Behold a map that I don’t fully understand. Ad Age asked consumer research firm GfK MRI to share its survey data showing the prevalence of certain types of sickness in the various community segments in our country (as defined by Patchwork Nation).
What’s up with the all the muscle strains we’ve been suffering around here? And who knew that so much of the Northeast suffers from a plague of Restless Legs Syndrome?
Advertisers can use this information to sell us more medicine. Or to sell the medicine to the right people.
Another day, another $1 billion paycheck for Dallas energy billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones. This time, it’s Rees-Jones’ Chief Gathering LLC–a pipeline-and-operating assets company in the Marcellus Shale–that’s being sold for that amount to Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP.
Rees-Jones has a knack for notching these big oil-and-gas paydays, having previously pocketed checks for $2.63 billion (in 2006), $1.3 billion (in 2008), $406 million (in 2009), $460 million (in 2010) and $1 billion last year. Add it all up and it begins to look like some real money.
Before it all went pear-shaped for Lamar Odom in Dallas, I recall having a conversation about him, and how it was important to not think of him as your typical athlete. The gist was, the things that motivate most athletes — money, glory, or some combination — are not important to him, or at least not as important. What Odom wants is a home. He wants to be wanted, to be needed. While the Mavericks’ trade for him was a no-brainer, since they essentially got the reigning Sixth Man of the Year for free, I was a bit hesitant.
No player’s off-court life has more impact on what he does during a game, and I’m not talking about the Kardashians or his reality show. This goes way back.
It is always an unexpected pleasure when it comes time for me talk about an event and find that someone else around here has already done so, at length, and much better than I could.
Tonight, D and TEDxSMU host an education forum with the candidates running for the DISD school board. All eight candidates from the three open districts will be on stage at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. Each candidate will draw a question out of the hat, and answer in three minutes (or less). I’m sure you’ve already registered to attend, but if for some reason you haven’t, go do that now. Candidates will stick around and mingle after the Q&A session, but editorial intern Michelle Saunders has provided a primer on all the personalities we’ll hear from this evening. Krista has everything else you could possibly want to know about how tonight will go down right here.
Also this evening, the Hilton Anatole hosts a bit of a twist on the runway fashion show by transforming the models from “really, really pretty” to “insanely supermodel gorgeous/crazy” in front of the audience. (And yes, those are technical, journalist-y terms.) It’s called “Fashion’s Living Canvas,” and features the collections of six local designers, including Prashi Shah, Isabel Varela, and Becca Jett. Raya has more details over on ShopTalk, but do bring cash for cocktails.
For a change of scenery, I recommend heading to Dada in Deep Ellum for the Real Estate show. It’s all introspective pop and chiming guitars, lovely and a little bit sad. Real Estate performs with Twerps and Terry Malts.
For more to do tonight, go here.
My friend and I, who grew up in Denton (which in those days felt a world away from Dallas proper), discussed not long ago whether Dallas is truly lovable. We concluded that, because it is relatively lacking in natural beauty and the hip cachet of so many other spots, Dallas is a city that one must decide to love.
Which I note because Sarah Hepola has written about coming to love Dallas, her hometown. Her love starts, as I think is probably true for most of us, with the many great people here: Â ”and loving the people in a city is a very, very short walk from loving the city itself.”
This essay seems to have been spurred on by her recent debate with Tim over the number of strip clubs. She feels guilty about having trafficked in stereotypes about the city in another recent piece she wrote, because she observes in how many ways Dallas defies its stereotypes:
And Dallas is becoming a city that feels more like me. All my friends have been talking about it, what a good time this is to live in Dallas: The parks downtown, the food trucks, the bike lanes, the new Shepard Fairey murals. Sometimes I think we’re just telling ourselves this stuff to feel better about living here, and then I think: What’s so wrong with feeling good about living here?
Read the whole thing.
Yu Darvish Wins First Start. From the Seattle Times: “[T]he Mariners had Yu Darvish on the ropes in the very first inning like Ivan Drago about to move in for the kill on Apollo Creed. Darvish had thrown 38 pitches to get just one out, had the bases loaded behind him and four runs already in. And what do the Mariners do? Go up hacking away and let Darvish off the hook five pitches later.” That first inning for Darvish looked horrible, but then he settled down. And the Rangers put up 11 runs to the Mariners’ 5.
Ed Young Brings a Live Lion to Church. You remember Ed Young. He’s the pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, the guy who made headlines when he encouraged married couples to have sex every day for a week. He’s doing it again. Well, he’s not doing it. I mean that he’s making headlines again. This time it’s for bringing a live lamb and lion onstage for a sermon. The Fellow Church website used this caption for a photo of Young: “Pastor Ed bringing the message of Easter. Jesus is a lion-like lamb and a lamb-like lion!” I prefer to think of Jesus as being more of a scorpion-like giraffe!
Dallas To Consider Permanent Watering Restrictions. Our reservoirs are full, but Dallas city leaders are set to make permanent those twice-a-week watering restrictions. Only one way to fight back: start flushing more.