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Teen Porn Troubles

Teen Porn Troubles

A couple of issues: Thank you very much for the article on teen porn addiction ["Teen Porn 101," by Paul Knight, February 18, 2010]. Those of us in service to recovering teens were grateful to cooperate with the Houston Press and with Paul Knight, whose treatment of the issue was as sensitive as it was thorough. However, I would like to correct two factual errors.

First, I was quoted as saying that Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) has developed a separate message for teens — which is definitely not the case. The only recovery message that SAA has to offer is that of the Twelve Steps. The Steps are the same for all recovering sex addicts regardless of age. The distinguishing feature of SAA teen meetings is the substantial safety boundaries for teens and the adults who sponsor them. Recovery information for teens in Houston can be found by writing the SAA Teen Meeting Intergroup at saatm.intergroup@yahoo.com.

Second, a Houston mother of a sex addict was reported to be a member of SAA. This is not correct. I would like to clarify that SAA does not provide support to the parents of sex addicts. SAA refers all friends and family of sex addicts to a separate Twelve Step Program called COSA. Parents of teen sex addicts can find that information directly by calling the Houston COSA Intergroup at 713-685-7503.

Again, many thanks to Paul and to the Houston Press for the article, and I look forward to cooperating with you in the future to serve the sex addict who still suffers.

Carol Ann R.
Chair of the SAA Teen Meeting
Intergroup
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The Washington Strip

Online readers comment on "Wild on Washington," by Craig Hlavaty, Shea Serrano and Mike Giglio, February 9:

Very nice article, but kind of a downer: Washington Avenue used to be chill and laid-back, but now I avoid it like the plague. Even if I do end up in the area, usually because some friend wants to go to Dubliner, which is a chill place, or if I want to catch a show at Walter's, I always get freaked out that my car is going to get towed, even though I make sure to park in legal areas. If every tow-truck driver and impound lot in the city spontaneously combusted, I would be a very happy man.

Greg

Awful: I misunderstood an e-mail last Friday and accidentally went to the benjy's on Washington instead of the Village to meet up with friends from out of town. It was awful. Parking was impossible, we nearly got run down by a valet guy in a Hummer, and benjy's bar was so crowded that even if our friends had been there, it would have been impossible to hold a conversation. We got the hell out of there as soon as we figured out the mistake. The Village location, though, was downright pleasant, and we spent an hour or so there before moving to the Kelvin Arms below and, later, the Big Top over on Main.

It's a shame, I suppose, but also very Houston. I remember those massive clubs on Richmond, and then the bars on Shepherd Square, then downtown, then Midtown. Sooner or later everyone will move off to wherever the next hip part of town is, and only the strongest of the Washington establishments will survive.

'stina
Houston

Washington Avenue is not for me: I prefer Montrose, Rice Village and most points in between. That said, I can appreciate Washington staking its claim as the hot nightlife spot for a certain demographic (suburbanites). My friends would probably impale me for saying this, but I hope Washington Avenue's scene continues to grow and fill in the three-mile stretch into a continuous bar and restaurant haven.

I am content with my regular stops. But those making 50-mile roundtrip commutes from the suburbs, risking DWIs, unplanned pregnancies, towed cars and voting Republican, need their spot too...away from me.

Montrose Yep
Houston

Amateur night: I do like a good upscale bar or club, but like many others, I don't like a bunch of amateurs, and the music that I have heard while smoking outside of a show at Walter's was beyond terrible.

These places aren't good for Houston. I hope the owners make money while they can. I'll keep grinning and bearing it, while going to Walter's.

the_birds

Different crowd: I don't hang out on Washington Avenue, but your constant references to "suburbanites" and "Outer Loopers" with Aggie class rings and tons of credit card debt (why, Craig?) are a mischaracterization of the people who visit these bars.

All of my twentysomething Inner Loop colleagues spend most of their time in Washington Avenue bars, and they and all their friends are mostly Northeasterners who went to good schools and now have semi-interesting, high-paying professional jobs.

