Monday, September 30, 2013

The Quileute Tribe Has Me Thinking About Installing A No Trespassing Sign For The Caddo Nation In Arlington's Village Creek Natural Historical Area

Yesterday Mr. Steve A. caused me to virtually visit a town on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington called Forks.

Forks gets a lot of rain. Something like, on average, 212 days of rain a year. I have moteled, over night, in Forks on two occasions, both dry, but one time cloudy, with the other clear blue sky.

This century Forks became known world-wide due to movies I have never seen which have the word "Twilight" in the title.

Virtually visiting Forks led me to virtually visit the nearby village of La Push. I have gone hiking in the La Push area. The beaches in the La Push zone have some of the iconic Washington Pacific Ocean scenery.

When I Googled for La Push images I came upon the above sign. La Push is the largest village within the Quileute Indian Reservation.

Yesterday I went walking with the Indian ghosts in Arlington's Village Creek Natural Historical Area, where the native peoples were forcibly removed from their land.

In Washington, and other states, some native peoples still have their villages intact, and have control over their Tribal lands and so are able to post signs such as you see above.

However, some Pacific Northwest tribes met the same fate as the Village Creek tribes. Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce come to mind

I doubt Arlington's Village Creek Indians had posted any signs informing the incoming Texans they were not authorized to access Village Creek Tribal Lands and if they did so they would be prosecuted and their horses towed.

When you cross the San Juan River, at Mexican Hat, in Utah, into Arizona, you soon come upon a large sign informing you that you are entering the Navajo Nation, where you are required to obey Navajo law, including continuing to wear your seatbelt.

In Texas, near the Mexican border, there is a town called Eagle Pass. Near Eagle Pass the Kickapoo Tribe operates the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino. I have never been to Eagle Pass or the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, so I don't know if when one visits that area one sees a large sign informing you that you are entering the Kickapoo Nation.

All this Indian talk is making me want to make Navajo fry bread for lunch. If only I knew how...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Sunday Walk With Village Creek Litter Hitting Birds

Saturday some rain fell on North Texas. When rain falls in North Texas the rain that falls usually causes creeks and rivers to flow with more water than the norm.

Along with a lot of litter.

In the picture you are looking at the pile of litter piled up today against one of the dam bridges in Arlington's Village Creek Natural Historical Area, where, historically, I often go for a Sunday walk, or bike ride, with the Village Creek Indian ghosts.

Today I opted for the walking option. Along with a lot of other people.

Soon after I crossed over the dam bridge I came upon the scene below.

In the foreground a guy walking with an odd gait at a fast pace. Behind the fast walking guy was a group hitting birds with badmitton rackets. I had never seen this particular bird hitting activity in the Village Creek Natural Historical Area before.

Changing the subject from hitting birds to something else.

This morning I did not wake up til after the arrival of the sun on this last Sunday of September. I don't think my tardy awakening had anything to do with being out way past my regular bedtime attending Saturday's world premiere of Josh Fox's Gasland II at Fort Worth's Ridglea Theater.

With tomorrow being the last day of September I am being appalled at the rapidity with which time seems to be passing. Halloween will soon be upon us, followed by the dreaded, by me, Holiday Season.

On the plus side, I am already done with my Christmas shopping....

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Dry Saturday Gateway Park Mountain Bike Ride Before Getting Wet In A Thunderstorm

In the pool this morning looking up at the cloudy sky was a bit dizzying, with the wind blowing a lower level of wispy clouds at a high speed, whilst a thicker layer of clouds, at a higher level, seemed to be moving in the opposite direction.

I assumed the confused cloud movement was an optical illusion.

By the time this Saturday morning when the time came to roll my motorized wheels to Gateway Park for my regularly scheduled rolling of my non-motorized wheels, a  few drips of wetness had made it to earth.

I'd decided to take the extreme risk that I might find myself rolling my wheels in a downpour and opted to stick with the mountain bike ride plan.

That extreme risk turned out not to be risky. No drippage fell on me or the trails while I was rolling.

