Being a Proud Texan is Great – Until…

Texas Proud is Great. We are Texas Proud.  We love the Lone Star State. We are Texas transplants. It would be great if we had been born in the Lone Star State, but we were not.  We CHOSE to make Texas our home.  We could have lived anywhere but we chose Texas.  We did this Read More …

The Saga of Karen and the Evil Gallbladder

Since we are celebrating the 7th anniversary of this unique and particularly stressful Valentines Day I thought I’d look up my thoughts on this topic.  I wrote this in my cell phone at the time and luckily it is all saved on my computer now. February 2012 The saga of Karen… So we are nearing Read More …

Our Massive LiftMaster CSL24U Debacle

Notice: Effective February 17, 2019, all updates to this blog are published on our new site:  LiftMasterFAIL.com Please follow the progress of this blog there. Last September (2017)  we committed approximately $14,000 to replacing our aging fence and adding the electric sliding gate we had always wanted.  This was a good sized project that included Read More …

Since Amazon Won’t Let Me Update My Reviews

Caveat Emptor What I’ve never been able to figure out about Amazon’s review process is how they justify their (sometimes) iron-fisted restrictions. I have had several instances where I attempted to revise a review based on living with a product over time and found Amazon would not allow a revision.  Yet I see revised reviews Read More …

The Nextdoor Nazi Snowflake Syndrome

Remember the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld? “No soup for you!” Well there’s also “No NextDoor for you.” There are other applications for that “Nazi” moniker in life.  They pop up here and there from time to time.  People who have so many personal rules that it’s a miracle they can breathe.  And they insist on Read More …

Bulk Trash Obliviots

I don’t know about your community But in Dallas we have Bulk Trash pickup monthly. This means you can put out anything.  Absolutely anything and line your sidewalk with it so the City can pick it up.  This is all part of our monthly garbage pickup fee.  I’ve seen tree limbs and branches 8 feet Read More …

Just Wave a Flag That Says ROB ME

In the #BulkTrashFAIL category… Not the first time I’ve written on this topic, but this example is so extreme I just have to bring it up again. On bulk trash days do NOT put out boxes for large, expensive items.  This is an invitation to being robbed.  Ask your local police department if you’re in Read More …

Tales From the Front – a Landlord’s Lament

Sometimes You’re the Big Dog Sometimes You’re the Chew Toy The horrors of being a landlord Two tales of WTF Tenants Episode 1 The Three Little Pigs We rented a nice 3 bedroom house to 3 hair dressers (2 girls and a guy). A client of mine vouched for them and was their employer. They Read More …

It’s How You Deal With Problems That Defines You

This axiom applies to everything. However…  in this particular instance I am referring to the Dallas Fire Marshal shutting down an art show put on by Chocolate and Art in Dallas, Texas. In case you are unfamiliar with Chocolate and Art, this is an event organizer out of Los Angeles.  They do pop-up art shows Read More …

The Story of Slick.The.Dog

Every dog has a story This is the story of Slick.The.Dog July 2016 We were on a little trip back to Northern California (where it all started).  We has spent several days in Silicon Valley with my son and went back to SFO (San Francisco Airport) to pick up our rental car for the rest Read More …