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  1. I am told by a friend of mine who is high up in HFD that they will likely not be able to determine the cause. There were no accelerants(sp?)found. I believe they were told that the lady liked to burn scented candles and that could be a potential cause. I wonder why the sprinklers didn't work?
  2. Guys - this whole post started as an April Fool's joke, didn't it? Check the very first post....
  3. If the fire started in the attic, her alarms and sprinklers wouldn't have gone off until it was too late, right? By that time, the fire may have gone through the walls. Is there any smoke or heat detector that would work in an unfinished bungalow attic? If so, I want to get it ASAP.
  4. This post bums me out. I'm all for improving the neighborhoods through historic restoration, but can't the historic nature of the neighborhoods also be maintained by assisting the elderly when it comes to their home improvements? Did anyone offer to help the old man, or was there too much excitement over new money through a new owner? If you take the time to talk to some of the older folks, they have excellent stories about the old times. My personal favorite is the one about when the railroad company used to run an engine up and down Nicholson Street once in a blue moon in order to maintain their rights to that land. This was a track that leads to no where but up and down Nicholson Street and old business sites that had long ago gone away. Of course the railroad didn't care about the land enough to maintain the property on either side of the tracks, so it ended up covered in litter and dead grass. The old locals got so fed up with it they very carefully unbolted a section of the track. When the engine would slowly roll up Nicholson, it would derail. The railroad company would have to send out one of those giant cranes to put the engine back on the track after the crew had repaired it. Then, the locals would very sneakily go to another section of Nicholson and unbolt the track there with the same results. After awhile, the railroad company got so fed up with the repeated derailings, they surrendered their rights back to the city. A little guerilla style gentrification, but we got a great hike and bike trail out of it! Those old locals were the first neighborhood preservationists! Now, if the old man who told me that story had been forced out of his slightly sketchy house, I never would have heard the story. Of course he wasn't selling crack or running prostitutes, although he did drink an occasional beer on the front porch on a hot day. Can't say I didn't supply and join him a time or two! Any way, crack houses and their occupants suck and should be driven out, but take it easy on the old dudes! Help a brother up!
  5. I've had excellent luck with the little shop on 19th. Tiny little hole in the wall in the middle of all the frou frou shops. The guy is an old school cobbler, too.
  6. Many thanks, Red. I knew you would have the info and the good advice to boot. I really do appreciate it!
  7. You know when I asked that question, I was thinking, "Who is going to be the first to throw Wal-Mart in the mix?" I am actually quite serious as I do my grocery shopping at that Kroger, and I frequently have my kids with me. While you can be a bit of a thorn in the side, Red, I also think you have definitely got your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the Heights. That being said, and knowing that I do respect you, have you heard anything about moms getting mugged at that Kroger?
  8. Has anyone heard of mothers with children being mugged at the local grocery stores lately? I was told this was a new development, but surely there would have been something posted somewhere in here?
  9. I had lunch at the new Heights location today. It was great! The potato leek soup was out of this world, and it was much less expensive than Lola's. Although the fries at Lola's are my own personal crack.....
  10. Listen, Little Frau, I never said that people couldn't have an opinion, and I certainly never said "outsiders" (your word, not mine.) What I hoped to express, be it not up to your standards, was that I don't appreciate anyone, Heights resident or not, passing judgement on my lifestyle nor assuming that I am a complete, self-serving idiot simply because I oppose a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood and may enjoy the occasional lunch with friends while, gasp, still managing to be my kids' main caretaker. But thanks for pointing out how gracious he/she (you assume this person is a she, you seem to be good at assuming) was to insult an entire population of the Heights. I thought "jaded ninny" (that one you can quote) was an appropriate turn of phrase. Feel free to disagree, but don't imply that you know any betterm because as you say, you don't know her. But, getting back to topic of the resistance to WalMart, I will continue to stir the pot and fight the fights I choose based on my own accounting of what the situation is. You, and anyone else who so chooses, are welcome to disagree and even offer contradictory points of view. But don't come in here insulting me and mine and not expect a swipe back at you and yours. I would say that same philosophy is used by many o'HAIFer. Don't mess with our chickens.
  11. I, too, feel compelled to go public with this message. Since you don't live in the Heights, why don't you take your crunchy-tastic, holier-than-thou, self-righteous and judgemental attitude, drag Niche along with you, and worry about something in your own soul-less and character-less neighborhoods. I, too, am really, really glad you didn't buy a house here. I worked my butt off to pay my way through college, worked in an incredibly male-dominated, chauvinistic industry, kicking a** I might add, and postponed having kids until I was in my early thirties so that I could provide for my kids in a way that would make their lives easier for them, as well as take these years a bit easier for myself. And, oh by the way, this also includes working at and volunteering for many not-for-profits (that I am betting with a name like "Crunchtastic" you support) in an effort to give others better breaks than life has already brought them. My husband works his butt off to provide for his family and maintian the ability to give to the causes of his choice. Why should we feel guilty about lunch with our friends, play dates, going to the gym, or whatever the hell we want to do or attitude we want to have if it is not hurting anyone else. My priorities are not misplaced. My kids wear what they want to wear, and if that includes multiple tutus with a frigging fireman hat, I am glad they are not worried about what some jaded ninny's opinions are. I'm not going to apologize for wanting an H-E-B over a Wal-Mart. The H-E-B will hire the same, or more, people than the Wal-Mart, take better care of them and the neighborhood, and provide a better product that is still within the budget of people who shop at Wal-Mart. Accept that lower-income families deserve access to good quality at good prices, and, just like high-income families, they know the difference. For all you know, I may be one of the ones physically campaigning against Wal-Mart. You bet I started this thread to create public awareness and hopefully protests. I feel like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, rubbing my hands together while saying, "Exxxxcellent."
  12. Great, so we will be getting a crappy little WalMart without the variety of items all the yay-sayers have been so excited about with crappy quality items with a bunch of leased space i.e. a mini-mini mall. Now we will all be screwed. Go Walmart!
  13. Just drove by there this weekend. Did the builder paint the underpass between I-10 and Washington? My husband said, "Those are WalMart colors." They are of course Texas state and US flag colors, but why beautify this particular underpass?
  14. Nope, it's just that I don't think they (Walmart, as is the "them" above) give a good crap about anything other than their bottom line, which means they compromise on security, product quality, employee quality of life, and lots of other things that give the stores a bad vibe. Put it like this, McDonalds's and other fast food is quick and easy and gives immediate gratification. Is it healthy for you? In most cases no. WalMart is quick and easy and gives immediate gratification. Is it healthy for the surrounding community? In most cases ...
  15. I don't know, Red. I'm a tough little broad, but I still feel on edge when I have gone to some of the local WalMarts. I just get a bad vibe off of them.
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