 

Jimbo

Another side: The clubs on Washington aren't really my thing. But if you were shooting for three different opinions, it would have been nice if one of them differed from the other two. Obviously, a lot of people enjoy these places, so it would have been nice to have heard from that side of the equation. Good work from each individual writer, though. I enjoyed the read nonetheless.

David A
Houston

It will evolve: Washington's "gentrification" has been going on for a long time now. This is just a part in the process. The younger clubs tend to be short-lived, needing to reinvent themselves to stay around. Usually, this will evolve into a more mature scene. On the east end of Washington, we are developing a little more in that direction. Down here you have my place (The Broken Spoke), the Corkscrew (soon to be Bee Love), the Darkhorse and others. Late on Saturdays at the Darkhorse is the only time we see the "typical" Washington Avenue crowd. My friends and I call it "amateur night." Either way, my hope is that we end up with more restaurants, retail and a real grocery store! I've lived in Sixth Ward for around a decade and have always loved it out here. We just need a little more diversity. By the way, the Darkhorse was one of the Washington Avenue pioneers, not a result of the kid clubs. It's been a good neighborhood spot ever since the strip had no clubs.

Roy
Houston

Interesting articles: It is exciting to see so much attention given to the neighborhood I live in. It would have been nice to see some of the benefits to the area, and why people are going out on Washington as it is so popular. Maybe get one of those "Aggie ring-wearing suburbanites" to pen a piece on why they like going out inside the Loop.

I personally don't hit up the Washington scene that often (I also prefer some of the bars on Montrose and around Rice), but the times I have gone out on Washington I have found it fun and exciting. Nothing wrong with that.

Parking is a problem, but I would say that the same is true around Montrose and to a degree around Rice as well. These things will evolve, and I am seeing more parking lots. And the jitney is a great idea. I would love to see a light rail fly down Washington as well.

The only thing that bothers me is all of the negative press this area seems to get. For those of us that live nearby, it is so great to be able to walk to restaurants, gyms, Memorial Park and shops, not to mention being seconds from I-10.

I can put up with Washington being crazy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday if it means I can walk to Catalan, Max's and Patrenella's.

Danner
Houston

Getting worse: Rising rates on houses and apartments, caused by an influx of douchey, and quite frankly ugly, townhouses have transformed the area for the worse. Making an area more white does not make it better. What it brings is overpriced bars, which the vast, vast, vast majority of bars on the Washington strip are, and a destruction of what made the area ideal in the first place, which was its diversity.

Obviously the HP is going to view these people in a negative light. The bro-ish and douche mentality grinds against their Montrose sensibilities. And can you really blame them? Where are all the minorities or gays on Washington? Oh, that's right, they avoid the place like a Republican rally.

Greg

Washington for all: It should not be only for white people, it should be for everyone! White, single whatever! Without any other race there, it's not any fun anyway.

Lakisha Jones
Houston

Ridiculous: I completely disagree that only whites party on Washington. Just go to any of the bars that have a DJ. I also disagree with the implication that all of these establishments cater to the same crowd. Walter's, Rebels, TAPS, Drinkery, Dubliner, Darkhorse, Usual, etc. are catering to very different demographics than Ei8ht, Brixx, Reign, Pandora, Manor, etc.

I think it's ridiculous to assume that all of the people going to Washington are Outer Loopers. Have you noticed how many town homes are in 77007? It's probably one of the densest ZIP codes in the state. There are a lot of young professionals living in the Washington area that just might keep these bars open for longer than everyone expects.

Biff
Houston
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A MISPLACED BAR

In our recent feature on Washington Avenue, "Wild On Washington" [by Craig Hlavaty, Shea Serrano and Mike Giglio] we incorrectly stated that Community Bar was located off Milam, when it is in fact at 2703 Smith in the Midtown district.

 

The Houston Press regrets the error.


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