Archive for June, 2009

In Memory of Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009

IMG_1128I came home from work tonight and went immediately to storage. I knew somewhere I had a stash of Michael Jackson memorabilia saved since I was in elementary school.

Who doesn’t remember the Thriller video at the skating rink? My neighborhood rink was Great Time Skate on Aldine Bender.  The video screen would slide down and everyone would skate to the center to sit and marvel at Michael Jackson. 

At home, my bedroom wall was covered with Michael Jackson pictures torn from Tiger Beat and Bop.  One day in first or second grade, I remember a kid in class was talking about how Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album was so much better than Thriller. When my mom picked me up from school, I told her “Mom, I want Michael Jackson ‘Off the Wall’.” Her reply: “Good, cause he’s off.” She had cleaned my room and taken down all of my prized posters. 

scan0001The ones in these pictures were from the later years of Junior High.  Pay no attention to the girl in the photo… or the cheesy curtains (or the Coke can collection on the windowsill). scan0002 In the picture on the left, Jackson is on  my right.

In the picture on the right, you can see my door-size Michael poster just above my head. Funny story (I think, anyway)… once when my dad was away on a hunting trip, my mom awoke in the middle of the night and thought someone had broken into the house.  She called 911 and a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy came out to our house.  We had burglar bars… and they were still locked… so it wasn’t likely someone was inside; but the deputy offered to look around anyway to make my mom feel better.  Across the living room, he flashed his light inside my bedroom and saw the silhouette of a man.  We saw him sort of jump and do a double take.  He let out a laugh when he realized his beam had landed on my Michael Jackson poster.

scan0004scan0005Michael’s mystique never seemed to wear off.  In 2005 my boyfriend (now husband) and I took a trip to Santa Barbara. I insisted we make a side trip to the Neverland Valley Ranch and the courthouse where Jackson was on trial.  I made a video… but can not for the life of me remember where I put it.

scan0006scan0008I know millions of fans just like me are remembering “Michael” moments tonight. 

Everyone has a story that can one-up your co-workers… as if to say “I liked him more.” Tonight, I enjoyed looking through all my old souveniors to remember an icon who gave my generation the hope to “Heal the World, Make it a Better Place,” glitter socks, parachute pants,  the Moonwalk and Ben.

King of Pop Playing Cards

King of Pop Playing Cards

 

1995 Calendar

1995 Calendar

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Oh… and I really did like him more:)

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Diamonds and Overdrafts
June 24, 2009

Tonight we gave you updates on the status of 2 class action lawsuits we told you about months ago.

If you want to continue to follow the cases and the goings-on in court, just click on the links below.

Diamond Class Action Settlement

Bank of America Overdraft Class Action Suit

Get Some Free Paint
June 24, 2009

gliddenIt’s past the time for Spring Cleaning… but it’s always a good time to spruce up your pad.  And who doesn’t love free stuff?

Starting tomorrow, June 24th at 8am, Glidden paint is giving away one quart of paint just for the asking. You pick the color at Glidden’s website.  Register for your free quart at the same website or by calling 1-800-GLIDDEN.  The free paint offer is good June 25th through July 2, 2009.

New Hotel Fees
June 22, 2009

masthead_bannerGoing on vacation? A recent article in The Wall Street Journal warns you should watch out for hidden fees at hotels.

hiltonReporter Scott McCartney says hotels have added all kinds of fees from mandatory daily valet parking fees to “in-room safe warranty surcharges.” It’s happening all over from the Howard Johnson to Hilton hotels.

Apparently hotels saw how easily we adapted to the extra fees doled out by the airlines… and thought they’d throw in a few too.

Click on the link above to find out how to avoid the fees.

Happy Travels!

Help with your HOA
June 18, 2009

As a wrap to our series on Homeowners Associations this week, we held a phone bank where you could call in and ask questions relating to your rights as a homeowner when it comes to HOA’s.

Thanks so much to the attorneys who volunteered their time to come in and answer calls. They are David Kahne, David McDougald, Richard Tomlinson, Greg Nolder and Mary Beckner.

If you didn’t get a chance to call this afternoon, you can always call David Kahne at (713) 652-3966.

The Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute will also take your calls and emails.  They have  set up a hotline and will begin answering calls Friday, June 19th.  CAI is the HOA advocacy organization we interviewed in our series.  The number to call is (832) 251-1874.  You can send your email to CAI at hoahotline@caihouston.org.

You can also contact Texas Homeowners for HOA Reform.

If you didn’t get to see our stories, you can watch them here:

Local 2 Investigates HOAs I

Local 2 Investigates HOAs II