Wall Street may be on life support, but business/financial types in Dallas are upbeat and out there hustling for new deals. That was the takeaway from D CEO magazine’s 3Q Happy Hour last night at Bentley Dallas, where more than 250 movers and shakers gathered–on a Monday night, yet–to celebrate the mag’s newsmakers like Carol Reed. (The GOP-leaning political strategist, by the way, was sounding decidedly sour on Sarah Palin.) Noteworthy among the big crowd–many were members of the Dallas Dealmakers group–were W.B. McDonald of M7, a commercial real estate brokerage (shown at left in this Marty Perlman photo, with Jasmine Bouyer of Richards Partners); commercial real estate whiz Susan Arledge; David Houston of Western Reserve, a Dallas hedge fund; and Mary A. Burnham of Prodigy Oil & Gas. Houston–who’s no relation, by the way, to the great C&W singer with the same name–was heard blaming much of Wall Street’s woes on unfairly applied accounting rules. Then everybody had another Stella.