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Specwriter

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  1. My former dentist, and a good friend, retired to Hunt. Now I know exactly why.
  2. Another example is when two existing streets "meet" like when Ella Blvd. becomes Wheatley just north of Pinemont. Strangely, Wheatley becomes Ella Blvd. again as it crosses Dewalt about a quarter mile south of W. Gulf Bank. Consider also how Elgin seems to "segue" into Westheimer although the route does curve there.
  3. The Studebaker is definitely a good donor vehicle with many body parts and trim intact but restoration is out of the question as a value proposition. The Ford, on the other hand, looks completely restorable and parts for it are much more readily available. It looks like a 1978 or 1979 model.
  4. I also heard Australia from a reliable source who also told me the panels are not metal but a composite material with metal pieces embedded for attachment to the building.
  5. The Randall's in Northtown also opened around 1966. It may have replaced something that was previously there are been part of an addition. The shopping center was L-shaped with a Grant's in the middle. The Randall's was along that leg that stretched toward the freeway access road. I cannot remember if Mom ever shopped at the Safeway nor the Piggly Wiggly though I know our next door neighbor did patronize the latter. Notably those two stores were the most convenient to my parents' house in Hidden Valley. In the early 70's my father went to work for (ironically) Lucky Stores. That was a California-based company that owned the Gemco Department stores and Eagle grocery stores like the one on the southeast corner of Little York and Airline so Mom saw incentive to shop at Gemco for groceries. It could have been confusing if Lucky from California used that name in Texas. It was probably the desire to avoid a lawsuit that the stores were called "Eagle." For those not old enough to remember the Gemco on the north side of Houston was in the building that houses the Fiesta where Airline crosses the North Freeway.
  6. This image was probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s from looking at the automobiles. There was a more modern building which looked like it may have been built in the early 1960s. It is the only one I remember since I too was "built" in the early '60s. πŸ™‚ Thanks for a catching my misspelling of Iio as well. We rarely went shopped at the store. My mother's preferred was the Randall's in the Northtown shopping center (I-45 at Tidwell) or the Henke's (later Kroger) at i-45 and W. Mt. Houston. Someone please correct or clarify this but I think Lucky 7 was a confederation of independent grocers who were able to get competitive pricing from suppliers by combining their orders.
  7. How about "SoMa" (South Main)? Merriam-Webster defines soma as an intoxicating juice from a plant of disputed identity that was used in ancient India as an offering to the gods and as a drink of immortality by worshippers in Vedic ritual. Works for me. These days I like Ho ho ho. πŸ™‚
  8. It is not just grammar and syntax that are deficient. IMO there is a general decline in the ability to communicate effectively (notice I did not split the infinitive πŸ™‚). Is this in spite of, or because of, all the communication tools we now have? I wonder. My grandmother graduated from a very rural high school in southern Louisiana in 1932. Her grammar and spelling were impeccable and her handwriting was gorgeous. She always wrote in clear and complete sentences. Of course, I have saved the letters she wrote to me when I was in college. She passed the year after I graduated. We need to start (or resume) thinking of school as boot camp for our lives after we "leave home."
  9. It looks like some real craftsmanship and skilled labor went into the construction of that building. That must still exist to some degree in recent times since this part of the façade was reconstructed after 2007.
  10. Agreed. My "baseball expert" nephew told me before the series started that Atlanta's pitching was its weak point. Hummm? I'll have to ask him about that. ☹️
  11. It was a good year for the home team. We did win the American League pennant for the third time in five years. I've been following the Astros since they became the Astros. As in life, I take my joy in winning a series, winning a game, or just witnessing an outstanding play. I wait with enthusiasm for next year. Now let's go Rockets. It seems they last won a championship when the Braves won theirs - 1995 IIRC - so we're due.
  12. My seventh grade English teacher walked into the classroom on the first day of class and immediately said, "Analyze and criticize and I won't penalize." (!) How many junior high students hear that these days or even understand what it means? We understood what she meant but day-um were still struggling with our locker combinations. By the way, she was a very nice person but tough as nails when it came to grading our work. She had us competently diagramming sentences before the Thanksgiving break. I wonder if I can still do that. πŸ™‚ Good to know. I guess the adage, you get what you pay for, is still true in some instances.
  13. I think it is a misunderstanding of what candor and honest actually is. Being frank is not the same thing as having no filters and I fear the distinction is being lost on too many. Also, hyperbole has become the norm. The "shoot from the hip [figuratively I hope]" style seems to be popular with those who do not apprehend nuance and subtlety.
  14. I can not reed the Chronicel any more longer. The editing is atroshus and the grammer and speling isn't so hot neither. One wonders if it is compiled by robots who have been victims of a power surge. 😧
  15. Different vines up north? Theses will probably grow back from the roots if those were deep enough. We had vines that looked really dead on a brick wall grow back after the freeze, and vigorously, but they may have been in a more protected area.
  16. Who gets credit for this image? It's great.
  17. Great images. Thanks for sharing. Obviously not all are from the 1930s though the structures in the images may date from that time. It is amazing to see how Houston has changed in less than 100 years though. Even though oil was making its way on the scene in a big way cotton was still an essential commodity.
  18. I think the "holding the noise in" is more of a psychological thing but I did not have an audiometer at the game. πŸ™‚ It is a bit of a pity though since last Saturday at least was a beautiful day. A bigger pity of course was the two grand slams by the Red Sox. ☹️
  19. For those who may not be aware this building still exists at the western edge of the Hobby Airport property. It can be accessed off of Travelair Street. It opened in 1940 and has been "refurbished" (I won't say restored) and now serves as the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Look it up 1940 Air Terminal Museum and Special Event Venue . It speaks to an important time in the city's air transportation history.
  20. That image is a little later than the 1930s. The lead automobile looks like a 1964 Pontiac. The TENNECO building on the right of the image was completed in 1963 IIFC. Great shot though. Where are you finding these, hindesky?
  21. Could be. The automobile is a 1974 or slightly later Ford Mustang II if that helps establish a date for the image.
  22. Taller building, thicker mat. That's a lot of concrete!
  23. Foundations for tall buildings in Houston are thick (like eight feet or so) slabs of concrete which "float" on our gumbo soil and act something like a keel on a sail boat for the rest of the building. It is amazing to think about. If Houston ever experienced and earthquake (not to worry the chances are infinitesimal) the buildings would sink into the ground like a marble on top of a bowl of sand that was being vibrated.
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