Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

FIRST Robotics

Houston, Texas is hosting the latest FIRST Robotics competition April 19-22 and then St. Louis April 26-29. It's fantastic to see so many young people getting interested in science and technology! It's the only way humanity is going to survive!

Dean Kamen started this whole thing, and good on him. Science!

One of Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 300,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 60 countries around the globe. High-school-aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST Alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


During Spring Break, Daisy Joy Decker, a young college woman from Sugarland, Texas, hit a group of spring breakers walking in the pedestrian area of Gulf Blvd. It was around 12 noon and the driver was already drunk on her ass. One woman was killed. Daisy's life is now in some deep shit.

We heard from some folks on the island that 15 people lost their lives over Spring Break at SPI this year. The official total was four. I've been trying to find more corroboration, but no luck so far.

Barriers Installed Along SPI Road after Deadly Accident

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – South Padre Island officials invested nearly $40,000 in adding an extra barrier between their traffic lanes and pedestrian-bike lane on Gulf Boulevard. They said they’re hoping the new measure will prevent any future accidents from happening.
Back in March, a Sugarland woman was charged in a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of a Los Fresnos woman during spring break.
Daisy Joy Decker is charged with intoxication manslaughter. According to court documents, Decker’s attorney filed a motion asking she be released from jail until further action is taken against her.
The motion was granted.
Investigators said Decker veered off the road and struck five people who were walking on the pedestrian lane on Gulf Boulevard. Maria Selena Patino, 19, died from her injuries at the hospital.
Since the fatal hit-and-run, plastic barriers were bolted into the ground to divide the traffic lanes from the pedestrian-bike lanes and people have taken notice.
“Most everybody really loves them, especially considering what happened, this is great,” Patti Pitcock said.
South Padre Island spokeswoman Nikki Soto said the town is hoping to avoid any future accidents.
“I think it’s great because there’s so much activity on the street. We live right here on Gulf, and there’s all day people, biking, rollerblading, skating, whatever. They use it a lot, so I think it’s good to keep them safe,” Sarah Franz, an island resident, said.
Soto said the barriers span three and a half miles, from Haas Street to Palmetto Street. She said South Padre Island spent $33,800 for the delineators. It took just two and half days to install them.
Soto added the city manager saw the safety measure as an immediate need. It did not have to go before a city council vote.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Loves me some Jesus and Mo comic strip. The whole of religion is so rife with contradictions and self-serving bullshit, it's not that hard to ridicule.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

thrift shopping

Recently went thrift/resale shopping on the island and actually enjoyed it! 

But this ...

The Antique Chambers     713-526-3202

5137 Del Monte 77056
Between San Felipe & Westheimer, Just East of Sage
Thurs. – Sat. – April  20 -22   9AM - 4PM
Eclectic!  Lots to choose from and to enjoy!  Antiques, Collectibles, Giftables and more!
FURNISHINGS:  Antiques:  Baker Bookcase/Secretary-4 Door, Vitrine, Shell Motif Mahog. China Cabinet & 5 Drawer Chest, Tilt Top Mahog. Pie Crust Tilt TopTable, Old Wooden Ice Box/Pie Safe, Plate Rack, Fire Screen, Mahog. Two Shelf Server, Maple Hutch, Vintage Trestle Table, Primitive Chest with Hand Painted Santos on front, Primitive Upright Bookcase & Desk, Birdseye Maple Unique Desk, Asian Primitive Glass-Hand Painted Coffee Table, Wrought Yard Pieces, Statues, Planters, Super Tuxedo Sofa, Ethan Allen: Mahog. Barley Twist Leg Dining Table (132”), Queen Anne Carved Ball/Claw/ Chairs, Fabric Dining Side Chairs, Restoration Hardware King Bed, Pr. Medallion Back Chairs, Pr. Carved Chairs, Trumeau Mirror, Gilded Italian Mirror, Mahog. Chest (for big TV on Top), Light Oak Carved Coffee Table, Lateral File Cabinets, Side Chests, Cowhide Rocker, Brown Comfy Leather Chair & Ottoman, Lamps, Rattan Club Chairs, Area Rugs 4’x6’ & 8’x10’, 12’ Runner, Toy Chest., 8 Stem Crystal Chandelier.
COLLECTIBLES: Art: Oils, Old Maps, Photos, Icon, Lithograph, Asian, Horses, Needlepoint, 4 Panel Asian Screen, Chimayo (Sante Fe area) Rug, Asian Art Figures, Cherubs, Barometer, Garden Seat, Fish Bowls, Plant Pots, Box of MOP, Ant. Toys:  Dolls, Tea Sets, Blocks, Games, Pitcher Collection, Crosses, Lladro, Fostoria, Pink Lustre, Murano Glass, Herend & Baccarat Animals, Venetian Glass, Lots of Color and Glass, Roseville, Ironstone Coffee Pot, Components, CDs, TV Series & Movie DVDs, BOOKS: Sets, Rare Cookbooks, Childrens, TEXANA, Costume Jewelry, Baseball Sports Memorbilia.
HOUSEHOLD: Silver/Glass Epergne, CHINA: Copeland Spode “Byron”, Lenox “Holly Berry” & “Blue White Federal”, Wedgwood Cobalt “Mennecy”, Aynsley “Kent”, Royal Doulton “Rosell”, Adams “Willow” & “Lowenstoff” & Singapore Bird”, Epoch “Blue Flower”, Schuman “Dresden”, Pottery Barn “Pottery White”, Stemware- Waterford, Schott, Val St.Lambert, & others,  Sm. Flat Screen TV, Copier, Avery 2 lb. Scale, Dyson DC25, Pet Carrier, BluAir Filter, Lateral File Cab.,  Tools,  Ladies Clothing 3X & 6-8, Shoes 10.
                        And More….

