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  1. This world needs more people like Robert F. Smith. The donation may sound small in relation to his worth, but it is fully 1% of his wealth - that is substantial and meaningful by any measure. "Who Is Robert F. Smith? Learn More about the Billionaire whose Generosity Shocked a Graduating Class" by Alejandro de la Garza on time.com
  2. The only place I know of there? Philly's Phamous I suspect I'll be heading to SA in December. Anyone have suggestions?
  3. Why has Laura Bush failed to prevail on one of her Tex-Mex chef buddies from Austin to move to Washington? I have a trip coming up to Austin. Though I have my places I like to go, I wonder if Rockwellians have some to share? This trip I am staying downtown, next one I'll be lucky to be anywhere near Austin! Thanks!
  4. This is perhaps the most important hour of television in history. CBS News interrupts "As the World Turns" at about the 10:00 point, and by the 45:00 point, Kennedy's death is essentially confirmed. Walter Cronkite was frantically trying to get a camera activated, and Dan Rather was corresponding from Dallas. The unfolding of events on television is nearly as newsworthy as the story itself. Still, this is up there with the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and the only thing comparable in the past fifty years was 9/11 - I guess these are the three-biggest news events of my lifetime.
  5. Some people may not know what a centoid is; others will not know where the centroid is in Texas: The centroid is when you take a, e.g., cardboard representation of a state, or other irregularly shaped surface area, and balance it on the tip of a pencil. A circle, for example, has its centroid as "the center," which is obvious enough. With Texas, it isn't quite so easy, but it's easy enough. The centroid of Texas is about 15 miles NE of Brady. Here's Brady on a map: For our purposes, the centroid doesn't take into account things such as elevation; for other purposes, it does - it's merely the "centroid" of a theoretical two-dimensional object. So in case you're wondering how far you are from the center of the state. If there are any islands, those would be included as well.
  6. I dismissed Mitch Trubisky having been drafted as the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft (with the #2 overall pick) as a boneheaded decision, but when some guy named Patrick Mahomes went as the second quarterback (with the #10 pick) ahead of Deshaun Watson (the #12 pick), I took it personally. The Trubisky pick was unwise, but Patrick Mahomes? This kid is *unbelievable*! Who knows whether he's going to last, but in just his second NFL season, he's the odds-on favorite for NFL MVP, and has as many touchdown passes this year as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers - combined! As much as I love Deshaun, I just have to take my hat off to Mahomes, and nod with respect. Look at this play from Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts Baltimore Ravens: The Chiefs were down 24-17, with 1:29 left in the 4th quarter, and it was 4th-and-9 from their own 40-yard line. How was this possible? http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000997603/Can-t-Miss-Play-Mahomes-hits-Hill-for-INSANE-fourth-down-conversion In case anyone thinks Mahomes is a fluke, he led the NCAA in Passing Yards in 2016.
  7. President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush (1925-2018) were married for 73 years. Nov 30, 2018 - "George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94" by Karen Tumulty on washingtonpost.com
  8. Glenn Corbett was "the guy who replaced George Maharis on Route 66." While watching "Same Picture, Different Frame," I wondered to myself how this impossibly handsome man could be relatively unknown in today's mind, so I did a little research, and found that Corbett played Zefram Cochrane (inventor of the warp drive!) in the "Star Trek" episode, "Metamorphosis." (Yes, that's Betty from "Father Knows Best.")
  9. I'm watching the Netflix series, "I Am a Killer," and SE1 EP2, "Killer in the Eyes of the Law," convicted Kenneth Foster, Jr. under the Texas "Law of Parties" statute, perhaps because Foster drove the car to a crime that resulted in a homicide that he claims was unplanned, and happened seventy-feet away. I'm not judging this law as "right" or "wrong"; merely presenting it to our readers. https://www.netflix.com/watch/80202432 You know, back when I was a young adult, I didn't care about any of this "human rights" stuff, because I never thought about it; now, I do. I've gotten soft as I've grown older - that's neither good, nor bad; it's just a fact: I care about the comfort, well-being, and abuse of prisoners. sheldman, help.
