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Let Your Light Shine 4 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
Letters to the Galveston Wizard Periodical
Ah, Spring is here! The birds are
singing, the bees are buzzing, the flowers
are blooming, and the island has awakened
from it’s wintry slumber. As a resident of
the island, and as a FedEx runner on the
island, I have the advantage of meeting
some of the most interesting people. I see
a lot of the same customers every day who
greet me with a smile and a warm heart. I
also have the great advantage of literally
watching the Island grow before my eyes.
My route runs from 45th to Pointe West-
the end of the Island. From beach houses
that look like 18th century mansions and
resorts competing for that “five-star” rat-
ing, anyone who has been around a while
can clearly see that the Island is getting
herself a well-deserved make-over. Look-
ing good, Galveston!
-FedEx Mike
******
Hi there Mr. Wizard:
your layout of my article was superb, thank
you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(again!)
each forthcoming installment will
I Hope be entertaining, an easy read.
I appreciate being able to write for
ya.
And, i can write on a variety of
subjects, too, so pls. keep me in mind if you
want/need anything else!
just got back from camping/tent/
campfire in Yosemite Natl Park in CA.
sheeee-it, man, it was the most incredible
bit o nature Ive been in, with waterfalls at
their glory (8 that i saw) and just an awe-
some place. went friday thru yesterday,
monday. awesome.
all back, less stressed, my projects
are somewhat caught up vs. how they were
before, ready for some Galveston work
now!
I am going to Prague Cz. Repub-
lic in a few weeks for 7 days. then,
just here being a galvestonian for the rest of
the year. :)
best to ya, keep up the great work,
and let me know how you think i can assist
with your endeavors.
-sf
*******
Dear Wiz,
Congratulations to you and to Lin-
da Sivy. I have read your article about the
Skate boarding park to be built at the Me-
nard Park. I am actually Ricardo Rivera’s
mother. I want to tell you a little about my
son. At age 10, when he told me to work
harder to build a skateboarding park in the
back yard, I just laughed and told him to go
ask the city. He asked me if I was joking,
and I answered firmly, of course not!
He took this thought at heart and
by his own will, he started later the process
of asking the city to build the skate boarding
park. He even made a design for it, called
some designers in other states. He started
selling BBQ lunches, to gather funds. The
city offered to put as much money as he
would gather, not knowing that he would
take this at heart. Between the city, LULAC
and the skateboarders association, they col-
lected over $100,000, but then the project
flopped! My son wanted to be part in the
creation of a park that would help young
people in Galveston.
...Finally, I want to thank those who revived
the idea. I am a teacher for College of the
Mainland. I see a great need for activities
for young people here in Galveston. I know
this will save many children out from drugs.
Thank you to all those that took over the idea
and continued it to make it a reality. occupy-
ing youth in a wonderful sport.
Thanks
Ana M. Rivera
******
Try this
http://www.puritanboard.com/f52/eight-
deepest-holes-world-31277/
***
Dave,
What’s your day look like today? Do you
have time to speak?
-Sam
****
What are you guys a bunch of
Wimps? The Galveston Daily Mistake. The
Police News The GalvestonReporter.com
All these news source’s published the
name’s of the whoredog’s caught in that
sting.
The Wiz blacked out the name’s Why?
Do you think anybody with I Q of a whore-
dog would have brain’s enough to sue.ya?
Have ya ever thought about doing a story
on Prostitution here in Galveston?
We got some real dog’s working on the Is-
land.
Have you been to the Casino on the Seawall
yet?
Might check it out the next time you want
an Ice Cream.
Edward@Gavlestonreporter.com
www.Galvestonreporter.com
*****
(Re:Vol 9 Article)
Julie, Having trouble explaining il-
legal immigration to a six-year old? It’s not
that tough. My God, how did you ever ex-
plain Bill and Monica to your six-year old?
Here’s a big help for you both to
understand opposition to illegal immigration.
Start by telling him that 1.2 million legal im-
migrants are welcomed to this country each
and every year. Then ask him to imagine that
he and mommy are standing in a long line
for ice cream and a hug from Barney. You
have been obidiently and patiently standing
in that line for 40 minutes when eight kids
come from out of nowhere and crash into the
line in front of you. They take the last of the
ice cream and do high fives with Barney as
he waddles off for a smoke break. Then ask
your 6-year old who is hurt by this. Any-
body you know? Any lessons learned here
by all involved? Do you both now think that
1.2 million per year is enough?
-Richard
*****
Any info or plans for an issue that
lists programs or lessons at local businesses
or schools, etc. for summer activities? I have
2 teens - too old for little kid summer camps
- that would benefit from learning surfing,
skateboarding techniques, golfing, bowl-
ing, fishing, swimming, etc. Where do I find
places that offer 3 day classes (or lessons) or
even a week’s worth? What kind of costs are
involved? Anything to keep my 2 teens from
becoming glued to their computer/video
games and TV.
-Laura Koppe
lakoppe@utmb.edu
******
Thanks for calling today - great to hear from
you.
Latest Video: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=CTEaxAAt4Kc
Please visit www.TransportAni-
mals.com - read the blog for updates and
also visit the press room to see the coverage
we got two weeks ago. It’s basically a life-
saving public relations stunt. I need all the
help I can get, getting this off the ground.
(sorry, pun intended!) Spread the word for
me will you?
Also - for getting that kitty fixed -
call Animal Alliance - 409-933-1600 - they
are open Wed-Sat. I think Galveston Island
Humane Society - 409-740-1919 may have
a trap you can borrow. If they don’t have
a trap let me know, I do. But, I’d hate to
tramatize you by having to make two trips to
the mainland.......
Thanks -
Jennifer
********
You’re very welcome. It was really
no big deal. Hmmmm……let me put my
thinking cap on. What has been your most
recent path thus far? Aside from reading
the Wiz, which I have…….what is you vi-
sion? Where are you seeing the Wiz going?
My feeling is……. true, accurate journalism
with topics that readers actually care about?
May is Homes Tour, graduation, blah, blah,
blah……I would like to see more info about
the accomplishments of our grade school
and Jr. High kids both academically and oth-
erwise…....kind of like a braggers corner…
…*giggles* People can submit their brag
of the month or something. What do you
think? too goofy?
-Kathy
******
Dear Wizard: I hope you can run
something about this in your paper. Closing
the Galveston SS office will be very harmful
to our minority and disadvantaged and dis-
abled community members.
-Margaret Canavan
(409)771-6252
The Galveston Social Security
Office on Seawall is slated for closure in
the summer of 2009. A new office is in the
works for the League City area, with no ac-
cess via public transportation. This move
has been in the planning stages for several
years without the knowledge and participa-
tion of local citizens or leaders. Closure of
the Galveston office will mean abandonment
of many senior, disabled, and disadvantaged
members of our community.
While we understand the desire
that people in north Galveston County have
to locate an office in their vicinity, it is wrong
to abandon those on the Island whose well-
being depends on the access which has his-
torically been provided here, and transporta-
tion available to them through the City of
Galveston.
Those who are concerned about this
are urged to contact their City Council rep-
resentative, Mayor Thomas, County Judge
Yarborough, Representative Ron Paul, Rep-
resentative Nick Lampson, and our Senators
Hutchinson and Cornyn.
Here are some important points re-
garding this office closure:
1. Moving the office as planned
(to League City, with no public transporta-
tion available to the area) will create extreme
hardship for the vulnerable senior and dis-
abled citizens on the island and the Bolivar
peninsula who lack transportation. Taxi fare
to League City is $70 one way, according to
a local taxi driver.
2. There is already an office in Pas-
adena, only 16-18 miles from the area where
they propose to move the office. People are
allowed to go to any, not necessarily one in
their own county. There is no need to have
two offices so close together, leaving so
many transportation-less folks in Galveston
and Bolivar with a difficult commute.
3. Social Security and General Ser-
vices Administration (who oversee buildings
for SS) have been working on this move for
three years. It was only by accident that a
reporter found out about it and it became
public knowledge. Even when asked a few
weeks ago a SS worker denied rumors of the
office closing.
4. SS officials originally stated that
the move was due to rental fees for the Sea-
wall office becoming four times higher. This
is not the case according to Don Mafridge,
leasing agent, who says the increase is more
like 10%. Social Security folks later state the
cost was not the issue.
5. Local SS Director Patsy Lewis
says the Galveston office is too crowded
and there aren’t any affordable options in
Galveston. However, she is unable to state
how much they are willing to pay for office
space, and unable to indicate what locations
in Galveston they have considered.
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5 www.galvestonwizard.com Let Your Light Shine
Greetings From The Galveston Wizard
This is going to be the best summer of our lives, but not
without much effort. You knew that it would not be just handed
to you, did you not? What quests await you? You can decide!
(If you want to). Nearly everything good in this world requires
effort to reach. Great is your reward! Don’t be in the mold of be-
coming hard and bitter about the journey. The efforts you make
shake the whole universe. Don’t get caught in the circle of sor-
row, just smile and wave. Excusing yourself out of possibilities
affects more than you know, and can limit you greatly.
Relate...We’re all doing the same thimg, but with diffferent curren-
cies and names. Share experiences, discover possibilities. No more beg-
ging, borrowing, or stealing time. Make it for yourself and others by shar-
ing quests and relating to your fellow man.
It’s so easy to meet people, all we need is more “Yes” and less
“not now’s.” Don’t be a hater, be a congratulator. Don’t be stuck on
the fence. You’ve got a mind of your own and you can do anything
you can imagine. Graze your own pasture. Never wait on the phone call.
Figure Out What You’re Worth, then go out and get what you want!
YOU! Resting in comfort, making no mind, offering no aid in our
quest to bring quality edutainment...know this, we bring community and
prosperity. Will you be there with us when our quest is complete? If your
not going to compromise, then shut up and get out of our way.
Together we can. Don’t say that these pages aren’t for you. Your pres-
ence makes it towards that demographic. Congratulations, you are already a
reader. Help us to reach you faster by being a doer also. Seek it.
-Galveston Wizard
Visit our Web site at www.galvestonwizard.com to browse previous volumes, view ad rates and more!
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Quest Log:
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Camping (with nature) and Floating (the river)
Meeting of the Minds
Buying the time, finding the masterminds to
creating an even more useful Web companion.
Organized back to nature trip for enjoy-
ing life’s simple pleasures and meeting new
people. Where, why, and how fun!
We can see clearly the growing possibilities
of a land not far from here...are the people
there ready for a Wizard?
Alllllllllright there Galvestonians and thanks for
tuning in to KBOI Galveston. Remember, none
of this is possible without your support...Stay
tuned! Up next we’ve got an oldie but a goodie....
Between 7 and 8 sometime every week. A mar-
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hat’s a forum
for?
Well, a forum is an online community geared toward talking
about specific topics, which usually end up in arguments.
Sort of like delayed chatting. Still don’t know what I am
talking about? Well, worry not! I will help guide you through
the process of registering at the new G’Wiz Forum! There you
can chat it up with other locals about the on goings of Galveston or talk about what you
would like to see done. Your thoughts do matter! The G’Wiz Staff will also be on hand
to yak it up when we can from time to time (it can get very busy around the tower.)
Step 1: Head over to www.galvestonwizard.proboards62.com
Step 2: At the top of the page click the “Register” link
Step 3: Create a username, password, and all of the other standard registration lines
Step 4: Start speaking your mind!
The forum is still under construction will go under changes that will better suit the G’Wiz Style,
but you can still star topics and see who replies. Who knows where we go from here?
There is only 1 real rule. Try to be civil towards each other and treat others well. With that out
of the way. Have fun!
The Galveston Wizard Periodical is a log of
your everyday quests and journeys. Every day
we learn something new about ourselves and
the world around us. Every person in your
world holds significance, if you let them. Peo-
ple, businesses, ideas and viewpoints are pre-
sented to you. Heed them! Inspire the hunt for
wisdom within your realm by seeking it your-
self. We need more people sharing, caring, and
helping to make their communities, it’s citi-
zens and visitors the best they can be.
WOW!
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Let Your Light Shine 6 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
“Seek and Ye Shall Find” – 1
st
Annual Scavenger Hunt -HUGE SUCCESS!
On April 27
th
, from
6-8pm, The Galveston
Wizard hosted its 1
st
Annual “Seek and Ye Shall
Find” Post-Scavenger
Hunt Party at Gravity
Bar on the Strand. Scavs
promptly began to trickle
in with their booty; a
growing crowd of hunters,
p a c i n g ,
waiting for
the next to
show with
one more
item than
the last.
Our staff
and judges,
adorned in
the latest,
c o o l e s t ,
G W I Z
a p p a r e l ,
t a l l i e d
up scores. The atmosphere was
carefree despite a palpable suspense.
Prize packages and t-shirts were
awarded to the top finishers, but all
participants received a hand burned
certificate of completion.
We learned much on this, our
inaugural foray into hunt hosting
(and gosh darn, your feedback has
been phenomenal – thank you so
very much). For instance, it’s now
apparent that successful scavenger
hunts require exhaustive research.
People pay professionals to host
these things. Who knew? As
well, involving advertisers in a
scavenger hunt can be a bit taxing.
Coordinating roles for all parties
involved is almost impossible
(somebody remember that one).
Finally, we can now tell you from
experience that coming up with
outstanding clues takes considerably
longer than an hour.
Despite our mistakes, now
armed with these lessons learned,
we have determined that The
Galveston Wizard will host a 2
nd
Annual – “Seek and Ye Shall Find”
Scavenger Hunt in April 2009. We
must vindicate ourselves. No, we
won’t do it on a Sunday again. Yes,
we’ll give you more time. Trust us,
we heard you.
