Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
- Why would you issue a warrant for me after I already showed up in court and they said I have until Feb of next year to take care of this? I can even pull up the record at the City of Austin's website showing that I paid and requested defensive driving prior to the notice of warrant.
- What exactly did my $111 administrative fee cover?
- Why did I have to pay DPS to get a certified copy of my driving record? Are they telling me that the officer that pulled me over was unable to pull my record up to make sure I had no outstanding warrants or other violations?
Friday, December 18, 2009
In the wake of the Nov. 5 mass shooting, Fort Hood leaders have announced stricter gun registration policies for the Army post. In a command policy sent out Monday, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, Fort Hood's commander, wrote that soldiers and civilians who intend to bring a firearm onto Fort Hood must register with the Directorate of Emergency Services.
Why not shooting rampage registration?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Had CFS at Silver K Cafe in Johnson City, TX today. Good size to it, and was aight taste-wise. Afterwards I saw a sign around the corner for a different place claiming to have the best CFS in TX or the world or at least Johnson City. Guess I'll try it next time.
Tiger came in late one night to the club and sat at my satellite stage. He was out of singles so he tipped me with his business card. His cell phone number was on the back of the card and he told me to text him when I got off work. I did and he asked me to meet him at the motel so he could 'wear me out'. Truer words were never spoken!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It's become an annual winter tale: A young boy gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole, perhaps as the result of a dare. This year, the scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story" unfolded Tuesday morning in Boise with a boy of about 10. Boise firefighters used a glass of warm water to free the unidentified boy from the metal fence pole.
2) I had no idea that so many people liked Tiger because they thought he was such a class act (as opposed to being great at golf). Example of a dumb former fan:
Former Woods fans turned to his own Web site to vent their anger.
"I want my money back from Nike for all of this useless garbage that I have spent my hard-earned money on for the past 10 years!" one person wrote on his message board. "They put this person out there and we bought it, and now it turns out he is a lying."
What was he lying about again? I missed those commercials where they claimed the clothes and golf junk would keep the butterfaces away.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
We ordered a batch of their hottest last night, and I guess we caught them on an off night--they weren't all that hot. We challenged them to make them hotter, but to no avail. Don't get the inconsistency on the heat. I've had them pretty darn hot before.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
STARKVILLE — For the second time in four weeks, a Mississippi State home football game will be broadcast in prime time on ESPN.
The visit by No. 3 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) to Scott Field Saturday will be kick off at 6 p.m. on the network with its top crew of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews. The trio was in Starkville on Oct. 24 when Florida beat State 29-19. At the time, that game was the third most-watched college football game of the season on ESPN.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
D’IBERVILLE — Undercover officers across two Coast counties came up with a solution to being recognized by the prostitutes and escort services they try to arrest or raid. The officers swapped territories Thursday night for an operation that netted 17 arrests.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday night while catching up with everyone at The Grill (for the last time) the Twilight series came up again. Come to find out most of the women of Backtoms are obsessed with this series. The volume of the conversation elevated and the women started looking slightly hot and bothered discussing the books. Now I see how we must have looked when discussing Platinum Plus back in the day.
I don't remember the exact conversation, but Daniel chimed in on Kim's obsession with the books. He said something along the lines that prior to a "make out" session he offered to go stick his johnson in the freezer for her.
No spin zone
I think he actually said something more like he offered to stand in front of the freezer for her, but with our group I think it's understandable how that quickly degraded.
Either way...due to the extreme laughter I didn't hear if Kim took him up on the offer or not. But I did see this a few months ago. Keep it in mind if you are looking for a holiday gift for your significant other.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- Controls on the a/c were missing. One of the guys had to go to another room to see what the labels were supposed to be to make the appropriate adjustments to his unit.
- Stains on the bed/chair that looked to potentially be blood or some other bodily fluid.
- Empty condom wrapper in the drawer next to the Holy Bible.
