Some of us are counting the days until Weird Al Yankovic receives his much-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom or Kennedy Center award, whichever comes with a gold-plated accordion. Until that happens we'll have to make do with Mandatory Fun, his astounding 13th album that is in stores and online ... More >>
Everybody hates rejection. That's why it must be a major let down for some people who come up with what they think is a very clever vanity plate slogan, only to have it not happen. Blame some pencil pusher at the department of motor vehicles office. As a public service we asked the DMV to supply us ... More >>
Are you the type of driver who gets pissed when you see someone ahead of you toss a fast food wrapper out of their window onto roadway. If you're trash averse and want to help the Texas Department of Transportation create a catalog of offenders, then you're in luck. Local Redditors shared a link to ... More >>
Branding. It's a huge buzzword in this day and age. With some many different ways to market yourself, build an audience, be memorable, branding is key to growth. Good branding is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth. I blog at least once, sometimes as many as three tim ... More >>
Thousands are caught in the repetitive cycle of homelessness, and there aren't enough safe places to sleep for all of them.
There was a possibility that if you were caught speeding or blasting through that red light you could get away without paying the ticket you received. Sure, you would get a few phone calls, maybe an annoying letter or two and eventually a warrant, but that's about the most the city can do. And that ... More >>
And why are Mexican Indians so poor?
Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.
There's a sign on the outside of a halfway house on Main Street just south of Alabama that I know because I've walked past it numerous times on my way to and from Continental Club and other restaurants and bars in that block. The sign says, "No Loitering or Hanging Around in Front of Office." I've c ... More >>
Some people take great pride in their cars, and decided to use them as a way of expressing themselves. Modifying your ride to give it an unique appearance or performance style is a big business, but other folk tackle it with an older world in mind. Wagon Wheels on a Hummer Hummers represent the ... More >>
Some of the best artworks in Houston right now can't be found at a gallery or museum, but a government building. When the city decided to turn an old rice warehouse at the end of Washington Avenue into its new Permitting Center, it also set aside money for new art works to adorn its walls. Mary Mar ... More >>
Josh Kryzak's homemade expression of opinionIt's getting more expensive to be a vanity-plate consumer in Texas. Myplates.com, which has the state contract to sell the most popular vanity designs, has been raising prices much to the dismay of customers who say the company has pretty much a mo ... More >>
Last week I fell hard for the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit* Shake from McDonald's. The real smoothie/shake lover in my house is my husband, and I was surprised when my mind kept wandering back to that shake. Recently, after a truly bitchin' three hours at the DMV, my husband and I were super-h ... More >>
Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your partyPutting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>
It's true. Your Facebook friends hate you.It's true. Your Facebook friends all hate you. You don't know it, but most of them hid your sorry ass long ago. That's how it came to be that nobody ever likes or comments on anything you ever post. But we polled our Facebook friends to delve deeper into ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it back to Houston with occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com. G.O.A.T. Entertainment is an indie record label based here in Houston. Despite the weird nam ... More >>
Before I'm accused of size discrimination, a little source material: If you've spent even five second on the internets in the last two days, you're aware of the escalating hostilities between movie director/"person of size" Kevin Smith and Southwest Airlines. Smith, 39, originally purchased two ... More >>
Cult novel must continue its search for a worthy film adaptation.
When the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles opened November 1, we had no idea that it would be the greatest new state agency in memory."What's so great about the DMV, Hair Balls?" you might ask. We're glad you did.See, the DMV has partnered with www.myplates.com to make it easier and more enjoyable ... More >>
JC Penney is the reliable standby of malls across the Midwest and in Texas; for the past 20 years the company's been headquartered in Plano, the mall-infested suburb of Dallas.They've decided to open a Manhattan branch, and were met with heaps of condescending scorn from The New York Times' "Crit ... More >>
Photo courtesy Leake Auction CompanyFor a moment there, it seemed like a lost piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia was rediscovered.No, not the mason jar where they kept his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon, but something almost as cool - a Plymouth Barracuda thought to have been bought by the King ... More >>
At La Barmigiana, the decor may be tacky, but the pizza is divine
Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.
Baby Tug-of-war. They're common folk from Converse, locked in a legal battle to get their grandchild back from a Houston judge
Speed 2 runs aground before the ship starts its engine