ShopTalk’s own Raya Ramsey will be on WFAA (Channel 8 ) tomorrow morning at 6:20 a.m. to talk about proper planning for Valentine’s Day.
Too tired to get up and watch at that time? Don’t have a DVR, or even a VCR? Get a preview of what she’ll be talking about right here.
According to this poll I put up yesterday, anyway. If you don’t feel like clicking over, as of the second I posted this, the results are:
Yes — 72% / 103 votes
No — 18% / 26 votes
I don’t know who that is — 4% / 6 votes
I pretend to not know who that is but OMG YES — 4% / 6 votes
I prefer Robert — 2% / 3 votes
In this (behind-the-paywall) column in today’s DMN, Mark Davis puts forth his completely incorrect assessment of the entire publicity nightmare surrounding the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It’s the kind of thing you could let slide as ridiculous politics (I’m still not 100% sure he isn’t being facetious), but this is a national story. After the jump, a few specific places where he’s gone wrong.
I asked someone who played on that 1975 team about Mike Shropshire’s story that a female reporter got “gangbanged” in the clubhouse shower. The player asked not to be identified. Here’s what he said:
“If it happened, it had to have happened before or after I was in the clubhouse. It absolutely did not happen during normal hours (noon until say 11:00 pm). And if it did happen, it is one of the best-kept secrets in the history of baseball, a sport not known for keeping any secrets. To suggest that a female reporter had sex in the shower with five players, one would have to assume that there were others around, like the clubhouse managers, coaches, or other players, in which case that escapade is not a secret for very long. In a word, if I had to say whether or not that ever happened, I would easily say NO.”
I have known Christina Rees since circa 1996. We worked together at the dearly departed Met. We worked together at D. Now she’s the curator of The Art Galleries at TCU. In all the time I have known her (to my recollection), she has always had flowing, wavy-curly hair. I took a survey. This other guy (whom I won’t name but whose name rhymes with “crack”) and I both agreed: Christina’s hair was attractive. And it was black. The survey definitely revealed that it was black. Or dark. Now, however, things have changed. Several people in the past few days have asked me: “Did you see Christina’s new picture on Facebook?” You can see for yourself the look that Christina is rocking. I took another survey. That other guy and I once again both agreed: that is a blond mohawk. I asked Christina about it in a Gchat. Enjoy:
News reports, like the one from WFAA above, say that the Transportation Security Administration and Dallas Police are offering to help DART Police secure their stations, following yesterday’s shooting, the latest in what seems likeÂ a string of violent public transit incidents. This would involve having more officers posted on DART trains and at DART stations.
Would that have made a difference for Eric Johnson, who lost his life when a DART police officer exchanged gunfire with a man who’d been turned away from riding a bus for trying to board with an expired pass?
When we’re faced with tragedies like this, it’s natural that we want to do something to prevent such a senseless act from occurring again. But isn’t the plain fact that we live in a big city, with a lot of other people, some of whom are prone from time to time to commit awful acts?
Things like this are going to happen. After all, there was already an officer on the scene.
And, as WFAA reports, one of yesterday’s victims claims he was struck by a bullet fired by the officer, not the suspect.
American City Business Journals has analyzed numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and determined the biggest job winners and job losers over the last 10 years.
Texas in particular come off looking compartively great. Dallas-Fort Worth has the second-biggest gain in jobs during the last year (among the nation’s 100 biggest markets), the fourth-most gain in the last five years, and the fifth-most in the last 10 years. (Houston finishes No. 1 on all three lists.) Â Of course, the picture is slightly different if you rank cities by their percentage gains in jobs, with DFW ranked 10th, 8th, and 27th looked at that way.
Only 13 of the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas have showed a gain over the last five years. Six of them are in Texas.
Portlandia is ranked No. 52.
After a recent wine tasting (I feel so fancy saying that, by the way), I had the occasion to meet and chat with an absolutely lovely older couple. We talked about the wines, we talked about chocolate, and then we got down to serious business: liquor. You see, one of my new friends is an inventor. He has a big patent pending on some sort of catalytic fruit acid, he knows his way around a kitchen, and he likes his booze (his dessert of choice: Safeway brand sea salt caramel ice cream, swimming in Scotch). It became a fun and educational game— I named a spirit, and he gave me brands to buy and where to find them here in Dallas.
The upshot is, I need to take his advice and stock up. Wednesdays in February have become the day to do this, what with Sigel’s “Food Truck Happy Hour.” Head to the Greenville Ave. location after work, where there will be food trucks parked out front, plus happy hour specials in the store. Participating trucks include Rock and Roll Tacos, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, and Easy Slider. I quite enjoy Ruthie’s, though their grilled cheeses have inspired many debates here at the office as to the exact moment a grilled cheese ceases to be a grilled cheese and becomes a sandwich.
And since I am possibly the least qualified person to talk about football, I am going to do just that. The Allen Wranglers are hosting a welcome party for their new wide receiver, Terrell Owens. Michael J. Mooney, who is much more knowledgeable than I on almost every subject with the possible exception of three very specific TV shows, brought us the news last month that T.O. was returning to North Texas to play for and co-own the team, which is part of the Indoor Football League. (The Wranglers are part of the ‘Intense’ Conference, in case you were wondering). The season doesn’t officially start until Feb. 25, but the party tonight includes free popcorn and the chance to win tickets to the first game (and some other stuff, that includes a meet and greet with T.O. and signed memorabilia). Personally, I enjoyed reading GQ‘s February cover story on the guy more than I would attending an actual sporting event. I have Mr. Mooney to thank for pointing me towards that, too.
For more to do tonight, go here.
Last week, James Williford brought us a great dispatch from the hard-hat tour of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. If you were intrigued by that report, or even if you weren’t, you should watch this video from You+Dallas.
To promote the performance of Larry Herold’s The Sports Page at Stage West, sometime D Magazine contributor Mike Shropshire (really, it has been too long) did a series of short videos talking about what sports journalism was like back in the day. In the segment you see here, Shrop talks about the first woman he remembers who was allowed into the Rangers clubhouse, back in 1975. Shrop says she was “gangbanged” by four or five players in the shower. He implies that the reporter was a willing participant. So, um, there’s that. (h/t Unfair Park)
Update: I talked to a player from that team. Here’s what he said.
That is, if a “media horde” can be defined as two TV crews, a Morning News reporter, a Morning News photographer, and me. I was the only one not asking commuters how they felt about yesterday’s deadly shooting. I was just trying to commute, while wondering why someone would open fire on a cop rather than spend less than $5 on a day pass.
Two Killed and Officer Hurt at DART Shooting. It’s the third deadly incident at DART since November. This time, two people died. But public transportation user Cathy Bentz isn’t worried. “Something like that could happen anywhere,” she said. “On a car, in a plane, even just going for a walk,” she said to the Morning News (behind paywall).
Rowlett Asks Gun Range To Be Safer. I don’t think it’s too much to ask: if you’re a gun range, make sure stray bullets don’t travel into a family’s home. Yesterday, the owner of the gun range agreed to try to make his business safer. The city of Rowlett filed an injunction after the third stray-bullet incident.
DISD Will Probably Have More Layoffs. But you’re not surprised, are you?