We are just wrapping up our deadline duties for the May issue, so I’m a couple days late on this. But if you haven’t yet heard or read Sarah Hepola’s “Fresh Air” essay about pissing off a former member of Deep Blue Something with a snarky remark about the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” take a few minutes to check it out. Though Sarah doesn’t name the guy, it’s pretty clear that she’s talking about John Kirtland, former member of the famed and foul-mouthed rec-league soccer team that was known as The Very Fast Rocketships. Known to his teammates as Johnny K, he was a good defender. Not the most agile lad on the side, but he had a strong leg and good ideas.Read More
After reading late last week about Mayor Rawlings’ plan to make more plans for the city’s largest park (without the involvement of the Parks Department or the citizens of Dallas), I thought it was time to check in on the status of the Trinity Citizens’ Oversight Committee. As you may recall, the Trinity Dream Team’s leader, Larry Beasly, stated their proposal needed “public input and confirmation,” and that the design process “needs a conscience that is ‘of the people.'”
Their “suggestion (was) a carefully arranged monitoring of implementation, (then) and on an ongoing basis into the distant future, but an oversight panel of independent professional and citizen monitors who can make sure the concept does not get distorted through the detailed design process.” Peter Simek reported Beasly as stating that the multi-disciplinary team of experts should actually report to the citizens group. In that same piece, Council Member Lee Kleinman was quoted as stating his desire for more public input. The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects also publicly endorsed such an approach, stating they “strongly advocat(e) for an oversight body comprised of Dream Team members, local design organizations (including AIA Dallas) and private citizens to ensure that the vision of the Dream Team is faithfully reflected in the design and execution of a Great Trinity Park Parkway.”
So where do we stand on the formation of such an independent oversight body?Read More
Quick recap: new Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson has a dog, and because he’s bad at naming things, he saddled that (I’m assuming) sweet, adorable dog with the name “Story.” Here are more good names for a dog, all of them better than Story, which is a very bad name for a dog. STORY!Read More
Zac Crain, a local magazine editor, told D Magazine that revelations surrounding district attorney Susan Hawk’s 2013 treatment for prescription drug use and other issues had prompted Heath Harris to announce his campaign, even though the election is more than three and a half years away, and since Crain knows how these things go, that prompted him to announce his own campaign, even though we’re now talking, what, almost eight years from now?
“I’ve got to build a base as early as possible,” Crain said to himself as he typed that sentence just now. He didn’t really say it. He kind of mouthed it. He does that occasionally when he is typing. He also softly curses to himself, but that is endearing probably.
When informed that he could probably just run against Harris in the Democratic primary, Crain said that he is a big believer in shotgun rules, and that Harris clearly called it. “I’m not doing much,” he added, also mentioning that he’s “cool waiting, thanks.”Read More
I’ve got six tickets to tomorrow’s game against the Angels. First pitch is at 1:05. Seats are in section 15, row 18. Great seats. Face value of ticket: $49. AND they come with a parking pass. If you want them, here’s what you have to do:Read More
Nothing. There’s nothing I can say. Please just watch.Read More
They couldn’t take the photo in landscape? Or just scootch a bit to the right or left? And does it have to be Tecate?Read More
I found the above photo on Craigslist this morning during my semi-annual “I wonder what kind of ludicrous stuff people are doing on Craigslist today” search. The title: “You Get One Clue.”Read More
Mesquite, Rowlett, Garland: he’s all yours.Read More
I took this photo recently in a men’s room at the Nordstrom in the Galleria. What you see is a $1.00 fee to change your kid on the changing table. Other, free options, should you find yourself quarter-less with a less-than-crapless child:
– strip your kid naked, bath bottom half in the sink
– change diaper on the floor of the shoe section
– Leave? I don’t know. Again, I don’t have kids.
In May 2011, Scott Griggs unseated Dave Neumann for the District 3 slot on the Dallas City Council. Today, Dave Neumann left a downtown event, hopped into a car on Lamar Street, pulled a quick U-turn, and headed off.Read More
Problem is, the lineup isn’t reflective of the basketball product at all.Read More
Loser gets fired, winner gets a water pik. Or a signed “Come and Take It” flag.Read More
Earlier in the week, I asked if anyone was going to the Sweet Sixteen, out in Arlington. The response, mostly: I wish it was in downtown. Well, if you listen to KERA, it can be. During BJ Austin’s report this morning on Dallas’s new slogan — “Big Things Happen Here” — she interviewed a gentleman, […]Read More
The New York Times today has an interesting postcard of a story about DISH, Texas, the small Denton County community that changed its name to DISH either years ago in exchange for some free satellite service. Thing is, people might want to switch the name back to Clark when the deal expires in 2015. But the […]Read More