Monday, April 10, 2017

surfing competition

Aw, we're gonna miss this one. Not quite like the Bonzai Pipeline in Hawaii, but hey, it's just down the street.

South Padre Island hosts surfing competition

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX - Grab your flip-flops and sunscreen and head to South Padre Island to cheer on surfers as they compete for first place in the South Padre Island Open. The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau is a proud supporter of the Open which is a Texas Gulf Surf Association (TGSA) sanctioned event.
On Saturday, April 22, surfers will begin riding the waves at 8:00 a.m. at Isla Blanca Park.  On Sunday, April 23, the final rounds begin at 8:00 a.m. at Isla Blanca Park. An awards ceremony will follow at approximately 1:00 p.m. at The Pained Marlin Grille, 202 W. Whiting St., South Padre Island.
 “We are excited to host this competition and are very supportive of surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and kite boarding events in South Padre Island and throughout the state,” said Keith Arnold, Director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
TSGA holds between 8-10 amateur events per season that are healthy, family oriented and fun, with attention on healthy competition values, and sportsmanship.
For more information on the South Padre Island Open and other events visit

Sunday, April 9, 2017

long yard sale

OK, a "yard sale" that stretches for 70 miles?! WTF? I say, I say, WTF?

Annual ‘longest yard sale’ set for early May

The Military Highway/U.S. 281 Texas Longest Yard 
Sale has gotten a little longer — by a day to be 

The third annual event, the brainchild of Repeat 
Boutique owner Yolanda Almaguer, is adding a 
Sunday this time around. The collective yard sale 
takes place the weekend of May 5-7 along roughly 
70 miles of U.S. 281 from Brownsville to 
Linn/San Manuel.

Almaguer said the sale probably will be the same 
distance as last year, though more people will be 
participating. Sellers are already inquiring about 
spaces to set up tables along the route, she said. 
Almaguer also has helpers scouting out additional 
spots to rent in the upper Rio GrandeValley.

Several tiny communities along U.S. 281 have 
begun promoting the event, and several churches 
are getting involved as well, she said. Last year, 
a seller drove all the way from Baytown to take 
part and plans to return this year, Almaguer said.

On the Brownsville end, A&V Lopez 
Supermarket has been on board with the project 
since the beginning in terms of providing space 
to sellers.

For more information, call (956) 312-1900, 
send an email to or visit 
the event’s Facebook page.

A more complete version of this story is available 
1 imageMiguel Roberts
Yolanda Almaguer owner of Repeat Boutique in Brownsville stands on US 281 (Military Highway) as the driving force behind the annual Texas Longest Yard Sale Rio Grande Valley, which begins on the first Friday of May every year and runs along US 281 corridor from Brownsville.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

weed Rx

In Uruguay, marijuana was completely legalized in 2013. Starting in July, you will be able to obtain it from a pharmacy. Meanwhile, in the land of the free and home of the brave, US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions wants to resurrect the drug war.


