The Texas Watchdog website points out that this week’s split decision by the Irving ISD board of trustees to spend $50,000 to have the chamber of commerce help promote the district comes while teachers still have to shell out money if they want the privilege of keeping a microwave or a coffee maker in their classrooms:
Around the time trustees made those 2011-12 budget decisions, the district authorized a new policy to require remaining teachers and staff to obtain a permit for $40 to install a microwave or refrigerator in their rooms or offices. District officials cited budget and energy efficiency concerns.
Alec Martinez is a defenseman for the LA Kings. In the off season, he lives in Allen. Which is how this picture happened. Read this Chris Jones story about hanging out with the cup and try not to cry.
I discovered two things on this, the final day of the Great Tuxedo Challenge of 2012, brought to you by Patron XO Cafe, with special help from Al’s Formal Wear: 1) Patron XO Cafe works well in coffee. I’m not sure why it took me this long to try that particular concoction. It’s like an Irish coffee, only more Mexican. And 2) Al’s Formal Wear can hook you up with a Texas flag vest-and-tie combo. It’s a good thing this discovery came so late in the game, because I feel certain if Zac had known about it earlier, he would have made me wear the Texas stuff for the entire month. Not that I don’t love Texas with all my heart. It’s just that — well, you understand.
You know, if you ask any guy who writes, especially a guy who tries to write funny, if he’s honest, he’ll tell you — wait that’s the wrong speech. Hang on.
Thanks to Zac for coming up with the challenge and stringing it together. You’re still not getting a piggyback ride to the parking garage.
Thanks to Patron XO Cafe for sponsoring the whole thing and for being the wind beneath my wings.
Thanks to Al’s Formal Wear for the tuxedos, especially the one I destroyed while crawling under my house. My apologies again, in advance, for destroying one of the cuff links.
Thanks to Lord baby Jesus, lying there in your ghost manger, just looking at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learning about shapes and colors, for making the second half of August unseasonably cool.
This will be a bit of a doozy, since we’ve got Monday in here, too. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, and everyone in the downtown area, enjoy the people watching near the Sheraton. The costumes of Anime Fest should be out in full force.
Tonight is the first of two Frozen Planet concerts at the Meyerson. I am in need of some serious relaxation, and I can’t think of anything much better than beautiful photos of icy tundra. And super cute animals, such as penguins. George Fenton’s compositions, played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Fenton himself, are accompanied by stunning HD images of Earth’s polar regions.
After that, I’d head to Vickery Park, where they’ve tapped their last keg of Brooklyn Summer, a decidedly not-local beer. I have a sentimental attachment to Brooklyn Summer, and I’m sad it’s nearly time to finishÂ it off. Funnily enough, the tapping is part of their “Keeping It Local for Labor Day” thing, in which you can also get $2 hot dogs now through Monday (except during brunch hours) and brews from Peticolas, Lakewood Brewing Company, and Deep Ellum Brewing Company on tap.
Offered without comment.
The flirtatious airlines have moved beyond their Ross-and-Rachel phase and appear to have entered the Chandler-and-Monica era, after Joey found out they were hooking up but during the time when they were trying to keep it secret from the rest of the gang.
The Wall Street Journal delivers a more sober account of today’s news:
More than a month after American Airlines parentÂ AMR Corp. sent a nondisclosure agreement to suitorÂ US Airways Group Inc., the two companies said Friday that the deal has been signed, clearing the way for the pair to share confidential information so they can evaluate a potential combination.
The companies said they will “work in good faith” and in “close collaboration” with AMR’s creditors. They said they won’t make further comment “until the parties have entered into a transaction or discussions between the parties have been terminated.”
The two airline companies also said they agreed that they and their representatives won’t engage in discussions with other parties concerning the potential combination, and warned there is no assurance a transaction will result.
Absolutely, if we’re having an argument and you pull out an AK-47 and wave it at me, you can consider that argument won. Â Hard to dispute that.
Witnesses say Johnson Nguyen was arguing with some folks at the parking garage of the Davis Building at 1309 Main St. about 3 a.m. when he pulled the semi-automatic rifle out of a red four-door Toyota pickup.
Police say he then waved the rifle in the air “to intimidate the other persons involved in the argument.” The documents don’t say what the argument was about.
The witnesses fled the garage and called 911. When officers arrived, they searched the garage “from the top down” and found Nguyen sitting in the pickup with three other people. The gun was not visible.
Second Amendment fanatics, feel free to complain in the comments about how the police violated this guy’s rights by daring to confiscate a weapon that, by their own admission, he had hidden away in his vehicle.
You can decide.
You’ve got the next two days to vote for your favorite 10 MostÂ BeautifulÂ candidate. Tifany Cheatham, The Bar Method instructor; Shelly Ann Klein, esthetician; Amanda Ward,Â entrepreneur; Jennifer Clark, interior designer; and Holly Forsythe, restaurateur need your help.
Go vote, and come back Monday for our next batch of beauties.
Dallas In Dumps Over Landfill Audit. In addition to that controversy over the presentation of a master plan for the city’s solid waste disposal, an audit of the McCommas Bluff Landfill revealing that city may have lost around $1.1 million apparently also may have factored in to City Manager Mary Suhm’s decision to demote former sanitation director Mary Nix.
Aerial Spraying May Have Reduced Mosquito Population. Officials are saying the campaign may have cut the mosquito population by as much as 93 percent. Tell that to my ankles, which became a movable feast two nights ago when I went out to pick tomatoes from my garden – after an application of Off, too.
Royse City Populated in Part By Very Weird Men. Listen, that’s all I can assume when a story about how men have been going around exposing themselves to women, harassing them and even pouring stuff on them also says that the cops don’t think all the incidents are related.
Doctor Shaves Head After Losing Bet. When Kiera Hurtado was told that even surgery probably wouldn’t correct her dystonia enough that she could walk, she bet her doctor, Brian Aalbers, that she would. On the table then? His hair. On the floor now? His hair. Never make a bet with Zac Crain, or a 10 year old. Amirite?