As you can see via the view from my regularly scheduled Gateway Park photo op location, we are seeing some stormy skies today in North Texas.

After I concluded a dry, but rather humid, mountain bike trail tour I continued on to Town Talk were  I got myself a couple dozen Chiquita  bananas, along with some other good stuff.

When I exited Town Talk the sky was looking very stormy to the north, but much brighter heading east, which is the direction of my abode. When I got a clear view to the north I saw a very dark wall cloud which reminded me of the tornado wall cloud I saw way back in the year 2000 when I was heading to downtown Fort Worth. That day I was not long on the road before I got a call telling me not to come to downtown Fort Worth, that tornadoes were touching down.

So far, today, I have heard no tornado sirens.

But, as I made my way the 5 miles from Town Talk to my abode, what had been a bright view to the east had darkened. With about a mile to go I was driving in a downpour. Then I took a right to head south for a half a mile and left the rain. But it caught up to me again by the time I reached my parking spot. By the time I got under cover the downpour had reached my abode, along with thunderous thunder booming.

Currently the downpouring and thunderous booming has stopped. I suspect this is just a break with more rain and thunder to come.

Friday, September 27, 2013

This Morning Messing With Washington Led Me To Mess With Texas Litter

This morning I was searching for images of Washington to put on a Washington webpage. This search for images led me to read an article about Washington in which I learned that something called the American State Litter Scorecard had somehow ranked the 50 states, litter-wise.

Washington was the least littered state. The most littered states included the one I am currently living in.

I copied a paragraph about the Litter Scorecard...

"The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard," ranking the fifty United States on overall quality/effectiveness of public spaces cleanliness and related environmental performances, was presented at the American Society for Public Administration National Conference in Baltimore by Steve Spacek. Best states include Washington (top), California, Iowa, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and New York--most located in New England or Far West regions of the United States. Worst states include Kentucky (bottom), Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Montana, North Dakota and Texas -- most located in the South, Central United States or Sun Belt regions.

After reading Texas was one of the worst states, litter-wise, I Googled "Texas Litter" looking for a Texas litter image. I saw one I liked and was then surprised to see where it came from.


A Texas litter picture I'd taken a couple years ago at Fort Worth's Oakland Lake Park and used in a blogging titled An Amazing Amount Of Litter Indicates It Is Perfectly Okay To Mess With Texas, that you see screencapped above.

Reading Mess With Texas whilst Googling for Texas litter brought me to a Wikipedia article titled Don't Mess with Texas in which I learned the following....

The phrase Don't Mess with Texas is a trademark of the Texas Department of Transportation, which began as part of a statewide advertising campaign started in 1986. The intention behind the Don't Mess with Texas campaign was to reduce littering on Texas roadways and has garnered statewide attention.

The phrase "Don't Mess with Texas" was prominently shown on road signs on major highways, television, radio and in print advertisements. The campaign is credited with reducing litter on Texas highways roughly 72% between 1986 and 1990. The campaign's target market was 18-35 year old males, which was statistically shown to be the most likely to litter. While the slogan was originally not intended to become a statewide cultural icon, it did.

The Don't Mess with Texas anti-litter campaign brought about a 72% reduction of litter on Texas highways?

This campaign ended in 1990? Has the Texas litter level maintained that 72% reduction? Or in the 23 years since 1990 have those littering 18-35 year old Texas males reverted to their pre-Don't Mess with Texas ways? I can't imagine the Texas roadside litter levels being 72% worse than what we see in 2013

Very perplexing.

If you have ever had the pleasure of taking a roadtrip out of Texas, heading northwest, or west, you will likely have noticed that the decrease in roadside litter starts being very noticeable by the time you reach Colorado. Or New Mexico.

Do Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington have significantly fewer 18-35 year old males than Texas? Is that why those states are so noticeably less littered?

Again. Very perplexing...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rolling Through Gateway Park With Dozens Of Fort Worth Cops Thinking About Muffins

My handlebars were rolled to my favorite Gateway Park photo opportunity site today for the first time since last week's deluge left some muddy trails in its wake.

