Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sunday Morning – July 19, 2015 – The University of Texas at Austin

Sunday Morning – July 19, 2015 – The University of Texas at Austin

I was saving this until closer to football season, but what the heck. No time like the present.

If you or your children/grandchildren graduated from The University of Texas, or you or your children/grandchildren attended The University, or even if you just wear the T-Shirt from Wal-Mart, please know this. It is said with utmost respect and sincerity.

Once upon a time when I was prominent, I had the privilege and honor of working on multiple collaborative projects with some of the best and brightest people from Texas and from Texas A&M and their respective system universities. On academic, research, and intellectual levels these two institutions are the BEST in the state and yes, the world. They produce the best graduates in all fields of study at all levels. Most people are unaware of the extensive academic and research collaborations between and among the two flagships universities and their system universities.

Also, know that I think Charlie Strong is the best thing that has happened since – well, maybe signing the great Earl Campbell. And I believe (and truly hope) that Coach Strong will bring Texas back to strike fear into the Big 12 and beyond. However, Steve Patterson could be another story. I don’t think pissing off the alumni is a good thing for an AD to do, but what do I know?

So when football season begins, please know that Here’s What I’m Thinking will be equally snarky and equally praised among all teams. Aggies included. Here are some examples:

The University – (it’s the reference to the decal from the late 70’s/early 80’s) “Stay Strong. Go Swoops. Nike is just waiting for you.”

Texas A&M – “Coach Sumlin, please do not wear those Ice Uniforms again this year. They are ugly and hard to see on TV. And we got our ice whipped last time you wore them.” Or one from last season when going for a two-point conversion to not lose the game – “Who the hell called that? Only Peyton Manning or Tom Brady can make that play.”

And then there’s Texas Tech – which really stands for Tortilla Toss. Come on, Kingsbury, are you really going to wear those helmets that look like Dairy Queen baskets again this year?

See the difference in respect? 50 days until kickoff!

Friday, July 17, 2015 – Come On Jordon and They Are Not Called Sand Traps

Friday, July 17, 2015 – Come On Jordon and They Are Not Called Sand Traps

St. Andrews, Scotland – The Home of Golf. Home of The Open Championship, often called the British Open. It is one of the four major championships in golf.

For at least 464 years, golf has been played at St. Andrews in Scotland.

However, before the Old Course could even be born, golf was illegal. Not to mention that GOLF meant Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.

In 1457, King James II had outlawed the game because it took away from men practicing archery. That’s right: golf was a counter-cultural game. Well, that is what happens when the Stewarts are on the throne.

Almost a half-century later, King James IV ended the ban in 1502. That’s probably because he enjoyed the game. Records show he bought clubs in the village of St. Andrews in 1506.

One of the fundamentals one learns when learning to play golf is that the areas filled with sand are called bunkers, not sand traps. However, often you will hear golfers refer to them as “Oh crap” or some other, more color adjective.

If you look at the bunkers on St. Andrews, they look more like sand prisons. I am not certain I could even climb out of those deep holes filled with sand with a ladder, let alone get a little white ball out of one by hitting it with a stick. It’s a 50-50 chance I can get the ball out of the bunker when the lie is relatively flat. I always succeed on the third attempt when I pick up the ball and throw on the green. I am not certain I could do that given the depth of the bunkers at St. Andrews.

And remember when we all wanted to “play like Tiger?” Well, now we do.

So good luck Jordon Spieth. As the great Harvey Penick said “Take dead aim.” Bring the Claret Jug home to Texas.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – The Invasion of Texas and Tom Lehrer is Alive and Well

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – The Invasion of Texas and Tom Lehrer is Alive and Well

I see where Jade Helm 15 – aka The Invasion of Bastrop – has begun. The concerned citizens, such as a former sheriff from Arizona (that tells us a lot) and his volunteers are “shadowing” the exercise – with their still concealed (until September 1) handguns. And Goobernor Abbott has ordered State Guard to monitor them and the rest of the goings on.

