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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.
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    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.
  16. Speaking as a professional artist who has an all-level art teaching certificate plus years of teaching experience, I respectfully disagree with enrolling a 5-year-old in a structured art class. The real benefit of private art lessons for kids this age is questionable and depends on the teacher having specialized training. I've seen children's (and adults') interest in art killed by teachers who show students "how to do it" by having them produce copies of shapes, diagrams, pictures or even the teacher's own work. Unless a 5-year-old has displayed near-genius talent for depicting accurately what he sees on his own, this sort of experience can be frustrating and actually put a damper on the child's creativity. Every child develops the ability to see and interpret at his/her own speed, and it's a rare 5-year-old who wants to to go much beyond drawing, painting, pasting, modeling and naming simple shapes that remotely resemble people and objects. Kids this age usually have a pretty short attention span and art activities have to be done with this in mind. Youngsters in kindergarten and early elementary grades do well with washable tempera paint, crayons, markers, cheap drawing paper, colored paper, glue sticks, blunt scissors. There are a number of books for parents to use if they want to spend "quality time" doing art activities with their kids (check the book dep't. at Texas Art Supply). I hope many of them will, because budget cuts virtually eliminated the arts in public schools.
  17. Forest Park-Lawndale is one of Houston's older and larger cemeteries. As stated previously, it does have a section called Baby Land which was there in the late 1940's - early 1950's. At that time, the area around Forest Park-Lawndale was still thought of as the suburbs, even though the post-WWII housing boom was rapidly changing things. It was suggested that you contact a funeral home on the west side of Houston but in the early 1950's, everything north of Post Oak Road (now Loop 610) was still undeveloped prairie. Most of the funeral homes in the 1950's-60's era were family-operated and are no longer in business or were sold to large corporations. The big cemeteries west of town were established in the 1960's.
  18. Their early morning newscast was the only reason I still listened to KTRH.
  19. As I recall, the LC Cafeteria was accessed by escalator or stairs leading down from the street level. Your estimate of the 800 block of Main (west side of the street) seems to be about right. It was in the basement of an office building that was either new or remodeled post-WWII. The LC Cafeteria may have been discussed in a previous topic on this forum.
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    I'm glad to hear our native toad population hasn't disappeared due to the drought. The rain encourages them to mate, after which the eggs are deposited in standing water. If the water stays around long enough, tadpoles hatch and eventually develop into tiny toads less than an inch long. A few lucky ones survive into adulthood.
  21. Since your move back to Houston is a couple of years in the future, it would be best to wait until you're actually living here to locate a historic building and funds to renovate it. Finding that special building is the easy part; funding the project is another story. Right now, a group of influential citizens is struggling to keep a hundred-year-old Mission Revival style school building in Houston's East End from being sold, demolished and replaced by a fast-food restaurant. Hopes are high, but without cash in hand...
  22. I think you're referring to the Dickson Gun Plant. Have you checked the Handbook of Texas as to its location, etc.?
  23. From the reviews I've read, Aldi stores in the U.S. mainly appeal to people who want the most food they can get for the least amount of money. Quality and selection get low marks from people who enjoy good food and like to cook.
  24. I know of at least 2 houses with basements in the Eastwood/Broadmoor area. There may be others as well.
  25. Not all breeds possess a genetic instinct to hunt and kill vermin. I've always had terriers that were constantly on the lookout for anything that moved. My current rescued Jack Russell mix is terrific at catching mice, rats, cockroaches and other critters but doesn't quite know what to do with the prey when the chase ends.
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