Archive for November, 2007

Recycling this Season and Throughout the Year
November 25, 2007

Ok, call me a “tree-hugger”…. I am a huge supporter of recycling and practice it daily in my own life. The holiday season has arrived and I was thinking about all of the gift boxes, wrapping paper, upgrade in electronics, Christmas trees and the TON of junk mail such as magazines that we collect during the holidays. But, instead of just tossing them out, I challenge you to make a New Year effort to drop off your recycable material to one of the 2 following locations:
City of Houston Near Highway 59 and Fountainview
How To Get There:
From Highway 59, take the Fountainview exit from north or south. Go one block west to Westpark. It is the large, metal building to your left, turn left and enter from Westpark.
Hours:
Monday to Saturday – 8 am until 6 pm.
What They Take:
Motor Oil and Filters , Telephone Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Glass, Steel Cans, Aluminum
B.O.P.A. cardboard
Currently, more than 6,000 citizens per month bring their recyclables to the center. These items are then sold to private companies for recycling, with the revenues from the sale being deposited into the city’s general fund. However, Houston has a population of approximately 5.5 million people which makes that 6,000 number look very small. Now, I have a feeling that more than 6,000 of you will be near the Galleria this holiday season. I’m the traffic reporter, so I will be able to prove it. 🙂
Look, the Westpark Recycling Facility is extremely close and you dont even have to exit your vehicle! It’s a “drive-thru” center. So, no excuses.
City Of Houston At Ellington Field
How To Get There:
From Highway 3 and Beltway 8, go south to Brantly (second light). Turn left on Brantly. Curve around to your left and look for the green cans in a parking lot.
Hours:
First and Third Saturday – 9 am until 1 pm
What They Take:
Telephone Books, Newspaper, Glass (Clear and Colored), Magazines, Aluminum
If you have any recycling ideas that you would like to share with me, feel free to email me.

Save Fuel and Time!
November 20, 2007

I was at my hair salon, Michaellyndon’s the other day, which is the perfect venue to catch up on a brief magazine read. It’s about the only time I have these days to browse through the fashion section or the editorials. Of course, I selected the Oprah Magazine and one article in particular caught my attention. It was short, sweet, informative and I immediately thought – “I need to place this on my blog so that others can be reminded as well.” Here is part of that article:

Taking a left hand turn on a busy two-way street can be maddening time suck. Minutes tick by as you sit, idling, with your blinker on. UPS drivers avoid this by taking right turns whenever possible. The company has developed a software program that maps out delivery routes using a majority of right turns – a move that last year helped save the company about 3 million gallons of fuel and shaved more than 28 million miles off their routes. UPS employees now use this trick on their off-hours and swear that it can trim at least a minute from each errand – and five errands an hour means five to ten minutes’ worth of saved time….

Now, I have purposely made right turns before using common sense and prompted by the clock telling me that I am 5 minutes late to something. The bottom line though, is that this article pointed out huge numbers of fuel and time that we could all collectively save. It was a great reminder for something so simple that many of us forget about!

So, back to my story – I kept the tip in mind, last Friday and it didnt take long before I was in a situation where I thought about the RIGHT HAND TURN article. I was on my way to meet friends for lunch at Vincent’s. Well, there is this popular light at W Gray. One car at the front wants to make a left turn and cars that are lined up behind him want to keep straight. Everyone starts jetting around the guy and that in turn slows the right lane down. Of course, this scenario happens on hundreds of streets around Houston, everyday.

Long story short, I made my right turn, kept the traffic flowing and did not have to sit through 3 more lights before, I myself could turn. I was happy to be part of the traffic solution.

George Lopez
November 19, 2007

I absolutely LOVE comedy! I went to see the very talented George Lopez perform in Beaumont and it was definitely worth the short drive. Not only did I enjoy the show, but I had the opportunity to meet him backstage.

Oh yeah…back to the drive – It was a straight shot, but I must say that it was extremely dark driving through Baytown, the Highlands and Winnie. The weather was great on the drive out to Beaumont, but it was a total downpour at 1:00 AM on the way back to Houston.

If you missed the hilarious G Lo – no worries. He is scheduled to return to Houston in mid February. We’ll see you soon George!

Pictures – Strides Against Breast Cancer
November 4, 2007

Photos thanks to: Shelly Porsch Chetty

Jennifer Walker is the community manager of The American Cancer Society for the Gulf Coast Region who invited me to emcee their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. It was held on Saturday, October 20th at Sam Houston Park, downtown. I rolled out of bed at 7am and arrived around 8am. They had about 3,000 people show up to walk the 5K, donating money for the great cause. I was impressed by the attitude of the survivors and of a surprise guest who made an appearance….a 90 year old breast cancer survivor!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan O’Donnell, of KSBJ Radio, who is a riot. She’s a stand-up comedian which made hosting the event that much more fun! You can read more about her by heading to this link – http://www.sodonnell.com/HTML/ministry.htm

In The Community: United Way Campaign and Jacobs Engineering
November 1, 2007

I was invited by Jacobs Engineering to come out and judge their chili cook off. If there is food – I am there!

Jacobs, for years now, has paired up with the United Way to raise money, annually, for a great cause. So, on October 16th, I joined in on the fun. NFL Players and a few of the Texan Cheerleaders also made an appearance.

Needless to say, Jacobs surpassed their fundraising goal this year. Way to go guys!