Sunday, August 31, 2008
He has said that communication up and down the line between government agencies is not what it was during Hurricane Katrina and that supplies and militia are in place.
By the way, where is Brownie (UGH! another food reference) these days? You remember Michael Brown from FEMA don't you?
And what if you planned a party and there's a party pooper by the name of Gustav knocking on your door? The Republican Party starts its convention tomorrow and the shadow of Katrina is hanging over them. I will say that blame for the poor response to Katrina can be spread from Mayor Nagin to former Governor Blanco to President Bush. Two disasters in one week? Gustav and the Republican convention. I'm just sayin'.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
My computer crashed on Friday morning! First it was the iPod nano and now the computer! OY!
Fortunately or unfortunately I hadn't backed everything up but I had backed up quite a bit. I lost some photos, music and documents but I actually have more than I thought.
I spent a big ass chunk of Friday restoring it. I still need to load some programs. If only I could get the nano to work.
Here's another big OY! I'm not meaning to add to the media hype but have you looked at the satellite photo of Gustav? I just looked at it.
I think we will be OK here in Houston but it looks like southwest Louisiana is going to get hit hard. Stay safe everybody.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The first is September 11, 2001. I had been in New York City celebrating my 40th birthday and left on the evening of September 10 to return to Houston. I remember waking up on the morning of September 11 and watching the Today Show only to have it interrupted with live coverage of what was happening. Not only was I stunned because I had just been there but also because two of my friends were still there and were due to return that evening. They were safe and eventually made it back to Houston.
The second event is Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On the 2nd Anniversary, I put down some thoughts. I have always felt like New Orleans was a place I could call home. It isn't all about the French Quarter and the debauchery of Mardi Gras. It's about the history, the people, the food and the unique charm of the city.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Once again, I find myself sitting here wondering if I should be waiting for
As you can see, all is quiet on the western front (right now).
September 10 is
my birthday the height of hurricane season so we are creeping toward that date. Not that we will be out of the woods after September 10. Afterall, Hurricane Rita came ashore later in the month in 2005.
It is still a bit too early to tell if Gustav will come to Houston, New Orleans, Biloxi or Pensacola. It is not very Christian to wish that a hurricane hits some other town but geez, I really don't want to deal with high winds, flooding and power outages. Besides, I start my new job on Tuesday and evacuating town on your first day of work isn't a good way to start at a new place of employment.
This is Gustavo. Not sure where I found this picture. I'm sure many people would welcome him to their town and would be happy to wait for him.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I feel like I'm stumped. This has happened before and I know I'll get through it. Have several things I could write about but it would just be filler. For instance:
- I think the iPod nano is officially dead! It started giving my problems on Thursday and I nursed it back to health but after Saturday's 6 mile run it stopped working. I've restored it and I have done everything that the Help Manual tells me to and I can't get it to work. I'm very sad about this because I really don't need to spend $$ on a new one.
- Hurricane Gustav could be on a western track to the Gulf; too early to tell. And what's with the name Gustav? What meaux picked the male names for the 2008 Hurricane Season?
- I have been having some wild dreams. Odd things like: wearing a blue Speedo with brown cowboy boots; visiting with one of my high school Spanish teachers; getting caught in a warehouse that was like a maze. I actually wake up tired.
- Did you know that the guy who wrote 100 Things To Do Before You Die has died at the age of 47? I wonder if he did his 100 things? I have never made a list of 100 things but I do know that I have done some things on my unwritten list.
- The approaching 3rd Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast.
- Wishing that I was going to New Orleans this weekend.
- The Beer Can House in my neighborhood.
- Getting caught in a situation that could only happen to Lucy Ricardo on I Love Lucy.
- The Democrat National Convention in Denver and how I'm already bored.
Anywho...I have things to do today. Maybe something will inspire me. Calvin is passed out right now. I think he is nocturnal. He seems to come to life at night.
Need to scoot.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
- she was born in Czechoslovakia;
- she has a Masters Degree in Physical Education;
- she was a member of the Czechoslovakian Women’s Ski Team;
- she immigrated to Canada to pursue her skiing career and then became a model.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Last night's challenge was to create a design for drag queen. Some of the contestants did a wonderful job and went over the top and a few fell flat on their face.
Surprisingly, Str8 Joe won the challenge! He had some strong competition from Terri and Korto. And I must ask, "Why didn't one of the fags end up in the top three?" Instead they were the bottom (three) and Blayne should have been with them. Just sayin'.
Once again, there were some funny lines last night. This one was actually a compliment. It's not verbatim and I can't remember who said it: "It looks like the love child from Mahogany and Gene Simmons."
The other one (not verbatim) that made me cackle was a comment that RuPaul said to Keith, "And the dingo ate your baby. All I'm hearing is excuses."
