I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>
Nearly 9,000 veterans will attend the American Legion's 95th national convention in Houston August 23, according to the nation's largest organization of wartime vets. A press release states that "blue-capped Legionnaires will be seen primarily in the downtown area where they will be housed in a num ... More >>
Ex-employee says Dr. Michael Brown peed all over airplane restroom and asked him for a blow job.
If you don't work or spend much time in downtown Houston, you probably have no idea what Greenlink is. But if you do work downtown or spend time here, particularly in the summer, Greenlink might be your knight in shining green armor. In simplest terms, Greenlink is a free shuttle bus that runs a two ... More >>
The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.
After being closed for only two short weeks, Monica Pope's t'afia has already been transformed and reopened as Sparrow Bar & Cookshop. The new concept opened its doors this past Tuesday, August 14, with what's being described as "a free-flowing and easily sharable menu." That menu is somewhat inter ... More >>
On the surface, the occupation of Major League Baseball umpire would appear to be a dream job for anyone who likes baseball but wasn't good enough to continue playing beyond, say, American Legion ball at the high school level. Six-figure salary, luxury accommodations, ample vacation time. I mean... ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Arizona and America join Joe Arpaio in rushing to inquire: Are your papers in order?
Murder, tacos and Perpetual HelpMan, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since David Beebe and I last undertook a Sole of Houston stroll in December of 2008.For my part, there was a divorce, massive weight loss, and the ditching of pretty much all my vices. As for Beebe, the supe ... More >>
Get in on the birthday party when one of Houston's oldest Hispanic neighborhoods reaches the 100 mark
Liberty Hall, by the 1970s, had somewhat survived its time as a church and an American Legion hall to become probably the hippest rock club in the city.Comfortably seedy, the Hall hosted legends like the Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons (with Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt sitting in), the Ramones ... More >>
The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.
We'll get to the usual ogle-friendly galleries here in a sec, but we just wanted to talk about bingo real quick. Yep, bingo. In particular the action at American Legion #586. We went there yesterday, looking for fun. We bought some cards and plopped down. A couple of nice older women even helped us ... More >>
Running errands last Sunday took me past the Petrol Station on Wakefield at Golf, in the gently tree-lined neighborhood of Oak Forest. The Petrol Station is a popular watering hole -- with both freshly-roasted coffee and freshly-poured beer -- that serves a satisfying mix of English pub fare and bu ... More >>
The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again
Bill White hopes brains and big bucks will get him elected
In which good Ken Lambert fights the high cost of dying