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Archive for April 13th, 2016

A week or so ago the City sent me a postcard letting me know that glass would no longer be accepted in the green bins. OK. Last Friday, I hauled my glass to the City drop-off facility on North Main. I thought it was going to be like the facility the City used to have behind the Star Pizza off of Washington and Heights where you just drive in, drop off your recyclables and drive off – no wait time. Nope.

The North Main facility has only one lane to get in. There was a long line of pick-up trucks and vehicles hauling trailers loaded with junk like old mattresses and furniture. Apparently the City accepts this material. That’s OK by me but you need more than one lane to get in. Rather than wait 20 minutes or so in line. I parked across the street and hauled my glass to the bins. It was definitely not user friendly.

I don’t think folks are going to wait in line for 20 to 30 minutes to drop off their glass. I hope the City makes this facility more accessible.

It is early in the season but who leads MLB in stolen bases?

Check this from today’s Chron:

Astros fans dream of having a beer and some wings with Craig Biggio. Now they can. Sort of.

The Astros All-Star is lending his name to a sports bar set to open downtown in November.

The two-level sports bar, Biggio’s, will be a high-profile drawing card for the new Marriott Marquis Houston, under construction at 1777 Walker near Discovery Green. The sports bar will target foodies as well as baseball fans, said Jay Marsella, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.

The menu has yet to be finalized, but Marsella describes Biggio’s as an upscale sports bar where diners can get a good steak as well as bar food like burgers and wings. Local craft beer, wines by the glass and craft cocktails will also have their place on the menu.

But the hottest item on the menu will be the Hall of Famer himself.

Biggio said he plans to be on site as much as he can. “I love the fans and look forward to seeing them enjoy themselves there,” he said.

Here is the story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Craig-Biggio-to-open-sports-bar-in-downtown-7244377.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Now that is pretty cool.

All I can say about the following is expect more. This is preparation for the fall election. Check this:

In the shadow of the fight for the Democratic nomination for president, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is drawing heat from left-leaning groups unhappy with a little-known HUD program selling delinquent mortgages to banks.

More than a dozen groups, some backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday started an online campaign and petition drive targeting what their new website calls “Julian Castro’s Wall Street Giveway.”

With Castro mentioned frequently as a potential running mate to Clinton, some of the activists are questioning his suitability for the national Democratic ticket.

“If Castro allows banks to continue to loot communities, more people are going to connect him to the housing disaster, which would make him a toxic asset to the campaign,” said Matt Nelson, managing director of Presente.org, a California-based group that bills itself as the nation’s largest online Latino organization.

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/HUD-Secretary-Castro-s-progressive-credentials-7244515.php.

This is peanuts compared to what the GOP would throw at him.

When I heard about this yesterday, I wondered what took so long? I mean, the song has been out there for like 45 years. Check this from MSN.com:

A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe had shown enough evidence to support a case that “Stairway to Heaven” copies music from the Spirit song “Taurus.”

“Taurus” was written by Wolfe in either 1966 or 1967, years before Led Zeppelin released “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971. Klausner wrote that while the songs have some differences, lawyers for Wolfe’s trustee may be able to prove they are substantially similar.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage. Klausner wrote that the evidence presented so far represented a circumstantial case that Led Zeppelin may have heard “Taurus” performed before “Stairway to Heaven” was created.

After-hours phone and email messages sent to Helene M. Freeman, Led Zeppelin’s attorney, were not immediately returned. Experts hired by the band contend both “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” use notes that have been used in music for centuries.

Francis Alexander Malofiy, attorney for Wolfe’s trustee Michael Skidmore, praised the ruling. He said while many copyright cases are an uphill battle, Klausner’s ruling brings his client one step closer to getting Wolfe credit for helping create one of the most recognizable song introductions in rock history.

Skidmore was able to overcome statute-of-limitations hurdles to sue over “Stairway to Heaven” because the song was remastered and re-released in 2014.

A lot of folks don’t know or remember Spirit. Do you remember “I Got a Line on You”, “Mechanical World”, or “Nature’s Way?”

Jose Altuve of course leads MLB with six stolen bases.

We should have won last night. Lack of situational hitting for sure. George Springer taking a called third strike right down the middle with the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth hurt big time.

Oh well, it’s Dollar Dog Night this evening.

 

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