  10. Yeah, Elvin: got to watch him while he was with the Bullets. Elvin had a variety of skills that contributed toward winning. While he played here the Bullets were in the NBA finals 3 times winning once. He shared big man responsibilities with Wes Unseld and those two made that team one of the best in the league over that era. Elvin was also a “black hole” as a shooter. Get him the ball in that down low position and he never passed back- shooting all the time. IIRC he was also “indestructible” virtually never missing games. Come to think of it. if he didn’t play with Unseld so long he would have accumulated lot’s more rebounds. So much for pure stats, in that case, as the two were a formidable big man tandem that made the team strong. Here is a link to tremendous research on Hayes, his development, his “prickly” personality, and life provided by a a hard working DC sports fan. Great research: I pulled that “black hole” comment from memory, but the article gives it perspective of which I was unaware. Interesting that Hayes and Unseld were a phenomenal historically strong big man combo but their personal relationship was far less than ideal.
  11. Does anyone know how to add your AA Advantage Number after you've purchased an e-ticket, but before the entire flight has been completed? I want to add my account for an existing flight, so I can get mileage credit, but don't know how to do it. --- With American Airlines, domestic and Canada, baggage fees are: 1) 1st bag: $25 2) 2nd bag: $35 Checked Baggage Policy --- Opinions, feedback, and suggestions are encouraged for new forums, sub-forums, and other ideas - example: For each airline, I'm thinking of adding a sub-forum for their own frequent-flier program, and possible a second sub-forum for any fees, quirks, or other attributes - desirable or undesirable - that they may have. I cannot over-emphasize just how much user opinions and feedback matter here - this community exists to serve our readers, and I want to set up our forums and sub-forums in order to best serve you all. I'm willing to do just about anything that's logical and sensible, and we're here to help you, the consumer.
  12. The Date of this Dining Guide does not reflect its currency! It changes constantly, and is rewritten into an existing place - occasionally, I'll save a copy, and update the date. iPhone users, follow these steps to create a Houston Dining Guide quasi-app: 1) Bring up this webpage. 2) Tap this image on the bottom of the screen 3) Tap "Add Bookmark." Voila! Your own free (kind of, sort of) app in less than 30 seconds! --- Please feel free to contact me with any typos, suggestions, corrections, or comments. In order to ensure future access to this dining guide, simply become a participating member of donrockwell.com. Go back and read the previous sentence ten times: none of the restaurants covered in this guide serve a free lunch, and there is a very high likelihood that this guide will revert to being a reward for our participating members even though that means limiting readership (which, by definition, makes this website less popular). Our members - the ones who post here - are our life-blood, and they deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It's very easy to sit back with a cup of coffee and read through all the content here; it takes effort to write and add content, and I want our participating members to know how much I appreciate them - I can't say it enough. Please register, post in the Please Introduce Yourselves thread, and then know that your simple actions have just supported this website which cannot go on without you - it takes less than five minutes, it's absolutely free, and your information is safeguarded and remains private. And if you're already a participating member, allow me to say thank you - the best thing you can do for us is to tell a friend about donrockwell.com (again, another simple action that only takes a few minutes). Cheers, Rocks. Readers: After endless searching, I'm convinced that there doesn't exist a single good, well-delineated map of Houston neighborhood maps on the entire internet - one that clearly marks the street boundaries of each neighborhood. Of course, there is overlap between neighborhoods, and the borders are fuzzy, but I couldn't find one single map that dared even attempt. If you know of one, or, if you see clear mistakes in my geographical listings, would you please write me and let me know? Thank you! Please read the above paragraph: I need help with organizing this guide!
