A man in a suit doused himself with what appeared to be gasoline outside the Exxon building on the corner of Milam Street and Leeland Street at about 5 p.m. Friday. He was sitting on the sidewalk with a small pillow and a large red gas can. Maria Gonzalez was standing on the corner when she saw him ... More >>
The folks over at TransCanada just cannot seem to catch a break. The company has been working for years to get the Keystone XL Pipeline Project -- which will go from the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, moving up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil over more than 2,000 ... More >>
If you haven't looked at the real estate market in Houston, you're missing a show. Not only are home sales through the roof -- prices and number of sales -- but rent is going up at a dramatic rate and office lease space is disappearing. Chevron, which employs 9,000 people in Houston, has decided, if ... More >>
Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>
Protestors of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline demonstrated at the company's downtown headquarters and another building Monday, with similar protests occurring in other cities, including Westborough, Massachusetts, where students superglued themselves together in an office lobby. In Houston, demo ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.
Hair Balls has lost car keys, wallets, cats, and once even a rare Monet, but we'd like to think that we'd never lose a "potentially lethal" radioactive rod. But that's exactly what some Halliburton truck drivers did in the desert around Odessa last week, according to news reports. The "seven-inch l ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destablize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time.
A few years ago, I was getting ready to sell a house. My existing mortgage company had been purchased by another company and my account had been transferred. However, when it was transferred, the permissions that allow customer service representatives to do basic, but important, tasks like provide a ... More >>
Life in the big city. We're not sure if it was an offended reader (maybe a Phish Phan?) or just someone who answers nature's call wherever he might be, but someone took a crap in our parking lot last week. Shit happens, you know? But someone in the nearby ExxonMobil building had a camera working a ... More >>
Houston's swampiest musical savants return with new album.
The lunch crowd at ExxonMobil got a surprise today when the food court and dining room had to be evacuated because of a fire in a lower level. Food-service workers say they were in the midst of preparing and serving lunch for some 900 clients when a burning smell was detected. Service was suspended ... More >>
What will the second half bring?
Photos by Christina UticoneWith the Chevron Houston Marathon looming, running and fueling and hydrating are trending topics online and off. My preferred workout fuel is actual food, although I've been known to supplement with a bar or a shake along the way when short on time. Generally I save ... More >>
We've got our weekend figured out and it's filled with everything from Olympic runners to e-books to comics. On Friday, we'll be at "and everything in between," the latest exhibition of Curtis Gannon's artwork. The show, at the Spacetaker ARC Gallery, is a collection of new works by Gannon, featurin ... More >>
Gained in translationLegend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>
Keystone XL: Coming to TexasHouston-based Cardno Entrix is the latest target of scrutiny in the newest allegations of cronyism surrounding TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline project. A group of U.S. senators has called for an investigation into the State Department's handling of the Keystone ... More >>
Coming soon to a state near you?U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-Oil), the man who famously apologized to BP for the horrible way they were shaken down by the Obama administration after the Gulf oil spill, is introducing a bill to legalize online poker, the AP reports. Yay? Barton wants in ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderA member of the Ministers Alliance on his way to a meeting at Denny's, in typical Alliance uniform.Yesterday, a Waco minister named Joseph Harrell pleaded guilty in a Missouri federal court to playing a key role in a nationwide securities scam. Harrell admitted sellin ... More >>
ExxonMobilBucolic energy companiesExxonMobil has finally made official the long-rumored plans to build a large office campus in north Houston and move a bunch of its employees there, including all in its downtown Bell Street headquarters. The 385-acre site near the intersection of I-45 and ... More >>
Tort "reform" will solve all our problemsThe AP is reporting that Governor Rick Perry has declared yet another right-wing hobbyhorse to be emergency legislation: a tort reform bill. Republicans reflexively shout "tort reform!" at the drop of a hat, even though Texas -- via the big corporate ... More >>
"That ice machine is looking pristine, bro."You know what Jesus was doing around Easter? Getting crucified and coming back from the dead to hang out in the Middle East instead of in paradise with his dad, for some reason. You can learn about the first part of this in Mel Gibson's The Passion ... More >>
Photo by Eda CherryCarb-loading: Serious[ly awesome] business.In the book Going Higher: Oxygen, Man, and Mountains, the necessity of carb-loading before any highly strenuous, acutely physical activity is explained as, basically, the hoarding of glucose -- your body's fundamental energy source ... More >>
Headed to courtFollowing in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>
Drink faces Texas ban.
