By Chris Lane
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By Craig Malisow
I thought the article was great -- except the part about the SCA "sorcerers." As a longtime SCA member, I have yet to encounter anyone using the persona of a "sorcerer." While many of our members enjoy role-playing games, in the SCA we are trying to re-create history, not fantasy, and there are plenty of groups available for "sorcerers."
Really enjoyed your article on our Pat Robertson of the medieval/renaissance sword. You pretty much captured the essence of that personality. Check out my Web site at www.twoswords.com.
And $7 Popcorn?
I enjoyed your article on the overbuilding of movie theater screens in Houston ["Battle of the Megaplex Monsters," by Richard Connelly, March 2]. However, I disagree with you that we will have to pony up $6 to $10 to see the latest movies. There is a Silver Screens Cinema 6 in Missouri City that shows first-run movies for $2 before 6 p.m. and for $4 in the evenings. If you're willing to wait two or three weeks until the hoopla dies down, you can see the same movies at Loews Southwest or Sharpstown Cinemas for $2. On a hot summer day, the price of admission is worth it if just for a couple of hours of air-conditioning.
I'd much rather go to the local Bay Area Sony/Loews Theater in Clear Lake than drive up to the new Gulf Pointe 30. I hate waiting in the endless line at the megaplex. But if it meant I wouldn't have to endure the mildew and urine stink and greasy seats and floors at the Sony, I'd drive across Houston to see a movie.
While I appreciate that kids need a good cheap movie theater, I also welcome the coming of movie theaters where I don't have to park my 24-inch-wide fanny on the front two inches of an 18-inch-wide seat and suffer miserably just to see the latest flick.
I wish to congratulate Richard Connelly for his superb article. It was honest and up-front concerning the battle for theater existence in Houston -- and the real mess they got themselves into.
Salt in the Wounds
Thanks for a wonderful article ["Drowning on Dry Land," by Wendy Grossman, February 3]. My 40-year-old son has asthma and a condition called angioedema. It all started when fluoride was added to our drinking water. Gradually it dawned on us that iodized salt was another antagonist, as was bromide contained in cough syrups, and some of the chlorides.
Perhaps the most insidious culprit is the Freon used to propel the inhalants. Atrovent sent my son to the hospital recently; he had seizures of the most violent sort.
Not all asthmatics are allergic to halogen compounds, but it can be a fatal mistake for those who are. I firmly believe that most of the present epidemic of asthma is caused by exposure to these poisons.
Seeing the Light
My family lives in a modest home about five miles from the Houston Heights (and a quarter mile inside Loop 610). We do mow our lawn, but we don't do a lot of landscaping, feeding, fertilizing or, in general, messing with nature. The city mosquito sprayers have forgotten where we live.
We are fortunate to have a wooded lot next to our home, as well as a small tributary of White Oak Bayou running just behind us. The fireflies ["Lights Out," by Wendy Grossman, March 2] still appear in our yard and the surrounding woods for two to four weeks each year. We consider this one of the many rewards of a modest lifestyle.
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Thanks to Wendy Grossman for her story on my efforts to bring fireflies back to Houston. Readers who have spotted these "natural lights" are invited to e-mail me a report to be included on my Web site (www.burger.com; click the "Fireflies" button).
There are about 2,000 species of fireflies around the world and over 170 in North America. The odds of reintroducing them to Houston are increased if we can start with a species we know is adapted to our heat and humidity. Every report of a Houston sighting of these marvelous creatures is appreciated.
Moved by Mighty Mickey
I thoroughly enjoyed your story about Mickey Dunlap ["Turnstyled and Junkpiled," by Brad Tyer, February 17]. In a story that could have been terribly pitying, you forthrightly portrayed Mickey and the bad hand that life has dealt him. I am going to have my daughter, a senior at Memorial High School, read it, not so she can see how much better her life is, but so she can admire the persistence and determination Mickey had in the face of daunting circumstances.
Thank you and once again, a terrific story.
Dead Last on His List
I am originally from Dallas, but I recently moved here from Chicago and took over a new restaurant on Main Street in Midtown. One of the things that impressed me about Chicago's rail system was its easy access to all riders in the suburban areas.