All in all, however, we’re
calling this first try a success. Cos
it was just fun. After the festivities
were over for most, the winner
announced and the goodies dispersed,
we staff members called it a night.
All of us, except the wizard. He
stayed behind for a bit. Lucky him.
Not long after the 8:00 deadline, in
walks Tara with 23 of the 25 items
on the list. Incredible. But Tara’s
disappointed because she thinks
she’s too late. Technically she’s
right. I mean, for normal people.
But she’s talking to the wizard.
He reassembled the judging panel
via telephone and we unanimously
decided that Tara had done such a
thorough job, she deserved the top
prize. Therefore, the wizard folded
the space-time continuum, turned
back the hour and happily anointed
our official Champion of the 2008
hunt. Sorry if the time warp caused
any annoying paradoxes.
By the way, our initial winner
was consulted before the wiz did
any of this. She demonstrated such
grace in agreeing that Tara should
take first place that we would like to
tell you who she is, but she wishes
to remain anonymous.
Thanks again to all of our
advertisers and participants.
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Wm. Scott Field, AIA
Restoration Architect and Firm Principal
www.parkinsonfield.com
GALVESTON TX 77550 - 4743 USA
409.765.5232
MOBILE 512. 426. 0802 24/7/365
We haven’t worked up an official form,...yet.
We’re looking more into the “keeping your
friends out of trouble” tax, enacted by you
and your friends. Once set in place, failures to
keep commitments, blunders, and all around
dumb@$$ moves can be taxed towards a com-
mon fund. Keeping each other sharp, calling
b.s. when it’s there, and doing so in a play-
ful yet positive way will ultimately save them
(and you) money in the long run, as you count
your blessings that your mismanagents of your
world are replaceable. How could you spend
such tallied funds together? L.U.K.
Dumb@$$ Tax
Accountability
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by Calvin Wehrle
Help us help you help us
A nice pile of leaves raked earlier by Baconious, was
halted and went unbagged until Brandon one day just grabbed a
rake, took handfuls of the leaves, put them in trash bags and hauled
it to the curb! Wow! It looked so easy! Good friend Chuck and later
Mike helped make quick work of some shelving, made from old
warping hurricane plywood. You rule!
There are certain things in our lives that seem nearly im-
possible to accomplish by ourselves. Strangely, they are usually
simple straight-forward things that we could do in a short time, but
we often get caught up in the “idea” of the work and “overwork”
our brains into dreading and not doing the work at all. How do you
tackle this problem? Friends! Family! Offer your time to help them
clear their inboxes and unfinished projects, and you help them buy
time! You and they can help be fresh eyes and hands on projects
that you and they are stuck on. What’s tackle-able? Be of assistance
wherever and however you can to others, and others will follow
your lead! Level ‘Em Up! Bear in mind that you are their friends,
and their helping you helps them help everybody.
A Special Thanks from the Galveston Wizard Periodical
to everyone who help make this Galveston Wizard possible. Linda,
Isaac, Mike, Arlessa, Brandon, Chance, Jason, Jamie, Thomas, Sidney,
Hope, Roger, Loraine, Alex, Tara, Calvin, Michelle, John, Mr. Virus,
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Dear Wizard,
I wanted to thank you for the in-
credible time I had with your last
issue. You had a scavenger hunt for
all around town. What an amazing
idea. I did it all by myself and had
a blast. I can only hope that there
are more amazing things to come. I
mean, you invited the whole town
to come out and play, and that is
what a good paper does. It helps
involve and educate a community
with places and people in their
own home town. Thank you very
much.
-Tara
Almost gone are the days of creativity
in Galveston . Now if you have a date
you are expected to go to a Landry’s or
those closely molded into the group ,,,, of
franchises… It is safe, she will love your
billfold and amply award you for double
digit debit. To walk in the worn franchise
tracks of all others is safe .As long as your
credit holds out she will be swooned by
the gold coins spilled for love .
Will there be a day when love can only be
expressed by franchises and cattle truck
cruise lines ?
In the near future they will say what did
you do to persuade before franchises and
the room will be silenced by neon mental
vision of billboard happiness. Although I
am not a boi , I would like to preserve for
posterity what this island has offered me
before we became like they are.
1. A simple walk on the strand or beach
. It does not count if you do not put your
arm around her. There is the story of the
man who buried roses in the sand.
2. Bicycling. Absolute Must! Want to im-
press her . Take the bikes up the eleva-
tor of the National banks to the top of the
parking lot. I do not think they have se-
curity camera’s there so enjoy (the view)
and then coast for almost a mile back to
the strand. It’s not the mile high club but
is special .
3. Ya”bons Coffee house. Down home
hospitality .
4 Old Quarter Café. Especially on open
mic night during the week. We all love the
talented redneck******* /Wrecks who is
very talented and real even though you
hope your own children mature before
they become mummified.
5. Joyce Fields is the piano player at the
Tremont. She is not only talented but a
wonderful smile. If she see’s love in your
eyes and “what the heck” a small tip she
will impress your woman . Enjoy her then
go to the roof for a sunset drink.
6. Sunsets….
East beach ,, yes east beach . Wrong direc-
tion but our little island is on an angle.
Pier 21,,,, first go visit the pelicans on the
mosquito fleet.
7. Sunrises.
Pier 21. Find the schedule of the cruise
ships and seeing them come in and turn
around is as awesome the sun’s rising .
East beach ,, There is a small tower at the
bird sanctuary .
8. Ferry. The ferry is always awesome.
Bring a blanket to get a little more inti-
mate. Also note the tinted window on top
deck are one tinted one way .
9. Beach rock groins… An must with a
bottle of wine. Absolute guarantee you
the rythmatic pounding of the waves
brings out LOVE. Please remember not
to take glass out there.
10 . Pelican Island. Not going to tell you
how to get out there. It is not for the soft .
My favorite spot is the Island of lucidity.
Oh my God! The beaches there are never
cleaned so it is at your own risk, but not
many go there and those who do are most-
ly fishermen. It has a great view of the Bo-
livar lighthouse and the U.S.S Selma the
sunken concrete ship. The pelicans usual-
ly fly in single convoluted patterns along
the edge of the beach as they seek shelter
at sunset. Inland west of the concrete ship
are 2 old 50’ guide towers. There is just
enough room on the top for 2 . Absolute
killer sunsets and sunrises. The top of the
tower is so small that it is almost like be-
ing suspended above the island. If you do
it right expect to come home with a few
fingernail and briar scratches. Watch out
at sunset. One mosquito means a million
in ten minutes at certain times of year.
11 .Fishing.. Never take 2 poles. Never….
Bait the hook for her while she sit on your
lap in front of you . When she set’s the
hook hold her like it is the fish of her
dreams. It fools her every time. The fish
might turn out to be small or get away but
you will never forget the experience.
12. Fullens Jewelry , 2215 Post office.
First I must admit this has commercial
intent. Fullens is where I keep my pho-
tography of the island on display . Then
again it was taken with love and is a great
opportunity to share how you enjoy the
island. The hospitality and ambience of
the owners are perfect to impress your
woman that you care for her. They do
take credit cards but are not a franchise
and she will be impressed with your origi-
nal taste.
13. Seawall....Bubbles are awesome on
the seawall , The wind blows them for
you . A kite is also special. A Queen size
air mattress is god but only if the wind
is from the south unless cuba sounds ro-
mantic.
14 The pink train. It has changed hands
since I last rode it and no one can replace
the original owner. Inexpensive and full
of pureness. Bring bubbles, kazoo’s, lots
of love and absolutely smile and wave at
everyone.
15.Bagism. The most utopic experience
any couple seeking togetherness can find.
Galveston boasts of no place it is prohib-
ited.
Lend someone a helping hand and see what happens!
“Uh Oh!
Has
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(Behind Academy)
409.765.7003
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Hotties of Summer
CAR WASH
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
Noon to 5pm
“Write It Down Or You’ll Forget!”
When:
Where:
Goodwill
4525 Avenue U
else can we make sure you’re paying attention?
Parking Lot. Back Behind Salsas and Academy.
(Look for the Hotties of Summer)
Who:
How:
Why:
Bargain Beachwear
Hotties Tanning
GBE Automotive
Us & You!
4708 Seawall Blvd. 409.762.6334
between Academy & Radio Shack
open 7 days a week
9am - 10pm (in season) largest selection of swimwear in Galveston
ladies - mens - childrens
Plus Size clothing for women
1-piece swimsuits up to 24w
2-piece swimsuits
tops up to E cup
bottoms up to XL
Customize your own T-Shirt up to 5x
lettering available
over 1000 designs
Kariza Vintage & Tiddies Sandles
in stock
We have Speedo’s and G-strings for men beachwear - beach towels
beach toys - beach supplies
sunglasses - hats - sportswear
shells - souvenirs - gifts
henna tatoos - hermit crabs
Celebrating 20 years on the island!
locals get a 20%
discount*
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This trip back to Galveston has been a long
time coming. The last time I was on Tex-
as soil was almost 12 years ago and I’ve
been dreaming of coming back ever since.
Seriously, I’ve been have dreams about
Galveston 3 or 4 times a year. Most of the
time they were more like nightmares, obvi-
ously I needed to come back!
I flew into Houston with (1) 2 yr old, (1)
4 yr old and (1) agoraphobic babysitter!
Why, you ask? Because I was desperate!!!
We stayed the first night at H’s house. H is
what I would call a gentle giant. My kids
loved the crap out of him, especially when
he took them on all the rides in Kemah! I
could get them to listen just by telling them
we were going to see H! (He’s one of my
boys and manager at YAGA’S) You could
say that my “Boy’s” are part of, or are THE
YAGA’S crew. Yes, I am a lucky bitch!!!
H was gracious enough to let us stay with
him the first night because the wouldn’t be
ready until the next day. We also stayed the
last two nights at Hs, because I refuse to fly
hung over with 2 kids and the agoraphobic
babysitter!
Dog Fight....
The next morning, I am tired and jetlagged.
After all, there is a one hour time difference
between Michigan and Texas! I traipse
down the stairs (H’s apt is on the second
floor of a house, meaning that is a long
walk downstairs hungover!) and have to
step over 3 quite interesting looking mon-
grels, I mean dogs. The oldest looks like
a fluffy Australian Shepard mix, with one
eye. The second is a large hound dog with
‘ach-hm’ the largest set of cohones you’ve
ever seen. They hang down to his ankles!
Almost. I can’t remember the 3rd because
I was drunk, hung over or detoxing most
of the week. This IS Galveston after all. I
have two small children and I NEVER go
out at home, so I was having a grand ole
time!!!
I start to get our luggage out of the car, I
turn around and THE DOGS HAVE ES-
CAPED!!! “One Hung Low” makes
a break for it and as I grab for him, I get
caught in the skeletal remains of a for sale
sign. I spin around, do a double backtuck
and procede to put a large hole in my favor-
ite pair of Banana Republic jeans! What
the heck! I’m am screaming for help this
whole time and I guess H was sleeping on
the couch at Biff McLargehuge’s. apt. just
listening and probably laughing his butt
off.
I finally get two of the three dogs back
in. (F.Y.I the dogs were great with the
kids!) All the while hobbling on one foot
dripping blood down my very white legs.
Don’t worry lads, they didn’t stay white for
long. All this happened on my very first
morning, Welcome to Galveston, have a
f*%#& nice day!!! I should have a “Made
in Galveston” sign tattooed around the scar,
bloody brilliant!
Mold, migraines and waves...
By the time Sunday came around we had
already moved twice in the timeshare com-
plex. We had to move from the first town-
house because the ceiling in the downstairs
bathroom was dripping water on your head
every time you used the crapper. Drip...
Drip...Drip.. That does get old after awhile,
not to mention the mold covering the ceil-
ing. It was all puffy like moldy cottage
cheese. The second and last townhouse
was better, at least you could see the gulf
from the patio. It was also very loud and
every night you had a beautiful display of
traffic lights flashing on your walls. I de-
cided to call those lights “mood enhancers”
But they are newly refurbished! (that was
sarcasm) Most of the furniture was chrome,
with glass tables. The couches were so
well loved you just sank into them and
not in that shabby chic way. I was getting
ready to go to the beach when my babysit-
ter comes running up the stairs and tells me
that a cockroach was crawling along the
side of the couch. Of course she was too
freaked out to kill it, so for a couple days
we were afraid to sit on the furniture. Good
Times!
I feel my mind clear and my mood lighten
as we mosey on down to the beach. The
beach was lined with umbrellas and chaise
lounges , kids were playing in the sand, my
version of heaven. Colin (my 4 yr old) let
out a yell and headed for the waves. H said
that he knew the
guy who rented
the chairs out.
We walk over
and there is this
very tall and very
tanned Adonis
standing there! I
think I was able
to mumble hi
and wish I had
a burqa to wear.
Lets just say
I’ve found some
of the best eye
candy on the
beach!
When you walk down the stairs from the
seawall to the beach, Frankie works the
right part of the beach and RL (aka Ronnie,
Leroy, or my favorite Buttercup!) works
the left. No. they don’t “work” the beach,
(of course maybe if the price is right!), they
work for RL’s lovely Aunt, Mona Good-
son, who owns WATERWORKS BEACH
SERVICE. Waterworks rents out chaise
lounges, umbrellas, and boogie boards on
the beach at 10th st. and 17th st.
We went to the beach every day, can you
blame me? We find our new buddies and
get a couple chairs, but it was so frick-
ing windy, that my kids turned blue at the
lips and umbrellas shot like missle’s down
the beach. It like something out a horror
movie. Ever see the movie Damien? You
needed to yell FOUR! to give people a
heads up.
