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Specwriter last won the day on February 25 2013

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  1. That was a Barnaby's. What I believe to be the original Hungry's is located at 2356 Rice Boulevard directly across from Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church. The original restaurant appeared to be a converted Dairy Queen. Hungry's bought the adjacent duplex, demolished it, built a new two-level restaurant, then demolished the original building and turned it into parking for the new building. I've always liked the salads at Hungry's. I've always liked Barnaby's and I'm pleased to know they still have locations in Houston. I remember fighting the crowds at the original location on Fairview because it was worth it.
  2. That and the Loperfido effect. ๐Ÿ˜„ Honestly, if the Astros loose Joey Loperfido I will seriously have to consider becoming a Rangers fan. โ˜น๏ธ
  3. Why are there what appear to be wooden doors on the exterior of the upper floors? Was there an exterior fire escape stair at some point. Otherwise, I cannot begin to understand why they exist.
  4. There is a 24-hour (drive through only after regular business hours) Walgreen's in my neighborhood that I can guess may be subject to a fair amount of theft (shoplifting). It it was decided to close the store it may make sense to keep the drive through for prescriptions and maybe OTC remedies. Pilfering would be nil (as long as the employees weren't doing it, but then it would be obvious) and their safety would be greatly increased. This particular Walgreen's has two drive through aisles which could easily be increased. A branch bank I use has five! There is a sign taped to the drive up window that stated employees take a "lunch" break from 1:30 'til 2:00 AM.
  5. I should probably start a thread on old hi-fi components. When I was fifteen I bought a really nice set up (Sansui receiver, Heco speakers, Dual turntable) for a song* from a pharmacy intern my father was mentoring. The intern was returning to his home in Hong Kong and said he could get equal or better once he returned home for less than what it would cost to ship the stuff there. There are YouTube pieces that remind us what we used to obsess over. Now everyone just listens to music on his or her phone. ๐Ÿ™ *If you are not old, like me, you may not realize "for a song" means very cheaply. I did not have to sing to the guy else he probably would have thrown me out of his apartment. ๐Ÿ˜
  6. This is the first time I noticed a water spray attached to the "claw." Smart. It used to be that a worker had to be playing a water hose on the area being demolished to keep the dust down.
  7. That is so neat. I'm sure modern apparatus would not fit through those portals. Wouldn't this building have made a great GFR with apartments or business office on the second level? It could have also been an event venue like the one on Houston Ave. I attended an AIA function at the renovated firehouse on Houston Ave. but was forbidden from sliding down the firemen's pole. Drat!โ˜น๏ธ
  8. I was in downtown last weekend for the Astros game. Sitting at a red light at Milam and La Branch I almost didn't notice the all silver light rail train passing down Main only two blocks away. I think removing the red and blue paint was more of a cost-cutting measure. What an unusual spin to say making something less visible was meant to increase safety. ๐Ÿคจ
  9. ๐Ÿ˜ข We had on Hell of a company holiday party there thirty years ago. We were treated like, and ate like, kings and queens. So long Damian's. You will be remembered fondly.
  10. It's been close to 20 years since I last visited Nielsen's Delicatessen but I do remember the sandwich I ate was very good.
  11. I remember with Alica in 1983 and Harvey (especially) in 2017 it did take a while to get everything hauled away but it did happen.
  12. Thank you, Highrise. That's where the 48-story 609 Main building is located today (at least a piece of it). Given the city's reputation for demolishing and building new, I wonder how long it would have stood if the 20-story House building had been built. The location was definitely well considered.
  13. Highrise, can you clarify the location? Main and Travis run parallel to each other. They do not intersect.
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