Friday, January 31, 2014
Before it started, I walked around the 3rd floor lobby and saw this interesting combo of curves and lines that I have never noticed before. I refer to this as Straight Lines & Curves.
So...I'm a bit late getting some posts posted and it's a Friday night and I've been working on a presentation and I sound like that song from You're A Good Man Charlie Brown Book Report. ("If I start writing now when I'm not really rested it will upset my thinking which is not good at all. I"ll get a fresh start tomorrow...")
The Ice Man Did Not Cometh on Tuesday (Jan. 28) morning at 3:00a.m. We were expecting another round of ice to coat the greater Houston area. And then, it didn't happen. There was some ice, snow flakes, etc. but it didn't meet the expectations of the predictions.
Schools, city government and some businesses announced closures on Monday evening in anticipation of the The Ice Man Cometh Part II.
This is about all of the ice we received at The Calvinator's Crib.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I was on Instagram the other day and saw this photo posted by Dennis.
I think it's great that Dennis is comfortable enough to pose for a photographer. I have too many insecurities to do something like that and I guess I am a bit jealous, or envious is probably the better word, of people like him, Model Warren and Derek Yates who do pose for the camera. My hat is off to all of you!
Photos of Dennis can be found on the blog of Men In Monochrome. I must warn you, some of the photos are NSFW.
I've always heard about Fantasy Football Leagues but really had no idea how it worked. So this season we had a league at Legacy. I signed up, went to training camp, drafted players but still didn't know what I was doing. I took advice from fellow coaches and the commissioner himself helped me out but still I lost.
So...yesterday we had a tailgate party and trophies were presented to the winners. And just for participating, I received a bobblehead.
Monday, January 27, 2014
The bright side to SAD is that Mardi Gras will be just a few weeks later. Arne's has more aisles dedicated to Mardi Gras than they do to SAD; and that is always great news!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
It happened again. It hasn't happened in three years. A fraction of an inch of ice brought Houston to it's knees on Friday. We knew it was coming but there's very little you can do about it.
I grew up in Ft. Worth so I know ice baby. I also know that a thin coating of ice on some of these mega flyover bridges where highways interchange are asking for trouble. In a case like yesterday, it's always best just to stay home.
The surface roads were fine but it's the ice that you can't see that causes the problems. And yes, all the Yankees were making fun of us but give us a break, this hasn't happened in three years. And karma is a bitch!
All you haters who were laughing at us, well just remember, we're prepared for the heat. We just crank down that air conditioning (as early as February) and start preparing for the long, hot summer.
Friday, January 24, 2014
We've had some swings in the weather this week. On Thursday, the temperature started to drop and then it started to rain. That is never a good sign.
HRC Houston was having a kickoff for the upcoming gala. The reception was at BBVA Compass Stadium and I really debated about going. I am glad I attended.
It's always great to see my friends but it's always fun when you get access to a private club and then a celebrity shows up.
Guinevere Turner, best known for writing the screenplay for American Psycho, was the guest speaker. What a treat! (And oops, I forgot to get her photo.)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Yesterday we celebrated a co-worker's birthday with miniature cupcakes. It was a festive atmosphere at work. However, later that day she called me and was very upset. She was on her way to pickup her granddaughter at school when a man ran a red light and hit her another car. Believe it or not she walked away from this accident.
Things can change in a New York minute.
Be safe everyone!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Anywho...I had several friends running both races. Because of road closures and not being real familiar with the new course
I went to workout since I was already at Fit and then went to Starbucks to feed my daily addiction. While I was there, I received a text message that AlanTheRealtor aka AlnHouston had just crossed the 30K marker. I made my way to the portion of the course that I refer to as The Dog Leg. Memorial Drive to Shepherd to Allen Parkway. And yes, the big hand was with me.
When I saw AlanTheRealtor, I ran with him and the big hand for a few steps and wished him well down the Allen Parkway Death March. This photo I snapped is of people still on the course who may or may not have finished within the allotted time. I posted it on Instagram with the caption, "Never give up on your dreams."
