Rise and Shine, Park Cities (01-24-11)

1. HPHS junior David Allen became a local varsity basketball legend recently when he scored 53 points in a single game. Park Cities residents celebrated in unison for a sec before splitting up into teams over a statement made to ESPN by an excited coach.

“I have a man-crush on him,” said Highland Park head coach David Piehler. “He’s awesome.”

The link has been forwarded around town and discussed by moms readers who are feeling a bit creeped out by Piehler’s choice of words. Ladies, OMG, how do I say this? Ok, I’ve got it: Please. Stop. You’re dragging all of the hip, urban women down with you. Piehler declaring a man-crush is the ultimate compliment. MAN-crush. That’s lingo specific to the ESPN demographic. Use it in a sentence and your husband will buy you shoes.

2. So let’s say you’re a real estate agent and you want to sell the Park Cities to out-of-town buyers. Your pitch would be easy, right? I mean, all you’d have to do is tell them that thing about how there’s no poor children enrolled in HPISD.

Since no poor people of any measurable amount live in the Park Cities, no poor children are enrolled in Highland Park ISD. 

And just in case that didn’t seal the deal, you’d throw in a joke about Jewish people. No?

3. I bought a little taste of victory at the Snider Plaza Tom Thumb yesterday. Oh. Yeah. 

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17 thoughts on “Rise and Shine, Park Cities (01-24-11)

  • January 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I got screenshots of the webpage in case they are ashamed enough to take it down. I didn’t see the Jewish joke, though.

  • January 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Not quite accurate since there are a few poor students, but overall I find this refreshing.

    The schools are the selling point but they have plenty of substandard teachers and other quality issues. However, your kid will get to go to school with kids like those who go private if they live in DISD.

    I’m surprised Mr. Cherry thinks honesty will sell. Most parents who move here for the schools want to believe the schools themselves are of the highest quality, not just good by public school standards.

  • January 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    oh Merritt, that video is hysterical. Although at first my web filter wouldnt let me watch it….Maybe I’ll get shoes but I think my children might decide to try out for the baseball team instead.

  • January 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Me thinks Mr. Cherry knows less about the PC than he claims: the two cities do not share a police department. Also, public schools, by definition, are paid with taxes so I’m not sure what his point is there.

    He leaves out a simple fact when comparing the PC to Dallas. In Dallas, you get more square feet and land for the same money spent in UP/HP. Some people prefer to have a bigger house; some people prefer to have better public schools and city services.

    Those Jewish “observations” are old and tired sayings from the 70s. *Yawn* Jews will always be a minority in the PC, but if you have a seventh grader at HPMS, chances are they’ll get invited to at least one bar/bat mitzvah.

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  • January 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    #2: I wonder how the outstanding school in the coveted arts district (ie: Booker T Washington) will feel about this interesting perspective?

    Also, there are no poor people, just poor word choices made by people.

  • January 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Talk about getting all worked into a lather over nothing. When he said “there are no poor people,” he simply meant “there are no black people.” Sheesh, people, lighten up!

  • January 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    And he’s clueless as to why THIS happened:

    *I have disabled comments on this post after four very vile and unsigned ones were posted. I accept disagreement. I do not accept disagreement from unidentified people, and under no circumstances do I accept ones with profane language. In this case, I removed those comments.”

  • January 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    So pleased that wine & beer are now available at Tom Thumb Snider Plaza; let the bacchanalian orgies begin, yee haw!!

  • January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Honestly I am not offended by his post. I thought he was going to go off on a tangent about how our schools should not be funded by the state because of our demographic, and I’m glad to see he did not do that. Bottom line is the definition of poor is a certain income level, and you cant even rent in this area in that case. It’s not judgmental, only economic. No biggie.
    Now, a MAN CRUSH? that might drive down real estate.

  • January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Whether made in jest or whatever, a comment like “man-crush” made by an adult male teacher about a teenage male student is wholly improper and should be addressed by the public school district to which we all contribute a great deal of our time and funds.

  • January 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The thing is, “man crush” is not sexual in any way. It’s a way for one straight guy to say he wishes he could be like another straight guy, not be with the other guy. Piehler was simply paying his young player a compliment in a young man’s vernacular.

  • January 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, people, don’t be ridiculous on the “man crush” thing. Some people can always find something to get mad about!

  • January 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    @Janie: Oh come on. It’s people like you that make it impossible for me to lurk around Caruth Park in a trench coat and one surgical glove. Again.


  • January 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Janie makes me laugh and cry simultaneously.

  • January 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Look at all the rich white-guilt liberals trying to out-”progressive” each other in the comments on here.

    What’s wrong with white people having a nice place to live?

    Like it or not, white-guilt liberals, the SINGLE BEST INDICATOR of the level of violent crime in a neighborhood is that neighborhood’s percentage of blacks and latinos.


    Homicides in Dallas Texas – 2008

    Race of Suspect – # of Homicides – Percentage
    White – 9 = 6%
    Black – 72 = 47%
    Hispanic – 24 = 16%
    Unknown – 49 = 32%

    Therefore, even if the every single one of the 49 “unknown” murderers (no snitchin’ yo!) were whites, the black murderers would still outnumber them!!!!!

    To really put it in the proper perspective:


    Dallas Population Racial Data:

    Hispanic – 547,781 (44.6%)
    White – 355,922 (29.0%)
    Black – 274,087 (22.3%)


    How about New York City? So glamorous and cosmopolitan!


    New York Times – New York City Interactive Homicide Map:

    Blacks = 61% of the killers, 60% of the victims

    Whites = 7% of the killers, 8% of the victims

    Blacks = 26% of NYC population

    Whites = 35% of NYC population


    How about Los Angeles? :


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