Monday, January 17, 2011


A dog, 'Leao', sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week's catastrophic landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on January 15, 2011. Brazilians Saturday braced for more rain, fearing further catastrophic landslides after walls of muddy water tore through towns and claimed some 550 lives in the country's worst flood disaster on record. (Getty Images/Daylife)

This picture has made me cry.  Seriously.  As I compose this, I'm crying because it is the true meaning of the word fidelity.  The name Fido is a bastardization of the word fidelity.

In Jan Van Eyck's wedding portrait Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride, a dog is positioned between the two humans to represent fidelity.  The painting is full of symbolism the most notable being the pregnant bride.  This isn't an indication of her current state but it represents fertility.

This has been a rough six weeks or so when it comes to dogs in the family.  Right before Christmas, my brother had to put to sleep one of his dogs.  On Friday, my parents found out that there dog (who is only 5) is having kidney and liver failure. 

I'm going to sign off and give The Calvinator a big hug!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

This Just In

Last night was the kick-off party for AIDS Walk Houston 2011.  It was held at The Chelsea Grille on Montrose (at Chelsea).  Trevor Eade is the host of a new program produced by JCPTV1 titled What's Happening Houston.  The first episode was filmed at the party and for a split second you can see STR8 Up With A Twist. Enjoy!

I Feel For You

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head?  If so, you know how I feel right now.

I woke up this morning singing:

You see...

Chaka Khan will be in Houston, TX, on January 15, 2011, to peform at Cabaret For A Cure.  This event benefits HIV/AIDS programs at Legacy Community Health Services.  I will be working the event that night and can't wait to hear her sing I'm Every Woman and I Feel For You.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It Really Works!

A few months ago I purchased a Tide To Go stick and threw it in my desk at work.  Fortunately, there wasn't a need to use it...until yesterday. You see...

I had a Grande Pike Coffee with some peppermint syrup, one Sweet 'n Low and some non-fat milk.  I was wearing an off-white sweater vest and as I was getting out of the car to drop off some information for someone, some of the coffee spilled onto my vest.  Well...

I couldn't walk into this office building with a fresh coffee stain so I zipped up my (new) leather jacket and made the delivery.

When I arrived at the office I found the Tide To Go stick and asked Mallory if she had ever used one?  She said yes and told me how to use it.  Guess what?  It really works!  There was a wet spot for awhile but I will take that over a coffee stain!

So...I highly recommend the Tide To Go stick.  I need to buy more.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy 12th Day of Christmas!

Today is the day that goes by different names: Feast of The Epiphany; Feast of The Three Kings; Feast of The Magi; The 12th Day of Christmas; The Beginning of Mardi Gras Season, 12th Night.

Many people believe that the twelve days of Christmas are the twelve days leading up to Christmas when actually the first day of Christmas is December 26.

In the Christian tradition, The Three Kings arrived twelve days after the birth of Christ. Remember, they traveled from afar bearing gifts and stopped to ask Herod about the birth of the new it took awhile for them to get there.

Today also marks the first day that we can eat King Cake! Now that will give you something to smile about.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Restaurant City

I tried to find statistics on the number of Houstonians who eat out.  Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and has oodles of restaurants...some good; some bad.  Unlike New Orleans, we don't have a standard.  For instance, in New Orleans if you can't make a good gumbo, you're going out of business.  And New Orleans is known for it's Cajun and Creole cuisine.  Boston is known for it's seafood and Italian cuisine.

Houston is so diverse, we don't have a standard cuisine.  This makes us a formidable player when it comes to cities that have the best restaurant scene.  Tex-Mex.  Barbecue.  Asian.  Italian. Southwestern.  Seafood.  Steaks.  The list goes on and on.

So we got a nod from Esquire Magazine who ranked Houston #7 in the top 10 of America's Best Restaurant Cities.  Thanx for the nod Esquire!

What are your favorite restaurants?  My list includes (in random order): Cyclone Anayas; Tony's; La Griglia; Paulie's; Jax; Phil's Barbecue; Barnaby's; Reef; Cafe Ginger; Mo Mong; Americas...just to name a few.  There is one restaurant that I still mourn its closing: Anthony's.  There will forever be hole in my heart.  Many a good meal was shared there.  And not dis chains, I do love P.F. Changs but you can find one of those in every big city...and I do!

So readers, let me know.  What are your favorite restaurants?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

How Did You Spend New Year's Eve?

I opted to stay home.  Harris County was continuing it's No Refusal Weekend.  I didn't want to have an adult beverage or two and then get stopped and go through the drama of dealing with a cop on NYE.  So The Calvinator and I stayed home and watched Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper report live from New York's Times Square.  I was also flipping over to Andy Cohen's House Party on Bravo.  At midnight, a wig dropped from the ceiling and Kim Zolciak sing Tardy For The Party.

Here in Houston, it was the ingaugural Gloworama.  On Thursday evening, I watched a portion of the tech rehearsal.  It looked like a fun, free, family evening.

I hope that 2011 is great for you and your family!