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Haute On Design: Tips on Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Haute on Design
Posted by Tamela on 2012/4/25 8:47:57 (1040 reads)
Haute on Design

By Tamela Bowie

Summer is the season for outdoor entertaining. Pool parties, back-yard barbeques and evening soirees are just some of the events that come to mind. Many homeowners today have created an outdoor oasis right in their backyard complete with outdoor kitchens, dining and living spaces perfect for outdoor entertaining. Want to create a fun and exciting outdoor entertaining space…then follow these simple design tips:

1. Ample cushioned seating is a must when it comes to outdoor entertaining. You want your guests to feel relaxed at all times which encourages great conversation and socializing. *If you do not have enough patio furniture, incorporate your indoor furniture such as chairs, stools or settees.

2. Create an inviting and relaxed dining experience by using an eclectic mixture of plates, glasses and serving platters.

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Thoughts and Notes on Sunday Night

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/4/22 23:20:00 (672 reads)

Well, here it is Sunday night, and I'm winding down - just about to put another perfectly good weekend to bed. I've been in a bit of a stupor this weekend due to hayfever. That Zyrtec does a fine job of dealing with the eyes, nose, and throat aspect of allergies, but I can still tell that the pollen has made me stupid. I have a hard time stringing together sentences when I'm in a stupor like that.

Today I did something really dumb.
I was looking to buy a new pair of sneakers. Yes, I just wrote "sneakers" even though I don't normally call them that. What I used to say is "running shoes" but it's been so long since I've run, that it seems ridiculous. Sneaking on the other hand... Well, anyhow, thinking I could avoid the mall, I wanted to go to a small local merchant that I've bought shoes from before, and that caters to runners. It's been a few years I guess, since I've been in there, but I remember getting personalized service, so I headed out there. When I got there, I stepped about one foot into the store, and realized that apparently things had changed. It looked like a pink bomb had gone off in there, because everywhere I looked, it was women's shoes and running clothes. If they had any men's shoes, I don't know. I didn't stick around.

That's when I did the dumb thing, and went to the mall instead. I hate the mall, but dammit, that seems to be the place for shoe stores doesn't it? Well, I guess we can call the recession over, because the mall was packed with shoppers like I haven't seen in awhile. And every one of them seemed determined to get between me and my mission of finding new shoes. I thought about this song, and even though I'm not a Ludacris fan, I could relate.

The stupidest thing I saw today - I shit you not - was a middle-aged guy with his child - I'd say 4 to 5 years old - on a leash. Yes, the child was on a leash, but that's not all because the child was riding a bicycle - in the mall - on a leash. I guess if you're going to let your kid ride a bike through the mall, you might as well have them on a leash so they can't cause as much damage. I just never would have thought that you could do that. Then again, I've seen some real idiotic stroller-pushers who could rival any mall-cyclist for who can cause the most damage to toes and kneecaps.

Anyhow, with the shoes, I eventually was able to find some that didn't seem too fluorescent or goofy-looking, and seemed to feel okay.

I did not choose to join this particular store's customer loyalty club to earn discounts, and I did not purchase an extended shoe warranty, custom inserts, fabric protection or undercoating. And I will not call the number on the receipt for a quick survey and a chance to win $500. I was ready to get out of there.

Yuppie coffee
So, a few years back I worked at an office where all the coffee machines were those Keurig K-cup brewers. They had endless supplies of the good stuff and all the best creamers and fixins, so I pretty much stayed wired all the time when I was there. Come to think of it, I had the highest billable hours in the company for one of those years and I remember my boss saying "nice - thanks for making all that money, but knock it off before you burn yourself out". Anyhow, it really is good coffee, compared to the regular drip-brewed coffee. So for years I've been eyeing them and sort of wanting one, but also knowing they're a bit ridiculous in price.

Well, tonight thanks to the combination of a tax return, Fluffy's urging, the encouragement from my youngest son, and probably allergy stupor, I sprung for a nice middle-of-the-line Keurig machine. Fluffy and I are sitting here drinking decaf. It's pretty good stuff, and seems to brew really hot. You know how you go to a restaurant or hotel, and they seem to have coffee that's just so much better than what you seem to be able to get out of your drip machine? Well, I think this comes close.

So in addition to being a little lighter in the wallet, and feeling like my head has been placed in a hyperbaric chamber, I think every muscle in my body hurts right now. Saturday, the whole family volunteered for Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and today I worked out in the front yard a bit. I think I've overdone it. My hamstrings feel like piano strings. It shouldn't be like this. I'm so out of shape.

