No Shuttle for Us
Online readers respond to "Houston Gets No Space Shuttle: See What Happens When You Don't Have a Texan in the White House?" Hair Balls blog, by Richard Connelly, April 12:
Insult to injury: The Johnson Space Center is the home of the Shuttle program. It was dreamed up, designed and run from Houston. All of the astronauts in the Challenger and Discovery accidents were residents of Houston. Most of their widows/widowers are still in Houston and begged for a shuttle to be placed there.
To add insult to injury, the full-size fuselage mock-up in Houston that every shuttle astronaut has trained in is being removed from Houston and given to a museum in Seattle.
But it is just great that people in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey can choose to either go north or south for a couple of hours and run into a shuttle.
Who cares? We're talking about a museum piece. If there is real value to landing the shuttle here, it's this: Our kids might be interested in the technology that went into this amazing achievement, then learn more about it and aspire towards something equally great.
Yet, Texas is cutting public education funding, because we choose not to raise taxes on the richest among us. Not only are teachers being laid off, the field trips to see this kind of thing are being cut.
So, this is a tempest that's blowing over more important territory. So sad we get upset over symbolic issues like a shuttle versus what really matters for our future: education.
Men's Club Menu
Online readers comment on "Hungry Eyes," by Katharine Shilcutt, April 6:
Lazy: There are 52 weeks in a year, which means that if you work every week we get 52 reviews. In a city with I don't know how many restaurants, taco trucks, holes in the wall, festivals, sports stadiums and street events, plus the places just outside the city, you still wasted one week.
Language: It's an interesting article. I am not offended by the review, just the P word.
A waste: The Press has fallen to a new low. Why are you wasting time and paying someone to write a food review based upon the food at The Men's Club? It's pathetic, and an absolute shame when one considers the many great dining options in Houston. I miss Robb Walsh!
Curiosity satisfied: I drive to work past The Men's Club every day, and I've been cracking up and curious since December, when they put a truck in the parking lot advertising "super fine dining." I have not been to a strip club, but I was actually pretty interested to know what kind of food they have there. I've never seen the appeal of strip clubs, as I can just put on some Whitesnake, take off my shirt and party "La Porte style" by myself for free as opposed to paying a cover, so I thought I'd be in the dark forever. Thanks for taking one for the team, girl!
Do your homework: So I had to check out the place after this review, mainly because it's three blocks from my office and I wanted to see which average Merlot would be selling for $1000-plus. Turns out, the "average Merlot" wine Amuse Bouche is a highly allocated California cult Merlot produced by Heidi Barrett, who also makes wine for Screaming Eagle that costs $3,900 at Del Frisco's down the street. Oops! I guess we didn't do our homework before writing this article. I also noticed three years' worth of Awards of Excellence from the Wine Spectator magazine proudly posted in the lobby. Thought I would try the food since I was already there, and had the pork chops. I'm no food critic, but thought they were great!
What a waste of paper: Please go back to reviewing restaurants we might actually go to and skip the gratuitous comments. Whatever is the point? Really, a new low.
Defending the Decision
Online readers comment on "Why Would We Review The Men's Club? This Is Why," Eating Our Words blog, by Katharine Shilcutt, April 6:
Get over yourselves, folks: I don't see why people would get so offended by this or why folks get bent out of shape. It is what it is, and believe it or not, people do eat food there (I don't, but that's me). If you have some moral reason for being offended, that should not factor into the choice of an independent journalist choosing to review an establishment.
Entertaining: That you would review the food at a strip club, or list of top rodeo foods, or have Craig Hlavaty write a play-by-play of his 4Loko trip, is exactly why I pick up the Press and visit the blogs whenever I can — because they're fun and interesting. I wouldn't call the Press my news source, but I do enjoy it immensely when I'm looking for entertainment or great food and drink recommendations. Lord knows there are plenty of CultureMap/002/Chron publications out there to satisfy the needs of those finding these articles too plebeian. Cheers.
Huh? Why wouldn't Houston Press review The Men's Club? They serve food, you review food — seems like a no-brainer to me. I enjoy visiting adult establishments every once in a while, and though I usually just have drinks while I'm there, I have often wondered if the food is worth ordering. I'm grateful Shilcutt did the dirty work (pardon the pun) so that I now have an answer.
Might I request your next adult review: "steak night" at the swingers' club (it's a thing, I swear). I'm just so damn curious about the quality of their meat...
Bob the Bard
Online readers comment on "Bob Dylan: 50 Years After His Debut, Have Things Changed?" Rocks Off blog, by Rocks Off contributors, April 11:
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Full house: This isn't an exact quote, but a British actor said of Shakespeare: When you play Shakespeare, you are amazed that all of those people, those thoughts, those words, those insights, depths and emotions were in one man — they had to be for him to have written that way.
That is what I think about after listening to Dylan for 50 years. Listen to his newer songs and how he "acts" them. Listen to every word, every line, every shade of emotion. First, he had to live it, then he had to write it, then he had to compose it, then he had to record it, then he had to take it on the road. And all of that is one man.
And the range goes from funny to mysterious to profound. From simple to complex. And it's all in conversational American English that seems spontaneous. He is a storyteller, always. But he does it with "characters," and all of those "people" are inside of him. The actor pointed out that Shakespeare had a full house inside. Dylan has the American "house" inside.