Help Me Out Commenter Wylie H., and I Swear I Won't Pay You $100,000

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How Wylie H. appears to me in my dreams.
There he was again yesterday commenting on my thing here about the convention center hotel, Wylie H., the city's smartest, best informed and most mysterious commenter, and all I could think of was how badly I want to see him exposed.

Wait. Why would I want to see Wylie H. exposed? How would that help anything? On almost any issue with a City Hall nexus, Wylie H. knows more than any other commenter and more than me. Is that it? Is it my thinly defended ego rising to the fore? Nah. Left the ego in a booth at a Denny's on Central Expressway years ago, don't even miss it.

Is it that he calls me names sometimes? As in: "Jim, I like you like a brother ... father ... semi-crazy uncle???? And 99% of the time, your instincts are dead on. In this case, unfortunately, you are wrong. Not just partially wrong --- 100% off base."

No, that doesn't bother me. Everybody calls me 100 percent off base. In fact that was Mom's little nickname for me. How well I recall, ah, yes, those muggy Michigan evenings, Mom on the back stoop calling me to supper: "100 Percent Off Base! 100 Percent Off Base! Time for supper, darling!"

See also: Omni Hotel Helps Relieve Convention Center Debt? Great. All We Need Is 10 of Them.

Is it the mystery itself that I can't stand? He called in to a radio show I was on using a female voice scrambler and made a casual remark about dealing with a suburban police department because of a grass fire or something. A person I know was actually searching fire reports and drawing concentric rings on a map to pin him down.

Oh, look, that's nothing: I had a very Deep-Throat-007 Snowden-type meeting with a guy in a hotel bar several months ago who was showing me all kinds of high-tech snooping information to prove that Wylie H. was Robert Wilonksy of The Dallas Morning News, who used to work for us. I went back to the paper with it.

Patrick Williams, our managing editor who worked with Robert for many years, listened to me for about 15 seconds and then just started shaking his head no. Not Robert. I tried to ask why, but he just kept shaking his head. I don't know what Patrick knows, but he knows it's not Robert.

So I confronted Robert. He denied it, of course, but then he told me he not only knows who Wylie H. is; he said he had introduced him to me once when Wylie H. came to the Observer to buy a T-shirt. I have no memory of that, and in fact I think telling me that is some kind of bizarre Cabin-in-the-Woods mind-fuck trick to try to make me kill myself. NOT WORKING, BOBSKI!!!

There are people in town who think it's Christine Rogers, who has been involved in Nasher Sculpture Center issues and is the wife of Tim Rogers, former D Magazine editor, but I don't think so. This is stupid and sexist, but I think she's too good-looking.

Another theory going around is that he or she is a former city employee, retired, very intelligent, privy to a lot of inside information, with excellent contacts inside City Hall, articulate and possessed of a highly developed ethical sense. In other words, doesn't exist.

It's not the mystery that makes me want to see Wylie H.'s name dragged out into the public square, made coarse, made the object of gawking and cat-calls. Everybody's a mystery to me. That's why I chose this field, so I could be continually astonished by shit everybody else has known since the third grade.

Here it is. Wylie H. likes Robert better than he likes me. He is associated with and protected by The Dallas Morning News. You remember last July when the Morning News outed public relations man Mike Snyder for using fake names as a commenter on items about the Nasher Sculpture Center in its reflected light battle with Museum Tower, the condo building across the street from it? The News, which is totally pro-Nasher anti-Museum Tower in its every column inch, flailed Snyder, who had worked for the owners of Museum Tower in the past, time and again for high moral failings and public relations turpitude as if that were not an oxymoron and as if he had done something untoward with the youth. They more or less tossed privacy in the shitter and cranked up every web widget they could find to smoke his identity out of their own servers.

Did they say one word about Wylie H., who is always anti-Museum Tower and pro-Nasher? No, they did not. And when I took them to task for it, Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue said, "I can say that we see many differences between Wylie H and Mr. Snyder. Wylie H has been among our most prolific commenters, for years now, on a wide range of subjects. He has not singled out the Museum Tower for his attention. He is already well known to people who frequent our website's comments area. We have seen no evidence that he is creating multiple fake identities."

Oh, where do I even start with that nonsense? Not multiple fake identities, just one? Has not singled out Museum Tower for his attention? So the policy, I guess, is privacy for all commenters on Morning News blogs unless they single out Museum Tower for comment?

Here's the deal. Wylie H. is a friend of Robert Wilonksy and an agent and source to The Dallas Morning News. That is why they protect him. He has chosen sides. He's in the army now. I respect his right to do that. But once you don the uniform, you must face the fire.

I am hereby offering a reward of $100,000 for the real identity of Wylie H., which I am in no way ever going to pay, ever, repeat, not a real reward, not going to pay it, but I think the amount nevertheless expresses my depth of feeling, my commitment and my sincerity on this and all topics.

