Fieldhouse USA in Frisco Texas – Frisco Indoor Sports Center

A few weeks back, I did a post on a new activity center called Fieldhouse USA in Frisco Texas, also known as Frisco Indoor Sports Center.   It’s considered to be a ‘state-of-the-art’ sports experience.  The Open House for this AWESOME activity center is 3/7/09 and 3/8/09.  You can also register online for Spring Sports Activities and save 20% off of registration fees. I believe this same discount is available during the open house.

To utilize this 20% discount, register online and use the promotional code ‘FUN

Here is what you will find at the Fieldhouse USA in Frisco Texas


  • 12 full-sized hardwood courts
  • Indoor multi-use turf field
  • 5000 sq ft food court with FREE WIFI  (in case you need take care of some things)


The purpose of this facility is recreational and competitive sporting activities.  These activities are for both Youth and Adults, whether for tournaments or instructional academics.  The facility is available to everyone.

The official GRAND OPENING will be 4/11/09, which will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting.  If you are not familiar with the location, the Fieldhouse USA Facility or Frisco Indoor Sports Center is located at 6155 Sports Village Way Frisco Texas 75034.  This street is located just off of Main Street which is East of Pizza Hut Park, off of the North Dallas Tollway.

We are looking forward to many years of activities.  Hopefully you will too!


Daddy Daughter Dance in Frisco Texas

About 4 1/2 years ago, we moved from Simi Valley, CA to Frisco, TX.  We have never regretted the move.  Nothing against California (where I lived for many years) but Frisco is just very family oriented.  Our population is 102K but we still insist on the small town feeling.  A great example is the Annual Daddy / Daughter Dance that happens every February.  Since the first year we moved here, my daughter (Sidney) and I have attended this dance and have such a great time.  I don’t know about you, but I do not recall such events growing up.

Our first official dance was in 2006.  As you can sort of see, she was dressed in a beautiful white dress that she picked out about one month before the dance.  We left early enough to make an entire evening out of it.  We first went to dinner, which Sidney picked her favorite place – La Hacienda on Preston Road.  She has grown to love Tex-Mex and especially likes the queso and chips.  It was just the two of us, which made it super special and we had a blast.  And let me tell you, dancing at the Daddy/Daughter Dance can be quite the workout.  She didn’t let me sit down for more than 1/2 a song.  After the dance, we took a trip to McDonalds for some hot fudge sundaes.  Since it was our first dance, I’ll remember it the most.  It was our first official date, so I’ll remember this year the most.  Since then, we have had a few Daddy/Daughter dates where we will go eat dinner and then do something fun (ice skating, bowling, etc.)

 For the second dance in 2007, we decided it to add a few more friends and dads.  In total we had 9, which was an odd number because one dad had twins.  Since it was a big party, we opted to rent a limo which fit us all very comfortably.  As you can see, Sidney picked out a beautiful green dress, which again she had picked at least a month ahead of time.  Prior to the dance, we headed to Carrabas in Plano for some Italian food.  It was our first trip to Carrabas and we enjoyed it very much.  Overall, the girls had a great time at the dance and of course renting the limo.  Instead of doing desert after the dance, we decided to enjoy the car a little longer and took a tour around down.


 In 2008, we decided to just make it the two of us again.  With just the two of us, we allowed us to enjoy each others company more and we could always meet the rest of the group at the dance.  Sidney went with mom and picked out another beautiful dress (she has good taste) and is very grown up compared to our first year.  Since it was just the two of us, we went to La Hacienda.  I know, we went there already, but remember this was 2 years ago.  Okay, maybe we go there more often than that, but when its your favorite restaurant you tend to go there a lot.  And of course when we got there, we met up with the other girls and their dads.

 Here are some pictures from the past 3 years:


 As Frisco continues to grow, the event must also grow.  Starting in 2006, the dance was moved from a local high school to the Frisco Convention Center located on John Q. Hammons Drive.  This allows for more ticket sales (almost 1500 per age group).  There are 4 different age groups; 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.  In 2006, you had to purchase these tickets in person.  Once these tickets went on sale, they typically would sell out so it was mandatory for dad’s to wake up especially early and stand in line.  How early?  Well, tickets went on sale at 8:00 am on the second Saturday in January.  My first year, I woke up at 5 am to stand in line by 5:35 am.  Honestly, I thought someone was playing a joke on my to get me up and out of bed by 5 am.  Turns out that there were already several hundred dad’s standing in line and it was only 5:35 am.  Also keep in mind I am from California, and it is not typically 22 degrees there.  Needless to say, it was VERY cold for the 3 1/2 hours I was in line.  As you can see from the above pictures, it was well worth it.  Besides, I only had to do that one year.  Starting in 2007, the tickets became available online through

The dance is usually concluded with this song.  I am still unable to attach the actual YouTube video, but feel free to cut and past this URL.  Enjoy! Butterfly Kisses Video

And if you made it this far into my story, I’ll share this last video.  If you laugh at me in the comments, then I’ll know you actually watched it.  Its Macarena… one of the dads thought it would be funny to place it on youtube.  Me Doing the Macarena Its very short.