I was drinking so I don't remember the rest of the stuff, but maybe Deebo can enlighten us with more info about this one since I think he might have paid an hourly rate to stay Saturday night.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Stefanie and I had the pleasure of staying at Univ. Inn right outside of campus. We checked in and made our way to the back of the hotel to our room. This was my first time staying there, but had set my expectations low based on what James told me about Luke's room last year. I quickly found out that the description was not exaggerated. The light switch didn't exist, some of the lights didn't work, the deadbolt didn't seem to work, and the door didn't lock in the shutmost position (i.e., you could push on it and it would open up some). The toilet paper was low grade, and the roll I had the pleasure of dealing with was adhering to itself in such a way that you couldn't get it to unroll without the opened biscuit can effect. Between the insecure door and the group of dudes chilling in the parking lot I called the front desk (from my cell phone), and asked if they could give me another room (like one in the main building as I was told I had when I made my reservation). To their credit, they did let me move to another room. It was in the 500 building facing the inside parking lot. Here are some pictures from my phone that don't really do the place justice (blogger isn't letting me add more than what's below right now, but it's enough).
Not sure what all this extra stuff on the beds was. The sheets/comforter look to be a little old. The only thing separating you from the mattress was a thin fitted sheet. We cannibalized the sheets from both beds to try to build up a buffer to sleep on. The sheets had various stains on them so I'm not sure we were really protecting ourselves.
I didn't bother trying to use the phone.
I didn't test the tv to see if it was operational.
This was kind of interesting. Guess it was some kind of fancy-pants shower back in the day.
Since folks were comparing the color of the water in their rooms we decided to play it safe and brought in bottled water for tooth brushing. We left our luggage in the car to keep it clean, and ended up just sleeping in the clothes we wore to the game. There were two bath towels in the room, but no other towels. Stefanie didn't trust the shower or the towels that did exist. We hopped our dirty selves in the car bright and early and got the hell out of there. The people I talked to at the desk were friendly, but I hope I don't find myself having to stay there again.
My wife adds that the first room smelled like pee, and the second room did to a lesser extent. I don't remember that, but I could have been delirious from all the driving I did this weekend.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I thought Maxey wasn't allowed at the house anymore... "he tried to kiss her and she slapped him with a felony"
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Former Biloxi school teacher Rebecca Dawn Bogard was sentenced today to seven years for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy.Circuit Court Judge Roger Clark suspended six years, leaving one year to serve in its entirety.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Authorities say a Houston-area woman who was burned up at her former common-law husband fried their pet goldfish and ate some of them.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
EVERETT — Five baristas are accused of engaging in prostitution at an Everett bikini espresso stand following a two-month undercover police investigation into complaints that the women were selling more than coffee.
Detectives say the women were charging up to $80 to strip down and flash customers while fixing lattes and mochas.
Investigators saw the women expose their crotches, lick whipped cream off their co-workers’ private parts and pose naked for pictures inside the Grab-n-Go Espresso stand on Broadway, according to police reports obtained by The Herald on Wednesday.
Detectives also witnessed some of the women charging customers to touch their bare breasts and naked buttocks. Touching of that kind, for pay, falls under the city’s definition of prostitution.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Also, no adverse effects from the alcohol and my meds. If anything I'd say the alcohol helped wipe out the infection.
Friday, September 18, 2009
CRESTVIEW -- A man who goes by the name of Shorty Smoothe became angry when a convenience store customer didn't recognize him, even after he told her his nickname.
He started the conversation by asking if she had a husband. That's when she told him she didn't know him, which enraged him, according to the report.
The man's daughters and other customers told the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy that Shorty Smoothe started cussing at her and calling her names.
"(Expletive) you," he yelled. "You (expletive) cracker. Do you know who I am?" He then grabbed her shirt sleeve.
Beginning Sunday, Starkville residents will have the ability to purchase both beer and liquor by the drink in local restaurants.The State Tax Commission approved Starkville Sunday liquor sales in a 2-1 vote Wednesday. Sunday beer, liquor and wine sales in restaurants approved by the Mississippi Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday beer sales in off-premise locations, including grocery and convenient stores, will begin Sept. 27. The new alcohol code takes effect immediately.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Longtime readers know that I'll eat boiled peanuts shell and all, but I agree that frying them makes it easier.
Checked out the Hooters in Denham Springs, LA (right next to Bass Pro Shops).
We stayed a couple nights in Biloxi, but we didn't get into much fun. I did get to check out the Urgent Care place in B-town. I had an ingrown hair on my neck that got infected. I got a shot in the @ss, and then they cut out the offender. So, I'm now walking around with a big bandaid on my neck and instructions to:
1) Stay out of the sand
2) Stay out of the water
3) Don't drink
Now, 1 isn't a big deal to me. I can live with 2, but 3?
