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  1. I think I remember seeing 1930's - 40's photos or movie clips of their carhops. They wore white satin shorts, tall majorette hats and white majorette boots with tassels. Local history buffs will correct this if I'm wrong.
  2. If Houston ever gets the Olympics, I'm going to leave town for the duration!
  3. I grew up in Houston in the 1940's-50's and quite a few architecturally significant old mansions were still standing at that time. Some were in good shape, others less so, but the movers and shakers of this city weren't interested in preserving its past history. Unfortunately for Houston, most varieties of historic preservation still seems to be part of an elitist mindset.
  4. Thanks -- a great photo that really brings back memories. I lived a couple of blocks away from Jackson and spent grades 7, 8 and 9 there with Mrs. Dorrill as my homeroom teacher. After school and on weekends, a bunch of my neighborhood pals and I would ride our bicycles to the school for the sheer joy of zooming in and out of the front entrance arches and then down the steps, all the way to the street. Those old Schwinns with coaster brakes and big tires were really sturdy!
  5. It would be great to actually read the article you referenced but I am not a subscriber to the publication!
  6. They're bad all over the Eastwood area, too -- since about 10 days after our 3-inch rain.
  7. There's a really good book available: Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows by Terry Meany. The Old House Web Forum online has some lively and informative discussions about preserving old windows vs. replacing them with new ones. It's a website worth visiting for anyone who owns a home that's mid-century or older.
  8. Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate that is very toxic to dogs. Some other "people foods" that dogs shouldn't eat are onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. A veterinarian can provide information on other common substances that are harmful to pets.
  9. Just heard from cousins in the DC suburbs -- lots of wind and rain but did not lose electricity. They're headed out to the Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore this afternoon.
  10. I have relatives in the D.C. area but haven't heard from them since this morning. All are former residents of the Texas Gulf Coast area so I think they're pretty well prepared for Irene.
  11. Plus 2 for cash -- it's way easier than keeping up with a bunch of grocery receipts to compare with the monthly statement. I try to stick with smaller bills -- hate it when the cashier holds my $100 bill up to the light to check for a watermark.
  12. Looks like you've been keeping up with developments on this issue from the beginning. Could you please cite some examples to back up your statement?
  13. How one dressed wasn't so much a status thing back then -- it had to do with what was considered appropriate for the occasion. Before, during and after the Depression, people of extremely modest means still wore neckties and hats when they were out in public because that was considered proper attire. The 1960's ushered in a huge cultural upheaval -- manners and morals changed drastically and appropriateness in dress no longer mattered.
  14. I was in Disco Kroger today and the new checkouts are nice. However, the loud, automated voice constantly announcing the open register numbers quickly grates on one's nerves. I don't like self checkouts either and refuse to use them. The BigBox home improvement stores should get rid of theirs too and put in a couple of staffed express checkouts. It's infuriating for the customer who is buying a couple of items to wait while two guys ahead of him have flatbeds loaded with sheetrock, odd-sized lumber and assorted building materials without barcodes.
  15. silverartfox

    Frogs

    It's great when toads take up residence in my yard and help keep the insect population down. Sadly, my terrier thinks they're animated toys for her to play with until she wears them out or kills them.
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