Pethouse Pet of the Week
Name: Mimi, as in Texas writer Mimi Swartz, Mimi Rogers (who was a one-time Mrs. Tom Cruise), and Mariah Carey's hit album The Emancipation of Mimi.
Birthday: May 1, 2017. I just had my birthday, so you're off the hook for a present for a whole year.
Ethnicity: I'm a little Terrier girl, a total hugger, and a sweetie-pie. When you get me, I'll be groomed, spayed, and checked out nose-to-tail and good to go home. Hurry! Cute pups like me are hot tickets in the shelter.
Oh, and I hear "Laurel."
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, May 18 at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
Mimi's musings: The full lineup of entertainers for the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo won't be announced until January 2019, but we already know the headliner for closing night. And it's a blockbuster.
Legendary country superstar George Strait will perform March 17, 2019. This will be Strait's 30th appearance at the rodeo, where he's already attracted 1.5 million fans. He is the only platinum honoree on the rodeo's Star Trail of Fame. This will be Strait's only concert in Texas in 2019.
The rodeo will run an extra day in 2019, from February 25 to March 17. The final day will be special, with no cowboys, cowgirls, or ridin' and ropin' inside NRG Stadium.
Only George Strait that night. With no rodeo events, Strait will be able to perform a "full-length" concert, not the usual rodeo-shortened performance. Everything else will be up and running that day: the carnival, kiddie land, exhibits, etc. More music, no rodeo. No complaints.
Now, ready for a weird George Strait story? This happened in the late '80s — not sure which year, but that's not important.
George Strake (S-t-r-a-k-e) was chairman on the Texas Republican party at this time. One night, I'm watching the local news and the anchorwoman introduced a story coming out of Austin. Cue the reporter on scene in the state capital:
"And the bill has the support of Republican party leader George Strake, so there's a good chance it will become law," the reporter said. "Back to you."
The anchor (in her defense, she was new to Houston) paused and said, "Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that country singer George Strait is the head of the Republican party in Texas?"
Time stood still. Did I just hear what I thought I just heard? The reporter froze, like a deer in headlights. The anchor sat there, waiting for an answer. After what seemed like forever, the camera switched to the weatherman who started right in with his forecast. Hilarious. Unrelated to this blunder, the anchor was gone a year later.
Worst. Twitter. Describer. Ever.
I got a new Twitter follower — one of the more famous businesses in Houston. Here is how the business describes itself in its little Twitter bio, see if you can identify it.
"We are a four-star restaurant, a date night, a sports bar, a night club, an entertainment venue. We are night life at its finest and most fun in Houston."
Okay, any guesses?
Answer: the Men's Club. I know, they seem to have left out one little fact.
It's a strip club! I really think they should include that. Otherwise the church Mom's Night Out group might be in for a surprise.
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