Blew off.......
Since the last few days were laid back, I
was dying to go out. T and C went fish-
ing every day and then they had “couples”
time in the evening. I could have been the
5th wheel but nooooooo I wasn’t invited. I
decided to make a few calls and very sweet
M said she would go out to dinner with me.
So we decided to go this great sushi restau-
rant (?) on 61st. Both of the owners can be
found there on any given night. You have
to try the seaweed salad, it was amazing.
The taste was slightly tart and unexpected.
We sat at the sushi bar and were having a
grand ole time when low and behold,
T and his clan walks in!
It seems
like you
can’t go
a n y -
w h e r e
on the
i sl and
wi t h-
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r u n -
ning
into
someone you
know. It always seemed
like I wasn’t wearing a stitch of make-up
and then I’d see someone I hadn’t seen in
years.
Now M is a ma-
rine biologist
and is a teach-
er. She is one
cool chick, she
is trying to get
a volunteer job
on this “pirate
ship”!! They
sail around
the world tak-
ing pictures
of people il-
legally fish-
ing for sharks,
whales and
hunting baby harp seals. Usually the bad
guys ram the boat to get them to stop tak-
ing pictures. So, you know what these
guys do? They have a “Can Opener” on
the side of their boat and t h e y
sink them!!!! Then they
rescue the crew and ev-
eryone lives happily
ever after. The End.
P.S. Almost for-
got to thank you
M for the night-
mare’s I had
that night!!!
My night
out with
RL.....
Since I
di dn’t
w a n t
to leave my
few evenings be-
fore the cookoff to chance,
I knew who I could call that would
take me out. RL! He said to come by
YAGA’s and then we would go hang out
with some friends of his. I had my babysit-
ter (the agoraphobic one) drop me off, you
could hear the kids screaming down the
strand! Each night was louder and loud-
er, by the end of the week they knew if it
was dark out and we headed for the strand,
mommy was going out. I jumped out the
door so fast I must have looked like a crazy
woman!
They were having a fundraiser for the Leu-
kemia and Lymphoma Society that night at
YAGA’s, so he had to work the rest of the
night. No biggie, I figured I would
just hang out at the
bar. Low
and behold
it was 80’s
night and the
costumes were
quite amus-
ing! I loved
the guy with the
socks pulled up
to his knees, plaid
shorts and white
polo shirt with the
collar turned up. I
think he even had
a terry cloth head
band on! Most of
the people were from
UTMB and I didn’t re-
ally know any of them. I did meet
John though, at least that is what I was call-
ing him all weekend! He is quite hand-
some with the coolest hair around. I knew
he wasn’t from around there when I saw
his “faux hawk”. I got Colin a faux hawk
at his last haircut. Anyway, John is pretty
new to town and he teaches Yoga around
the strand and does something in the medi-
cal field. Go figure, I was drunk.
I can’t forget to tell you about Coby, he’s
one of the waiters at YAGA’s and barely
legal. Give him about 6 yrs and watch
out! He has the cutest dark curly hair (you
know the kind of curls all of us girls want)
and very beautiful blue eyes. I’m was sit-
ting at the bar, he walks by and say’s hi
Miss Hope. I looked right at him and said
“please don’t call me that”.I felt old! He
replied with a smile, “I was being polite”. I
hate polite. He never said that again!!!
I finally got sick of looking like one of RL’s
groupies. Sorry Buttercup! So I decided
to go hang out BEHIND the bar. It wasn’t
busy and since I have common sense,
I knew when to stay out of the
way. There are privi-
leges to having
f r i e n d s
in high
places..
Bri t t ney,
the other
b a r t e n d e r
was super cool
and we had a
ball! ! I had
such a great time
hanging with them.
She is a total doll and
a great dancer. She’s
going to go to up north
a little and finish study-
ing dance. Maybe we will
see you on “So you think
you can dance!”
So I’m sitting there thinking I was looked
hot in my white shirtdress. I thought it
looked like a fitted version of a man’s dress
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Let Your Light Shine 10 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
These days, real estate
development seems to be a “hot”
subject here on the Island. Debates
about density issues, the “Miami-
fication” of Galveston, rising property
values due to Second Home and
Vacation Home sales, and taxation all
fuel rumors concerning our local real
estate market. This time of year we
all hold our breath about receiving
our CAD valuations. Will all this new
development be costing us more….
again? Should we collectively take
a strong stand against future growth?
And, if so, how will it affect us in
the long run? Myths and rumors
abound…and some of them might
not be completely true. The national
media reports certainly don’t help.
Since real estate is “localized,” an
Associate and I wanted to know
the truth about our local market. In
doing a little research, we found some
interesting information to consider…
Fairytale #1: “Galveston
real estate sales are dropping like
all other resort communities in the
USA.”
According to the Real Estate Center
at Texas A&M University, Galveston
had more residential transaction on
the MLS in 2007 than in 2006. Very
few other resort communities in the
US performed as well as Galveston
in 2007. On the contrary, the majority
of “second home communities”
saw decreases of resales in 2007
compared to 2006. As for January
and February 2008, despite the
fact that we are bombarded almost
everyday in the news by negative
stories related to real estate and the
mortgage crisis, Galveston had a
total of 127 residential transactions
on the MLS for these two months as
opposed to 147 for the same period
in 2007 and 130 in 2006. Not bad at
all! Since many people decided to put
their property for sale in 2007 and the
inventory of available homes raised,
some of us have the impression the
market is slow. In reality, the volume
of transactions is pretty healthy…
especially in light of the national
media negativity.
Fairytale #2: “New house
and condo projects will increase
the value of our homes and
consequently our property taxes.”
The value increase in
Galveston is not created by developers,
it is driven by demand. And that
demand comes mostly from Baby
Boomers, the largest group of the US
population. According to an article
published on EscapeHomes.com (an
online listing service for vacation
homes): “There were 77 million
people born between 1946 and 1964,
these people (Baby Boomers) are just
hitting their peak buying years. For the
next 10 years, you should see similar
demand pressure.” “It’s the same up
and down the coast. Anywhere that
people can even sniff the sea breeze,
prices are soaring. Housing experts
estimate the average price of homes
in ocean communities has doubled
during the past five years.”
Some people say that we
should limit the construction of new
homes in order to keep our own home
appraisals down and consequently
pay less property tax. In fact, it is
just the opposite! Less new houses
and condos means less inventory
to choose from, and consequently
prices will rise even faster. It’s
the fundamental law of supply and
demand! If we limit development,
it has to be for reasons other than
to keep the price of our real estate
low. With 25.5 million people living
within a 300-mile radius of Galveston
by 2010, there will be many Baby
Boomers amongst them that will be
looking for a second home in which
to relax and enjoy their retirement. If
we do not have enough inventory, the
potential for prices to rise quickly is
substantial. According to the Research
Institute for Housing America 2006,
their Special Report entitled Housing
Trends Among Baby Boomers stated
“there are strong patterns of regional
demand for the location of the second
home.”
Fairytale #3: “Second-
homes do not create local jobs and
a strong economy.”
Most of us would like to see
more (and better-paying) jobs created
in Galveston. We’d also like to see
more families move to the Island.
But as people choose to cross the
causeway in search of larger homes
(and lots) for the same price, better
schools, etc., we’ll eventually learn
this trend is not easily reversed. On
the other hand, the demographic trend
of Baby Boomers is inevitable! Why
would we not take the opportunity
to reach this segment of the home-
buying population? The most
common dream in terms of real
estate is to own a second home “by
the water.” If Second Home owners
do not create local jobs and a strong
economy I wonder why resort cities
like Boca Raton (FL), The Hamptons
(NY) and Myrtle Beach (SC),
Charlestown (NH) just to name a
few, are so appealing and have been
so prosperous…Probably because
the people buying and building in
those communities often have good
disposable income and need plenty of
services and goods. Our own local
workforce is crying out for this type
of support (as recently demonstrated
by their strong presence at one of the
City’s Public Hearings)!
Additionally, it seems logical
the more Second Homes a city has
(especially near the water), the more
retirees it will have. Baby Boomers
are aging, and many plan to retire in
their weekend retreat one day. An
article published in Galveston Daily
News in February 2007 states that a
formula devised by Jacksonville State
University calculated that “a retired
couple packs an economic clout equal
to 3.7 factory jobs.” This is good news
for Galveston Island, which is growing
in popularity amongst retirees.
Based on the numbers, our
future is actually pretty bright! Let’s
all work together to make Galveston a
Fairytale with a happy ending.
Galveston Real Estate…Fact or Fairytale?
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here!They bring money and incentives for you
locals to present a better island, and you tour-
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ways to be of assistance and encouragement to
your fellow human.Be kind to others, the more
you do so, the more things begin to work out for
you as well! You are someone else’s other person!
The Galveston Wizard seeks to be of assistance.
Often, we see others get caught up in the little
things, taking things personally. We sometimes
take life too seriously ourselves, and restist the
urge to violently reject and ignore ways we can
be of service to our fellow man. We get caught
up in our worlds. But the tourists continue to
flood the island with fresh eyes and perspec-
tives,...what do they see? We would do well to
see things that work for others, helping them,
and in doing so, apply the positive principles we
learn to our own work. Ultimately, no one but
you can work towards solving the problems that
you face but you. Ask and you shall receive.
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You may or may not know this, but I am
personally affected by CF as my wife
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I joined thousands of other volunteers in
an effort to raise money for the eventual
cure of CF, a disease that affects tens of
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De-Americanization (Part Three)
Happy June to everyone
(especially to those teachers that are
enjoying a well deserved summer off!).
For those of you that are reading this for
the first time, I have been going over my
story of a random decision that changed
the course of the rest of my life. For
those of you that have been reading, we
left off on my blossoming romance with
a Dutch receptionist named Marieke, and
my new aching blister on the back of my
leg. The blister showed up the day after
I spent the night on the streets, and with
every passing day it got more and more
painful and red. The night watchman
(Kervin), had the idea to go ahead and
pop the blister and drain it, thinking that
would solve the problem. I did just that,
and what was once a blister turned into
a festering wound. So at this point, I’m
having to worry about how I’m going to
pay back my friend and soon to be house
mate Benny, and pay the money due to stay
in the house that we moving into. Oh, and
I was hating my job. After I got robbed, I
lost all feelings for my colleagues and my
job. My intended subbing position was to
become available in two weeks, so I was
feeling the urge to quit the White Horse.
In the meantime, all I could do was give
Benny as much of my income as would be
sufficient for his peace of mind. I would
spend 20 pounds on a weekly transit pass
and keep about 15 pounds to feed me until
the next pay check. The rest would go to
Benny. But more about Marieke.
After our first day out together, I
went back to her work. She went to work
and I went home. One of her colleagues
asked me out for drinks around Piccadilly
Circus. I agreed and met him around
Leicester Square. We found a nice, comfy
pub, and proceeded to talk about all
sorts of things. We talked about him, we
talked about me, and then we talked about
Marieke. At this point I knew that I liked
Marieke, but I had no idea what her feelings
were for me. While I was sitting there in
the pub, I received a text message from her
telling me that she was off and wanted me
to come over. I agreed and jumped on the
subway. I got back to Swiss Cottage and
hiked about eight blocks to meet her. We
got back to her one room apartment and
had beers and talked for a few hours. I left
still not knowing if she liked me as much
as I liked her, and as I was almost arriving
home, I received a text message from
her confirming my wish. It was official,
I had a girlfriend! At that moment, my
heart felt so much better. No longer did
I feel that terrible loneliness. Now I had
someone who I could feel comfortable to
share things with that I would not want to
share with other people. With her, London
ceased to feel so intimidating. A couple
of weeks passed and our relationship grew
and grew. My feelings for my job on the
other hand declined. I decided to quit. My
job with Protocol Teachers would begin
any day now and I was on the verge of
hating everyone I worked with. One day I
took my break, and never came back. I felt
better initially but it would soon prove to
be a huge mistake.
The job with Protocol Teachers
was to start on a Monday. I didn’t start
working for almost a month. It was
horrible. I was completely out of money
and Marieke fed me, and let me stay with
her so I wouldn’t have to keep commuting
to see her. I stopped going home to North
Acton (where Benny and I lived) except
to change clothes and say “hi”. I could
tell that it bothered Benny that we moved
into the house together and I was hardly
there, but the more I stayed there, the more
I would have to borrow from him. I felt
that me not being there would work out
for Marieke and I as well as preserving my
friendship with Benny. I think it should
also be of interest to inform you that my
wound on the back of my leg was now
getting fever and going deeper into my leg.
Every morning that I woke up I would put
on my tie and slacks, and think to myself
“today will be the day”. It took initiative
on my part to get the ball rolling. I called
the agency and pleaded with them to look
anywhere in London for some work. I told
them that I didn’t mind commuting for over
an hour and I didn’t have any preferences.
They started searching the Acton area for
jobs, but I also told them that I was living
in West Hampstead (where Marieke lived).
So they started looking in that area as well.
Two days passed and the work finally
started rolling in. Every morning at nine
o’clock I would get a phone call telling
me to go to some unfamiliar neighborhood
and teach. Each school that I showed up to
work for unlocked a new area to me. Every
place I taught at had something interesting
about it. Every day that I worked I earned
£119, and I now had work everyday,
ranging from south west London, to far
east London, and central London. I finally
was getting on top. I started paying back
Benny, and taking Marieke out to dinner.
It was a fantastic feeling. If I wanted to
buy something, it was now possible.
Without warning, mine and
Benny’s house mates decided to move out.
Since their names were on the lease, that
meant we had to move out as well. Benny
and I came home to an empty room. They
took our beds and everything else that
belonged to them. Benny moved back into
Palmers Lodge and I officially moved in
with Marieke.
