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Another black eye for Houston

This isn’t big news, or recent news, but based upon how long this movie has been playing here in Dallas, it’s probably due to exit theaters soon. Don’t let it leave without seeing it.

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” is playing at the Magnolia in the West Village, and at the Angelika in Plano.

Great movie, well done, interestingly told, and doesn’t really go out of its way to bury Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and Andy Fastow. But then again, it doesn’t have to.

It’s a well made documentary that also doesn’t harp on the widespread destruction this company wreaked on thousands of peoples’ lives. Once again, it doesn’t have to. We all watched the news in 2002.

I’ve never really understood the rivalry between Dallas and Houston. Yes the traffic is bad in Houston and it’s hot, but I don’t see many Dallasites wearing sweaters in July.

Regardless, go see the movie.

What are you doing Thursday evenings?

Looking to start your weekend early? Looking for something laid back and easy? Looking for something free?

Jimmy B. (one of the El Paso Baldwin Brothers) plays guitar and sings every Thursday evening at the Lakewood Bar & Grill, from 9 until 11 o’clock. All original material with a few exceptions.

The joint is just west of, and about 20 yards away from, the Lakewood Theater. Between the theater and Starbucks

Dallas Daily Candy Arrives

You may be familiar with Daily Candy from other cities like New York, Chicago and Boston, and now it’s got a Dallas edition.

“DailyCandy, a free daily e-mail newsletter and website, is the ultimate insider’s guide to what’s hot, new, and undiscovered — from fashion and style to gadgets and travel. As useful as it is entertaining, it’s like getting an e-mail from your clever, unpredictable, and totally in-the-know best friend. The one who knows about secret beauty treatments, must-have jeans, hot new restaurants — and always shares the scoop.”

How’d They Do It?

I’ve read in several Dallas publications that Texas Monthly’s March edition will feature an interview with former 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. She of the infamous Rather-gate scandal. Curious, she hasn’t given any interviews since she was fired. I’m definitely interested in what she has to say…

D-Mag

The latest issue of D-Mag has an article about on-line dating and features a photo-spread with a gaggle of local (female) candidates. As usual with D-Mag, no ugly people need apply. They sure do look a lot different from the rather scary looking sirens that tempted me from Garland and all points East.

Why not have their male counterparts? I would hazard a guess that D-Mag has more female readers who might enjoy the goodies on offer.

The Road Goes On Forever

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I know our fellow blogger Mike will be glad to know that Robert Earl Keen is playing tonight at 7:30 at Bass Hall. He’s got two new live discs coming out and is touring in support.

If you like Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker or Guy Clark, you’ll want to catch this one.

Here’s a sample of Front Porch Song

If You’re Not Already Proud To Be From Dallas

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The Dallas Morning News published a list of inventions and innovations that were spawned right here in the Big D, along with some cool back stories on the often eccentric inventors:

-Low-cost, low-fare flying (Southwest Airlines)
-Frequent flier miles (American Airlines)
-Speak and Spell (TI)
-Digital Light Processing (TI)
-Handheld Calculators (TI)
-The Microchip (TI)
-Liquid Paper (Betty Nesmith, mother of The Monkee’s Michael Nesmith)
-Convenience Stores (Joe C. Thompason)
-Top 40 radio format (Gordon McLendon)
-Bank credit cards (Preston State Bank)
-Range hoods (Vent-A-Hood)
-Voice mail (Gordon Matthews)
-Country clubs (Robert Dedman)
-1-800-Flowers (Carl Wescott)
-The Herkie, a cheerleading jump for those you who didn’t make the squad. (Lawrence Herkimer)
-The ATM (Don Wetzel)
-Pay-at-the-pump (Don Wetzel)
-The Superbowl (Lamar Hunt)
-Statin Drugs (Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein)
-Aerobics (Dr. Kenneth Cooper)
-Tolltags (David Cook)
-Blockbuster (David Cook)
-Frozen Margarita machines (Mariano Martinez)
-Frozen Yogurt (Julie and Bill Brice)
-Breast cancer awareness (Nancy Brinker)

No Ad’ Space Left On Planet

I haven’t regularly read a local newspaper since the Times Herald folded. The odd time I pick up a DMN I am annoyed by the layout, the type, the stories run or the over abundance of ads. Just when you thought they couldn’t cram anymore down your throat please say hello to the newspaper bag as billboard. Spotted on my neighbour’s lawn.

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