Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Darn Coogs…

So I was all set to head to a bar tonight with a fellow Houston refugee to watch the University of Houston men’s basketball team play against mighty Duke on national television. All the Coogs needed to do was to beat Georgia Southern yesterday afternoon, and they would be in the game tonight. Easy, right?

Apparently not. Yesterday’s final score: Georgia Southern 65, Houston 63. Not nearly as bad as the Coogs’ loss to Prairie View A&M that Thomas Gray and I saw live and in person lo these many years ago, but still…

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Ike’s toll

Thomas Gray posts pictures of the storm damage near his house in Houston.

I spent a lot of time in that neighborhood when I lived in Houston, and I remember those trees and houses. Staggering. Just staggering.

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Hurricane Ike

When I lived in Houston, I worked in the building that is in the upper right of this photograph.

Wow. Worse than Allison, and Allison was bad.

I hope things are better than they seem…

Update: Thomas Gray survived the storm and Rob Booth seems to have thrived during it.

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Chick-fil-A > McDonald’s

For the first time since moving to Portland, I ate at McDonald’s, today for lunch. (When I lived in Houston, I would go to the McDonald’s at Westheimer and Commonwealth about once a year for what you could call anthropological purposes.)

The Southern Style Chicken Sandwich is the McDonald’s replica of the chicken sandwich that made Chick-fil-A the Southern icon it rightly is. Compared to the Chick-fil-A sandwich, the McDonald’s version is both more expensive and less delicious, though at least slightly larger.

On the other hand, the nearest Chick-fil-A is 590 miles away. So I might be going back to McDonald’s every now and then.

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Farewell to io.com

After eight years with it, I closed my io.com account today.

I opened the account shortly after I moved to Houston to take my first professional job, and realized that the college I went to work for did not provide dialup access (how spoiled Ohio State and Texas had made me!). It was the first non-edu account I had ever had (prompting snickers from LWC, who had thought the day would never come).

As time passed, I stopped needing the old account. In March 2005, I set up my gmail account. In June 2005, I left the io.com dialup service area. In October 2006, I set up my new website. My io.com account had become an abandoned hulk, kept afloat only because I couldn’t figure out what to do with my old blogs.

That final barrier breached with a migration over the last couple of weekends, it was time to say goodbye. Odd how we become attached to things, just because they have been around for a long time.

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Weighty matters

I lived in Houston, the “fattest city in America”, for five years, and left three pounds lighter than when I arrived.

I have now lived in Portland, one of the “fittest cities in America”, for three years, and have gained 28 pounds.

The biggest difference I have experienced between the two cities is that in Houston there was never a season when I could not go outside and exercise. Even at the height of summer, all I had to do was wait until 8:00, and go out then. In Portland, on the other hand, it is reliably miserable outside for five or six months of the year, and I have allergies during most of the nice months.

So, my task between now and mid-October (when the gray seeps back in) is to keep popping the Zyrtec, develop good exercise habits again, and figure out what clothing or other accessories would help me continue to get out during the rainy season.

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