Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – COVID 19 Be Damned – Let’s Play Football!

We are the Aggies and we are coming for you!

Aggie mask

 

https://youtu.be/5X3MZMxFMWc

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Continued Life in the Coronavirus

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Continued Life in the Coronavirus

I suppose if We, the People, are to resume any semblance of life before coronavirus (BC) it necessary to resume as many previous activities possible. Therefore, Here’s What I’m Thinking is back.

So, what are you doing during these times? Since it has been a while since I posted anything, I will begin with what I have been doing.

Since March 13 I have been staying at home with errands only for food. I am so excited my first hair cut in two months is Friday.

During this time, I have watched an enormous amount of television. Since I am now into repeat episodes, I have solved the crimes on the ID Channel twice now. If you are not familiar with the ID Channel it is Investigative Discovery or true crime. Here are some observations and here’s what I’m thinking.

  1. Actual time. The episodes are an hour in length. During these sixty minutes, there are about 20 minutes of commercials; 10 minutes of repeated generic scenery around the area; 20 minutes of repeated interviews with family, friends, loved ones and police. This leaves about 10 minutes of actual story.
  2. Wal-Mart. If you are going to off some one, do not go to Wal-Mart to buy your killing supplies. Those cameras show the shovel, the gloves, bleach, the gasoline cans, tarp, ropes and everything else as clear as if you were standing there and making the purchase yourself.
  3. Credit card. Don’t use somebody else’s credit card. The cameras will tell that 87-year-old Harriet Hosebeast is not a 40 year old male with a beard wearing biker gear.
  4. Traffic flow. Many of these crimes take place in major urban cities. Like Houston for example. The other night there was an episode and the police were investigating an area around the Galleria area. One could see Loop 610 in the background. The time was 3:00 AM. There was no traffic on the Loop. Trust me I have driven Loop 610 at all hours, yes, even at 3:00 AM. There is never a time when there is no traffic on any freeway in Houston, Texas,
  5. Recreation of events. At the beginning of each episode, there is a disclaimer stating something like “some events are recreated to tell the story in detail.” Recently an episode was about the murder of the Baylor basketball player several years ago. There were generic scenes of Waco and generic scenes around the Baylor campus. However, there were two scenes that came under my intense scrutiny and suspicion.
    1. One – a scene allegedly in a Baylor gym practice facility, had young men playing one on one and shooting hoops. Do you really believe that Baylor University, the largest Baptist University in the world, has a practice facility with exposed rafters above? No. I have toured basketball facilities at Baylor to know they do not have something that tacky. Say – Church basement.
    2. Two – the Baylor head coach office. The Baylor incident was indeed tragic and sadly the head coach was involved. The scene was recreated when interviews went to the coach’s office. I have tour athletic facilities on several campuses. Coaches’ offices are suites. Never have I seen a Head Coach’s office designated by a baby doo doo brown wooden door, with a tacky metal name plate that read “Head Coach.”

That is it for the moment. Tomorrow maybe I will do book reports on the 14 books I have read since January.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Dos de Mayo

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Coronavirus Music – Dos de Mayo

This is one of those songs that floods your memory banks as soon as you hear the opening chords.

Grab a beverage of choice and relax for 3:10. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/NEH3uqbpsm8

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Life in the Times of Coronavirus – Or Uno de Mayo

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Life in the Times of Coronavirus – Or Uno de Mayo

It’s May! It’s May! The Lusty Month of May! That song is from Camelot for all you non artsy, fartsy folks.

The state of Texas is open for business today as per Governor Greg Abbott.  Restaurants, malls and movie theatres are allowed to open.

Now I am not talking about the health issues, political issues or timing of the re-opening of Texas. That is your thing Governor.  I am talking WHICH BUSINESSES are opening in the first phase.  This is a bipartisan issue effecting at least 50 of the population of Texas.