Looking at the center of the picture it appears I caught a big white bird in flight.


I do not see many seagulls in this far from any sea location I am currently in.

The first section of the Gateway Park mountain bike trail exits the jungle to the park's eastern parking lot. When that parking lot came in to view so did multiple Fort Worth police cars.

Oh oh, I thought.

But, it turned out to be some sort of picnic convention of Fort Worth bicycle cops. I'd never seen so many cops with bikes before. They seemed to be behaving themselves, although they were a bit loud, at odds with the usual peaceful serenity.

Changing the subject from bike cops to muffins.

Ever since yesterday I have had muffins on the mind. I can't remember the last time I had a muffin. I don't even remember if I like muffins. I used to frequently buy a dozen muffins at Costco when I lived in Washington. At that point in time I thought they were a health food. I later learned muffins can be fattening when over indulged in.

The fact that muffins can be fattening was freshly revealed to me yesterday when I learned that the mysterious weight gain of someone I used to know as slim is likely caused by excess muffin consumption.

Since I was in the neighborhood I went to Town Talk after I was done rolling my wheels. I was hoping I'd find a Town Talk muffin, but all I got was what I needed. Tortillas, cheese, chicken and guacamole.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Amarillo This Morning Had Me Time Warping Over A Decade

In the picture you are looking at the Texas Panhandle whilst heading southeast towards Dallas/Fort Worth on Highway 287, a few miles past Amarillo.

This photo was taken in early September of 2001. I was returning from a solo roadtrip to Washington for my mom and dad's 50th Anniversary, along with a few other reasons for the trek north.

The past month or two I have been appalled a time or two as I go through my webpages altering the code. Some of these webpages were made whilst I was still in Washington, making some of them maybe 15 years old, or older.

So, what has appalled me? Well, for one thing, it appalls me how many of the webpages I have totally forgotten making. Even ones made in the last 5 years. Like I have no memory of making such a detailed webpage about Austin for my Regions of Texas part of my Eyes on Texas website.

Apparently I webpaged in antiquated framed style my 2001 roadtrip to Washington. That is where I found the Texas Panhandle photo.

Another thing that has appalled me is reading things I long ago wrote and realizing how much much of my attitude towards Texas has changed over the years. Some of what I wrote seems a bit embarrassing to me now, to read, years later.

The text that I wrote to go with the Texas Panhandle photo is not a good example of the old text that I have found a bit embarrassing. The Texas Panhandle text I still found to be a bit amusing....

South of Amarillo, heading towards Dallas/Fort Worth, after a month of mountains, now nary a mountain in any direction, clouds providing scenery. In the movie True Stories a character explains Texas by saying that when God made the earth He worked hard, making mountains and oceans and valleys and trees and all manner of scenic wonder to please Man, but by the time He got to Texas He was tired and didn't have any energy left to do anything with the land. And so He left it that way. And then had to make a special type of Man who liked it that way, and so God invented the Texan....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Walking With My Mom & The Village Creek Indian Ghosts Talking About Adopting Eddie & Avoiding BS

Looking at the picture my one longtime reader might guess that it is a scene in Arlington's Village Creek Natural Historical Area that you are looking at.

That one longtime reader would be guessing correctly.

As you can see, blue has returned, somewhat, to the Village Creek Blue Bayou.

My mom went walking with me and the Indian ghosts today.

Mom was sounding very chipper. It has been over a month now since my mom had knee surgery. The recovery continues, helped by pain meds, which may account for some of that chipperiness.

My mom wants me to fly to Arizona in December. And to get Spencer Jack's uncle Joey to come there too.

I know why my mom wants me and Joey to fly to Arizona in December. But, what my mom does not know is I have an issue which I refer to as the "BS" problem, which I have vowed to avoid, as best I can, which is fairly reliably. If I fly to Arizona in December I would likely find myself having to deal with the "BS" problem for the first time since I promised myself that I would no longer tolerate the bad "BS" behavior, like I have always done in the past.

