MegaFest Starts Today. More than 50,000 people from around the world, including Oprah Winfrey, will be in Dallas for T.D. Jakes’ family entertainment shindig. Which, OK, that’s great, and that’s a real coup for Phillip Jones and the DCVB folks. Really. A big deal. But at the end of the story, there is yet another “Dallas is finally big-time” quote from Jones. This comes on the heels of Mayor Rawlings saying Dallas is “finally on the map” because TRADER JOE’S CAME HERE. And that comes on the heels of the 45,000 times someone has said that in the last three years. Guys, I think I speak for everyone, as I usually do, when I say, KNOCK IT OFF. It’s embarrassing. It makes us look like chumps. Dallas wasn’t built 25 years ago. Jeez, we’re not Prosper or Little Elm or even Houston. We had A TV SHOW NAMED AFTER US. A really successful one! We’ve won professional sports titles! What will it take for you guys to believe we’ve actually hit the big time? A season of The Real World? A mayor that doesn’t look like a third-string Batman villain? One single street that works? Get some confidence. Also, related: Jakes’ Potter’s House is opening a new campus in Frisco.
Conjoined Twins Recovering After Surgery to Separate Them. Owen and Emmett Ezell were born July 17, attached from chest to belly button, sharing a liver and intestines. On Saturday, they were separated. The photo here and the quotes from their father, Dave, are so sweet and heartwarming that I will forgive Omar Villafranca from beginning his story, “These two twins have a special connection.” Omar.
U.S. Customs Agents Stage Dramatic SUPER-BORING Raid on North Texas Western Wear Stores. It’s about belts that didn’t have tags on them or something? Really? I’m sorry I’m even linking to this.
Rangers Stay In First Place By Winning Another Game I Didn’t Watch. I may have to watch one of these at some point. Maybe. In other sports news I only sort of care about, occasional Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff is on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he doesn’t want to talk about why, except he does, constantly. Also, I think every other business should adopt that nomenclature for sick days and so on. “I’m taking a Physically Unable to Perform day. A PUP day, yeah.” Much better, no? Anyway, consider it.