For a recap (because I can't compete with these two and wouldn't even DARE to try), check in with LoneStar Steve and David Dust.
It was EXCITING! Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh defended their gold medal from 2004 Athens and racked up consecutive win #108. You geaux girls!
By the time it was over, my adrenaline was pumping. The Calvinator went to bed without me and even came back to the living room to see if I was ready to go to bed. I couldn't sleep I was so excited.
Do you ever catch yourself doing something weird?
I've noticed that recently I've been pinching my waist to see if I have a muffin top. I notice it when I'm at the gym, running or at the grocery store. I'm sure I do it others time during the day. Weird isn't it?
Have You Ever...
seen a nice butt and want to walk up and grab it? Just askin'.
OK. So we go from near drought levels to having the wettest month of the year and the month isn't over yet. I know I shouldn't complain but it is causing me to have to run on the treadmill and I hate running on a treadmill. So to add to my misery I do inclines and I hate running inclines!
With all of this rain, don't worry, I haven't left my cake out because I'll never have that recipe again.
World AIDS Day Houston 2008 (Dec. 1)
Plans are underway for a week long commemoration of World AIDS Day. As soon as we get definite details for the events, we will have them posted on the website.
I'm really impressed with the cooperation and involvement of so many people. It's a good group of people working for a good cause.
OK bois and gurls, that's about it for today. Tomorrow I'll give you details about Ivana Trump coming to Houston for a Legacy event.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Kaye would like for you to consider voting for her in Out Smart Magazine's 12th Annual Readers' Choice Awards (Houston). She would also like for you to consider voting for Krewe of Olympus for Community Organization and/or Philanthropic Organization. And she does have one more request, please consider Mystery & Fantasy Mardi Gras Party for Social Organization.
Kaye's Kommuniqué has a few notes to it also:
1. The icon for voting is on the right side of the homepage;
2. Be sure to indicate that you are voting for Houston categories;
3. You don't have to have a nomination for every category.
Voting for Kaye will definitely give her a lift during her period of rehab.
When we returned to our little corner of NoRO, I tuned into Anthony Yanez at Click 2 Houston: Your Education Station. He said that the rain would come in bands.
It was 6:00a.m. and I really wanted to go for a run. I like to run in the rain if it is one of those nice Summer showers that cools things off before the city turns into a sauna. So I debated and I thought, "WWMPD?"
I went to LeFittes and did a treadmill run with inclines. I HATE running on a treadmill and I HATE running inclines on a treamill. So it was double hatred this morning but I did it anyway. And in my mind, I thought, "This is what Michael Phelps would do if he had to get ready for a Krewe Ball in February."
Monday, August 18, 2008
So. I found out that in February 2009 at the Krewe Ball, one of the costumes I will be wearing will be showing every ounce of
Instead of eating a donut in the morning, I will eat a celery stick.
Instead of eating a cheeseburger for lunch, I will eat a leaf of lettuce.
Instead of eating fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner, I will eat a carrot.
The other day I was at LeFittes and I was on the Stairmaster. I hate the Stairmaster. Instead of setting it on 30 minutes, I set it for 45 minutes. When I hit the 30 minute mark I was ready to quit and then I thought, "What Would Michael Phelps Do?" (WWMPD?)
So I stayed on for the additional 15 minutes and when I finished, there were puddles of sweat around the machine.I previously mentioned that Friday night I was out with AttyHou, Everyday Italian and some others and we ate Mexican Food and drank frozen Margaritas. Saturday morning after running three miles I was ready to stop and then I thought, "WWMPD?" so I ran another three miles.
Will I ever have his physique? Uh, maybe if I go to the Fun House at the carnival and look in one of the wacky mirrors.
Speaking of the Olympics, has anyone else watched the trampoline events? I get dizzy watching those people flying through the air.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I remember driving in a car with some college buddies from Ft. Worth to Indy during the summer of '82 and listening for hours on end to Beauty & The Beat. To this day whenever I hear a song from Beauty & The Beat I think of my college days.
I saw The Go-Go's perform live on a couple of occasions. The most unusual venue was Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth. You see...
In 1983, David Bowie was on his Serious Moonlight Tour. So in response to that, The Go-Go's did their Serious Barbecue Tour and only played cities in the southern United States.
That night at Billy Bob's was priceless. It was a mix of those of us who were there to see The Go-Go's and the regulars who were there to ride bulls and do some two-step dancin'. I'm not sure about the cowboys & cowgirls but I can tell you that my group of friends had a blast!
So while I'm stumbling down memory lane and trying not to spill the ice out of my cocktail glass, why don't you enjoy this Go-Go's video.
Congratulations to Michael Phelps on winning his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps surpassed Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals that was set in 1972.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I arrived at Memorial Park for my Saturday run. Wasn't quite sure if I was up to a run. Not the best thing to do after a full Mexican dinner at Cyclone Anayas (with frozen Margarita-Sangria Swirls) from the night before. I was in my WWMPD?* mood.