Soon November rolled around
and Marieke and I were falling for each
other. Though in the back of my mind, I
knew that my departure date was coming
fast. My heart told me that I should stay
with Marieke, but my logic was saying
otherwise. For some reason, I thought there
was something for me to come home to.
Of course I missed my family and friends,
but I was finally becoming successful in a
foreign country and I had a beautiful girl
by my side. What more could you want?
But something kept urging me not to get
too attached to my new life style.
Marieke at the same time had
to make decisions of her own. She was
thinking of returning to Holland later in the
year, when suddenly she got a call from one
of her old employers offering her a reception
job. This hostel was right next to the Kings
Cross tube station (where the terrorists
attacks occurred). The job offered a live
in arrangement, where Marieke would live
on the premises. On the top floor of the
downtown hostel were small apartments
where the staff got to live. Marieke offered
for me to move with her, and I accepted.
Moving a person’s belongings without a car
is quite a difficult task. We had to drag her
stuff down the street, onto the subway, and
drag it back out onto the street and up to
her new apartment. We had to make about
5 trips. Once we were done, it was perfect.
We could open up a window and look out
across the city. It was wonderful. In just 5
months, I was able to go from the bottom
of the barrel to having a well paying job, a
great girlfriend, and a downtown apartment
(just a 30 minute walk from Big Ben).
My birthday came in mid-
November and all the friends that I had
made over the course of the past months
came out for it. We bounced around to all
of our favorite pubs in downtown London
and stayed out till morning. Just before
Thanksgiving my sister arrived for a
week visit. It filled me with pride to show
her around the now very familiar city. I
could pay for things, and she got to spend
time with Marieke. It was perfect for her
as well as for me. It put everything that
had happened to me (good or bad) into
perspective. One day as my sister and I
were walking up to Westminster Abbey we
started talking about what I was to do about
my feelings regarding Marieke. I told her
how much I wanted to stay with her, but I
also knew how much I needed to go home.
My departure was only a month away
and it was time to make a decision. So I
decided at that moment, that I was going
to try staying with Marieke. This of course
was great news for both of us, but now we
had to start thinking about the legalities of
our decision. Marieke wanted to move to
Texas with me, so that was easy. The big
question was what we would have to do to
get her over here.
While my sister was here, we
did a lot of stuff. We even took a trip to
Bath and Stonehenge. It was a great time.
After she left, it was time to focus on
Marieke and discuss our intentions. Just
how were we going to make this work?
What’s next? Find out next month. If
you are completely lost, don’t forget that
The Galveston Wizard is online (www.
galvestonwizard.com). You can find all the
back issues there. Next months article will
involve mine and Mariekes big European
adventure, and me holding the weight of a
domino fall of drunk Finnish people on an
escalator.
by Thomas Graves
Recycling Heads-Up
(Put this on your fridge)
We won’t tell you
who lost the recycling game we shared with read-
ers in volume #11, (available online), but we will
tell you that the non-losers quickly reasoned that
ALL of the recyclables needed to go to the recy-
cling center off 61st and Broadway at that time.
(Getting there. Turn right while on the feeder
facing 61st Street like you were going to Target,
then hang a quick right into the facility.) Quick
thinking to take aluminum cans further down the
Broadway feeder for $3.50 cash had us getting
the last laugh...we mean...them....uh, those who
lost....but not us...yeah, someone else.
Sort out and bring in the following items to be recycled.
(What else should we let them know, Keith? We need more room!)
Phone Number: (409) 741-1446
Address: 702 61st Street, Galveston, TX 77551
Hours of operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, Closed on Sunday
Please do not leave anything at the Recycling Center gate if the facility is closed.
Glass: Brown, Clear, and
Green Sorted Separately. No
broken glass.
All Types of Paper
Cardboard
All Scrap Iron & Metal
Aluminum
5 Tires Per Week-Proof of Residency Required
Old Gas
Antifreeze
Ink Jet Cartridges
1-9 Plastic *Please PackAll Plastic Bags In1 Bag**
Computers & All Electronics
Automotive Batteries &
Rechargeable Batteries
Cell Phones
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*No Paint or Hazardous Waste
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places THE can that topples it all has to bring it to the
recycler! Steady hands make for bragging rights.
Caption: My sister and I in front
of Big Ben
*Complete information at
www.cityofgalveston.org
Keyword: Recycling.
Let Your Light Shine 14 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
An Interview with the Rev. John
Bostock
The Senior Minister of the
Christian Unitarian Free Church
Q. “Welcome to Reverend John Bostock
the founder and Senior Minister of the
Christian Unitarian Free Church, a new
church in Galveston”.
A. “Thank you, it’s nice of you to invite
me here”
Q. “Reverend John, I have read your
leaflet about the Christian Unitarian Free
Church. You say that you do not believe
in the traditional view of the trinity,
why?”
A. “Well, I think that the traditional
Christian churches have taken the
concept too far. For instance, it seems
that they are advocating three different
gods that somehow form a single God,
and yet at least one of them is a lesser
god. This just doesn’t make sense to me.
I believe in one God and one God only in
the universe.”
Q. “But does that mean you don’t believe
in Jesus?”
A. “It certainly doesn’t mean that! I
believe in Jesus and I believe that the
message he brought was a message
from God that God wanted us to follow.
I don’t believe that Jesus was a god.
Jesus himself never once said he was
the son of God, other than in the sense
of us all being children of God, he only
ever said that he was “the son of man”.
I do believe, however, that he was sent
or “chosen” by God. That is why I call
myself a Christian.”
Q.” But to be “Christian” surely
you must believe that Jesus was the
“Christ”?”
A. “Well, to answer that, first you must
understand the meaning of the words
used. “Christ” is a Greek word meaning
“Messiah” which in turn is Hebrew for
“Anointed one” meaning one who was
anointed with oil. Well of course Jesus
was anointed with oil; it is a common
practice, and has been around since the
time of Moses.”
Q. “You say “One God in the universe”,
does that mean that, if there is other life
out there somewhere, our God is their
God too?”
A. “Of course, He is not only our God
and their God; He is the God of all. This
means He is also the God of the animals
that live on the earth with us and any
life form that exists anywhere in the
universe, even life forms that we may
not recognize as life. I find it interesting
that you said “if” there is life out there,
I am certain that there is, out of all the
billions of billions of stars in the universe
it would be arrogant in the extreme to
believe that we are the only planet with
life. It says clearly in the Bible that God
made the universe, why would he only
put life here?”
Q. “So you believe that animals have
souls?”
A. “Yes I do. I believe that all life
has a soul. You can call it a soul or
consciousness or what ever you want, I
don’t believe you can separate life and
soul; they are one and the same. Look, if
you have a cat or a dog or a horse, you
can watch them thinking and dreaming, so
they must have thought which means they
must have consciousness, if they have
consciousness, they must have a soul.”
Q. “In your leaflet for the Christian
Unitarian Free Church, you said, and I
quote: “the phrase ‘Mary mother of God’
offends me”. Why does that offend you?
Does the Catholic faith offend you?”
A. “No, the Catholic faith does not
offend me. If it wasn’t for the Catholic
Church there would be no Christianity.
That is where all Christian faiths come
from. I have the greatest respect for
the Catholic faith and all religious that
believe in the one God. Where I differ
from the Catholics is that I do not think
it is right to put a human (Mary) above
God. God does not have a mother; He
is the Mother and Father of all creation.
I would be happier if they were to say
“Mary mother of Jesus”, that would
be much more accurate. On the same
subject, I also think it is wrong to pray to
Mary or any other Saint, it clearly says
in the Bible that you must pray directly
to God, “talk to God and he will answer”,
by praying to someone else you are
effectively saying that they are also a god,
this is not how it should be.”
Q. “So you don’t believe in the concept of
patron Saints?”
A. “No I don’t. I don’t think it is up to
human beings, even the Pope, to decide
if someone is a saint or not. And who is
to say what their job is after they die?
Certainly not the Pope that is God’s
decision.”
Q. “What about the other two big
religions, Jewish and Islamic?”
A. “Well I certainly do not want to get
into politics or the war in Iraq here but
to answer your question, Judaism is the
mother of both Christianity and Islam.
Abraham was the father of Judaism, and
all three of the big religions are what
is known as “Abrahamic” religions,
because Abraham was the one that put it
all together and came up with One God
who is still known in some religions as
the “God of Abraham”. The Jewish bible
forms the first testament of both our
Holy Bible and the Islamic Quoran. All
three accept the existence of the principle
players in the others, for example, both
the Jewish and Islamic religions accept the
existence of Jesus and both the Jewish and
Christian Religions accept the existence of
Muhammad. The only difference between
them is who they follow.”
Q. “So you have no problem with either of
them?”
A. “As I said I have great respect for all
religious beliefs that are centered on the One
God and advocate peace and respect for
each other. Only God can say who is right.
Who knows, we may all be wrong.”
Q. “Just one last question. Do you think
that the Bible is the word of God?”
A. “That is probably the most difficult
question. Do I believe that the Bible was
written by God? No of course not. - Do I
believe that it was inspired of God? Yes of
course. - Do I think it contains the words
of God? In some places, yes, if fact it tells
you which is the word of God by saying
“and God said”.
The Bible, or should I say, the books that
make up our Bible were written by many
different people in different languages at
different times, they have been translated
into ancient Greek, Latin then old English
then more modern English, played around
with by the Vatican and various Popes and
Kings etc. So do I believe it is the exact
words used? No I don’t, but I do believe
that it has survived pretty well intact and
it is the best book available to guide us
through this life and, after this life is over,
into an everlasting life with God.”
“Rev. John Bostock, Senior Minister of the
Christian Unitarian Free Church, thank you
very much for sharing your thoughts with
me.”
“My Pleasure, thank you for listening.”
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Slaying Serpents
Pay Up / Square Up
That $20 you borrowed from Grandma
is the serpent. Pay her back and slay the
serpent that looms in your subconscious,
blocking progress and communication.
Get right with others and others will get
right with you in turn. Knowing what
slows you and facing it then grows you.
Clearing your realm of serpents allows
you to face the dragons that must also
be slain for true peace, prosperity and
happiness in your realm.
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Access Gates. Sales. Installation. Service.
“Call for an estimate today.”
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Don’t let a toothache
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your fun this summer!
We’ll get you swimming again!
I did not know that.
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Cosmetic Dentistry.
We also do Bleaching and
“Oh Noooo..!
Come see us...
It’s A Toothache!”
(Tell them you saw them in the Galveston Wizard!)
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Hello from Galveston Island, Texas! Spend the day at a sun-filled beach, venture into a tropical rainforest, splash in a yearround
waterpark, experience life on an offshore rig or explore a World War II naval display. Do all this and much more on Galveston
Island. Galveston offers a wide variety of activities for every age and is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon or weekend.
For your complete guide to Galveston Island, visit Galveston’s website for springtime fun at Galveston.com!
Star Party
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Beginning at Dusk
Stars, planets and other wonders of the universe will come into sharp
focus when Moody Gardens hosts a Star Party on June 28th.
Astronomers of the past set the foundation for today’s astronomy and we
have come a long way since Galileo’s first telescope. Stargazers of all
ages are invited on a journey through outer space as Moody Gardens
hosts its Star Party from dusk until 10:00 pm. This event is free.
For more information, call Moody Gardens at 800/582-4673 or visit
www.moodygardens.org.
Art in the Park
Sat, Jul 5,
10am – 6pm
Don’t miss Art in the Park, an open-air market event held the first Sat-
urday of the month (March thru October) at Saengerfest Park, 23rd &
Strand. Dozens of artists will set their masterpieces out for all to see. This
event is free to the public and whether you’re an art enthusiast or not, it
is a great chance to see some unique artwork by local Galvestonians.
For details, visit www.galveston.com
Summer Band Concerts
Every Tuesday
7:30pm
As we usher in the Summer season, we embrace the humid
weather and sunny days - and welcome the annual return of the
Summer Band Concert Series.
Now in its 81st year, the Island Beach Band, directed by Frank
Incaprera, is as a part of Galveston summers as snow cones, flip
flops, and trips to the beach.
Summer band concerts are free to the public. Performances start
at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in June, July, and August.
For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation
Department at (409) 621-3177.

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For a complete list, visit our Calendar of Events at www.galveston.com/calendarofevents.
Fourth of July Parade
Friday, July 4, 2008
10am
Don’t miss the annual Fourth of July Parade, July 4th at 10am. The event
begins downtown at 25th and Santa Fe Place; continues from Santa Fe
Place to the Strand at 21st; continues 21st to Postoffice; then Postoffice
to 24th; 24th to Sealy.
Following the parade there will be a 4th of July celebration at Sealy
Pavilion (24th and Sealy) with patriotic entertainment, free hot dogs and
lemonade, and free American flags for the children.
Let Your Light Shine 18 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
New to town?
Just Visiting?
Been Here Your Whole Life?
Not Us.
We Are Word Of Mouth
“Speaking Foul of No One, Wishing All Well.”
We’re here Just Right. In fact, we’re every-
where. The Galveston Wizard has been available to readers for al-
most two years now. Real, online, and in action. Finding businesses,
organizations and people to bring to readers is what we do. (lis-
teners, and viewers soon.) Who are our readers? Anyone thirsting
for knowledge and edutainment. (Psst. You’re reading now, aren’t
you?) We recently got a Call from our good friend Nic about a new
bar we should check out. Sharon recently bought Sharon’s Elbow
Room on 20th and Strand. We asked if we could help, got a yes,
and now we get to bring her business to you. Advertising dollars
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Is that wood in your shop...?
