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Image Image So if you've been reading The Advocate this week, you know I've been covering the punishment phase of the trial for Billy Joe Harris, aka The Twilight Rapist.

Although I enjoy keeping the public informed, it has been mentally and physically taxing. Therefore, I decided to blog about something a little light today.

Recently, The Houston Chronicle voted The Astrodome as Houston's No. 1 Biggest eyesore. The newspaper's informal poll had this to say about the beloved Texas landmark: “The Astrodome is beloved to many, but now it just sits there and the only thing more ugly is the amount of money it would take to demolish it."

Other landmarks on the Top 20 ugliest Bayou City landmarks included the George R. Brown Convention Center, the area refineries, Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Luz Del Mundo (Light of the World) Church, and the signs along the I-45 feeder road.

I hope the beloved landmark's title as "Biggest Eyesore" doesn't prompt anyone to get my "bright" ideas about tearing it down.

Both the Astrodome and Astroworld hold special places in my heart.

As a Houston native, I attended Houston Astros games, Houston Livestock and Rodeo events and even my own high school graduation in 2002 (Yeah, I know I'm ancient), as well as graduations that I reported on for one of my college internships all at the Astrodome.

In regards to Astroworld, I had a season pass every summer since I was in elementary school to the theme park. I was a regular on all the rides including Thunder River, The Ultra Twister, The Texas Cyclone and of course, Greezed Lightnin'.

Long before I entered the illustrious world of journalism, I was working at the theme park.

At the age of 16, I got my very FIRST JOB EVER, flipping burgers and working the cash register at Waterworld's Bombay Cafe (Shout out to the Food Service team). I moved up the ranks and worked there though my senior year and even during the first summer after I started college. Oh, the memories.

I was heartbroken when I learned the park closed where both me and my mother had worked during our teenage years, would be closed down and demolished in 2005. I'd wished my future children would have the opportunity to work at the park too.

My future children may not be able to go to Astroworld, but I hope they can at least get to visit what will forever be known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World"--- even if it is an eyesore.

Crossroads residents, have you ever been to the Astrodome?

Do you think it's an eyesore?