Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was revealed as the 2011 CEO of the Year by D CEO magazine last night, at an event hosted by SMU’s Cox School of Business. It’s a peer-recognition award, selected by hundreds of North Texas CEOs who participated in SMU’s annual CEO Sentiment Survey.
In a December issue D CEO profile, Cuban said he loves “the Sport of Business. It is the ultimate competition, and I think any CEO can relate to the idea that if you love what you do, the rest is easy.”
If you’re like me, you probably ask yourself at least once a month: “How much money would it take to get the best running back of all time to watch a football game with me?” Now we have an answer: $22,000. It’s part of the “Miller Lite Homegating Experience,” and they say 100 percent of the final sale price goes toward the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. And what do you get for your 22 large? Apparently you can have a “reasonable” number of people over to meet the player (they define reasonable as 15-30) and he’ll sign autographs “within reason.” You have to provide the TV, and you’ll have to make room for 2 or 3 representatives from Miller. Also, you must never ask Emmitt to pass you the queso.
Over on the DMN‘s City Hall Blog, there’s a good item about two councilwomen who think the city shouldn’t keep track of which councilmembers actually show up at meetings. Back when Tom Leppert was mayor, he noticed a problem. Some councilmembers were showing up for meetings, but after they were counted present and the meetings got under way, the councilmembers were ducking out. So now there’s a city staffer who records exactly how much of the meeting the councilmembers actually attend. Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill calls it “a dumb rule.” And Councilwoman Carolyn Davis calls the monitoring “totally, totally, totally unfair,” but then she confessed that she didn’t know what they were talking about.
This morning, I ordered my best friend’s Christmakkuh (sue me, I loved The O.C. before they killed off Mischa Barton) present so it has to time to get to me, get wrapped, and re-shipped to Staten Island.Â Yesterday at the grocery store, I realized that candy canes are getting cozy on the shelves beside the Libby’s canned pumpkin. Annoyingly cheery red cups have taken over Starbucks. All signs point to the holidays.
So, if we’re all making like Hallmark here, we might as well go whole hog. The annual Chi Omega Christmas Market starts tonight, and runs through Saturday. If you’re bound and determined not to procrastinate on getting gifts for everyone on your list, this is a good place to start. Tickets are a little pricier than other days, but remember, it all goes to charity. You get first pick of all the stuff, plus don’t miss artist Brad Oldham (unveiling a new series of sculptures), Kimberly Schlegel Whitman (signing copies of her new book), and bluegrass/Celtic/country singer Heather McCready (performing Christmas carols, naturally).
This year’s beneficiaries include the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Girl Scouts of North Texas, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, Mercy Street, New Friends New Life, Parkland Health & Hospital System, The Elisa Project, and Chi Omega collegiate scholarships.
Whenever I think about The Doors, I think about car trips and golden oldies on the radio. I also think about the terrible screenplay I penned my last year in college. A character particularly likes (or liked, I suppose, the whole thing is on desk-drawer status) Jim Morrison, and I spent days with the band’s catalogue on repeat. Two of the bands members, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, have attempted to carry on the musical tradition best they can without Morrison and drummer John Densmore. They’ll perform tonight at the House of Blues, and you can still get tickets.
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So you know what happens when you wait until the last day of the legislative session to pass a whole flurry of bills? Some of them end up missing things, things that change the entire purpose of the law. Like in Arkansas a couple years ago, when they unintentionally made it OK to marry a baby, or something, by accident. Or this past legislative session in Texas, when they accidentally gave a law designed to make it a bigger deal to not have or obscure a license plate, but instead kind of gave it no teeth by forgetting the fine, apparently.
I’m no lawyer, or I’d be off lawyering and making big bank and scaring people. And man, I’d have this giant house with a maid that would just do floors, all day long. And two dogs – Herve Villechaize and Nipsey Russell. What was I saying? Â Right. I’m no lawyer, but if I got a ticket for missing a license plate after this law goes into effect, since the AG’s office will take six months to rule on the legalities, I might just fight it. I think.
Starting sometime last week, the folks behind City Lights (Downtown Dallas Inc., Neiman Marcus, the City of Dallas, Downtown Residents Council, Planet Productions, and Excitement Technologies Group) started making downtown a bit brighter. They shut off streets, pulled out cherry pickers, and strung 3,882 lights (3,800 C9 bulbs, 32 LED pars, and 50 12-inch LED strips–I know you wanted to know specifics). I ran into Jaime Clintsman, events coordinator at Downtown Dallas Inc., last night and we watched as this orb/ball/sphere was hung into place. For someone who has been working nonstop for the past week (as has the entire staff), she sure seemed happy. She promised DDI has a lot of tricks up its sleeves, and that we’re all in for a good show on Saturday. This photo was taken by neighbor Noah Jeppson. I don’t think I’m ruining any of the surprises, because unless you’re Jeppson or one of his neighbors, I doubt you’ll get to view the show from above.
Of course, the tree in Main Street Garden will be lit as well. I’ve made it known how I feel about that thing. Regardless, I’m pretty excited for Saturday night.
Stars Lose. Hard. I was remiss last week to not mention the Stars’ latest win and that they had the best record in the NHL. Oh, what a difference a week can make. Unfortunately, they’ve lost the last three games. But they can turn it around. And we can all cheer for them. Because if there’s anything I know about hockey, it’s that it’s conducive to bandwagoning. (I know. That didn’t make sense. But I really know nothing about hockey.)
Beck Backs Out of Plans. Glenn Beck was supposed to move his media empire to a church in Southlake. City Council was going to hear plans for it on Tuesday, but Beck called to say the building didn’t meet his needs. That’s the only excuse he gave. But I think we know the real reason. Patty Minder met with Beck to voice some concerns the neighborhood had about Beck moving in. The neighbors wanted better fencing and a light that wouldn’t stay on all night. Obviously, those terms were not agreeable.
Occupy Dallas Enters Day 42. But will they make it to day 43? Only time will tell. Favorite quote from this video, “You’ve got to stop using marijuana on the premises, if that has been happening,” said Occupy Dallas lawyer Jonathan Winocour. There also may had been something mentioned about denying “desires to pleasure yourselves.” Just watch the video.