Last Friday, a certain reporter mentioned she was preparing to write a story about Fletcher's Corny Dogs coming to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. After a collective whoop went up at the news, the office then became a battleground over whether the foodstuff can ever be called "a corny dog." Weigh in, people. Does Fletcher's have it wrong?
Speaking of food, business editor Jenna Duncan has an issue with the French fries at Barley & Board. She detests them. And now, she has a coterie of people who agree that the fries are loathsome. Lucinda Breeding thinks the most disappointing French fry in Denton is at the new In-N-Out Burger. She also still misses the French fries at Love Shack.
Well-wishers bid Greater Denton Arts Council Executive Director Tracy Bays-Boothe good luck in her new position at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco when her departure was announced on Tuesday. Bays-Boothe leaves for Berkeley in July. Know what we'll miss especially, though? The arts leader's Facebook posts about her son, Max, and his incurably cute pet hedgehog, Mr. Monocle.
In the 1950s, American fire departments sent ladder trucks to rescue kittens from trees. On April 11, 2017, the Denton Fire Department sent a ladder truck to the downtown Square to rescue a drone.
Talk about a throwback. Local business owner Amanda Servis, who's running for the District 4 spot on the Denton City Council, posted an old photo on Instagram of herself and Phil Kregel at Denton High School's 2003 Homecoming. She reminded us that Kregel ran for District 4 himself in 2013.
John Beckett lives in McKinney, but he's been the coordinating officer of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowships Covenant of UU Pagans since 2003. The Denton neo-pagan group is for area residents who observe earth-centered spirituality and religion. Beckett has been hard at work writing The Path of Paganism: An Experienced-Based Guide to Modern Paganism, which comes out on May 8 through New Age press Llewellyn Publications. Beckett is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and his blog, Under the Ancient Oaks, is part of the Pagan Channel of the multifaith website Patheos.
Call it a sign of the times. Readers ask: Can we see our legislator's vote in real time? Nope. Is there an open data portal for their voting history? Nope. But for $99 a month, or $400 a year, you can subscribe to recordvotes.com, the Texas startup that knows the value of getting that public information in a timely way.
Anybody have a 5-gallon drum of Febreze? Denton resident Heidi Klein had to skip yard work Wednesday because the city had spread what had to be Dyno Dirt in a nearby lot, and the resulting smell was overwhelming. The city's Dyno Dirt incorporates solids from our local waste-water treatment plant. Smells horrid, but Denton's green thumbs swear by it. If you can't abide the stench, we're told Dyno Dirt Lite isn't nearly as aromatic. "I don't know how the workers are in the middle of it without masks," Klein said.
"Trying to think of a pun about the unemployed but they don't work." — Denton resident and producer Christopher Rodgers, who seems way too young for such a geriatric pun.
Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at firstname.lastname@example.org.