On my side of town they’ve been beefing up the police presence up ever since the various home owner’s associations took the city and Mayor White to task over the rise in violent crime we been experiencing ever since that fateful day in 2005.
As a property owner and and old man, I am getting to where I can appreciate a more visible police presence and it doesn’t bother me a bit to see an extra squad car sitting in the median, keeping an eye on things.
As I was driving home today and sitting in the stop and go rush hour traffic I see that they’ve taken things up a notch…
Apparently the Houston Police are using their mounted patrols to monitor the traffic and look for things like expired inspection stickers and out of date registrations. Fortunately my car is completely up to date so I had nothing to worry about.
I sure hope photographing cops on horseback isn’t an arrestable offence!
There were anywhere from 4-5 of these guys up and down the street along with several squad cars in the local O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot where busted offenders were being issued citations…and I presume being checked for warrants and so forth.
I know some people will find this behavior an affront to their civil sensibilities, but I say more power to ’em! You see the squad cars all the time watching for the same type of behavior. By utilizing the mounted police the city telegraphs a stronger police presence which will hopefully help as a crime deterrent.
The similarities between the song and the news story are eerie…
So an officer came in a great big cruiser
The aquarium tipped and we started to lose her
Then I saw me a sight that made me shiver
As the truck dove nose first into the river
When I got to shore I was damn near drowned
As I watched that truck floating right out of town
So I sat in jail “˜til the very next day Sir
With the mileage fee just a’tickin’ away Sir
But from all this pain one thing I’ve learned Sir
Well the next time I move I’ll just buy new furniture
I have owned the domain cthulhu.com since 1998 when it inexplicably became available to be registered after being one of the first Internet domains created. I’ve generally had the domain pointed at baldheretic.com or geekradio.com as I’ve been quite lazy about creating any Cthulhu specific content. There’s been the odd thing here and there, but nothing lasting or involved.
What with it being an election year I decided to throw something up and voila! Cthulhu For President now has an official site. I’m still looking for content and direction. I’ve got feelers/tentacles out to my like minded friends so we’ll see what develops. If you know any artists or writers that might want to contribute, send them my way.
Right now the site has been put up on stumbledupon.com so it’s getting a lot of hits and is in the process of going up and down, along with the other sites hosted on the server, so don’t be feel compelled to tell me you can’t reach it if you can’t reach it. I am already aware.
Friday night had all the earmarks of being a good night on the 3700 block of Main. The Suspects were playing their second “reunion” show with The Aqua Velva opening up. And if that wasn’t enough, The Light Rock Express were groovin over at Charlie’s Big Top. Things were just getting “fired” up when the doorman of the Continental Club exclaimed “Holy Sh*t! A flaming car!”
I turned just in time to see a truck driving down Alabama towing a backhoe on a trailer and the trailer was ON FIRE….I thought at first this was some kind of art car event or something.
A handful of us ran around the corner to see what was up and we saw the truck pull up next to a gas station.
Could you imagine being at the pump, just minding your own business filling your tank and a truck load of flaming death just pulls up?
Apparently there was an industrial strength cardboard barrel full of trash on the back of the truck that had managed to ignite. The guys jumped out of the truck and pulled it down to the street where it commenced to roll around.
One of the guys from the truck hopped out and had the wherewithal to climb into the backhoe, fire it up and attempt to tamp out the flames. This resulted in the flaming horror rolling down the street several feet.
The group of men in the truck and the guy in the backhoe all did their part in extinguishing the flames and even got some help from a handful of bewildered homeless guys and had it mostly put out by the time the fire department arrived.
Just another reason why I try to have my camera with me at all times. You just never know what your going to see at any given time. The last two shots here are my favorites and the ones I wanted to show off, but I felt the context was important.