Ashley Melnick (pictured) is a 2007 Southlake Carroll graduate, a TCU senior on the Dean’s List and Miss Texas.Â She’s in Las Vegas competing for the Miss America crown that will be decided Saturday night. But before you go thinking the pageant is still run like the Gary Collins days, think again. The Miss America organizers have finally joined the 20th 21st century and created a new program that allows us normal, overweight folks with crooked teeth to put our two cents in.
You have four different ways that you can vote for Ashley –
If she gets the most votes, she’ll make it into the finals. But you’ve got to move quickly because voting ends today! No, it doesn’t cost anything to vote, but “you may vote once per contestant per voting method.”
As Glenn mentioned below, Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she will not seek another term in the Senate. I’m just going to throw this out there. If you don’t like it, you can throw it right back. But perhaps this announcement is the first step toward her running for mayor. Or maybe with a question mark: perhaps this announcement is the first step toward her running for mayor?
Somehow, someway, I managed to run out of gas in 20-degree weather last night. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will tell you that a friendly NTTA Road Service agent stopped by and gave me enough gas to get to the next station. All I had to do was fill out a form with all the pertinent info on my car. It was then that I had a realization: I have no clue what my license plate number is.
So I figure I can do one of two things to remedy this situation — actually learn what my plate number is (sounds like an awful lot of work, doesn’t it?), or just buy a sweet, new plate with an easy-to-remember line like “GIDDY UP,” or “2FAST 4U,” or even “AMERICA.” How does one do that? By going to the Great Texas Plate Auction over at Cowboys Stadium tonight. They’ve got 33 unique license plates up for grabs (which you can peruse here), all of which are good for at least 25 years and are completely transferable. And perhaps best of all, you can get into Cowboys Stadium for free.
While his potential successors have started jockeying for position, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has remained mum on his re-election plans, as the DMN‘s Rudolph Bush reports today. So at yesterday’s big hoo-ha for DSO white knight Bill Lively–after Roger Staubach introduced the mayor to the crowd as “Senator Leppert”–we asked Hizzoner whether he wouldn’t like to just state his intentions now and clear up all the confusion. “No, no, no,” Leppert said with a laugh, walking away. “I’ll make an announcement in a couple of weeks.”
UPDATE: Gromer’s reporting that Kay Bailey won’t seek re-election to the U.S. Senate. So Tom may not want to waste much time making the big reveal.
I know Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway made his statement yesterday, admitted he lied to the DMN about why cops were called to his house, and said, “That’s the end of all of this with me. That’s my statement. There’s not going to be anything else. No more questions, no more nothing.” But I have a question. How do you diagram the following sentence, which came from his statement?
“Those of you in this audience that are married, those of you that are listening that are married, if you’ve not always wanted eggs and bacon and some of you may have wanted something else, but you didn’t get it and that’s just what marriage is all about.”
That’s the way marriage go?
Joshua Goode memorializes the now-defunct art gallery on FrontRow.
I’m tired of typing this in the comments so here we go: I love Dallas. I love almost everything about it. Do I wish restaurants stayed open later, because I’m a bit more of a night owl than some? Sure, but that’s quibbling.
Anyway, I could use a big dose of positivity this morning. So, in the comments, name what you love about Dallas.
The Morning News is reporting that Park Cities People Buddy “Hercule Poirot” Macatee solved the mystery of the Dallas mayor mix up. It seems the photo that has hung in Dallas City Hall as Mayor Woodall Rodgers (b. 1890-d. 1961) is in reality the late construction magnate Henry C. Beck Jr. (b. 1918-d. 2007).
Dallas archivists are dusting off their files to figure out how the “oops” occurred.
UPDATE: Just heard from City Archivist John H. Slate, who reports,
“The mistake was made by Gittings Studio, who provided the City of Dallas the wrong negative in approximately 1992.”
Tim and Zac Vow Revenge After The Old Monk Is Robbed. Early Wednesday morning, three robbers stormed into The Old Monk, demanded money, phones, etc. from the seven employees present, and forced them into the walk-in freezer. Rica y Chato, er, I mean Tim and Zac plan revenge via Twitter.
Nation’s Report Card Comes to Dallas. Some Dallas students will now begin taking the Nation’s Report Card. Administrators are excited about this because this report makes comparisons to other cities that TAKS tests cannot. So now we can see how great our students are compared to New York, Houston, Austin, etc. And now we get yet another thing to make lists and comparisons with. I can’t wait.
Irving Council Members Happy Audit Found Only $133,000 in Disallowable Expenses. I completely understand how the Irving council members are feeling right now. It’s like when you know you’ve done something wrong on a project and then some people come along and say they’re going to look into the project. You cross your fingers and pray that the people–let’s call them auditors—don’t find anything. Then these auditors come back and say, “Hey, you spent $133,000 on a project that you shouldn’t have spent. You owe the city!” Then you breathe a sigh of relief because, well, it possibly could have been worse.
In 23-degree Temps, City Waters Streets. It’s so frustrating to drive by sprinklers running full force at the beginning of one of the coldest days this winter. But, luckily, the city of Dallas says it’s not its fault that streets were icy downtown. Except, it is the city’s fault.