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A Few Words About the Flooding in My Neck of East Dallas

Last night, my slumber did not go so sweetly. I’m sure many of you experienced a version of what transpired in my house. Every 20 minutes or so, I was startled awake by either a crack of thunder or my damn phone buzzing with a flood warning. Throw a dog and a young daughter into the mix, and I did not exactly spring out of bed this morning with enthusiasm, ready to have a #blessed day.

One of the first things I did was brush my teeth. You need to know this about me.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: May 29–31

“For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.”
–Genesis 6:17

It’s time for another rain-or-shine weekend in North Texas. More rain than shine, but we’re used to that by now. Let’s keep our heads up.

If this city maintains its tenuous hold on dry land and we keep from floating away, come Sunday it looks like we might even see some sunlight. That ought to allow us a great view of our new, post-Deluge world, and gives us a chance to add a Texas chapter to the great flood myths of history, although Gilgamesh will always be my favorite.

We’ll make our own sunshine until then. There are a lot of dry, indoor things to do this weekend, including Dallas Comic Con and some new art exhibits. Bring some water wings to the Byron Nelson.

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Waitin’ Around For the Trinity Toll Road to Die

Over the next month or so, the City of Dallas will host numerous public meetings to present the Dream Team’s vision for the Trinity River Toll Road and receive community feedback about those plans.

I attended the second meeting, which was held in an area of Dallas about as far from the river as you can get and still technically be in the city of Dallas. Parkhill Junior High School is in the middle of a neighborhood of low slung 1970s ranch houses not too far from the Prestonwood Country Club and the city of Addison. It’s a staggeringly bucolic setting. Walking from the car to the school, the air was still and quiet — nearly silent — and the only sound was the chirping of birds and the muffled chattering of a few students far off by the sports fields.

Despite the distance between this part of Dallas and the center of the city, more than 60 people showed up to the meeting and many brought with them strong opinions about what should — or should not — happen in the floodway.

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The Truth Is, No One Knows If A Trinity Road Would Flood

We’ve pointed out, at various times on this blog and on last week’s EarBurner podcast (check it out!), that world-weary DMN editorial writer Rodger Jones had gotten pretty smarmy about the rising Trinity. He said, with tons of certainty, that any road built between the levees of the Trinity would not flood.

But he can’t be certain, because no one can be certain, because no one actually knows how high a road down there would be. Jim Schutze has a great piece on this at the former Unfair Park.

UPDATE: That link above won’t take you anywhere anymore. Go here instead to see Schutze’s replacement, where, according to information from the Corps of Engineers, it looks like the road would be underwater. UH-OH.

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Podcast: That Sports Girl, Gina Miller, Talks Josh Hamilton And Building Her Own Media Empire

Thursday afternoon former CBS 11/TXA 21 sports reporter Gina Miller — now proprietor of Gina Miller Media and Gina Miller’s Blog —  stopped by the Old Monk to talk about Josh Hamilton’s return, her new life as a lifestyle blogger, and why she was forced to endure years of living in Houston during the 1990s.

Also whom does Tim force Gina to call and confess her undying love for in the middle of the show? You’ll have to listen to find out.

First, a few clarifications and audio-visual aids for the episode:

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Leading Off (5/29/15): Floods Submerge Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Under Water. Over night a huge, slow-moving storm dumped heavy rain across DFW, officially making this the wettest May on record in these parts. The previous high mark was 13.66 inches, and we’re likely still not done for the month. Don’t try to drive through flooded roads.

Much more, and other news, after the jump…

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 28

If you can afford tickets to Neil Diamond’s show at American Airlines Center tonight, you’re probably doing something right with your life. According to the good people over at Seat Geek, the average ticket price (on the secondary market) for the concert tonight is a whopping $228. That much money could feed me for months. It’s the most expensive stop on Diamond’s tour, and the most expensive event the AAC has hosted all year, beating out Maroon 5 ($226) and the March 10 Mavs game against the Cleveland Cavaliers ($173). Now I understand how Neil affords all those diamonds on his sparkly shirts.

For those of us on a tighter budget, our other options tonight include a rap show at Club Dada and a gonzo theater performance at the Wyly Theatre. Here are some things to do.

