Thankful for Marie’s new Mexican restaurant

You’ve heard of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July movies? Well, this is Tom’s Thanksgiving in May column. Yup, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

After breaking her ankle walking down what must be the worst set of stairs to a basement, my 88-year-old mother has healed and is back to walking 3 miles a day. Gosh, I hope I inherited her genetic pool. When Armageddon arrives, Mom and the cockroaches will survive.

And when was the last time you got cash from your health plan? OK, maybe not cash but an Amazon card loaded with cash – for doing all those preventative things that my Memorial Hermann Medicare Advantage plan told me to do. I’m already rummaging through my wish list and, best of all, Humble Area Assistance Ministries gets a percentage of the dollar value of everything I buy.

Our Mexican Maven, Marie, has opened a second restaurant in the Randall’s Town Center strip center, Hacienda Palomas, and that’s certainly a good reason to say “Olé.” Nothing has been successful in that spot until Marie moved in. Of course, we’ve been following Marie since she opened her first restaurant in the strip center right next to the Kingwood Spec’s. We loved sitting in one of the booths by the window so we could watch the 8:45 p.m. Spec’s rush. It was amazing to watch so many people rushing out with their bags and shopping carts filled with booze. And they all had smiles on their faces. Unfortunately, Marie lost her lease so no more observing Spec’s customers, but she survives and thrives at her new Rancho Palomas location in the Gold’s Gym strip center on Northpark. And now she’s got that second, even nicer place near the back Randall’s. If you love TexMex, life is good in Kingwood.

If our Lake Houston Y wouldn’t have flooded, I’m not sure we would ever have found the Downtown Y. I know, it’s quite a jaunt but, hey, I’m retired. I’ve got the time. We’re looking forward to the new and improved Lake Houston Y arriving in the fall but, in the meantime, you just can’t beat the five stories of the Downtown Y. 

I’ve come full circle now. I started out in 1969 as a newspaper reporter in Lincoln, Neb. and here I am, retired, all these years later, and once again as a newspaper reporter in the Lake Houston area. Thanks to Tribune Publisher Cynthia Calvert, I get to interview performers, politicians (kind of the same thing), and people who make things happen around here. Who would have thought that ceramics classes at Lone Star-Kingwood would make for an interesting story?

And, once you reach that special age, your doctors play a much more important role in your life. So, here’s a Tom’s Toast to Dr. Hodges, Dr. Le and Dr. Thomas. Hodges, I’m sure, must listen to the same aches and pains day after day from patient after patient, but he always seems genuinely interested and engaged in what I’m telling him about. Le gets rid of my skin cancers every four months and keeps my skin pristine. And Thomas lasered me and popped in my new eyes. I really can see all the way to Rapid City.


Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.