August 26th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 8.26.10

Schools around Houston have started back up, which only serves to remind me of one thing. I’m not a kid anymore. While I tried to hold onto my youth as long as I could by staying in college for a decade, eventually all good things must come to an end. Oh well, I had a good run and, honestly, I don’t know if I’d have the stomach to do it all over again. Maybe in another life. Jerry probably said it best when he sang “what a long, strange trip it’s been,” but I like where I’ve ended up. Now if I could just figure out the pause button on this thing.


Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?
With the kids finally back in school and out of your hair, reward yourself with a much needed treat. Head over to Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor for a taste of some of Houston’s best ice cream. A local family owned business, Hank’s has been scooping out great ice cream for over twenty years. My personal favorite is the banana pudding ice cream, but you can’t go wrong with any of their flavors. Located at 9291 South Main Street, it can be a bit of a drive, but it’s definitely worth it. Just make sure to get rid of the evidence before the kids get home.

Wish You Were Here

With the electronic age downloading at an amazing pace, I can’t remember the last time I actually sent someone a post card. Can you? That’s why we have the Heritage Society, to remind us of, well, our heritage! Amazing how that works. Right now they are hosting the exhibit Greetings From Houston, which chronicles the growth of our great city through post cards right before your very eyes. Houston has seen some amazing growth in it’s 174 years (I thought I was old!) and you can travel through time to view the earliest beginnings of the city, from horse-drawn carts in the streets and grand railway depots to Houston’s first skyscrapers, the astrodome and suburban development. Just make sure you send me a postcard

Kicking Balls and Taking Names
While I usually only work out my kicking muscles during a nice friendly game of Rochambeau, I’ve recently turned to a slightly more competitive kicking venture, kickball. With the fall right around the corner and in anticipation of cooler weather, why not get your friends together and form a team. It doesn’t matter what sport you decide to take up, leaving the house and running around outside will do you good. I forgot how much I loved the thrill of the game, and by thrill I mean having a few beers before running around the outfield and sweating the alcohol out so that I could retire to the bar and regale everyone with artful stories of my prowess and have a few more beers.

Bat Out of Houston
This Saturday sees one of Rock ‘n Roll’s stranger heavyweights coming to Houston as Meat Loaf takes over the House of Blues Houston. I know what you’re thinking, Meat Loaf, Bob? Meat Loaf, Eddie? Believe it or not he’s been rockin’ out for nearly 40 years, with his most notable album being Bat Out of Hell in 1977. He’s continued releasing albums throughout the the decades, with his latest, Stay Cool Teddy Bear coming out in 2009. He’s over the top and dramatic, guaranteeing that even those unfamiliar with his music, will at least be entertained by his showmanship. Houston, “And now ladies and gentlemen I would like you to meet Loaf.” – Christopher Lee

Pigskin Time
With the first week of school comes the first week of high school football. A bunch of teams take to their respective fields tonight and tomorrow night to battle it out in out of district play. This is not Friday Night Lights, this is really entertaining football without the fluff. If you’re a football lover and can’t wait for pro or college teams to play this weekend, check out a high school game. They’re fun, they’re affordable, and seeing a bigger crowd in the stands is always nice from a player’s perspective.

— Marc

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