Changing the look at LTJ
As you probably have noticed, I've rearranged some navigation here on the Lewisville Texan Journal site. That new menu bar on the top is something I've been meaning to add since late December. That's just how far behind I am. I've got even more cleanup I want to do with it, so expect to see some of the crap to the right to disappear and be subsumed into the menu bar up top. I like having that because I plan to add more reference-style articles with links to various resources.

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Notes from Lewisville Task Force Candidate Forum

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/4/22 17:24:46 (1111 reads)
Local News, Notes and Events

LTJ Writers Brandon and Steve were both in attendance at Thursday's Lewisville Task Force candidate forum. The Task Force held a forum in which Lewisville City Council and Lewisville ISD candidates were given time to introduce themselves and respond to some prepared questions submitted by the audience.

Despite our offer to tape the forum, the Lewisville Task Force elected to do their own video of the event, so LTJ doesn't have video, but hopefully the Task Force will make it available soon on their website.

Steve is running behind on putting together election information, but the following are Brandon's notes, which are pretty good:

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Earth Day: Empowering the People

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/4/21 8:00:01 (661 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Michael Stafford

April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the first observance of Earth Day, and there is much to celebrate. We've made remarkable progress in protecting the environment since 1970; today the Cuyahoga River no longer burns. And we've also mustered the political will to address major threats to the environment such as acid rain and the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the ozone layer.

However, there are dark clouds on the horizon. The Tea Party has essentially declared war on the environment. Sadly, renewable energy is a favorite, and a frequent, target.

With respect to renewable energy, the Tea Party's vocal opposition spans the entire gamut from tax incentives in Florida, to continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) in the Northeast. Of course, as Florida Governor Rick Scott's recent refusal to veto new renewable energy tax breaks demonstrates, such pressure is not always successful. It is, however, relentlessly applied.

The opposition to renewable energy programs is particularly unfortunate. Globally, the United States already lags behind other nations, such as Germany, in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

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Shaking the Fleas off the Dog

Raging Moderate
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/4/21 7:47:26 (882 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWill Durst - Raging Moderate

Remember way back when his own staffer said Mitt Romney had the convictions of an Etch-A-Sketch? Well, stand back, because as we speak, the former governor of Massachusetts is being flipped over and shaken so hard the fillings in the back teeth of his whole family are starting to rattle and cascade like some great crumbling Utah Butte.

Fear not the rubble, little ones. This simply means we're entering general election territory, so anything Mitt Romney might have said up during the primary... no longer applies. We're beginning anew. Re-shuffling the deck. The winter of our discontent has been made glorious summer by this Son of Dork.

We're not even playing the same ballgame anymore. Fast-pitch hardball has morphed into beach volleyball before our very eyes. And the sand's been replaced with money. Unlike the previous six months, the object is no longer about how hard you hit the ball, rather how long it stays in the air. On your side of the net. You may recall this from pre-video game childhood as Keep Away.

A Republican primary is consumed with hard right angles. No quarter asked for, no quarter given. The general election is much more soft focus. Nice, round, spongy contours. Less muscular retorts, more sly evasions. Gauze is being spread over the lens and next comes the two fingers of Vaseline. Best keep a towel handy.

Already the severely conservative former governor has turned into a moderate kind of a regular guy. Mr. Hyde sunk behind the lab island and Dr. Jeckyll rose to walk forward with an outreached hand. Mister "It's okay to call Susan Fluke a slut" is now the soul of Chivalry.

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Rotary Announces March and April Students of the Month

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/4/20 8:16:54 (815 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Rotary recognized Seo (Kelly) Jung Kim (Top photo,2nd from right) as its Student of the Month for March 2012, and Logan White (2nd photo, 2nd from right) as its Student of the Month for April 2012. Each month during the school term, Lewisville Rotary recognizes an outstanding student from the Lewisville High School campus as selected by teachers and administrative staff at the school. The student is normally accompanied by family and the school’s principal, Mr. Brad Burns, to Rotary’s regular lunch meeting on the third Wednesday of the month to receive a plaque and recognition before the club.

Kelly is the daughter of Kim Jin Young and Ku Sun Kyung of Lewisville, and Logan is the son of Robert and Connie White of Lewisville.

Mr. Burns provided the following information on Kelly and Logan:

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Links on Friday Morning

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/4/20 7:59:14 (771 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowWell, it's been too long since I posted links, so a few of the things I've been meaning to post are old news. It's been crazy busy around here.