  13. I don't care what people say about Robert Griffin III being a "bust" - he was a *great* athlete and college football player, whose career was basically ended because he wasn't properly trained to play in the NFL, and because he was left in a game when he was so badly injured that he could barely walk. When I first saw Griffin's highlight video coming out of Baylor, I could not believe the things I was seeing: plays such as Griffin running to his left, then stopping on a dime and throwing a 50-yard laser cross-field to a receiver sprinting down the *right* sideline for a touchdown. During his rookie season with the Redskins, even his detractors grudgingly came around to admitting that this kid was phenomenal, and two-thirds of the way through the season, there wasn't merely unanimous accord about him being the Rookie of the Year, but also serious talk about him being the NFL MVP. Yet, there was that college-style game he was playing - the equivalent of storming the enemy without wearing a bullet-proof vest, and the Redskins were doing nothing to help him transition from a college-style game to become more of an NFL pocket passer, because he was taking them to the playoffs and they were thinking short-term. Griffin's career-ending injury occurred when he was left in the game with an injury so obviously severe that everyone could see it - the announcers were incredulous - and the next play would essentially be his final one in the NFL. A superstar done in by being rushed along and not coached into becoming an NFL player who could survive in the long-term. Maybe so, but he'll always have *my* respect, and I hope he has a lifetime of happiness with his millions of dollars, even though he'll never have the Hall of Fame career which was his for the taking. And it's absolutely *not* his fault - he was a *kid* who only knew one speed: overdrive, and it was the coaches' job to reign him in, to develop him, and to protect him. Look at what the Nationals did in 2012 when they had the best record in the National League, and Stephen Strasburg hit his (arbitrary) "maximum pitch count" before the season was over - why didn't they bench Strasburg *before* he hit that pitch count so that they could use him in the playoffs? I have never heard a satisfactory explanation to this confounding decision when Strasburg was showing *no* signs of physical problems. Whatever their rationale, they chose not to save Strasburg even when it was obvious they'd make the playoffs without him, and then they lost to the Cardinals in the National League Division Series, 3 games to 2. Would Strasburg have made a difference in a five-game series? What the hell do you think? If the Redskins had given Griffin one-tenth of the protection that the Nationals gave Strasburg, we might have a superstar quarterback leading us to the playoffs right now, year after year; instead, we have someone who was made into a scapegoat for the Redskins' stupidity, and is wrongly and unfairly called "one of the biggest busts in NFL draft history." RG3: World-class athlete, Hall of Fame potential, the definition of class when he was forced to go an entire season without taking a single snap, and no more of a bust than Bo Jackson.
  14. "Electric Shock Delivered at Trial to Texas Defendant Results in Reversal of Conviction, Curb of Use on Stun Belts" by John Council on law.com Outside the presence of the jury, Gallagher warned Morris about any further outbursts. When Morris continued to speak, Gallagher ordered his bailiff to intervene by activating the stun belt attached to Morris’ body. “Are you going to follow the rules?” Gallagher asked Morris, according to the opinion. “I have a lawsuit pending against you,” Morris replied. “Hit him,” Gallagher said. After shocking Morris the first time, Gallagher asked Morris if he would adhere to courtroom decorum. “Are you going to behave?” Gallagher asked. “I have a history of mental illness,” Morris replied. “Hit him again,” Gallagher said. "Tarant County, Texas - 396th District Court - Judge George Gallagher" on access.tarantcounty.com
  15. Trevante Rhodes won a Gold Medal for the USA in the 2009 Pan-American Junior Athletics Championships in the 4 x 100 Relay. A multi-sport athlete at Little Elm HS, he earned a scholarship to the University of Texas, and has since become, arguably, Little Elm's most famous alumnus, along with NFL player Cole Beasley.
  16. Although the Houston Texans are the only NFL franchise never to have played in a conference championship (they are the NFL's youngest franchise), they were the AFC South Division champions in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. With both J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson out for the 2017 season with injuries, it will be tough for the Texans this year, but look for them to come charging back next season, assuming these two men conquer their injuries. "Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Bonding in Treatment Room (Video)" by Paul Jackiewicz on torotimes.com --- There's also one thing I don't understand: Media pundits have universally derided Bill O'Brien for starting Tom Savage over Deshaun Watson in the first game this season. I think that was *exactly* the correct thing to do, because it took all pressure off of Watson. Had he started the Texans' first game, fifty-million eyes would have been on him, and the pressure would have been enormous - with Watson on the bench for a tiny fraction of the season, he got to ease into his position (so to speak), and when he finally came out, nobody was even looking: pressure reduced by 50%, and Watson got to see what the game looks like from the sidelines - how could this have possibly harmed the Texans, with the possible exception of losing their first game? (Don't forget, Tom Savage took the Texans to the playoffs in both of the previous two seasons.) I contend that, even if O'Brien absolutely knew that Watson was His Man, he did the correct thing by letting Watson sit for a brief time.
  17. Many people don't realize "The Singing Cowboy" was in professional rodeo, played some type of professional baseball, and was the owner of the California Angels from 1961 until 1997 (!) Here's Gene Autry on "What's My Line?" in 1953: This post is dedicated to Robert Power (1927-2017), father of DIShGo.
  18. This reminds me of the tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, who without Vietnam would be unquestionably one of our greatest presidents, in the same class with Lincoln and FDR. It just makes me weep when I think of it. Of course I hated him at the time, but that was all about Vietnam, which overshadowed everything. You younger people probably can't even imagine how Vietnam distorted and disfigured everything about our civic life as it crept into the crannies of our souls. You couldn't even fuck without Vietnam obtruding into the crevices of your pleasures. I look back on LBJ's presidency now and can only see what midgets his successors have been compared to him.
