If you listened to our advice, you probably ended up at some sweet spot to watch the Sooners dominate the Longhorns on the football field. If so, check out our Party Pics to see if you’re famous. If you didn’t, shame on you. Click to see what you missed.
Let’s not pretend anyone is doing a lick of work now. Game 2 in the ALCS is going on, and Derek Holland and his mustache are on the mound. Predictions? Who is going to the World Series? C’mon, waste some time here.
The clouds have finally broken today, and we’re seeing some beautiful skies.
Check outÂ our guide to plan your own trip to Fair Park.
I lost my driver’s license a couple of weeks ago. A stomach bug is keeping me away from the office today, so I thought I would invest my afternoon in getting a new license. (I don’t want to get my co-workers sick, but I’m not so concerned with everyone here.)
I entered the Department of Public Safety office in Carrollton at 12:45 and was issued Ticket 078. I have no idea when I will be helped, because the big screen says Tickets 431, 211, 054, and 512 are currently being served. I’d estimate there are 75 people with me in this lobby. Good times.
Claire St. Amant was at the sentencing today for Nathan Campbell. Details, including Jane Doe’s statement to Campbell, here.
Let me answer that for you: you’d rather be on that beach in Nicaragua. Yes, that Nicaragua. In other words, you’d rather be on vacation. Â I don’t have facts to back this up, but I’ve found that American workers spend between 86 and 92 percent of each work day planning for their next vacation.
D Magazine wants to help. We’re soon going to launch a new travel page of our website that will let readers swap vacation stories and photos, as well as learn from the travel experiences of our editors. We’re calling it Qwikster the D Travel Club.
Before we launch, we want to hear from you. And we’re offering the chance to win a two-night stay at the Gaylord Texan resort in return. Â Just click through to this form, tell us all about your last great vacation, share some photos, and you’re entered to win.
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I love the spectacle of Halloween, but not necessarily immersing myself in it. As we all know, I’m more of a watcher, listener, and occasional surreptitious picture-taker. My costume requirements include minimal headgear (headbands, okay; hats, helmets, or hoods, absolutely not) and the option of somehow wearing jeans and a t-shirt while still remaining in character. Last year, I was a person who went to a jazz club and then ordered Pad Thai. This year, I’m thinking about going as an American on the day after the 2012 election. Take that as you will.
Anyway, if you haven’t given some thought to this year’s get-up, you probably should. The parties are starting to come alive, starting tonight with festivities at the Texas Theatre. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, a new ballet company that I’ve mentioned here once before, has made their second Monday evening fundraiser into something of a masquerade. Costumes are optional, but obviously more fun. The company’s dancers will perform selections from Camille Saint-SaÃ«n’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, one of the few classical pieces I happen to know and love, with local artist Lizzy Wetzel’s creepy-cool animal skull masks on display. Oh, and there’s free food, and you’re invited to donate what you wish. DNCB is trying to get a new full-length ballet off the ground, so look for that this spring.
Otherwise, the Bass Hall has decided on a “go big” approach to the evening, hosting the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on their first United States tour. Their Cirque du Soleil-esque performance has not yet sold out.
For more to do tonight, go here.
Really interesting essay looking back on North Dallas Forty–the book and the movie–by Oregon State English professor Michael Oriard over at Deadspin. Oriard, a former player from the same era as Gent, compares the recently deceased author to fellow ’60s writers Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. He also wonders if Gent ever smoked pot with Don Meredith. Breaking down the differences between the book and movie, Oriard writes that “the ‘truth’ of North Dallas Forty lay in its broad strokes rather than particular observations. The characters weren’t ‘real,’ but collectively they conveyed the brutality, racism, sexism, drug abuse, and callousness that were part of professional football.”
As Peter mentioned in Leading Off, First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Gov. Rick Perry (and caused quite a stir) at this weekend’s “Values Voter Summit.” But then he went on Sunday, on his own pulpit at his church, to discuss it further.
And this is where I have a question. There are numerous reports of churches in the past risking their tax exempt statuses because their pastors endorsed candidates from the pulpit. Here, for instance. Or here. Or here. And there are decent rundowns of the current federal law (which actually doesn’t single churches out – just about any nonprofit with tax-exempt status has to follow the same rules) here and here.
So I guess my question is this: On Sunday, did Jeffress jeopardize his church’s tax status by continuing to talk about his endorsement of Perry? Is it noteworthy that, in Jeffress’ tweet linked above, that he refers to the Perry endorsement as a personal one? Does that matter once he talks about it on the pulpit?
And I guess that’s more than one question. But what say you?
This Week’s Perry Controversy: You have to question the judgment of any politician who willingly stands within 200 yards of the ever-controversial Dallas First Baptist pastor (and our neighbor!) Robert Jeffress. Last Friday, Jeffress introduced Perry at a “Values Voter Summit,” and then proceeded to dismiss Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Mormonism as “false religions” (which, I suppose, means they don’t have “values?”). Never mind that GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is Mormon. Oh wait, yes, mind it a lot, as the rest of the GOP pool spent the weekend tangled in Â Jeffress’ comments. Perry? No comment, but his campaign did say that the Texas governor doesn’t think Mormonism is cult. Well, that’s nice of him.
What’s The Most Important Thing to Happen to the Texas Economy: Economist Ray Perryman runs down the top ten things that impacted the growth of Texas’ economy, including some obvious factors, like DFW Airport and the high tech industry, and some not as much, such as the oil embargo and air conditioning.
Rangers Rained Out, First Pitch Today at 3:19 p.m.: Game two of the American League Championship Series was postponed yesterday due to rain, even though Arlington didn’t actually see a drop Sunday night, prompting some to question whether or not The X-Factor had anything to do with the dubious decision to push off the game. The postponement screws Rangers fans who can’t skip work today to catch the game, which was a boon to quick-actors on the secondary ticket market, but those wild deals seem to have dried up. As for today’s weather? Looks like a 10 percent chance, but better yet, Rangers baseball can stand up ratings-wise to the double feature of Judge Joe Brown and Judge Judy, the shows which normally occupy the Monday afternoon slot.