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    Dining, international travel, kayaking in the Gulf and West Bay, sailing, diving, cooking, reading, gardening, wine, margaritas. Native Houstonian, grew up in Spring/Klein area.

    Bachelors in Biology, Masters in Environmental Science, Certificate in Sustainable Management, Sustainability Excellence Professional (SEP), LEED Green Associate

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  1. I found some corporation records for Bobby McGee's Conglomeration of Houston, which I assume was a franchisee that operated all the restaurants in Houston. Their office was downtown at 811 Dallas. They were in operation from August 1973 to February 1994.
  2. Now that Landmark River Oaks is gone (and Landmark Greenway is long gone), and Sundance (which replaced the Angelika) is shuttered, are there any theaters around anymore that specialize in showing foreign films and independent/art films?
  3. Good for you, wilcal, I understand that scooters may have become a nuisance in Discovery Green, but blocking off access to a public park for people in wheelchairs is simply not an acceptable solution.
  4. This one was mid-late 80s, into the 90s, Babbage's computer software store. My younger brother and I frequented the one in Willowbrook Mall in the late 80s-early 90s. I remember wanting to get Leisure Suit Larry there, and my mom read the back of the box and said "uh, no, you're not buying this, not even with your own money." We bought some of the first LucasArts (back then LucasFilm) games there, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Secret of Monkey Island. If you remember Babbage's and are asking yourself "I wonder what happened to them?" the answer is they merged with another software retailer you might remember, Software Etc., in 1994, and became Babbage's Etc,. then launched the GameStop brand in 1999, which took off, with all the Babbage's Etc. stores being rebranded as GameStop in the next few years after that. I'm sure everyone is familiar with GameStop, you probably have a recently shuttered one just down the street from you. This picture is not of the Willowbrook location, I just pulled it off the internet.
  5. I have to admit, as a kid I thought furniture stores where there were different "rooms" set up were fun places to explore with my brothers while my parents browsed. I remember the Fingers Greenspoint store in the early 80s, basically same mental picture as zaphod. I also remember the furniture and home furnishing sections on the second floor of Foley's in the mall across the street as well during that same time. Apart from the rooms set up in the Foley's furniture department, I remember in the home furnishings section a prominently displayed Mickey Mouse telephone. I thought it was so cool, and I remember being amazed by the concept that someone would go to a store and buy a telephone, because that was when most people still rented their phone as part of their monthly service. I remember going with my mom to the Southwestern Bell office (I think it was on Gears Rd?) and upgrading from a rotary phone to a push button phone for our kitchen phone. I think it was another year or so before my mom upgraded the master bedroom phone. They still have the master bedroom phone.
  6. Okay, by googling about a hospital for Southern Pacific employees in Houston, I found this, which indicates it was under construction in 1910: http://www.houstontimeportal.net/southern-pacific-hospital.html
  7. All I've found so far is that it was once a former hospital for Southern Pacific Railroad employees. PS: I tried editing my OP to add that info, but this forum is acting wonky in both Chrome and Edge. Initially when I wrote the OP, Chrome wouldn't let me do anything other than post a poll, and now it won't let me edit. It also initially gave me trouble replying to the thread.
  8. For reference, it is that large Italianate red-tile-roofed building that looks almost like it's on a hill, on your right as you're heading north on I-45 or west on I-10 coming from downtown. I've attached both a nice picture of the front of the building, and a picture of what the building looks like as seen from I-45. It is currently owed by Harris Health System, which says: Anyone know the full history of this building?
  9. Why is this now 4 year old outdated and irrelevant screed pinned to the tope of the page?
  10. What was SW's reason for leaving IAH in the first place? I remember going to SMU in the 90s, it was really handy having SW flying between IAH and LUV since my parents lived in the Champions area. It would have been hell to have to schlep out to DFW or HOU when I was just coming home for a weekend.
  11. Yea, its usually placed over a draining stone aggregate base with a French drain at the bottom
  12. My take is that removal of the Pierce Elevated would do far more good, by creating a more seamless transition between Midtown and Downtown, than a High Line-like conversion would. Granted, I was living in Midtown back in the very early 2000s, when the space under I-45 was still a homeless tent city, but even though I lived right at Bagby and Gray, and could (and did) walk into Downtown at times, the overpass created a very strong visual and psychological barrier between Midtown and Downtown. Even though the land underneath is now gated parking, I'd still feel spooky walking under the Pierce at night in anything more than a large group of people. Getting rid of the overpass would do a lot to make the Midtown/Downtown area more walkable.
  13. In general I tend to agree, the only time I'm okay with artificial turf in a park is when it's in a small area that's going to get a lot of traffic that would wear down real grass and you'd end up with packed dirt (which becomes mud after rain). But even then it's iffy, depending on the context. An example I can think of that does kinda make sense is in City Centre, where they have a patch of artificial turf in the main plaza that fronts Town and Country Boulevard. The patch of green is a nice break from all the buildings and concrete, but real grass wouldn't have worked there, both because of the amount of foot traffic that patch would get, and because of all the buildings preventing it from getting enough direct sunlight. And am I misremembering, or doesn't Discovery Green have some artificial turf on one of the smaller lawns over next to the Grove? But yeah, in a neighborhood park like this, I'm not a fan of artificial turf.
  14. Marfa has become such a popular weekend/vacation home destination in the last several years, but it's such a long drive from Houston or Dallas, or even from San Antonio. Even flying into El Paso or Midland/Odessa, you've still got a three hour drive there. I'm surprised someone hasn't started a commuter service between Marfa and Houston or Dallas. buy a used efficient turboprop like a Beechcraft 1900, fly out of one of the close to town secondary airports, like Love Field in Dallas, or Hobby in Houston, land either at Marfa Municipal Airport or Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport. During the week the plane could be used for business commuter flights between Houston and Dallas. For that matter, instead of Hobby, the plane could fly out of West Houston Airport, which would be convenient for all the people who live and work in the Energy Corridor who need to make frequent trips up to Dallas. I've read that back in the 80s there was a small commuter service with scheduled turboprop flights between West Houston and Love, Air West, I think was the name? Obviously now would not be the time to test this business model, but once things return to normal, and once we see how much business travel actually rebounds vs being permanently displaced by Zoom meetings, it would be an interesting venture, especially to see if the Marfa/Big Bend tourism market could support it, or even be boosted by it.
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