I have a soft spot for Houston, this mutt of a city that I've called home for nearly all of my 44 years on this earth. During those four decades, it has certainly suffered its share of ups and downs. But, even during the most complicated times our city has faced, I've believed in its resilience at it has yet to fail me. So, when Press Editor Margaret Downing recounted the story of a checklist she saw on her sister's refrigerator in Austin -- a personal bucket list for the state capital -- and suggested one should be done for Houston, I leaped at the opportunity.
The first step in this process I surmised was setting ground rules. Anytime a list is made of any kind, the only way to keep it valid, interesting and relatively free from complaint is to set some fairly strict criteria.
First, whatever made the list had to either be unique to Houston or something we do differently. There are some interesting things to do in Houston that also happen to be done in many cities, so I took sky diving out of the mix, even though it sounds terrifying and exhilarating. Still, not terribly uncommon. On the other hand, there are plenty of places around the world that make killer fried chicken, but are there any that do it like Frenchy's in that setting? I doubt it.More »