Friday, September 23, 2016

Everyone Loves It

(Fox 39 story from last week)

Alex Perez speaking on the restoration of the house on Chihuahua & Seymour.
We finally started the project.  You know, there's a lot of interest in this house, you know.  On Facebook, at city council meetings, there's a lot, a lot of interest.  We've been at this already for four years.  Finally you can see a big change in the gardens.   
It used to be an old abandoned house.  Now it's looking like, you know, people are paying attention to it.  The flowers everywhere are blooming, you know; the people pass by, they're honking.  It's gonna be a great project.  This house has been around (for) since 1920 so it's about 100 years old.
A destination spot for the public.

(courtesy photo below)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

South Laredo Landscape

This is my view when I was exiting the Domino's Pizza on Zapata Hwy & Palo Blanco.  I took the photo in July.  The reason I focused on the R&S gas station over yonder is because it appeared to be closed for good.  A couple of blocks north of that establishment stands a former Wendy's.

Some things we gain, others we lose.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I Looked Away

Photo via the internets

My interest in professional sports doesn't go far beyond football.  It's the one sport I've kept up with since grade school.  One aspect of the game that I find unsettling, however, is showboating.  I can't stand tasteless celebratory acts, even when they're done by players of my favorite team.

Last night Antonio Brown burned a Redskin defender and scored a touchdown.  After the play, Brown did some sort of twerk/Kegel/pelvic thrust move.  That's how he celebrated.

It's real easy for an NFL game to turn into a circus.  For that reason, I propose that the league do away with the pre-game formality of playing the National Anthem.  Get rid of that solemn ritual; It has no place in a setting where grown men are going to act like brutes.    

Friday, September 9, 2016

Please No Spam

Former City of Laredo spokesperson Xochitl Mora did an interesting thing the other day: she shared with her old media contacts an article that highlights the glory of McAllen, TX.

Mora moved to McAllen last month to be the spokesperson for the valley metropolis that apparently sets the standard for all the others.  She packed up and moved on to greener pastures.  The new chapter in her life, however, did not include a purging of her old email blast list.

Oh sure, I enjoyed getting rain total updates, and bridge revenue reports when she worked for our humble hamlet; But she's got a new boss, and audience now.  Her focus should be directed towards keeping valley residents in the know.  When I signed up for email updates from Ms. Mora, I expected to be kept aware of local happenings, not McAllen's.  She's now assuming that we all want to know, and that we should know, what's going on outside our borders.

One of her followers didn't appreciate the media alert.

The reason I take issue with Mora's approach is centered on getting unsolicited information from a person with whom I didn't have a personal connection.  When she was in Laredo, I asked her a question or two about local business, and that was it.  Our acquaintance was simply professional and distant.  Her recent outreach isn't really a surprise, however.  The McAllen press release she sent out to her Laredo contacts is typical Xochitl Mora.

In 2010 I took issue with Ms. Mora making an announcement on behalf of St. Peters Memorial School.  She promoted the private school to the media contacts she acquired through her role as a city staffer.  It was done on several occasions.  She overstepped her boundaries and she's still doing it.

The writer (in the featured passage above) who criticized Mora in an email reply spoke to the expectation of trust in establishing a professional relationship.  I appreciate his point of view, especially if sensitive information is going to be shared.  At the very least, Ms. Mora's approach is lazy and unconcerned with details.  I can probably block her updates, or ask to be excluded from the mailing list.  But it would be more thoughtful of her to ask her contacts if they want to continue getting press releases from a different city.

There is an etiquette to email.  Unfortunately Xochitl Mora still hasn't figured that out.        

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Los Amores Art

A mural has gone up in Los Amores.  It's located at the corner of Santa Maria and Constantinople.  The work was thought up by artist Tony Briones.  He recruited aspiring artists to help out.

The mural pays tribute to four of Briones' friends who have passed on.

(I learned of this project from Valerie Gonzalez's reporting on KGNS last week.)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Soaking Up September

September 1, 1977 Laredo receives valley residents avoiding Hurricane Anita.
September 1, 1863 Maj. Santos Benavides leads his troops across the Rio Grande to pursue Octaviano Zapata, a recruit of Union forces.
September 1, 1989 TAMIU became member of Texas A&M system.
September 1, 2018 Kmart on San Dario Ave. closes. 
September 2, 1977 Bridge toll collectors unhappy with wages, scale back services.

September 2, 2008 CUT FAT billboard. (blog photo)

September 2, 2016 Lamar Middle School demolition in progress. Old buildings on west side of campus torn down.  

