Back when I used to golf (very badly), one the joys was seeing the "Cart Girl" coming towards me on the horizon. Little did I know you could rank such girls from across the State. And, dear Wise Countians, the closest one appears to be this one (but you'll have to tip her $251 to break her all time record). Men are pigs. :)
at 11:03 AM
. . . how the property at the southeast corner of Hwy 380 and I-35 in Denton went undeveloped. Not anymore. From the Morning News: "The $850 million project, known as Denton Hillview, will feature a 1 million-square-foot, open-air shopping center similar to the new Firewheel Town Center in Garland. It will also include a 700,000-square-foot shopping center, a single-family and townhome residential area, a 30-acre campus for seniors, an amphitheater, a lake and park area, museums, a 10-acre area for hotels, and medical and office buildings."
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From The Update: ROBIN HOOD - Decatur Superintendent Gary Gindt said Thursday, the Decatur school system should prepare to begin paying into the Robin Hood system next year. He said the district is likely to get Chapter 41 status, meaning the district would collect more than $305,000 per student in property taxes, which would make it subject for state recapturing. From an email: By my calculations, with 2,813 students in the DISD, the budget should be a little over $857,000,000 . . . . I don't think that's accurate . . . .
at 10:37 AM
I love the new Jetta commercials that show normal folks driving down the road having a normal conversation and then......WHAM.....a crash happens. It's soooo jolting. The commercial touts the safety of the vehicle under a campaign labeled "Safe Happens". Youtube has one of them here.
at 7:23 AM
"In [an] action on Wednesday, federal officials detained 1,187 illegal immigrants working in 26 states for IFCO Systems North America . . . . " What a coincidence! I'm sure this has nothing to do with the public outcry over illegal immigration. That leaves 11.999 million to go.
at 9:59 PM
Check out this great youtube clip from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld used the odd phrase of "henny penny" to dismiss news reports that the U.S. would invade Iran [edited] because of its nuclear weapons threat. I wonder if he has ever used the phrase "henny penny" before? Hilarity ensues.
at 8:54 PM
Did any of you see this show the last three nights? I caught maybe five minutes of it, and it was horrible. A lot of "stars" running around a kitchen on a stage while an audience in the background exuded fake excitement and cheers. In one of the quickest axes I've seen in a while, NBC cancelled it after three shows (it was supposed to run tonight and Friday as well). "Hope and Fatih" [edited] is running in its place (not that that's much better).
at 7:11 PM
This guy comes up with a brilliant scam that two women actually fell for.
at 2:19 PM
You often hear about how a television show has gone just a little too far when it has "jumped the shark". That's a reference to the Happy Days episode when Fonzie, literally, jumped a shark on water skiis. I have heard about for years, but never saw it. Until now. (And by the way, if you watch the show now you can only come to one conclusion: That was one bad TV show).
at 10:34 PM
A little bit of a gift tonight at the final Dallas Mavericks' regular season game at American Airlines. Between the first and second quarter it was announced that every fan in attendance would receive a voucher for one round trip ticket to anywhere American Airlines flies out of Love Field airport. That kinda limits your choices: Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City or St. Louis. But it's still pretty cool. In other news, American announced that it lost $92 million in the first three months of this year. Source: AA's press release
at 9:44 PM
So we have today's version of the Scarlett Letter: the list of people registering as sex offenders. Great idea, right? Well some brilliant guy in the northeast decided to kill two people he saw on the list (before blowing his own brains out). "Great!" you say. "We should kill all of them!" Right? Think again: One of the victims, 24-year-old William Elliott, was convicted four years ago of having sex with a girlfriend who was only days away from her 16th birthday.
at 8:14 PM
A fairly interesting story on the day that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (finally) welcomed a child. In 1953, at the height of "I Love Lucy", the real Lucille gave birth to her first son on the same day that the TV series showed the episode of Lucy Ricardo giving birth to "little Ricky". Fairly interesting stuff: The word "pregnant" was never uttered on the show since the producers felt it would be too controversial. And the show of little Ricky's birth was seen by 44 million viewers. I don't know what the population of the U.S. was back then (I'm too lazy to look it up but I know its 300 million now), but I bet that was a huge chunk of the population.
at 11:10 PM
A Fox 4 News clip made me laugh tonight. Apparently a little skirmish broke out this weekend in the stands of an Orlando arena football game. A "lady" ends up getting booted onto the field. I uploaded the video to youtube here. (I looped the clip of the lady going flying a few times at the end of the clip). Good stuff.
