Over on the Dallas Morning News transportation blog, Editorial Writer Rodger Jones writes that he believes the entire issue of the Trinity toll road boils down to one thing: traffic relief. Then, reporter Michael Lindberger asks those who oppose the toll road to offer better solutions to the problem of relieving downtown traffic congestion.
The problem is no one will ever take seriously the only real solution to the problem that would also be beneficial for Dallas. Here’s why.
Were I to detail for you areas of subject matter about which I have the least interest, “fashion” might well top the list. And yet I found myself taking extra care in the selection and preparation of my shirt, pants, and jacket for my breakfast meeting with Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz at Dream Cafe in Uptown.
I didn’t want to appear (as my wife delights in describing my lack-of-style-in-dress) “frumpy” in front of one of the most powerful women in fashion. I enjoy talking to people on topics about which they themselves are passionate, so I was looking forward to our chat and to not embarrassing myself in the process. I think I cleaned myself up agreeably well.
I flashed back to that morning, which you can read about in the current issue of D CEO,Â when I saw the news this morning that Neiman’s online sales are up 17.5 percent in the most recent quarter. Katz told me that over time she expects the company will need fewer brick-and-mortar stores thanks to gains from e-commerce.
Are people really willing to buy a $4,000 Chanel handbag online?
Grease was far and away one of my favorite movies when I was in late elementary and middle school. I knew all the songs. I knew all the words. I thought John Travolta was crazy hot. And if I’m being honest, probably all those things are still true, with the obvious caveat that the only John Travolta I find crazy hot is young John Travolta. Wild Hogs John Travolta does not make the cut.
Anyway, this is why I’m super excited to assemble my own little double feature this evening. My universes are overlapping at The Texas Theatre, since they’re hosting both a Grease singalong (with a 35 mm print, of course) and a midnight screening of The Avengers, which is of course the big superhero blockbuster written and directed by Joss Whedon for which I’ve been waiting for what feels like my whole life. Whedon is genre. To my mind, The Avengers is the perfect “mainstream” film for this indie movie house, and I sincerely hope showing it pays off. To prepare, I will spend some time this morning studying the lyrics to “Summer Lovin’” and watching all 11 trailers twice. It’s research.
It’s Thursday, which means not just a great night to begin your weekend, but usually a good one to go trolling art openings for free booze. Rising Gallery hosts a reception for an exhibition of new work by Bob Poe, and offers beer and wine for whose who stop by after work.Â Something else I’m excited about tonight: the Bloomingdales Outlet grand opening in the Shops at Park Lane. Bloomies is doing Dallas like Nordstrom is handling Manhattan–easing in to the market with an outlet and the tantalizing promise of the real deal to come. I want a regular store, badly, so this is a good first step. If you print and present this coupon, you’ll get $25 off a $50 purchase.
For more to do this weekend, go here.
WFAA has a live blog going, following a hearing that I’m sure will be bonkers, just like everything else so far in their split. Updates thus far: there is something like a dozen lawyers between them, Pilar has her wrist in a brace, and a giraffe is in the back as a “surprise” witness, but I don’t think he’s fooling anyone.
In 121 days, The Commons, a magazine about higher education, will launch from an office on Woodall Rodgers. I know this only because I was poking around on mediabistro.com (hey, just keeping my options open) and saw that the magazine needs a managing editor. According to a letter from publisher Eileen Hulme, “The Commons Magazine is published by Five Star Media, an established publisher of high-end magazines in fields such as mortgage and default serving.” When I did a Google search for “Five Star Media,” the only magazine publisher I found was the company behind Tattoo Life and Tattoo Energy. Those sound like more interesting reads than magazines about mortgage and default serving — or higher education, for that matter.
Charges Against Deion Sanders Could Grow. According to this, Prosper police are referring criminal mischief charges against the former Dallas Cowboy, stemming from an altercation with his estranged wife Pilar. He’s already facing an assault charge. Also, unrelated: his Prime Prep Academy sounds like a scam. Also also, his rap video from 1993 still exists.
People Are Scamming Folks At Senior Centers In Richardson. Four so far. So go check on your grandparents. What, is it going to kill you?
Nike Makes Dirk the Best Pair of Sneakers Ever. I see you, Big German kicks.
Rangers Lose Consecutive Games For First Time This Year. SEASON OVER.
Read Peter Simek’s Post Again. Do it.