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  1. 509 & 517 Louisiana to be Demolished

    Was at the Alley last night and afterwards walked by the Lancaster. Sure is a nice parking lot.
  2. Midtown Sears

    Three weeks ago (January 28).
  3. Rice Village Arcade "renovation" & future mixed-use

    I thought I'd posted this here before, but an admittedly cursory search didn't turn it up. Wish I had a higher-resolution version, as it's difficult to read as is and too fuzzy when enlarged, but it's better than nothing.
  4. 33 1/3 @ 34th - Ella & 34th Redevelopment

    There goes the neighborhood.
  5. Rice Village Arcade "renovation" & future mixed-use

    They updated that piece the day after it was posted to remove the claim that it was closing.
  6. Rice Village Arcade "renovation" & future mixed-use

    That ship sailed years ago IMHO when the Village Arcade was built.
  7. A Brief Guide to the Work Of Wylie W. Vale.

    I just ran across this Chronicle piece from December - unfortunately, 610 Woods Lane was badly damaged by flooding during Harvey and will be leveled. Given that it was on the National Register of Historic Places and the owners were active in historic preservation, the damage must have been quite severe for them to opt for a teardown and rebuild. Hurricane Harvey flooding claims historic Katy home
  8. 160 W Gray / Ginger Man West?

    Hmm. The piece has now been updated to state that the building is not up for lease, and that the W. Gray location is an expansion.
  9. 160 W Gray / Ginger Man West?

    Wow. When I first read this, I assumed it was going to be a second location, even though it did seem a bit odd to have two inner-loop locations within reasonable proximity to each other. Words cannot express how much it sucks that the Village location is closing. You simply can't replicate the history that place has elsewhere. Everyone that enjoys craft beer in Houston today should genuflect in the direction of Morningside Drive, because the G-Man enabled the craft beer movement here thirty-plus years ago, long before "craft beer" entered the popular lexicon. The Swamplot piece is pretty vague, but I'd like to know whether this was a voluntary move on the part of the owners, or if their hand was forced after "an entity connected to Braun" bought the property.
  10. Amazon HQ2

    When I was in college, I used to know a guy that was almost literally fresh off the farm. He took great delight in projecting an image of being a big, dumb hick when he was really one of the sharpest knives in the drawer, but he rarely reached the near-Andy Kaufman-like heights that he did during his first week on campus. Upon moving into one of the high-rise dorms, he had most of his classmates completely convinced that he'd never been in an elevator before when he went into a full-blown freakout the first time he followed a group of his peers into one and it started moving. I'm pretty sure there were similar instances of poker-faced chain-yanking that transpired related to other things commonly encountered in the Big City, but the elevator is the one that really jogged my memory.
  11. Amazon HQ2

    Jeff Bezos Just Tossed A Nail-Studded Baseball Bat On The Floor Between The Mayors Of Pittsburgh And Kansas City And Asked Who Really Wants The Second Amazon HQ
  12. Writing Utensils (Pens, Pencils, etc.)

    I have a few fountain pens that used to see daily use in the workplace - a Pelikan M605 and a couple of entry-level Watermans that always performed very well despite their comparatively low price. I also have a 1940s-vintage Sheaffer Balance that had been restored by its previous owner and got more sparing use. I have had (and still have) an interest in acquiring a few more vintage pens, but as an incurable collector, other competing demands have taken precedence. These days, I most often reach for a cheap Uni-Ball gel pen when I'm making quick notes, but if you have to write in longhand at length, nothing compares to a fountain pen. If you've never tried one, you will be amazed at how much easier it is to write with compared to a ballpoint, once you've adjusted your frame of reference - you barely have to touch the nib to the paper, with practically no pressure compared to a ballpoint, and as a result your hand is far more relaxed. Fountain pens are certainly a lot more fiddly in terms of operation and maintenance, and writing in longhand is in general not nearly as common as it used to be, but I'm kinda surprised they have yet to experience a renaissance among hipsters. And for the environmentally-conscious, they have a clear advantage over disposable plastic ballpoints.
  13. Home on 1766 Pasadena st

    How did Forest Hill fare during Harvey (and previous major flood events like Tax Day, Ike, Allison, etc.)? The neighborhood is obviously very close to Brays Bayou.
  14. Preach it, brother. If I were king, owners of existing businesses would be granted legal immunity against these types of nuisance actions by subsequent purchasers of nearby property who failed to undertake sufficient due diligence before closing, for as long as the business continued to operate. I was not aware that Wabash had gotten grief from their neighbors. As a semi-regular customer I like the new location as it's somewhat closer to us than the old one was, but it sucks if the neighbors' attitude was a factor in their decision to move.
  15. A Murder In Texas

    I'm not sure who may have been a Yamaha dealer here back in the 60s, but my guess would be H&H Music - as far as well-known piano dealers, I don't think Holcombe-Lindquist or Brook Mays were around until the 1970s, although I may be wrong about that. H&H is still around but I don't believe they sell pianos anymore (they are now the same company as Brook Mays, with Brook Mays operating under that name in Dallas and under the H&H banner here in Houston), so it's anyone's guess if they have sales records dating back fifty years. Since you have the serial number, it might be worth reaching out to Brook Mays/H&H corporate to see if anyone there is able to help. My second suggestion would be the US Yamaha importer/distributor, but I'm not sure who that is/was. I would expect someone at Yamaha corporate to be able to provide further information about where a piano was originally shipped from the factory, given a serial number.