Does it seem like there are more tickets being handed out for parking on the “wrong side” of the street lately?
Behold City Councilman Ron Natinsky’s new Dallas mayoral campaign TV ad, which apparently begins running tonight. He’s not exactly courting the youth vote, what withÂ holding a stack of 8-track tapes andÂ sitting on a porch with a rocking chair behind him:
I’m also told, by a source who has seen it for himself, that Natinsky has an impressive collection of Howdy Doody memorabilia at his North Dallas home. He couldn’t have worked that in too?
Another in a series of urban wilderness adventures with our man Bill Holston. In this installment, he reveals the spirituality of duct tape.
I mean, he is running for Senate, after all, and I am just being me. Bearded and debonair and, yes, somewhat awkward, but just me. And yet, as of press/me pushing “publish” time, SCOREBOARD:
Mayor of Handtown — 1,206
Zac Crain — 1,538
Step it up, T-Lep.
Okay, no, they can’t go 161-1. Just lost a squeaker to Detroit (surprised there are enough people left in that city to field a team). So let’s consider 160-2, which seems more doable.
And Hamilton came out of the game with an injury.
Time for Tim to revise his prediction.
Who’ll give him odds on 160-2?
We were almost to Ennis by the time my friend started getting antsy.
“Have you ever seen Jeepers Creepers?” she asked me. “Because I don’t wanna get Jeeper Creepered.”
I haven’t seen it, but I know what she’s getting at. We were heading south to catch a Sunday night movie at the Galaxy Drive-In (to accomplish my ninth of the Things Every Dallasite Must Do), and the rural access road that we’d just turned onto was especially empty at the moment. Not that Ennis is some bayou backcountry where the purtiness of your mouth is a common conversation topic. It’s just that it was dusk, and we’ve both seen more scary movies than is psychologically healthy.
But as I learned, hitting that countrified stretch of I-45 just means you’re getting close. Because a minute later, the Galaxy’s flashing roadside marquee came into view, with four massive, white rectangles — which turned out to be the theater’s four screens — just beyond it.
Nothing at the Galaxy is new. The buildings are small and dated, and most things could stand a touch of paint. But there’s something intrinsically nostalgic about going to a drive-in theater in the first place, so the wear and tear just adds a 60s-era charm. (more…)
Seriously. But if the thought of attending his May 16 concert at the AAC doesn’t turn you into a raging green-eyed monster, head over to FrontRow giveawayland for the chance to snag a free pair of tickets.Â You have exactly two hours and four minutes left to enter.
Love this little story Dallas Morning News reporter Scott Goldstein tells about how police busted the guy who burglarized his Uptown apartment, even before anyone knew that the apartment had been burgled. After finding Goldstein’s laptop in the suspect’s bag, Officer Keith Coates called him:
I met him at my apartment. I checked around to make sure nothing else of great value had been taken. I also chatted a bit with Coates about my background, including the fact that I moved to Dallas after graduating from theÂ University of Maryland.
Next, I headed to the Central Patrol Division to meet with a detective and reclaim my laptops. Minutes after I left, police called me again. They wanted me to check my apartment again to see if any clothes were missing. I asked why.
The suspect, they told me, was in the police interview room wearing my University of Maryland T-shirt. With that kind of evidence, I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising that the convicted felon provided a written confession to the burglary.
So last week, I introduced a new game, one where you, dear, kind readers, must figure out which of three quotes I present are from former mayor Tom Leppert’s Twitter feed, and which two were from movies featuring teenage girls.
Last week’s answers, by the by, were: 1) Mean Girls; 2) Tom Leppert; and 3) Napoleon Dynamite.
1. If you and I went to Applebees tonight and we had their $20 dinner for two, we’d be fighting over four cents.
2. People go to school to get smarter, so that they can get a job. You already have a job, so it’s like skipping a step.
3. Do you know how popular I am? I am so popular.
So there you go. Now, which is which?
I know what you’re having for lunch. I’d claim clairvoyance, but really, it’s a no-brainer. Norma’s Cafe is giving away free grilled cheese sandwiches today at both locations. Bonus food freebie: the Ben & Jerry’s stores in Plano, McKinney, and Highland Village are offering free scoops from noon until 8pm. Go forth and be an American, because tonight you’re going to France.
Well, not really. But a tasting of rare Burgundy wines over at FUQUA Winery helps when playing pretend. It’s no big secret that I really, really like wine – I just haven’t had the opportunity to drink a lot of this variety because it’s outrageously expensive. And while Lee, FUQUA’s incredibly knowlegeable owner, says that you can find reasonably priced, similar-tasting Pinots out of Oregon, why not go for broke tonight with the real thing? Burgundy wines are steeped in tradition, from the methodology of production to the classification of the various vineyards throughout the region. Tonight’s line up consists of “Grand Cru” and “Premier Cru” wines, the top two tiers of classification, and Lee will provide various French cheeses and crackers to nibble on while you sip. There are only nine spots left, so call him ASAP to reserve your place at the tasting table.
Also worth your time tonight is Russian pianist Olga Kern’s solo performance at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth. Back in 2001, she was the first woman in over three decades to win the international Van Cliburn competition, which pleases my inner feminist enormously. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of her triumph, she scheduled a couple of high-profile gigs around town – you can read Wayne Lee Gay’s glowing FrontRow review of her performance with the DSO last month here. There are tons of tickets left for this evening, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting a seat.
For more things to do tonight, you’ll want to go here.
That’s according to the dailyÂ The Australian, which writes about air carrier Qantas ditching its regular Sydney-to-San Francisco run to come to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport instead, starting in May:
Dallas tourism representatives are keen to spruik the fact Texans are friendly by nature and its airport isn’t as busy as its Los Angeles counterpart, leading to quicker processing.
And what recommendations does the newspaper make to visitors coming to North Texas, after talking to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau:
As far as a stopover destination goes, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied. You can see where JFK was shot and visit the Sixth Floor Museum in the old book depository building, from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired his gun, go to a rodeo or see the iconic US football team the Dallas Cowboys at the new $1.3 billion Cowboy Stadium, where the Super Bowl was held in February.
Do you like how even a mainstream Aussie publication doubts the Warren Commission’s findings?