Now for the rest of the story...
It was somewhat emotional being out there. Chase Dreyer had posted this photo on his Facebook page.
First of all, once again, congratulations on finishing today!
Second, I hope you don't think this is a weird message. I think we've only briefly talked once at Fit a few years ago or so but there is something I want to share with you.
I don't know if you remember me giving you a high five on the Memorial Drive/Shepherd dog leg of the marathon course. I had seen your signage on your torso on Facebook page earlier so when I saw you come around the corner it really moved me.
My dad passed away the Saturday after Thanksgiving in November 2011. In late August, cancer cells had been found in his bile duct. He had several options. Chemo & radiation and maybe have another year. Do nothing and live 3 months or less. Do surgery (a very complicate procedure called Whipple Surgery) and possibly live another 5 years.
The surgeon who agreed to do the surgery only agreed to do it because he said even though my dad was 81, he had the body of a 60 year old. My dad ran his first marathon in Ft. Worth at age 50 and probably ran on a regular basis until some time in his 70s. The doctor attributed his fitness regimen to being so healthy.
I was on the course for his 2nd and 3rd marathons. I think he only ran three (and I don't mean "only" to sound like I'm discounting him) marathons. He continued to participate in 5ks and 10ks.
After watching him run those marathons, I remember thinking, "I can do that" but it wasn't until 1998 that I ran my first marathon. He came down from Ft. Worth with my mom, sister, and brother-in-law. And he came down here two other times to cheer me on. He was with me at the start line along the course and at the finish line. I've traveled to other cities to run marathons and half-marathons and always had his encouragement.
So back to 2011. I had been training for the 2012 Houston Half Marathon but I ended up going back and forth to Ft. Worth that fall in preparation for the surgery and my training schedule went out the window. I remember after the surgery the surgeon said, "I guarantee you he will not die of cancer. We removed all of the cells." The uncertainty was whether or not he would survive the surgery. It was too much for his 81 year old body and his body rejected the changes that were made.
Looking back, it's almost as if I lost all my inspiration to run when he died. I keep thinking that one day I'll get back out there (and lose all of this weight I've put on).
You really moved me today. Seeing you out there running for your dad was very inspiring. I'm sure your dad was with you every step of the way just like mine will be the next time I get out there on a long run.
Once again, congratulations and...
Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
The lights in the window at Light Bulbs Unlimited really caught my eye.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Sounds like a good reason to put on a tux on a Saturday night!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Yesterday I headed east on I-10 with some co-workers to Beaumont. On the drive over, they were talking about the full moon from the previous night and yesterday morning.
After a nice meal, a couple of glasses of wine and great conversation at Suga's, it was time to head back to Houston. Before we left the restaurant, I stepped out onto the deck and noticed the bright moon.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
|I just can't quit you.|
Two days ago CNN reported that up to 110 million customers may have had their personal information hacked in the breach. Target has apologized and is offering free credit monitoring. While that is all well and good, who is going to reimburse me for the time I am now going to spend updating accounts that do an auto-debit from my card?
Can I send Target a bill for my time? Yep, I didn't think so.
And yes, in case you're wondering, I'm still shopping there. In the words of George W. Bush, "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."(—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002)
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The title of the show was The Vixens of Broadway which highlights the songs written for the other woman and supporting female characters of Broadway. So think, Ado Annie from Oklahoma! singing I Cain't Say No or Perón's Mistress in Evita singing Another Suitcase In Another Hall. And yes, she delivered on these songs and many more.
She also did a spoofed medley of songs highlighting songs sung by the other woman or the supporting cast member that steals the show and you don't see them again until curtain call with the underlying song being You Gotta Get A Gimmick from Gypsy. So think Les Miserables, Evita, and even herself being made famous for singing one note in Memory from Cats.
There were a few songs that she sang that I was not familiar with mainly because I didn't know the musical. These were songs from Dear World and Allegro. I hate to admit this but I've never seen Into The Woods so the Little Red Ridinghood song was also new to me.
