and Steve Onstad of Swinging Door fame are grandparents
again. Daughter Michaela Filla gave birth to Noah Kendall
Filla on Oct. 8. He weighed 7 lbs and 9 oz. His big brother
Reed, who is almost 2, isn’t quite sure what has happened.
I know the kid is almost walking before I
printed this, but it’s Jay’s fault. She knows I can’t be
trusted, yet she handed me this information on the back of a
“guest check” from the Swinging Door. Michaela is already
back at work at the restaurant.
It’s hard to believe we’ve all become
grandparents. Louis and Dru Gravin have a two-year-old
grandson in Austin so they burn up the road getting up there
every other weekend. Kolbe Curtice was telling me just
yesterday how crazy they are about their grandchild, and Rob
Roy announced that he and his wife are looking forward to
their first grandchild.
Boy, we used to get together and party.
Now we get together and compare grandchildren.
More cleaning.......I got a letter
some months ago that’s been crumpled up in my purse awaiting
my call to Sheriff Milton Wright. It was from the Sheriff’s
Association of Texas and it solicited $25 in dues to belong
as an associate member. For my money, I got the quarterly
publication “Texas Lawman, “ a 20% discount at LaQuinta, two
decals for my car windows (you can see where this is going,
can’t you), and a membership card for my wallet (placed no
doubt next to my driver’s license). However, one membership
advantage intrigued me. It would grant me eligibility to
become a member of the Texas DPS Credit Union.
So I called the sheriff and asked him
about the whole program. He told me that the money does not
come back to Fort Bend County but is kept at the state and
used for local and regional education whereby the state
sponsored additional training for the department.
Sheriff Wright agreed with me that the
phone calls we occasionally get from the State Troopers
Association are bothersome as 80% of the money collected on
that goes to a phone room in Chicago. But he assured me that
the Sheriff’s Association of Texas never makes phone calls
and all of its solicitation are handled in house with no
money split with some boiler room.
As far as the DPS credit union, the
sheriff said that he had bought personal cars before and
found that the credit union interest rate was usually about
1/2 cent lower that prevailing rates.
I told the sheriff I just wanted to be
sure the money didn’t go into his campaign fund!
Politics....... Shelley Sekula Gibbs
is embarrassing us in Washington. Oh, wait, that’s nothing
new. Tom DeLay embarrassed us for many years in Washington.
But Shelley has different problems.
DeLay’s former staff members, who had been holding down the
fort after his resignation, walked out en masse a few days
after Shelley arrived. I would think that perhaps the staff
was a little miffed because she came it bossing orders and
they were used to working on their own.
However, from some of her other actions,
such as claiming she was going to take care of tax cuts,
immigration reform, and “to make sure we have a good
solution for the war in Iraq,” its obvious that Sekula Gibbs
thinks she can get more done than in possible in the few
short weeks she will be there--not counting holiday
recesses. She has a lot of energy. Witness her write-in
votes that she got against long odds. But someone needs to
counsel her about what “lame duck” means because I fear she
has hurt her chances for 2008.
Well, more power to her but whatever she
did to cause the staff walk-out, she shouldn’t have called
for an investigation into why the computers were scrubbed
clean of files. She should have found out that it is a law
that the files be deleted when changing congressional
I hate it when women politicians make
fools of themselves.
And now, the post office......I can’t
tell you how frustrated I am with the Sugar Land post
office. We mail two magazines a month through the Sugar Land
post office and they are delivered about two weeks late. Yet
the other post offices in Fort Bend seem to be able to
deliver them timely.
I’ve talked to the postmaster and offered
to help him if it’s a question of space or employees for
that fast growing area. But he has pulled some tricks on me
that makes me think he’s not concerned about improving the
When one mails something third class, the
post office has three days to distribute the mailing. When
we’ve complained, he’s told us the mailing has gone out.
However, when we drive by, we can see the mailing still on
Then I got word from one of my spies that
he told the carriers to pull the magazines off the dock and
to deliver to our particular homes timely. This seems very
duplicitous to me.
So, I’ve had it. If you will write me a
SIGNED letter to the editor about your experience with the
mail, I will forward it to the proper authorities. I will
forward them good or bad.
I wonder how they get those grocery ads
out every week on the same day? Do you suppose they mail
those two weeks in advance?