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MVP Season

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.
Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be, will be,
The future’s not ours, to see, yeah
Que Sera, Que Sera, Que Sera
When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my lover what will Ibe
Will I be lonesome day after day
Here’s what he said to me
Que Sera, Sera, yeah
Whatever will be, will be, will be

Doris Day is no longer with us.

Name the MLB club with the best run differential and name the MLB club with the worse run differential?

Figuring out the mess or madness at H-Town City Hall is hard and it is hard on everyone. The Firefighters got paychecks Friday and that’s all I can say about it. This is from this weekend’s Chron:

The city of Houston on Friday issued lump-sum paychecks to more than 3,900 firefighters, a move Mayor Sylvester Turner said reflects the implementation, retroactive to Jan. 1, of Proposition B, the measure granting firefighters the same pay as police of corresponding rank and experience.

Marty Lancton, president of the Houston fire union, said that contrary to the mayor’s “Orwellian claims,” the paychecks did not fully equalize base and incentive pay between fire and police, as laid out in Proposition B. Lancton said the city “badly botched” implementation of the measure.

The back pay, worth $27.4 million, comes a week after Turner and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association ended court-ordered mediation without an agreement to phase in the raises over several years.

And this:

Controller Chris Brown said earlier this week that he wants to independently verify that Prop B costs $79 million annually, but the mayor also has not provided Brown’s office with certain incentive pay data.

Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-issues-back-pay-to-firefighters-union-says-13836473.php.

This is on the City of H-Town’s website on the City Controller:

What is the function of the City Controller?

The City Controller serves as the City’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for ensuring that the assets of the City are properly accounted for and expended in a manner consistent with applicable laws, policies, plans and procedures. 

Maybe Commentary is just a simpleton, but they just doled out $27.4 mil, I kind of am hoping that the City Controller knows why and how the $27.4 mil was distributed.

U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris put this out recently:

When I met Doug, the man who would become my husband, I also met a man who was a divorced father of two children, Cole and Ella, named after John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. As a child of divorce, I knew how hard it could be when your parents start to date other people. And I was determined not to insert myself in their lives until Doug and I had established we were in this for the long haul. Children need consistency; I didn’t want to insert myself into their lives as a temporary fixture because I didn’t want to disappoint them. There’s nothing worse than disappointing a child.

So, we took it slow, and Doug and I put a lot of thought into when and how I would first meet the kids. And that meant waiting. As we waited, anticipation grew. When the day finally came, I had butterflies in my stomach. The plan was to go to a seafood hut off the Pacific Coast Highway called the Reel Inn, a favorite of the kids.

On my way to meet Doug, I picked up a tin of cookies and tied a ribbon in a bow around them. I took a few deep breaths. I was excited, and I was nervous. I rehearsed what I would say. Would the kids think the cookies were really nice or really weird? Was the ribbon too much? (The ribbon was probably a little extra, but over the years Cole and Ella have spared me by not telling me that.)

Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown to be remarkable adults. I was already hooked on Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who reeled me in.

To know Cole and Ella is to know that their mother Kerstin is an incredible mother. Kerstin and I hit it off ourselves and are dear friends. She and I became a duo of cheerleaders in the bleachers at Ella’s swim meets and basketball games, often to Ella’s embarrassment. We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional.

A few years later when Doug and I got married, Cole, Ella, and I agreed that we didn’t like the term “stepmom.” Instead they came up with the name “Momala.”

Here is the entire piece: https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a27422434/kamala-harris-stepmom-mothers-day/.


The Astros have played one fourth of their season and #SpringerDinger is having an MVP season. His five for five performance yesterday which included two #SpringerDingers was jaw dropping in front of a SRO crowd at The Yard. His 15 #SpringerDingers are second most in MLB, his 37 RBIs are tied for second best, his 51 base hits are tied for fourth best in MLB and his .321 batting average is in the top 15. Of course, we still have a lot of baseball left.

You had to have enjoyed yesterday’s action at The Yard, unless you were a Rangers fans. First, a shout out to the fan Saturday who on the back of his Astros jersey had RANGERSTITLES where the name goes and 0 where the number goes – classic. There were two #SpringerDingers and two by Alex Bregman and Corbin Martin made his MLB debut as our pitcher. Corbin is from the Cy-Fair area so he is one of ours. He went to Cy Ranch and A&M and was our second-round draft choice in 2017. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up 3 hits, gave up 2 earned runs and struck out 9 hitters. Plus, it was Mother’s Day and his Mom and Grand Mother were there. We won 15-5, swept the Rangers and lead the Silver Boot 6 games to 4.

We lead MLB with a plus 69 run differential and the Marlins are dead last with a minus 91 run differential of course.

We have a 6 ½ game lead in our division. The good news I guess is all the other teams in our division are playing under .500 ball. The bad news is that of the six teams that we play in interleague games, four are playing above .500.

We are at Comerica for three starting this evening and then at Fenway this weekend

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