Monday, April 14, 2008

Houston Has a New Park!!

Discovery Green - Houston's Newest City Park

I am well aware of the fact that for citizens of most other cities around the world having a new park may seem a not-so-newsworthy item to report except that for our fair city, a new park is most certainly a welcome change and a badly needed upgrade. Houston's largest park is Memorial Park, which happens to be larger than NYC's Central Park. However, yesterday was the opening day for "Discovery Green", a small (13 acre) park right in the heart of downtown Houston and across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Finally, downtown residents can have a place to hang out and relax and enjoy some green space. Hundreds of people turned out yesterday for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 noon attended to by his Honor, the Mayor, Bill White.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Vacation - Tucson, Arizona

Finally --- some time away from the "rock pile" ( also known as my office). I managed a few days in Tucson, Arizona to visit a friend and take time to do some sightseeing in the area. February - March is probably the best time to visit Arizona as the daily temperatures are pleasant: not too hot (in the summer the temperatures are positively Middle Eastern in nature exceeding 100 deg F) and not too cold.

I visited the Biosphere 2 facility north of Tucson (an environmentalist's delight) and also toured Tombstone (where the gunfight at the OK Corral took place) and enjoyed walking along Allen Street (where the OK Corral is actually located) and looking at the old recreated parts of that famous western town. I also visited the Pima Air and Space Museum east of Tucson.