Archive: Houstoniana

The Color of Crime

As I wrote shortly after arriving here one month ago, my hotel is in what I like to call the "Bail Bonds District" of Houston, owing to the many businesses of that type around my lodgings. Upon further inspection, it really turns out to be the "Crime & Justice District."...

By Frank Ahrens | May 3, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Knockin' Around H-town

As much as I've worried and been warned about the weather here, I must say that in my nearly one month in Houston (come Tuesday), it's been insufferably hot only about a week's worth of days. Oddly, it's the mornings that feel most suffocating. When I walk out of my...

By Frank Ahrens | May 1, 2006; 12:53 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sun Day in Houston

I thought things were looking poorly when I touched down here on April 4 and the temperature was 87 degrees with the humidity about the same. But then the weather turned downright idyllic, with temps in the 70s and a near-perfect saturation of water molecules in the atmosphere. But Texas...

By Frank Ahrens | April 19, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Business of Language

I'm out at a popular downtown bar around 11 o'clock on Friday night, doing a little work, sitting at a sidewalk table. The city's light rail trains glide by. Right behind me are four men of about my age or a little older. A few are smoking cigars. They are...

By Frank Ahrens | April 15, 2006; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

On the Town, Texas Style

This is a couple of days late, but it's the first time I've had a chance to sit down and type it up: On Wednesday night, my colleague Carrie Johnson and I were out, having some dinner, hashing over the day's testimony from former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling. At...

By Frank Ahrens | April 15, 2006; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Neighborhood Bonding

With much civic pride, Houston has named certain areas of its city and hung appropriate banners about. The downtown skyscraper area is called "The Skyline District." A few blocks over is "The Museum District," for obvious reasons. I'm not saying my hotel is in a bad part of town, but...

By Frank Ahrens | April 8, 2006; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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