Friday, July 13, 2018

It's All A Game To Them


(all courtesy photos)

Councilmember Alex Perez -- FBI target subject and person who gets prickly when you don't want to shake his hand -- welcomed Dallas Cowboy player Blake Jarwin to Laredo recently.  Jarwin MAY or may not have family ties to the Perez's.


Here you see Jarwin signing autographs for the peoples.  I had noticed a lot of activity at Slaughter Park on July 8, 2018, but didn't know what all the hubbub was about.


Apparently Blake Jarwin made an appearance at more than one city park in south Laredo, to the delight of faithful Cowboys fans.


On Monday, the Dallas baller was the featured guest at a pricey fundraiser, all to benefit Cristina Perez, candidate for City Council District 3 and current wife of sitting District 3 Councilman Alex Perez.

It must be nice to have a wide range of city resources at your disposal to advance the political campaign of your wife.  I don't know how civic-minded the park attendees are to remember the Perez's gesture and go vote in November; But these little publicity stunts should be examined with a closer look.  That's highly unlikely, however, since the ethics commission has members dropping like flies.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Who Is Next?


I took this shot of the Toys R Us on Friday, June 29, 2018, when the franchise officially went out of business and closed all of its stores nationwide.  You can tell it's the Laredo store by the potholes in the parking lot.  This store held some sentimental value for my wife and I since it's where we used to take our son shopping for Thomas the Tank Engine characters, or some odd type of Lego sets.


This interior photo I found online.  I recall many a time we had to stand in line to wait for the next available clerk to ring us up.

It's a peculiar thing to see longstanding landmarks come and go.  As much as they were part of Laredo's progress, their exit is sometimes a mark of decline for our fair city.  Usually the upside of retail spaces or service outlets that go belly up is that a new venture is bound to come in to replace it.  Good or bad, it precludes the possibility of urban blight setting in.

There has been a lot of change throughout the city:

CVS being built on Guadalupe and Logan
K-Mart liquidating all its merchandise
Holloway's Bakery former site getting a major upgrade
Demolition of the pawn shop at Lyon and Bartlett
Joe Brand at the mall selling off its stuff to move elsewhere
Construction on Bartlett and Bustamante
Big remodeling job at warehouse facility on Calton Rd. near HEB Mercado
etc.