Saturday, March 17, 2007

The World's Best Margarita

Everyone in Texas has a recipe for the world's best margarita. Everyone else is totally full of it.

  • 1 part fresh squeezed Key lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup (half sugar, half water, by volume)
  • 2 parts Sauza Hornitos Tequila
  • 1/2 part Cointreau
  • 1/2 part Grand Marnier
Serve over coarsely crushed ice. Let it sit for a minute to become one with the glass. Be very careful. No, seriously.

Some people...

I live in a loft in downtown Dallas and one of the reasons I love being downtown is the access we have to fun things to do.

The weather here the last few weeks has been nothing short of heavenly. It's been in the 70's and dry. My idea of perfection. Consequently, I've been riding my bicycle on one of our lovely trails.

Lovely, that is, except for one little issue... the walkers.

Now, I'm talking about the Katy Trail. It runs along an old railroad right-of-way, and winds through some of the prettier parts of inner Dallas and the Park Cities. For most of the route, the trail is divided into cyclist/runner and pedestrian trails separated by a broad central reservation. (I love that British term)

The pedestrian trail is clearly labeled "Peds only" (more on that later) and is paved with a resilient material that is a pleasure to walk on. And, it's, you guessed it, almost entirely vacant. It seems the walkers prefer the cycle side!

Well, I'm pretty even tempered, and so rather than fly off the handle immediately, I've been observing and asking questions. First off, I noticed that having pedestrians, specifically children, on a path where cyclists are pedaling along at 20 plus miles per hour, is dangerous to everyone concerned. So I began stopping and asking a few walkers what was going on.

The most common response I got was, "Well, we can walk wherever we like. There's no law against it!" To my surprise, they are right. As an aside, there's no law against me riding my bicycle on the pedestrian trail either. The funniest answer I got was, "The sign clearly says 'Peds Only'. That means you people with the pedals!" LMAO, I guess that told me! Most were clearly annoyed that I would even ask and no one seemed to realize that what they were doing was clearly dangerous.

Me being the civic minded person I am, ;-) I emailed the group responsible for the trail and my downtown city councilperson, Angela Hunt. I got a polite response from the Katy Trail sponsors, thanking me for my message and informing me that there really wasn't anything that could be done about the problem. As expected, since I wasn't sending Angela a campaign contribution, I got no response at all from her. Bitch.

So, my cute little brass bell is getting quite a workout this year. When I'm not on the Peds trail, that is!