And in other relative news, talking to my mom today I learned that mom learned yesterday, what I also learned yesterday, that being that my sister who lives in Tacoma is adopting yet one more adoptee into her brood. This adoptee is coming from a shelter in Los Angeles.

My sister has a fairly large house, with three levels, but, with Blue, Max, David, Theo, Ruby, and now,  Eddie, I'm thinking it might be time to start hunting for a bigger house.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Inquiring Minds Want To Know What Made The Trinity River Vision A Boondoggle?

Yesterday I got an email in which the person emailing asked me if I could explain why so many people, including myself, refer to the Trinity River Vision as a boondoggle.


Googling "Boondoggle" and clicking on the Wikipedia Boondoggle article, in the first and second and third paragraphs we read....

A boondoggle is a project that is considered a useless waste of both time and money, yet is often continued due to extraneous policy motivations.

The term "boondoggle" may also be used to refer to protracted government or corporate projects involving large numbers of people and usually heavy expenditure, where at some point, the key operators, having realized that the project will never work, are still reluctant to bring this to the attention of their superiors. Generally there is an aspect of "going through the motions" – for example, continuing research and development – as long as funds are available to keep paying the researchers' and executives' salaries.

The situation can be allowed to continue for what seems like unreasonably long periods, as senior management are often reluctant to admit that they allowed a failed project to go on for so long. In many cases, the actual device itself may eventually work, but not well enough to ever recoup its development costs.

The Trinity River Vision Boondoggle has been boondoggling for over a decade. After that passage of time the Trinity River Vision's executive director has clearly stated that only about 20% of the project has been completed.


With the other 80% not expected to be completed until 2023.


Completed if federal money can be acquired to pay for about half the current almost $1 billion price tag.


Three bridges are supposedly going to start being constructed in 2014, bridges spanning where a flood diversion channel will be built if those federal funds can be found to pay for it.


In the meantime dozens of business owners have had their property taken via the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's eminent domain abuse. In many other parts of America taking property in this manner is not allowed. In other parts of America property can be taken by eminent domain only for projects for the public good, like roads, hospitals, schools. Not economic development projects or for an un-needed flood control project.


In other parts of America not only is this type of eminent domain abuse not allowed, using eminent domain to take property for the public good would not even be considered for a project for which the public has not voted. There has been no public vote to fund the Trinity River Vision.


The lack of funding is one of the reasons this project's construction timeline covers such a long time. And will likely grow longer. For years in to the future Fort Worth will have an un-finished construction mess, sporadically worked on, awaiting funds.


For the job of running the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle project the TRV could have conducted a nation-wide search for a person with the engineering credentials to run such a project. Instead the TRV found an assistant district attorney named J.D. Granger, whose qualification for the job was his mom is Fort Worth Congresswoman, Kay Granger. Kay Granger was thought to be key to getting those much needed federal dollars. But, that has not quite worked out as planned.


If the Trinity River Vision was a legitimate public works project, addressing a legitimate flood control problem, along with bringing needed development to a blighted part of town, why is there no urgency to build the project? Why is there no attempt to convince the public to vote to tax themselves to build this project,  if this project really did provide a big benefit to the people of Fort Worth?


Witness the vast amounts of delusional propaganda spewed by the Trinity River Vision. Check out the bizarre signage at Gateway Park's Fort Woof touting the imaginary wonders the Trinity River Vision will bring to Gateway Park and East Fort Worth. Check out the quarterly propaganda mailing from the Trinity River Vision. Make note of all the Trinity River Vision propaganda signage one sees at various locations. Check out the Trinity River Vision's website for more propaganda.


In addition to its main website the Trinity River Vision also has a Panther Island website. At the Panther Island website we read--- © Panther Island Pavilion - A Product of Trinity River Vision Authority. How many taxpayers dollars are being spent on all the Trinity River Vision propaganda products?


Anyway, I hope I have managed to somewhat illuminate some of the reasons I, and others, refer to the Trinity River Vision as the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle....

