Friday, January 9, 2009

Fighting The Man

I don't consider myself to be very political or an involved member of my community. Maybe because I am ignorant at 32 years of age of exactly how involved and emotionally taxing it is to "fight The Man".
I am the point person for gathering petition signatures for 384 households in my neighborhood, Castlewood. Quite the daunting task, but with the help of some brave souls in my 'hood, we are slowly getting this done.
The petition is to close off the side-street exits off FM 2499 that would allow traffic to flow through our subdivision if left open. The road is slated to be completed in two years. A few years later, TXDot is estimating that the traffic will be 35,000+ vehicles per day. The intersection of 2499 and 407 sees over 40,000 vpd. That's a lot of cars! And you want to drive through my streets? I don't think so.
Last night, myself and another resident held an information town hall meeting to disseminate facts, not fiction about the road and gate closure. This was strictly informational and not to decide if this would be closed off since that really isn't our decision. It was pretty well attended, despite the BCS game was on. There were definitely a handful of people opposed, a few who wanted more information and the rest in support.
One thing really chapped my chops. One resident, who is also a board member, was in attendance. He is opposed to the closure and the way he "voiced" his opinion was by bringing in his own petition to have folks sign who were against it. So, thanks for using our informational forum to pimp your own cause. If you want to set up your own "We don't care if 35,000 cars come through our neighborhood and mow down our kids, pets and spouses" meeting, feel free to do so. It's like bringing samples and order forms of Girl Scout cookies to a Weight Watchers meeting. You are sabotaging the efforts of several people who have worked very hard for the past two months at this. It's time to put on my big girl panties and get to work. I have a bunch of houses to visit tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Good Deed of the Day

I wish I could say that it was my good deed being reported, but I am happy to say that a complete stranger helped me today!
This weekend, my husband handwashed our cars. There aren't too many things better than your husband selflessly serving you! He even aired my back right tire because it was low. Weird, because I just filled them up last month. We concluded there must be a slow leak.
Today, I had a lunch meeting at Patrizio's at The Shops. When I came out, there was a white piece of paper on my windshield. Great...what did I do?! The above note is what I found. How wonderful! And, yes, it was a slow leak caused by a nail. So, thank you, oh Note Leaver of the Slow Leak. I will do an extra random act of kindness in your honor.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Change For The Better

For the past two months, our living room ceiling fan has had three light bulbs working. That, for those of you who don't know, means that one of our bulbs has been burnt out for the past two months. My husband, David, has put off putting in a new one because of a few reasons. The ceiling in our living room is a two-story height so it's not something you just bring a step ladder for. We are very impressed that these regular old bulbs have never been changed out in over four years. We were certain that it was time for these to burn out. David got out our enormous ladder and started to change the bulbs out to the compact fluorescent bulbs. When he turned the switch off and changed the burnt out bulb, wouldn't you know that another bulb went out? What great timing! So, we now have four new bulbs in our living room. The walls look a bit orange and the light looks a bit blueish but at least they all match and we are saving a bit of money at the same time!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe I have to start writing 2009! Where has the year gone?! I hope this year finds you happy, healthy and blessed. Should you or anyone you know need fantastic real estate service, I look forward to the opportunity to provide outstanding service this year and beyond!