SUNDAY IN THE PARK
November 28, 2010
It's a bit on the chilly side this morning, here in our Dallas park. In fact it's 43 degrees. Our friends, Victor and Judy Damiani spent a week with us which culminated with the Thanksgiving feast. There are about eight of us boys who have been close friends for more than fifty years. Victor is one of them. - Bill Cherry
WALGREEN'S SPOKESPERSON. There is an interesting radio commercial that is running these days. Chef Paul Prudhomme once weighed more than 400 pounds, lost enough to bring his weight to about 350 pounds. Although he still must walk with a cane, Walgreen's has him proclaiming the health benefits of the vitamin regime their pharmacist put him on.
SIGN OF THE TIMES. One of my lifelong friends is a successful commercial real estate broker. He has been for more than 30 years. He said the other day that 2010 is the only year he has not made a profit throughout all of those years.
S'NAILS. The clever name of a new nail salon that opened near the Kroger's store on the corner of Northwest Highway and Plano Road.
DENNIS MILLER. "I would call the French scumbags, but that, of course, would be a disservice to bags filled with scum."
SLOPPY SPEECH. The AM radio airways seem to be becoming overwhelmed by local financial planners who purchase a half-hour of time, primarily on the weekends, and then attempt to talk folksy to gain trust. I don't suppose that is such a bad idea, but I do wish they would make every effort to properly pronounce their words. "Seben" is not the way to pronounce "seven." "Nooze" is not the way to say "news." And you "ask" someone something, you don't "ax" them. And gor the record, it's "bedroom," not "bet room." And so on.
UNIVERSITY TENURE. This is a perk that is selectively granted to professors that has run its course with me. The idea gives them all but total immunity to express and pontificate whatever they want before their classes and to the public. What private colleges and universities offer professors is up to the trustees. However, taxpayer supported colleges and universities should be able to hold professors accountable, firing them if they are not acting in the best interest of the taxpayers.
TONY'S. When 5 years ago we moved to Dallas, I randomly picked to have lunch in a teeny storefront Italian restaurant named Tony's. There were only a handful of people eating, and it appeared that Tony was the cook and his wife was the waitress. Five years later, Tony's, while still in its original location, has grown in size and in scope of diners. Oft times at dinner time, there will be multiple couples and families outside standing in line waiting for a table. The food is excellent and the cost is minimal. Tony's is near the corner of East Northwest Highway and Ferndale.
FIRST CAR. I've been thinking about my first car. It was a 1948 Willys Jeepster, a sporty car that was built on the frame of a Jeep station wagon and used the standard 4-cylinder Jeep engine. With the help of my dad and mom, the car was bought from a used car lot for $295. It was Good Friday, 1955. I was 14, and had just gotten my driver's license. Texas allowed kids to become fully licensed back then if their application was approved by the county judge.
The Willys Jeepster was only built for two years. Less than 20,000 were sold. My dad and mom secretly marveled at my choice of the Jeepster because Galveston, our town of about 60,000, could easily and unconsciously monitor my behavior and whereabouts for them.
First cars were fun back then because there was nothing particularly complicated about them, so boys and their dads could repair them on a Saturday morning. That's a growing up option that's no longer available to most sons and their dads, caused by the complicated stuff that's now in overly crowded engine compartments.
See you next Sunday!
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS
DALLAS - PARK CITIES