Anyway, we got to the condo this evening and it's pretty cool.
After some minor research I've also decided to test #3. I figure I'll drink until I feel bad. Then I'll know the limit, and can back off of it by 1.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Organisers brag they will breath-test all partygoers, with the one found to be the most drunk getting free entry the following week.Adverts for the Tuesday night special, dubbed Trashed, say it has 'one simple aim', which is to get revellers 'nailed, battered, done-in and, well, proper ****ing trashed'.And the promotional material adds: 'If you're legal to drive at 3am, we'll refund your entry money because in our eyes you're not Trashed, so we've failed in our mission.'
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A 15-year-old Brooklyn boy shot himself in the penis Sunday after fumbling with a gun that had slid from his waistband, authorities said yesterday.
Khamir Grant was then arrested for reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon -- the same charges levied against Burress, who shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub in 2008, law-enforcement sources said.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
SAN MARCOS — About 2 a.m. Friday, when a San Marcos resident heard a commotion outside his bedroom, he grabbed his .40-caliber Glock pistol and opened the door, police said. When he saw a teenager pointing a gun at him, according to police, the resident fired several shots that left two Luling 16-year-olds dead and another teen seriously wounded. A fourth teen fled to escape from the gunfire, police said.
Three of the four youths appeared to be holding weapons, police say. One had a handgun, and the other two had pellet guns that looked like handguns, police said.
Note to any potential renters, our San Marcos condo is in the safe part of town.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Abu Mansour al-Amriki — or "The American" — has become one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda.He was born Omar Hammami in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the city of Daphne.Despite inching toward a population of 25,000 in recent years, Daphne still maintains "the ambience of a small town where the people are friendly and caring, and newcomers soon become good friends," according to the city's Web site. The city has streets with names like "Whispering Pines Road."In fact, U.S. News & World Report calls it one of the "Best Places" in the country. And among Daphne's top assets, according to the city's Web site, are its "reputable schools."During his later teenage years, Hammami attended Daphne High School and frequented the Islamic Society of Mobile, one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area. It's unclear whether he was always a practicing Muslim, but a source told FOX News that he has family ties to Islam. A call to the mosque was not returned.As for Daphne High School, it looks like the all-American high school straight out of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" — complete with the picturesque football field and massive flood lights. Before classes each morning, a small group of students gathers in front of the school to hold hands in Christian prayer. A short time later, a different group carries out an American flag, lifts it to the top of a pole, and stands hands-over-hearts as the "Pledge of Allegiance" is recited over a loudspeaker.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Holy crap! I just realized it has been a couple of months since I started listing some of my recent reading. So back to it.
Before I start out with my classic literature review, I forgot one non-fiction book I have read recently.
The Lost City of Z (David Grann)
This is the story of early 20th century explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett who was obsessed with exploring and mapping the Amazon forest. For wanting to read the story of this guy in book form, go for it. However, when it comes to non-fiction for me, I am more than happy to read wikipedia for the basic facts. It was an interesting story, but when I stupidly did some internet research halfway through the book, I ruined the rest of the book for myself. This is pretty interesting in regards to learning about the Amazon and may trigger other reading interests. Good enough to read, but not strongly recommended if your tastes are anything like mine.
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
I really did enjoy this book. Of course I read it after I had seen movie adaptations. Most of the movies do justice to some of the adventure and interaction between the characters, but often missed a lot of the details within the book (like most movies). Trust me, if you have only seen the movies, you would still enjoy reading this book. I really was surprised at how different the book really is than the movies, especially with plot directions.
The Man in the Iron Mask (Alexandre Dumas)
I had to laugh when I finished this one. Again, very good and worth the read if you are into some historically-based adventure fiction. And once again, this book really is different from the movies that have been made. For example, the DiCaprio film focuses solely on the prisoner who is the brother to the king of France. However, that is only about a third of the entire story. The rest of the book wraps up the stories of the original Musketeers. Apparently, this is the last book in a series about the Musketeers while the The Three Musketeers is the first. I have not read the in-betweens, but if they are anything like these two, then they may be worthwhile to read.
