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Pet of the week Coco singles out Serena Williams and a rare rockstar performance

Pet of the week singles out Serena Williams and rare rockstar show

Pet of the Week - Coco Pomeranian
Meet Coco, a super-laid-back Pisces.  Photo courtesy of Citizens for Animal Protection

Name: Coco, as in fashion designer Coco Channel, tennis star Coco Vandeweghe, and baseball speedster Coco Crisp (which should be the name of a cereal).

Birthday: March 9, 2012. I'm a Pisces, which means I'm totally awesome and better than the other dogs in this shelter.

Ethnicity: I'm a happy Pomeranian fellow and a real man about town, or at least the shelter. I get along with children and other animals. I'm not saying that children are animals ... well, let me stop there. I'm a tad older, but in the prime of life and us li'l guys live long, long lives.

Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."

Coco's chatter: Here's where Serena Williams was right: Absolutely there is a double standard of what male and female players can get away with on the court. Male players, especially the big stars, can swear a blue storm and not get penalized. Serena, and there's no bigger star than Serena, was penalized for using the word "thief."

Here's where Serena was wrong: She repeatedly said, "I don't cheat" and demanded an apology from the chair umpire. But her coach admitted that he was giving hand signals from the stands, and the TV announcers said Serena was looking straight at him.

Patrick Mouratoglou has been Serena's coach for several years. If Serena didn't look to him for coaching, why was the coach coaching? You'd think he would have stopped years ago if Serene didn't look toward him. Mouratoglou coach claimed that everybody does it, so why pick on Serena? There's a big difference between "I don't cheat" and "everybody does it." Anyway, players do get penalized for coaching and misbehaving, even champions like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. So it wasn't that unusual for the umpire to penalize Serena.

Long cool Graham Nash
Pop legend Graham Nash will perform a rare solo concert September 20 at the intimate Dosey Doe dinner hall in The Woodlands. Nash has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame two times, as a founding member of the British Invasion band the Hollies and later the supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash.

His groups' songs could pack a greatest hits jukebox: "Bus Stop," "Long Cool Woman," "On a Carousel," "Carrie-Anne," "Look through Any Window" and more with the Hollies, plus "Teach Your Children," "Woodstock," "Ohio," "Southern Cross, " Helplessly Hoping," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and more with Crosby, Stills and Nash. The hits just keep on comin'.

If you've never been to the Dosey Doe, you're in for a memorable music experience. The venue originally was a 165-year-old tobacco barn in Kentucky, broken down beam-by-beam, and reconstructed along I-45 in The Woodlands. The acoustics are so remarkable, you can hear a guitar pick hit the floor, that guests are asked not to talk during shows. (Thank you.)

The building holds only 400 guests, so this is as close as you may get to having Graham Nash perform in your living room. Admission includes a three-course dinner. May I suggest the "ginormous chicken-fried steak?" 


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