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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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A Few Takeaways From My Recent Bayou City Road Trip

Posted 06-18-2023 at 09:58 PM by case44
Updated 06-18-2023 at 10:14 PM by case44

Here are just a few things gleaned from doing some obligatory sightseeing around the Houston/Galveston area this past week:

QuikTrip is slowly adding new stations in Houston proper. Online, I saw a little ditty about possibly getting some property near the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45) near the South Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8). What is visible now is a sign with construction actually taking place of a new QT on the North Freeway (I-45) and Richey Road. I drove around various areas in Houston during my time there, and so far, other than the ones that previously opened, that north location was the only one I saw going up. Like I said, slowly. In other words, not aggressively.

Gringo's Mexican Cantina is building a new location in Conroe. It's going in on I-45 on that town's north side.

Two Houston newscast anchors are retiring. Both are from KRIV-TV (Channel 26, Fox). Longtime sports director and head Twitter scooper Mark Berman did his last sportscast last week. In the coming week, news anchor Jose Grinan will be doing his last newscast. The old guard continues to disappear from local news in many markets.

That danged Gulf Freeway is always under reconstruction. Ever since I've known it, there's always been a piece of it that's being rebuilt. Evidently, what's happening now is, the road is being widened to eight mainlanes between League City and Texas City.

My radio experienced one radical change: KEYH-AM (850) is no longer programming Spanish. No, this change is pretty big. They're now programming a classic hits format from the '70s through the 2000s. That's not all. Longtime Houston deejay Moby has resurfaced in the market (after the last decade spent in Atlanta) to do a four-day-a-week show at 6 p.m., scheduled for Monday through Thursday. I thought that rascal was semi-retired.

While North Texas was getting hit with every size of hail imaginable, the Gulf Coast region was enjoying sunny and hot weather, with a twinge of haze.

George Bush/Houston Intercontinental Airport had experienced an air-conditioning outage during the first part of last week in a few of their terminals.

Interstate 69 has about sixteen new freeway miles to eventually be added to it once the assessment by transportation officials is completed on two separate segments, one northeast of town, and another to the southwest. It's only a matter of time before we all begin seeing those blue shields by the roadside. I just can't wait until they start on the segment through Wharton.

My Houston Astros contributed greatly to my personal Minute Maid Park winning streak, which now sits at two. The Astros lost both of the games I attended in 2018 after some six or seven consecutive years of winning contests with me in the stands. I just made my first visit to Minute Maid in four years, and a new ticketing system is now in place. So, too, is a new winning streak, as Houston won last Tuesday over the Washington Nationals, 6-1. I've adjusted nicely.

Finally, outside of Houston, I-45 in Fairfield, TX, is seeing total reconfiguring of an existing set of interchanges in the town. And get this: They are adding an interchange on the south end. Church Street will now be included on the exit list for the interstate, and the new configuration will consist of three exit ramps in each direction......................but only two entrance ramps overall???

As usual, Ol' Case got him some good food, and the most memorable thing was the biggest biscuit he'd ever seen. Really. Happened in Meadows Place, but you'll find it at all area Kelley's Country Cookin' locations. I dare any reader to order a full classic breakfast with the one big biscuit. I dare you................to finish the entire biscuit.

And, for the record, your writer didn't.
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    Have become very familiar with Greater Houston this year (long story). Drivers are better than the popular perception in my opinion, and the tollways have better traffic than the freeways, but I guess the latter isn’t really a surprise.

    I went when it was cold/cool, and it lived up to the Gulf Coast winter/early spring reputation the four times I went there (stormy/windy/erratic). The exception was the last full day of the fourth trip in late April, when the weather was close to perfect. They probably could have had the roof open at Minute Maid Park that night. Not sure if the Astros were playing at home, though.
    Posted 06-19-2023 at 12:22 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline

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