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
I can’t tell you how much I really enjoyed this book. This is one of those stories that, if you have not read, I would really recommend that you do. A good telling of the revenge of man who was wronged at a young age. Enjoy this one.
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
I have seen a lot of reviews that say this is one if not the greatest novel of all time. I agree it was good. This book tends to be more of a chick book due to the love stories involved, but I did enjoy it. If you have a lot of time, pick it up, you might just enjoy it. But if you are looking for instant satisfaction in your reading, this may be a little long for you.
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
This is an actual murder mystery set in the time where Russia was moving to a socialist society. Read the reviews on the link, decide whether you want to read or not. But, I would recommend this one, because I did truly enjoy this one. It is a fairly long book, but I did find it enjoy the time I spent on it. It has been a few years since I read this, but it will end up back on my future reading list.
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
I loved this book. I was just looking over some of the reviews on Amazon and it keeps mentioning that this is anti-war, a pacifist dream book about the absurdity of war. There is a review that links this to the inspiration for M*A*S*H. OK, great. I loved MASH. I never cared that the underlying message that war was bad in all cases like they tried to portray in the show but the damn thing was funny. Of course, saying that the book represents the foolishness of war and set it in WWII seems pretty silly to me. I guess the years that preceded WWII are usually forgotten since they were the failed efforts of pacifism and acceptance of the folks that were looking to take over the world, whether given to them peacefully or taken forcefully. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this and laughed out-loud at some parts. How can you not love that the definition of a Catch-22 in the book, if I remember correctly, is that to get out of the war you have to prove that you are insane, but wanting to get out of the war is the proof of sanity.
I believe my murder/mystery novels are next.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I know Tarkus and others are dying to see the latest upgrades to my AR-15. Here's what's been added:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Now, I don't agree with many of his decisions in general (e.g., the message board scandal). But it's funny to see the libs in a tizzy, so I kicked off my anti-boycott and picked up some stuff from the flagship store on my way home today.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The bill, co-authored by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, could make attacks on the homeless equivalent to those dealing with race, religion and sexual orientation. It would require law enforcement to track crimes against the homeless — something few law enforcement agencies in the nation do at this time, said Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless executive director.“It’s clear that [hate crimes] have been happening,” he said. “We think by adding homelessness, it will send both a symbolic and practical message that attacks against the homeless will not be tolerated.”“We have crimes that are occurring with homeless involved all the time, but when we say hate crime, we try to be very clear that somebody has said, ‘You homeless bum,’ or something that indicates it’s been an act of hate because they’re homeless,” Troxell said.House the Homeless also works toward raising minimum wage, set at $7.25 nationally, which Troxell said is not enough to cover basic living expenses.“A full week at [minimum wage] and you won’t afford the basics of life in Austin and, without that ability, you’re going to end up homeless,” he said. “If you’re homeless and on the streets, then you’re subject to these atrocities where people conduct these hate crimes.”
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- ~9:00 AM - John makes the call and asks if we are going to do this today. I reluctantly agree.
- ~9:45 AM - Depart to run some errands and head to DFW
- 11:45 AM - Arrive at the Czech Stop for some kolaches
- 1:25 PM - #1 Hooters of South Arlington
- 1:43 PM - #2 Hooters of Ft. Worth; we go ahead and eat lunch here; John shows his philanthropic side and donate to charity to have his truck washed by the bikini team in the parking lot; we also saw some dummy hit the one nice (parked) vehicle in the parking lot...a Porsche
- 3:14 PM - #3 Hooters of North Richland
- 3:34 PM - #4 Hooters of Arlington
- 3:55 PM - #5 Hooters of Irving
- 4:18 PM - #6 Hooters of Grapevine; on the way to this one saw some chick throw her car in reverse on a ramp for a toll road...not a good idea
- 4:49 PM - #7 Hooters of Lewisville; this location had the best layout
- 5:23 PM - #8 Hooters of Addison; independently told by two sources (Tarkus and Erik) that this location has one of the best talent pools...we weren't too impressed
- 5:49 PM - #9 Hooters of Plano; on our way out John does his good deed for the day and changes a tire of some girl in the parking lot
- 6:34 PM - #10 Hooters of Mesquite; leaving this location we see a grass fire on the North side of I-30
- 6:59 PM - #11 Hooters of Dallas; the largest Hooters in the world; met Jeff, Kristin and Erik here for dinner
- 10:20 PM - Stop at the Czech Stop for round two of kolaches
- 10:43 PM - #12 Hooters of Waco
- 11:39 PM - #13 Hooters of Killeen
- 12:45 AM - Finally get home
Friday, August 14, 2009
One look at the long line outside of the CommUnityCare Clinic housed at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless will tell you how much need there is for health care among Austin's homeless.