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Village Creek Motivated Me To Barbecue Chicken On The First Day Of Fall

Today my handlebars are on the paved trail in Arlington's Village Creek Natural Historical Area.

The paved trail was looking a bit brown, not its usual gray, on this first day of Fall.

The paved trail was looking brown because a lot of brown leaves got the notice that today is the first day of Fall and so they fell, apparently.

This morning when the sun came up and I exited my warm abode to go swimming the air was being chilled to only 56 degrees.

For the first time in many a month the pool was quite cool  this morning.

The pleasantly cool temperature had more than the Sunday norm of people and their dogs out enjoying walking and biking with the Village Creek Indian ghosts.

One group was barbecuing something that smelled real tasty in one of the seldom used Village Creek Natural Historical Area's firepits.

I do not know what type meat product was being barbecued at Village Creek today, but I do know it motivated me to barbecue chicken, a process which is taking place right now as I sit here typing.

However, the meat product I am barbecuing is not smelling as tasty as that which motivated me to barbecue chicken.

I hope y'all are having yourself a mighty fine first day of Fall....

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Rolling Over Gateway Falls Finding Trash Bashed Before Finding Mango Power Yogurt

This last day of summer I had myself a really fine time rolling my bike wheels in and out of Gateway Park.

If I remember right in the past I referred to what you see in the photo as Trinity Falls.

Today I decided a much better  name would be Gateway Falls.

No, that is not me in the picture contemplating jumping in Gateway Falls. When I pedaled past the guy in the picture I saw that he was holding a fishing pole. This did not seem like it would be a very good location to catch fish.

Today was Trash Bash Day on the Trinity River. I don't remember if Trash Bashing the Trinity River is a once a year event, or if the trash gets bashed more than once a year.

What I do know is I saw no Trash Bashers bashing trash.

However, I did see a lot of bashed trash, already stuffed in bags and set beside the Trinity Trail.

In the quarter mile before I reversed direction, I saw a dozen or more collections of bashed trash like you are looking at in the picture.

It has been months since we have had a day like today in North Texas, with a refreshing chill in the air and with no overheating into a sweaty mess every time a water break gets taken.

By the time I rolled into the Town Talk  parking lot I realized I had not been running my motorized conveyance's air-conditioning. And I had not rolled down a window.

And I did not quickly head to the Town Talk cooler to cool down, soon upon arrival. It has been months since I have not quickly headed to the Town Talk cooler soon upon arrival.

I already said, this last day of summer is a very pleasant day in North Texas.

I found no memorable treasures in Town Talk today. Some rabbit food in the form of a couple types of lettuce. Just remembered, I did find something good. Something called Power Yogurt. Mango Power Yogurt, with 20 grams of protein per serving.

Speaking of food. It is time for lunch now. Pizza, chorizo, broccoli and salad.

Shivering In Texas This Last Day Of Summer At Only 27 Degrees Above Freezing

This morning's dawn's 59 degrees was 12 degrees chillier than yester morning's 71.

The Autumnal Equinox is tomorrow.

With this morning's temperature only 27 degrees above freezing it would seem that today's cool preview may be a harbinger of a some very cold months ahead.

This morning's 59 degrees had the water in the pool being way less cool than the air for the first time in weeks.

Last night due to the chill in the air the air-conditioning did not cycle on, all night long. At some point in the middle of the night I was actually chilly, which necessitated turning off the ceiling fan. Currently a cool breeze is blowing in through open windows.

I don't recollect a previous time in Texas with such an abrupt temperature change. This lack of recollection is likely due to my age-related memory woes.

Due to yesterday's drenching rain today I will not be mountain biking to my regular Saturday photo op location in Gateway Park. I think I will likely be biking the paved trails in Gateway Park,  prior to my regular Saturday stop at Town Talk.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Swimming In The Rain While Being Advised About A Texas Area Flood

Brrrrr. Currently the outer world at my location is being chilled to only 39 degrees above freezing, if my ciphering is correct, which it often is not, due to me being math challenged.




