Thursday, March 3, 2016 – The Winds of Change, Basketball, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan


Thursday, March 3, 2016 – The Winds of Change, Basketball, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan

That “in like a lion and out like a lamb” idiom (google required for idiom definition) is about more than then weather.

The winds of change continue to blow. In politics – We all seemed to have survived Super Tuesday. Now we brace ourselves for the next round of political fires and data and information overload. It is like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose.

The basketballs of the various NCAA Division I conferences continue to bounce. The NCAA women’s basketball conferences began play yesterday. These are lowers seeded teams that no one cares about unless you or your money goes there via children, grandchildren or other family equivalents.

The sounds of Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan

Thank you for so many comments about my Texas wall and especially the Willie Nelson photographs. FYI – there is another Texas wall in the front of the house. Here is the backstory to the two Willie Nelson pictures.

Place: A very large tract of land of undeveloped land in South Montgomery County called The Woodlands.

Time: Early 1970’s. Before J.L. McCullough High.

The Backstory: The only structures were the Swim and Tennis Centers and the golf course. McC might have been under construction. Maybe Lamar Elementary was open, but for the most part, there was not much development.

As a fund raiser for The Woodlands Montgomery County (MOCO) businesses had a golf/dinner fund raiser. There was a big golf tournament during the day. During the evening businesses bought tables, invited their family and friends and there was live music. Sidebar: Rob L. beer was Lone Star, of course – but the sponsor was the Conroe Lone Star distributor which I recall has family ties to you.

One of my claims to fame is “I kissed Willie Nelson.” Granted Willie was kissing every woman who was getting their picture made with him. Lone Star Beer might have been the reason Willie was kissing all the girls. It might have some something else altering his behavior. Lone Star beer was the definite reason I chased him down a hallway to get a photograph and autograph.

The Golf – During the day, Darryl Royal and all of his friends played golf with Willie Nelson and all of his friends.

The Music – In the evening, Willie Nelson and all his friends played and sang. After the various performers played on stage, they might go sit outside or retire to their rooms and pick and play some more.

It was a very relaxed atmosphere and you could get many photographs and/or kisses from the various prominent people. Think today – selfies and instagram.

As the event grew larger and as The Woodlands began to grow, the golf evolved into what would become today The Houston Open. As for the big tract of undeveloped land, the rest is history.

So in summary,

The political winds of change continue to blow. The basketballs of college teams continue to bounce. Willie Nelson should be in your Teachers’ Edition of Texas History, Knotts,

And from another great philosopher of the 20th Century – Bob Dylan – regarding change.

The Times They Are a Changing.

“Come gather round people wherever you roam and

Admit that the waters around you have grown…”

Texas Wall 2 (800x592)

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