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  1. Yep! Its a nice little pocket, I feel like every day I walk my dog there is something different going on. More and more houses over on Munger seem to be getting the rehab treatment. The taco joint that took over Oakleaf is putting out some solid breakfast tacos if you haven't been over yet. FYI i do visit the Nook from time to time when I have work that I didn't finish in the office but don't feel like I can concentrate enough at home to finish up. I think I bring up the average age of the place by about 10 years. Why no Houston beers though? Although I'm guessing I'm in the minority here that drinks alcohol instead of just coffee at the Nook.
  2. Speaking of rail issues, does it seem like there are more stalled rail cars on the crossing on Telephone near Lawndale? This morning was about a 25 minute stall - i only know it was that long because I was waiting for the 40 bus going toward Downtown and stood there at the bus stop for a bit trying that whole "patience" thing, until I finally gave up and walked to a different stop. Just seems that usually when I come out on Telephone and decide whether to go right or left, if the train is there, its usually not moving. My guess is the switch yard you mention has issues these days? As you said, the noise is something you adjust to, living in Broadmoor, I don't even notice the train at night anymore, but still a Quiet Zone would be nice at least for the long term peace and quiet.
  3. Samagon, you're right, that house on two lots is enormous! I'm guessing he plans to stick around the East End for a while, considering the style is also very specific to seemingly one person's tastes. If I were to sell and move, I'd still stay in the east end as well, just relocate a little closer to the light rail.
  4. Idylwood is a gorgeous neighborhood. Sylvan is the one road I would avoid, at least the side that backs up to Wal Mart and then obviously would want to be as far in the neighborhood away from Wayside if possible. There are flooding problems in certain areas. Also along the bayou they currently are building bike trails that connect up to Mason park. Depending on your budget, In Town homes is getting ready to build some new single family homes in the neighborhood on Meadowlawn, however my guess is they will be close to $500k.
  5. Anyone know more about this house? I've been surprised its sat on the market with how quickly homes have been going. I don't think its perfect by any means as is, but even some of the fixer uppers in Eastwood have been moving quickly. It says its originally from 1928, did the remodel in 2000 change much of the exterior? Does this house have flood issues?
  6. Hello. Saw the listing for this house at 4511 walker in Eastwood. Was wondering if any haif-ers living in Eastwood have seen this house before on home tours, etc? Looks beautiful in the pictures and my wife wants to go take a look but just always looking for inside scoop. Seems strange to have a house that old with stucco? Any thoughts welcome!
  7. been to the grove a few times at night, once for drinks, twice to eat - has always been more fashionable for the dinner crowd for sure. don't think the shorts and t shirt would do too well in the downstairs bar, but i think during the day that's probably different too. the treehouse upstairs is pretty cool in my opinion. that deck is pretty large and its nice. one of the pics someone had was from the upstairs portion, and i can definitely see sitting out there during the day having a few drinks and it not being fancy at all. the other part that i think opens soon (the lake house) will also have beer and wine and i think that is very casual over there too.
  8. yeah i understand why metro wouldn't want to push too much towards an organized "flexible car pool" approach, where people in their own cars can pick up riders going the same route (less people taking the bus, less money) - but it would be nice to see the city push for something like this. every so often i go home to see my parents in clear lake after work, but the traffic is obviously not great. i sometimes try to see if i can get a Park and rider to pick up, but i also don't like trolling in the bus lanes with the window open. it would be great if there was almost a common spot for this...
  9. yeah i don't really mind what they gave up outside of Patton - Luke was without a spot, so it was good for him to find a new home. Pitching is a huge need though and I don't see what we have left to trade if anything outside of Chris Burke, which would get you about nothing. I don't mind seeing Everett get non tendered, he just could not hit worth anything. I do like that with Loretta coming back, you do have some flexibility on the left side of the infield. Tejada can always move to 3rd, or Loretta can play 2nd if Matsui struggles. Right now our rotation is what though - Roy, Wandy, Backe, Sampson, and Woody? Not exactly the kind of rotation that you can count on....
  10. ha - Red, you're just a little envious of the success the Hokies are having this year - don't worry NC State might get better someday
  11. yeah this "amazing" new change is actually awful. i take capitol in through downtown every day and i hit at a lot more red lights than i used to, sometimes i would only get to go one block and the next one was red. it used to be 3 cycles tops to get to the parking garage, this morning that at least doubled. i agree that the "all greens at once" system probably could have used some tweaking, but this is awful. hopefully they get it fixed soon.
  12. i went, it was pretty fun. great brisket and i liked the ribs. should be a good spot to get some food. not sure about the design of the space inside yet, but i'm sure she's still working it out. interesting menu - beaver balls anyone? the rebirth brass band even stopped by, which was cool.
  13. i am not going to even begin claiming i know how HPD works, i know some cops are assigned to just traffic enforcement, but yesterday was a classic example of why i get so irritated with HPD. go to eat at lankford's for lunch yesterday in midtown/ 4th ward area. as we're finishing up eating, some bum comes up and starts harrassing everyone eating outside, screaming, begging, and basically harrassing anyone in the area. finally the manager came out and threatened him, but the guy came back a couple of more times. as we leave and head down w. gray, we see one cop car stationed hidden off of gray with the radar gun out for speeders, and then we see a second one on foot closer to bagby with the radar gun. then a third one closer to travis kind of doing the same. apparently the speeding in midtown causes so much concern there are three cops out there at once in a 3 block radius, whereas the bums that love to violate the ordinances are apparently ok. yes, i realize the owners can always call the cops, but basically if it doesn't create revenue, HPD doesn't really care.
  14. have been a total of three times - first two opening nights were perfect. not yet crowded, good looking crowd, plenty of room to move around, no lines to get drinks. third time, we got there early and had no wait, but our friends that came later got stuck in the mob of people. we went downstairs to try to get them in and i haven't seen anything like that in a while. opened up the front door and it was just like you guys said, a mob of people, no line. people just screaming. then it got way too crowded inside, took forever to get $6 drinks and all around was not the nice lounge it had been the first two times. i think the problem is they are trying to use the red door system of letting people in, but it works there because red door isn't as crowded as it was 3 years ago. i agree the drake is a thursday night or early fri/ sat night place. other than that, its going to take a while for the idiocy to die down.
  15. I had one in VA when I lived there - wanted to to DNTMSWTX but didn't have enough room, so had to do DNTMWTX - had a nice TX sticker on the back of my car, so depending on people's perception they got it about half of the time.
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