Hair and nail salons and gyms are not in the initial opening phase. If you are going to Re-open Texas, these places need to open sooner than later.

Listen, Governor Abbott. We women have been sitting at home watching our nails and hair grow for weeks. Many of my friends have not seen the original color of their hair since Jimmy Carter was president. Some of us have not had locks that long since Nixon was in office. Women with big hair in Lubbock will be able to go as Cousin Itt from The Addams Family for Halloween. Men are beginning to resemble Darryl – formerly known as Big Foot. And I do not EVEN want to think about waxing of body parts.

Women are taping their bangs with tape attempting to trim the bangs over their forehead evenly. Women are giving their husbands, sons, uncles, boyfriends, children a DIY Trim. One of my friends said, “To Hell with it and shaved her husband’s head.”

Homemade hair cuts are creating a significant new fashion look, but hair is not as critical as NAILS! Husbands, wives and significant others everywhere are having to cut each other’s toenails.

None of these toenail cutting imagination scenarios are pretty in the cob-webbed corners of our minds.  Speaking of not pretty, none of us have been to the gym since Texas Independence Day in March. It does not matter how many walks around the neighborhood you take, it ain’t the gym! My baggy pants are now my fat pants. And I am talking about SWEAT PANTS!

So, Governor, this is bassackwards. The wrong businesses are opening first. You think we women are going out in public to a restaurant, mall or movie theatre? So, open the beauty and nail salons and gyms back up, please. I guarantee it will make Texas a more beautiful place.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Softly Call the Muster…

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Softly Call the Muster…

Aggie Muster is a tradition unique to Texas A&M University that embodies and perpetuates the Aggie Spirit. Celebrated on April 21st every year, Muster engages thousands of Aggies worldwide to honor and celebrate the Aggie Family – past, present, and future.

It is famously quoted “If there is an A&M man in one hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.”

Although over a century has passed and thousands of Musters have been held, the roots remain the same of honoring the Aggies who have passed and celebrating those gathered together.

https://muster.tamu.edu/about-muster/

Aggie Muster is definitely one those traditions that if you are on the outside looking in, you do not understand it. If you are on the inside, you cannot explain it.

So, for all we answer “Here” in the Spirit of Aggieland.

spirit of aggieland

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Live in the Time of Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Live in the Time of Coronavirus

Today the brain is all over the place. So hang on and sing.

Today we have a song that never became popular. For example, here is one that was never sung since today was a bit icy for the big boat. It sank on this day in 1912.

Bon voyage to you, new Titanic.

You’re the greatest ship on the sea.

Bon voyage to you, new Titanic.

Say Hello to the Statue of Liberty!

To wish you a safe crossing is unthinkable.

We know with what you’re costing you’re unsinkable.

So bon voyage to you, new Titanic.

You’re the greatest ship on the sea.

Well, watch out for the iceberg.

              I have self-isolated, quarantined, stayed indoors, social distanced for one month with only trips to the grocery store. Yesterday, I ordered a large package of surgical masks. I fear this crap is not going away for another six weeks or so.  This may indeed become a cultural change.

Today, I was going for the space look rather than the bumble bee look when I went to the grocery store.

space mask

Mask wearing at the store was about fifty-fifty. Half the people wore one, the others not. I did see that some place in town required you to wear a mask. I tried to go that store, but they insisted I have on more than the mask and made me go home.

Us grammar mammars so dislike it when a noun becomes a verb. For example – Please, wear a mask (noun) Mask up (verb). Now please diagram the sentences. Stop complaining, you are as bored as I am. Admit it.

Here is another song gaining popularity in these times.

Where have all the paper towels gone?

Long time passing.

Where have all the paper towels gone?

Long-time ago.

Where have all the paper towels gone

Cause I can’t find a roll nowhere,

No, I can’t find a roll.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Say your prayers. And Lord, please do not let this linger into college football season.