Or are you just glad to see us? Actually, our
new friend John had never even heard of the
Galveston Wizard. Weird, we know! John
was busy carving up his latest design out of a
wood block. We liked his work and asked if
he had any more than the one he was working
on. He showed us a secret compartment where
he had dozens of original works. A “Wizard”
piece jumped out at us. We talked
shop and then left him to his. He got
a Galveston Wizard Periodical and
we got a new original work, signed
and everything! We see big things
for you there, John! Keep it up!
On the West End, Where the Seawall Ends.
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Grand Opening July 12
Mixed Drinks
Bands, Food and Good People. All day and all night. Scruz Loose will perform.
In loving memory of Roger Winslow Stone
1/8/1955 – 6/8/2008
Roger made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives
of his sailors. He is survived by a wife Linda, his
son Eric, his daughter Elizabeth, many more loving
family members and friends. He lived a life full of
integrity and he passed away a hero. For this we
will be forever thankful.
Contributions can be made to the Roger W. Stone
Memorial Fund at any Bank of America location.
Pictured, from left in the back row: Steven Guy, Captain Jim Atchley,
Joseph Savana and Travis Wright.
Pictured, from left, sitting: Steve Conway, Ross Busby and Roger Stone.
The Texas A&M University Offshore sail team was
participating in the Regatta de Amigos from Galveston, Texas
to Vera Cruz, Mexico when their boat capsized in the Gulf of
Mexico. Four students and two safety officers (shown above)
were aboard the Cynthia Woods when the boat overturned. 5
of the 6 crew members were able to escape the vessel. The
group drifted for approximately 26 hours before they were
rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team.
Safety officer, Roger Stone, 53, selflessly assisted other
sailors in escaping from the cabin of the overturning vessel.
Sadly, he was unable to escape from the vessel himself. He
put the lives of his sailors before his own and sacrificed his
life for their safety, the ultimate duty of a safety officer
aboard a sailing vessel.
Roger you will never be forgotten. You will always be
remembered for your heroic actions and the life you lived.
by Jamie Steichen
Monday thru Friday. 2pm-2am. Saturday and Sunday Noon -2am.
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by The West Isle Virus
Oh Salty Galveston
You, again, find me here
on the West End, home and hearth,
ranching, settin’ sails, and all-
around handy-manning about. You
know the beach has its own se-
quence of events taking place. Nor-
mandy and Utah Beach wear the
dog tags of Theodore Roosevelt’s
son. So much blood floating, stain-
ing the grains of sand, just as the
water around a 70’s era supertanker
turns faded-jacket red.
Red seaweed” exfoliat-
ing puffs in a menopausal gulf of
hot and cold spots. Watching the
beaches erode up to the hoses at
Sea Isle, the Sargassum natans slap
and grab at the quoins of the pil-
ings. A scared, scarred, and shaking
Devil’s Tower of sea foam clings to
an old three-foot piling in the sand.
Mischievous balls of sea foam, the
tower’s children, chase each other
across the sand, while some kind of
small albatross bastard skims the
shoreline with it’s mouth opened,
filtering the water like a whale’s
baleen.
I think of Babe Schwartz.
His solution for the open beaches,
destroy the houses covering the
beach. And leave the homeown-
ers without compensation, BRIL-
LIANT! An even grander idea
posseses me, destroy these kinds
of bills, and leave lawmakers who
come up with them without com-
pensation. “To drain the marshes of
the water,” Montgomery once said,
somewhere.
The Dunes: the Hamptons
on the Gulf. White picket spears in
Big Thickets of grass, a Leave it
to Beaver Iron Curtain, a myopia
of deeper meaning for the brethren
who want a better look at an archi-
tectural bohemoth. Like Solzheni-
syn’s “Lake Segden,” no person
or pelican is allowed to visit these
ginormous asylums, prison for the
financially insane.
Eagle talon marks rip dia-
monds in the clouds, letting the sun
show through to paint-pitted leaf
reflections on the crests of waves.
And I see,...CHIMNEYS? In
Texas? What kind of soulless god
do we worship who would allow
Gulf beaches to be warmed with
fireplaces? It’s a Z-Brick theocracy.
But I’m Seneca: stoic and
seaworthy, letting the waves crash
against my hull as I ride out the
storm.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, but Three Lefts Do…
So, I’m sitting at home
playing Uno with the kids, right?
Not the original version. I’m talking
about the new Uno Attack. You load
the cards into a sadistic little dealing
machine. Instead of drawing from a
pile in a slow, oh-come-on-and-give-
me-a-red fashion, you reach toward
this device with great fear in your heart
because the cards may unpredictably
shoot out at you like ninja throwing
stars, designed to cut off your fingers
or lodge one in your jugular. For
no reason – save bad luck. And I’m
thinking, this is just like life. But, do
kids need to know that much about
how the world works, how you can
fall under attack through no fault of
your own?
My mission: write a piece on
hard knocks. While humming my own
melancholy tune of “shelter, food,
fire and water”, I realized I needed to
research this matter a bit. Different
perspectives. Typing Hard Knock Life
into Google turned up an interesting
site: hardknocklife.wordpress.com.
The first sentence grabbed me. “A
strong person and a waterfall always
channel their own path.” Anonymous
The site contained blogs of hard
knock stories that were nicely written.
From legal-stay options for immigrant
victims too putting a price on a life.
As I scrolled and read, my own
worries diminished. Jeez. Recession
was there, possible hope for troubled
homeowners was too. I learned
how to save money by performing
car maintenance myself. I couldn’t
understand the story on why young
Chinese and Indian kids are bleaching
themselves white. Marketing, I
guess. George Bush was everywhere.
Heaven and anguish are harvesting
together. I don’t know what that
means. Trepidation of reality is setting
in. As we ossify ourselves for battle.
All this, normal living, so I’m finding
out.
Driving home down 61
st
Street a
few weeks ago, I happen to notice a
young boy about 12 years old walking
quickly, waving his skateboard over
his head and shouting at the top of his
lungs. I looked backed to see who
he was yelling at. Seemed to be two
guys in a light blue pick up truck. I
rolled down my window to listen
while waiting for the light to change
and heard the passenger of the truck
screaming obscenities at the little guy.
He was yelling that he was going to
kick the little sucker’s tail. The kid
waved to him and just kept walking
while praying or something. The
guys peeled off and that was that.
But the look of dread in that little
boy’s eye burned. He looked at me
and I wondered where his mom was.
I smiled at him. Fierce like. Tough
break, kid. At least you’re not being
deported. Or bleaching yourself.
Back at Google, I found another site,
livingthetruth.com, that amused and
depressed me. Here, you can become
a member, create a profile and post
your issues on- line, for the whole
wired world to read. The majority of
the posts were from men and women
unhappy with love, or broke, or manic,
or overweight, or just downright
pathetic. They’re a little older than the
MySpace crowd. Reading their issues
is what depressed me. I got over it.
What strangely amused me was that
not one of these people has ever taken
a hard look in the mirror. I got the
impression that they all just wanted
someone to read about their dramas.
Most of them were sidestepping the
truth (on the Living The Truth site…
see the humor?). The truth being,
with few exceptions, they’re bringing
this crap on themselves and they could
fix it themselves.
On the other hand, there’s
nothing a 12 year old can do to
deserve the uncensored ire of adults.
Threats of bodily harm. And there’s
nothing he can do about it, either.
He can curse back, if his mamma
raised him that way, or he can run.
Pretty much the same options he’ll
have in fifteen years when he loses
his job, defaults on a mortgage, his
wife leaves him, and his dog gets hit
by a bus.
So, in this case, the low tech
paradigm is superior. There’s more of
value to be learned from Uno Attack
than from Google. Adults whine too
much. Take your knocks and gather
up all those cards. There might be
a Draw Four Wild you can lay on
somebody next go-round. Because,
though life’s not always a zero sum
game, Uno is, and you don’t wanna
get beat by a 12 year old. How will
he learn if he keeps winning?
by Linda Sivy
Let Your Light Shine 20 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
A friend of mine told me that
as you get older you have a tendency
to obsess about everything. It doesn’t
really matter if the subject is big or
small. She’s a few years down the
road ahead of me, so I try to pay at-
tention. Her words have been true in
the past.
So my newest “obsession “
was over dress policies. I don’t know
why it should bother me so much,
but to be told what to wear at my
age really BUGGED me. I mean you
would think that once you passed the
half-century mark, you would at least
know what to wear to work.
It is really how the individual
decides to view it. On one hand some-
one might say, “Yippee! I don’t have
to decide what to put on when I get up
in the morning.”
I even tried to make the irri-
tation go away by saying to myself.
“Now I can save wear and tear on my
own clothes.”
It didn’t work, and so the
obsession began and my discontent
grew.
So I looked back, and back,
and back. And I wondered: Did Jesus
balk at being told what sandals to strap
on? Was he harassed by his parents at
the length of his hair like everyone
in the hippie generation? Or did He
obediently just put them on, trim His
beard and go on to tackle bigger and
more important problems? Well we all
know the answer to that question.
I guess I felt that in being told
what to wear, it was stripping me of
my individuality. But I began to think
about it and wonder why I was wor-
ried and could that really be taken
away from me?
I looked around. The pelicans
didn’t seem bothered that they were
going to fly in the same feathers each
day. A blue crab didn’t get up and say,
“I think I’ll be a red crab today.” But
they are not equipped with the same
thought process as we are and so I
knew I had to look deeper.
Soldiers get up and proudly
put on their uniform. Law Enforce-
ment , Firemen and many others get
up daily and cheerfully don the attire
their company has chosen for them.
They are a reflection of their
chosen career field and they are happy
to serve and wear the uniform.
And so the obsession began to
unravel a bit and the internal examina-
tion begins. Cheerfully I realize that
there isn’t a uniform for who I am.
I might have to don someone else’s
choice of clothing for me while I am
at work, but I am an individual and the
clothes I wear usually reflects what I
want to do or where I want to go that
day. And living in America, the land
of the free and the home of the brave,
(thank’s to those wearing uniforms ev-
ery day) I can wear almost anything,
anywhere I go.
Perhaps these obsessions are
worth it!
by Graffiti
In Our America
Our soldiers are on foreign soil for the Twin Towers and the oil.
We pray they will survive.
There are tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.
So how do we survive? The warning is sometimes too late.
Now there is Hillary, Obama and McCain, running for president,
who will survive? The vote in November of ‘08 in the USA.
Where hope, faith, and belief, God willing will survive.
From now until the end of time.
In the United States of America, where daily, we see
IN GOD WE TRUST. When we spend our hard earned money to survive.
Paying taxes, the continuous rising price of gas, as well
as groceries, milk, meat, rice and such.
Sometimes it seems to be a bit much, just to survive. Where pride and dignity ,along with
freedom, are flown in the Red, White, and Blue, for everyone, including you.
Thanks to our soldiers, past and present, that have fought and served to protect us and our
freedom. In our America, so we survive as a NATION UNDER GOD, once written in our
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, taught to us, our parents, grandparents, and great grandpar-
ents, there was nothing to discuss. Unless it was about a gold rush, in the black hills, or
the blooming daffodills.
In our America, full of beauty, protected by our armed forces unity ,and their sworn
responsibility to America. All of us now wondering why we never went to court over the
disaster in New York, and why our men and boys are gone, for a payback that is taking
way too long. For our America that is strong. But we need GOD, where LIBERTY and
JUSTICE are FOR ALL, so as a nation we won’t FALL.
E.MARIE ALDRICH-CREASY
Poop Deck. 30th & Seawall
Galveston, Texas. May 15, 2008 copywritten
Hardly Knew You.
When I moved into my apart-
ment, the first thing that I wanted
was a cat. All of you hard-core
dog owners might call me a
wuss, but hey, cats are cool too.
Any cat I’ve ever owned has
learned to attack on command. I
guarantee my cat will send your
pooch home, tail between its
legs, whining with claw marks
on its snout.
When I moved in to my new
apartments, the first thing I
needed, besides necessities, was
a cat. As I walked out onto my
balcony one day, I saw a black
and white “sylvester” cat looking
up into a tree as a squirrel looked
down upon it, seemingly laugh-
ing at the cat. That’s when I knew
that THAT was the cat I wanted.
I attempted to lure it to me whith
whatever I had at the fridge at the
time, when a car pulled up. The
person driving gets out and the cat
runs to her.
“Dammit.” I thought to myself.
“the cat has an owner...but maybe
not.” I thought again. “It won’t
hurt to ask.”
“Hey! Is that your cat?” I asked.
“Yes, why” she answered.
“Well, I just tried to steal it but it
wouldn’t come over.” I said with
a guilty smile.
She laughed and we struck up a
short conversation. We saw each
other from time to time after that
on our way to and from work and
such.
She even stopped me one day to
ask me if I would like a kitten
when the newly pregnant cat had
her litter. I had to decline due to
the outrageous pet deposit and my
girlfriends’ dislike for anything
that takes my attention away from
her. Ha-ha, in case you’re reading
this, baby! :)
Four days after that last encounter
with Kristen, “The cat lover,” she
was killed in a car accident. Her
car flipped over into the water and
she drowned.
Kristen Anet Sanches died April
26, 2008 at the age of 20. I really
didn’t know very much else about
Kristen except that every time she
spoke, it was with a kind, trust-
ing heart. Kristen, I know you are
somewhere surrounded by kittens
and everything else you cherish.
From one cat lover to another, you
are missed. “By the way, where’s
my kitten?”
by UPS Mike
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Big names in music and entertainment want to play here on Galveston Is-
land. Big names are also getting their start here as well. The same-difference?
