The weather this past week did not suck. Our visitors from colder climes now know one of our great secrets. Winter! It seems at first glance that the city and the NBA put on a safe and prosperous all-star event. I saw evidence of community service efforts by day and many VIP events at night, perhaps explaining the TNT half-time hangover. The city of Houston chamber estimated an influx of 50,000 people and at least $60m spent. The Galleria had to be shut down due to over capacity Friday in spite of the 6 mph traffic games. (Note to TXDOT: Who decided to close the Westheimer exit off 610 Loop South Friday?)
So, overall, the city gets a lot of good press and revenue. The restauranteurs will need some days off to recover from the back-to-back Valentines to Ballentines turnover. Judging by the police presence, there was plenty of scoring and penalties charged after hours. I'd like to see what that cost adds up to.
It was a nice TV event, but not too much in it for the population at large. Certainly nothing to remember for decades. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Rockets back-to-back championship runs. That we can all agree on.
Actually, that only happens in your head after 275 entries pass by on Allen Parkway. For the 24th year, and first in conjunction with a world's museum convention. Keep it free, and support the Orange Show Foundation!
Our dear Lindsey turns twenty-one today and will celebrate the milestone far from home. She begins her semester abroad to study French language, architecture, culture and cinema today in the Riviera. While at Texas, not only did she achieve academically, but made an impact as an intern for the Texas Civil Rights Project where she championed research into prisoner's medical care rights. This young woman has touched us all with her gifts, and we wish her further success in the world forum. We are extremely blessed to have two such extraordinary daughters. Love, Dad