Over the years I’ve logged in quite a bit of time at the Juanitas on West T C Jester. I enjoy the cheerful interior, the convenience and the quick service, and oh yes, the margaritas. I’ve also encountered my go-to Mexican restaurant from a different vantage point – the White Oak Hike and Bike trail. From that view, I see a dumpster and employee cars, as well as the giant red letters reminding people not to forget about the Supreme Sandwiches in the same complex. My husband and I have wondered more than once if Juanitas has ever considered putting a patio on the bayou side of the restaurant. And the answer according to the staff members I talked to – nope. Likewise the manager at Supreme Sandwiches. He says they’ve never thought about it because people have never asked about … [Read more...] about Come so they will build it
It would seem the fox is in the hen house at Oak Forest Homeowners Association. I cannot say it surprises me as I have seen the ‘lie down and play dead’ attitude of the deed restrictions committee increasing in recent years, so whether it is a third floor being built on Cheshire or a lot subdivided on Du Barry, it does not seem to get much resistance from the committee. I think we need to look at who is getting elected to run OFHA and who is being assigned to the deed restriction committee. Are they employed by the development industry? Banking or mortgage industry? How about real estate? Do they have a conflict of interest? If we find they do, we need to boot them off the team, because deed restrictions are specifically in place to protect the nature of the neighborhood from over-zealous … [Read more...] about Controversies brew over Oak Forest Garden Oaks deed restriction issues
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Creek restaurants. I like the food, the vibe, all of it. I just take issue with their branding. I know Gary Mosley has fond memories of visiting the Hill Country as a kid and apparently enjoyed himself immensely in Austin when he attended a San Marcos prep school. He’s told other publications that he wanted to bring a relaxed vibe to Houston with his restaurants. Super. But why does Dry Creek have to have Austin, Texas on its roof to convey the feeling? Houston has trees, increasing green space, and a lot of people who are keeping it weird right here in Bayou City. Maybe I’m just still remembering how people in Austin reacted to my move from that city to Houston in 2004. They recoiled as if it was akin to descending into the Seventh Circle of Hell. I … [Read more...] about A Greater Heights takeover? Seems like it
When compiling the copy that HISD schools sent for their teachers of the year I was intrigued by a submission from the Davis High School principal about their Rookie Teacher of the Year, Amber Homolka. It said that Homolka was “an attorney who left the legal world to become a teacher this past year and that her goal was to help students overcome life challenges and become whatever they dreamed – her most exciting moment this year was getting two students who had never debated to UIL regionals in the Lincoln Douglas Debate.” Now I definitely wanted to know more. When I was in my 20s and laid off from a dot-com job in 2001, I decided I wanted to be a teacher too – I’d been watching a lot of Dead Poets Society and Lean On Me at the time – so I entered the substitute pool at the Austin … [Read more...] about From lawyer to teacher, one woman’s tale
Last week I got to attend my first HISD State of the Schools event. I found it both very inspiring and very depressing. HISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh in the US and like all other large businesses – the business in this case runs 283 schools, educates 215,000 students, and employs nearly 30,000 people – it has its share of successes and failures. We’ll start with the good stuff. I’m always a pushover for kids front and center sharing their own achievements and there was plenty of that. The welcome was given by the Arabic Immersion Magnet School Principal Kate Adams and two camera ready five year olds who greeted us in Arabic. We found out from the new board president Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. that by the 2016-2017 school year, one-third of HISD’s … [Read more...] about What do you want first – the good news or the bad?