This is a military training exercise across multiple states. Military officials have said the topography in selected areas is ideal to replicate foreign combat zones. What foreign combat zone does Bastrop represent?

Meanwhile, The United States signed an agreement with Iran. In light of the two “events” I bring you once again, from 1965 and equally as relevant today – the genius of Tom Lehrer, from That Was The Year That Was with “Who’s Next?” Sing along and Just change “Alabama” and sing “ We’ll try to stay serene and calm when BASTROP COUNTY gets the bomb.

Who’s Next? By Tom Lehrer

First we got the bomb, and that was good, ‘Cause we love peace and motherhood.

Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s okay, ‘Cause the balance of power’s maintained that way. Who’s next?

France got the bomb, but don’t you grieve, ‘Cause they’re on our side (I believe). China got the bomb, but have no fears, They can’t wipe us out for at least five years. Who’s next?

Then Indonesia claimed that they Were gonna get one any day. South Africa wants two, that’s right: One for the black and one for the white. Who’s next?

Egypt’s gonna get one too, Just to use on you know who. So Israel’s getting tense. Wants one in self defense. “The Lord’s our shepherd,” says the psalm, But just in case, we better get a bomb. Who’s next?

Luxembourg is next to go, And (who knows?) maybe Monaco. We’ll try to stay serene and calm When Alabama gets the bomb. Who’s next? Who’s next? Who’s next? Who’s next?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Sarah Palin Will Bring Dignity?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Sarah Palin Will Bring Dignity?

Cecil, this one is for you. With the 17 and counting candidates for president already running in the GOP race, Sarah Palin is their answer? Even Ms. Palin does not want to be associated with these people. The bold highlights are mine.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would bring much-needed dignity to the 2016 Republican field, a new poll shows.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, Palin’s ability to articulate her positions on issues with precision and restraint is sorely lacking among other entrants in the G.O.P. race.

Additionally, voters said that the former governor’s breadth of knowledge in the fields of economics, foreign affairs, and American history would place her head and shoulders above the current crop of Republican hopefuls.

In the words of one voter who was surveyed, “When I hear some of these candidates talk, I sure do miss Sarah Palin.”

Despite the overwhelming sense that she would contribute gravitas* and intellectual rigor that have been woefully missing from the G.O.P. contest, a Palin candidacy appears unlikely, a spokesman said.

“Governor Palin is very flattered by this poll, but she is concerned that being associated with this field of candidates could harm her stature,” he said.


* gravitas –  high seriousness (as in a person’s bearing or in the treatment of a subject) I had to look it up. Sounds like something one orders in a Tex-Mex restaurant. I’ll have an order of the gravitas.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Viva la France! – Play La Marseillaise!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Viva la France! – Play La Marseillaise!

On July 14, 1789, the Bastille in Paris was stormed by the people of France, a significant event in the French Revolution. A year later, that day was designated to celebrate the unity of the French nation. Today, Americans celebrate all things delicious and French — macarons, baguette, crème brulée, brie cheese, ratatouille, quiche.

And of course – wine and champagne!

Here is one of the great scenes from one of the greatest movies of all time – Casablanca. You must remember this…

But it has the great Humphrey Bogart, the patriot Paul Henreid and the stunning Ingrid Bergman. It is the scene where Victor Laszlo (Henreid) says “Play La Marseillaise!”

Manziel Monday – July 13, 2015 – I Am Older and Have More Insurance Than You Do

Manziel Monday – July 13, 2015 – I Am Older and Have More Insurance Than You Do

Yes, I stood in line for almost two hours to get Johnny Manziel’s signature yesterday, Sunday, July 12, 2015.

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I chose the white mini-helmet to have Johnny Manziel sign. The particulars of how I was able to obtain a ticket to the event, why I chose to obtain it and how much money I spent to obtain his signature plus the inscription of “Heisman 12” are another story. Today is the backstory of why I chose the white mini-helmet.

