Monthly Archive for June, 2005

One More Thing About Minute Maid Park

I forgot to mention that there’s one other reason I love that place. You know who built it?


Now That’s Justice

When the SCOTUS handed down their decision the other day that basically gave local governments free reign to kick people out of their homes to build malls, hotels, and big box stores (which bring in more tax revenue than an individual homes) I was furious.

Today, I’m laughing about it. Well sort of. Check this out:

Justice Souter’s vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.

So Souter’s vote might just have gotten him kicked out of his house so someone can tear it down and build a hotel.

Sweet! I hope this happens to all the justices who voted with him.

On The Road Again

This morning, I decided it would be a good idea to drive to Houston and catch a few Astros games, so here I sit in my downtown Houston hotel room. Game starts in an hour and a half. This will probably be my last trip to Minute Maid Park, which is a shame, it’s a beautiful baseball park, definitely the nicest one I’ve ever been to. Of course, it is new and not a baseball icon like Fenway or Wrigley, but then again, the Astros have only been around since the 60’s. And did I mention that it’s air conditioned? It is. Well, at least until the sun goes down and they retract the roof.

So downtown Houston is a lot like Manhattan. Just without all the people and the things to do. And I haven’t heard a single horn honk yet.

Well, batting practice is going to start soon, so time to go. They’d better win, I drove three hours for this game.

UPDATE: Astros won. However, the victory was hollow. My mother called me during the eighth inning to inform me that my grandfather had died.

Blogging will be light to nonexistent for a few days. Kentucky isn’t exactly the technological hub of the universe.

I’m Outta Here

I quit my job. That’s because I got a new job. However, new job is about twelve hours north of here. I will be leaving Texas and moving to Kansas City.

I will certainly miss Texas. I’ve lived here thirty years. Packing up and heading some place new… wait a minute. I’ve got to move an entire house full of stuff. I HATE moving. Back when I could fit all my belongings in a pickup truck, things weren’t so bad. But now, I’ve got two thousand square feet of crap, not to mention the outside stuff like the grill, smoker, lawnmower, etc. Thank God for moving companies. And relocation packages 🙂

P.S. Anyone want to buy a house?

The Minutemen Are Coming To Texas

And it’s about time.

The Minuteman Project, the citizen border patrol that virtually stopped illegal crossings from Mexico in a highly trafficked area of Arizona, is taking its activities to another popular spot for entering the U.S. ? the Lone Star State.

According to a statement from the organization, the first authorized Texas affiliate of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps will begin training and recruiting for operations this weekend in Goliad, Texas. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Inc. is a new national organization founded by Chris Simcox, co-founder of the original Minuteman Project in Arizona.

I’ve got some vacation time coming, maybe I’ll head down south and help round up some illegal aliens. And I will of course be heavily armed. You never know who’ll be out there.

Go Avis!

I am once again out of town, blogging from a hotel. And I am driving a rental car from Avis. I didn’t notice it getting into the car (I wasn’t really giving the car the once-over, I just wanted to get in and get to my hotel) but when I reached my hotel and got out, I noticed a yellow ribbon sticker on the car with the words “Support The Troops” under it.

If I wasn’t already a fan of Avis, that would be the clincher. When I take the car back tomorrow, I’m going to check some other cars and see if it’s just on the one I got, or if they’re on all the cars.

On an unrelated note, while I was typing this, an Avis commercial came on Fox News. Almost a little creepy.

I Think I’ll Start Selling These

Because there are plenty of people that would buy them…

DVD Rewinder

Another Tip From EWG

Get to know your bartender. It can make the difference between “last call” and staying at the bar and drinking until 3:30 or thereabouts.

And all the beer after 2:00 was free.

Not that you’ll ever read this, but thanks, unamed bartender (hey, I don’t want to get anyone in trouble)!

Kind Of A Geek Thing

If you have not yet heard of Leroy Jenkins, go here and check out the video. It’s a capture of a Worlds of Warcraft game.

Pretty damned funny. Not Numa Numa or Star Wars Kid funny, but funny nonetheless.

Jackson Verdict Reached

It hasn’t been read yet, but apparently the jury is back. But before you hear the verdict, you should check out Triumph the Insult Dog having a conversation (requires Quicktime) with the supporters camped out in front of the courthouse.

My favorite line? On a scale of one to ten, how old do you think Michael Jackson’s boyfriend is?

UPDATE: Not guilty on all counts.