Ah, The Joys of Prom Season in Dallas.
Welcome to D-Rated, our weekly feature that tries to determine if things are looking up or down for Dallasites by arbitrarily assigning point values to current events.
Lawn ranger: Disgusted by the grass overgrowth of a front lawn in Oak Cliff, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings has reportedly offered to pay $20 of his own money for the owner of the house to have his grass cut. The lawn, however, remains overgrown, as neighborhood kids say they won't do it for less than $30. Minus 10.
Queers and steers: A new survey released this week revealed that Americans think just as positively about Dallas as they do San Francisco. Proof that Americans as a whole enjoy fedoras? We can only assume. Plus 1.
No, really, Dallas is awesome: The New York Times, The Huffington Post all released pieces this week saying that Dallas — or parts of it, at least — is pretty OK in their books. Oddly, not a single one of these pieces mentioned the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which is surely the cause for this good fortune and press. Plus 3.
Home is where the heart is: This weekend in Dallas, an estimated 1,000 or so home-schooled high school seniors will attend one of the largest home-school-oriented proms in the country. Only about half of those attendees are expected to bring a cousin along as a last-minute, fill-in date. Minus 2.
It's complicated: A 70-year-old Dallas woman has taken to social media to fight gas drilling in the area, which is a pretty adorable story of a senior citizen adapting to new technology. The only ones who don't think so are her grandchildren, who now receive impersonal e-cards on their birthdays instead of hand-written checks made out for as many dollars as they are years old. Plus 7.
Mall I ever wanted: Dallas' Valley View Center is to receive a $2 billion makeover in the coming years. CW33 says the plan is to turn Valley View into something akin to “The Shops at Legacy in Plano, but on steroids,” which is funny because everyone we know who hangs out at The Shops at Legacy is already actually on steroids. Minus 2.
Credit where it's due: Like Fort Worth before it, in this case, an artist's rendering of Tinkerbell having sexual intercourse with a light switch. Seven-year-olds everywhere are wondering what the problem is. “No one actually follows Lego directions, you know,” said one area pre-teen who definitely exists, but spoke with us under the condition of anonymity. Minus 3.
RoboJesus: In the closing festivities of this year's Dallas International Film Festival, which doubled as a 25-year anniversary celebration for the Dallas-filmed Robocop, actor Peter Weller said that, in his mind, the story of Robocop is very much like that of Jesus Christ's. He might be on to something, too, as the only real difference we can think of — whereas Jesus could turn water into wine, Robocop could turn his hand into a semi-automatic — seems like a wash. Plus 1.
Drill, baby, drill: With some help from Google's founders and film director/scuba diver James Cameron, Dallas billionaire Ross Perot, Jr., is apparently looking into the possibility of asteroid drilling for gas and minerals. Oddly, Armageddon director Michael Bay, who put this exact concept onto the silver screen in 1998, is not involved. Plus 5.
Last week's total: Minus 04.
This week's count: Plus 1.
This week's total: Plus .96