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    Best Lobby - JP Morgan Chase Bank Building

    This is how bank lobbies are supposed to be: gilded, titanic, chock-full of patterned marble and with a ceiling as soaring as a newly minted MBA's ambition. The ceiling of this grand banking hall is a full six stories above the worker ants below. It'...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Pretend You're Rich - The Houstonian

    This is where the rich people go. The place looks like a plantation. As soon as you drive up under the towering oaks, you expect someone to rush out and hand you a mint julep or a big straw hat and a cane. This is a place where the locker rooms have ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best T-Shirt Made in Houston - "Purple What?"

    The best T-shirt we saw all summer was "Purple What?" Targeting the Willy Wonka-esque theme of rapper Big Moe's "Purple Stuff" video, it featured a purple Oompa Loompa pouring a cup of lean, or drank, or whatever the hell you wanna call it on the flo...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Reason to Go Downtown - Diversity

    No, diversity isn't the name of a bar or restaurant or nightclub or coffeehouse or loft or even theater or sports stadium. But it applies to them all and more. And that's the ultimate attraction of a downtown that's alive. With the central city's gro...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place for a First Date - Aries

    It took you three weeks, but you finally worked up the nerve to ask for his number, that sexy hunk at the gym. And you were thinking the hard part was over. But wait! You still have to woo him with your natty clothes, wow him with your classy ride an...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners - Art Car Museum

    With its gleaming silver spindles, strips of barbed wire surrounding the front door and a big red "look over here" star affixed to its roof, the Art Car Museum is hardly the staid sort of building that pops into one's mind at the mention of the word ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Bathroom Graffiti - Rudyard's Pub

    "Do you remember when I was an elephant? The elephant is always here!" It's a familiar set of phrases for any woman who has used the facilities on Rudyard's first floor. (For the uninitiated, the elephant is the coat hook on the back of the bathroom ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Landlord - Ted Callaway

    Ted Callaway is the kind of landlord who leaves flowers in the apartment on move-in day and drops off a bottle of wine for your housewarming party. But that's not why we're naming him Best Landlord. He gets the honor for the buildings he has bought a...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Reminder of Houston's Industrial Roots - Turning Basin observation deck

    There was a time several decades ago when Houstonians bore their city's brute industrialism with pride rather than shame. We bragged about the black gold we refined. On the stench of this process, we just told sneering outsiders, "That's the smell of...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place for a Last Date - Jillian's

    So the bloom's gone off the rose, has it? Her laughter has become annoyingly loud. She ends every sentence with a verbal question mark. You can't bear to watch another episode of Sex and the City. It's time for you to move on. But you also have a hea...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Houstonian You Didn't Know Was a Houstonian - Jeff Martin

    You're probably saying to yourself, "Who the hell is Jeff Martin?" Well, there's a good chance the man, a highly successful television comedy writer, has made you laugh on more than one occasion. After all, this is a former Houstonian (and former Ast...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Shotgun Shack - Bert Long and Joan Batson's home

    4739 Buck RoadTucked at the end of Buck Road in the Fifth Ward is the oddest but coolest shotgun house in Texas. World-renowned Houston artist Bert Long, known to many for his massive public ice sculptures, lives there with his partner Joan Batson, a...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Company to Work For - St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

    As the fall TV season approaches, the ultimate worth of Houston Medical remains under debate. But one thing is certain: The media has picked up on our Med Center excellence. Case in point: Fortune magazine, that bastion of biz lists, heralded St. Luk...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to People-Watch - Houston Zoo

    Usually the animals aren't up to much. Anybody ever seen one of those gators so much as blink? Some time back, it was even revealed that one of the snakes in the reptile house was made of rubber, and nobody cottoned on for more than a year. Far more ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Roadside Memorial - Bubba

    Hit the southern tip of the Piney Woods of East Texas and turn the car north through the town of Kountze. As the Sonic and the Dairy Queen dissolve in the rearview mirror, the highway takes on a rural tone. And just beyond the city limits, the humble...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Spot Celebs - Maverick Supper and Whiskey

    Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Cher, P. Diddy, Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Shirley Manson, the Goo Goo DollsEverybody who's anybody stays at Hotel Derek when they come through Houston. But how can you get a peek at the stars without staking out the...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Backyard - Dr. Richard Patt

    Once upon a time, Dr. Richard Patt had a teddy bear in his front yard. It reached 20 feet, give or take, into the sky. His neighbors hated it. But it wasn't enough. The backyard was empty and boring. So he and Joe DiPaulo, the man who designed the pa...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Lobbyist - Elizabeth Cary Grace

    This Houston assistant city attorney took over direction of the city lobbying team last year and had a promising maiden session. The 42-year-old neophyte impressed capitol veterans with a low-key approach combined with a tenacity that belies her five...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Local TV News - KHOU-TV, Channel 11

    When it comes to local news in the Houston market, Channel 11 truly stands alone in terms of quality. That doesn't mean it's great: Local TV news around the country has been in a general decline for some time. KHOU is fighting that decline better tha...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Flack - Joe Householder

    This former KTRH reporter left journalism and signed on to flack for legal giant Vinson & Elkins. He then took a sabbatical to help the Lee Brown mayoral campaign sweat out a narrow victory over Orlando Sanchez. Then he had the good sense to leave V&...

    on September 26, 2002
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