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Thoughts on Sunday Night

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/28 21:50:00 (1000 reads)

Open in new windowElection Judging
Mamask8z and I are serving as Judge and Alternate Judge for the Democratic Primary Election at Memorial Park Recreation Center in Lewisville on Tuesday. Voting is something that we started really caring about several years back, so we've done this several times, volunteering in both primary and general elections, and helping to lower the average age of the workforce at the polls.

So, Saturday, I went in for the yearly required training that judges must take, and Jen did hers online. I think she got the better end of the deal. There were some silly questions asked of the election staff by some of the new volunteers, who were seemingly anxious to find ways to get confused about things. One of my favorite questions was "why can't we get a list of provisional voters prior to the election?". Here's your sign.

So, I'm actually looking forward to it, and don't think I will be as ragged by Tuesday night as I was in 2008, when Clinton v. Obama had Republicans raiding our polls and clogging the place up. At our poll location at Memorial Park, we had about 3,000 voters on primary day, if I recall correctly. People were parked on the soggy grass, and got stuck in the mud. We had a frustrating incident in Flower Mound, where people parked on graves. We had unruly people objecting when we stamped "Democrat" on their cards. But we had hundreds turn out for the caucuses that night. We'll be lucky to have a couple hundred voters and a dozen folks turn out for the caucuses - or "Precinct Conventions" as the're more appropriately called.

I remembered writing a blog about the process last year, so I went looking. Turns out I wrote in depth about the primary, as Part I, but apparently was so exhausted I never got a Part II written. But it's an experience I'll never forget, and I appreciate some of the friends I made, and all the people I met in that process.

This year's Denton County Democratic Convention will be March 20th at Lewisville High School. We need to make sure we have a strong showing of Lewisville Democrats.


I've been spending some time working on my mandolin skills - as well as my new mando-banjo. I'm inspired by guys like this:

That's Tony Rice flat-picking the guitar. Sam Bush is wailing on the mandolin.

I did manage to get my mando banjo fixed - actually better than when I got it. My new natural skin head came in this week, and I managed to get it installed and the whole rig put back together with no extra parts. I think I've got the action right now, and it's tuned up really well. I still have a set of extra-light strings to put on it. I cheated and reinstalled the 4 old strings after putting it back together - just for the purpose of getting the bridge set right, but not wanting to tighten them all the way while the skin was still damp.

As I mentioned in a Facebook status update, I learned the "closed G" chord last night, which requires you to stretch your fingers amazingly far for such a small instrument. If I could just dislocate my pinky and give it the strength of Hercules, I might could actually sound good with this chord.

Open in new windowBattle of the Bands - Lewisville
As I mentioned a couple weeks back, the budget for Sounds of Lewisville concert series is frozen. The only way we continue the tradition this year is if we can pull it off with no city funding.

A few interested citizens are putting together a proposal to turn this year's season into a "Battle of the Bands" type format, where we get local bands from around North Texas who are looking to make a name for themselves to come play for us for free. City staff have been receptive so far. We'll discuss it in more detail on Monday. The logo there is just something I threw together Friday as a prototype.

Open in new windowComplete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
I took the wife and kids to see this play put on by the Greater Lewisville Community Theater tonight. The kids were non-enthused about having to go to this thing, but they were very quickly laughing so hard, they just about hyperventilated. I got short on breath a few times myself. It was literary slap-stick, full of humorous references to current events. They really did a great job.

Open records loss
The Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively writes new law regarding open records in Texas. Basically, they will now allow governmental entities to continue stalling in 10 day increments, by burying the requestor with requests for clarification. I really hope that it will not be abused, but I fear that it will be. We might have to have the legislature re-examine open records in the 2011 session.

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Costello Buying a Computer from Abbott

Emails from Aunt Agnes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/28 12:44:34 (878 reads)
Emails from Aunt Agnes

Yes, this IS what they would do if they were still here!
Read on:

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on...

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A morning with Congressman Mike Burgess

Posted by Trace on 2010/2/27 21:20:00 (1404 reads)

Could we have helped you? Probably, but we didn’t even try. ~ Congressmen Mike Burgess to one of his constituents’

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Local Happenings for Lewisville Area - Week of February 28th

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/26 19:00:00 (1486 reads)
Lewisville Area Calendar and Events

From submitted reports - email with your items

General Announcements

Tax assistance available at the Lewisville Senior Center
Free tax assistance will take place each Monday through April 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lewisville Senior Center, 1950 A S. Valley Parkway.
This free tax help from the AARP is open to individuals (no businesses) 50 years and older. To make a reservation, call 972.219.5050. Phone in registration can be done one week in advance starting at 8:30 a.m.

Library Offeres Weekly Storytimes for Kids
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Lewisville Public Library for free storytimes. Mother Goose Time (ages up to 15 months) is held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday; Toddler Time (ages 15-36 months) is held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. Tuesday; Preschool Time (ages 3-6 years) is held 10:30 a.m. Monday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday; and Prime Time (Kindergarten through 3rd Grade) is held 4 p.m. Monday.

All programs are held in the Cynthia Bennett Children’s Wing Storytime Room.

The Lewisville Public Library is located at the Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. For more information, please call the Youth Services Desk of the Lewisville Public Library at 972.219.3577 or log on to

Calendar of Events

Open in new windowFebruary 12 - 28th - GLCT Presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged"
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Alan Hanna

"If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show! Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, this irreverent, fast-paced romp features all 37 of The Bard’s plays in under two hours! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy. Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “wildly funny” and by the Montreal Gazette as “the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime,” there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself would approve!"