Until last night, I thought only Linda Eder could sing Unusual Way from Nine but I must say Betty's rendition has won me over. The one song that didn't belong to the other woman was Corner of the Sky. I almost cried when she sang it because it is my favorite song from Pippin. I remember seeing that show many years ago at Casa Mañana. It brought back some conflicting memories. She sang it because she was in Pippin on Broadway and always wanted to perform it. And well, when you're Betty Buckley and you have a captive audience, sing it girl!
With the exception of some sound problems, a roaming photographer and someone who was using their cell phone
And let's hear it for the girl! She can still hit those notes!!!! Because she had spoofed Memory earlier in the show I was afraid she wouldn't sing it. When she stepped on stage for her encore her stance let me know that she was going to sing it even though the musical intro didn't give it away. Throughout the song she stayed in the character of Grizabella and wowed us. It was another moment that almost made me cry.
I thought that would be the end of the show BUT at the request of Scott Brogan from Brilliant Lecture Series she sang Send In The Clowns from A Little Night Music.
Thank you Betty for sharing your talent with us last night and you did sparkle in more more ways than one.
Betty was going to be signing her Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway cd after the show. I got sidetracked in the lobby by visiting with people including Lydia Baehr from Lydia Baehr Public Relations. Plus, the previous evening at Tenenbaum & Co. I had already met her; it was the highlight of my week; another wonderful memory.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Last night was the Legacy employee holiday party at Lucky Strike. There were multiple reasons we did the party in January but long story short it's always good to try and round up the employees for an evening of fun.
I would have stayed longer at Lucky Strike BUT I had an invitation to meet Betty Buckley at a private party.
Bowling Alley? Betty Buckley? Karaoke? Broadway Legend? Pool Table? Cases Of Jewelry? Guess what I chose.
I left the party early and went to Tenenbaum & Co. for a meet and greet with Betty Buckley. Tenenbaum & Co. has some beautiful jewelry. I had never been there so I was thrilled to be able to peruse their collection of jewelry without feeling pressured to buy something
When I walked in, Betty was the first person I saw and I was star struck but not to the point where I was willing to step into the circle of guests and interrupt the conversation. I partook in stunning repartee with Lydia from Lydia Baehr Public Relations and other guests. Eventually, I made my way over to Betty and met her. She is everything I imagined her to be because Fort Worth like us are good people.
|Steve Bland, Betty Buckley & Timmy Martinez|
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
So...once again, last night I went to Whole Foods Market on Waugh Drive and ended up just buying a slice of King Cake because I forgot I had some layered enchiladas (from Whole Foods Market) in the fridge at home.
Anyway...when I walked in I noticed that flowers seemed especially bright last night. I'm sure it's the lighting and it's some retail trick to get people to buy flowers but anywho...these flowers really caught my eye last night.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
I've often wondered why The Calvinator walks around in a circle before he poops. (He also, kicks dirt and sort of looks like he is doing The Running Man when he finishes.) There are several theories about the circling (looking for predators before being in a vunerable position; matting down the leaves & grass; looking for a clean spot). So now we have a new theory.
According to this article in New York Post, dogs are aligning themselves with the magnetic field of the earth. Dogs prefer to poop facing north-south as opposed to east-west. Hmmm...I've never noticed but I guess I'll start paying more attention. I have a good sense of north-south so I won't have to carry a compass. I wouldn't be surprised if The Calvinator doesn't face north-south; he isn't just any ordinary dog.
This photo is the fence shadow on Sandman.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
|source: OutSmart Magazine|
Thursday, January 2, 2014
but I was stuck in traffic and couldn't take a photo. Normally I don't have traffic issues but I decided to go the Super Target past Texas Medical Center.
Just so you know what you missed, I captured some photos off of Instagram. The first one is from Ryan Korsgard and the second one is from Hope Stone.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Wishing all of you the very best in 2014!
One of the best things I heard about resolutions is that they really should be called intenions. I have a few things that I intend to do. A few of them I started before today.
And one thing to remember, everyday is a new opportunity.