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  1. Thanks for the info. I travel to Pittsburgh quite a bit lately for work. So one of my trips in June I'm staying over the weekend to see FW and probably Kentucky Knob too. I really like Pittsburgh. Haven't explored as much as I would like to yet. But had some great food and a trip up the mountain. PNC Park and the Andy Worhol Museum are on my list of places to visit. Wish I could find a brewery that offered tours/samples. Only one I found only sells Growlers to take home.

    For FW I'm leaning towards getting the "In depth tour" since they allow picture taking on that tour and you have more access to the house.

  2. oh don't forget to mention that three lawn services have fallen through in two weeks.

    i swear, nobody wants to cut the thicket that is the lawn!

    Get the number to Jamie's yard guy. He's reliable and very thorough. He's who we would use if Rob didn't take care of ours.

  3. The bulldozer is likely...

    However, if someone was dedicated to preservation and had both the where with all and know how to bring this nice example of post war moder back from the edge they would likely be looking at a minimum of 150K on top of the purchase price. Central to the topic here is undoing what was done as well as remediation efforts.

    Tall order.

    this one looks to be close to Sims Bayou as well... is it in the 100 year flood plain? If yes, then you should move on accordingly. If no -- but it's still within a flood plain -- think long and hard about it. This one could be a diamond in the rough... but boy, you'll have your work cut out for you.

    Not in flood plain. The house is a mess, but that isn't a problem.

  4. The Pita Pit on the corner of Fountainview and Westheimer (5887 Westheimer) is no more, it never even opened. They just got the sign up. The landlord put the suite up for lease.

    BTW, visit their website, have you seen a more ridiculous mascot?


    I understanding the whole "take your product and add human features" to make a mascot, but this pita face borders on creepy.

    The one in the Greenway Plaza food court closed. I didn't care for it much personally. I found everything I tried to be incredibly salty. I'm still surprised they closed. It seemed fairly popular.

  5. Does anyone know why the Gulfgate Home Depot has SO MANY day laborers, when the Gulfgate Lowe's doesn't have any (nor does the West Loop Home Depot for that matter)? It is really getting out of control; you can barely even drive down the side street due to the car- and pedestrian traffic. Heck, my partner won't even go to Home Depot anymore because of them.

    You would think they would spread themselves out a bit between locations just to make the chances of getting picked for a job that much more likely. And while "accosted" isn't the correct word, I do tire of constantly having to say "no thanks" when loading heavy items into the car.

    I will say this: I'm FAR more likely to give them money than I am the people on the corner of Cullen/45, who seem happy enough to just take without giving something else (labor) in return. Yikes, I think I am losing my liberal 'hood cred!

    I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, I just can't find the thread...

    It has gotten worse in my opinion. I find I'm now approached as I walk out of the store. I read on this forum that the Lowes is on Wulfe property and Wulfe supplies regular patrols. Likely the day laborers prefer to avoid patrol cars of any kind.

  6. Could you please list the 20 worth saving? I would like to know if my house (and its 9 mercury vapor lights) made the list. :lol:

    Mine might make the list since I took down the vapor lights. Although I think I'm in section 5 not sure if we're savable at all or not. Can't wait for more expert advice.

  7. At I-45S around Edgebrook (just south of 610, by Hobby Airport), there are numerous flooring stores around that area.

    I used Shan's Carpets and have been extremely pleased with their prices and quality. I don't think you'll find a lower price, since their overhead is lower than big carpet stores.

    I know several friends who have used Shan's and were extremely pleased with the price, product and installation. I plan to use them myself.

  8. Do you remember all the candy cane flavors? As I recall, there were a bunch of shelves under the cash register with jars that contained different flavors of candy cane. I remember the tutti-fruity was my favorite.

    I do remember all the selection of candy canes. I remember selecting root beer once and regretting it greatly.

  9. My family used to go there after Sunday evening church. All I remember was the yummy pie and the rock candy & candy canes at the cash register. Every few years I'll get a strong sense memory of Candlewick's chocolate cream pie.

    Funny I grew up in Pasadena and couldn't picture this restaurant ... until rock candy was mentioned. Yep ate there many, many times. Don't remember much but remember every trip wondering if we would be able to get rock candy or not on that visit.

  10. the almeda target will be closing in the near future as well and will move to pearland parkway and beltway 8. the library will be moving to the south belt area as well with a supposedly larger building.

    While that Target is in serious need of a facelift, I will miss not having a Target close by if it moves to Pearland. At least I can get in and out of that store quickly. I wish they would open a SuperTarget around Gulfgate or Almeda.

  11. Hello Folks! What I did today was clean the masterbath and master bedroom. Swept and mopped the floors. Also the living room carpet is gone. Lookin'

    good and these photos are from my blackberry. I should bring my digital camera so you guys can enjoy the photos a little more. I also have flickr and

    please go there for the photos and after as of today. :)



    Wow yall got alot done this weekend! Looking good.