Couple ticketed for panhandling in Lewisville

Statewide poll on Texas issues.

Information on Flower Mound's charter amendment propositions

One in five U.S. adults never use the internet.

This is just so wrong. The teens who did this need to be monitored for the rest of their lives, because they are probably psychopaths. If we're going to have sex offender registries, then we need psychopath registries.

Awesome U.S. wind map

Jim Morriss has a good piece in the Cross Timbers Gazette about the people who lived here in the early 1900s, and the hardships they had to endure just to get by and raise their children. Reading this and thinking about how I might react to such challenges makes me doubly grateful for the blessings that we have to live where we live in the time that we live.

I'm highly disturbed by this.

This is beyond stupid. We have to weed this out of the Democratic party. Buying votes is not a Democratic (big "D") or democratic value.

A Lewisville man learned that if you steal $53 million, you get 10 years in prison. His mistake was that he didn't steal billions. If you steal billions in this country, you get off scot free. Then again, get caught with too much marijuana, and you'll spend more time in prison than this guy.

The rabid right wing doesn't have many celebrities who are not pundits. But when they do, they're often bat shit crazy and filled with hate. Ted Nugent is a draft-dodging chicken hawk piece of shit.

More endorsements in local races.

Shareholders finally woke up and said NO to outsized executive compensation. They didn't think it was adequately tied to performance.

Facts died.

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Notes from a Texas Patriot: Never Give Up

Blogs and Columns
Posted by DavidVanOs on 2012/4/17 9:00:00 (677 reads)

Open in new windowBy David Van Os

The people have been on an accelerating downward slide under the class war waged by the robber barons and their political stooges especially for the last 31 years since the false idol Reagan took office. Many millions of honest, hard-working Americans have been tricked by three decades of lies into voting for the purveyors of the false free-market cult, voting for the very same predators who steal their jobs, their homes, and their standards of living.

Too many people who had positions of influence through which they could have combated the lies failed to do so. When false messages are not vigorously contested it is easy for the lies to fill a vacuum. Far too many people get elected on populist-sounding platforms, and then it turns out that either their platforms were fraudulent or they don’t have the guts to live up to them. And far too many journalists and academics take the easy and convenient path of acquiescence to the power of money.

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KLB Schedules Spring Clean Up for April 21st

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/4/16 10:00:00 (901 reads)

Open in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful will conduct the 26th annual city-wide Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 21st. Volunteers will converge on litter problem spots around the city with trash bags and pick-up sticks to clean up litter.

Families, scout groups, civic groups, corporate teams and individual volunteers are all welcome, and there is friendly competition among groups to see who can pick up the most litter.

All equipment is provided, and volunteers receive goody bags that include T-shirts. Clean up is from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and free lunch is provided afterward. Various sponsoring local businesses have donated prizes, which will be awarded by drawing during lunch.

What: Spring Clean Up
When: Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 9 a.m.
Where: Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones St., Lewisville
Who: All ages
Note: Wear sturdy shoes and clothing. Bring sunscreen and a hat if you need them.

To register, or for more information, call 972-538-5949, or visit the event web page.

Lewisville Texan Journal Team
As we have in the past, Lewisville Texan Journal will form a clean up team. This is one of those things we can all pitch in on and cooperate with each other, even though we may at times argue like cats and dogs in the forums here.

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Fact Check: Does Lewisville Have Over $160 Million in Debt?

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/4/16 0:10:00 (1655 reads)

Open in new windowIn a recent questionnaire posted in the Dallas Morning News, City Council candidate Steve Hill made this statement:

"Lewisville is drowning in debt. Over $160 million dollars in debt (view the CAFR - City [sic] Annual Financial Report). "

In this post, we'll look at the claim that Lewisville has "Over $160 million dollars in debt". In another post, we'll examine another part of his claim.

This isn't the first time that Hill has made such claims about the city's debt, having run twice on that battle cry before. What is new is the amount that he says Lewisville is "drowning" from. In his December 2011 election, Hill said the city was over $200 million in debt - a figure that we dismissed here.

We contacted Hill to see how he derived his numbers, and he responded as follows:

"On page 74 [of the CAFR] you find $58 million with $13 million in debt services. Page 75 another $41 million. Page 77 another $32 million. And another $7 million on the same page.  

Add these up with their interest payments you get $187 million. "

Here's a summary of Lewisville's debt, the way that Steve Hill sees it*:

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