opposite in the Northern and Southern hemispheres all because of the earths axis. Betcha didn't know astronomy is the only class I got an "A" in during college."
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most. And a close 2nd is my list of birthdays.
When Str8 Up With A Twist purchased a new laptop, he may not have properly transferred all of his files. Thanx to Roving Reporter Kenny In Montrose (KIM) Str8 Up With A Twist was informed of two birthdays being celebrated this weekend. And what a weekend it will be!
¡Feliz Cumpleaños to Doug & Micheal! According to KIM, Scott has arranged for a festival AND a parade. The festival will be today from 200P-800P near the corner of Westheimer & Montrose. The parade begins at 845P and starts at Woodhead/Westheimer and ends at Whitney/Westheimer.
This is Micheal who is also having a good time at the Mystery & Fantasy Ball (Feb. 2007).
Str8 Up With A Twist will be selling beads at the festival from 500P-700P (maybe longer if the eye candy is sweet) for the Krewe of Olympus. Proceeds from the bead sales will be used toward the cost of the Ball in January 2008.
If you’re in the ‘hood early enough, stop by A Lasting Legacy Resale Shop and look for a bargain or two. Martha and the staff will be happy to help you! And while you’re there, mosey on down to Tanacious Tanning and visit with Janna, Jerial, Edwin, Lee and the rest of the friendly staff. Str8 Up With A Twist had an optical overload with the festive décor when he walked in on Friday. Str8 Up With A Twist plans on stopping by The Shop (it's the leopard print building on Westheimer & Commonwealth) and partaking of the festivities that Vickie & Laura have planned.
Str8 Up With A Twist was reminiscing on Friday about the time that he lived two blocks off of the parade route and would throw a fabulous pre-parade party. The house was always rockin’ and nobody cared about knockin’. They just came on in. Those were the days my friends. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day.
Looking forward to seeing everyone later today!
Friday, June 22, 2007
A few minutes ago a lady honked at me 'cause I wouldn't make a right turn on red. "Hey lady! There were cars coming at me!" I almost got out of the car and banged on her window but in this town you never know who has a gun in their car. To make matters worse, after we both turned onto Memorial Drive we got stopped by a red light. She was in the middle lane 5 cars back; I was in the right lane first car at the light. She proceeds to get behind me and ride my bumper. UGH!
Maybe I shouldn't have had coffee this morning.
OK. Enough of my ranting.
There was a lady not far from me who was doing some type of calisthenics that looked like she was doing Cha Cha steps…except she didn’t have any type of musical device to give her the beat. However, her rhythm was right on beat with what was playing on my iPod. I started to giggle and almost went to ask her if I could Cha Cha with her.
Yesterday was the first day of summer, also known as the Summer Solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin words that mean “sun stops”. If I understand it correctly, at 1:06P CDT on June 21, 2007, the sun reached the Tropic of Cancer. From that point on, it will now start to move south because the earth is tilting in a different direction and the days will get shorter. Does that sorta make sense?
Speaking of the longest day of the year. In my Father’s Day post, I mentioned a trip to South Korea. The day that I departed Seoul happened to be June 21, 1989. Seoul is much farther north than Ft. Worth so the sun came up around 415A. We left that afternoon and at some point we went from the 21st of June back to the 20th of June but landed at LAX around 1000A on the 21st of June so here is the sun in the morning…again. I didn’t get back to DFW until the evening of the 21st and the sun was STILL out. Str8 Up With A Twist recommends to its readers not to cross the International Date Line anywhere near June 20 and June 21. It will mess with your mind and your sleep.
And speaking once again of summer. Have I ever told you that Houston has two seasons? That’s right! Summer and August.
Yoga Boi messed with my mind yesterday. I figured that since it was the longest day of the year, he would be out early. I got to the park around 615A and no Yoga Boi. I run-right counter-clockwise and at about mile 1 running-right clockwise was Yoga Boi. Did he do yoga yesterday? And I promise, that I will do a post about Yoga Boi and why I am so intrigued with him doing yoga at the park.
