Leading Off (8/8/08)

1. Horrific scene this morning as a bus driving Vietnamese passengers on a mission trip from Houston to Missouri crashed in Sherman, killing 13 and injuring at least 40.

2. Love the way City Manager Mary Suhm handled this. First, she says, wow, times are so tough, we may have to raise property taxes and cut major services to make up a $50 million budget shortfall for the city. Now, she’s a genius because the budget proposal contained no major tax increases or cuts in services. It’s the expectations game. Like when you tell your spouse, “I’m only having 10 beers and I’ll be home by midnight.” Then, when you show up at 9 p.m. after six glasses of wine, you’re like a god. Well played.

3. Another day, two more folks with North Texas ties win reality show contests: Joshua Allen of Fort Worth on So You Think You Can Dance, and Eliza Iliza Schlesinger [DMN has corrected] (who went to Greenhill School) won Last Comic Standing. Now they can look forward to a life of being accosted by D employees during mid-week happy hours.


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14 responses to “Leading Off (8/8/08)”

  1. canne says:

    does “coming” = comic? or is “Last Coming Standing” a new show?

  2. JS says:

    Mary Suhm must be a Star Trek fan. She at least knows how to apply the Scotty factor.

  3. canne says:

    I think her name is Iliza – not Eliza…

  4. Eric Celeste says:

    canne: fixed. my personal copy beech, tim rogers, is outta town. also, that’s from the DMN story, so GET OFF MY CASE, IT’S FRIDAY! [compose myself] Sorry. I mean, thanks for being a loyal reader. You’re comments are appreciated.

  5. canne says:

    the DMN editors must be on summer break.

  6. JS says:

    “You’re” comments are appreciated. Now your just yankin hour chain.

  7. SB says:

    “Like when you tell your spouse, “I’m only having 10 beers and I’ll be home by midnight.” Then, when you show up at 9 p.m. after six glasses of wine, you’re like a god. Well played.”

    Best. Analogy. Ever.

  8. Don in Austin says:

    Never mind that 6 glasses of wine is an alcohol equivalent to 12 beers…or 18 Coors.

  9. mm says:

    Only if you’re drinking 12 oz glasses of wine… The following are equivalent, in general:

    * A 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
    * A 5-ounce glass of wine
    * A drink of one and 1/2 ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink)

  10. Ross Garner says:

    The Last Comic Standing’s name is Iliza, not Eliza.

  11. Not Me says:

    I love it that so much time around here is spent on criticizing the DMN for its mistakes (and there are plenty to choose from) but Celeste can’t spell Iliza’s name correctly. Isn’t checking the spelling of a subject’s name one of the first things taught in JOUR 101?

  12. Yes, You says:

    “Eliza” came from the DMN story. Perhaps Reading Comprehension 101 would be a good choice for you.

  13. Bob says:

    Usual city of Dallas ploy. No tax increase but soon we’ll be paying more in garbage, trash, and water fees.

    We’re nearing the time when we’ll be paying in fees than in taxes!

    Hidden tax increases.

  14. Canne, I saw how much Eric drank at Al’s last evening. Rest assured, he has a decent excuse. (And by the way, for those math majors out there, half a Jack Daniels on the rocks at Al’s, which Jesse or Danny will pour for you after three full ones, is the best bargain in town, and equals a beer and a half at least.)