College Football Season

September 5, 2013
The Corp Marching into the Game

The Corp Marching into the Game

It finally arrived: college football season!  Last Saturday, we traveled to College Station to watch the A&M/Rice match with 85,000 of our closest friends.  One word describes the game today: HOT! The game started at High Noon. The temperature at game time was  92 and there was not a trace of a cloud in the sky nor a hint of a breeze in the air.  The Sun beat down on us like a hammer on a nail!

The Ags were a 27 point favorite but that is not how the game played out. Rice scored first and an atmosphere of uncertainty enveloped the Aggie faithful. After all more than half of the defensive starters sat out the game for breaking team rules. Furthermore, Johnny Football was suspended the 1st half for “not knowing any better!”

The 1st half was murder. The Aggie defense gave up lots of yards willingly and the Sun beat down unmercifully.  The first half lasted forever. The Aggies squeaked  out a 28-21 half-time lead and we all felt lucky. The real score at the end of the 1st half: Sun 1, Texas A&M/Rice 0.

The second half turned out much cooler. The Aggie defense stiffened up. Johnny Football played until Coach Sumlin benched him for taunting the Rice defense! Best of all, clouds hid the Hot Sun for much of the second half!

The final score Texas A&M 52, Rice 31. However many of us believe the real winner was the Sun.

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Aggie/Longhorn Final Game?

November 26, 2011

Last night might have been the final game in the long storied history of Texas A&M/Texas football.  This was the 118th meeting of the two schools. The first meeting was in 1894.  Texas called the game off in 1911 for a couple of years because the Aggie players were too mean!!  A&M is leaving the Big 12 after this year for the SEC.  So another tradition bites the dust.  “They” say betrayed feelings over the Longhorn TV Network deal caused the rift.  We may never know the whole story but we do know A&M will be in the SEC next year and there will be no Turkey Day Aggie/Longhorn game!

For a re-cap of what the game meant: The only game in town.  USA today has a good summary of the game itself: USA today

We are ready to BTHOTU

Waiting for the Fighting Texas Aggie Marching Band

The Tubas come marching by in a blur!

Into Kyle Field we go - home of the 12th man

As usual the stadium if full, loud, and rowdy

Half Time: The Longhorn Band says thanks for the memories

Half Time: Fighting Texas Aggie Band in the famous block T A&M formation

Here is the token football photo since this was a football game.


Climate change – myth or reality

September 16, 2011

The high temperature Tuesday this week in McKinney was 107 which was a record September 13. We also reached 100 degrees 70 days so far this Summer which is another record. The old record was 69 in 1980. Luckily, we don’t live in Wichita Falls just a couple of hours Northwest of us.  They have reach at least 100 degrees 100 days to-date this year.

Furthermore, Texas had the hottest June, July, August of any state ever since they started keeping records.

Oh, how could I forget, Texas had the driest Summer on record this year also.

Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes, but Texas is burning.  Wild fires are everywhere fueled by the dry, hot weather.

From down here in Texas it appears  climate change is a reality! The icecaps are melting, New England is flooding,  and Texas is burning.


20 days in a row over 100% in Fairview Texas and Counting

July 22, 2011

Friday, July 22 2011: 81% this morning in Fairview.  Yesterday was the 20th day in a row over 100% here!  100% is not abnormally hot here in Texas, but the 100% temperatures day in and day out wear you down. My plants in the garden are having the same problem. I fear some of them will not survive the Summer.

I have been watching the Tour de France every morning before work this month and the weather is strikingly different over there.  Yesterday snow was falling at the finish line several hours before the riders crossed the finish line.

The climate may not be warming, but, if not, why are the extremes of weather so much more pronounced than in the past?  IMHO there is no way 7 Billion people cannot affect the environment!


A night in Amarillo

June 29, 2011

Yesterday was my 1st day of vacation. Our destinations is our usual Summer vacation to Pagosa Springs Co.  This year I am driving to Albuquerque, picking up Gwen at the Airport, and from there driving to Pagosa Springs.

I really love the drive to Amarillo which is always an experience.  The country is mostly empty and the vistas on go on forever.  While driving I spend quite a bit of time dreaming about the Comanches and Quanah Parker who used to rule this land with an iron fist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche).  I also thought a lot about the dust bowl (see the book “The Worst Hard Time”  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5128581).  From there I drift off to the eternal questions of why and how we exist in a certain moment of time and place instead of another.  Most of all I am most gratified the Comanches did not capture and torture me and I never tried raising crops in this rain starved land!

The drive always lifts my soul.

On a side note, I made an interesting discovery while driving – a discovery for me as I am sure hordes of others already know about it.  I can play Internet radio on my iPhone and route it through the car radio.  No more local radio stations!!!  Enough of the diversions…

But in the end I finally arrived here in Amarillo which is almost as close to Denver in distance, climate, and attitude as it is to Dallas. I checked in at the hotel and exercised while waiting for my buddy Mike, who moved to Amarillo last Winter, pick me up for a wild night on the town – well, wild for AARP members anyway.

Mike arrives and we are off see the Helium City!  First stop is at Joe’s Tacos for Dinner.  I have the house special tacos which are delicious and very spicy.  I highly recommend Joe’s if you are ever in Amarillo and looking for a causal meal.

