Whoís your daddy?.....My kids claim I
went home 10 years ago to watch the O.J. trial and just
never came back to work. I think they exaggerate because I
have been working....a little.
But with our move to new offices and the
publications of several magazines by the company, Iíve been
compelled to return to work on a more or less full-time
However, last week as part of the move, I
dropped a file cabinet on my big toe and had to take a day
off lying in bed with my foot elevated. During my enforced
day off, I started watching the Anna Nicole saga and felt
myself being sucked into some court drama again.
But not to worry. The next day, I shook
myself off and returned to the grind. Seems we can always
find an excuse not to work, but I was strong this time and
didnít let myself get out of the habit of working again.
Arenít you glad?
What kind of shoddy work is this
anyway?.....Last month I had a $200 water bill because
some valve broke between my house and the water meter and in
only a day or two, enough water ran out to drive up my bill.
After an additional $150 plumbing bill, I found out the
faulty valve was installed originally by Eco Resources,
formerly owned by our current county judge, Bob Hebert.
I was a little miffed but thought, ďOh
well, things happen.Ē
The very next week, my daughter
experienced the same problem at her house in the Meadows and
her valve was originally installed by guess who? Eco
Both our houses are over 10 years old,
but it leads me to wonder how many other people have had
failing valves in their plumbing connecting to the water
meter. Iíd like to hear if there are any others or if these
just happen to be two isolated cases.
Call or email.
And speaking of other shoddy works....Other
cable, telephone, and internet services ought to offer me
free service for as much as Iíve written about the poor
service Iíve received from Warner Cable and the frequent
outages. Last week, my cable, internet, and telephone
service, all supplied by Warner Cable, was out more often
than it was on. It has been out so much that Iíve memorized
their service number.
Not only has it been out so much, one has
to punch about four different menus to get the correct
department, then hold on for about five minutes, thereby
running up your cell phone bill.
The first thing they ask is to input your
telephone number connected with your service, then when
someone live finally comes on the line, they want your
number again, plus your name and address. I guess their
computers canít bring all that information up from the first
input of information.
Finally, after you get the correct
department, they claim it is not an area wide problem and
ask you to unplug all your equipment and wait one minute
before, hopefully, repluging it in correctly. To do this, I
have to move a 500 pound entertainment center without
rollers. After you do all that and it doesnít work, they
want to schedule a service call in about a week sometime
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
At this point Iím being positively mean
to the person on the other end of the call. (I wouldnít have
their job for anything. Itís not their fault, but they have
to bear the brunt of so much anger and frustration.)
Then, about four hours later it comes
back on of its own accord because it was an area-wide
problem after all that has been finally fixed.
I used to ask all the time how we could
expect a company which couldnít keep the cable on
consistently to then run a telephone company. But in a
moment of weakness and budget cutting, I signed up for the
triple service, telling myself Iíd give them six months.
Six months has passed and Iím looking to
change everything again because itís not working. I hate
His time in the barrel..... Iíve
covered the campaign reports of three other Republican
elected officials in other columns--County Judge Bob Hebert,
Commissioners James Patterson and Andy Meyers--and now itís
time to take a look at the third Republican county
commissioner, Tom Stavinoha. Commissioner Stavinoha
represents Precinct 1 which includes most of Richmond,
Rosenberg, and Needville. This most recent report was for
the last half of 2006. It was duly signed and notarized. He
collected $1300, spent $9,672.42, and had $15,409.99 on the
last day of the reporting period.
He collected $800 from PBSJ Pac, the
Florida company whose principals were indicted for several
nasty campaign shennigans, and $500 from the Greater Houston
Home Builders Assn.
He gave $200 to the Fort Bend County
Sheriffís Deputy Assn. and $439 for barbecue for 40 people
to the Chili Fest (donít ask me why he is buying barbecue at
a chili fest).
He gave $185 to the Needville Fire
Department and $100 to the Casa De Esperanza foster home.
He gave $200 to the Needville Baseball
Assn to aid the Girls World Series expenses, and $170 to the
Holy Rosary Church.
He gave $250 to Miracle on Morton Street,
and $225 to the Fort Bend County Boot Camp.
The Luekemia-Lymphoma Society got $250,
while St. Michaelís Church received $250. He paid $100 for
his Rose-Rich Chamber gala ticket while the Fort Bend County
Fair was the big winner with a $5180 donation.
The Fort Bend County Boot Camp got
another $185 and the Needville Harvest Fest received $300.
He spent $261.49 for the Fort Bend County Fair cowboy camp,
and we know he didnít cook in the ďMen Who CookĒ fund-raiser
because he spent $100 buying pastry for the event.
He gave another $115 to the Fort Bend
County Boot Camp and the Lamar Education Society received a
$200 donation from him. Muscular Dystrophy received a $200
donation and the Fort Bend Museum golf tournament received
$300. Maybe he played in the tournament? He doesnít seem
like the type.
He made smaller donations to such groups
as the Fresno Senior Citizens and the Kendleton Heritage
Again, thanks to the web site
for scanning the campaign reports and making them
readily available to the public.