Finding the perfect place AND the people that would kick up the coin for the
efforts to bring top quality acts to the island is what it’s all about. We want to
marinate readers minds’ in some of the possibilities we can create together,
because you have to know about it to go to it!
Where?
How... much?
Who?
(Are You Ready To Rock?)
COMING SOON
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We’re interested in bringing back some of the rock culture to the is-
land. Sounds easy for a place touted as the Birthplace of Rock And
Roll. We’d have to put up fences on one side, and have a way to let
the audience in. Toadies and Papa Roach have been wanting to play
Galveston for a while, but there seems to be no venue suitable for the
number of ticketholders such a show would draw. But for us, where
there is a will, there is a way. Low Local response to music events
on the island further slows progress and heightens apprehension for
would-be organizers. Lets show them all how we roll. (and rock)
Local bars and Restaurants are already setting
the scene, giving bands, groups and musicians
the opportunity to bring their skills to you!
Who are we missing? Who are our musicains? Where are they playing?
Together, let us unite, grow, and expand the music scene in Galveston.
Convention Center Doesn’t want a rock
show, it seems. Grand Opera House costs
5 of em, plus security. Beaches out East
are sandy, but maybe feasable. Mitchell
is agreeable. Parks Board wants heads in
beds, so how could they say no to helping
us out? Airport Hanger would be cool.
Moody Convention Center could work?
At Crazy Oaks, we gotta invite the neigh-
bors. Behind Willie G’s, Perhaps? A
Warehouse somewhere? What do you
suggest?
This is the biggest issue we’ve faced in
bringing big names to Galvestonians.
Gravity Bar
Java’s
Poor Michael’s
Yaga’s
Club 21
B. Jiggers
The Spot
JuJu’s
Balinese Room
Woody’s
Jack’sMktStreetTavern
Baja Beach Club
Cafe Madrid
Mary’s Place
OldQuarterAcousticCafe
Lucky Lounge
This is where we lose some of you. Heck, we hear
ya, it sucks when things cost money. Think of it
as an investment into fun! To put on a music
event, we gotta get the place, the bands, sound,
security, parking, stage and stage crews, light-
ing, generators, toilets, vendors, permits, (loud
noise permits), advertising, and the time from
the wizardly experts who can make it happen.
Deadlines are the biggest dragons to be slain,
and many hands will make for a light load.
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Let Your Light Shine 22 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
4nd in a series, presents
by Scott Field
That’s architecturally-speaking, dear readers! The Greek Revival style
became popular in America about 1830 and lasted in Galveston up until
around 1870. We have on the island many great examples of what was
then known as the new National Style - a reinterpretation of classical Greek
temples that associated our fledgling
country with the democratic ideals
and spirit of ancient Greece.
Hallmarks of the style include: even
numbers of columns creating a central
entrance bay, columns in Doric, Ionic
and Corinthian orders, triangular
pediments or a wide band of trim at
the cornice, multi-paned windows,
and impressive front doorways.
Pattern books that clearly spelled out the correct
details and proportion were the design guides
used by craftsmen and architects to enable such
handsome, and sometimes very simplified,
compositions.
The 1838 Meynard House on 33rd Street and
nearby 1839 Samuel May Williams House on
Avenue P - the two oldest buildings on the island
- are prime examples of Greek Revival style.
Other, less-known examples pictured here are
scattered in our older neighborhoods from there
towards the Strand. Go look and admire!
Wm. Scott Field, AIA, is a restoration architect with over 25 years
of experience with Victorian building restoration. Inquiries may
be sent to the editor or to wsfield@att.net.
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Tucked away in a quiet east end neighbor-
hood, The Market Cafe is sure to become
one of Galveston’s favorite spots for a new
and unique dining experience. Located
in the old Alderigi Brothers Corner Gro-
cery, the Market Cafe offers a wide array
of fresh entrees, salads, salads and des-
serts, carefully prepared under the watch-
ful eye of renowned pastry chef Marilyn
Descours.
On our most recent visit we partook in a
number of their freshly prepared, innova-
tive items. The Market Cafe has taken an
East Coast favorite, the Maryland Crab
Cake, and recreated it using flavorful Gulf
shrimp. The “Shrimp Cake”, as they call
it, was probably one of the best seafood
items we have ever tasted and was served
with a delicious side of cheesy potato cas-
serolle. Nicely seasoned and generously
sized, the “cakes” have already become on
of the most popular items on their menu.
We also sampled their Pesto-Parmesan
Penne Pasta and Grilled Portabella Mush-
room Panini. The pasta has been cooked
until “al-dente” and is tossed pesto sauce,
grated parmesan cheese and heavenly slic-
es of katmala olives. The panini had thick,
meaty slices of grilled portabella mush-
room, along with roasted tomatoes, pro-
volone cheese and their special signature
pesto parmesan mayonaise. After feasting
on our delicious lunch, we finished our
meal off with a piece of decadent bread
pudding, topped with a sinful pecan-cara-
mel hard sauce.
The Market Cafe has also become known
for their homestyle, just-like-mom-made,
meatloaf sandwhich, their freshly baked
baguettes and of course killer caramel
brownies. They recently have expanded
their hours to 8am until 8pm, Tuesday
through Sunday and have added a full
breakfast menu.
If you’re in a hurry, no need to stress
about planning your lunch or dinner. The
Market Cafe is perfect for take-out, with
many items available on an immediate
walk-in basis.
The Galveston Island Gourmets
Nick Saum & Robert Taylor discover exciting and unique island dining options. Be sure to tell them the Galveston Wizard guided you!
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The Taco House
Restaurant serves up some
of the finest Mexican food
this side of the border.
The Taco House original-
ly opened on 39th Street
in 1961, however in 1963
the opportunity came to
move to a historic former
gambling house, and its
a place they have called
home ever since.
Owners Pedro
and Celia Quintanilla
have lovingly cared for
the building, keeping the
1930s-era neon lighting
that illuminated the old
poker and black-jack ta-
bles. However the card
tables are long gone, and these days the only
thing being illuminated is first class, homemade
Mexican cuisine.
A favorite among the young and old,
the Taco House has found a new following with
the opening of the Galveston County Justice
Center a few blocks away. Attorneys, Police
Officers, and even a few Judges have made the
Taco House their first destination before heading
into work. To keep up with the growing morn-
ing business, Pedro & Celia have expanded their
hours and introduced several new breakfast
items including the very popular Taco House
Supreme (THS) Burrito.
In addition to new breakfast offer-
ings, the Taco House has introduced a new “Fa-
jita Burrito”. This monster burrito is made with
a 10” flour tortilla that is stuffed with lettuce,
sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream and of course
a generous portion sliced beef fajita meat. The
burrito is so big that we were only able to eat
half of it. Our original intention was to save the
left-over half for lunch the next day, but it was so
good that it became a hefty midnight snack!
Another new offering is the Mixed
Platter Appetizer. The Mixed Platter comes with
very tender slices of battered chicken breast,
tasty corn tortilla beef taquitos and fried stuffed
jalapenos, all served with generous portions of
sour cream and guacamole. This appetizer is big
enough to serve as a meal for two!!!
Other offerings include family favor-
ites like shrimp, beef and cheese enchiladas, ta-
cos and quesadillas. For those not in the mood
for Mexican food, or for youngsters who are a
bit “picky”, the Taco House also offers tradi-
tional American favorites such as Chicken Fried
Steak, Hamburgers, T-Bone Steak and even
Fried Chicken.
Patrons will also be glad to know that
unlike many other Mexican restaurants, the Taco
House doesn’t use any lard in its cooking. In-
stead they have opted to use healthier, all natu-
ral vegetable oil. While vegetable oil is more
expensive than lard, the Quintanilla’s have been
able to offer customers healthier food without
sacrificing any taste.
We guarantee it will become one of your favorites.
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April 28, 2008. For most people just another day at the office, as for me, I was preparing myself for
one of the biggest game releases of the year. Grand Theft Auto 4. by midnight that night, i would have my
copy and having a virtual “nerdfest” in my room going over all of the intricacies that the game had to offer.
A special shout out is in order to the Game Crazy crew; Miguel, Christian, and Mike, who let me take pictures
around the store to mark the event.
You assume the role of Niko Bellic, a eastern-European immigrant, lured to Liberty City by his cousin,
Roman, in pursuit of the American dream. From the looks of it, that dream includes, money, fast cars,
women, and guns....lots of guns. From past GTA games, this one doesn’t stray much from the recipe previ-
ously done. (I.e. someone has a problem, they tell you about it, you go out and solve it, the storyline contin-
ues.) Rockstar has added new features to this installment to set it apart from previous GTA games. Such as:
Internet cafes, where there are a few side missions to get involved in, and friends you can make throughout
the game. You can choose to nurture those relationships to unlock helpful abilities, such as a taxi service
or that much needed backup. You will do so, via mobile phone. Much of the game is based on this important
piece of equipment. It will also allow you to access the multi-player feature. In multi-player mode, there is
a total of 15 game modes divided into 3 categories, Player Match, Ranked Match, and Party Mode. You get
your own customizable character to unleash your virtual rampages upon the city. I have to admit, that at
first, I was a little confused on how to properly use the multi-player feature, but after a few minutes of tin-
kering, I was able to successfully play a match. The controls might seem a little delayed for veterans of the
GTA franchise, but that is due to the fact that the Rockstar team used a the new Euphoria physics engine as
opposed to the “rag-doll” engine. With this engine, players get a sense of ultra realistic motion. ( for a more
in-depth look on what the Euphoria engine is and does visit: http://www.naturalmotion.com/euphoria.htm
and watch the video.)
Now there might be some people worried about technical details and a comparison between
the XBOX 360, and the PS3 version. Don’t worry. Isaac has all of those details. No, not me. Isaac
Markowitz. He has done the research and reported in.
For those people who are unaware, the developer of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar North experi-
enced some trying times while working on their Magnum Opus. Designing a sprawling metropolis and
populating it with thousands of individuals going about their daily routines proved to be an enormous
challenge despite the increased processing horsepower of the latest generation of gaming hardware.
In fact, Rockstar North even appealed to Microsoft to allow them to require a hard drive to run the
game, though this plea was ultimately rejected effectively neutering Rockstar’s ability to develop a
product that could fully utilize the potential of current generation gaming consoles. While that deci-
sion preserved the ability to play GTA IV on non-HDD equipped 360s, it certainly limited the final prod-
uct as the non-HDD 360 was the hardware spec Rockstar North was forced to develop for. Owners of the
more powerful 360s and the PS3, therefore, are not seeing the most they could, theoretically. Owners
of the PS3 version will see less aliasing (also known as “jaggies”) due to superior processing from the
Cell engine while the 360 version is a little bit brighter. Perhaps the biggest difference between the
consoles is the forthcoming DLC (downloadable content). While this DLC will be available much sooner
to 360 owners, this long-time fan of video games feels confident that PS3 owners won’t be left out for
too long...
living the Dream...
only 40 min. and 32.9 seconds left!
The Game Crazy crew hard at work.
frim left to right : Mike, Christian and
Miguel.
and so it begins....
F.Y.I: On Algonquin Island, in the
neighborhood of Purgatory, there is a
street named Galveston Ave.
F.Y.I: Halo 3 broke 1st week sales
records with $300 million, GTA 4
smashed that record with nearly twice
that amount.
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Now Located in the Texas First Bank Building
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Let us put you where its at.
On the same day that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s showing at saengerfest park, there was also a “Moonlight and Martinit’s” being held.
Across town. Slightly off-island, John Maisel was hosting a Firewalking (www.eagle-heart.com). We wanted to be everywhere at
once. How can we guide our readers to all of the cool options we hear about? The realm is so vast, wide, and diverse! Let our readers
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And Beyond!
Wanted: catchy Ballot Ballad, maybe a nice jazz backbeat?
“Vote!”
Slammers (!) bug me, whether in print or
implied by walleyed enthusiasm. I’m thinking, jeez,
calm yourself before you blow an O-ring. It’s that
particular exclamation, though. Seriously. We’ve
all heard it. Kindly desist.
A woman says to you, “Don’t drink and
drive.” She’s likely got some straightforward reasons
why doing that is a bad idea; ranging from the safety
of her children to the luster of your upholstery, what
with these bumpy roads. Next time a guy tells you
what you should be doing on election day, bet him
a fiver he can’t explain in 25 words or less how
the president is elected. Hell, give him a hundred
words, but then start singing I’m Just a Bill from
Schoolhouse Rock while he’s trying to think–
I’m just a bill,
Yes, I’m only a bill,
And I’m sittin’ here on Capitol Hill…
If you find anybody who can actually do it, ask him
what a super-delegate is. Oh and please, for me, ask
him whether it’s hyphenated. Granted, this particular
nonsense is a Democratic phenomenon, but I have
a nagging premonition it’s important. However, if
you’re looking for enlightenment in these column
inches, you can stop reading. My liberties itch
when I try to explain such things. My pursuit of
happiness starts feeling very Peter Pan-ish.
What you can do, you can go to Rock The
Vote dot com and see if they know what a super-
delegate is. Read how they’re set to “empower
the 45 million young people in America who want
to step up…and change the way politics is done.”
Uh-huh. That’s sweet, dear hearts, but I think yall
did that back in 2000 and were told to sit down
and shut up. Throw your 45 million votes at Ralph
Nader and see what changes. Last time folks got
that uppity, the Big Dems busted out with SUPerrrrrr
Delegate (looks better without the hyphen).
I’m thinking next they’ll spring Aqua Voter
on us. He comes up, cast several hundred thousand
votes, disappears back into the sea. Just as goofy, but
has more mass appeal than U-Don’t-Matter Man.
