Catherine Monson, CEO of Carrollton-based Fastsigns International, will be on the CBS TV series Undercover Boss tonight at 7 p.m. Monson and IÂ had breakfast on a hot day at Cafe Brazil in Addison once, so she was kind enough to have a press release (which included a bag of popcorn to enjoy while watching the show) sent to me about her new starring role.
If you’re not familiar with the series (which previously featured another local, the CEO of 7-11), in each episode the head of a company goes to work in the lower levels of the organization to observe for himself/herself how the daily operations actually work. They usually put the boss in some silly disguise (see above.) Â I’ve been told that lessons are learned, and often crying is involved.
Jump for a video preview of Monson’s episode.
Paul Dyer is the director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. In a statement released by the Arboretum, he said:
“More and more people are using and visiting White Rock Lake and currently, there is inadequate parking. People visiting the lake and attending the many runs and ball games often turn to dangerous and illegal parking. Further, grass that’s left unmowed is a fire hazard and threatens homes in the area.”
People come to the lake because it’s pretty, not because the parking is plentiful. Also, by his logic, we should cut down all the trees. They, too, are a fire hazard.
I am amazed that this man has the job he does.
As Peter mentioned earlier this week, it has been proposed that we build 400 parking spots at Winfrey Point. One of my favorite photographers, Justin Terveen, was having problems sleeping last night. So he headed out to White Rock Lake to capture the area with light from the full moon. This shot is Winfrey Point. Now imagine it as a parking garage.
UPDATE: As Wilonsky reports, an agreement has been reached and Winfrey Point will be mowed to allow for temporary parking.
Tequila is the most likely sponsor of all your poor (also, potentially brilliant, but should come under revaluation in the morning) decisions this weekend. Have a good time, as safely as possible. I want to know you’re all back here Monday morning.
Right. May the Fourth be with you. I was Googling the phrase “Help Me Obi-Wan + cat” and stumbled upon this instead of what I was actually looking for. You’re welcome. (This isn’t it either, but it’s closer.)
Speaking of movies, you can make one very quickly tonight. The annual 24-Hour Video Race is on at 11:59 pm tonight. From that point, teams of contestants have 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit a film. You’re given a theme, a prop, a location, and a line of dialogue to get started. If you’re not registered yet but, like me, you think this sounds awesome, you can register right up until the last minute at the Angelika.
The Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Culture poll comes to an end on Sunday. Â That means you have only three more days (including today) to cast your ballots for the best sports, arts, media, and local attractions in Dallas.
Some of the categories are being decided by literally only a few votes at this point, so you’ve got to continue to exercise your once-a-day democratic privilege if you want to make a difference.
You do want to make a difference in life, don’t you?
Or are you satisfied merely to stand by idly while others shape the destiny of our world? In that case, whatever. It’s your loss.
When I saw this morning that no one had posted that Tim Rogers had won a Alexander Calder-designed Â National Magazine Award last night for his piece, He Is Anonymous, I was going to joke that if Tim had to write about himself winning the award, he would make some quip about Mike Mooney, or Jim Schutze, or sex. I was a third right. That’s how Tim is. He uses humor to deflect attention from himself. He shirks pretension and pageantry.
But anyone who has ever written a word for D Magazine knows that Tim is a spectacular editor, and all the great writing that is published in D is made greater by Tim’s able hand. That’s why it is a thrill to see the guy get the kind of individual acclaim he received last night, especially since he has been instrumental in so many other writers’ success. Sure, Tim’s going to use the spotlight to make some boyish joke about getting laid with his wife. But that’s only because TimÂ doesn’tÂ want you or the world to know, he’s really a badass. And he deserves serious congratulations.
Yeah, so last night I won a National Magazine Award. My acceptance speech went a little off the rails. I honestly cannot remember exactly what I said. Not because I was drunk. Just because it’s not every day that Brian Williams hands you a goofy-looking trophy and then expects you to make remarks in front of Graydon Carter’s hair. I was a little overwhelmed. So, for the record, here’s the speech I wrote on my phone on the flight out to New York:
If you ask any guy who writes, especially a guy who tries to write funny, if he’s honest, he’ll tell you he does it to get laid. Make a girl laugh, and you’re halfway there.
In 1996, I proposed in print to a girl named Christine Penote. It was a pretty funny proposal. Anyway, it worked. We’ve been married coming up on 16 years. The beautiful Mrs. Rogers is here tonight.
But 16 years of marriage means she no longer reads my stuff. Kids, busy jobs, Facebook. Whatever. She’s got good excuses. That’s how it goes. So I knew that to get her attention I’d have to do something big. Grand.
With this award, and probably a fair amount of red wine, I just might get lucky tonight.
How To Steal Thousands of Dollars of iPads and Eventually Get Caught. Basically, you go to Wal-Mart. Then you ask for some iPads. Then you just kind of leave. The end.
Man’s Sign Kind of Ticks Off His Neighbors. I’m really not sure what’s going on here. But this kind of sums it all up: “However, Bannon told FOX 4 that it takes someone with a corrupted mind to see an expletive in the letters ‘FU.’ ‘That’s Fatties United. I don’t know why Fatties United is bad,’ he said.” Indeed, sir. I shall use it in the next item right now …
Mavs, Thunder, Blah, Blah, Blah. Sigh. Fatties United.
Dallas Stars to Fort Worth? Star-Telegram scribeÂ Bud Kennedy (and a few others) say it might be a good fit. What say you? I say fine – and as long as we’re moving teams around, we’ll take the Rangers and put them in a covered ballpark downtown, so when it’s hotter than the devil’s underbritches in the summer we can still enjoy a game without heat stroke.
Work Your Way Down This List. Are you a man? Do you like lists? Maybe you should work your way down this one. Are you a woman? Do you think lists for men are bogus and you should get to try the list, too? Well, go ahead, sister. Good luck (or not, I suppose, if you’re the hirsute-when-neglectful-of-visits-to-the-waxer type) with No. 22, though.