Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Dirty Bird or Foul Fowl

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Dirty Bird or Foul Fowl

I have a murmuration of starlings. Google murmuration. Google starling.

Ok, there are only a couple of these nasty birds, but they are building their nasty nest above my front door. This means baby starlings are not far behind. This creates a poop deluge for those coming to the front door. I am not certain if my homeowners insurance covers “poop accidents” if someone slips and falls due to droppings.

While Peach, the cat, finds them fascinating to watch, I will not feel bad when I go wash away their nest this afternoon. Then maybe I’ll watch Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I still wonder how they got the house so clean after hundreds of birds were in the living room. This scene is before Tippy goes to the attic. Actually, those birds did not poop either. That green suit she had on is spotless when Rod Taylor rescues her.

There are only two birds outside my front door. They have only been there two days, but there is already poop. Therefore, I must go wash away the birds’ nest.

I’ll listen to these truly inspirational bird words from The Trashmen from 1963 while washing the front door. Bird, bird, bird is the word…

 

More History From George Bush Library

 

Monday, April 23, 2018 – More History From George Bush Library

There was a steady stream of people at the George Bush Library and Museum this morning. We were paying final respects to First Lady, Barbara Bush. Walk with me in pictures.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Saying Good Bye with Pearls and Grace

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Saying Good Bye with Pearls and Grace

Yesterday, April 21, Aggie Muster became an even more special and solemn occasion. Hundreds of us lined Texas Avenue and George Bush Drive in College Station to watch the motorcade go to the Bush Library and to say our final goodbye to former First Lady, Barbara Bush.

On Thursday, I took this photo of the George Bush Library with the flags at half-staff.

Local media informed those who wanted to watch the motorcade to be parked and in place by 2:00 pm. Since we always want to be on the front row of history, Ms. Navasota and I arrived at 12:30. But we met the coolest ladies and had the greatest conversations. Note the following photograph:

Two minutes later an AP photographer took their photo and it has gone international. So, HWIT, if that photographer wins a Pulitzer for that photograph, J and I will say “we took it first!”

Social media allowed us to track the motorcade from the moment it left St. Martin’s Church in Houston to the arrival in College Station. Here are some photographs of history. Because I know many of you are familiar with the Texas A&M campus, you will recognize where these photos are taken.

I chose the corner of Olsen and George Bush Drive. This is just across the railroad tracks at Wellborn and George Bush Drive. Blue Bell Park is directly behind me.

This is looking left toward Wellborn Road.  Texas Ave. is about 1.5 miles. Imagine the number of people,

The one below is looking right toward the Bush Library In the distance you can see the police vehicle. Public was not allowed past that point.

 

Motorcade about to cross RR tracks.

First vehicle behind the hearse and the only beige one in the motorcade. I suspect the former presidents were here.  Second group of vehicles were family and friends.

And then they were gone..

But then there was Aggie Muster. Next year, 2019, will be the official Aggie Muster for the Bush Family. However, last evening the first name called was “Barbara Pierce Bush” and the attendees in Reed Arena and your Aggie Family answered “Here.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018 – The Outlook – Bots and Nots

Thursday, April 5, 2018 – The Outlook – Bots and Nots

Outlook – bad. This is for all of the fake followers who have outlook.com as an address.

If you are actually a real person and not a bot,

Then leave me a message to say you are not.

Outlook – good.

Yes, I fixed the step ladder so my fur baby, Peach, could look out the front door.

        If you love fur babies, then you are my friend,

        But even if you don’t, this is still The End.

 

Monday, April 2, 2018 – While Her Loyal Sons are Shooting Onward with a THREE!

Monday, April 2, 2018 – While Her Loyal Sons are Shooting Onward with a THREE!

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory.

If you missed the final seconds of the women’s Division I National basketball championship yesterday, it is worth a google to see the last seconds, even if you do not like basketball. ND is going to need a mural with Three point Jesus to compliment Touchdown Jesus.

At least it wasn’t UConn. Congratulations to Muffett McGraw and Notre Dame and congratulations of Vic Sheafer and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Congratulations to all of the teams for giving fans one of the most exciting women’s brackets of basketball in years. It was literally a record setting (and breath taking) Final Four preceded by games played by outstanding young women displaying superb athletic skills.

Tonight the men’s Division I National Championship in basketball will be decided between Michigan and Villanova to close out the 2018 basketball season.

Here’s what I’m thinking. Watch out for the Catholics again. And how many days until football season begins?

 

Friday, March 30, 2018 – Jesus Christ, Superstar! I Only Want to Know

Friday, March 30, 2018 – Jesus Christ, Superstar! I Only Want to Know

Who’s ready to watch Jesus Christ, Superstar on NBC on Sunday night?

