Sick and sicker.....I realized I was
sick last week when I went home at 2 p.m. to take a nap (one
advantage of growing old is you no longer have to make
excuses for napping), and woke up at 9:30 the next morning.
As I told you a couple of weeks ago, Iíve
started working mostly full time. I think itís made me sick.
I thought I could fight it off although
everyone kept urging me to go see Dr. Bush. On my last leg,
I finally made an appointment but on my way out of the door
to go to the appointment, I got a call from a friend who
reminded me I was speaking to the Rotarians in one hour. (I
had been too sick to check my calendar.)
Sure enough, I was scheduled to give a
little talk and I thought I was going to die. ďI know,Ē I
thought, ďIíll arrive at Sweetwater Country club in an
ambulance and get some EMTs to take me in on a stretcher. I
can give my talk prone on the stretcher in a weakened
But I rallied, caulked my face, ruffled
my hair and soldiered on. I actually felt better once I got
there, but Iím not sure how stellar my performance was. I
was in a very weakened condition and heard later that I
hadnít said anything bad about, and had even
complimented....some politicians. I must have been sicker
than I thought.
I do those things-- talking to groups,
attending galas, serving on committees--for public
relations. It doesnít help my case when I pick a fuss with
the very group Iím talking to. At one point, the person who
invited me said, ďBetter change the subject, Bev.Ē
I left right before the tar and feather
Me and QVC.....When I made it to the
doctor, she said I had walking pneumonia. ďWhew,Ē I thought.
ďI guess that means itís okay for me to walk.Ē
I did wind up FOB (flat on my back).
During my enforced period in bed (who am
I kidding. I couldnít move) I accidently had the television
on during some ďpaid programming.Ē At one point in time, I
woke up and they were talking about some type of blender
called a ďMagic Bullet.Ē I was too sick to search for the
remote to change the channel so had to lie there and watch
the whole thing. Not to ruin any future surprise presents
for my mean kids, I bought one. A credit card is never far
from my fingers.
It was so much fun, I ended up buying
several more things. I gotta get well. My credit cards are
about maxed out.
Local stuff.....Iíve received several
inquiries about Missouri Cityís purchase of the Quail Valley
Disclaimer: I own a house in Quail Valley
that is not on the golf course, just to let you know where
Iím coming from.
For someone like me, who owns a house in
Quail Valley but not on the course, it would be a boon--to
have a huge public park right at my doorstep. People in all
parts of Quail Valley, including across Cartwright in Quail
Valley North and Meadowcreek subdivisions, and the
subdivisions along FM 2234 would benefit from the proximity
of a public park.
And the reason I talk about it like itís
a done deal is this, what else is the city going to do? A
large commercial/recreational concern in the heart of the
city is going broke because they paid an inflated price for
it to begin with. My theory is that the buyers all worked
for the company they bought it from and they knew they were
paying too much, but that is just my opinion.
Iíve heard the company has discussed the
possibility of developing the golf course into multi-use
housing which conjures up the most dreaded word in Missouri
City, a word the city has taken great pains to never
If the city refuses to change the zoning
and the company goes broke and the land sits there, unkept,
for several years, the prices of the over five thousand
homes in Quail Valley alone and surrounding subdivisions
would collapse. The city would be in a mess as real estate
values plummet and the city has to increase taxes because
they have to raise the same money with less assessment just
to stay afloat. Whew! Hope you followed that.
It doesnít take a mathematical genius to
figure that raising the taxes a little now to buy the
country club is a much less bitter pill to swallow.
Fund notes......To put some rumors to
rest--the Quail Valley Fund, which encompasses about 2,000
homes in Quail Valley, does not have enough money to buy the
country club. It has, according to manager Cecil Willis, a
little over half a million cash on hand for the rest of the
year, $1.143 million in CDs (saved for a building when the
lease runs out on its present location), $298,261 still owed
from this year and $44,430 still owed from other years.
So the almost $2 million that Quail
Valley Fund has amassed through good stewardship and frugal
spending over the years, is hardly enough to buy the country
club. However, the Fund is looking for a building....
I fear that the money the city has to
spend on Quail Valley might decrease the funds available for
the other parks in the city.
Now if we werenít in Metro, that half
cent in sales tax we collect for them each year would go a
long way toward paying for a large public park which could
easily be a break-even or even money-making economic
Iíve known many of the people on the city
council in Missouri City for many years, and although I may
not agree with some actions they take, I can assure my
readers that most of them would never do anything that would
harm the city. They would never embarrass themselves that
way. I can also assure that anything the city does on this
topic will be done transparently and with full disclosure at
every step. I donít even have to threaten them. So, I think
the city is smart to step in and at least explore the
possibility of making sure such a community resource as the
golf course remain an economic attraction.
Cut and run.....I donít usually
discuss national things in my column cause I can just barely
keep up with whatís going on locally, but Halliburton does
have a local office in Sugar Land. I think moving their
corporate headquarters to the UAR is pretty chicken----.
Letís see now. Their ex-president ran for
vice-president from Wyoming, even though he really lived in
Texas, got elected, then put us in a war that greatly
benefited his (wink, wink) ex-company. When the American
public finally woke up to it and the jig was up, they
announced a move out of the country to avoid paying, I am
sure, U.S. taxes on their filthy lucre.
Ever wonder where Chaney hides out half
the time? Ever wonder why we donít see Chaney much (unless
itís to a $1,000 bucks a plate dinner where he knows heís
with his own kind and safe?
I think itís because he knows--he knows
what he has done. All in the name of corporate greed.