 

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Easter WeekEnd

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Easter WeekEnd

We are preparing for an Easter weekend like no other. With the exception of the Original and Big One of course.

Today, I celebrated Good Friday and did the Stations of the Cross (Catholic thing) online. I have never done the Stations from my home before. I do hope that God did not mind that there was a cat in my lap.  Imagine how difficult it is to genuflect from a chair.

After those prayers, I geared up with my mask and went to two stores. I spent $11.00 at the Farm Patch. I bought an eggplant, okra, and Brussel sprouts. Yes, I like them. And I especially like them in the air fryer.

Then I spent $50.00 at the liquor store. According to my math that is about even.

I will be sad that I will not be with family on Easter Sunday. I miss going to mass or church with some of them. I miss the great Easter food that is prepared afterward – especially, Deann’s chocolate chip cookies and Debbie or Kristen’s Nanny Cake. Both cookies and cake are as close to Mama’s as possible.

I will miss watching the great great nieces dressed in their Easter frocks. I hope pictures are taken.

Bottom line, I will miss you and that I love “Love you Heap Big.” But we must stay safe. I am confident that we will be together soon.

So, wherever you are on Sunday, I hope the day is filled with joy and happiness. And of-course the True celebration of the day.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – Life in the Time of Coronavirus

You know what chaps me?

That brand new tube of chap stick that you just bought, only used once and you find it in the bottom of the dryer! Of course, all contents were melted.

I had just purchased two new tubes like this.  It says it is “Natural – Age-Defying.” I smeared it all over my body but have not seen any dramatic results.Chapstick

What else are you doing while staying safely at home? This was yesterday. I took a picture of my cat, Peach, while she was sitting on the back porch listening to the birds. Notice, I did not even get out of the chair.

No heart butt

Then I edited the picture and drew a heart around her butt.

Heart butt

Made you laugh, didn’t it?

Moving forward.

History 2030 – During the 2020 pandemic coronavirus, shortages of toilet paper and paper towels were the number one demand. Packages of paper products were limited to one to a customer. This demand was followed by alcohol. It was not limited to one to a customer.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay strong.

Monday, April 6, 2020 – Life in the Time of Corona

Monday, April 6, 2020 – Life in the Time of Corona

Here I am yesterday going to the grocery store.

bandana face

I was able to find one package of four rolls of toilet paper. There is a limit of one package to a customer. Then I was able to trade those four rolls for a box of Clorox Wipes.

Seriously, I am OK and hope that all is well at your house. I have much to be thankful for.

In happy news, Mississippi State women’s’ basketball coach, Vic Shaefer, will be the new women’s’ basketball coach at THE University of Texas. Or course we all know that Coach Shaefer is a Texas A&M graduate – Class of 1984.

Here’s what I’m thinking. When all else fails, bring in a Texas Aggie to get it done right. It will be interesting to hear him say “Praise the Lord and Hook ‘Em Horns!” Oh well, at least one of the phrases is a good one. I also wonder how long it will take for a game between TU and Texas A&M women’s basketball to be on the schedule. Good luck, Vic and Shaefer family.

My plans for today include taking a walk around the neighborhood, making some more masks and practicing professional chair sitting. I have even entertained thoughts of weeding the flower bed and cleaning out the refrigerator. I hope the last two thoughts go away quickly.

Anyway, here’s to another Monday that moves us one day closer to this being over.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Everybody Dance Now

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Everybody Dance Now

Anybody having weird dreams? Two nights in a row I dreamed my friend, Shirley Crooks and I were judges in a dance contest. I don’t know about Shirley but watching me dance is not pretty. In fact, it is pretty hilarious, and tequila is usually involved.

But I offer some suggestions for a dance contest from American Bandstand 1967. It is kind of long, but funny. I like couple number four because I had a dress like that in 1967. Check out the ads. Check out the prizes. Different for boys and girls.  I especially like the TV with removable legs so you can take it to another room.

Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/XkFNWwkeWho