I feel I need to find out what the word "AREAL" means. I'll be right back....

According to the Wikitionary

"areal — of or pertaining to an area. areal interstices — the areas or spaces enclosed by the reticulate vessels of leaves"

Well, it appears that "areal" means "area". So, why not have an AREA FLOOD ADVISORY instead of an AREAL one?

Enough about areal flooding confusion.

This morning I had myself a really fine time swimming in the rain.

Judging from the fact that enough rain fell overnight to almost have the pool spilling over I can see how it is that we are having an AREAL FLOOD ADVISORY.

With all these water woes I will not be going hiking or biking or walking in any of my regular hike, bike or walk locations today.

Unless I feel a sudden desire to walk under a bumbershoot.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

TRWD Says, “NO! We Won’t Have Elections, And You Can’t Sue Us! We’re Exempt!”

Incoming tonight from Texans For Government Transparency regarding their ongoing attempt to teach the Tarrant Regional Water District that Soviet Union style governing is long gone from the planet and that the TRWD is operating in a place called America where dictators extending their terms of office, arbitrarily, is frowned upon......

Fort Worth, Texas) Attorneys for the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) last week filed paperwork trying to dismiss the TFGT lawsuit against the board. The TFGT suit contends the TRWD board is unconstitutionally skipping elections and illegally extending their own terms in office. This suit was filed by Texans for Government Transparency (TFGT), John Austin Basham, and Darlia Hobbs.

The TFGT suit asks the court to intervene requiring the TRWD board to comply with Texas’ law and the state constitution. In court documents TRWD attorney Lee Christie asserts the TRWD and the board are immune from being sued by the people they govern. The court papers filed by Mr. Christie on behalf of the board also state Mr. Basham and Mrs. Hobbs as property owners and taxpayers have no “standing” to sue the TRWD for this blatant violation of the law.

TFGT President John Austin Basham responds to Mr. Christie and the TRWD’s assertions “Imagine a President, or Congressman, or Governor declaring they would skip the next election and give themselves more time in office. That is exactly what these directors are doing.” Basham goes on to say,” They’ve done this once before with not one single member of the public present for their vote. The TRWD board continues to operate as if they are above the laws and constitution of the State of Texas. I say they’re not, they work for us.” TFGT entered this court action when property owners and taxpayers subject to the TRWD found no relief by addressing the board directly.

The TRWD recently lost a very similar plea in Tarrant County District Court where they are being sued by a landowner for over 600 violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. In that case the TRWD argued they are exempt from the open meeting laws of this state and like their response in the TFGT case they claim the plaintiff also couldn’t sue, again saying they are exempt. After hearing the TRWD’s attorney’s pleas Tarrant County District Judge Susan Heygood McCoy disagreed striking every part of their motion and pleas.

“I fully expect the court will rightfully side with the taxpayers and the law on this issue. The fundamental American right to have and election and choose your leaders can never be curtailed”, says Basham. “It is a shame however the TRWD will continue to spend hundreds of thousands dollars of taxpayer’s money to fight the rights of those very same tax payers.”

The water district has attempted other constitutional abuses in court with disastrous outcomes. Earlier this year, similar delay tactics and unwillingness to recognize they couldn’t steal Oklahoma’s water, cost the TRWD taxpayers over $6 million in legal fees in a stunning 9-0 loss in the US Supreme Court.

Shocking Revelations Regarding Rockin' The River Happy Hour Inner Tube Float Fecal Matter E.Coli Cancellations

Unbeknownst to many, a couple days ago, for the first time in history, a meeting of the formerly secretive operation known at the Tarrant Regional Water District Board was streamed live over the Internet for the viewing of those who use non-Apple products.

At this meeting the TRWD's newest board member, Mary Kelleher, suggested that it might be a good plan to spend some money studying how it might be possible to make the Trinity River a cleaner body of water suitable for recreational use, saying ,"Since we are inviting people to get in and tube in the river, shouldn't we make sure it's safe?"

