Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Two Weeks from Today

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Two Weeks from Today

Christmas Day is two weeks away from today. You have two weeks to get in the Christmas spirit. There was a question asked on Twitter this morning. How do you honor the memory of a deceased loved during the holiday season? Here are some of my favorite responses. What do you do to remember your loved ones who are at THE Big Birthday party in Heaven?

  • We have an extra place setting at the table with an empty chair and a flower.
  • We cook their favorite foods following their favorite recipes.
  • We decorate the tree with her/his ornaments.
  • We lost a son at six months of age fourteen years ago. Since his death we adopt a family that has a son who would be the same age as ours.
  • We decorate with our dad’s trains and have the Christmas tree in his train room.
  • Our son was killed in Afghanistan. We donate to Wounded Warriors.
  • We play their favorite songs.
  • I read A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas) to the family, just like Daddy used to.
  • Donate to a local charity.
  • We go to the cemetery and have a toast of Jameson to our father.
  • We tell some of our relatives’ favorite jokes.
  • We put a photo in chair, light a candle on the table and tell a favorite story.
  • We put poinsettias on the graves and say a prayer.
  • Our church holds a mass for them.
  • We go to candlelight services at church on Christmas Eve.
  • We donate to the food bank in our community.
  • Cry a little bit but carry on with memories.
  • Celebrate for them.

    Dale, I never took down your Christmas tree from last year because you still light up our family. And Peach and Meela have not yet torn it down so that’s a plus.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 4141 Train and Flyover

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 4141 Train and Flyover

Magnolia, Texas was one of the premier sites to see the train carrying the casket of former president George H. W. Bush. I was so blessed to capture some photographs of a historic time in our nation’s history.

For those familiar with Magnolia, I am standing on a Constable truck near the Library.

Looking south toward Pinehurst

Looking north toward FM 1488

I was also blessed to get back to College Station to see the flyover. There were five contingents of four jets. I tried to give some perspective of how low the formations were. The missing man formation was done over the George Bush Library. The lone aircraft took various directions. One actually flew back over the National Hamburger of Texas.





You can hardly see the aircraft. Visibility was becoming terrible.


Wednesday, December 05, 2018 – Farewell Flyoverover Texas A&M University.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 – Farewell Flyover over Texas A&M University

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 – The George H. W. Bush Library

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 – The George H. W. Bush Library

Monday, December 3, 2018 – The Games Are Set

Monday, December 3, 2018 – The Games Are Set

The Committee has spoken. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. Those are the four that are in.

This leaves Georgia, Ohio State and most everybody else mad. The Big 12 wanted OU and not two teams from the SEC. Everybody is tired of Alabama except Alabama. They just keep on rolling.

I am so happy Notre Dame is playing Clemson on December 29 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has never been kind to the Irish. Go Clemson.

There are 33 bowl games between December 15 and January 1. That is way too many to give comments. Unless you or your child or grandchild attends one of the universities, no one really cares about who is playing until the end of December.

Let’s take a preview of some of the action. One more thing. The SEC. It just means more. As in, 11 teams in bowl games.


Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston) – Vanderbilt vs. Baylor – Dec. 27 – 8 pm CT – ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville) – Auburn vs. Purdue – Dec. 28 – 1:30 pm CT – ESPN

Belk Bowl (Charlotte) – South Carolina vs. Virginia – Dec. 29 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ABC

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta) – Florida vs. Michigan – Dec. 29 – 11 am CT – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami) – Alabama vs. Oklahoma – Dec. 29 – 7 pm CT – ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis) – Missouri vs. Oklahoma State – Dec. 31 – 2:45 pm CT – ESPN

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) – Texas A&M vs. North Carolina State – Dec. 31 – 7:30 pm CT – ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Phoenix) – LSU vs. Central Florida – Jan. 1 – Noon CT – ESPN

VRBO Citrus Bowl (Orlando) – Kentucky vs. Penn State – Jan. 1 – Noon CT – ABC

Outback Bowl (Tampa) – Mississippi State vs. Iowa – January 1 – 11:00 am CT – ESPN2

Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) – Georgia vs. Texas – Jan. 1 – 7:45 pm CT – ESPN

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – George H. W. Bush – A Story and Photos

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – George H. W. Bush – A Story and Photos

This morning I went to the George H. W. Bush Museum and Library. It is already a very busy day there. Security already has a presence. There are landscapers at every piece of grass and ground. The media is already staging.

Here is a story from Aggieland about President 41 and some photos from the Library today.

The staff at the George H. W. Bush Library were informed in October the about the former president’s failing health. They were told to begin to execute the pre-planned protocols. The spokespersons representing the family and the library were in constant contact.

Then it was Thanksgiving week ending with the football game between Texas A&M and LSU. The family and the library began to panic. What if President Bush passes during this time? The logistics would be a nightmare. What if the game had to be canceled?

As you recall (or would like to forget if you are LSU) the game was a history making football game. Allegedly, after the game, the Bush spokesperson called the library and said “We made it. He is such an Aggie!”

President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush did love College Station, Bryan and the Aggies. And College Station, Bryan and the Aggies loved the Bushes.

Rest in Peace.

There is already a security presence. The media is already beginning to stage.

Flags at half staff.

My favorite. So much history in this photograph.

I hope you enjoyed the photoes. Hey, Dan Quayle was GHWB’s Vice President.

Friday, November 30, 2018 – Championship Snarky Friday

Friday, November 30, 2018 – Championship Snarky Friday

It is championship weekend in college football. By Sunday we will know Who’s In the Big Four and who is left crying in the rain awaiting their crappy bowl destination.

