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Growing up I wanted to become a fashion designer, but somehow ended up with an electrical engineering degree and working as a consultant in technology.  During a leave of absence to make a 16mm feature film, I realized that I was not happy at my current job and have since applied my energy to other outlets that better serve the logical and artistic sides of my personality.  Writing articles is one way I keep my sanity when not being a referee between my 2 kids.

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Sports
by dkittel
6 years ago
Tips for Buying a Tennis Racket for Beginners and Casual Players

Tennis rackets have improved significantly over the years so it helps to understand what characteristics are most important when buying a new racket. Here are some tips to simplify the buying process geared toward beginners and recreational players.

Lifestyle
by dkittel
6 years ago
A Review of Renowned Texas Bar-B-Que Restaurant, The Salt Lick

If you are traveling through the Texas Hill Country in the vicinity of Austin or San Antonio, then consider stopping at the famous barbecue restaurant, The Salt Lick. Fill your stomach with slow cooked brisket, ribs, and sausage cooked to perfection and full of flavor.

Travel & Places
by dkittel
6 years ago
Tubing Down the San Marcos River in Texas With Your Dog

If you want to avoid the Texas summer heat, then tubing down the San Marcos River is one way to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors. Here's an activity that is fun for adults, kids, and pets so rent a tube and hit the river.

Home & Garden
by dkittel
6 years ago
Are Master Planned Communities the Way of the Future or Monolithic Islands of Sameness?

The future of subdivisions seems to be the master planned community. Designed to meet all of life's priorities these subdivisions include retail, entertainment, recreation, schools, and homes for every price level. However, they come with some interesting trade offs.

Pets & Animals
by dkittel
6 years ago
How to Find a Good Labrador Retriever Breeder

Once you decide to get a Labrador Retriever puppy, the next step is to look for a good breeder in your area. With the popularity of labradors, there are many ads for puppies for sale. Here are some tips for finding a breeder and determining if they are reputable.

Pets & Animals
by dkittel
6 years ago
Tips Before You Buy or Adopt a Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog in the United States with good reason. These dogs are family-oriented, fun-loving, easy-going, and love the outdoors. However, before you add one to your family learn some simple tips to prepare you for owning a labrador.

Business & Money
by dkittel
6 years ago
Do You Know What a C.L.U.E. Report is and How it Affects Your Insurance Rates?

If you have ever seen your insurance rates suddenly increase or been denied insurance, then you need to know about the C.L.U.E report. It's similar to your credit report only insurance companies use it to set your rates. Although few people have heard of it, everyone needs to know how to fix costly errors on this report.

Pets & Animals
by dkittel
6 years ago
What are Dewclaws on a Dog and Should They be Removed?

There is a history of removing the dewclaws on puppies in some breeds of dogs including Labrador Retrievers. However, it is debatable as to whether this painful procedure helps prevent future injuries or may actually lead to long term problems such as arthritis.

Travel & Places
by dkittel
6 years ago
Travel to Where Art, Spirituality, and Tranquility Meet by Visiting the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel located in Houston, Texas is one of the greatest artistic achievements of the last half of the twentieth century. The Chapel combines architecture and art in an interfaith sanctuary providing an experience that is powerful and inspirational. Displayed in seamless harmony with the building are 14 massive paintings by Mark Rothko. Open year round, the Rothko Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors annually from all around the world.

Entertainment
by dkittel
6 years ago
The Artwork that Inspired "Prometheus" and the "Alien" Film Series

The inspiration behind the films, "Alien" and "Prometheus", is the dark world of Swiss artist H. R. Giger. His artwork creates a visceral reaction in your psyche that is hard to forget which is one of the reasons that these films are so powerful.

Home & Garden
by dkittel
6 years ago
How to Improve Your Houston Garden

Gardening in Houston has its challenges starting with the naturally high content of clay found in Houston soil. To help your plants thrive and survive, learn more about the nature of clay soil and what you can do to improve your garden.

Lifestyle
by dkittel
6 years ago
A Love Letter to Shoe Designer, Franco Sarto

It was love at first sight when I purchased my first pair of Franco Sarto boots. Now almost 3 years later, my love affair deepens with each new purchase of his designer shoes that are surprisingly affordable and comfortable to wear.

Travel & Places
by dkittel
6 years ago
5 Places That I Love to Visit in Houston

Houston is filled with amazing things to do and see. I've listed five places that I enjoy visiting over and over again. If you like nature, art, music, and shopping then you will definitely need to check out these places the next time you are in Houston.

Entertainment
by dkittel
6 years ago
Why Does the Director, Alan Smithee, Make So Many Bad Films?

Alan Smithee has the unfortunate reputation of directing many bad films from 1968 to 2000. Even worse he was made the scapegoat for films that he never actually directed. However, I doubt that he has lost any sleep over his legacy considering that he doesn't actually exist.

Business & Money
by dkittel
6 years ago
How to Choose a Realtor for Investment Properties

If you are looking to buy an investment property such as a rental home or apartment complex, a Realtor is a good person to have on your team. However, it's important to find a real estate agent with the right set of skills.

Health
by dkittel
6 years ago
Interesting Facts About Your Collar Bone

My son's recent fracture of his collar bone made me want to learn more about the clavicle and why breaking it is a frequent injury in young adults.

Entertainment
by dkittel
6 years ago
Budget Friendly Toys That Spark Imagination in Kids

Tried and true inexpensive toys that are great for both boys and girls. They may seem simple compared with what's on the market for kids today; however, these toys last because they are only limited by the imagination and creativity of your kids.

History
by dkittel
6 years ago
What are the Origins of the Tooth Fairy?

Who is the tooth fairy and where did she come from? Learn some of the interesting history behind the tooth fairy as represented through various cultures.

Pets & Animals
by dkittel
6 years ago
Why Owning a Labrador Retriever Will Improve Your Health and Social Life

Are you looking to lose a few pounds, get healthier, and meet some new people? Do you also like dogs? Owning a Labrador retriever is a fun way to achieve all of these goals.

Home & Garden
by dkittel
6 years ago
5 Flowers That Grow Well in Houston Gardens

5 flowers that not only survive but manage to thrive in the harsh Houston, Texas climate and soil. Having beautiful flowers from spring until fall is possible especially when you choose flowers that are easy to grow and drought tolerant.

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