Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.17.14 - Be

I captured this from Instagram.  It made me laugh.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.16.14 - Kiss My Grits (Cake)

This was my first visit to Laurenzo's.  EPAH had it's monthly dinner meeting there so I used this as an opportunity to give it a try.

I ordered shrimp and grits and expected the grits to be of the mushy type but instead it was a fried grits patty with a corn relish.  It was yummy.

Pic Of The Day - 09.15.14 - Feeling Refreshed

It was one of those days and I needed to be refreshed in the afternoon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.14.14 - Fresh & Clean

Calvin went to the groomer. He looks like a puppy again.

Pic Of The Day - 09.13.14 - Full Gallop

I don't to Stages Theater as often as I should so bases upon the recommendation of a friend, I went to see Full Gallop. With the exception of an offstage voice, this is a one woman show about Diana Vreeland.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.12.14 - Weird

It was an odd day.  It started off with a phone conversation that caught me off guard.  Then I go to lunch and get a half stale fortune cookie with a half fortune.

I normally don't drink a Coke in the middle of the day but I did and I get a Legend can.  OK, I'm a legend in my own mind so I shared it with myself. 

The day ended with an early dinner at Luna Pizza. The food was good but the restaurant was full of kids. Ugh!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.11.14 - Running On Empty

It's one of those things. Worked late. Realized I was almost of gas in more ways than one.

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.10.14 - Birthday

The day in review...
Attended Rodrigue: Houston launch party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
Carne Guisada Gorditas
I love this place.
Restaurant art
Co-workers brought mini-cupcakes from Celebrity Cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.08.14 - Hali-bat that?

It's very rare that I eat fish at home so when I go out to eat I pay attention to the selections. 

I had dinner with some friends at Brasserie 19 and halibut was on the menu. The side dish was quinoa and I can't decide which was better, the halibut or quinoa?

Pic Of The Day - 09.09.14 - Illusions

I worked a little later than I planned.  As I was leaving, snapped this pic. It's a combo of sun, clouds, trees and shadows.  

PIc Of The Day - 09.07.14 -Inspired Hip Tasty Funky Savvy

I found this really cool mural on the side of the building that houses Treebeards.  I love it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In memoriam

From my visit to the 9/11 Memorial.  Photo was taken on 9/2/13
Today marks the 13th anniversary of what we have come to name 9/11.  On this day in 2001, terrorists attacked the United States by flying airplanes into the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed in the countryside of Pennsylvania near Shanksville.  It was brought down after the passengers on the plane commandeered the plane from the terrorists.

This is always a strange day for me.  And it started again this morning when I was getting ready for work while watching the Today Show.  The broadcast was interrupted to show the President of the United States commemorating the day at the time of the first plane crashing into one of the towers.  Thirteen years ago while I was watchin the show, the show was interrupted when reports started coming in that a plane had crashed into of the towers.  It was deja vu all over again.

In a previous post, I have documented what happened in my life leading up to 9/11/01.  This post explains it all.  To this day, I wonder if I encountered anyone on that trip who died with the collapse of the towers.  It's not something that I think about all of the time but it something that I think of once a year.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.06.14 - Fire & Ice

Saturday evening I was at Meteor for ERSICSS's Fire & Ice Ball benefiting Legacy Community Health Services.  It was a nice, early evening event.  There was a silent auction and this piece of jewelry was one of the available items.  If I had a use for it, I would have purchased it!

Pic Of The Day - 09.05.14 - Fierce & Fabulous

I was invited to be a guest at Pet Set's Fierce & Fabulous SoireĆ© at Hotel ZaZa.  It was a great evening for a great cause.  This chandelier put the fabulous in fierce and fabulous!

Pic Of The Day - 09.04.14 - Good Friends

and no I'm not referring to the bar in New Oleans.

I had dinner on Thursday evening with two really good friends. We had drinks at Pax Americana and dinner at Brassiere Max & Julie. A nice time was had by all!

Can We Talk?

Yesterday, Joan Rivers' close friends said goodbye to her. On August 28, Joan had gone in for a standard endoscopy. During the procedure she stopped breathing and was rushed to the hospital. The outlook didn't look good and no matter how positive everyone tried to be, I knew this wasn't going to end well. Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014 at the age of 81.

My first recollection of seeing Joan Rivers was sometime when I was a either a young teenager or younger. I remember that the show was in black and white(?) and it was some type of syndicated show that was on during the afternoon during the summer. It wasn't Merv Griffin. I just remember she made me laugh.

