Specwriter

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  1. East River - KBR Site Puchased by Midway

    I remember writing the same thing in the Canino's/Farmers Market thread. Also, we don't all drive Audis though I wouldn't object to driving one.
  2. I believe Canino is an Italian name. There were many Italians who settled in that area and who were truck farmers (grew vegetables which they sold at market). There were also some Japanese families that settled in the area and were farmers. Two names I recall are Io and Okabayashi.
  3. There's nothing wrong with being 'country' in my book. What I meant was Aldine was in the process of ensuring its students were well prepared for college or the work world when they graduated. One rumor (possibly apocryphal) was that one had to have a 'B' average from an Aldine school back in the 1950s to be considered for admission to the U of H when a 'C' average from most other Houston area schools was acceptable. When I started college in the late 1970s I was as well prepared as many of my counterparts who attended private college prep schools. I agree, MartiMoser, if someone wants to enjoy the peace and quiet of the rural life one must expect to forego some of the "conveniences" of the big city. One really cannot have it both ways.
  4. Great Southwest probably has little or no meaning to the general population these days but "Petro" sounds like some cut-rate gas station. Why not "The Cambria" in backlit letters? For the curious, Cambria is another name for Wales. It is the Latinized version of the Welsh Cymru. If it is associate with Great Britain it must be classy.
  5. Cherry Demolition may still move structures.
  6. Planned LBJ Statue and Monument Downtown

    Read Robert Dallek's Lyndon B. Johnson, Portrait of a President. It seemed to be a balanced biography of the man. Knowing about his life before he entered Congress makes it easier to understand his motivations as president. I do believe a statue of a human being can only be so big before it starts to look out of proportion. Maybe because the average person's eye level is somewhere around five to six feet above the ground. There is an eight foot tall statue of President Kennedy in front of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth that, IMO, looks "right." The statue of Sam Houston just off Interstate 45 in Huntsville looks odd, again IMO.
  7. I'll let Firebird fill you in. I'm sure his memory and research are much better than mine. I do remember Bobby McGee's was at the end of the strip shopping center closest to Dyna. My then girlfriend was a hostess there and I frequently met her there when her shift was up and drove her home. She did not own a car or have a driver's license at the time. There wasn't an opportunity to "go on a date" after her shift because it was usually too late in the evening and most other places were closed.
  8. Yay! Now I get to find out if the hot dog I had 50 years ago was a good one.
  9. That's great, MartiMoser. I guess once a teacher, always a teacher. There have been several in my family going back to my great grandmother's sister. My own sister retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after 26 years on the job. This past year she has done quite a bit of substitute teaching! I was in Aldine schools in the 1960's - 1970's. Then Aldine was in the process of shedding its 'country' image. I was fortunate to attend during what I consider the golden era of the school district. Our English teachers from junior high on demanded the best from us. That said, those teachers were also most willing to give their best as well. I was in that group who hungered for knowledge. Looking back 40+ years later I am most appreciative of my teachers' dedication and the sense of personal accomplishment for its own sake my parents instilled in me. Getting back to Canino's (singular possessive ), I was there 34 years ago last Saturday (which was also a Saturday - June 2, 1984) picking up fresh fruit for my wedding reception which was held that same afternoon. The caterer was a personal friend of the family. Her wedding gift was to cater the reception so I was most happy to help her out. Among the many, many, visits I've made to the farmers' market, that one will remain the most memorable. Oh yes, I am still married to the same brilliant, beautiful woman. We will celebrate our anniversary with a trip to New England later this month. What could be more romantic than getting away from the Houston heat and humidity.
  10. I like your comment (and I officially "liked" it as well ) but I wasn't referring to the people creating the flyers. The person or persons who created the rendering are most likely educated architects or graphic designers and should know how to write the plural possessive. Anyway, this looks like a great project. I hope it will be seen as Houston's version of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.
  11. The Hampstead - 1508 Blodgett

    $341 per square foot in that current neighborhood and $323 per month in maintenance fees with no pool, exercise room, or other amenities to justify it? Also, electric cook top - ugh. Good luck!
  12. TMC|3, Texas Medical Center Research Campus

    Indeed. Forget the bronze stuff. I like this. Apologies for going off in the weeds. We old men who yell at clouds tend to do that too.
  13. TMC|3, Texas Medical Center Research Campus

    Those sculptures bring to mind the old saying, "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." I cannot think of a Classical or Neo-Classical sculpture where the figure's mouth is open with teeth showing. The original Lucy sculpture doesn't look remotely like her. It doesn't look like Janet Reno or Eleanor Roosevelt either.
  14. 1111 Rusk: Texaco Building Renovation

    It looks more like Venezuela to me but I couldn't tell you why it is that shape.