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  1. i just took several trains through the northeast. here are the rates for purchasing a month ahead first and the day before and length of trip washington dc to philadelphia - $34 vs $49, 2 hours philadelphia to nyc - $34 vs $49, 1.5 hours nyc to boston (took the acela) - $75 vs $99, 3.5 hours (it would have been cheaper and an hour longer to take the regional) even if a flight would have technically been shorter, it would have taken a lot more time getting to the airport at least an hour early and then the plan probably being delayed, etc. i was able to take an earlier train to nyc because i got to the train station early and there wasn't a fee to take the earlier train.
  2. i just spent 2 weeks traveling through the northeast on trains and it was great. it was so nice to sit in a comfortable seat with leg room and being able to walk down the aisle and not bump into elbows and shoulders. i purposely took this trip to take trains. i have traveled on trains through europe and wish i could take a train to go to dallas or san antonio. i know i could get there faster on the train than flying with all the plane delays. you have to get to the airport over an early to get through security and then you hope and pray your flight is on time (last time my flight to dfw was 2 hours late), then it is about 30 minutes from the time you land to taxi to the gate to get off and then get your luggage. all in all from the time i leave my house to get to my destination in fort worth it is usually 4 hours. i can drive it in 4.5. i try to drive whenever possible, but sometimes my trip up there is so short, that i fly in hopes that my flight will be on time. and now that it gets dark earlier, i really hate driving so long in the dark. after my first trip to europe that i took trains, i came back and took the train from houston to dallas, it took longer than if i would have driven, but i enjoyed it. i know that my parents would rather ride even a slow train than drive to fort worth to see their grandchildren. driving takes too much out of them at their age. just think where we would be if we had built the high speed rail in the 90's. i don't understand why the northeast has such great rail service and we have zero in texas. i am a native houstonian and according to popular folklore am married to my car and would never ride rail, that is the furthest thing from reality. i promise you if they build it, people will ride it.
  3. 26. gaido's on main street also about the pierce elevated. my brother was born in sep 1962 at st. joseph's and i remember standing on dirt where they were clearing land for the pierce elevated and my mom standing at the window so we could "see" our new baby brother. also the surrey house or cathay house on main street was raised over water. as a kid, i used to call it the "fishy" place and my dad used to take me there to see the fish swimming around. who remembers when the tornado hit the mitchell inn (i think that was the name of it) on main street? it was on the east side of main, south of where 610 is now. it was a motel. and remember when they built the new front to the chief motel? the motels along that part of main street always looked dumpy to me even in the 60's.
  4. several years ago read a book about sakowitz and wyatt called blood rich: when oil billions, high fashion, and royal intimacies are not enough. it is out of print, but you can find it on amazon as a used book. it is a good read for those who love houston gossip.
  5. i just ordered blood and money from amazon. i also remember seeing the name paulus in law school in my administration of estates class. it had been years since i read blood and money, but rememberd the name and wondered if it was the same lady. my law professor said it was. it had something to do with her being named executor and someone wanted her removed because she was in jail. i am pretty sure she lost the case.
  6. anyone have a photo of the meyerland sign when it fell during hurricane carla? i remember walking around it when i was a kid.
  7. The link is no longer dead! It never was. It was under construction. I now have galleries full of interior shots of the house, scenes from the TV movie, and a bunch of pics of the real people. Some are pictures we've all seen, but some seem to be rare. Please take a look... http://www.jimusnr.c...asmainpage.html cool site. thanks. it is too bad that everyone thinks the murder in texas is the authority on the deaths of joan and john. the best researched book was blood and money by tommy thompson written in 1976. according to amazon, an epilogue has been included (though not by tommy thomspon). i haven't read it in years, but will see if i can dig out my original; otherwise, i will order it from amazon.
  8. i remember a cafeteria in meyerland in the 70's. was it a wyatt's or a thornhill's? and nothing better than going to madding's and getting a vanilla coke.
  9. the rail car i am thinking of was on n. braeswood off of main. i remember it had different compartments to sit in. it was like walking through a maze. it was slightly upscale, i also remember the one on kirby that i believe was an antones, and they were two different places.
  10. there was also a rail car place on south main and n. braeswood. can't recall the name of it but i do remember it being there in the early 80's. the sonny look's i remember was the one across from the astrodome. that is where we would go on special occasions. and yes they had a knight on a horse.
  11. i remember purple cow was one of my sister's favorite hang outs in high school. that and across the street where you placed your order by phone, which i think was further up hillcroft. my orthodontist was on hillcroft, close to westheimer - dr. budnick. i always think about the little candies from monterrey house, not the pralines, but the soft double sticks with pecans on top. i really miss those. i would go to the shipley's on bissonet after performing at half time at F.U.N. football games back in the late 60's. there are still der weinerschnitzel around in smaller texas towns and all over california.
  12. like many, i remember we would go to the downtown store at christmas time and stand mesmerized in front of the windows. our foley*s of choice was sharpstown. remember the bargain basement, the toy store, the camera department, the record department, they even had a pharmacy there. i remember my dad would go to the TV department while my mom would take us shopping. they had all types of major appliances there. come to think about it, it was a lot like sears; but nicer. not sure i remember this right, but i think the sharpstown store was originally 2 stories and they added the third floor later. the sharpstown store was the first department store outside downtown. it still saddens me the way sharpstown has deteriorated. i am not sure it will ever come back.