Joan became the first permanent substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Andy Cohen said it best when he told Matt Lauer it was like a Christmas present when she was the host. I totally agree. I would make it a point to stay up and at a minimum watch her monologue.

As a comedian, Joan felt like everyone was fair game. She said things that everyone wished they could say but before she would say them she said things about herself. Which goes to the old adage about laughing first at yourself.

In some ways I do understand why Johnny Carson was upset with her when she was offered her own show on Fox. However, I don't understand why he never spoke to her again and held a grudge. From what I understand, the news was leaked before Joan could talk to him. When she did call him, he hung up on her. What is also upsetting is that subsequent hosts of the show continued the ban. It wasn't until Jimmy Fallon became the host that she made her return to the show. Honestly, Jimmy gained a higher level of respect from me.

I did see Joan perform twice. Both times were in Houston. The first time was either in 1992 or 1993 at The Arena Theatre. My good friend Lyndon came in from Dallas and went with me. The second time was in August of 2009. Both times she classic Joan.

Joan was criticized for being crass, not holding back and taking no prisoners. It could be offensive to some, myself included. There were a few times that I thought she should have apologized but that wasn't her policy. This video will explain it:

So...back to the late night show...
I'm not being disrespectful to Totie Fields, Phyllis Diller or Lucille Ball when I say that Joan was a pioneer and had stamina. As I previously mentioned, she was the first female to host a late night show. Huffington Post comprised a collection of tributes from the current hosts. It brought tears to my eyes. And if you ever questioned her stamina and work ethic, please watch Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

I gained a new respect for her when she was on Celebrity Apprentice (and won). The charity she played for was God's Love We Deliver. From their website:

God's Love We Deliver is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

Founded in 1985 when one woman began delivering food on her bicycle to a man dying from AIDS, God's Love now cooks 4,600 meals each weekday, delivering them to clients living with life-altering illnesses in all five boroughs of New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, their children and to the senior caregivers of our senior clients, without regard to income, and we have never maintained a waiting list. Because we believe the combination of hunger and serious illness is a crisis, we deliver food within 24 – 48 hours of first being contacted.

God's Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of "food as medicine." To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client's specific medical requirements. God's Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of nearly 8,000 volunteers annually.

Not only did Joan raise money for the organization she helped deliver meals. Joan was also one of the first celebrities to lend her name to HIV/AIDS causes when it wasn't popular.

So...for all of the criticism she received for her no holds bar schtick, she did have a heart and was compassionate. It's the persona that many people didn't see.

News coverage yesterday and today about the funeral service have been great. It would have been nice to be in NYC and see Melissa Rivers and Cooper. I heard that last night, Melissa spoke to the well-wishers outside of her mom's apartment and even sent them cupcakes. MailOnline has some great photos of the celebrities who paid tribute to Joan. It sounds like almost everything Joan wanted (minus Meryl Streep crying in different accents and the Beyonce wind machine.) the lady who added the phrases to my vernacular..."Who are you wearing?" "Oh grow up!" and "Can we talk?", thank you for the laughs. Thank you for being a humanitarian.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pic Of The Day - 09.03.14 - Sweet Corn

Maybe I'm late to the game but I just discovered these Candy Corn Nougats.  They're made by Brach's and they taste like Candy Corn but the consistency is different.  And fyi, they're yummy!

Pic Of The Day - 09.02.14 - Downtown

Every now and then, the sun and clouds align to give me a great view of the Houston skyline.  Tuesday was one of those days.

Pic(s) Of The Day - 09.01.14 - The Houston Penetrable

24,000 hand painted plastic tubes.  Jesus Rafael Soto's The Houston Penetrable was definitely a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit!

September 1 was the last day of the exhibit and like every good procrastinator I waited until the last day to see it.  I'm glad I did.

Rodrigue Houston

What are you doing on September 10?  Don't have plans? Then...plan on joining me at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for the launch party of Rodrigue Houston!

In 2015, there will be an exhibit in Houston of some of George Rodrigue's work.  Learn more about the party here.

Pic Of The Day - 08.31.14 - Branching Out

In Houston, we're known for tearing things down, uprooting trees, etc.  A few years ago when we were building Legacy's new building in Montrose, we were asked to save the trees.  They are over 90 years old and when we started thinking about it, it made sense. They are symbols of our deep roots within the community.

So...when H-E-B decided to build a new store in Montrose they too were asked to save as many trees as possible.  This is one of them that is on the property.