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  1. About half the time I get redirected from google reader to another site, I think for unclaimed web addresses.
  2. The migas at Buffalo Grill is the food of the gods, hangover or no hangover. Is that Katz' as in Katz coffee? If so, where is it? I love their coffee when I've had it elsewhere.
  3. That reminds me...whatever happened to the single-stream recycling proposal? Has that been shelved? Any of the mayoral candidates talking about it?
  4. It does, but it says open burning is something that does not happen in an approved containment device, including an outdoor fireplace. It doesn't go on, though, to further specify what exactly constitutes an outdoor fireplace.
  5. I don't know... the code is primarily oriented to "open burning" which it defines this way: "16.2.1 Open Burning. 'Open burning', for the purpose of this standard is the burning of: a bonfire, rubbish fire, campfire, trench fire, or other fire in an outdoor location where fuel being burned is not contained in an approved incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit." The code doc covers the use of a barbecue pit, but doesn't say anything about an outdoor fireplace. There is a regulation, 16.6.6, that regulates campfires and specifies they must be in a metal container not smaller than 36x36x24 inches. Does my metal fire bowl fall under that reg or is it an unregulated outdoor fireplace? The part I found most interesting, though, was the requirement for permits for torches. I didn't see anything excluding them, so I'm guessing that permits are required for tiki torches? That seems crazy, but that's the nature of government regs sometimes.
  6. And here's something from 1997... http://houston.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/1997/10/20/story3.html?page=1
  7. Found this on Google... http://libn.com/blog/2009/04/03/loan-broker-accused-of-aiding-agape/
  8. Thanks for the info...how long did the ride take?
  9. http://houstoncriticalmass.com/ I've never been but would like to hear from folks who have done it. How long do you ride, where, etc?
  10. TXDOT may just be trying to stay ahead of the curve of exurban development down the I10 corridor (or encourage it due to developer influence).
  11. I've been to urban style Targets in Atlanta and in DC. In both cases, though, the stores were in near suburbs but were two stories built over garages. The one in DC was part of town center type development.
  12. Man, Coaster, please let us know when you are out and about so we can stay clear. Kylejack, the Critical Mass rides are a cool idea, but do they ever do it down a really busy road (like Westheimer) in the middle of the day? I'm not sure how many drivers you are reaching by riding around downtown on a Friday evening. Seems like I heard of Mass rides in other cities that are a little more in the face of drivers. Of course, that can have it's downside as well (like if Coaster is driving around).
  13. I know we covered this somewhere already, but tell me again why Austin is much more bike-friendly than Houston. Are you talking the entire city of Austin, or just a neighborhood you used to bike? I'm in Austin every month or two and haven't noticed any greater effort put into Austin's bike network or any great advantage to bike mobility there. Plus, the real problem, aggressive or inattentive drivers, isn't any better in Austin than it is in Houston. Also, check the regs...I think the law is 300 ft of continuous commercial, not 100ft from any business. At any rate, live a little and ride the sidewalk if the street is dangerous. I'd much rather explain that I'm trying to avoid an accident in the unlikely event I'm stopped than ending up a statistic.
  14. There's no such thing as a perfect situation if you want to ride freely across this or any other city. If you're going to ride you have to accept some inconveniences. There's a cost/benefit to everything. It could start raining while you are out. One of the benefits of biking is that you get to slow down a bit and become more a part of your environment. Every time I bike I notice something new, be it a cafe, store, cool house, or maybe just a nice shady spot to rest. If you're in a hurry, take a car. If you're going to bike, take the back roads where you can. It's much safer and sometimes just as or almost as quick as trying to ride a major artery. But if you are going to ride a major road, then take the sidewalk where you can. Frankly, I don't care if they stripe every road with bike lanes, sometimes it's just safer and easier to ride the sidewalks. I never even consider riding the lanes on Westheimer and where I'm at it's 4 lanes in each direction going 40+ mph. If you're expecting grade separated bike lanes and no interaction at all with cars during your ride then you'd better stick to the park trails, not only in this city but in every city.
  15. We came for a job 10 years and 3 companies ago and stayed for the food and quality of life. I've had multiple opportunities to move to California, New York, DC and Florida but the cost of living here enables my wife to stay home with the kids. You can't get the mix of amenities, food, and cost of living anywhere else. Having spent the 10 years prior to HS graduation in Pensacola, I was already used to the climate. It is actually a little dryer here than I remember Florida being. I here a lot of comments about the heat, but the worst of it is only 3 or 4 months and even then the evenings are frequently pleasant. The rest of the year is extremely pleasant. I'll take that over 3 or 4 (or more) months of winter that some northern locales have. As for the flatness, I agree that it can be boring but on the other hand when we lived in Atlanta, we weren't able to find any houses with level lots. And, pretty geography impedes transportation. As much as people complain about traffic, Houston is not that bad when it comes to getting around since you usually have multiple routes you can take to get somewhere. Hilly places don't usually get as many options. As for retiring here, we haven't decided but I have noticed there are senior communities going up on the west side of town. Add to that the cheap and plentiful golf course living and the top notch medical care and I think you are going to see a lot more retirees coming here as the baby boom generation hits its senior years.
  16. And I'm not sure you would want to swim in that water anyway. Better to stroll down the boardwalk and find a watering hole instead.
  17. Just out of curiosity, what suburban stores are you going to and how long does it take to get there? Living near the western edge of the city limits I can walk or bike to the big box stores but the run times into the city, say to downtown or to the museum district, are at least twice as long as by car.
  18. Thanks for the info. Interesting...so fingerprints are legally considered evidence, then?
  19. If you're going to go this time of year, I suggest going in the evening. It is HOT on the boardwalk mid-day during the summer.
  20. I've never read the Texas Constitution and it's been a while since I read the US. Just out of curiosity, what provision of the US Constitution would prohibit this? Unreasonable search and seizure, maybe? Or is it buried in a court ruling?
  21. No doubt, but the process problems can be overcome with current technology. I have no doubt there are some in law enforcement who would like to see everyone fingerprinted and entered into a database. Is there anything on the books that would prevent HPD from taking fingerprints during traffic or other stops if they had the means to do so?
  22. Does this also mean they can take your fingerprint and put in their databases at will?
  23. Oh...I thought we were talking invasion by a serious force here. If it's Mexico we can all just get a cooler of beer and some deer rifles. No need to involve the US military, we can handle it ourselves.
  24. Good idea forcing the people out, but I'd push them down 10, 290, and 45 to delay the arrival of troops from Ft Hood. Realistically, though, for there to be any chance of success an invasion of Texas would have to concentrate on the Naval installations at Corpus Christi and the Army and Air Force bases in San Antonio, Killeen, and Abilene. Houston would just get a garrison force to control the port, airfields and refineries.
  25. There are no significant defenders. Best thing for the mayor to do is declare Houston an open city. Come in from the Gulf. Secure the ports. Take Ellington Field, IAH, and Hobby. Secure any other smaller airports capable of landing C130's. Then set up positions outside the city along 59S, 290, 45N and 10W and wait for the counter-attack from III corp out of Fort Hood.
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