  19. Drew Kaser kicked one of the greatest punts I've ever seen - 69 *beautiful* yards in the air, bouncing at a perfect angle on the 1/2-yard line, and grabbed by his own player right by the goal line. Watch it here - it's a thing of magnificence. When Kaser was a sophomore at Texas A&M, he kicked a 76-yard punt against Rice - from the point of contact, to where the ball bounced, it was over 80 yards in the air:
  20. I always try to order something I've never seen before, even though I think I'll know what it is. Last night I was at Fremont Diner, and ordered Hot Guts - which are Texas-style sausages - *very* spicy, with no beating-around-the-bush about what they contain. Also, they have a serious S-n-a-p followed by a torrent of spicy liquid accompanying the "guts" when you bite into them. They were served on a plate, accompanied by plain, white bread, house-made pickles, and raw onion. These things define "indigestion," so unless you have a cast-iron stomach, they aren't what you want to play with. (Not surprisingly, Fremont Diner also serves Nashville Hot Chicken with "no take-backs.") Jul 15, 2016 - "How John Lewis Gets His Hot Gut Sausages To Snap" by Kinsey Giddick on charlestoncitypaper.com Southside Market & Barbecue in Bastrop, Texas.
  21. Some people may have heard me mention Operation Honor Our Heroes in the past. It is an Austin, Texas-based non-profit which honors soldiers that have been killed in overseas conflicts, providing an enormous amount of comfort for the grieving, surviving family members and friends. I have personally vetted this charity more than you can possibly imagine, and (pay attention closely here) 100% - ONE HUNDRED PERCENT - of all donations go directly towards operations. There is no marketing expense, and there are no salaries - everything above-and-beyond direct operations expenses is paid out-of-pocket by Dr. Nancy Glass, founder and Executive Director. Everything. My personal assistant, Christi-Ana Crews is the President of the organization. Christi-Ana (who went to college in Austin) lost her boyfriend, a Marine, and devoted all her remaining energies to this charity (it's the equivalent of if I had devoted all my energies to Ovarian Cancer). I have now worked with Christi-Ana for over two years, and I trust her completely, without reservation. She is one of the finest people I know. Christi-Ana (who is over at my house right now) just told me that Operation Honor Our Heroes has been approved for the Memorial Day Weekend activities on the National Mall (she is positively beaming that they got approved so early; generally, she gets a few weeks notice, and is forced to cobble something together). They received permit approval for this display in 2014 and 2015, but were unable to put it on due to excessively short time constraints. Note also that the website is merely a stub ("It's the last of our worries," Christi-Ana said to me. "Our Facebook page is current, but our website isn't.") "Guess where our site is?" she just said to me. Looking down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with the Vietnam Memorial on the left, and the Korean Memorial on the right, Operation Honor Our Heroes has *the entire space between the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial - the display will take up over 7,000 square feet. They will be planting flags that are one-square-foot apart, with one flag representing one fallen soldier - approximately 7,000 flags total. The exact number of flags represents the number of fallen servicemen in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that's just the number. However, the display as a whole represents and honors *all fallen American servicemen from all conflicts*. Every single flag will have a card on it, along with a picture, killed-in-action date, and the soldiers' hometown. Operation Honor Our Heroes needs three things; 1) Monetary Donations (i.e., MONEY!) 2) Product Donations (e.g., if Home Depot could supply canopies for shade during the hot summer sun, or flashlights for nighttime workers, hammers to help put the flags in - things essential to the setting-up and running of the display. 3) Volunteers (to set up flags, man (or woman) the station from May 26th through the 31st, *24 HOURS A DAY*. Hiring a Park Police Officer would cost $70 per hour for each hour worked.) I will be working the station once in the middle of the night, and if you've ever wanted to thank me for running this website, the best way you could do it is to support Operation Honor our Heroes - if you're not in a position to help monetarily or time-wise, it would be of enormous benefit contacting companies (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.) to help donate funds or equipment. 7,000 Flags at Long Center, Austin, TX: Christi-Ana: Information Packed (.pdf file): OHOH Info Packet 2015.pdf
  22. I will be heading to both of these fine cities in the Lone Star State for work in Sept. Anyone have any recs on some good places to host a couple of dinner for about 5 bank CEO's? Thanks for the help.
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