So, what of our forefathers and that Lee
Greenwood song? Well, it’s like this. I don’t believe
anybody fought and died for my right to be duped. If
the colonials had this in mind, they could’ve skipped
the whole shebang. The Brits don’t seem so unhappy
to me. At least they have socialized medicine. No,
I’m thinking the Continental Congress would’ve
completely understood Bill’s plaintive ditty, even if
they missed the bluesy overtones. But say they’re
sweating up in Philly, arguing over what, exactly to
declare, and some dude in the back is like, “Say hey
yall! Let’s get some super-delegates in this thing!”
That would be Marvin “Marvel” Adams.
Brother by another mother to Samuel “Summer Ale”
Adams. It was decided early on that their talents lay
elsewhere.
~Marc Phillips, Political Correspondent
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http://community.galveston.com/blogs/galvestonwizard
May 6-9, 2008. Assignment: Washington,
DC
May was the most exciting month of my
eleven year-old life. I went to Washington
DC with some of my fifth grade classmates
from Oppe Elementary. It was my first time
out of the state and also my first time flying.
The plane was smaller than they look on TV
– but I got the window seat both times.
We arrived in Washington DC
at close to eleven o’clock. We were all so
excited that we couldn’t sleep at the hotel,
which was in Maryland and Washington DC
is in Virginia (sorta, that part’s confusing) so
we had to get up at six in the morning just to
have enough time to eat breakfast, round up
every sleepy-head, get on the bus and then
drive to (sorta) Virginia. Our schedule for
each day was full.
Day One: We toured the Arlington
National Cemetery, over 200,000 soldiers
buried on 600 acres of land. The changing
of the guard was unforgettable. Next, we
headed over to the Reagan Trade Center
for lunch. We visited Capitol Hill, The Su-
preme Court, Library of Congress, National
Archives and The White House (for photos
only…bummer). But the pizza at Armand’s
Pizzeria for dinner was decent. By this time,
my feet were hurting. It was nearly 8:00pm
when we made it to the Twilight Tattoo
Show, Jefferson Memorial, Kennedy Center
and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Basically, we
all passed out at the hotel that night.
Day Two: Up at 6:00am (again)
and off to the FDR Memorial, WWII Me-
morial, Embassy Row and the National Ca-
thedral, all before 11:00am. We did not get
to go to the National Zoo because it rained
and I don’t think any of us paid that much
attention to missing it. Lunch at the Roy
Rogers Café was cool because they had a
buffet and we got to sit anywhere we want-
ed. After lunch we got back on the bus and
drove to Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s
house. Mt. Vernon is a big hill, as the name
implies. DC is loaded with hills. We worked
up a huge appetite and ate dinner at The Wa-
terfront Gourmet, ending our day with the
Alexandria Colonial Ghost Tour which was
not scary at all.
Day Three: Our last, and a crazy
one. We went to the Bureau of Printing and
Engraving. As we left, our tour guide told us
to raise our right hand and wave goodbye to
the money. That was really funny. The Viet-
nam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women’s
Memorial, Korean Memorial, Lincoln Me-
morial and the Einstein Statue are all a blur.
More rain caused us to see wet reflections on
the reflecting wall. Huddling together and
freezing, we waited to get inside of the Wash-
ington Monument to ride up a big elevator.
Once we made it up, we were told to look
down the crack of the elevator shaft to see
how high up we were. That made me woozy.
The Washington Monument is the tallest
structure in DC. Why they took us to lunch at
The Smithsonian Complex afterwards, made
me wonder. I guess it was better than riding
the elevator after we ate. The Natural Science
and Natural History Museums were the last
places we toured before returning to the air-
port. I was looking forward to flying again so
I didn’t feel sad about leaving.
The whole experience was ex-
citing, nerve wracking and a little boring at
times. I’m glad I got to go and being able
to share my experience with our readers is
super duper cool. The FDR Memorial was
my favorite place to visit because it had so
many different statues to dress up, play with
and photograph. I will never forget my trip to
DC and I can’t wait to fly again.
Yours truly,
Sydney Sivy
Jr. Correspondent – The Galveston Wizard
SYD’S DC TRIP’N…
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shirt, which always looks hot the next
morning especially if you didn’t bring a
change of clothes. Well apparently I was
wrong. I had this nice but very drunk girl,
with posh spice hair, tell me she loved my
dress! It was soooooo 80’s. I did..not..
know it was 80’s nite when I got dressed
for the evening!!! Lovely!
My Boys, Tea and First Place Chefs
Choice.......
I need y’all to know that I have missed
my “Boys”! Ever since my freshman year
at TAMUG I was one of the guys. The
girls just didn’t like me very much, so I
found myself with a great group of guy
friends. It is truly a special thing to be in-
cluded as “one of the guys”. They used
to pick on me all the time (like they do to
each other) and one day I said something
to the Godfather, I guess I was PMS’ing
or something. He told me they wouldn’t
pick on me if they didn’t like me! I never
forgot that.
What I love about this town is that people
stay friends forever. Even a lot of our
friends intermarried. I at first thought it
was alittle like incest or marrying your
second cousin but it can make gatherings
pretty interesting, especially when you
are friends with all parties involved!
First you have the Godfather. He kind of
reminds me of the comedien Ron White.
I swear, none of my friends has changed
much. His hair is alittle grayer but is still
cute as a button! Awe...you just want to
pinch his cheeks. (That one is for saying
I cried at the cookoff because you told me
to shut up!) His place, whether it was the
dorm room at TAMUG or one of the many
houses they ( The Godfather, or C) rent-
ed was the place to be. You never made
plans, you just went there. Godfather’s
wife hotstuff, is beautiful and seems to be
very sweet. I wish I had had more time
to chat with her, but she was in charge of
the silent auction and raffle for theYaga’s
Children’s Fund Wild Game Cookoff.
Just the raffle by itself made over $1000
and every penny goes to the children. If
you haven’t been to the cookoff before
it is held on Pier 21. There were over 80
tents set up and the scent of roasting flesh
was amazing!
I guess I got there a little late and every-
one was already sitting around a banquet
table. I have a beer in one hand and my
huge purse in the other. Maybe I was a
little overloaded because as I went to give
the godfather a hug, I spilt half my beer
on him. I didn’t just spill alittle on his
shoulders, I poured half it down his shirt!
I didn’t even realize I was spilling it until
he started yelling bloody murder!! That
was a great start to the night!!!
The girls had been there setting up all
day for the fundraiser and were really ex-
hausted so they left fairly early (including
F), as they had to be there really early the
next day. My guys are the famous “THE
TEXAS BARBEQUE MASSACRE”
One of our buddies E was offshore and
couldn’t be there so they named all the
dishes after his mom! I’m not sure if
they were pretending to cook E’s mom or
were honoring her? I guess either way its
an honor, as E’s moms pork loin won first
place in the chef’s choice division. You
should ask them about their secret sauce!
I guess they seem to win something ev-
ery four years. Also in honor of E, they
brought a tiny garden gnome and named
it E. Someone ended up “killing” E.
Their wild game dish was kangaroo!
That was the sweetest, most tender meat
I’ve ever had. They called it Kangaroon
after the creator (also known as “little
dutch boy”) R! I guess he comes from a
long line of famous Dutchmen and is also
quite funny. You have to have a perverse
sense of humor to hang with these guys.
As the evening wore on , we played 101
uses for kangaroo embryo’s (Roo nug-
gets anyone?) and drank tea. We had a
hard time figuring out what to do with
the tea bags, garbage was full, but R soon
took care of that one! The godfather and
surfer boy usually stay the night at the bbq,
they have to cook the meat all night and
they usually pass out sometime during the
festivities. I guess a few years ago T woke
up with sharpie all over his face!!!
Not long after we won first place, most of
the guys (and girls) packed up and went
home. That left 8 of us. One of my new
friends is THE Boog, former professional
skater and owner of OHANA, the skate and
surf shop. Boog is quite the guy, we prob-
ably chatted for about an hour over at one
of the other tents. Let’s just say that Boog
and I really saw “EYE 2 EYE” on quite a
lot of things. Go see Boog at Ohana, they
even have a surf camp for kids that starts
in June.
I can’t forget my new friends P, C and B!
All the girls work at UTMB, P is a doctor.
C is an nurse is the O.R. and B is a radiolo-
gist . We were pretty well covered in case
anything happened! We made quite the
foursome, two brunettes and two blondes.
You might have seen me sitting on B’s lap
later that night. See.. I do have girlfriends.
We all headed to YAGA’s and I can’t re-
member having a better time. Oh yeah,
yesterday, the day before, the day before
that! But it was great, I was all smiles and
I think I spoke with half the bar. I even had
to dance with a certain persons ex-husband
and son. Yes, son! The Ex creeped me out
a little bit, he had this intense look on his
face that made you want to turn and run the
other way. I did it for C and no it wasn’t her
ex. Later, they had to leave the back way
so Mr.Intense wouldn’t see them. Good
Times! Everyone had a great time and one
of the guys even fell and maybe broke his
nose! He fell right in front of Galveston’s
finest onto the curb. I’m pretty sure he is
okay! Myself, I took a cab home. If you
ever need a Cab call Nelson at Yellow Cab.
He is #8, 409-457-2324 Call him and you
will definitely get home safe and sound.
I’m going to call him “the Deepak Chopra
of cabbies” as he was very insightful, all in
a 10 min ride!

Can you hear me? No? Crap!
The next morning I woke up with no voice!
I’m not saying alittle hoarse, I was totally
croaking! Everytime I tried to put some
volume behind it, I just squeaked. It was
aweful. It was Mother’s Day and I spent
about three hours at the beach. I was still
valiantly trying to get more color. Of
course my boy was working so I had some
entertainment, too bad I couldn’t talk at
all. I was also supposed to go to a polo
match in Houston with my friend Carol’s
ex-husband Kurt. He sells jaguars at Mo-
mentum Jaguar in Houston and they spon-
sor the polo matches. How can you beat
drinking champagne while watching men
in tight pants ride horse’s around ? I’ll tell
you all their dirty little secrets next time I’m
in town.
Before our flight left, we decided to have
one last lunch at YAGA’s and that is how
this article came into being. I met David and
Rick from this great publication and was re-
galing them with stories of my trip. Next
thing I know, I’m writing for the Galveston
Wizard!!! That is so cool....... I have to tell
y’all that it has only been 6 days since I left
the Island and I am obsessing about com-
ing back. I am being very truthful when I
tell you I feel like one of the empty spots
in my heart was filled up again and I didn’t
know it was empty before! I can’t wait to
come back and tell you more stories of my
escapades as I’m sure you now know they
will be quite numerous. I want you to call
the guys here at the wizard, email them or
stop them in the street and tell them to bring
me home! I hope to see you soon! Love
Hope.....
P.S. Names have been changed and
alias’s used to protect all involved and
myself from getting my butt kicked!!!
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Q: Dear Arrr,
I’ve been dating my boyfriend for
two and a half years and it seems
like we just aren’t on the same level
anymore. I care for him deeply but
not in the way I use to. It’s so hard
to walk away because of our history.
I don’t want to regret any choice
I make. How do I know when it is
time to move on?
Ms. Hesitant
A: Dear Ms. Hesitant,
Look, you need to really ask yourself if
you’re totally and completely happy.
It’s so hard to let go of something so
familiar and safe. It’s like breaking
a habit, literally. Take smoking for
instance, it’s a habit that a lot of
people share, although difficult to
break, you know deep down that it’s
unhealthy. Who are you now? Who
is he? Do you see it going anywhere to
be more than what it is now? Think
with your mind and let your heart
be a guide, but not the main decision
maker. Ultimately, what should
matter the most is what is healthier
and best for you darling.
Arrr
Q: Dear Arrr,
My girlfriend has a best friend that
she always hangs out with of the
opposite sex. He happens to be gay.
I tend to get jealous because they are
always together. If he doesn’t like
girls then I have nothing to worry
about right? So why does it bother
me so much?
Slightly Jealous
A: Dear Slightly Jealous,
Jealousy doesn’t always get triggered
by romantic insecurities. When we
care for others and we see someone
spending more time or doing things
with someone else that we’d like
to do, it’s natural to be somewhat
envious. You just need to talk
privately with her and sort of put
your feelings out there so that you
won’t end up harboring ill will later.
Try to remember what YOU share
together and the times YOU do
things together. Everyone shares a
different bond. You have her heart.
Arrr
Q: Dear Arrr,
I have a fear of approaching the opposite
sex. If I like a girl I won’t talk to her because
I don’t have anything to offer material
wise. Is it possible for a girl to want to date
a guy with no money and no car?
Captain Obvious
A: Dear Captain Obvious,
Sounds to me that you’ve given up on
dating and you’re justifying it with a
stereo type. There are tons of people
out there who date and end up finding
someone special who doesn’t have any
material things to offer. You need to
focus on what you can offer. You can
be the richest man in the world with
all money and all the cars you want
but, if you can’t offer someone your
true self, then what else can you offer
that no one else can? Think about it
doll. Good Luck!
Arrr
Q: Dear Arrr,
My issue is a sensitive one because it
involves a close friend, whom is my room
mate and my brother that just got out of
the service. Not only did he just get out
of the service, but is still married with
two children. My room mate and very
close friend is going through a break up
with another close friend and somehow
managed to find comfort in my brother
while he was visiting. This bothers me.
I feel like I’m being torn by all of this
and that my current friendship with my
room mate will either end or never be
the same. I’m not sure what to say or
do. Help?