So I turned on the iPod nano and wasn't really paying attention to the playlist. The first song that played was Madonna's Give It To Me. The coincidence? Today is her birthday! Once again, the nano spoke to me through music.
Birthday greetings go out to Madge, Mo, The Material Girl, Madonna!
Madonna is celebrating her 50th birthday today. I have a few more years before I hit the Big 5-0 so I have bought into the idea of 50 being the new 30. In fact, last week I was told by someone that he thought I was in my thirties.
Her Madgesty is often the target of criticism; some of it from Kaye Sedilla. In spite of that, she is still raking in the dough and adopting kids. Last year I did a brief tribute to Madonna. She is a business woman that knows how to keep us entertained and she knows how to reinvent herself.
One of the things I forgot to mention last year was an interview that was done on the 10th Anniversary of MTV. The president of MTV was asked, "Where would Madonna be without MTV?" He replied, "Where would MTV be without Madonna?" Definitely a symbiotic relationship.
Mo, if you're reading this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! In the words of ABBA, "Thank you for the music..." and in the words of Rihanna, "Please don't stop the music..."
OVERHEARD AFTER DINNER:
Person #1: "I wouldn't pay $20 to see a Madonna concert."
Person #2: "Oh? Hmmm....but you paid $250 to see Kaye Sedilla!"
*What Would Michael Phelps Do?
Friday, August 15, 2008
I visited Panda Express yesterday at the noon hour. I did take-away. When I got home, I ate my meal and then cracked open the Fortune Cookie. This is what was inside:
Today, I was offered a job. It is a job that I really wanted. It is a new position so the opportunities are unlimited.
I think I'm going to start making a weekly pilgrimage to Panda Express.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The jury gave a unanimous decision and said that Vicki did edit: not assault Continental flight attendant Sharon Brown.
So how DID Sharon get those hemorrhoids? Just askin'.
A shout out to Mary Benton for keeping me informed through her blog. Good job Mary. You've always been one of my favorites. (Just don't tell Ryan Korsgard or Erik Barrajas (at Channel 13.)
Wait a second. This is a witness for the plaintiff? Not a good way to end the trial. To read the full story, click here.
Mary Benton from Click 2 Houston: Your Education Station reported a few minutes ago that it is now in the hands of the jury. Mary's blog has some details from the closing arguments.
I've said it before, I have no clue as to how this EVER got to trial. Just sayin'.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The other day, I gave my summation of a trial that is occurring here in H-town. Vicki Osteen, wife of Joel Osteen, is being sued for 10% of her net worth over an incident that occurred three years ago on a Continental flight.
Sharon Brown says that due to the incident, she lost her faith and she now has hemorrhoids. She also wanted Vicki Osteen to get in the pulpit and do a public apology.
Now, let me say something. I'm sure Vicki ain't no saint. I know I'm not and I don't expect others to be one. I too have my moments and I have had my moments in the First Class cabin. I'm sure something happened but I'm still perplexed as to how this has ended up in a civil trial.
OK. So yesterday, Sharon Brown is being questioned by defense attorney Rusty Hardin. Rusty points out to Sharon that in a deposition she called Lakewood Church "...a cult-based church, and described Victoria and Joel Osteen as the devil".
Sharon says that when she made the statement she was on sinus medication and regrets making the statement. To read the full story, click here.
This brings up several questions for me:
1. Was Sharon on medication the day of the incident and maybe doesn't remember things the way they happened?
2. OK. She made a mistake by saying that about Lakewood Church and the Osteens just like I'm sure Vicki regrets having a run in with her on the flight. Can the Osteens now sue her for slander?
3. The next time I do say something that someone doesn't like can I:
a) Blame It On The Boogie;
b) Blame It On The Rain;
c) Blame it on the vodka;
d) Blame it on the sinus medication;
e) Blame it on lack of sleep;
f) or Blame it on the air quality in Beijing?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
And who can forget the Mary Decker/Zola Budd incident in Los Angeles 1984? If I really thought about it, there is probably one or two things from each of the Olympics that I remember.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Full disclosure: I REALLY was going to watch it but I fell asleep around 10:00p.m. CDT or so and missed it. So I had to stream it this morning.
Anywho. That was an excellent team effort in the Men's 4x100m Free Relay. However, there were two other factors that contributed to the excitement.
Michael Phelps won his second gold medal and is marching on to his goal of 8 gold medals. Go Michael Phelps!
Prior to the event, the French team was boasting and bragging that they were going to win. They were quite capable but when it was all said and done they didn't win. And they lost by a fraction of a second.
Uh...ya shoulda kept your mouth shut! Just sayin'