City Hall 101 – Available in Frisco Texas

In my post which provided a summary from “Coffee with the Mayor”, I mentioned a program called ‘City Hall 101‘.  Below I have recapped further details about the class and how to register.

They are currently taking participants for this program, but unfortunately they are only accepting 25 participants.  This program is 100% free and provides an inside look at what happens inside City Hall and other municipal facilities.

When – City Hall 101 runs from February 2 through April 27, 2009. – Monday Evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm *** See below for further details ***

Where – George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd

Restriction – Must be 18 years old or older and class is limited to 25 participants

Meet Mayor Maso, the city counsel members, and the city managers.  During class, you will go behind the scenes of the Frisco Fire and Police Departments, hear what it takes to build roads, and plan for Frisco’s future.  And that is just a few of the topics.  Registration forms are available to download on the city’s website (  When in the home page, click on ‘Projects/Programs’ and then select ‘City Hall 101’ from the drop down menu.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Amy Gill @ 972.292.5103 or send an email to

*** The locations on Monday Nights will change to correspond with the department being discussed.  Be sure to check the schedule weekly ***

Save over $22,000 – Don’t worry I am not selling you anything

That’s right, you can save THOUSANDS of dollars.  I know, sounds impossible and you are waiting for the punchline or for me to tell you to invest in something that will have huge gains.  Nope!  That’s not my job, but I am sure there are plenty of posts and/or infomercials that will take care of that for me.


This post was sparked from phone calls I received from new and previous customers.  Yes it is true that rates are still at an all time low.  But does that mean you need to refinance?  Well, that is not always the case. What??  A mortgage consultant telling you it may not make sense for you to refinance?  Yes and No.  When I am talking with someone about refinancing, I look at many different aspects.  Obviously we are going to talk about credit so we can assess your current situation.  This post is not about Credit though.  If you need to review your credit though, take a look at my previous post which talks about getting a free credit report.


When I consider someone for a refinance, I look at their current loan balance, the term they want compared to how much time they have left, and their credit score.  Right now, more than ever, your credit score is a major driver of what interest rate you will receive.  So, let’s look at a scenario where you can save yourself some thousands of dollars without refinancing.

It may not be possible for you to increase your monthly mortgage payment due to current cash-flow, but if you can that will obviously help.  Most mortgages permit you to make additional payments to your principal at anytime.  Perhaps you receive a larger than expected tax return, or an inheritance, or a non-taxable cash gift.  You could apply this money towards your loan’s principal, resulting in significant savings and a shorter loan life.

Let’s use the following example:

  • Loan Balance $100,000
  • 30 year fixed rate
  • Current rate 6.5%

In this scenario, the borrower would pay a total of $227,542.98.  This is the total of all payments made over the next 30 years.  That equals $127,542.98 in interest payments.  I know that is a crazy number (for reference, this number can be found on your Truth In Lending Statement).

If the same borrower makes a one-time $5,000 payment the first day of year 6, he/she will pay a total of $204,710.75 and pay off the loan in 27 years (324 months).  This shaves off 36 months of payments with a savings of $22,832.23 in interest.  Paying a principal reduction in year 6 means nothing, except it worked into my scenario nicely.  You may make a principal reduction in year 2 or year 12.  The point is to make the principal reduction and you are guaranteed to save on interest.

So… what are you going to do with YOUR tax return this year?      

If your principal balance is over $150,000 and you are paying over 6% on your mortgage, you should call your local mortgage consultant.  It costs nothing to find out what options are available to you (in most cases) and could save you a ton of money.

You are also welcome to visit my website and use the mortgage and budget calculators to see your own savings scenario.  No sign-up required and no one will follow-up with a phone call.  It is set up for your use only.  

If you live in Frisco Texas or the surrounding areas, give me a call and I’ll be happy to do some comparisons for you.