at 11:02 PM
The Movie: Hustle and Flow The Plot: A small time pimp wants to make it big as a hip hop artist Language: About a million F Bombs and plenty of the "n word" with the "a" ending Nudity: About two seconds Coolest Part: The creation of the hip hop song "Whoop That Trick" Hottest Chick: A wheels off white girl ho who I think I saw at Walmart the other day Most Famous For: Wise County resident Ken Harrision's Letter to the Editor rant about the song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" Did I Like It?: Absolutely Will You Like It?: Not if you think the confederate flag is about "our heritage"
at 9:47 PM
For as long as I can remember, I have always referred to a certain skin condition as "enphentigo". A moment ago a very sweet lady at the courthouse, without calling me an idiot, told me it was actually "impetigo ". What else have I been mispronouncing all these years?
at 2:51 PM
Today is the first day you can buy high-definition DVDs. There's a slight catch: There are only two players available (one costs $499 and the other $799). And, get this, you have four movies to choose from: The Phantom of the Opera, The Last Samurai, Million Dollar Baby, and Serenity. (Hi-def can't even make Million Dollar Baby watchable). Source: DMN.
at 1:09 PM
ABC World News Tonight spent a great deal of time this evening on the meaning of "sealed indictments". (There's a crazy prosecutor in North Carolina who has indicted two Duke lacrosse players for rape of a drunk exotic dancer. The indictments are currently "sealed".) In Texas, a sealed indictment means only one thing: The accused hasn't been arrested yet so if the indictment were to be made public there is a chance the defendant might flee. Once the arrest is made, the indictment becomes a public record. This public service message . . .
at 10:27 PM
Oil was up over a dollar a barrel today breaking the $70 barrier. Gas will crack $3.00 a  gallon next week and then may go higher. I don't understand supply and demand. I'm an economics idiot. (I still remember my brother - as we were standing in line at 5:00 a.m. to buy Journey tickets - telling me in 1981 that it was important that I understand the "law of diminishing returns". I didn't then. I don't now. ) "Supply" should only be a factor if there are shortages. About 15 years ago there was a shortage of lumber - you had to wait to get it - and prices went through the roof. There is no shortage of oil. "Demand" makes a little more sense. Prices are set at what the market will support. A star athlete is paid $5 million a year because someone is willing to pay it. With that being said, over the last 10 years most Americans would have paid more than the standard $1.50 - $1.70 a gallon because they had to have it. Yet prices remained low. So why the sudden rise in prices now? I don't understand what is going on.
at 9:36 PM
Dale Hanson is leaving The Ticket for ESPN radio. An explanation is here. I personally won't miss his twice a week blathering of his commute from Waxahachie, having trouble at airports, or how great Troy Aikman was. But I still like him on TV. (Wow, look for an image of "Dale Hanson" through Google image search and not a single picture turned up). Edit: In the spirit of kick me while I'm down, I won't change the above post. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.
at 5:41 PM
Here's a one minute youtube clip of Cruise being interviewed by Diane Sawyer (it aired a couple of days ago). He gets email messages on his Blackberry regarding the status of Katie Holmes' pregnancy and he shows it to the camera. ABC had to blur out either the email address or cell phone number.
at 5:36 PM
"Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded opening week for its 10th Spring Thoroughbred Season with a 17.9% gain in attendance and 5.8% jump in betting compared to 2005 business levels. ... All told, 46,164 customers attended Lone Star Park Thursday through Sunday compared to 39,154 in 2005. Betting, both on and off-track, totaled more than $10.8 million versus $10.2 million a year ago."
at 9:49 AM
This is based upon the comments to the Random Pic blog below. Yes, a man was arrested last week in Decatur for "rubbing himself" on a slide in a park. The bad news is that the most he can be charged with is a Class C Misdemeanor (Disorderly Conduct) punishable only by a fine up to $500. Not to get graphic, but the facts are that he rubbed himself over the clothes. Nothing was exposed. With that, you get yourself a Class C - the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Don't yell at the cops. Don't yell at the prosecutor. Don't yell at the judge. They are bound by the law and that's what the law is.
at 9:14 PM
The sickest crime in quite a while. (This was the subject of an Oklahoma Amber Alert on Friday).
at 9:09 PM