Mary Kelleher buttressed her suggestion with the apparent fact that twice the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats have had to be cancelled due to elevated E.Coli levels.

In other words, too much fecal matter in the water.

The General Manager of the TRWD, Jim Oliver, then said he was unaware of any fecal matter related floating closures.

This had Jim Oliver's TRWD Assistant Manager, Mr. Thomas, informing the TRWD Board and the public attending the meeting and those listening on the Internet, that elevated E.Coli levels had, in fact, necessitated the canceling of the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats.

Now, what I am appalled by is the following....

How can it be that two of the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats have been canceled due to the river being dangerously polluted with E.Coli without this being major news in any of what passes for Fort Worth's news sources?

Did the Fort Worth Weekly not know of the E.Coli caused Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats cancellations?

No one really expects the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to act like a real newspaper, but really, even though the Star-Telegram is not a real newspaper, is this not some sort of journalistic malpractice not to inform the locals that the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats had to be canceled because too much fecal matter had been detected in the river?

Does this mean that on other days, when the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats have been allowed to float, have the fecal matter levels been not quite high enough to present a public safety issue?

Should not the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats floaters have the right to be informed, prior to getting in the Trinity River, what that day's E.Coli fecal matter levels are?

This is all very appalling and very perplexing for multiple reasons....

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spencer Jack Sets Foot In Texas

This afternoon my Favorite Nephew Jason (FNJ), he being my Great Nephew Spencer Jack's dad, emailed me several photos, along with text, documenting Spencer Jack's quest to follow all  the train tracks, both defunct and still active, that are in the Skagit Valley of my old home zone in Washington.

Among the photos was the one above, documenting Spencer Jack stepping on Texas. If Spencer would move just a slight distance to his left he'd be stepping right on my current location.

It seems like only yesterday that I picked up Spencer Jack's dad and his Uncle Joey (my Favorite Nephew Joey, aka FNJ2) at D/FW Airport, where I soon got the news that Spencer Jack's dad was going to be getting married to Spencer Jack's mom.

I am guessing that this was in either later 2004 or 2005. The nuptials which ended up creating Spencer Jack occurred in April of 2006.

Those nuptials were over 7 years ago. Again, seems like yesterday.

And now Spencer Jack is in school, having started 1st Grade a couple weeks ago.

And setting foot in Texas.....

Rolling My Wheels Away From Snake Encounters In Fort Worth's Gateway Park

Even though it is Wednesday, not Saturday, today I rolled my wheels to my regular Saturday photo location atop a cliff semi-high above the green Trinity River in Fort Worth's Gateway Park.

With rain predicted to dampen North Texas I figured today might be the last mud-free day for the near future.

I likely figured wrong.

Today's photo op location had something added since last Saturday.

Can you spot the addition in the photo?

Yes, that's right, a snake skin is dangling from  that green bush in front of my handlebars.

A short distance after this snake skin encounter I came upon a pair of disc golfers who told me that moments before they had come upon a Copperhead which quickly slithered away from them.

So, with the snake skin and the Copperhead report I continued my pedaling on heightened snake alert.

Early on in my Texas exile I was very vigilant regarding snakes. Gradually I adjusted to the fact that one does not encounter all that many snakes when one is out and about in the Texas outer world.

Yesterday I mentioned that my front bike tire had been spiked by a mesquite thorn. I am very pleased to report that 24 hours later the inner tube's self-sealing slime apparently works. Zero leakage.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taking A Ride On The Scale Model Trinity River Vision Boondoggle Bypass Channel With J.D. Granger

I am guessing I am not the only person who has viewed the above video who found it to be jaw droppingly bizarre.

The video shows you a scale model version of the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle, with that scale model being the size of a football field. I have no idea where this scale model is located. Or when it was made.

The scale model did not seem to include the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's greatest achievements to date, those being the Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater and the Cowtown Wakepark.

In the video we hear some guy tell us how people will be able to take a ferry boat from downtown Fort Worth to the Fort Worth Stockyards, via, I think, the flood diversion bypass channel.