Uruguay was the first country in the world to completely legalize weed nearly four years ago under former President José Mujica, who was in many ways the law’s architect.
Now, Uruguay will become the first country in the world to legally sell cannabis over the counter in pharmacies.
Having legalized cultivation, distribution and consumption in 2013, this is the first authorization for pharmacies.
“Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July,” president of the National Drug Board, Juan Andres Roballo, told a press conference Thursday.
Under the law, MMJ patients must sign up for a national registry and cannot exceed the monthly maximum purchase of 40 grams, to be set at $1.30 per gram by Uruguay’s National Drugs Council, which added it will is only be available to Uruguayan citizens or permanent residents.
Vendors can only sell MMJ in five-gram containers, although 10-gram containers are expected to be introduced later.
The Uruguayan government said it has made a deal with 16 drugstore chains to sell the product.
The marijuana will come from state-supervised fields, with the plants grown under the eye of licensed producers.
The government hopes the state-grown pot will “guarantee the quality and the purity of the product” citizens consume, Roballo said.

Friday, April 7, 2017


Birds are not the only animals that migrate through the South Padre Island area. We also have sharks!!

Sharks migrating through South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Six and seven foot sharks are migrating through the waters of South Padre Island.
News Center 23 met with a local professional shark fisherman, David Woods, to learn more about the apex predators.
“Stay away from the business at the end with all the teeth,” Woods said while chuckling.
He said black tip and sand bar sharks are the major species in the spring migration, “they are headed towards Galveston and Louisiana into warmer waters from the summer.”
He said most of the sharks are “generally not aggressive.” He caught large sharks during the last week of February less than 100 yards from the shore.
“Do not swim where there’s feeding fish, [or] around the jetties… There’s large sharks in the jetties, I wouldn’t swim at night or in remote locations,” Woods said.
Sharks typically bite humans because they mistake them for fish. While sharks generally pose no danger to swimmers, Woods said to get out of the water if you see one.
“I’ve only heard of a handful of bites here at South Padre Island and it’s usually been fisherman,” he said.
Read the whole story at

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Bill Maher asks, "What Would a Dick Do?"

Yeah, sometimes these posts are out of date sequence. Pity.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

illegal seafood?

Bastards! Time for Ruggles to sign off, for good.

Game wardens uncover massive illegal seafood network
Special to the Port Isabel-South Padre Island Press
A Houston restaurateur and two local restaurant companies stand accused of operating an illegal seafood network that funneled nearly 28,000 pounds of unlawfully-caught finfish through their establishments at a profit estimated at more than $400,000. 

Based on evidence gathered during an extensive two-year investigation, Texas game wardens believe the illegal network has been ongoing since at least 2013 and could be the largest of its kind in Texas history. 

The illegal catches were made by a web of about a dozen unlicensed commercial fishermen and sold to the restaurants. Their catches consisted primarily of highly-regulated red snapper, along with other protected game fish species, including tuna, amberjack, grouper and red drum. 

Texas game wardens allege that Bruce Molzan, 59, of Houston, purchased and then sold the illegal finfish off the menus at restaurant businesses he is associated with, Ruggles Black, and formerly associated with, Ruggles Green. In addition, another restaurant illegally sold shrimp to Molzan for use in his restaurants in violation of commercial fish wholesale regulations. Game wardens have issued more than 200 Class C misdemeanor citations related to the investigation thus far on an array of violations, including unlawful purchase of aquatic products by a restaurant, sales and purchases of protected finfish, operating without a wholesale fish dealer·s license and related commercial fishing-related issues. Additional cases are anticipated. 

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) special agents and the U.S. Coast Guard provided assistance in the investigation. N2AA also filed felony charges against two recreational anglers in Freeport in connection with the case. 

The scope of the investigation expanded significantly last April after U.S. Coast Guard crews stopped an unlicensed commercial fishing boat in coastal waters near Freeport with 488 red snapper weighing approximately 1,900 pounds. Texas game wardens and the National Marine Fisheries Service seized the fish, which were illegally caught in the Gulf of Mexico off Freeport and Galveston, and investigators were able to link the subjects with the illegal seafood operation. 

´This is a big deal and exemplifies the critically important work our Texas game wardens do to protect the state·s natural resources,µ said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD law enforcement director. “Not only did these unscrupulous actors violate recreational fishing regulations at an extreme level for personal profit, but they also circumvented restrictions and rules governing the possession, safe handling and sale of commercial aquatic products intended for human consumption. That is not something we in law enforcement will tolerate and we are confident these individuals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.