Since it is a special weekend the Snark has devised a sing-a-long to commemorate the occasion.

Our weekend begins tonight on Fox at 7:00 with Utah and Washington in the Pac 12 championship. (Sung to California Here We Come because game is in California)

California here we come; the Utes and Huskies to have some fun; That’s why we can hardly wait as the Huskies come undone; Go Utes!

December 1 at 11:00 on ABC we have THE University of Texas and Oklahoma University in the Red River Rivalry Redux for the Big 12 Championship. (Sung to well, you know)

I’ve been working on the railroad, all the live long day; Yes, I’ve been working on the railroad this one will slip away; Boomer Sooner will play often as Kyler throws the ball; Yes, OU will be the champions and will be # 4 Ya’ll.

At 3:00 on CBS we have Alabama and Georgia in their redux of the SEC Championship. (sung to While We Are Marching in Through Georgia )

Hoorah, hoorah, we’ll sing the jubilee; Hoorah, hoorah the Tide will roll in free; So we sing a chorus from Atlanta to the sea; While we were rolling in through Georgia!

At the 7:00 hour on ABC we have Clemson and Pitt for the ACC Champion (sung to Jingle Bells)

Tiger stripes; Tiger stripes; nothing rhymes with orange, but Clemson will be # 2 and in the playoff forms;

Opposite Clemson and Pitt at 7:00 on Fox Northwestern and Ohio State playing for the Big 10 Championship

(Sung to Hang on Sloopy) Here is the Ohio State Band in 2006 introducing this as one of their official songs. Ohio State is just weird. Maybe it’s the pot leaves.

Hang on Sloopy; Sloopy hang on…


Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Knit One Purl One

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Knit One Purl One

I am sorry for such a late post. It took me all day to make this. I was doing the knit one purl one and knitting Peach’s Christmas stocking. Yeah, right! I went to Target.



Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Renew the Rivalry?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Renew the Rivalry?

Renew the Rivalry between Texas A&M and THE University of Texas by LAW. WHAT?

State Representative and Aggie, Lyle Larson, filed HB 412 for the 86th Texas Legislature that requires the two universities to schedule an annual nonconference football game the fourth Thursday, Friday of Saturday of November.

HWIT – Waste of paper; waste of time; and LSU and the SEC may have plenty to say about that date.

I would not be opposed to a game at a neutral site. Jerry World would probably like to host it. It would be good for recruiting, but I do not think legislation is needed to make it happen.

It seems that Alabama and Auburn did not play one another for decades due to contract disputes. It seemed to work out ok for both of those schools. Representative Larson wants to avoid such a situation. HWIT, I would rather not play THE University of Texas ever again if it meant the Texas Aggies would take over as annual number one with multiple national championships.

Monday, November 26, 2018 – My Monday After College Football Awards – Week Thirteen

Monday, November 26, 2018 – My Monday After College Football Awards – Week Thirteen

Big scores; ugly helmets, home cooking and more. Let’s move the chains down the sideline and hand out my Monday after college football awards.

Washington 28 Washington State 15 – Both teams receive The Snow Globe Award. I award Mike Leach and the Washington State team The Frozen Award as we sing “Let it go.”

Penn State 38 and Maryland 3 – The Always A Contender for Ugly Helmet Award goes to Maryland. Can there possibly be a football helmet as ugly? Penn State says yes – Ohio State.

Michigan 39 Ohio State 62 – So another Ugly Helmet Award goes to the Buckeyes of Ohio State for their pot leaf helmets. I award Michigan the Where’s Waldo Wolverine Award. Did the real team miss the bus?

Clemson 56 South Carolina 35 – Clemson wins the Palmetto Trophy. Uncle Will Muschamp better get the Gamecocks winning. He wins The Coach’s Hot Seat for 2019.

Alabama 52 Auburn 21 – Alabama wins the Tina Turner Award as they continue Rolling Down the River!

To the Big 12

Baylor 35 Texas Tech 24 – Kliff Kingsbury receives the Mac Davis Award because Kliff will be seeing Lubbock in his review mirror.

Oklahoma West Virginia 59-56 – I award The Aerial Heisman Display Award to both teams. Also both teams receive the You Just Thought You Scored a lot of Points Awards

Texas 24 Kansas 17 – I award THE University of Texas the Back to the Big 12 Championship Award. Enjoy your Hat Trophy, because the Big 12 One goes back to Oklahoma next Saturday. To the Kansas Jayhawks I award the Robert Frost Award because you have Miles to go before you sleep with a football trophy.

Let’s see. It seems I am leaving a game out. What game would that be?

LSU 72 Texas A&M 74 7 OT

Load up the trailers and tote off the awards. Seven Overtimes!

Miss Reveille as the Aggies take the field. She usually doesn’t bark. She must have known something.

To the LSU Tigers and the Texas Aggies I award the following:

  • Great Game Award
  • Poopy Undies Award
  • Pepto Bismal Award for upset as in the game, the LSU fans, my stomach.
  • Manicure Award for a nail biter
  • Unbelievable Stamina Award – this award goes to the teams, coaches and fans.
  • Neither Team Should Have Lost Award
  • Unbelievable Game Awards
  • Great Plays Awards
  • Great Coaching Awards
  • One for the Record Books
  • Epic Game Award
  • It’s a Rivalry Now Award
  • Lastly – I award the Referees at Kyle Field the Home Cooking Award. Sometimes it’s hard to see out of bounds on the home field.

The Bowl Projections are out. Here is a bowl game I would NOT like to see.

Oregon in their bright, yellow, banana, high liter uniforms, playing Washington State in all red uniforms on the Boise State blue field. It could be called The Primary Colors Bowl.