I am and I can’t wait. I am sure my Mother is appalled as she once in 1971 when the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock musical appeared on Broadway. Of course, it could have been I came home from college that Easter wearing a T-shirt that read: “Jesus is coming and boy is He pissed.”

The Wikipedia article states, “The Broadway show and subsequent productions were condemned by some religious groups. Tim Rice was quoted as saying “It happens that we don’t see Christ as God but simply the right man at the right time at the right place.”

Some Christians considered such comments to be blasphemous, the character of Judas too sympathetic and some of his criticisms of Jesus offensive At the same time, some Jews claimed that it bolstered the anti-Semitic belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death by showing most of the villains as Jewish (Caiaphas and the other priests, Herod) and showing the crowd in Jerusalem calling for the crucifixion. The musical was banned in South Africa for being “irreligious.” A 1972 production of the play was banned in the Hungarian People’s Republic for “distribution of religious propaganda.”

The original production had few spoken words. If I understand correctly the new version has none. No words. What an irony. A musical about The Word with no words.

That was then and this is now. What will the social media say about this version?  “Israel in 4 BC had no mass communications.”

Turn up the speakers and sing along. Warm up the vocal chords for Sunday evening.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Holy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Holy Thursday

Today is the Thursday before Good Friday. On this day, Jesus and his disciplines went to The Cenacle. It is known as the “Upper Room” and is located in David’s Tomb Compound in Jerusalem. Traditionally this is the site where The Last Supper was held.

Here they had a nice spread with cheese, maybe a nice brisket or some smoked fish. They shared some outstanding bread and toasted with a fine wine. You wouldn’t have cheap wine with Jesus, would you?

They all prayed and prepared for the next few days which were not going to be pleasant. They knew it would be their Last Supper. Today, the ritual of the Last Supper is celebrated in many Christian churches. Some faiths celebrate symbolically while others transubstantiate. Google it.

Leonardo Di Vinci painted a picture, again appropriately called, The Last Supper. It was the Instagram of the day.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 – A Peach Takeover

Wednesday March 28, 2018 – A Peach Takeover

Peach here. Dr. Biped is napping during the rain. I just woke up to do the input and output thing. Saw the camera and I decided to take a selfie.

I hope you like it. Love Peach.

Now back to my nap. Let me wake up Dr. Biped to let her know I’m back and ready to nap.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Rust is a Color – Attention Old Hippies

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Rust is a Color – Attention Old Hippies

If you have been following Here’s What I’m Thinking, you know that Ms. Navasota and I channeled our inner Joan Baez on Saturday. We returned to the thrilling days of yesteryear when we once walked in our bell bottoms and carried signs that said “hooray for our side.” Music aficionados from the 1960’s actually know that “hooray for our side” is a Buffalo Springfield song and not Joan Baez.

Here we are leaving for the protest march.

Note the Elvis Presley (The King) hood ornament

I am riding shotgun

 

Here we are stopping on the side of the road on the way to the protest of guns in schools. Love those back roads of Texas. Also love those unplanned shots that allow one to add the constant of their choice to read however they choose. Duck and repair will work.

Even though we our protests were rusty, nevertheless we persisted. It did take us back to a time when the world was in chaos. Believe it or not we were once 18 and 19 year olds and even high school students just like students today who want to make the world a safer place. It brought make many memories

“But we both know what memories can bring. They bring diamonds and rust. And if you’re offering me diamonds and rust, I’ve already paid.”

And that is Joan Baez.

Monday, March 26, 2018 – March for Our Lives – When Did You Lose It?

Monday, March 26, 2018 – March for Our Lives – When Did You Lose It?

Saturday, March 24, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the world to make their voices heard regarding gun control. In the history of revolutions this is referred to as “when the barricades go up.”

When did you lose it and begin to cry on Saturday ? You know you did.

Was it when you saw the huge numbers of marchers worldwide?

Was it when you saw Emma Gonzalez stand for six minutes and twenty seconds in silence? Six minutes and twenty seconds is the amount of time it took for one mentally ill person to change the lives of millions. Sit for that amount of time and imagine what the sounds they heard.

For me it was during the reading of names. It began like this:

We are not here today to take away guns. We only want common sense legislation regarding them.

Today, we remember every person who lost their lives in school shootings. We call the names and ages of those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

My throat tightened as the seventeen names and ages of promising individuals were read from Stoneman Douglas High School were read. Their futures were just beginning.

Here is where I lost it. The names from Sandy Hook and the ages were repeated again and again: “Age six; age six; age six, age seven, age seven, age six… Twenty little children who never got a future. Six educators who will never make a difference in the lives of children.

Then we prayed.

Because of these and all the others we must carry on to create safe learning places for all.