Next we cruise down 6th street.  We finally stop at the Golden Light Cafe for beers.  It was established in 1946 and is on the list of National Historic Sites.  The cafe is surprisingly small.  I bet it was a booming joint after the War.  The cafe is staffed by a huge crew of 2 – a lady who is really good looking.  I did not expect someone like her.  The guy – bartender and short order cook – was young and some what challenged.

The Golden Light Cafe

After the Golden Light we shuffled on over the Scooter’s, a biker bar and finished the night there.  We were the only males in the establishment not dressed in black?  However they treated us like regulars.  I met a bevy on interesting characters.  First was Junk Yard Dave who owns a junk yard (what a coincidence)  and quite successful.  He kept buying everyone beers and apparently is a regular.  I think they were all regulars except us. The 2 bar maids were both good looking.  Why are the bar maids in biker bars always good looking?  One of the bar maids kept showing everyone her breasts!  Weird behavior, but maybe normal in Amarillo which is a far cry from Dallas.

Then we topped off the night with a viewing of Mike’s late but much loved mother-in-law’s collection of at least a thousand ceramic Santas!


County road in Palo Pinto County, Texas

June 25, 2011

County road West of Mineral Wells Texas


2 Months 2 Vacations: #2 San Antonio

April 28, 2011

Wow!! – 2 vacations in 2 months is a 1st for me! I could get used to this.  Actually, the San Antonio vacation was really a long weekend – leave after work on Friday, Gwen fly home Monday night, and Marv drive home on Wednesday to babysit C2.

Mission San Jose - 1 of 5 Missions in San Antonio

We started out Friday after work by driving to Round Rock to spend the night free at the Springhill Suites courtesy of Gwen’s Marriot points.  We ate at a local joint, the Blue Oak Grill which was a converted Applebees.  It was kinda Cajun Food.  I would eat there again, but I would not drive to Round Rock just to eat there.

We woke up Saturday morning and discovered a blue northerner had blown in with temperature hovering around 43% and the wind out of the North t 30mph.  After breakfast (can’t remember what we are so it could not have been too good) we drove to Fredericksburg on the back roads, had lunch at The Brewery (German food but the beer is the highlight), and then spent some time window shopping.  Fredericksburg is a great weekend visit:

  •  It is a scenic drive to get there
  • It is not too expensive
  • It is a very relaxed atmosphere
  • It has lots of antic and knickknack shops
  • It has some good restaurants

After we were shopped out we drove to San Antonio, checked in at the Wyndham, and ate at La Fogota.

View from the Wyndham

The Wyndham is our timeshare.  Most places we stay with Wyndham are real nice but they always want to give you a wlecome visit which turns our to be a sales pitch to buy more timeshare.  At San Antonio they are real high pressure. I almost don’t want to go back because of them.

Sunday morning we ate a healthy breakfast in our room at the  Wyndham. Then, we  walked over to the Alamofor 175th anniversary ceremony of the fall of the Alamo (March 6).  It seems a strange think to celebrate – defeat.  However, for a real Texan a visit to the Alamo is a religious experience and on a major anniversary it is doubly so.

175th Anniversary Re-enactment

After the ceremony we ate lunch at Del Weiss Tip Top Diner. It is reported to be Tim Duncan’s favorite eating establishment which I do find hard to believe.  It is a mid-50s diner in not too good a neighborhood, but the down home cooking is delicious.  I think the only reason Gwen goes there is she knows I like the place.

After lunch we drove out to hike the  Government Canyon trails for 2.5 hours ( I love to hike). After rushing back to the timeshare to clean up we had a great dinner at Pasenos at the Quarry and topped off the evening at the movies – The Adjustment Bureau. Pasenos was great.

Monday morning and we ate breakfast at Mi Tierra – okay but if I did not go back I would still live forever,  Walked to Bank of America, got Gwen a new debit card, opened a savings account, and transferred a lot of our money into it.  We had a scare this weekend with her old debit card and therefore cancelled it.  We opened the savings account because if someone got access to our checking account right now there was a lot of money in it – not anymore.

For lunch we walked over to  Schilo’s German Deli.  I had reuben sandwich, cup of split pea soup, and a Spaten Optimator beer – delicious – would go back there in a New York Minute.  It is downtown on Commerce right next to the Rio Casa restaurant which is a river walk staple.

After lunch we packed Gwen’s things and spent the afternoon at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens – very peaceful place.  Put her on the airplane, put gas in the car, washed it, and then back at the hotel I ran through the King William district, tried to work on PHP, and had dinner – left over lamb shank and fruit.


I started out Tuesday by runing the new riverwalk an hour just past Pearl Brewery. Appears it may go or is planned to go to the Witte Museum.   Spent the rest of Tuesday chilling out.  I did venture out to take photos of the Missions.  I got to all five this trip and some great picture of some weird hay bale and iron scuptures — whoop.  Had dinner at Rosariosand back to the hotel to chill out.

Mission San Jose

Hay bale & Iron Sculpture

I got up birght and early Wednesday and drove home.

Best Restuarants: Pasenos at the Quarry.  Schilo’s German Deli.  Rosario’s

Best Event: Government Canyon.