Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dallas Nightclub reopens

Well, Peggy and I have a whole new attitude this morning. This has been one long, hot, dry summer here in Austin and, after a while, 105 degrees for two months straight just starts to PISS you off! Last night, not only did it rain (2/10 but we will take it) but, our favorite hang out for the last 28 years, The Dallas Nightclub reopened after being closed for over a year.

Last night was really a lot of fun and all the TV stations were there and we saw many of our old friends. Here is a link to the KVUE Channel 24 story. Watch and you will probably see someone you recognize, wink.

The new owners should be pleased with their opening. When we left, the place was already packed and people were just pouring in, on a Wednesday night. If you have never been to Dallas, and we know people in Austin who have not, you just owe it to yourself to go. Peggy and I dance in nightclubs all over the US and can say, without hesitation, that nondescript building up on Burnet Road known as The Dallas Nightclub is the best in the country. It may not be the biggest, and may not have the greatest floor, but you will see the best dancers ANYWHERE right there at Dallas and that floor flows like a whitewater river. Trust me, the tourists go clog up the floor at the Broken Spoke - the dancers go to Dallas. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lake Travis water level causing problems

In case you have not heard, Lake Travis is getting very low and this is causing headaches for some dock owners. In fact, the lake is now about 50 feet below it's normal pool elevation and only lacks about 17 feet reaching it's all time low set back in 1952. It is losing about 1.5 feet per week and today is our 60th day this summer of triple digit temperatures.

In spite of the problems we had a great time about a week ago helping our friends, Bill and Jean Dunham, lower their dock which had reached the bottom of their stairs. Our job was to disengage the ramp from the stairs and allow the dock to float free so it could continue on down with the lake. Fortunately, they still have deep water under the dock.

Here is the crew, left to right: Bill (the rock climber and rope man), Jean (supervisor), Peggy (official worrier), Cliff (the only one with a clue), and taking the picture is Lloyd (the winch man). Oh, my job does not refer to anything shown in this photo, in case you were wondering.

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This shows us getting ready to lower. You can see the ramp connecting the dock to the stairs is now very close to the end.

  

This next photo shows the ramp in the water. It was pretty exciting since the cable broke and it dropped the last 6 or 7 feet and landed with a big splash, but no damage. You can see the end of the broken cable hanging down from the stairs.

  

And here is the solution for getting down to dock until the lake drops to the point that the ladder will no longer reach. Come on tropical storm!!

 

All in all, it was a pretty easy job and everyone left with all the fingers and toes they arrived with. Plus, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I hink I need a new compuer!

M 10 ear old lapop is beginning o show i's age. Can ou guess which 2 kes have jus sopped working? I have acuall been hoping his slow piece of crap would craer for he las five ears so I could jusif a new one. I hink I jus go m wish.