You should know the drill by now. Our third round of 2012 Readers’ Choice voting will be much like the previous two, only now we’re going to ask you to try to remember where it was you had your favorite drinking experiences in the city. Â Rule of thumb: The hazier the memory, the better time you must have had?
Polls open on Monday morning, and you’ll be able to vote once a day in 16 different categories, on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The fun will run through April 15.
Jump to see what we’ll be voting on.
The delightful Ada Brown, who is the Dallas board member on the Public Safety Commission, invited me to lunch after I ran this post on the incompetence and mismanagement of its DMV. We had a wonderful chat because she is a wonderful person. Unfortunately, I came away with the impression that the Commission members have no idea what is going on under their noses.
For example, Ms. Brown had no idea that Governor Mitch Daniels had reduced average wait times at the Indiana DMV to 6 minutes and 20 seconds. She had no idea what the wait times at Texas DMV locations is. She asked me for a list of other states where DMVs had improved performance. I replied that if Director Steve McCaw had not provided the Commission with a best practices survey and benchmarks for measuring the Texas DMV against them, he should be fired. She told me she hoped the new Garland Super Center would relieve wait times in Dallas. I asked her on what evidence her hopes were based. She replied that the DPS had done a study. If the DPS had done a study, I asked, why didn’t she know the average wait times. She replied that they had reported the average wait times to get to the information desk, but not how long it took after that to be served. I raised my eyebrows.
This is not rocket science. The problem has already been solved. All the Commission has to do is adapt the solutions to Texas. What makes this so hard?
I’ll tell you what makes this so hard. Steve McCay, the director foisted on the Commission by Rick Perry, is a lifetime law enforcement careerist. He likes chasing bad guys. He doesn’t know anything about bad systems or how to fix them. The Commission itself is at fault. As far as I can tell, its members are nothing more than wallpaper decorating the director’s office.
If you are not moving, your weekend is already better than mine. Here’s a list of all the fun I won’t be having.
Tonight, Savor Dallas continues with the Arts District booze hop. Go from the Nasher, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Meyerson, and the Winspear while trying various wines, beers, and spirits, and eating some snacks. Potentially, I could squeeze this in if I treat it like an extended walk from the office to my parking garage. (Actually, this is a great idea.)
Post stroll, I urge you to check out Second Thought Theatre’s production of The Midwest Trilogy, a collection of three loosely connected stories written by Texas Theatre partner Eric Steele and inspired by the American Heartland. It’s two short films, capped by a play (Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self, last year’s FIT Fest success, with the wonderful Barry Nash reprising the title role and Lee Trull again directing). I reviewed it here for FrontRow, and then we thought about other directors and filmmakers who dig the Midwest and its people. Bonus films to Netflix: Hoosiers, Footloose, The Music Man, Nurse Betty, Splendor in the Grass, 8 Mile.
Jason Roberts Hits the Big Time. How do you know when you’ve arrived in this digital age? When someone makes a spoof account for you on Twitter. The latest person to get this treatment is congressional candidate Jason Roberts. My other favorite fake account? Fake Dan Beebe. If you are on Twitter, are a Big 12 fan at all and enjoy laughing, you should follow that one, too. You’re welcome.
Romney Visits Texas, Endorses, Gets Endorsed. Mittens Gromit Romney came to Dallas on Wednesday for a private fundraiser. Then he endorsed Jason Villalba in the House District 114 Republican primary, but not Craig James, who did not kill five hookers while at SMU. Â Then Thursday former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Romney in Houston, and wore periwinkle socks.
Former 635 Traffic Gets the Royal Treatment. So Interstate 635 is a complete hot mess, and nobody wants to drive on it. So where do they go? Royal Lane, much to the chagrin of people who actually live around Royal Lane.
North Texas Municipal Water District Lifts Water Restrictions. Lake levels are higher, so the NTMWD has agreed to lift water restrictions for customers to Stage 3, which means they can water once a week, as opposed to the once every two weeks it has been. So go water your grass, people, so it can turn brown by the end of June.