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  1. I'm not totally sure I understand, though from looking at the picture it looks like you have two levels you're talking about--the stove area, then the bar at a slightly higher level? If I've understood that right, I would say to use the same bullnose black granite for the lower part (the edge actually isn't too bad... I was picturing something more elaborate. It looks almost straight). For the bar part, either the same granite, though you could cut it straight, I think, or I guess you could do something totally different there. Depends on the rest of the space. If all the wood will remain white, and there is white detailing in the adjacent room, you could do a formica-looking white that might have a mid-century look. If you're going to have a lot of natural wood in the adjacent room, maybe you could have a wood that matched some of that as the bar top. It's hard to say if it would be too jarring a transition to the kitchen. Might be.

  2. http://www.chron.com...ro/6839028.html

    Related - my neighborhood has curbside recycling (little bins) and I was wondering what the eligibility is to have it since I know not all areas do..

    The reason I ask is because at least on my street (and i can only guess about the other ones...) there are maybe two recycling bins ever out for pick up as far as I can see (one being mine). In that respect my area is definitely not worth the city's while for pick up. That being said, how can you promote recycling to neighbors who don't seem to give a damn?

    Anyone know which neighborhoods they are adding?

  3. I don't think there is enough demand for this sort of device that is not a laptop yet nearly as expensive as one and not as useful. I'd be surprised if this device took off outside of the Apple crowd.

    I kind of agree... I love Apple, and I think this thing looks pretty cool, but I'd rather pay $250 for a netbook if I want to carry something lighter than my laptop around. At least a netbook has a USB port.

  4. Thanks again for the replies. I've looked into Midtown but the 1BRs there are out of my price range at the time. Do any of yall know about the electricity usage of window units vs. not having central air (the apartment I'm looking at has window units)? I'm on a budget so I would try to minimize electricity use.

    It really depends on the place. My first place in Houston was a Montrose carriage house; we were on the first floor, there was a place above us, and the whole building was completely shaded. We hardly ever turned the a/c on. I guess at night, to sleep, but I worked from home and never needed it during the day. But if you choose a place on a higher floor, or one without shade, it would be a totally different story.

  5. Normally I don’t write about HISD. I’m not a teacher, or an expert in education. I don’t have kids who go to school. But I lived in France as a seventh grader, and that incensed me to think about this Chronicle Article on Fondren Middle School.

    Fondren Middle School is almost guaranteed to fail under the Texas education system. In Texas, a school’s success is measured by test scores. The tests are in English, and English is the second language for many Fondren Middle School students.

    It behooves schools like Fondren Middle to do a better job teaching English as a Second Language. It should be a language immersion program. They could give foreign students a ‘free year’ when they first arrive. During their ‘free year’, foreign students take normal courses (in English), as well as intensive English as a Second Language courses. Their grade for this ‘free year’ is based on their grade in the ESL courses. Instead of a normal TAKS test, foreign students in their ‘free year’ are given an ESL test.

    The next year, foreign students could repeat the normal courses from their ‘free year.’ In this year, they could be graded on all of their courses. The students could take the TAKS test with other students from this repeated year, and thereafter they could be mainstreamed.

    This is, more or less, what the French school system did for me. Granted there was no TAKS test. But it worked marvelously. I went from speaking almost no French, to a comfortable level of fluency by the end of the year. If only there were room in Texas schools to do such a thing.

    My guess is that would present accountability problems. If those kids weren't taking tests, or passing tests, or advancing grade levels, they would bring the schools numbers down, which would lead to all manner of sanctions and reputation issues. I don't think you are allowed, by law, to "remove" students from accountability measures. This is one of the problems with "no child left behind" -- schools are forced to meet not only local and state standards, but national ones, with very little local authority left.

    There was something in the news about Perry refusing an opportunity for millions in grant money for Texas schools because the money would have come with federal strings. I guess he is resisting exactly that kind of outside control. But it's like closing the barn door after the horse is already gone...

  6. I would say Saddam Hussein started that war when he invaded Kuwait, an American ally [sort of]. Please note it was H.W. that was heckled.

    Ooops! My bad. Thought is was W. Maybe my latent desire to heckle W. caused me to read it wrong.

    I must say, while I don't like his politics, #41 is a true statesman. I can't imagine talking to him that way.

  7. I'm in favor of all of you having firearms; if these guys get the idea that homeowners are likely to be armed, maybe they'll be less likely to break into my house, too. Just please, please, please be smart ... you might not have kids, but if you ever have a kid inside your house for any reason, lock the guns away.

  8. I'm assembling my list, let me know if I miss something:

    1. flamethrower

    2. shotgun with bayonette

    3. old engine possibly hanging from tree (I'll have to wait a few years as my red oak was planted only a year and a half ago).

    4. weight set

    5. lawyer on retainer

    6. industrial cleaning supplies

    7. Samuel L. Jackson's number so he can be on brain detail

    For the engine block, what is recommended? I'm sure any foreign manufacturer is out of the picture, and generally any 4 cylinder engine should be a no go, but what are the advantages and disadvantages to 6 vs 8 cylinder, and then if I go 6, inline or V? I think if I could get an old ford or dodge straight 6 that this would be the best.

    I'm not certain about the weight set, if someone doesn't recognize the danger that is posed by a weight set in the front yard, couldn't they use one of the weights to wreck havoc?

    And should I go out and get some old appliances as well (washers, dryers, cars) and put those in the front yard too?

    Might be simpler to get a deadbolt and good insurance...

  9. This car has been well-loved by both of us (me more reluctantly, but I have to admit, it's really zippy and fun to drive, even if getting in and out of it while pregnant was a real challenge). My husband hasn't given in quite that easily... our oldest son is 6, so really he's hung onto it 6 years longer than most wives would allow! :)

  10. OK, I'm in a bit of a panic this morning. The water coming out of the taps is brown. I can't see evidence of a burst pipe anywhere, but I don't know what this means. Is it a city water problem, or is it our house? My husband is away, I'm alone with the kids and I'm kind of freaking out...

  11. I'm making my husband sell his macho little hotwheels, and get a Volvo to haul the kids around in.

    1989 Honda CRX Si, Black. Great condition. 145.5K miles, recent A/C, tires and exhaust work. 12 CD changer. $2,500.



  12. Bougainvillea's DO NOT handle a freeze well at all, especially the hard freeze we had last week. The best thing to do is to cut them back to the knub and wait it out until spring. Some will deffinately come back, but you really need to get the dead foilage off to save the root systems energy.

    Thanks Gary. Do you think it's better to wait until any danger of another freeze is past to prune, or can I do it anytime? I am looking forward to cutting these bad boys back.

  13. A couple of my accursed bougainvillea look quite dead after the freezes we've had. Unfortunately, the one that I liked is one of the dead looking ones. I'm planning to use this opportunity to chop down the ones in the yard, but I'm wondering about the one near the garage... the one I like. Do you think it's really dead? Or just dormant, from the freeze? It's entirely brown.

  14. I guess one disadvantage of leaving your car unlocked is that it could get stolen. I had a crappy old Honda Accord at one point in graduate school... I mean it was 15 years old. That thing was broken into so many times, I was tempted to just leave a cardboard sign in place of a window, saying "press here to remove contents of car." This was in Philadelphia. I couldn't figure out why they kept breaking into the car, until I read that Hondas are often stolen for parts. I started leaving it unlocked with a club on it.

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