Archive for October, 2008

Mayor’s Traffic Luncheon
October 16, 2008

It’s important to me to stay current and to be involved when it comes to traffic and news. Tuesday, October 14th, Houston Mayor, Bill White held a working lunch regarding Hurricane Ike related traffic issues. I left the office early and headed over to the George R. Brown Convention Center to meet everyone.

The point of  the meeting was to discuss what could have gone better…what improvements could be made to make Houston more prepared for the next big storm.

Here are some pictures from the day’s event. 

Group Photo

Group Photo

  
Press Secretary, Pat Trahan and Jen

Press Secretary, Pat Trahan and Jen

Luncheon

Luncheon

Public Works Director, Michael Marcotte and Jen

Public Works Director, Michael Marcotte and Jen

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Why are we seeing MORE traffic?
October 15, 2008

VIEWER MAIL:

I travel in on the gulf freeway.  My drive has doubled since Ike.  I am hearing the same thing from everyone at the office no matter which direction we are coming from.  Do you know why that is?

First of all, I want to thank this viewer and others for writing in. Great question;plus, it let’s me know what you all are having to deal with and what you are thinking. This is a question that has been brought up quite a few times since Ike. As a matter of fact, I attended a luncheon with Mayor Bill White yesterday and this exact question was discussed.

My best guess:

* We still have people displaced from the coast who are now residing in Houston or close to our area

* We have extra workers in the area and out on the roads traveling to different parts of town (i.e. roofers, electricians) A lack of day care facilities near the coast also impacted families. They may have to drive their children into town where they have family members or a temporary day care set up…which places more people on the roads.  

* Remember, it only takes a few people on the roads who are unfamiliar with traveling in town….to slow things down and backup the freeways.

* This was another explanation offered by a member who attended the meeting, “Thousands of street lights were out of service for days and people got used to having to take the highways.”

2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars
October 13, 2008

The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars was held at the Toyota Center, Friday, October 10th. Anthony, Owen and I had a great time watching our athletes put on such a fun-filled show! The pressure was off…the athletes were on…and the crowd was pumped up. The event featured All Around gold medalist Nastia Liukin and Balance Beam gold medalist Shawn Johnson, and 2004’s All Around gold medal winner, Paul Hamm. Houstonians, Raj Bhavsar and Jonathon Horton, also performed. 
Jonathon Horton, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson
Jonathon Horton, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson

 

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson

We all agreed that the ladies’ attire was lacking material and definitely looked more “grown up” with a splash from the 80’s. Overall they were graceful in style, while the guys had more of an edgy feel to their performance. It was a great mix!

The Show

The Show

Owen and I were basically running around like the paparazzi because we both love to document life’s moments via the lens. At first, we were up-close, taking snap shots of the gymnasts. However, when Shawn Johnson came down to the floor to sign a few autographs, we almost got ran over by hoards of adoring fans. Anyway, Owen beat me photographically by taking 738 more pictures that I did. He recently got a new camera…that should explain it. As for Yanez and I…well we were laughing every other 4 minutes; either about Owen acting crazy… or at one of Jen’s “throw Yanez under the bus” lines (an ongoing joke we say on-air) or…some random antic. Take for example, when we all walked to the ladies bathroom to see if Laura Wilkinson, renowned diver, had walked that way. Sure enough as she walked out, we caught her attention and chatted a little.
Anthony, Jen and Owen

Anthony, Jen and Owen

It seems you need to be VERY flexible

It seems you need to be VERY flexible

Owen and I taking pictures of one another...taking pictures

Owen taking a picture of me

KPRC Local 2 viewers who won the "meet and greet"

KPRC Local 2 viewers who won the "Meet and Greet" contest

 

More community involvement
October 7, 2008

For the 2nd year in a row, Jacob’s Engineering (http://www.jacobs.com) invited me to participate in their annual United Way Main Event (http://www.unitedwayhouston.org), which kicked off Jacob’s fundraising campaign. They raised about $700,000 last year (mainly from employee contributions) and this year their goal is $800,000!    

State Rep Jim Murphy, JP, Jen and T Wayne

State Rep Jim Murphy, JP, Jen and T Wayne

Misty with United Way and Jen

Misty with United Way and Jen

T Wayne, TX House Representative Dwayne Bohac, NFL Hall of Famer Tom Mack, TX State Rep Jim Murphy

T Wayne, TX House Rep Dwayne Bohac, Mike Jackson, TX State Rep Jim Murphy

The Dow…Down, Down, Down
October 6, 2008

Monday @ 5:41pm

I rarely get headaches, but today was one of those days.

It all began last week when banks started to go under, the government bail-out plans were being voted on and when panic set in for investors.  Like many of you, I held my breath for a huge tidal wave of fear and volatility on Wall Street. I expected the jolt, being a finance major, but there comes a point when the jolt feels like a straight plunge. Last week thousands of frantic investors drove down the prices of some very stable companies. Today, as many of you now know, the Dow Jones Industrials had their largest one-day drop and needless to say…all I could do was watch the red arrow.

So, I’m hoping that if you are in the market, you know what you are doing and how to protect your assets. If you aren’t in the market, be glad you didnt have to ride the roller coaster this time around.

I wish CEO’s weren’t so greedy…Lehman Brothers and many others. I wish that consumers were smarter by choosing not to pay inflated prices on any/all goods/homes/assets. Wishful thinking is a logical fallacy though, so it’s time to look at the evidence and make wise decisions.

Thank you
October 4, 2008

We had tons of viewers that appreciated KPRC Local 2’s coverage of Hurricane Ike. We want to thank all of you for your emails and concern. We wish you and your family the very best in your recovery.

 

 Thanks Liberty Belles…for taking the time to show your support!