Wait, wait, wait. Hang on a second. A couple months ago, Al Hill III and his wife, Erin, were indicted on multiple felony counts of mortgage fraud. He didn’t have a lawyer at the time, and he was wrangling with his father, Al Hill Jr., over what part of the family trust he was owed. In short, things did not look flush for Al III. But now comes word that he just bought a $9 million house in Atlanta? Hightailing it out of Dallas I can understand. But landing in such luxe digs? [scratches head]
While having lunch at Main Street Garden today, I espied workers carrying old mattresses out of the Statler Hotel. Looks like the new owners are getting busy. Here’s the thing: that has to be the worst job ever. First, it’s warm today. No AC in the old building. Second, we’re talking hotel mattresses. Think about the last time you stayed in a hotel. What did you do atop your mattress? Multiply that by the number of guests the room has accommodated. Shine a black light on it, and that mattress would look like Jackson Pollock painting, if you catch my drift. Now imagine leaving that mattress in an abandoned building for a few years, with pigeons and homeless people roosting on the mattresses.
The men loading those mattresses onto that trailer? American heroes.
It started in February, when a Deadspin reader sent in a tip that journeyman baseball player Oddibe McDowell’s water bill was $88.61. Why did Deadspin publish this information? Because it could. There was a follow up in March. Then another in April. Then May, June, July, and August. In the latest installment, we learn that McDowell’s bill is 21 bucks higher this month on account of Hurricane Irene. Way to be, Oddibe.
If you grew up near Dallas, you grew up with Jerry Haynes’ Mr. Peppermint. The beloved children’s show host — and father of the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes — passed on this morning, due to complications from Parkinson’s.
I’m sure many people are excited to actually dine at Private Social when it opens publicly (couldn’t resist) on Thursday. But I’m way more thrilled about the lack of giant trucks clogging my admittedly very short route to work now that the restaurant has finally, finally started letting people in the door. However, as a small PSA for the fledgling enterprise, this is not how you spell “apologies.” Unless the writer of the page is an Appaloosa, and in which case, I understand the mistake and I’ll be impressed enough by his or her horsey intelligence to overlook it. Yeah, I know. Nitpicking a restaurant website about spelling. I’m obnoxious. It’s also a Monday.
Which means football, for some of you. It’s a home game for the Cowboys, and their one and only appearance on Monday Night Football. So you can watch this at home or at basically any bar in town for free, or you could haul yourself to Arlington. There’s standing room only seats for $29, and then there are real seats still available from $75 and up.
And with all the ado about Lowest Greenville these days, you can at least count on Good Records for a pre-witching hour good time, though I wonder how the talented Funky Knuckles will fare through all this. They played well after midnight at the less-than-wonderful Pussycat Lounge. Anyway, Good Records has Denton songstress Sarah Jaffe tonight for an acoustic session and the release of her new EP, The Way the Sound Leaves the Room. As a happy coincidence, SideDish’s Sarah Reiss reviewed the new Korean grill, Rohst, for D‘s October issue. I want everything she talks about. It’s just a little ways up the street, and I’ve been pretty curious about it. Plus, this nice weather demands patio time, and Rohst has a rooftop deck.
For more to do tonight, go here.
An alert FrontBurnervian points out that Uncle Barky’s story about Debbie Denmon suing her employer hasn’t gotten much play. So let’s give it some play. Denmon claims that station management bypassed her for a weekday anchor position because she’s too, er, full figured. Apparently Dale Hansen has been deposed, because, you know, come on! Hansen’s not exactly slim himself.
Listen, people who work in the TV news business know what they’re getting into. Pulchritude is a prerequisite. People are hired based on their looks and how they come across on camera — especially anchors. And, yes, there is a double standard. It’s easier for a man to put on 15 pounds and keep his job than it is for a woman. (Oh, God, how I wish I could read a transcript of Hansen’s deposition.)
Personally, I like Denmon. I think she’s easy to look at and I think she reads a teleprompter well. But if management asked her drop a few, a lawsuit seems the wrong response.
Art West, Inventor of Doritos, Dies: Art West was a marketing executive at Frito-Lay when he invented Doritos, the first national tortilla chip brand. He died this weekend at 97. A statement from West’s family says that they plan on “tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn.”
Is AMR Going Bankrupt? American Airlines’ parent company has only posted two profitable years in the last decade, its stock is at a one-year low, and Moody’s has just downgraded AMR’s stock outlook to “negative,” according to this report in the Star-Telegram. Some industry watchers believe the company is running out of cash, and when the “b-word” was raised during an investor conference, AMR’s treasurer “didn’t completely dismiss the possibility.”
Finally It’s Official: A&M Joins S.E.C: Yesterday, Texas A&M University announced that it will join NCAA’s Southeastern Conference beginning on July 1, 2012. Teams like Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas and others will begin massacring the Aggies on the football field beginning in the 2012-2013 season.