A good thing happened on Wednesday night. I received a massage! Calvin doesn’t know it but that was his Father’s Day present to me…since he didn’t even acknowledge the day. If you’re in Houston and looking for a massage therapist that does an awesome job, visit Your Body In Harmony.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
As of 1100A on Thursday, it seems that commissioners have had second thoughts about the toll increase.
Today is also Roni’s birthday. Roni is my only sister. I won’t tell you how old she is today but I will tell you that Eisenhower was President. (hint hint) Roni has been teaching in FWISD since 1981.
I won’t tell the story about how she bit me because I wouldn’t stop reading the comics over her shoulder. And I won’t tell you how she would tell me to go hide because there was a tornado coming…just so I would leave her alone...and the sun would be shining. And I won’t tell you how later in life she turned into a Mardi Gras bead wh_re (I set the example and she learned from the best). I won’t tell these stories because I’m sure she could one up me.
I’ve posted some photos of Roni. If you’re in Ft. Worth and you see her today, wish her a Feliz Cumpleaños!
Here we are in coordinated outfits. She is acting a bit coy and I'm doing my best imitation of a Weeble Wobble. On second thought, I look a bit drunk. Maybe this was a premonition of what would happen years later in the French Quarter.
Here are the three siblings.
Here is Roni's Senior picture. All three of us went to Nolan High School in Ft. Worth.
This is Roni & Joey at the Krewe Ball in 2006. Once again, she is acting coy and only wearing a "couple of strands" of Mardi Gras beads. (I'm sure there was a bag full of beads that didn't get photographed.)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Guess I shouldn't have been feeling so cocky 'cause I got my due about 230A or so this morning.
OMG! The house was shaking and it was lit up in that electric blue-white light that only comes with lightning.
At one time, Jim and I lived much closer to Memorial Park. We were always getting hit by heavy storms. I'm not as close to the park but close enough and now I'm closer to the bayou. I'm beginning to think Mother Nature is upset that so much development is going on in NoRO and she is making us pay the price.
Without me even calling him, Calvin jumped on the bed with me to ride out the storm. I kept thinking we would lose power; we didn't. However, later on in the morning I would discover that the the office had lost power.
Because the rain continued for awhile, I had to delay Calvin's morning walk. I debated about going for a run. Ended up going and sure enough Yoga Boi was there. I will say that there is something very refreshing about running in a light rain when it is about 79 degrees.
After I dropped off Calvin at doggy daycare, I went to the office and that is when I realized I
would be a displaced worker. I went to one of the other locations and discovered that some of my office mates were there.
What are those birds? Lemmings? That's what I feel like some days.
So, I'm going to try and change my attitude about this weather. After all, on my way to the park this morning I did see a rainbow. What better way to start your day?
So rather than b!tch about the rain, I'll sing a ditty about the rain. I think I'll start with Viola Willis's dance version of Stormy Weather.
On a completely different thought, in my search for a substitute for The Spin Doctor, I went to a different spin class last night. I thought DIT was tough...Connie was much tougher than DIT.
Neighbor Nina (NN) had told me about her. Connie had been on vacation and came back with a vengeance. Last night my calves were twitching and my fingers were cramping so I loaded up on Gatorade and bananas.
Don't forget...tomorrow is June 21 which is the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
He suggested that I name the neighborhood NoRO. LOL I asked him where he lived and he laughed and said ERO. LOL He happens to be on the wrong side of Shepherd Drive.
This morning before I went to meet RunnerOne at Memorial Park, I took The Calvinator out for his morning stroll. Get this. At 530A it was 80 degrees and 80% relative humidity. According to Anthony Yanez at The Education Station it felt like 91 degrees!!!!! Sultry and sauna were words he used to desribe the feeling outside.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Here are Joe and Helen in 1993 at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School Prom. Joe was a principal there for several years.
Here we all are at Joe's Retirement Party in August 1998. (When I master PhotoShop I'm going to get rid of that apple behind my head. For 9 years that has bugged me.)
And here is la familia Martinez in December 2006. Joey (my brother-in-law) must have been taking the pictures 'cause he's not in it. As you can tell, we were trying to get the dogs to pose but we weren't successful...and one of the dogs is missing. At least it's a good photo of Joe and Helen!Little known fact about Joe...