Just leave those guns anywhere.The Halloween premiere of AMC's Walking Dead knocked the socks off critics and viewers alike and earned the network the biggest audience for any of its original series to date. Last Sunday's episode ("Guts") looks to have been just as successful, triggering coun ... More >>
Smoked Scottish salmon paired with endive, dill vinaigrette and a large potato chip.Our invitation to sit in on a special Scotch & Steak dinner at the Strip House in downtown Houston the other night was memorable for the food, our table companions and the dedication of the diners to march the ... More >>
Robb Walsh, right. The 13th Annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium officially kicks off today, but the fun got started Thursday night with the Thacker Mountain Radio show and some dinner offerings in line with the "Global South" theme, including Mississippi Masala by Suvir Saran. Thack ... More >>
We miss the old-school piratesBeing a pirate on the high seas isn't what it used to be. The rum-swigging, foul-mouthed, unkempt groups in search of buried treasure have evolved in the 21st century. Their new concern: Fueltrax systems. How's Disney supposed to make a movie around that plot line? ... More >>
Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf, injuring one person and raising fears of another massive leak.All the 13 workers on board have been accounted for. Officials are not sure if any oil is leaking from the rig, which is about 80 miles south of Louisiana's Vermilion Bay.The Department of Homelan ... More >>
Someone is just a tad angry with ExxonMobilThe introduction to a lawsuit filed by a businessman against ExxonMobil and one of its executives says it all: "This case is about criminal and civic disobedience, but this litigation is also about fundamental issues of freedom, respect, dignity and ec ... More >>
Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, who despite what his windblown shirt seems to indicate is not a corpulent man, wants "to assure you that the small amount of tar balls were immediately removed."All 32 miles of Galveston beaches are pristine and clean, by Galveston standards.Of course, that "mayorBroll ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseSting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 25, 2010 "If you love somebody," Sting once sang, "set them free." Friday night at the Woodlands, he set a good two dozen of his songs free from their original arrangements, and set ... More >>
Gifts even worse than another tieFather's Day is fast approaching, and you probably haven't given much thought to your gift. We know you.To be sure, most fathers would gladly settle for Peace & Quiet once the kids are out of the weirdly-shaped homemade-paper-clip-holder stage, but most people ... More >>
uscgd8 via FlickThe bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be ... More >>
How was your Cinco de Mayo? Ours was great! Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still looking for a bakery that can fit "Sorry I Never Finished College and Quit Going to Church and Swear Too Much In My Articles and Am Generally a Huge Disappointment to You ... More >>
Blow-drying after the cut is optional.Until today, Hair Balls thought pet hair clippings were only good for making you sneeze, but apparently the hair is incredibly absorbent, which could come in handy in the case of, say, a gigantic freakin' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise, a ... More >>
Where: SunMart Mobil Station, 3200 Holcombe Blvd, Houston 77021 What $7 gets you: A tasty and cheap dinner, Fanta, and a pack of Tums. We stopped at SunMart Mobil to get gas, and stopped in for a drink and to pay. It smelled awesome inside, and our evening plans to get a salad were squashe ... More >>
The Yes MenDepending on your world view, The Yes Men Fix the World, out on DVD today, is either very, very funny or really, really not funny at all. But humorous or not, it is entertaining and should be required viewing for anyone who doubts that big business is out to screw the public.In th ... More >>
A Houston federal judge who set aside a $100 million verdict against BP on Tuesday has taken an all-expenses-paid educational junket that was partially funded by the oil giant.In 2008, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt attended a three-day long program in Sedona, Arizona hosted by the George Ma ... More >>
All photos courtesy of www.ifest.orgOzomatli: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bud Light World Music Stage A couple of days ago, Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell emailed Rocks Off and asked us if we'd mind reprinting something he wrote for the blog on iFest's Web ... More >>