Torn
A: Dear Torn,
It does weigh on a person when they
are inserted into a certain hectic
situation involuntarily. Since this
is your brother and close friend,
it makes it a little more stressful
because you have your brother
who you have had a sibling bond
with all your life and you have
a close friend that you can have
that different kind of bond with.
When the two collide, it can leave
you with feelings of being left out.
The fact that you are friends with
your room mate’s Ex brings it to
a whole other level because you
don’t want to take sides. If you’re
apprehensive of confrontation, sit
down, write a letter to both of them
separate and write down all of
your thoughts and feelings. Read
it out loud to yourself when you
are done and then fold it up, stick
in an envelope and give it to each
of them. One way or the other
you need to talk with them. You
can’t go on harboring ill will doll,
it only causes animosity. Sounds
to be a lot more to the story and
you should definitely find the best
way for all of you to get past this,
and soon.
Arrr
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Let Your Light Shine 28 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
Gil Encourages Readers To Seek Activities
It’s been quite a few
years since I have seen a major
softball tournament in Galveston.
Growing up I spent several nights
a week playing in league games and
countless weekend tournaments with
my dad. I remember how awesome it
all was, teams from all over the state
of Texas and some from neighboring
states all decked out in their various
uniforms, the buzz of all the action,
the smell of the goodies at the
concession stand, and the excitement
of playing competitive softball in
my hometown. I can recall each
of these things like they happened
yesterday. Unfortunately those days
are gone. No longer can you drive
out to Airport park any night of the
week and catch a game. The last
time I saw a tournament hosted here
on this beautiful island I was about
19. That was 13 years ago.
So what happened to the
interest of baseball and softball lovers
that reside on the island? I don’t
believe that it is a lack of interest, as
a matter of fact I believe the interest
is higher than ever. On Wednesday
nights there is softball being played
but after years of seeing the parks
lit up 6 nights a week one night is
hardly enough to keep teams playing
here. After speaking to many of
my softball buddies that I used to
play with here I began to see the
problem.
Currently on the island there
are only 1 or 2 fields available for a
softball league to use. The condition
of these fields is something that has
always been a complaint of mine
as well as other infielders and base
runners. The dirt in the infield is not
always well kept and contains lots
of solid gravel that can lacerate skin
and cause balls to take “bad hops”
that can injure players. This coupled
with the inviting shine of Big League
Dreams has left a void in Galveston’s
sports and recreation.
Just a short drive up I45 from
Galveston is Big League Dreams
Sports Park in League City. For
anyone who has ever visualized
themselves playing in the big
leagues or as we sports nuts call it
“the Show” this park is irresistible.
With six fields that are replicas of
major league ball parks, artificial
turf infields, lush outfields, and 2
clubhouses with full bars and huge
flat screen televisions who would not
want to play there? The park draws
league teams 5 to 6 nights a week
with tournaments on the weekends.
With all these amenities and much
more how could any self respecting
softball player not want to step up
to the plate and try to blast one over
Fenway Park’s Green Monster? I
myself play at this park 2 to 3 nights
a week and in various tournaments
throughout the year and I can’t help
but wonder why Galveston with its
plethora of hotels, restaurants, and
tourist attractions hasn’t jumped on
the opportunity to bring tournaments
to the island.
I hope that in the near future
the city of Galveston or a private
investor will see the huge opportunity
here. Perhaps a new softball/ baseball
complex near Moody Gardens would
draw more tournaments and regular
league teams. At the same time
traveling teams and their families
will need hotel rooms, transportation,
food, and something to do when
they are not playing thus generating
business for local merchants, so it is
easy to see how this could help the
local economy and bring back some
fun times for those of us who love
the game.
Besides softball there are
plenty of facilities in Galveston for
those of you who would like to get
involved in a team activity. All thats
needed to start a league of your own
is a place to play and a few of your
friends or coworkers. There are
fitness centers across the island for
those of you who prefer to sweat it
out in a gym, the local YMCA offers
adult sports leagues, and Stewart
beach should be hopping with beach
volley ballers soon. Then there is the
good ole’ beach where a some lines
drawn in the sand, a few good friends,
and a cooler of cold ones can turn
into your own personal super bowl
if no one forgets to bring a football!
Whatever your sport is get out and
do something, create your own off
the wall game, you never know who
might take an interest. If you have
an announcement about an activity,
league, or tournament please let me
know and we will get the word out.
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Aren’t women strange? I know that as a mere male I am not
supposed to understand them. I am convinced that they come from a different
planet. Even their language is different from ours; take just a few phrases like:
“I don’t want to talk about it,” means - I want to talk but you can only listen.
“I’ll call you,” means – if you ever hear from me, it is because I’ve called your
number by mistake.
“Do I look fat in this?” means – if you say yes I’ll kill you.
“I look terrible today” means – convince me I look lovely.
“Oh, Hi, nice to see you again” means – do I know you?
“There is nothing wrong” means – of course there is something wrong you moron,
but you are going to have to suffer for sometime before I tell you.
“I’m not crying, I have something in my eye” means – you bastard! Why did you
do/say that?
“You don’t have to buy me anything for my birthday/Christmas” means – you dare
to forget to buy me the most expensive thing I want and see what happens to your
private parts.
“No I don’t mind you going to that tittie bar with your friends” means – you go out
that door and I will crush your nuts.
“You are the only man in my life,” means – you are the only man here until I check
my messages.
“I have to go home to feed my dog” means – even my dog has more sex appeal
than you.
“Sorry I have to go, my cell phone is running out of minuets,” means – I didn’t
want to talk to you, I answered the phone because I thought it was someone else.
“You don’t have to take me home, I have my car nearby” means – I wouldn’t be
seen dead in public with you.
“I’m not ready for a relationship right now” means – see previous definition
“Sorry but I’m sort of seeing someone” means – see previous definition.
“I like that shirt on you” means – your pants suck
“I like those pants on you” means – your shirt sucks
“I like your shoes” means – your shirt and pants suck
“You would look good in (any colour)” means – your shirt, pants and shoes suck
“You are a really nice guy but I don’t have time for a relationship at the moment”
means – you are the last man on this earth that I would date
“I can’t make our date, my friend/sister really needs my help that same night”
means – someone nicer than you has asked me out the same night.
“Sorry, I didn’t see you over there” means – damn, I was trying to avoid you.
“I’m having trouble with my cell phone” means – see previous definition.
“Sorry I didn’t call, I lost your number” means – I threw it away
“That girl who just came in is really pretty” means – why don’t you talk to her
and leave me alone.
And of course the most used one in the world “I don’t get PMS” – yea right.
Women
By John Bostock
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Seeking Committees and committers. What would we like to see? We’d like to see people working together to make cool things happen. Uniting with all, shar-
ing strengths and possibilities to create something grand! A Galveston Film Fesetival! What do we need? Where are we going? How do we get there? We
need to get people to take ownership...focus on the project itself, get input and move forward. Who, what, where, when, and how can I get involved? Where are
our wizards? We asked for a few cents from some of our island Audio/Video wizards and those seasoned with film festivals. Why? Because we want to organize one.
Boo! We just missed the awesome-looking Houston Palestine Film Festival, judging by an ad in
the Free Press Houston. Check out the Web site at www.hpff.org and imagine the possibilities!
Define the scope of the
Festival. How it will
work, how it will be
judged. Also, having the
right dates, times, and or-
ganization is essential.
-Tim Day
We need to, just a few of us,
get together and decide how
to make it work. I’m cur-
rently working on a Screen-
ing Event at the Strand The-
atre. Tickets are $10, and the
first showing will be July
4th. -Tony Dabney
Having attended the
Sundance Film Festival,
I understand this art-
form unites a multitude
of people. What a great
idea and opportunity for
Galveston.
-Mike Millo
Lights, Camera, Now We Need Action
Who:
Why Not?
Organizing Organizers
(What Wizards we’ve talked to have to say)
One of the main “cool idea for a movie” that
we had was that of a Galveston Island Zombie
Movie. Typical Zombie flare but we can use
our glorious island as the backdrop! (ie, UTMB experiments at the jailhouse,
perhaps throw in a hurricane to boost awareness of hurricane readiness? But
we want to show it in normal weather, too. There’s everything to do and see in
Galveston, so the story possibilities are endless.
Main plot elements could include the diversity of Galveston, with unique situ-
ations forcing people to cross thier comfort zones with others and team up to
survive, bringing forth characteristics and strengths completely before unseen,
within themselves and others. Smashing stereotypes and reinforcing the team-
ing up to figure out what happened on their island will be fun to do. Brilliant
Monologues while holding a shotgun by candlelight...perfect! Bonus Points if
we can talk a few local businessmen or officials into pretend being eaten.
Well for our entry, we’ll need actors, a camera man,
crew, a director...heck, a screenwriter and post produc-
tion people! We’ve got a lot of work to do on our proj-
ect.. What would you do with a Film Festival? Are you interested? Start find-
ing the other pieces...we’re running out of time.
Strand Theatre?
Premiere Cinema?
Grand Opera House?
etc. Theater?
Renovated Martini Theatre?
Where:
How:
What:
Venue options abound.
Who are our players?
09-09-09 Event Kick-Off
When:
What can you do? What do you want to do? You already know what happens when you do nothing.
David, The First Annual Galveston Film Festival seems like a
long time from now but time flies. The first item up for discussion
is a really cool name and as I’ve been speaking to some creative
types, they’ve had some good ideas. One of the good ideas in-
corporated the word Hurricane. I like it. What I like even better
is the positive and exited response to the future event. Most im-
portantly, it is generating interest in the business community here
on the Island and volunteers are already throwing their names
in the tophat (c’mon, we are talking movies here!) to take some
positions of responsibility with organization and services. So if anyone out there is reading this and
wants to contribute in any fashion, please contact us here at the Wizard so we can add your name
to the list. You don’t have to have any experience and if you’ve ever been to a film festival of any
type, we would love your best ideas from the event. There must be some locals out there who have
attended SXSW in Austin or the fabulous Austin Film Festival. Bye for now...
-Linn Fallon
Build a man a fire, and
he’ll be warm for a day.
Light a man on fire and
he’ll burn for life. We’ve
got to get people fired
up, and they can only
fire themselves up.
-Vincent
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Let Your Light Shine 30 G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
Exiled ‘n’ Chaos
I must have an Addiction 2
chaos,
At this moment my spirit feels
corrupted and soul eternally
lost,
I wage warz on a daily basis 2
find the reasons 2 do the right
thing,
for an illegitimate child out
here there are no victors 4
kingz,
My fight goes deeper than the
eye could see,
This battle is over the many
demonz of insecurity,
because they prolong my urge 2
live a life of simplicity,
The Darkside consumes me
from the warmth of the light,
Prayer becomes useless when
ur sinful nature leads u to make
choices that aren’t godlike,
Inside this Exiled state of mine,
Rightousness reveals a veil of
solitary,
A heavy burden to carry,
so selfishness will comfort me
until the day I am buried,
Mentally I break,
I give up the challenge 4 purity,
In the depths of desperation a
serpent serves purpose 2 be a
savior 2 me,
I’ve reached the pinnicole of no
return,
The desire for passions unpar-
alled only leaves a sacred heart
scared & torn,
Reclusive,
My thoughts are persised with
the many rodz of disarray,
Sanity is just a fantasy that helps
me survive one more day,
I wage warz on a daily basis 2
find the reasons 2 do the right
thing,
for an illegitimate child out here
there are no victors 4 kingz,
Addicted 2 Chaos.
Written By:Victor King
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Some deadlines are flexible, others
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for the people to hear? Want to help
others relate to your world, and in
turn help you relate to theirs? Want
to showcase your creativity? Want
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That’s right I’m back. Here to break
down the walls of oppression and lets
face it, closet racism. Well its been
awhile since my last entry and man I
have got to tell you Galveston wake
the hell up. Will all my black bartend-
ers please stand up. No! Alright will
all my black coffee-makers please
stand up. No again. Alright will all my
black cooks, construction, bus boyz
and whatever low-paying job please
stand up. Bingo! Now with that stated
this is just not for African Americans,
no this is for every person that has ap-
plied to jobs surrounding the areas of
let say 1st street and 25th! How many
times have any of us gone to the bar-
tender about a job and the bartender
looks right at you and turned the job
to their friend because you didn’t fit
the bill! MESSAGE!!!! I’m not a bit-
ter Galvestonian. No!!! I am upset like
everyone else, Galvestonians.
I write these articles to stir something
up and to shake and rattle some chains.
Oh here’s one to all my waiters and
waitress. Have you ever busted your
ass so hard, and the managers and you
don’t hang out or flirt or do whatever
before and after work, but do they eye
you for praise? No, instead more less-
than-meaningful-work. Why?!! Survey
says because you just wasn’t quality
enough. bull*%^!!!!! Will all my peo-
ple in the Landry’s corp please stand
up if you want to give your boss the
finger and say “the hell with you I’m
done with school !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”?
Please stand up!!!! All I’m saying, if
you put in the work you should benefit
accordingly, common sense says that.
Well, in my opinion, common sense has
never seen the inside of a Landry’s food
chain!!!! MESSSAGE!! ENOUGH IS
ENOUGH!!!! IF WE ALL MY PEO-
PLE GOING TO EVER MAKE IT
WE HAVE GOT TO WAKE UP AND
SAY I WILL NOT TAKE THAT LESS
THAN MEANINGFUL JOB! I WILL
NOT BE PUSHED AROUND BY MY
BOSS OR MY FELLOW WORKERS!
I WILL NOT BE HARASSED AT
WORK AND AS BARTENDER I WAS
HERE FIRST!!!! Now all I’m saying
is please will somebody - I don’t care
who it is - please stand up!!!!
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