"There's a major, wide range of problems, as far as behavioral, mental health, dental and vision," clinic administrator Tony Moore said.
About 10,000 patients squeeze through the 1,100-square-foot office every year.Patients of the CommUnityCare clinic at the ARCH are part of the Medical Assistance Program. Their annual budget of about $50 million comes from Travis County tax payers and the federal government.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This happened at the Twin Peaks near me and James. Unfortunately, we weren't there Monday night to witness the action firsthand.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Sheriff deputies from Midland County, Texas are being investigated on allegations that they posed a restaurant employee in front of their patrol cars, holding a gun, in a Round Rock restaurant parking lot on Monday night.
While the pictures were not available for viewing and were not described at length in a police report obtained by KXAN Austin News, the restaurant was Twin Peaks- known for its scantily clad waitresses.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Here I am trying to hit a 3" Shoot-N-C at 75 yards with my wife's 10/22. I suck. It took a while to hit it.
Some guy had a .50 cal upper for his AR. It looked pretty cool.
And since we were near Lockhart, we tried out another BBQ joint (Chisholm Trail Bar-BQ). James doesn't like their sausage, I thought it was aight.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I put this on facebook and James reminded me of the cause of the story...
HardCore was in the single room in Suite 1 and apparently had been a good little student alllll semester. As a result, he was going getting out of all his finals. He was very excited by this and opted to share that fact...alot. So, he left as the rest of us were studying away. Word to the wise: don't brag about you skipping finals and then leave your room unprotected for days.
I believe it was Ben that had the Reflector delivery route. And for a week, the eager young minds on his route had to go elsewhere for their thrice-weekly campus news, for all those bundles of paper had a higher purpose. A great brotherhood event was called after chapter meeting. Someone trusted with the keys to all the rooms violated that trust, for the greater good, and broke into Hardcore's room. For hours, brothers took turns filling every space from floor to ceiling with wadded up Reflectors. Cheap newspaper ink was on many hands, but a good deed was done.
Hardcore returned and was milling around the courtyard...somewhat puzzled that most of the chapter came down to welcome him back. The magic moment approached as he walked to his door, looking over his shoulder quizzically as the suite was just about filled with brothers watching his grand entrance. The recently violated lock accepted it's true owners key, and, with a flourish, the door opened, and Reflectors fell like an avalanche. Good times, indeed.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
It cost him his job at a Round Rock Randalls, but Troy Schafer, who was fired last week after chasing a purse snatcher out of the grocery store, said he didn't have much choice.It was about 2 p.m. July 21, and Schafer had just walked in from finishing a sandwich and chips in front of the store when he heard 52-year-old Ann Welch screaming for help. Welch had been standing at the deli counter with her purse resting in her cart when someone ran past her, grabbed her purse and ran out the door.
It doesn't get into whether people were being slapped in the back of the neck, but maybe there's a connection.
Austin police said they have received at least eight reports this year in which Sixth Street revelers were punched in the head or mouth, unprovoked, while standing on the sidewalk or walking down the street. The attackers fled.
Friday, July 24, 2009
A shocking legal loophole discovered by authorities in Rhode Island.While teens can’t pump gas or climb ladders on the job because of protections in workplace laws, there is nothing on the books keeping 16- and 17-year-olds from stripping – as long as they’re home by 11:30 on school nights.Authorities discovered this loophole during a police investigation into a 16-year-old runaway found working at a strip club in Providence.
Monday, July 20, 2009
It's not the kind of start to the week Dan Mullen or anybody at Mississippi State would have wanted, especially with SEC media days approaching.
But star running back Anthony Dixon was arrested over the weekend.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
- Shey and I have plane tickets arriving in Jackson on Thursday and leaving on Sunday. We are planning on staying in Philly to make some money to pay for the trip.
- It's my understanding that hotel rooms have not been secured at this time. It is being worked on.