What happened at “Coffee with the Mayor” of Frisco Texas?

This months “Coffee with the Mayor” of Frisco Texas was the best turnout yet.  Last month, Mayor Maso discussed a new theme for these meetings.  The theme would be to hold the meetings at a new location each month.  The location would be the topic of discussion (at least to begin with) and would them move to other local events and discussions.  The new theme started this month when we held the meeting at Frisco’s Emergency Operations Center which is located in the Frisco Central Fire Station.  As a result, over 60 residents attending.  This marked the biggest showing yet.

I have to tell you in advance that I tried to keep up on the notes, but I was so absorbed with the information provided that I found myself not taking as many notes.  It was extremely fascinating to me how the systems worked.  The technology and communication within the city was just amazing.

Chief Mack Borchardt was the main speaker for the first 35 minutes of the meeting.  During that time, he discussed a product called Situational Awareness For Emergency Response (SAFER).  Currently, the system is tied to the local schools.  With a click of the button, the Emergency Response Team can see what is going on within our local schools in case of a serious emergency.  This provides the ERT with an inside view so they know what is happening, what to expect, and how to respond to the situation.  In addition, all Response Vehicles have a lowjack type system in place which helps identify which vehicles are on location.  All of this helps the Chief direct his team and communicate with other officials.  The system can easily be installed with other facilities which have camera’s in place.  Ultimately providing further safety within our city.  Ideally, it will never need to be used, but the technology is there and is far more advanced than most other cities have in place.

In addition to the SAFER project, the Chief provided insight to other safety features.  For example, the emergency sirens are tested daily (rotated and signals) and weekly (sirens can be heard for miles).  Another interesting fact was that our Fire Trucks have sensors on them to change street signals from red to green.  This helps them in traffic and assists with keeping other drivers safe.

After hearing about the safety equipment in place and plans for new developments, its no wonder Frisco is one of the safest cities in Texas.  As a matter of fact,we are in the top tier from ISO (International Organization for Standardization).  What does this mean to you?  Its a ranking system for several things.  In this case, it measures our emergency response time and emergency facilities, among other things.  Ultimately, it means LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

The average response time is 4-5 minutes anywhere in Frisco Texas.

Although a majority of our focus was on the facility and functionality, we did discuss a few upcoming events.  One of the events is a class called “City Hall 101”.  This will be a free class offered.  The discussion within the class will be about City Hall, the different divisions, and how the residents can help make a difference.  There are many opportunities for residents to get involved

We currently have over 102K residents and growing.  Of the employers within Frisco, the Independent School District is still the largest.  As a matter of fact, they are employing another 600 employees within the next year due to the opening of a High School.  Each year, Frisco ISD has grown their employee base as a result of additional schools and new residents.

It was not yet announced where the next meeting will be held, but I certainly look forward to it.  This months meeting was very educational and my blog does it no justice.  I invite you to take a trip and be prepared to be fascinated.

Coffee with the Mayor – Frisco, Texas


During our last meeting, the Mayor wanted to move this venue to a new location each month.  This month, we are moving the venue to Frisco’s Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.).  Mayor Maso welcomes all residents of Frisco to join him for a cup of coffee, casual conversation, and a danish.  Each meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Monday of each month.  Its a great 1 hour discussion about our great city.


When – 1/12/09 @ 8 am

Where – Frisco’s Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.), located inside Frisco Central Fire Station – 8601 Gary Burns Dr.

Discussion Topic – Casual Conversation about our community, developments, etc.

“Coffee with the Mayor” is one of Mayor Maso’s communication initiatives.  During each meeting, we have approx 25+ citizens.  If you would like more information about this meeting, go to, click on ‘Communication’ and find ‘Coffee with the Mayor’.

Hope to see you there.


John Cannata    p# 214.545.5604

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Coffee with the Mayor – Frisco, TX


It is that time of month again.  On Monday, Mayor Maso invites residents of Frisco to join him for a cup of coffee, casual conversation, and a danish.  This is week will be the 7th meeting and is scheduled to continue on the 2nd Monday of each month.


When – 12/8/08 @ 8 am

Where – George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd

Discussion Topic – Casual Conversation about our community, developments, etc.

“Coffee with the Mayor” is one of the Mayor Maso’s new communication initiatives.  During each meeting, we have approx 25+ citizens.  If you would like more information about this meeting, go to, click on ‘Communication’ and find ‘Coffee with the Mayor’.

Hope to see you there.


John Cannata    p# 214.545.5604

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