Mailbag - October 2018
Cheers to a beloved neighbor
Thank you for the article about Col. (Ret.) George McDowell and the 5300 block of Yarwell [The Good Neighbor: George McDowell's happy-hour legacy, by Karen Vine Fuller, September 2018]. Karen masterfully captured the essence of our long running happy hour gatherings and creation of a neighborly street. I laughed, and I cried reading the comments that were expertly woven together to recap our story. We have so much fun as neighbors and we most definitely have each other's back. We celebrate, commiserate and stare down hurricanes during our gatherings. I hope it inspires other blocks to do the same. Cheers!
Talking of tracking teens
As a parent myself, I did not track my older son who is now 22. I don't recall having the technology available to me when he was in high school. My younger son is very social, and he drove all over Houston and the suburbs for three years. I used the Life360 [family locator] app for his safety and my sanity. He was in an accident once, and the app helped us to locate him. After he graduated from high school, he and some friends took a road trip to Big Bend and Austin. All of the parents had the app, which made us feel comfortable about the trip.
Not long after the road trip, my son and I came to the decision that he could disable the app. After all, he was 19 and going to college in Virginia soon. It was a great way to begin the letting go process for both of us. He was given the independence that he needed, and I was able to practice trusting that he would be fine without a tracking device.
Cutting the technology tracking cord over the summer was a perfect way to begin the process of trust and independence. Also, after a couple of days of being untethered, I felt liberated not to feel like I "had" to track him. I'm sure he felt the same way. As we have reliance on many technological "toys," we tend to become addicted to them, and once we let it go, the sense of freedom is refreshing.
Galveston dining memories
I discovered your article Galveston Restaurant Memories by Russell Weil [July 2018]. What a great piece, brought back many memories of some wonderful seafood meals in places like Gaido’s. But, I am haunted by a memory I have of another seafood restaurant on Seawall Boulevard, and I can’t remember the name. I may be thinking of early Gaido’s, but what I remember is a place with white and black checkered tile floors, large windows overlooking the Gulf, waiters with white aprons, white tablecloths and outside, an overhang over the sidewalk. I am hoping that you may have knowledge of such a restaurant you did not mention in your article or one that someone may have brought to your attention after you wrote the piece. If you do, I would greatly appreciate your sharing it with me.
Editor’s note: We tried to figure out the mystery restaurant and reached out to our BOI (born-on-the-island) feature writer Andria Frankfort, who thought it might be Hill’s Original Restaurant. It wasn’t. We’re still stumped. If any of you think you might know the answer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making a difference
Thank you, Tracy, for this great article [From Houston to Guatemala, with love, by Tracy L. Barnett, August 2018] on our local Houstonians broadening their horizons and making a difference in the world here and abroad. Brooke, Lorena, Christina and Hayley are great examples of how Houstonians go above and beyond. Truly a city with a heart!
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