Archive for August, 2010

Scots Win a Thriller, 27-21

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

In the waning days of a hot Texas summer, Highland Park and Everman served up a scorcher at SMU’s Ford Field tonight. In a rock ‘em, sock ‘em back-and-forth battle, the Scots showed incredible character to prevail over one of the state’s highest ranked teams. It was everything you want in a high school football game. Some observations:

1. Jake Howeth is a mega-stud. He literally did it all: passing, running, tackling, and he even served up an incredible 62-yard punt when it was desperately needed.

2. Our defensive secondary played like hosses. Brant Green, Blake Poston, Holt Pearlman and Nick Mouch kept a very speedy set of Everman receivers in check and applied some bodacious hits.

3. Our coaching staff is the hidden ace in every game. They have our players so prepared. At the end of the game, as the Bulldogs had breakdowns, miscues, and loss of focus, the Scots stayed disciplined.

4. Fan support was off the charts. The Blue & Gold Nation PACKED the west side of the stadium, outnumbering the Everman crowd 50-1, and stayed loud and proud the whole game. What a magnificent start to the season! Look for some great video from the You+Dallas team coming this week.

Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    August 27th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I’ve noticed a particular phenomenon in Park Cities, Texas.

FLAGS

It’s like a tattoo, for your house. A symbol that shouts (waves, really) to the world your identity and loyalty to a particular college, state, country or club. It says in no uncertain terms, “This is who lives here and if you don’t like it go fly a kite, ‘cuz we’re waving a flag!”!”

Highland Park High School has it’s own flag of yellow and blue.  Go Scots!

No matter who you are or what you like – there’s a flag for it! Do you have a flag outside your house?  What does your flag say about you? (more…)

Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    August 20th, 2010 at 9:31 am

I’m a big fan of the English Tudor/Manor look.  So, naturally, I was attracted to this charming cottage.  It’s very romantic in a Robin Hood kind of way.

When I look at this window, I fully expect to see Rapunzel sitting there combing her long locks gazing out this little window, waiting for her prince…

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns are called “Parkies”. Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

9-1-1 Emergency!

Posted by    |    August 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Park Cities is called “The Bubble” and sometimes it feels that way.

One of the benefits of living in “The Bubble” is that it can feel like we are in Mayberry – a little slice of 1950s heaven in the middle of a big city.  Park Cities is a small community where everybody knows your name and your business.

Because most new construction has taken the entire lot for the house, folks are forced out to their front yards.  This is actually a good thing, because instead of hiding out in a fenced in yard, it encourages neighborly behavior.  Out front, you got nowhere to hide and everybody walking by stops to say “Hi!” and visit.

I am fortunate to live on a fantastic block where almost every house has kids under the age of 10, so there is always a gaggle of kids running up and down the street playing ball or riding their bikes. (more…)

Parkie Pic of the Week

Posted by    |    August 13th, 2010 at 10:31 am

Just look at this incredible home I discovered on Crescent Street in Highland Park, Texas.  It looks like a Southern Castle where a modern day Scarlet O’Hara would live. Except instead of wearing hoop-skirts, she’d be in Oscar de la Renta and Christian Louboutin stilettos. I mean, have you ever seen a castle with a wrap-around porch? Divine. And you can tell there’s a basement because of all the half windows on the bottom of the house. Who has a basement in Texas?!

Nouveau riche to the gaudy extreme – and I LOVE IT.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns are called “Parkies”. Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on either  photo to enlarge it and enjoy its grandeur in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

You’re Not Welcome Here, Rocky

Posted by    |    August 4th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Or, Park Cities? It’s a Jungle Out There! Part Two.

I like animals, I do.  I have two cats, a dog and a Japanese goldfish pond in my back yard that has had 17 fish. But this summer, my love for furry little animals has been seriously tested by raccoons that party at my house pretty much every night, wreaking havoc on my patio and killing my fish.

Raccoons look like bandits and, not coincidentally, they’re huge kleptos. Smart and dexterous too.  We used to keep our cat food container in the fireplace behind the screen, but those little guys would knock the screen down and get the food. We stopped keeping it there months ago but they still knock down the screen looking for it.  Raccoon experts (OK, Wikipedia) say that raccoons can remember solutions to tasks (e.g. stealing cat food) for up to three years.  I say there is no reason for a raccoon to live that long. (more…)