- Single game tickets go on sale today for Bulldog Club members. I am planning on purchasing 8 tickets. If you would like in on those let me know. I doubt there will be a problem getting more, but I simply don't want to be stuck holding the bag on extra tickets.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
And sure enough, this is how the house has looked since Friday evening.
As James can attest, we haven't had much luck with the inhabitants of this house. Let's rewind years ago to when James was fresh out of school and living with me. We're sitting around kicking it one day and notice some folks moving in next door. Later that day a woman comes by and asks to borrow the phone. No big deal, they just moved in and don't have service yet, or so we thought. Well, her call happens to be to the police (I guess she and her boyfriend were in one of their many upcoming fights--curiously requiring police intervention).
Anyway, we have the fighting couple along with a healthy number of kids. As I recall, they had no transportation. This is a problem in and of itself since we're in the 'burbs, and there's not a lot within easy walking distance. I've lost track of the timeline with this crew, but I want to list a few of their antics:
1) They're chronic borrowers. I'm not sure they owned anything. After the elders had worn out their borrowing accounts at every house on the block they resorted to sending the kids out to ask for stuff (playing the pity angle I guess). Sampling of things they requested just from us:
-broom (which they didn't voluntarily return)
We started keeping a list at one point because it had gotten ridiculous. I know a plunger was borrowed from the guy across the street (I'll call him GATS for the purposes of this story).
2) The boyfriend, BF, had no job. BF asks GATS if he knew of anything he could do. GATS worked in some construction-related stuff and asked around. GATS tells BF that he's found something for him, show up at place X on Monday morning.
Monday morning comes around and BF shows up at GATS house asking for a ride (as BF has no car). GATS tells BF he's not going to place X, and inquires as to how he expected to work anywhere if he didn't have reliable transportation.
3) While they had no steady vehicles of their own, plenty of peeps constantly showed up to work on their car stereos and whatnot.
4) This was around the time when you could start searching online for sex offenders in your neighborhood. I tested it out, and saw an address that was pretty close to mine. Turned out it was really close. The early-teen boy next door was a registered offender. Guess he was into young boys or something.
I'm leaving out some stuff like the nights James would see blue lights flashing outside his window when things got a little rowdy over there, maybe he can comment if he remembers anything funny. GATS informs me that the owner of the house was renting it to these jokers under Section 8, but I've never verified. Regardless, I'm against the program in principle.
At some point they leave or get kicked out. The house gets renovated (e.g., granite countertops). A new couple move in with their kids. Things start off pretty good with them. They have a ton of cars over there frequently, but hey they have a lot of family and friends. Good for them.
A while back we realized we hadn't really seen much of the guy for a while. I later found out why. He was busted in a raid on a heroin trafficking organization. The chick and her oldest son don't seem too big into yard maintenance after the guy's imprisonment. I also start having the pleasure of occasionally throwing empty beer cans back over my fence. Not sure how often they stayed at the house around this time (maybe just long enough to toss trash into my yard). Towards the end of their stay they buy/adopt a large, mean dog to neglect in their backyard. I think one of the other neighbors finally had animal control come rescue it at some point (may have been locked up in garage). So I think they've been gone since last year. They had some people show up one day to grab what they wanted (including the 3 ceiling fans from their back patio--who takes ceiling fans???). The stuff you see in the yard is just the junk they had no interest in.
I can't wait to see who we get next.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Study: Mississippi Still Fattest State, But Alabama Closing Gap
With the recent 100 degree-plus temps, this one may be hard to believe. But Austinites are reportedly less sweaty than people living in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, according to Old Spice’s Top 20 All-Time Sweatiest Cities in America poll.Austin was named the No. 23 sweatiest city, following San Antonio at No. 2, Dallas at No. 4 and Houston at No. 5.
- My wife says I never throw anything away. I'm often reminded that I have mail that I need to go through and to throw away/shred the junk mail. I'm more of a I'd rather do it all at one time sort of guy rather than a I want to sift through junk mail Mon-Sat kind of guy.
- My wife likes to throw everything away. Sometimes without even taking time out to be aware of what it is that is being tossed.
- Like in many places, Texas has an annual vehicle registration. In Mississippi, I believe you got a decal to place on your license plate. Here we get a sticker that goes in the window near the inspection sticker. This requires actually removing the old one which makes me a little slow to install the new stickers.