James Williford is a curious fellow. He’s a member of the new crop of interns that started here this week. James just got a master’s degree in English from Georgetown, where he carried a 4.0 GPA and wrote a thesis titled “The Adultery of Delicate Objects,” which, according to his CV, was “a study of medieval art, objecthood, and ekphrasis.” He’s that kind of guy. Only way I know how to deal with interns that smart is to beat them down with time-wasting tasks in the hopes that they’ll give up their silly dreams of ever making a living in journalism and move on to investment banking. Or ekphrasis.
Anyway, after I saw this week’s cover the Dallas Observer, a profile of Victoria Jackson, I asked James to wade through the paper’s archives and tell me how many of the Dallas Observer‘s cover stories in the past year have had nothing to do with Dallas. Including the Jackson story, it looks like 10 (see list, below). I suppose this only bothers me. And, now, James.
Feb 24, 2011 – Pomplamoose, California-based band
Mar 24, 2011 – Flawed sex trafficking study
May 12, 2011 – Sonya Fitzpatrick, British pet psychic
May 19, 2011 – Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
Jun 9, 2011 – Austin
Jun 30, 2011 – Ashton Kutcher and sex trafficking
Nov 3, 2011 – Underage sex workers (mentions Dallas but isn’t locally focused)
Nov 17, 2011 – Drugs in Lufkin
Dec 15, 2011 – The College Bowl System
Jan 26, 2012 – Victoria Jackson
Update (3:24) – It has come to my attention that the Flaming Lips story was set entirely in Dallas. For this error, James will pay dearly.
I’m about two weeks late to this, so I apologize. But Dallas’ own Tech Wildcatters was named on Forbes‘ list of 10 Hottest Startup Incubators. You know Tech Wildcatters and its co-founder Gabriella Draney from this DCEO article. It’s great to see a local tech-based business get some kudos.
Shortly before moving to Dallas last November, commercial real estate exec David Pinsel participated in a panel discussion in his native California. The topic: “Keeping Businesses From Moving to Texas.” After nearly 90 minutes of spirited dialogue, he came to the conclusion that the problem might take a generation to fix. “Three months later,” says 34-year-old Pinsel, the new head honcho at Colliers International, “I am working in Texas, doing my best to lure corporate business out of California. The irony is not lost on me.”
Pinsel shares his first impressions of DFW’s business culture and climate–along with sports, Mark Cuban, $30k millionaires and other topics–over at RealPoints.
Craig James has a press conference scheduled for this afternoon, at which he is expected to release five years worth of tax returns. He’s already called on David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, and Tom Leppert to release their taxes. I guess this is just what politicians do these days when they are behind in the polls; they show people how much money they make, then ask their opponents to do the same. Probably couldn’t hurt him, unless something truly shocking shows up. James, of course, already needed a boost before news came out about “conflicting statements” in a lawsuit involving former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
If you have what it takes to make Robert Wilonsky and Jim Schutze look even more beautiful in print than they do in person, apply now.
Guys, guess what. KhloÃ© Kardashian Odom is gainfully employed in Dallas, as an afternoon radio personality for Mix 102.9. This station has been messing with my head for months. My theory is that the HR people got their hiring mandate confused with NPR and employed a Brit so stuff like “heinous construction on 114 means you’ll be stuck in traffic for the next 48 hours”* sounds cool and also potentially life-changing. I listen to that accent, and then I just wish I could listen to the BBC instead.
It’s Thursday, which means you are inches away from the weekend, and I am in an unnaturally good mood. I smiled at a dog this morning. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, either, except it was extra cute. Know who else should be in a good mood? Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro/Musical America‘s Conductor of the Year Jaap van Zweden, who is just cleaning up the awards. Plus, the DSO isn’t entirely broke just yet. Celebrations all around. Van Zweden will lead the Mozart and Schubert concert tonight, but before that, Mayor Mike Rawlings will present him with a proclamation from the city. Emmitt Smith will also be there, hopefully with his very beautiful wife. Check out Peter Simek’s interview with van Zweden on FrontRow before you go, and you can still get tickets to the classical concert online.
Two other polar opposite happenings this evening. Raya tells us about wine, cheese, and sale shopping at Lou Lou (yay), but there’s also a bit of a serious thing going on at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Since today is a day of remembrance, the museum hosts a candlelight vigil that includes the Kaddish prayer and a reading of names of the over six million Jews who perished. It’ll be outside in the garden, so bring a blanket.
For more to do tonight, go here.
*Not an actual quote, okay. But if you’re the type to, you know, saw off your own arm during the very specific amount of time for which you are trapped in one place, it might actually be life-changing.
As you can see from the chart (at right) from the North Texas Municipal Water District, Lavon Lake (the most important water source for Collin County and Rockwall County and some of Dallas County) has risen about 3 feet in the last couple days, thanks to the recent deluge. Â Of course, that’s only up from the disastrous levels it’s been at. It’s still less than 64% full.
Meanwhile, Grapevine Lake (which was down 4.3 feet as of Jan. 5) is at this moment 100 percent full. Can it be a coincidence that Grapevine is the water supply of those One-Percenters inÂ the Park Cities?*
*Yes, it most certainly can be.
You’ll find my invoice in your inbox.
The restaurant sent over this photo, and the details.
Today Khloe, Kris Jenner and Rob Kardashian ate lunch at Arcodoro & Pomodoro. They loved the carpaccio, pizza, and Khloe’s risotto. Rob had to slip out early in order to catch a beauty treatment. They spent most of the meal trying to teach Rob to be nicer to women. Â The girls were heading out to go shopping afterward. CHA-CHING.
Later in the day, Khloe shocked the world with this tweet before the Dallas Mavericks game:
My sisters just surprised me in Dallas!!!! @KimKardashian and @KourtneyKardash what what!!!! The game is going to be wild!
Someone give this woman a radio show.
Woke up this morning to find my Facebook feed overloaded with this picture by Justin Terveen. I agreed with Patrick when he wrote this column about the Lite-Briting of Dallas. But I don’t mind it so much when the lights are all reflected in a very full Trinity River.
Mayor Rawlings Will Meet With Gay Protesters. But he says he’s not backing down over his refusal to sign a pledge to fight for gay marriage. Comment: whatever Rawlings’ original reasoning was, unless he’s actually against gay marriage, he has only succeeded in creating drama where there was none, and he needs to figure out now how to get a time machine and go back and just sign the thing in the first place. It’s not like Dallas has a marginal gay community.
Only a Light Rain Expected Today. So, hopefully, there will be no more grandmas stuck in submerged SUVs.
Columbia Packing Cited For 18 Code Violations. They have to fix the problems before resuming operations. I’m sure the company that’s been dumping pig blood into the river for who knows how long won’t cut any corners.