And here I thought I was joking when I asked if there would be cruise ships docked on Pond Granger if the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle ever becomes anything anyone can see.

In part, apparently, the scale model was built to test whether or not this alteration of the Trinity River would actually work. And so, to test how well the re-designed river will handle litter during a flood, a flood was simulated, with pieces of paper tossed in the flooding scale model Trinity River to simulate litter.

Methinks whoever was doing this litter testing has not eye witnessed the astonishing amount of litter which flows in the Trinity River when it is in flood mode.

Scale model logs were also thrown in the scale model river to test if log jams would form at the new bridges being built to cross the un-needed flood diversion bypass channel. The bridges passed the scale model log jam test.

Trinity River Vision Boondoggle Executive Director, J.D. Granger, shows up several times in this video to share with us his vision of the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle.

At one point J.D. is totally gaga over Vancouver's Granville Island. Why it was almost a religious epiphany for J.D. seeing this development in Vancouver where people could shop, walk, ride their bike and get on a boat.

The way J.D. describes his vision one would think such mixed use developments have not developed anywhere else on the planet. Except, I guess, Vancouver. And now, Fort Worth.

Has J.D. never been to San Diego? Portland? San Francisco? Seattle? Or, on the other coast, New York City? Miami? Boston? Or the middle of America, like Chicago? Or places in Europe, like Amsterdam? Or London? Or Paris? Or towns in Asia, like Shanghai? Or places like Singapore? Or Sydney?

Listening to J.D. Granger, almost breathlessly describe the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle, well, troubling is the word that comes to mind.

Let me see if I can paraphrase/parody J.D. in the above video...

"What we are seeing here is an accomplishment that has not been accomplished anywhere else where things get accomplished. When we designed this project we did what is not usually done. We addressed all  the issues that go into making a space a special space. Transportation. Recreation. Housing. Flood Control. When this project is completed in time for my great grand children to enjoy it, in 2040, my dream is for it to be so special that my great grand children never ever want to leave Fort Worth."

At no point in this propaganda video is it mentioned that this project is not funded. It is not mentioned that this public works project has not been voted on by the public. It is not mentioned that over half the funding, as in around 500 million dollars, is based on the assumption that somehow federal dollars will be sent to Fort Worth for this ridiculous boondoggle.

In the meantime, even though the money to build this project does not exist, even though the public has not voted on this public works project, eminent domain has been abused to destroy dozens of businesses and disrupt I don't know how many lives.

None of that is mentioned in this propaganda video either......

Having A Really Fine Time Rolling Over A Thorn At Mallard Cove Park

In the picture you are looking at my bike's handlebars looking at one of the entry points to Fort Worth's Mallard Cove Park.

As you can see the usual blue sky which hovers above my location on the planet is currently being blocked by a lot of gray clouds.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast. Currently I have heard no booming.

My pedaling at Mallard Cove Park was uneventful except for one event.

I rolled over a thorn.

The thorn was stuck to a stick. I think it may have been a mesquite branch. I quickly pulled out the thorn. It had penetrated deep into my front inner tube.

My inner tubes have self sealing slime inside them.

I continued rolling a couple more miles, to no noticeable air leakage. By the time I made it back to my abode the tire still felt fully inflated.

But, I will not be totally shocked tomorrow to find my front tire flat.

All this self sealing slime talk has me being hungry. I  must put an end to my current starvation. Lunch will likely accomplish that goal.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fort Worth's Killer Waiter Aaron Alexis Was A Nice Guy To My Facebook Friends

I am sitting here not having any clue what to say. I logged in to Facebook to see that a pair of my Fort Worth Facebook friends had contact with Fort Worth's latest assassin, Aaron Alexis, and found him to be a nice guy. Which he likely was. Driven homicidal by who knows what, to be revealed as time passes....

Two years ago, we got a Groupon to try out Happy Bowl, a Thai restaurant here in Fort Worth. Our waiter was Aaron Alexis, the shooter in this morning's Navy Yard killings. — with Terri Bednar Wegner.
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