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2008 Stories by John Nova Lomax

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  • Today Is A Holiday, Dammit

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Boxing Day - the day after Christmas -- is on most of our calendars, usually with the caveat that it has something to do with Canada. If Americans ever stop to think of it all, most of us grow up thin... More >>

  • Simonton's Place In History, Revisited

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Simonton, Texas doesn't figure in many history books. Orville Schell thinks it should. Schell, a former correspondent for the New Yorker, believes that it was in this northwest Fort Bend County hamlet... More >>

  • Bacliff Gets Ready For An Ike Invasion

    published Dec 18, 2008

    Shortly after Hurricane Ike, San Leon resident Tommy Dixon praised the spirit of his hometown and its will to rebuild by saying "All we need now are FEMA trailers and mosquito repellent."We don't know... More >>

  • Former Irish Republican Army Fighter One Step Closer To Being Deported From Texas

    published Dec 05, 2008

    Pol Brennan, the former I.R.A. fighter detained in Texas on immigration charges, has lost another court battle.The 55-year-old Brennan had been working as a carpenter, living openly in the San Francis... More >>

  • Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    published Dec 04, 2008

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their so... More >>

  • Finding The Best Christmas Lights In Houston (And We Don't Mean "Tasteful")

    published Nov 28, 2008

     Every year, we scour the papers and Internet looking for Houston's definitive guide to spectacular residential Christmas lights displays, and every year, what we find what comes up a little lack... More >>

  • Slideshow: HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston

    published Nov 28, 2008

    Low-riders, art cars, SpongeBob, Santa Claus, D-list celebs, marching bands, stick-fighting Sikhs and plump Shriners in souped-up go-carts -- where else could it be but the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parad... More >>

  • A Modest Proposal for the Rehabilitation of Galveston

    published Nov 26, 2008

    We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The bea... More >>

  • The Ten Ugliest Buildings in Downtown Houston

    published Nov 21, 2008

    Spurred on by CNN’s recent list of the ten ugliest buildings in the world, we decided to make a Houston version. This one confines itself to downtown, and does not include places of worship. (Not... More >>

  • Downtown Store No One Ever Thought Was Open Is Closing

    published Nov 21, 2008

    Downtown retail just can’t win for losing. Less than six weeks after the grand opening of the Houston Pavilions mixed use project, one of the classics bites the dust. Standard Shoes, the pimp-a... More >>

  • Readers In Ireland Sadly Misinformed About Houston

    published Nov 20, 2008

    You know the old saying – “any publicity is good publicity.” But might not some publicity be utterly pointless? We ask, because we have come across some that seems to be just that. Now ord... More >>

  • The Collector: The Hoodoo Curse

    published November 20, 2008

    Mack McCormick has been principally known for different things at different times of his life. In the 1960s, during the folk, blues and rock... More >>

  • The Collector: Going Backwards

    published November 20, 2008

    "Did you know I was in the Oxford Unabridged?" asks McCormick. "I coined the spelling for the word 'zydeco.' Z-Y is mine." When... More >>

  • The Collector: Mack McCormick's Huge Archive of Culture and Lore

    published November 20, 2008

    An evening at Mack McCormick's house in Spring Branch always has the same structure, if vastly different forms. First things first: drinks. At... More >>

  • Sole Of Houston -- With Music

    published Nov 17, 2008

    Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted an account of one of our long, boozy walks across Houston, and no, we don’t have one under our belt or even one coming up soon. Still, the project is do... More >>

  • Wikipedia's Secret Life Of Wayne Dolcefino

    published Nov 13, 2008

    By the looks of the little infobox on his Wikipedia page, it appears that somehow, some way, Wayne Dolcefino has antagonized somebody. The Channel 13 investigative reporter’s occupation is liste... More >>

  • A Mutt, Just Like Obama

    published Nov 10, 2008

    We’ve always wondered about the provenance of our one-and-a-half year old dog, Maggie. That she defines mutt there can be no doubt: my wife picked her out from a litter of Heights pups that were... More >>

  • Get Your Free Election Day Stuff (And Maybe Break the Law)

    published Nov 04, 2008

    Don't forget, Election Day is a great day for freebies. If you need a cab ride to the polls, it's free. Or at least the first $25 of the ride is. (Contrary to rumors, riding the bus or train is n... More >>

  • Remembering Boomhauer's Houston Sojourn

    published Nov 03, 2008

    Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer will soon quaff their last 12-pack of Alamo Beer in the alley behind their houses and Peggy will dominate her last Boggle match: Fox has announced that the last epis... More >>

  • The Ghost Of Johnny Fixx

    published Oct 31, 2008

    A while back, we came across a local ghost story we hadn’t heard. Back in 1980, there was this rock cover band hear called Lic. This wasn’t just any cover band; supposedly bandleader Johnny F... More >>

  • A Touch Of Old Times Square At Notsuoh

    published Oct 29, 2008

    No stranger to shocking Houston’s square community, artist/Notsuoh owner Jim Pirtle is at it again. Right now, the capacious shop windows of his club in the 300 block of Main, facing out towar... More >>

  • Comcast's Sam Houston Somehow Isn't The Worst Local TV Ad

    published Oct 29, 2008

    We’re still stewing over the truly historic Comcast Sam Houston ad campaign, so much so that it got us reminiscing about the history of TV ads in the Houston market. We set out looking for some... More >>

  • It Ain't No Town And It Ain't No City

    published Oct 24, 2008

    Since Halloween is but a week away, we got to thinking about ghosts. And since we were thinking about ghosts, we started thinking about ghost towns. The Web site Texasescapes.com has a run-down o... More >>

  • Biba's One's A Meal Closing!! (And Then Re-Opening In New Location)

    published Oct 23, 2008

    Late night diners will soon have one less option to choose from in the Greek Village area on lower West Gray while those in search of an after-midnight bite on Lower Westheimer will have one more -- B... More >>

  • R.I.P., Zima 1993-2008

    published Oct 20, 2008

    Per the Associated Press, dedicated drinkers of malternative beverages will soon be bereft of the flagship in the category: Zima is going bye-bye. The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit ... More >>

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