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  1. Therein lies the crux of the problem. Cars *have* become way too safe in a sense, in that the proliferation of electronic driver aids and more restrictive motor vehicle safety standards governing automobile design and construction have led to both atrophied driving skills and an increased sense of invulnerability behind the wheel. One used to have to have a significantly higher level of skill to operate a vehicle, when manual transmissions were far more common and there weren't any computers to provide stability controls and anti-lock brakes. Now that people have become accustomed to cars coddling them, they know they don't have to be too precise in their driving, so they get complacent in their heavily-reinforced steel-and-aluminum cocoons. Such complacency apparently leads to the mistaken belief that the laws of physics no longer apply to them, if the number of F-250s hovering right on the rear bumpers of the cars in front of them on an average day on any Houston-area highway is any indication. I have a friend that can always be counted on to put forth the spike-in-the-center-of-the-steering-wheel solution whenever the topic of dangerous driving comes up. I've always felt there's a case to be made for teaching people to drive in 1970s Porsche Turbos, where the new driver will quickly get up close and familiar with important concepts such as drop-throttle trailing oversteer and turbo lag followed by gobs of light-switch power. Perhaps all that's missing to fully impart respect and caution is the aforementioned spike.
  2. It shouldn't be too much to ask that obtaining a driver's license should require demonstrating some level of proficiency in operating a vehicle instead of just barely adequate competence. This is the case in many other countries. But that ship sailed when the majority of people began regarding driving as a right as opposed to a privilege. Combine lowest-common-denominator licensing with selective amnesia when it comes to the responsibilities associated with rights, and you have a recipe for disaster.
  3. If a traffic signal is out, it's supposed to be treated as a 4-way stop. But this is Houston we're talking about, where many drivers think nothing of blowing through a light that's been red for 15 seconds at 40 mph. Battery backup systems for traffic signals do exist, but I'm almost certain that COH signals do not have them. Old discussion from Reddit about this: Why don't stoplights have battery backups so that if the power goes out, they don't default to flashing red?
  4. Quite a few copies listed at ABE in the $10-30 range: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=baxter&tn=a+line+on+texas&kn=
  5. What @august948 said. You would be well advised to get professional legal advice before proceeding further. It's not necessarily a dealbreaker (there are more than a few houses in my area that are in the same boat, either with the house itself or a detached garage), but if Reliant needs to do construction or maintenance in the easement and your structure is impeding their access to the easement, guess who's going to win? Strictly anecdotally, I'm not aware of anyone in my area who's ever had a problem related to a structure having been built onto an easement, but that certainly doesn't mean that such problems never happen.
  6. Assuming Lick is the Austin-based premium ice cream shop (which appears to have expanded to San Antonio, so a Houston outpost certainly makes sense if they're continuing to expand their Texas footprint). Their ice creams have been available at H-E-B for a while now. https://www.ilikelick.com/
  7. "I'm a doctor, not a highway engineer!" said Bones, as he pondered the body of a redshirt who'd dared to venture onto I-45.
  8. I wondered if there was a connection with Rice's Scientia Institute and the long-running lecture series it sponsors, but if there is, it's not readily apparent. https://scientia.rice.edu/ But this isn't Scientia Architects' first project at Rice, either - had to hunt a bit but found this in the background section of the firm's principal architect:
  9. If there's ever an episode of Family Feud featuring the category "Sentiments Most Frequently Expressed by Houstonians", there's a good chance this would be the #1 answer.
  10. Never underestimate the capacity of Houstonians to line up for premium ice cream. There's always a line out the door during peak times at Jeni's Ice Creams in the Heights, likewise at Tiny's Milk and Cookies in West U.
  11. Well, there's this, but that's probably not exactly what you had in mind: Off-duty officer killed in shooting at Galleria-area restaurant, suspects still on the run
  12. I'd bet some of the folks in this Facebook group would have more info about this building - might be worth posting a question there: Montrose Houston Hippie Tribe Pretty sure Bob Novotney's a group member, but there are quite a few others who have firsthand knowledge of many aspects of Montrose history dating back to the 60s.
  13. I quit being surprised a long time ago at the number of people who still haven't figured out that it's far better to underpromise and overdeliver than the other way around.
  14. They are still only doing online streaming "virtual cinema", but it looks like they'll be returning to in-person screenings in Brown Auditorium starting next month.
  15. My wife took a group of folks to the Amtrak station this morning to see it and said there was quite a large crowd. Almost an hour wait to board the museum car exhibit, and people were apparently having to park as far away as the Walgreens at Studemont and Washington. She saw EMS treating several people for heat-related illness. I was going to take the light rail down to the Preston station and walk over, but woke up today feeling under the weather and reconsidered.
  16. Wouldn't it be nice if someone at TCEQ actually grew a pair and mandated meaningful consequences whenever the levels of carcinogenic compounds in the air exceed acceptable thresholds? Perhaps the KuukiBot Twitter account could finally be retired then. Yeah, I know, dare to dream...
  17. I'm pretty sure it was Sam White Oldsmobile until sometime in the 1970s. One of my clearest childhood memories is sitting in the showroom with my parents while they closed a deal to buy a new '68 Delta 88. Assuming the property is redeveloped and the existing structures demolished, I'll miss the service department building, which is one of my favorite buildings. It's been there almost unchanged since the property first became an auto dealership almost 70 years ago.
  18. ITYM "high-volume delta-8 extraction facility". At least until the Lege tries to outlaw delta-8 again. Maybe they should've called it "H-town Labs", where "H" = "herb".
  19. mkultra25

    Car Talk

    Did not realize there were electric Mokes now. They pretty much look the same as the old, gas-powered models. Or the famous Taxi from The Prisoner: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Moke
  20. It was Robinson Public Warehouse, basically a public storage facility. It was originally the first Sears store in Houston before the 1935 flood ultimately resulted in a move to the store on S. Main that is now the Ion. Some background from http://www.offthekuff.com/wp/?p=13755: I'd be surprised if there was any activity going on there during the years it was Robinson Public Warehouse that requires remediation now. My mother worked there for a couple of years in the late 1960s, and I don't recall her ever mentioning anything taking place there that would be outside the normal scope of what you'd expect at a storage facility.
  21. Similar address but different buildings. Rice Food Market/Rice Epicurean was at 2501 Rice Blvd., Weingarten's was at 2512 University.
  22. Findagrave has a picture of his gravesite. Alvin Jr is also buried with his parents: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39099844/alvin-scheler-moody Edit: dug a little deeper after noticing that Audrey Moody Ley was Alvin Sr.'s daughter. Her Findagrave listing provides more background info on the family:
  23. Awesome. I can just imagine the howls of outrage from the tifosi that someone would dare to defile a Ferrari with a lowly Honda engine (ignoring the fact that Honda is arguably Ferrari's equal when it comes to engineering). Along opposite lines, Ryan Tuerck swapped a Ferrari 458 engine into a Toyota FRS/GT86, creating a potent combo that you don't see every day tailor-made for drifting: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ferrari+engined+toyota
  24. Haven't seen any pictures yet, but it was mentioned in Houston Mod's email regarding the Mod of the Month that the Media Center was demolished this week.
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