September 3, 1932 Bridge 1 destroyed by flood.
September 3, 2013 Barrio residents start getting their blue recycling bins. (blog post)
September 4, 1983 Cigarroa H.S. Silver Roses perform halftime highlights in gym.
September 4, 2001 Tony Sanchez announces campaign for governor.
September 4 Larry Berry's birthday, son of Laredo activist. 
September 4, 2014 JP Ricardo Rangel pleaded guilty to extortion in federal court.
September 4, 2012 City council approves higher fees for trash pick-up.
September 5, 1957 "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac was published. It contains a passage about Laredo. 
September 5, 2007 Laredo Bucks sign Coach Terry Ruskowski to a lifetime contact.
September 6, 1883 Laredo Daily Times created
September 6, 2016 City council decides to appeal the overturning of bag ban to Supreme Court.
September 7, 1885 Jovita Idar born in Laredo. Political activist who formed La Liga Feminil Mexicanista. 
September 7, 2015 (Alamo Drafthouse set to open Monday the 7th) [had soft opening Thursday/Friday]
September 7, 2011 Tino Juarez dies.
September 7, 2009 YouTube video:  T E A Party 2009 Laredo Texas
September 8, 1977 Lawrence Berry talks to Noon Optimist Club about city’s money discrepancies in street department.
September 8, 2007 Radcliffe Killam passes.
September 9, 1947 First semester starts @ Laredo Junior College. W.J. Adkins is president.
September 9, 2010 Ribbon cutting event for Slaughter Park.
September 10, 1881 Texas-Mexican Railway lands within city limits.
September 10, 2020 Body of teenage girl found at park near Nixon High School. 
September 11, 1991 Continental Express Flight 2574 left Laredo airport. It crashed near Eagle Lake Texas.
September 12, 2017 Regular unleaded: $2.49 per gallon. Price went up due to Hurricanes Harvey/Irma.
September 12, 2020 Veterans group re-paint DEFUND THE WALL mural on Victoria; Trump train goes up and down I-35 with police escort.  
September 13, 2012 YouTube video: Air Wolf 1.  Sheriff introduces new helicopter.
September 14, 2007 Bill Clinton visits and eats with locals at Palenque Grill.
September 14, 1999 Laredo Medical Center moves from Heights to Saunders location.
September 15, 2012 North Central Park site of first No Mud, No Glory race.
September 15, 1931 City of Laredo names Bruni plaza (A.M.Bruni)
September 15, 2016 Roberto C. Botello Jr. passed away. (Band director) 
September 16, 1913 Aldo Tatangelo born.
September 17, 2007 LaSanbe launches.
September 18, 2006 “Your CW” launched by KGNS
September 18, 2008 Lamar Bruni Vergara home demolished. (blog photo of rubble)
September 18, 2015 Man falls from overpass at I-35 and Loop 20.
September 19, 1980 “Heatwave” Berler does weathercast (KGNS-TV 8 Laredo, Texas, video)
September 19, 1856 Antonio M. Bruni born in Italy. Member of Independent Club (Partido Viejo)
September 21, 2001 Doctor’s Hospital grand opening ceremony. New facility located at Bob Bullock Lp. And McPherson Rd.
September 21, 2009 Regular gasoline in Laredo was $2.39 a gallon.
September 21, 2017 Border Sporting Goods starts going-out-of-business sale. 
September 22, 1972 Nixon visits Laredo (picture). 2 years later he resigns.
September 23, 2016 Pinguino snack place opens @ former Starbucks location on Zapata Hwy. 
September 24, 2013 Apartments being torn down (just west of city hall, photo).
September 24, 2010 Laredo Broncos host ‘wrap-up party’ at former Homerun Derby
September 25, 2013 Last ‘blue bag’ day in El Chacon. Blue bin use from here on.
September 25, 2001 Sheriff Juan Garza to Judge Mercurio Martinez: “kiss his federal prisoners goodbye if he didn’t get his raise.” Garza was requesting 20 percent raise. 
September 26, 2017 3 Points Interchange closed due to flooding. Heavy rain in our area. 
September 27, 2015 County annex building in downtown Laredo demolished.
September 28, 1946 Laredo Jr. College established by the voting public. Classes began the following year.
September 28, 2011 Laredo ISD trustees dedicate new transportation facility at the site of old Ochoa Elementary School.
September 28, 2019 City of Laredo issues a 'boil water' notice to residents, because of low chlorine levels in the water system. 
September 29, 1960 Mac’s Toys grand opening.
September 30, 2014 LareDOS announces retirement.
September 30, 2019 LMT headline: boil water notice puts Laredoans in a panic.