Oops. It's too late to edit that, so I have to correct what I typed. I meant "half hour", and it's more like ESE. It's officially a half hour from The Galleria area, for example - in flowing traffic. I thought of an angle you could try - hehe. If he has a chance to visit some of the local attractions, he might like Space Center Houston (a Disney operated theme attraction near NASA Johnson Space Center) which would be not too far from Painted Pony. If you sent him out to LaPorte just for the lovely store, he might regret ever offering to help out.