I'm calling it Operation Whortleberry, for Wylie-H.-Out-rtleberry. Consider this the firing of the starting pistol. The only way for him to head things off now and preserve his lifestyle would be to switch sides, which, by the way, I highly recommend.

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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 First Rule of Museum Tower / Nasher Fight Club: Never talk about Museum Tower / Nasher Fight Club.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I just realized how this deal gets bailed out.


Casino gambling will be legalized in Texas (it is a question of when, no if) and in the enabling legislation there will be a requirement for the location of one of the casinos.  It will contain obscure and obtuse geographical references and other requirements, which when deciphered means that at least one casino will have to be located next to the  Convention Center Hotel.


Don't laugh, Dallas has done this successfully before.  Think about requiring a transcontinental railroad to pass within one mile north of Browder Springs.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

I always assumed he was that fellow who wrote "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother".  He grew up around here back in the 50's, been involved in Dallas politics since the 60's and even has a local lake named after him.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Every so often, on my way to and from work, while at work and while tooling about town, I see an apparently homeless man on a large pedal trike.  There are flags whipping out of the basket, an assortment of odds and ends in the basket and the man is wearing a dashing combination of thrift store chic, dumpster fabulous and military surplus.  Everywhere something has happened, I have seen this man, yet I've never really 'seen' this man.  I cannot describe his face, I do not know his walk (the hardest thing for someone to fake) and I have never seen his hands.  He is a part of the landscape for me, and the landscape covers from the far southeast corner of Pleasant Grove to the Love field area.

What better cover for a modern day Sherlock?  What Dallas cop is going to pay any mind to this urchin?  What sleuthing UP reporter is going to see his own journalistic doppelganger in such an oddity?  Dodge the trike into an alley off of Main, dive into the basket and emerge in slacks and jacket for a quick walk up the street to City Hall to mine for information among the loose-lipped clerks heading out for lunch.

The real question isn't 'Who IS Wylie H.?'. No, the real question is 'Who ISN'T Wylie H.?'.

pak152
pak152

I think it is billmarvel

WylieH
WylieH

[The only way for him to head things off now and preserve his lifestyle would be to switch sides, which, by the way, I highly recommend.]

Omni Hotel 2012 unaudited financials, plus limited commentary, exclusively found on Unfair Park.

HOTEL OPERATING REVENUES & EXPENSES

Gross revenues:  $71,809,057

- Operating expenses (excluding deprecation):  $52,668,283

- Property taxes (waived):  $5,953,496

- Replacement reserve (2% of gross):  $1,436,181

= Hotel net operating income:  $11,751,097

+ Interest on bond cash reserves:  $1,135,491

- Interest expense:  $32,386,799

= Net loss before tax subsidies:  $19,500,211

PLUS TAX SUBSIDIES:

+ Property tax exemption:  $5,953,496

+ Sales tax subsidies:  $6,804,053

+ Federal debt service subsidy:  $9,629,845

Total 2012 tax subsidies:  $22,387,394

= Net profit after tax subsidies:  $2,887,183

Principal repayment doesn't commence until next year... and once they commence, they also start escalating rapidly.  By 2017, principal payments escalate to the $7 - $8 million range each year. and they keep on escalating. 

Remember, there is over $482 million in debt that has to be repaid by 2042, plus another $6 million loan from Omni that has to be repaid by 2021.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

There really is no other way to do this no matter how dangerous it gets.  If you two are indeed the same person and don't know it, it may present a Temporal Paradox.

Now stay with me:  A typical example of this kind is the grandfather paradox, where a person goes back in time to kill his grandfather before he had any biological descendant. If they succeed, one of their parents would never exist and they themselves would never exist either. This would make it impossible for them to go back in time in the first place, making them unable to kill their grandfather, who would continue to produce offspring and restart the situation. But if they fail, their grandfather would live and produce offspring. This has the same affect as prevailing.

Simply proven - both the Museum Tower and the Omni would wink in and out to the rest of us, but we would not be aware of it.

It would be an eternal loop, and mankind would be doomed.

On second thought why don't you two just cool it.

MargaretHuntHill
MargaretHuntHill

"Another theory going around is that he or she is a former city employee, retired, very intelligent, privy to a lot of inside information, with excellent contacts inside City Hall, articulate and possessed of a highly developed ethical sense. In other words, doesn't exist."

Rude and untrue.

zqpm
zqpm

I also heard it was Wilonsky, but WylieH seems to have a different writing style. Is that intentional to throw us all off or???

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Sounds like a plot right out of that neo-noir movie classic, “Memento”.  And like the protagonist, who is an investigator AND the suspect, you may have to work backwards.  For you see, the protagonist also suffers from anterograde amnesia and is unable to store recent memories.  So play the sequence backwards as in the movie.  It starts with the Polaroid photograph of a dead man. As the sequence plays backwards the photo reverts to its undeveloped state, entering the camera before the man is shot in the head.