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Leading Off (5/28/15)

Coppell Middle Schooler Advances To Semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee. Seventh-grader Smrithi Upadhyayula will face off against 48 others this morning.

Man Posing As Doctor Arrested After Crashing Stolen Ambulance. Whenever I see a story like this, I wonder if we have just bitten off a tiny piece of a larger story, like this guy is the main character in a version of The Transporter or Crank or really any Jason Statham vehicle. But then I read to the end and see he’s been arrested for posing as a firefighter and think I probably just need to get more sleep.

Josh Hamilton Gets First Hit Since Returning To Rangers. And then gets thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Antlers!

Dallas City Council Approves Body Camera Purchase For Dallas PD. It will provide funds for 1,000 cameras — or one for less than a third of the officers — over the next five years.

Monte Anderson Sells Belmont Hotel. The area around Sylvan and Fort Worth is booming now, but there wasn’t much of anything when Anderson opened the Belmont more than a decade ago. The hotel was essentially a flop house. I remember going by there looking for a couple of dope fiends when I was working on a story for the Observer. It sounds like the new owners will build on what Anderson started. It also sounds like Anderson — rightly, I might add — is still pretty ticked that the city let Sylvan Thirty block the Belmont’s view of downtown.

SNAKES! All this rain is driving snakes out into the open and into people’s homes. True story: My dad is deathly afraid of snakes. Once, when I was about 9 or 10, we spotted a little garter snake in the foyer of our house. A foot long, at the most. My dad freaked out, went out the back door, came back with a garden hoe, chopped that garter snake into about 20 pieces, and then handed me the hoe and told me to clean it up. Then he went and laid down in the dark for, like, an hour. My point is, my dad can be kind of a jerk.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 27

Before all this hoopla about the restoration of Dallas’ red flying horse, was it pretty common knowledge that the Pegasus sitting on top of the Magnolia building is not the original edition? I had no idea, but I’m a savage, ignorant Millennial. I’m usually too busy swiping right and updating social media statuses on my smart phone to stay current on the status of local landmarks. I also had no clue who Bruce Hornsby was until I realized he supplies the sample on 2Pac’s “Changes.”

Today is all about wheeling out decrepit icons, restored through the wonders of modern science, as the original Pegasus gets lit up at its new post outside the Omni, and Bruce Hornsby plays at the House of Blues. Here are the things you should do tonight.

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Ask John Neely Bryan: Lightning Round Via the Twitterverse

It’s been brought to my attention that a fair number of you, dear readers, are too lazy to type out an electronic missive and push a button to send it to me at Even though I have a well-established track record of solving your problems — bringing hope and joy and irresistible animal magnetism to the most troubled of souls — some refuse to seek my help.

Go where the people are, the editors of this web blog have repeatedly enjoined. And so I finally had no choice but to accede to their wishes. Yesterday, shortly after 3 p.m., I took command of the @DMagazine Twitter handle to offer up insights in bite-size portions. Since it is exceedingly difficult to limit my wisdom to 140-character chunks, I’m offering bonus contest below, in this sampling of what transpired:

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Leading Off (5/27/2015)

17-Year-Old Charged With Strangling 16-Year-Old Ex-Girlfriend. Rachel Jean Wiest was in 10th grade; Jacob Lee Boyd was in 11th. They both attended Nimitz High School in Irving. They were at a friend’s house on Memorial Day, discussing their relationship. They argued. After that, police say, he choked her to death.

Runway at DFW Airport Reopened After Nearby Sinkhole Causes Shutdown. I really thought, after reading so many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books as a kid, that quicksand was going to play a much larger role in my life than it has thus far. News of this 25-foot by 25-foot sinkhole out at DFW Airport, created after a section of storm drain dislodged, is about the closest I’ve gotten.

Body of Trinity River Kayaker Found In Discharge Pool. Joshua Reed of Fort Worth, along with five others, was kayaking in a restricted area Saturday evening when water released from the Eagle Mountain Dam overtook their vessels. The five others, which included a 6-year-old girl, were eventually rescued; Reed was found dead Sunday.

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