Archive for February, 2011

5 minutes. 20 slides. What would you have to say?

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 10:19 am

Five minutes, 20 slides. What would you say? 

Last night at Ignite Dallas, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities took the stage to answer this challenge.

They describe their event this way, “Ignite is fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Presentations are a mix of serious vs. fun presentations, and are often about geeky activities…”

Curious onlookers gathered at the Granada Theater to hear a random presentation of ideas and philosophies from seasoned professionals to virgin speakers.


Are you patriotic? Here’s how you can show it.

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2011 at 9:42 am

Did you know that every day, more than 100 soldiers pass through DFW Airport on their way home for two weeks of well-deserved rest and recuperation (R&R).  The R&R Program was created to meet and greet the troops returning home from battle and to encourage and support our deployed military.  One flight of returning soldiers lands at DFW every day and the warm welcome provided by volunteer greeters begins the troops’ visit on a high note. A small portion meets their families here but the majority will catch connecting flights home.


Pink Memo debuts Spring Trends at Neiman Marcus

Posted by    |    February 17th, 2011 at 10:45 am

Last night, I joined the stylish at Neiman Marcus Downtown for a Boho Chic Spring Trend Event hosted by Pink Memo.

They advise, “When shopping this spring, the following boho influences will keep you ‘on-trend’, so remember: look cool in coral, bloom in floral, solid in stripes, glow in a white hot wardrobe, layer long necklaces, get a must-have crossbody bag, flutter in flat sandals, and one must always wear a wedge.”

They weren’t kidding about the coral. (more…)

Obvious Apps: the product of two SMU grads

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2011 at 10:38 am

During an app idea contest for Obvious Apps, Danny Le entered his idea “Study Now” which would serve as a bank of information for accounting and finance classes. This app would be available on smart phones and iPads, and would help students all over the world. His app idea won and is now on iTunes, and he received a free iPad from Obvious Apps.

So, what is Obvious Apps? Realizing the way apps are made (i.e. developers put the apps out on the market and see if people buy it) isn’t that efficient, Stewart Youngblood, co-founder of Obvious Apps, had dreams of making a business out of it. A locally grown mobile app company started up by two recent Southern Methodist University graduates, Obvious Apps is a place where you can submit your app ideas and if voted on, they create the app and you receive a royalty for each app downloaded.


Purdue Ave. Smores Party

Posted by    |    February 14th, 2011 at 9:15 am

The 4300 block of Purdue is legendary for its neighborhood parties.

Throughout the year, on any given night, if you see a plastic pink flamingo is someones yard – it means that’s the location of a neighborhood gathering that night.

Seven inches of snow and 4 days off from school had everyone a bit stir crazy last week, so Kyle Green decided a party was in order and the pink flamingo went out.

Neighbors gathered on Friday, February 4 to visit by a roaring bonfire, make Smores, and drink hot chocolate.  Of course, a snowball fight broke out and it was men vs. boys in a battle royale.  (The ladies were smart and stuck by the fire.) It was another evening of neighborhood fun, and reminded me of why Park Cities is such a fantastic place to live!

Now… who has that flamingo???


HP Literary Festival Presents Doug Wright

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Doug Wright, the 2004 Pulitzer-prize winning playwright who wrote I Am My Own Wife, Quills, and the book for the musical Grey Gardens will be the Keynote speaker at the annual HP Literary Festival on February 17th.  It will be held at Highland Park High School in the auditorium beginninng at 7:00 pm. (more…)

Win Free Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Posted by    |    February 10th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Look what showed up on my doorstep today!

The Koran states, “Bread feeds the body… but flowers feed the soul.”

There’s nothing quite as wondrous as a flower. Bathed in color, supple to touch, luscious in scent. Flowers can be sexy, sensuous, playful, flirty, mysterious and are always magical to behold.

Emma Goldman said, “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” I don’t know if I’d go that far… but I do love a fragrant bouquet of flowers.

The Flower Cart is a Dallas florist who would like to make your Valentine’s Day – or any ‘ole day – a little brighter.  They have given me a $30 gift card to bestow on one lucky reader. (more…)

Super Bowl XLV Party Crashers

Posted by    |    February 7th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Heather Morris from Glee

I received a top-secret phone call last Thursday.  The mission – should I chose to accept it – was to hit the town Saturday night and try to crash all of the hottest Super Bowl parties the night before the Big Game.  I would be given a new tricked-out 2011 Ford Explorer to drive and a savvy posse of fellow-crashers. There were no tickets and no special access. The challenge was to drive up in a great car, bullshit our way into these exclusive events and document our journey.

I’ve always liked a challenge…  In college, my friends and I had a rule. Never stand in line, never pay cover and never pay for drinks.  It worked great when I was 20.  But could I still compete with a bevvy of the city’s hottest gals who were ALL out on the same night?

My co-horts in crime and I met up for dinner at Villa-O Saturday evening to formulate our plan of attack. We came up with a list of the most high-profile parties and decided to start at the top and work our way down to see where we could get in. (more…)

Legends of Charity celebrates NFL on Fox

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

After a long week of icy roads, freezing temperatures and a slew of canceled Super Bowl events…  The NFL on FOX on-air team was honored tonight at the seventh annual Legends for Charity dinner to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Hilton Anatole.  The dinner celebrated the broadcasting and professional football careers of the NFL on FOX on-air talent while showcasing the lifesaving research and treatment done at St. Jude.

“The group award this year – which varies from the original concept of selecting an individual who has not only excelled in their field but for their personal commitment to making a difference in the lives of others – was done to celebrate the difference the network – The NFL ON FOX – is making through their creation of the FOX Sports Supports program,” said Mr. Summerall. ” It was a perfect way to celebrate their selection of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

NFL on Fox Team


HP Ice Hockey Slaps Marcus, Keeps Winning

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2011 at 2:47 pm

The Highland Park Hockey team won its 7th consecutive game last Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Marcus.  The Scots controlled the game while improving their season record to 13-3-0. After a scoreless first period, the Scots scored 2 minutes into the second period as junior captain Nolan Baade scored assisted by senior Brooks Kelley and sophomore Aidan Schorsch.  The Scots would score twice more in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Senior James Emanuelson scored from an assist by senior captain Stephen Callaghan. Baade scored his second goal of the game assisted by Schorsch and freshman Andrew Demmings.  Marcus came back in the third period with two goals and the Scots found themselves with only a 3-2 lead with 8 minutes left in the game. After a strategic time-out after the second Marcus goal, senior captain Crockett Burr scored an unassisted goal one minute later to build the lead to 4-2. The Scots would shut down Marcus the rest of the game for the victory.  Senior goalie Matthew Crow registered 17 saves in the game.

Additionally, senior captains Stephen Callaghan and Crockett Burr and senior goalie Matthew Crow were selected to participate in the annual AT&T High School Varsity All-Star game. The All-Star game was scheduled for the Dr Pepper StarsCenter in Frisco. Congratulations to Stephen, Crockett, and Matthew for being selected to the All-Star team.