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With Certificate of Authenticity

Helmet without certificate (800x600)

The Autograph

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2015 – Confirmation of being a ticket holder for event on July 12. Eventually only 350 tickets were sold. Each item you wanted him to autograph required a ticket.  Large ticket items (full size helmets, footballs, posters) were $150.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2015

Place: Aggieland Outfitters, College Station, Texas – AKA – Drive By Credit Card Amount Increases

Need: Something for Johnny Manziel to sign on the Johnny Manziel Resurrection Tour.

Conversation with clerk – aka 18 year female student:

Me:  I cannot decide which mini- helmet I want him to sign. I think I will go with the white one because that was  the one The Aggies wore when we defeated Alabama in 2012.

Clerk: Oh no. That was an away game, so it would have been the black one!

Me: Thoughts to self – Did you just tell me I was wrong? I am older, have more insurance and confident enough to bet any sheepskin on my wall that I am smarter than you. And I will forget more about Aggie football than you will ever know. I know where I was and who I was taking to on the phone (Ms. Navasota, T. McE) as the clock ran out (read: witness) when score was Texas A&M 29 and Alabama 23 in Tuscaloosa in 2012.

Me: I will take the white one.

A couple of shots. Gig ‘Em.

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Friday, July 10, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Big 12 Football

Friday, July 10, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Big 12 Football

Ann Richards is smiling over this headline.

“Baylor is the reason OU and Texas aren’t OU and Texas any more.”

Read on should you want all of the details with charts and graphs. But at this point in time, with 17 starters returning, I am going with Baylor.

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  • Biggest strength: KD Cannon and Corey Coleman lead what might be the deepest, most terrifying receiving corps in the country.
  • Biggest question mark: Both the offense and defense must replace leaders named Bryce (quarterback Petty, linebacker Hager), and while almost everyone else is back, there’s a void until proven otherwise.
  • Biggest 2015 game: The trip to TCU (Nov. 27), of course.
  • In one sentence: Baylor returns 17 starters from a team that missed the Playoff by an eyelash last year; two leaders are gone, sure, but the Bears are the safest bet in the Big 12.

At least something in Texas makes former governor Richards smile. We all know the state of politics does not.

RIP – Ken Stabler – 1945-2015 – The Snake

Thursday, July 9, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday

Thursday, July 9, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday

Did you learn music by playing one of these at Magnolia Elementary School in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s? Mine still has my name where Mr. Don Jeter wrote it in the upper left corner. I believe I was in the Fourth Grade. Of course I had “previous musical experience” because of the bottle band in third grade. Anybody remember being in the bottle band?

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – “You like me. You really like me!”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – “You like me. You really like me!”

Trivia Question – We know that it was Sally Field who said “You like me. You really like me!” as part of her Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Actress in 1985. For what movie was she accepting the Oscar?

So you like me too. Now show it. I would like to see some stars over Here’s What I’m Thinking.

One may read Here’s What I’m Thinking (HWIT) in several ways – through or via Facebook or via Twitter. When you leave a comment on any of those mechanisms, I am able to see who leaves it.

However, when you access HWIT, near the top, beneath the title, are a range of stars – one to five. This allows you to rate what I wrote.  Unlike Facebook comments or HWIT comments, I cannot see who rates or assigns stars.

Move your curser over the number of stars to highlight.  It is called a Likert scale for those of us who had to suffer through tests and measurements and statistics classes.

So if you really like what I wrote, please give it five stars.  However, if you think it sucks and/or you disagree, give it one star.  I cannot see who gives stars. So, dear Sister,, here is your chance to disagree in total anonymity.

Remember – the goal of HWIT is to make you smile and/or think – not necessarily to agree.

“You like me ….” is the speech Sally Field gave when she won her second Oscar for Best Actress for Places in the Heart in 1985. You didn’t say Norma Rae, did you?  She won Best Actress for that movie in 1980.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – New words

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – New words

In an effort to keep your brain active over the dull summer months, here is your vocabulary word for the day.


\flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-KEY-shuh n\

noun 1. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language).

Valueless – Kinda like today’s post. Consider it an antidisestablishmentarianism type of post.