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What To Do When Visting Houston For The Final Four—Some Excellent Suggestions

The college basketball Final Four will be played in Houston. The event begins on Saturday, April 2 and ends on Monday, April 4.

(Above–Basketball. Here is a useful history of basketball.)

What should folks visiting Houston do while in our city for the Final Four?

I have some suggestions.

1.  Thank every person you see in Harris County for helping to pay for Reliant Stadium. Even if the money comes from car rental and hotel taxes, it is still money that belongs to the people of Harris County.  Our county has a big budget shortfall right now that will involve vital services being cut. Still, even if some folks can’t  get mental health counseling anymore , we at least have plenty of taxpayer subsidized sports facilities.

People at the games are free to start chants in favor of socialism as they enjoy the Final Four.

2. Arrive in Houston early and attend the Harris County Green Party fundraiser to be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 31 at Bohemeo’s. Bohemeo’s is located at 708 Telephone Rd. in Houston. We deserve other options than just the two major parties.

3. Visit our newly renovated Downtown Houston Public Library. The library had plenty of books for you to read.

4. April 4th marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. ( Please click here for the best Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List on the web.) The well-known Rothko Chapel features a sculpture outside the building that honors Reverend King.  The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon Street.

(Below–Rothko Chapel. Photo by Argos’Dad.)

5. Drive 50 miles down the road and visit Galveston, Texas. There is a lot of history in Galveston and there is plenty to do. Galveston is working to recover from Hurricane Ike and your visit will be most welcomed. One of the very best attractions in Galveston is the free Bolivar Ferry. This boat trip runs about 25 minutes each way between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.  You can park the car and walk on board. Or you can drive on and explore Bolivar.

(Below–View from the Bolivar Ferry. Picture taken by myself.)

The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce thinks the ferry is wonderful. I’m glad to see this Chamber favors the Texas Department of Transportation money that keeps the ferry free to all.

In any case, provisional on your ability to drive in a civilized fashion if you are renting a car, and contingent on your willingness to tip well given that you have enough money to attend these basketball games, welcome to Houston.

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March 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. How could you have forgotten about the Shell Houston Open? They even managed to get Phil Mickelson to play this year.

    Trust me, Neil; golf fans are the real big money folks. New for 2012: the sponsors of the golf tournament decided that they wouldn’t confiscate your cellphone when you attend. Progress!

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/glf/7486545.html

    Comment by PDiddie | March 28, 2011

  2. I have not followed golf since the passing of Tony Lema.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Lema

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2011

  3. From now through September migratory shorebirds will gather by the thousands at the Houston Audubon Societys 1 146-acre Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary on Bolivar Peninsula. ….Call me crazy but there are few places Id rather be in the sultry days of August than at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary on Bolivar Peninsula…The Houston Audubon sanctuary on the gulf side mud flats is a stopover spot for upwards of 140 000 migratory shorebirds heading south from the high Arctic Alaska Canada and Great Plains to wintering grounds in Texas Mexico and Central and South America.

    Comment by offshore corporation | April 6, 2011


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