But WylieH may end up being you, to your own astonishment.

Dr. Jekyll, how do we know you are but an unconscious Hyde?

(the plot thickens)

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 No one with the smug superiority and unassailable self-image of bmarvel could present information in as neutral a fashion as WylieH does.  Their ego would demand that the information be groomed and teased into presenting the facts as he sees them.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

If WylieH has ever used the words "liberal" or "conservative", then it's not bmarvel, because for him, those words are only used to admonish people who use them.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WylieH

that is a very healthy revenue per room....

RM1001
RM1001

@WylieH  Wilonsky quoted Kingston on the DMN city hall blog on 1/21 saying that the total debt on the hotel was $659 million.  You mentioned $482 million and $6 million.  Where is the other $171 million in debt?  Was Kingston talking about the total of interest and principal payments?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@WylieH  

Our first loss will be our best loss.

Put in on the market and take the best price, and eat the rest.

Too bad we couldn't fund this deal with revenue bonds instead of BABs, which are de facto general obligation bonds.

Then we might could have hung this dog around the bondholders' necks.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@MargaretHuntHill 
What do Superman, the Easter Bunny, and "a former city employee...ethical sense" have in common? They're all fictional creatures.

WylieH
WylieH

@holmantx  [But WylieH may end up being you, to your own astonishment.]

I've raised this exact same theory, before... Mr. Schutze has yet to deny it.

WylieH
WylieH

They knocked it out of the park on their food & beverage revenue.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RM1001 @WylieH

the $659M includes both the amount of debt and the guaranteed return on the debt to the bondholder. apparently there is no early call provision.

WylieH
WylieH

@RM1001 @WylieH  Not sure.  The total amount the City is obligated to repay (net of $250 million in projected federal government subsidies) is slightly over $1 billion.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@WylieH  

We've only seen you two in the same virtual room, but not at the same time.  One always follows the other in this temporal timeline.

This is . . . troublesome.

Maybe we could smoke him out with his own money reward.

Watson, uh, Mr. WylieH, if he is unaware he is you then he may believe you will pay him his reward for finding you even though he knows he would never pay himself - unless he is too late to the party.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@pak

People with such strong ego would never make a good argument full of logical thinking, then hide behind a sock puppet.

pak152
pak152

@ruddski further proof that it is bmarvel. he has disguised his normal writing style

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@scotts

Good point, when WylieH posts, you don't feel as though you've flunked the course.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@pak152 @ruddski  No way, WylieH doesnt judge people and tell people he speaks the truth.  H

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Scratch the droid, it won't even fully load the comments, but I'm lucky to even manage a simple phone call on that mistake of nature... And now I have to remove the battery because the stress of it all locked it up.

I'm so glad I'm retired from this tech shit. Now back to regular programming...

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Aha!

This reply is from iPhone 4S. Still no @

Next, I'll try my shitty little Samsung droid

WylieH
WylieH

@mavdog @WylieH  Gross margin on F & B was 29%.  Revenue per available room (RevPAR) was $196.54.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WylieH

F&B...nice margin there!

what was the average room rate?

WylieH
WylieH

@mavdog  There are a few different bond issues with slightly different provisions.  One is callable, but contains a "make whole" provision.  Another doesn't appear to be callable under any circumstances, which I don't quite understand... as that would appear to make a sale of the hotel impossible.  I'm sure that can't be the case, but I couldn't figure out how that would be addressed in a quick scan of my docs.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

I never quit.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski I commend you for trying so hard. most people would just give up after the first couple of tries...

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@Scotts

And bans all references to cats.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski  you know what'd be awesome, a DO/UP app that allows commenting

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

On the iPhone, I get a "Safari Fix" page, and have to return to UP.

Doesn't seem to fix much.

I'll try chrome on the shitty droid, if it ever reboots.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski  Ive noticed if comments wont load or I cant login, I open an incognito window in chrome, open UP, then open a regular chrome window and then viola, everything works.  The weird shit we have to do to get the website to work sometimes

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Beats me, ScootsMerkin. I can't get notifications either because I can't change my email addy which became inoperative about two years ago.

On iPad 4, it often takes multiple refreshes to get UP to load, then multiple more to get comments to load, and even then the comments aren't properly nested. It's a mess.

It's the healthcare.gov of alt-weekly websites.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski  your @'s still dont show up, WTF, and I dont get notifications when you reply either

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Only after play time.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

"A woman needs a fish like a bicycle needs a cat"

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx  "A piano is a piano is a piano". --Gertrude Steinway

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx  

Well as I have often said,

There's nothing you can do that can't be done

Nothing you can sing that can't be sung

Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game

It's easy


There's nothing you can make that can't be made

No one you can save that can't be saved

Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time

It's easy

leftocenter
leftocenter

No, but Wilonsky is hot.  Can't be deep throat...

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@holmantx @WylieH  

OMG! Is he a really really good-looking guy with a white beard???!!!!!@@

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