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Name the team in MLB with the most doubles hit thus far this season?

The Chron has another front page story by Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris on the problems at the City of H-Town’s housing agency.   The question Commentary has is how come nobody ever gets fired over there? Here is how the story starts out:

Houston’s housing department kept inadequate records on its local affordable housing fund, spent more than half of the fund’s expenditures on personnel or administration, and supported projects with a “tenuous relationship to affordable housing,” according to an audit released by the controller’s office Thursday.

The audit for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 echoes a Houston Chronicle investigation into the same fund that showed the city collected $130 million in local taxes over the last decade to provide housing for low-income families, but produced fewer than 500 homes that remain tied to city subsidy rules.

The Chronicle found nearly half of the $96 million spent since fiscal 2007 went toward such expenses as administrative overhead or federal fines. Repeated questions from the newspaper about financial discrepancies led the city to discover $46 million was available for new projects as of this spring, tens of millions more than officials thought.

Here is the entire article:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Audit-questions-Houston-s-use-of-affordable-11271291.php.

Can anyone tell Commentary where the buck stops on this mess? Oh, well!

If you are a Beatles fan and if you go to Seattle, visiting the Edgewater Hotel is a must. In 2004, Commentary and my Best Friend and his kid went to Seattle to watch the ‘Stros play the Mariners at Safeco and we stayed at the Edgewater. Here is from the hotel’s website:

In 1964, during their first world tour, The Beatles stayed at our Seattle hotel, newly completed for the World’s Fair. At the time, no other hotel in the city would accept The Beatles as guests; however The Edgewater happily welcomed them. 

Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that The Edgewater had to install cyclone fencing around the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay. Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four. After their concert, The Beatles were rushed back to the hotel in an ambulance, while taxi cabs and stand-ins were used as decoys. During their stay, the band famously fished from the window their suite, the photo of which has become legendary. 

In 2004, when we stayed there, the hotel was commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ visit. The hotel card keys had the famous photo on them and the hotel was selling a ton of Beatles gear in the gift shop.

Yesterday, I went out on an errand and when I returned I noticed a gift bag hanging on my doorknob. The gift bag was from the Edgewater. I looked in the bag and there was a coffee mug with the famous photo of the Beatles fishing along with the Edgewater Hotel logo. Very cool. The gift was from my good friend Edgar who recently visited Seattle and stopped by the Edgewater. Very cool indeed and perfect size and it is now in my morning coffee mug rotation along with my Yellow Submarine mug.

Yesterday was National Kissing Day or International Kissing Day. Some folks like to say that the kissing in the rain scene in “The Notebook” with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is one of the best all time movie kissing scenes. Commentary goes with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the checkmate scene from 1968’s “Thomas Crown Affair.” That kissing scene gave folks some pointers for sure.

The Chron published the list of walk-up tunes for some of the ‘Stros players. I only recognized three: Alex Bregman’s “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, Evan Gattis’ “Freedom” by Richie Havens, and Lance McCullers’ “Shake It Off – Neon NiteClub Remix” by Taylor Swift. I wonder if any player in MLB uses a Beatles tune like “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Magical Mystery Tour” or “Twist and Shout.” Heck, maybe even Paul’s “Live and Let Die” or “Band on the Run.”   Go check out ‘Stros players’ list here: http://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/The-walk-up-song-for-each-Astros-player-music-11264088.php?ipid=hpsportsctp.

The ‘Stros of course lead MLB with 188 two-baggers.

We got our 10th roadie loss last night and are up by 15 ½.

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