Flood Bond Passes; Harvey Movie Sets Its Premiere Date; MFAH Stickers Swapped Out for Reusable Tags

Photo of Braes Heights: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool


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  • What a great day for democracy in Harris county Saturday was. It turns out that, they moved my polling location from the hotel they have been using for years to another similarly named hotel. Upon arriving at the correct hotel, there were no signs to indicate it was a polling place. There was a volunteer who explained to me how I needed to walk far to the back of the hotel, take elevators to the third floor and then take a few turns to get to the the room with the machines. Aside from the election judges, I was the only person there. The judges were agitated about the circumstances as well.

    For my part, I’m not going to cry about Ed Emmet writing himself a blank check for an election date with such ‘sex appeal’ (seriously, those were his words) that practically no one bothered to show up. I’m just gonna vote with my feet and move on.

  • It will be a sad day in Houston when there are no MFAH stickers stuck to things in the museum district.
    You’d think that the museum long ago would have embraced the tradition and added some weird sculpture looking things in front of all exits that say “stick stickers here” it would reduce the occurrences of random vandalism by hoodlums.
    I wonder how many tags they expect to “lose” as part of this experiment?

  • There are some safety violations on that picture.

  • safety? This is capitalism, not socialism.
    Labor protections are self elective in TX.

  • joel: The government should force you to be safe? Ironically using threat of physical force. When I was a kid I’d cut trees for people. I’d climb up to the top with my little poll saw and sometimes hang by my legs to get far away branches.
    “My body my choice” as the pro choice people like to say.

  • i believe the point of safety regulations isn’t to force you to be safe, but rather to force your employer to not make you do unsafe things. so if you want to hang by your legs and saw branches with your “poll” saw, you can totally do that, but your employer can’t force you to do that.

  • Yes and no, but I’d note the gov’t relies on financial impact to enforce such rules and not physical force. The goal is to enforce companies to promote safety. You’re more than welcome to work at height without fall protection if you so choose, but your company is liable for your actions and if they’re fined or an accident happens you can be assured you’re canned, and rightfully so. Accidents are very expensive which is the point of setting up the whole system in the first place.
    Every living person is a part of our countries resources and sunken investments (schooling, medical care, etc.). Your body is not your sole right in this country; suicide is illegal and only a small fraction of states have assisted dying laws.
    I can think of tons of stupid things I did as a kid, but I shudder at the thought of all the lawsuits and money that would go down the drain if something ever were to have happened while “on the job”.

  • Most of what Joel said.

    Also, regardless of where you come out on these issues, arguments that essentially break down to:

    “You say 3 plus 4 adds up to 7, but you also say mixing yellow and blue makes green. Hah! I’ve just hoisted you by your own petard.”

  • Having once worked at a restaurant near the museum area I hated the MFA stickers with a passion. Even though it had a relatively upscale clientele, and we weren’t even within comfortable walking distance, the amount of MFA stickers we had to peel off our menus every night was infuriating; those things didn’t come off easily! Every time a customer walked in with an MFA sticker on their clothes I wanted to reach over and rip it off before they could stick it on the menu. How could so many people think this is appropriate?

    It reminds me of way back in my youth working at a mall bookstore next door to a Chick-fil-A where they handled out samples as people walked by. Blech, used toothpicks were left everywhere all over our store. One night after closing I ran over a stray toothpick with our industrial vacuum cleaner and it blew the metal plate off the bottom and a giant mushroom cloud of dust burst out and coated the entire store. I spent most of the night dusting every book and shelf in the place.

    A toothpick or sticker left here or there seems like no big deal unless you are the one having to clean it up every @&%#$*% day! Grrrrr.

    Okay, rant over.