  13. springsteen mentioned liberty hall the other night (4/8) and he said he charged a $1.00 the first night and $5.00 the second. now i know he spins tails when he talks about the old days, but i was wondering if anyone has their ticket stub from his 74 liberty hall shows? btw - he played saint in the city for all the old timers from liberty hall and what great dueling guitars between him and little steven at the end.
  14. u of h beating ucla in 1968 - the game of the century.
  15. would go to that dairy queen after high school (i went to st. agnes). vaguely remember a grocery store in that strip center, though never went to it. remember a chiropracter on redding. i also remember that sinclair station and getting a molded green dino there when i was a kid. always wish i still had that sinclair dino as i went to work for arco in the 80's and 90's (arco bought sinclair in the early 70's). i do remember the urban cowboy premier. loved watching the movie and looking for houston landmarks. saw the movie paris, texas a couple of years ago and parts of it were filmed in houston and recognized downtown landmarks from the early 80's
  16. i went to kindergarten across from the nabisco factory in the early 60's at sacred heart dominican college. of course back then the school windows were opened and most days the classroom would smell of cookies. i also remember getting cookies from there (wonder if they were the broken ones). hated it when we got fig newtons, just not appealing to a 5 year old. those are some of the best memories of my childhood, mainly due to remembering the smell of the nabisco factory. i am pretty sure the land is owned by the texas medical center now. i hope they keep this an the old prudential building standing and renovate them and not tear them down.
  17. i started my oil and gas career in 1982, but in dallas at arco. the first sign of trouble was the voluntary retirement in 1985, after that it was lay offs about every other year. i also think the windfall profit tax was a huge disincentive to drill wells in the early 80's. and just shook my head when they talked about bringing it back last year. fortunately congress never got their act together and the natural market of supply and demand brought the price down without government interference. don't know about the housing market in houston in the 80's, but i know that the market crashed in dallas because of flipping, especially condo's along lake ray hubbard. most of it was paper flipping and many s&l's went under. it used to be impossible to keep up with bank names as most of the texas banks were bought up my national banks, which were bought up themselves. our office used to be across from the "old republic bank building", because that was the name we were all familiar with. i also bought a house in the 80's at double digit interest rates and actually took a transfer in 1984 and let my company take it off my hands and they kept me whole. didn't buy another house until 1997, 5 years after i moved back to houston just before the market took off again. i too look at what is going on today as a second act of the 80's. it is sad that we didn't learn lessons from the 80's and many are repeating the same poor choices. glad there are a few that have learned from the past and are doing fine through this latest downturn.
  18. before my sister graduated high school, my mom would take me shopping with them and i would get to go to the fun stores. one was called dk's on hillcroft. they had great hip huggers (i didn't even have hips back then) and monogrammed purses. once my sister went to college, i started making my own clothes.
  19. how about kip's big boy (in some states it was bob's big boy)? i remember as a kid trying to eat that double decker hamburger, which was before mcdonalds came up with their big mac. we would go to the one on westheimer and bellaire. i googled it and their are still big boys on the west coast, around the great lakes and some other states. nothing near texas.
  20. i couldn't find out the exact date, except more than 70 years, but moeller's bakery which is now on bellaire boulevard. it was originally in the village and had the best crumb cake. used to get my doll birthday cakes there as a kid. family favorites are the ginger bread men and dinosaurs.
  21. it was on bissonnett near hillcroft. i think the football stadium is still there but the F.U.N. name is no longer used. i think it was for 5th and 6th graders. they had drillteams and cheerleaders associated with each team. in 6th grade i was raiderette for the raiders who were mostly red elementary students. we had very cool uniforms and had silver glitter on our tennis shoes.
  22. i remember getting that album in 7th grade. it was called kilt gold. it had pictures of the dj's and lots of the top 40 hits. i did a drillteam routine to green tambourine in 6th grade. we used real tambourines and we thought we were the coolest drillteam at FUN football. anyone remember FUN football? i was a raiderette for the raiders who were mostly red elementary students.
  23. during high school my friends and i would workat the post oak store doing inventory for a week. i eventually got a regular job in the linen dept for a couple of summers and christmas while i was in college. i remember at one of the EOM's, the stock boy was bringing out more towels for the sale and he was attacked by a bunch of women who started grabbing for the towels as soon as he walked out of the stock room. he was actually knocked down and had to bandaged up and sent home. i remember when they added the 4th floor to the post oak store. notice how the escalator is narrower than to the other floors. you used to be able to notice the color difference on the outside facade too. joske's houston was not part of joske's texas. people would try to return items bought in san antonio to the houston store and we weren't allowed to accept them. but once doing inventory, i found an item with a foley's tag - go figure.
  24. shopped at the houston stores growing up (post oak and downtown). i remember using there personal shopper when i was graduating from college and needed work clothes. once i told them what i was looking for, they would just bring clothes in my size to my dressing room. the clothes were well made and classic styles that i could wear forever. sakowitz even expanded to midland. i remember going there in 1982 and it was deserted. can't remember when it closed. i was living in dallas when sakowitz went bankrupt. i rarely shopped at the dallas store. i read the book blood rich a couple of years ago. still can't figure out how lynn sakowitz wound up with oscar wyatt. talk about opposites attracting. but then again, they did have money in common.
  25. actually that is my point. metro had the option and passed it up on the katy row. it also has the option on westpark, but has done nothing. all we have is the toy light rail from 610 to pass downtown - what 10 miles of light rail? all that did was make traffic congestion around the medical center worse than it was. though i am sure it is a benefit to people who work and go to the medical center. i do try to ride it when i have dr. appt in the medical center from downtown. dallas did build their first line right next to 75/45 (central) from downtown to plano.
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