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  1. It's that time of year again. A colleague just showed up with a praline king cake from Whole Foods. It's really good. I'm probably passing on dinner tonight.
  2. Lots of people like baked beans.
  3. Show respect for the Saints. The odds were against them. (The odds have been against NOLA for a while). Show respect for The Who. People used to die (literally) to see them. Townshend created great music. The fact that they played the Supebowl tonight?...I am reminded of BNL's "My Box Set" and John Wesley Harding's "When the Beatle's Hit America". So... how much are "final concert" tickets worth these days?
  4. Good point...the rainy season did start about the same time as this thread.
  5. MODS: Please merge with http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/21841-blue-house-in-heights-blvd/ I would welcome any info Evans-Davis might have as to why the house is still sitting on skids.
  6. Parkways. Turn major secondary arteries into parkways with underpasses (with adequate sump pumps, of course) to reduce at-grade intersections of streets and railroad crossings. Move car traffic. In line with what has been suggested above, make it pretty.
  7. There are different covenants to different sections of the TMC. And much of that Fannin-Main strip is actually owned by the individual intituions. (I'm not sure which, because the maps I've seen do not differentiate between ownership and leaseholds). I've tried looking it up, but cannot get a determination. In the meantime the Chron is reporting that BCM Bonds are on the S&P watch list.
  8. Yes. Mayo and also Cleveland Clinic have much more international aspirations. HCA is in this private equity deal right now. Healthcare is growing, but leverage is not worth what it was a few years ago. I think they have a good business structure overall. It will be interesting to see what kind of "play" they have when (and if) they roll out of their private structure. Still, does anybody know who owns the BCM Hospital Land? BCM or TMC? That is critical component of what flexibility any sale deal has.
  9. Good. First, BCM needs to find a permanent President, then someone (perhaps, acting BCM President Butler or TMC Presidnt Wainerdi) needs to lead a discussion between that President and another TCM Head. TMH's Girotto appears to have been as much a part of the Methodist-Baylor split as Traber, so there are probably some seriously bad feelings there. Besides, TCM is putting the final touches on its research institute. This and the global focus of tertiary care centers, might make their 50-year contract affiliation with Weill Cornell more strong and rigid than it has appeared in the first few years of the affiliation. SLEH/THI might be a good partner for BCM. They have teaching contracts with UTHSC and BCM, but no comprehensive affiliation. They had a fast, damaged relationship when Traber was BCM President. Traber's gone and there's a new Bishop on their Board. Things could move here. In the meantime, BCM should put the south campus hospital up for sale....as is. They need the cash. I'm not sure who would buy it. There are always physicians who think they can run a hospital. Also, HCA is lacking a comprehensive TMC presence. If that plot is actually TMC land, however, neither buy would fly as TCM bylaws require that member instituions located on their campus must be not-for-profit. As I have posted earlier, BCM, TMH, and SLEH should look at a comprehensive affiliation/merger. It was discussed 15 years ago, but never happened. I think all three would be good for each other. I guess we shall see. It's all so soap operatic at some level.
  10. It's a big issue everywhere. However, simply put, if a house is imploding (sorry!), the best reaction is not to have lunch with the architect to find the emotive reasons behind its implosion. W recognized this. O recognized this. Conservative and liberal economists have recognized this. It's very painful to us who thought that "banks were to big to fail", and that, once again, they were " the smartest people in the room." That is a pain we need to absorb and dissolve, but build as a knowledge. Otherwise, an Enron becomes a Stanford becomes a.... The other issue in Massachusetts is that the great majority (I heard 98% on NPR this morning) are covered by healthcare. Why do they want to buy into a national healthcare project where their federal tax dollars would potentially be used to enhance healthcare in certain states where people are widely not insured, like states that begin with the letter "T". They have already acheived what is being vied for in the current healthcare packages. Personal pocketbook provincialism? Hmmmm.....
  11. Thank you, sev, I'm out...just making a point on viewpoint. I acknowledge my flaiming here, which is not my style. Grace to HAIF
  12. Based on all your past daytime postings, your house must be imploding. Yes, I do find it ironic.
  13. From the person who was busy ranting from 8:21 AM to 4:21 PM today...it's good to know irony is alive and well.
  14. I assume you are referencing this... My guess is that back in the 80's someone thought this would be cool to put up, and there was no stewardship plan for its maintenance. The Avondale Association (http://www.avondaleassociation.org/) covers that area. They may have some information regarding the deteriorating M.
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    No. The rates and agent's comp is scheduled by the carrier. The agents can get performance incentives (bonuses and enhanced commissions) for doing more business.
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    Yes. You need to tell the current agent directly that you are moving the policy because of service dissatisfaction. (They have some sort of deal where the agent needs release you, which ensures other agents aren't swiping business from each other). I was looking at moving ours, partially because the agent is across town and also because there has been little effort on their part. The agent did do a thorough review of the policy, so I am satisfied to stay for now.
  17. A fire on East 13 1/2 near Beverly. From Channel 13 I think this is the first in this series of incidents to take place on the east side of Heights Blvd EDIT: The Chron has another take.. I also notice that 13 has removed it from their front page.
  18. Link to: KHOU's recently aired story on the project
  19. This is Marksmu?! A Really Happy New Year if this is the guy.
  20. The story was published yesterday in the LA Times with pictures.
  21. The inauguration will be in the Brown Theatre at the Wortham on the morning of the 4th. I'm sure they've had openly gay people and Rice grads on the stage there.
  22. Dream rolls in the 'hood? Jessica, this is awesome news. Thank you!
  23. Sad. Mrs. P. and I used to do the early show every New Years Eve. I think one of their big challenges was that many more top bills were coming in on the Improv circuit.
  24. A proposal has been floated to renovate the sanctuary for a museum. From The Houston Chronicle
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