By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Sophomoric trickery: Thank you, Richard Connelly, for shedding light on the ad campaign by the Houston Chronicle [News Hostage, August 24]. I have been seeing the Web sites everywhere (thatsbogus.com, rumorhasit.net) and have been tempted to go to them to find out what they are. After reading News Hostage, I don't need to. Thanks for saving my time. Is the Chronicle really so bad off that it needs to make up juvenile teasers in order to trick people into visiting its site?
Music in the Morning
Pullets over Polydoros: Since when is a crowing rooster a noise ["Room to Crow," by Melissa Hung, August 24]? It is beautiful music to my ears. How can anyone complain about the nostalgic sounds of a rooster's melody on the morning air of a new day? It seems to me that Mr. Polydoros should be running for his tape recorder instead of calling in a complaint. There will be a time in the near future when only the very old will remember the morning serenade of a Rhode Island Red.
The Wabash Feed Store has been a good neighbor to all the businesses and homes in that area for many years. Now some outsider comes in and starts to make noise. Real noise, not like the sounds of the rooster. My advice to Polydoros is to get a grip, get a life and move on. He is probably the type that cuts down trees unnecessarily to build those town houses that nobody really wants in their neighborhood anyway. It is plain to see who the real intruder is here.
I have lived 66 years and have never heard anyone classify the crow of a rooster as noise. I am offended by this upstart.
Get the real pros campaigning: Congratulations once again to Houston's best investigative reporter, Tim Fleck, for his insight into the arena wars [The Insider, August 24]. There is not a single shred of doubt in my head that the city, county, sports authority, Rockets, Comets, Aeros, Les Alexander, Chuck Watson, Robert Eckels, Lee Brown or Paul Bettencourt give a rat's patooty what is best for the taxpaying citizenry when it comes to our latest edifice.
It's all a game to make the rich richer, the powerful more powerful and to make a bigger name for those whose careers need a lift.
A little suggestion to whoever runs this plan: Unlike last year, when we were told the pros and cons by Bob Lanier, Lee Brown and Mattress Mac, I can save you lots of money by telling you to feature Hakeem, Clyde Drexler, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Charles Barkley in your ads for the arena.
It doesn't matter that this playhouse is built for the rich and cannot be visited by the average working resident, but all voters have stars in their eyes, so put these "heroes" out front and the proposition will pass easily. And it will save the big bucks and commissions the political mercenaries would make on a campaign.
Dallas or Downtown?
Dynamic diversity: In regard to the story "Murphy's Law" [by Melissa Hung, August 3]:
This is Houston, not Dallas. We purchased a house in the Heights and moved in because of the diversity of the neighborhood, and who is Murphy calling "riffraff," anyway?
Why doesn't he move back to Dallas or get a loft downtown -- and save himself the 3.6-mile drive to work!
Hey, man, let's party: I think Murphy is totally full of himself and he has nothing better to do than raise hell against family-oriented establishments. I frequent Jax on a weekly basis, and we "riffraff" are from all walks of life.
Jax couldn't be a "club," because many children (age zero to 90) go there to enjoy the food and the music and to be with family. There are bankers, lawyers, doctors, businessmen and yes, even a few socialites. Walter's Ice House also has respectable citizens.
If Walter's and Jax were breaking any laws, they would have been shut down a long time ago.
Mr. Murphy needs to join in the fun of Jax. I think he's a lucky man to live within walking distance of such a popular and fun place.
Houston Duty Calls
À la leatherneck: Oops! Somebody goofed. I love your restaurant reviews. I have found so many new places through the Houston Press that I never would have found otherwise. However, now you're teasing us and leading us astray. After reading your article about Michaeline's ["Location Be Damned," by Dennis Abrams, August 24], I was so looking forward to trying the roasted jalapeño potato soup and the pork scallopine crabmeat dish.
When I arrived with a client for lunch, we were greeted by a charming yet apologetic woman who explained that they are not open for lunch, despite what was indicated in the Press. So instead we had to settle for a rather mediocre meal at Bocados.
Editor's note: That was no goof. Michaeline's reports that chef John A. Salazar has recently been away during the day to fulfill his duties as a Marine reservist. He then returns to prepare evening meals. His Marine requirements end in about a week, and then Michaeline's will decide whether to resume lunch service.