This week's Pethouse Pet of the Week riffs on Senator Ted Cruz, McDonald's, Miss America, Burger King, and no Xanadu for now.
Pethouse Pet of the Week
Name: Sophie, as in the Beatles’ “favorite American group … Sophie Tucker.” That was Paul McCartney’s joke to introduce "Till there Was You." You see, Sophie Tucker was a hefty woman and … you know British humor.
Ethnicity: I’m a Terrier mix, and a li’l one at that, only 8 pounds. I’m sort of a loner, meaning I’m a one-pet family girl. I’m great with kids and I’m a whole lotta fun. Get me out of here!
Birthdate: March 13, 2016, so I’ve got a long way to go before I qualify for a reverse mortgage.
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."
Sophie’s just sayin’
Straight arrow Senator Ted Cruz says nope, he didn’t “like” a porn video on Twitter. It was a “staffing issue,” and somebody who has access to his Twitter account did it. Knowing how much Cruz is revolted by porn, we will have to wait to see which staffer gets fired. And if he doesn’t fire a staffer, well … I remember the time my mother caught me involved in a “staffing issue.” I was 14.
On the move
I flew KLM from Houston to Nice, France. KLM has a smart idea. Instead of printing separate boarding passes for each leg of a trip, they put all the flight and seat information on one piece of paper. Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is the best, hippest, most happening airport in the world. Food courts are incredible. If they built condos in the airport, I’d want to move there.
McDonald’s has a legit deal for the NFL season. For one ridiculously low, low price of $12, you can get a Texans Bundle consisting of two Big Macs, 10 chicken McNuggets, two cheeseburgers, and four small fries.
Actual retail value at my neighborhood Arches: $17.57. Also, every time the Texans win, McDonald’s will give you six free McNuggets the next day, no purchase necessary, just for the asking. So if the Texans whip up on Cincinnati tonight (Thursday), Houston will be swimming in free McNuggets all day Friday.
More fast food
I saw a Burger King gimmick in France that needs to come stateside. It’s called Mystery Burger, and for 2 Euros (about $2.40), you’ll get one of their 10 signature sandwiches. It could be a Whopper or Chicken Tendercrisp or Big King. You never know what’s going to be in the plain white box with a question mark on it. The sandwiches are chosen by random, but no matter, you’re getting a bargain. A Whopper goes for about 4 Euros by itself. This is Burger King’s way of getting the public to sample its different sandwiches at a discount. Smart play.
Houston’s third Golden Chick restaurant has opened at 12180 Bissonnet out by Kirkwood, that part of town. Golden Chick is famous for its crunchy chicken strips and yeast rolls.
Olivia Newton-John’s concert, scheduled for September 28 at the Stafford Center, has been canceled to allow Houstonians to focus on drying out from Tropical Storm Harvey. She’ll be back.
Here she comes
Cara Mund was crowned Miss America last weekend. It was the first time Miss North Dakota won the pageant. Even more surprising … they still hold the Miss America contest? I thought they stopped this silly event 10 years ago, and that would have been 50 years too late. Whenever you have women onstage wearing bikinis, and the male host is fully dressed, well, that’s stupid. Here’s everything you need to know about the Miss America “scholarship pageant” (yeah, right):