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Thoughts on Tuesday Night

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/11/25 5:22:42 (1176 reads)

It's the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and I am off work tomorrow. Just sitting here in my bedroom while my kids run around out in the living room and make all sorts of noise. I think they were riding their razor scooter and running over Legos earlier. Our poor dog Hank looks traumatized. Too bad. He can't get up here on my bed. We have clean sheets and he stinks.

Black Friday
Friday morning is sort of a make-or-break day for America's retailers. I do not see myself waiting in line outside of a store at 4 AM.

However, I have been looking at some sale ads and thinking that the $200 laptop computers being offered by Best Buy and Walmart might be worth it. Of course, they'll probably only have 5 per store at that price, with no rain checks.

Ever since we got my youngest son a netbook computer for his birthday this past July, my oldest son has been begging for his own notebook computer. And of course we've been telling him to wait until Christmas.

Of course my wife needs a new notebook computer too, hers having an inoperable screen and having to use an external monitor.

Other than that, I have no clue what to get people for Christmas. I really hate how extravagant and consumption-focused that the holiday has become.

Having been raised in the Christian tradition, and having become a Baptist at the age of 14, only to sort of flush most of the religious aspects of my faith in my early 30s, I don't quite know what to make of the holiday, but I do hope I can find some way to make it meaningful for the family.

But hey, it's not even Thanksgiving yet...

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Texas Blog Roundup - Week ending 11/22/09

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/11/25 2:34:24 (993 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance as Thanksgiving week begins brings you this week's highlights from the blogs.

The Texas Cloverleaf clues you in on why you can't breathe in Denton County-- gas drillers!

WCNews at Eye On Williamson has some Thoughts on Straus' Interim Charges - including topics like feral hogs, blogging, and transportation.

On Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS, TXsharon summarizes the Barnett Shale Emissions Meeting in Fort Worth.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme would like the sun to shine on city doings even if city officials don't.

Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog is delighted that Hank Gilbert has enlisted Geeyung Li as APIA Outreach Director and thus has the first Asian American senior staffer of the campaign.

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LHS Field House to Cost $4.8 Million - Sprinklers a Definite Maybe

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/11/24 1:40:00 (4059 reads)

The new athletic field house slated for Lewisville High School may or may not include a fire sprinkler retro-fit for the main classroom building, but will cost a total of $4.8 million, according to documents obtained from Lewisville ISD today.

On November 12th, WhosPlayin requested backup information for an item that was to be approved at the November 16th meeting of the LISD Trustees.

We had previously reported that LISD would be approving fire sprinklers for Lewisville High School, based on conversations with Lewisville City staff and our interpretation of the cryptic agenda item "Contract to SHW Group for Mechanical Changes and Upgrades at Lewisville High School."

Prior to the board meeting we contacted Cherry Carter, secretary to the Superintendant of LISD to request clarification on the agenda item and whether it included sprinklers or not, but Carter claimed that the information was secret and for board members only. (The Texas Open Meetings Act does not allow secret documents for this type of agenda item).

District spokeswoman Karen Permetti responded to our request for clarification simply with "please submit an open records request".

According to the documents obtained, which do not mention sprinklers specifically, school board members may not have known whether they were voting on sprinklers for the facility. The document mentions a price of $4.5 million for the total construction cost, with an additional $308,250 for construction management fees to SHW group, which will assume the risk if the project goes over budget.

Since the original estimated cost of the project was $4 million, and the district has been saving money on construction costs due to a depressed construction market, we are left to speculate that the additional $500,000 in construction costs go towards sprinkler installation, HVAC replacements, and possible asbestos remediation.

In an email from Permetti on Friday, she stated "I do know that mechanical improvements include, lighting, HVAC, tiles and sprinkler systems.". What was not clear though was whether she was referring to these specific mechanical improvements, or the meaning of "mechanical improvements" in general.

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Hello to AM 1360 Listeners

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/11/23 16:06:13 (1823 reads)

I got the opportunity to join in on the Jack Bishop show this morning to discuss the role of blogs as news outlets, and our tiff with Lewisville ISD and their anti-blogger policy.

Jack and the gang were great to hang out with, which was great, since I was nervous as heck being on the radio for the first time. My greatest fear was that I would inadvertantly drop the F-bomb, but I had nothing to worry about. ;)

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Health Care Measure Passes Key Senate Hurdle

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/11/22 4:35:11 (866 reads)

Yea! The Senate will debate and pass this, then the conference committees will have to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions, then each chamber will vote again, then the President will sign.

I think I hear some insurance company executives hopes for continued obscene profits being dashed.

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