  12. The concrete path is already done on Sims. Just don't know when the rest of it will be done like benches and lighting. Hurricane probably set it back like everything else. But I still prefer the soft running track at Memorial to the concrete.

    There is a bar on Airport called Cockpit. Used to be pretty cool dive bar back in the day. Pilots and crew used to hang out there too. But I haven't been in years. Like I said, I think about going out for a drink after work and end up just going to a neighbor's house instead. It's been open for over 20 years that I know of.

  13. Decent, well-lit running trail? Someplace safe/populated if running alone - new walking/running path being built along Sims bayou. But boyfriend just heads to Memorial Park from here for his runs. I do see folks running in the neighborhood, but not as scenic as Memorial Park.

    Interesting restaurants or cafes in the area - there are a few local spots. In fact there is a group of about 20 residents who get together every other month for dinner out in the area. either to try something new or revisit an area favorite. There's not much in the way of cafe to sit outside and people watch. but some good local spots.

    Time to commute to downtown/Best route. - 12 minutes to downtown in the mornings. Take 45 N. There are other ways avoiding the freeway but they actually take longer unless there is a major accident on the freeway.

    Someplace good to grab a beer - I recommend a neighbor's house. I haven't ventured out to too many area bars, there are a few. I haven't had to venture out to explore this too much as there is always a neighbor up for a glass of wine or a beer on one of our patios

    Thoughts on/experience with local schools - no clue, but I think many in the area send their kids to private schools

  14. you should be able to. i'm still surprised how many people are mixing debris even though it has been announced repeatedly. i've seen the city just leave piles there and the homeowners are wondering what the problem is since their neighbor's debris was taken.

    I'm surprised the city waited so long to talk about separation so the vegetation could be picked up separately. My debris, like most of my neighbors, was out on the curb by the Sunday after the storm. Not a big deal for me as most of mine is fence and carpet since I don't have trees on my propery. But it was out there for a week before I heard about separation of debris.

  15. Anybody know what happened in Glenbrook Valley? Did it flood?

    No serious flooding in Glenbrook that I know of. But this storm seemed to be more wind than rain. There was high water where Stoney Dell and Santa Elena meet, but that is flooded during any rain and usually runs into several houses' garages that are below street level. It does apprea that a sewer line may have broken in that area.

    We were worried about flooding since early Friday Sims bayou was flowing backwards with storm surge already pushing back. But it held the water just fine.

    Like most of Houston, tons and tons of trees down. Still no power except in a handful of lucky houses. I'm one of those lucky houses. I lost all my fences, some siding and the large driveway gate. That gate survived the other big storms to hit Houston, but toppled over during Ike. They don't make them like that anymore so I'm sad to see it laying in a pile of debris.

    Toulouse's house and his Kit Kat Lounge survived. His huge, huge, huge oak tree in the yard didn't survive but luckily it fell away from the house. I think most of the Glenbrook haifers came through with just downed trees, limbs and fences. A couple had trees/limbs land on the house. But everyone is ok.

    It was a long night for all of us, we were texting and emailing to each other's cell phones throughout the night. Now we keep each other company and those of us with eletricity are sharing our conveniences and cold beer/wine.

  16. Why not?

    It's obvious to a historian from glances at the present photos that a great deal of love and care has gone into keeping this little house over the years. As original as the interior appears to be and although the owner aged and could not maintain it recently - it's still a gem. Why doesn't the home owner's association in Glenbrook buy this to preserve it? They can use it as their office as well as a repository for the neighborhood house plans, archives, and a meeting place. Restored it will serve as a neighborhood symbol and used by realtorsx and politicos to show where the neighborhood came from and what it could be. Scouts and garden clubs could gather there and volunteers maintain it. Workshops for new owners interested in preservation skill learning and basic "how to take care of your home" training. Maybe the newly organizing Hobby Area Chambers and Improvement people could use it as an office (tucked in a bedroom)?

    It's across the street from a school and the expenses are very affordable for any of these applications. Grants could be pursued to reimburse acquisition, restoration, and establish it as a historic building. The HOA could also simply acquire it, restore it to neighborhood standards, and sell it to recover their cost and have something they all want to live beside as well.

    I also speak from experience of a sort. While on the Board of Directors of our HOA, we bought a unit and did just this. Keep in mind that HOA money is not "spent" but simply parked in an asset. If your neighbors want to restore Glenbrook to prominence and protect all their existing investments - get directly involved and do it. They are all runnming the risk of having this snapped up and badly done or torn down to build whatever. In all these risks, what you have with all it's tarbnished, but polishable charm - will be irrevocably lost.

    Great idea and it would be wonderful. But Glenbrook doesn't have an HOA, only a civic club. The and whopping $25 annual dues are voluntary. There just aren't the funds for the civic club to take this on. But I hear there are a few folks interested in this great house who will do right by it. Hopefully one of those will work out soon.

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