For More Information

Open in new windowFebruary 26 - March 7 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Actors Conservatory Theater presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Feb.26th - March 7th, 2010
7 PM Friday and Saturday, 2 PM Saturday and Sunday
Crawford Center for the Arts
1720 S. Edmonds, Lewisville, TX

More information at

Open in new windowMarch 1st- Lewisville City Council Meeting
The Lewisville City Council meets at 7:00 PM on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 151 West Church Street, Lewisville, TX [Map]. The public is invited to attend. Citizens may address the Mayor and Council during the Visitor's Forum, although no action can be taken on any item not on the agenda. Agendas are posted here no later than 72 hours in advance of a meeting.

Open in new windowMarch 2nd - Primary Election Day
Early voting for the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections begins February 16th and goes through February 23rd. March 2nd is Primary Election Day. Any runoffs would be held on April 13th

Open in new windowMarch 2nd - Joint Workshop regarding Lewisville High School
LISD Board of Trustees will meet in a joint session with the Lewisville City Council to discuss replacing Lewisville High School.
Full information here...

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowMarch 6th - Scouts Can Earn Emergency Preparedness Badge
Boy Scouts can earn the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge at a fun-filled and active day at Lewisville’s Central Fire Station on Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Scouts will work their way through the many requirements with the city’s emergency manager. Those who attend will see the Lewisville Fire Department Life and Fire Safety group present life-saving techniques. Attendees will also get to participate in an emergency service project and will act as victims and responders. There will also be time for one-on-one consultation to sign blue cards and talk with scouts about other requirements they may have completed. The class will cover all requirements except 8 and 9.

There are only 30 spots available. Scouts can register by calling 972.219.5012 or sending e-mail to

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Should Children Witness Childbirth?

Emails from Aunt Agnes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/26 9:30:20 (950 reads)
Emails from Aunt Agnes

Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call.

The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a three (3) year old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy, Heidi, so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born.

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Old Drugs - New Name

Emails from Aunt Agnes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/25 21:50:00 (1300 reads)
Emails from Aunt Agnes

All drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name.

Example, the trade name is Tylenol and its generic name is Acetaminophen. Aleve is also called Naproxen.

Amoxil is also call Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.

The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of course, Ibepokin..

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Joint LISD / Lewisville Council Meeting to Discuss $40 + Million Lewisville High School Replacement (Updated)

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/24 18:30:00 (3888 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Lewisville Independent School District's Board of Trustees will be conducting a joint workshop meeting with Lewisville City Council

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
5:30 PM
Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main Street, Lewisville, Texas

1. DINNER - 5:30pm in Room D
2. WORKSHOP - 6:30pm in Board Room
A. Discussion of Proposed Renovations to Lewisville High School

LISD Facilities staff are expected to present a new plan to demolish and reconstruct most of Lewisville High School, instead of the previously approved plan to renovate the building by removing asbestos and installing new HVAC and fire sprinklers.

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Quick jots on Tuesday Night

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/23 22:40:00 (877 reads)

My brain is a big jumble right now, with lots of stuff flying around, and lots of stuff I need to do that I'm not getting done.

First of which is early voting. I like to vote early, but I've not done so this year. Still just not quite decided on a couple of races.

BTW, Rick Perry's Texas depends more and more on the federal government.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop opened in Lewisville Monday Morning. Mamask8z and I had breakfast there - tasty migas. Fuzzy's is semi-famous in Denton and other stores around the Metroplex, and I'm glad to have them here in Lewisville. Check them out when you get a chance.

Congress launches investigation into gas drilling practices

Have you ever heard a Cello-banjo? Here's a fretless one. Very interesting sound, and I'm impressed as heck by the guy playing it without frets:

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Protesters to Picket Petland over Puppy Mills Saturday

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/23 21:20:30 (1338 reads)

The group Texans Exposing Petland want Lewisville residents to know that they'll be protesting the Petland store in Vista Ridge plaza on F.M. 3040 on Saturday from 3:00 - 4:30 PM.

The group is asking local animal rights supporters to join them. The store is located on Round Grove Rd (FM 3040), just west of MacArthur Blvd, on the south side of the street. From Interstate 35E going north or south, take the Round Grove/FM 3040 exit, head west on Round Grove, and just after MacArthur Blvd turn left between the Bank of America and Sonic Drive In. Park in the Bank of America parking lot, since the bank will be closed. Bed Bath & Beyond and Babies R Us are in the same strip of stores.

For more information, email

Previous Coverage of this group, including video...

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Texas Blog Roundup for Week ending 2/21/2010

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/2/22 8:33:19 (961 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds you that early voting runs through this Friday at 7 PM for the primaries as it brings you this week's blog highlights.

BossKitty at TruthHugger is amazed that anger is directed toward the Internal Revenue Service when Americans elect the very people who make the laws IRS enforces. Joe Stack targeted the wrong end of this chain. Taxpayers get end up owing money because they do not understand the laws their representatives make. Tax and Defiance – Short Sighted Protester, Joe Stack.

In times of depleting incomes, Republican Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack brags about his $2.3 Million tax funded soap box derby track.

Two Steps Forward One Step Back for Tainted Texas Air at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy reflects on the next 40 days of protest that are taking place at Planned Parenthood, and reviews a performance of the Vagina Monologues at Texas A&M. Also, a look at the poll numbers in the campaign to be the next governor of Texas, and a review of the week in headlines.

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