Monthly Archives: January 2018

Tuesday, January 29, 2018 – Job Search Revisited

Tuesday, January 29, 2018 – Job Search Revisited

I am thinking that instead of me working I could pimp out my cat, Peach. Here are some ideas:

Driving Miss Daisy type people. Peach seems to want to drive on the English side.

Personal Trainer – this is usually how I feel.

Dental Hygienist – Here she is with my brand new, just back from the dentist toothbrush

Stationary Art Form – available for parties.

Let me know if you have other ideas.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – The Moon

Monday, January 29, 2018 – The Moon

It is a lunar filled week. Full moon. Blue Moon. Blood Moon.

I see the moon. The moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me.

The intersection of two planes.–abc-news-topstories.html


Friday, January 26, 2018 – From the Ferrell Center on the Baylor Campus

Friday, January 26, 2018 – From the Ferrell Center on the Baylor Campus

If you liked yesterday photographs, I hope you enjoy these. Two great teams.

Baylor won. Not a good night for the Longhorns. We shall see what happens in Austin.

University of Texas Coach, Karen Aston and Point Guard Brook McCarty – photo by me. 2018

Calling the game – Rebecca Lobo and Kara Lawson – photo by me 2018

Sports Siren – Holly Rowe – photo by me 2018

Sorry I left you out Adam. Adam Amin – Lobo, Lawson and Amin – three of the best announcers in womens’ basketball.

Baylor Women’s Basketball Coach – Kim Mulkey – photo by me – 2018

January 25 – 2018 – The Battle of The Big 12 in Women’s Basketball is Tonight

January 25 – 2018 – The Battle of The Big 12 in Women’s Basketball is Tonight

A very short entry today. I am off to the exciting town of Waco. It is the first of what could be three meetings in Big 12 Womens’ Basketball.

Tonight the #3 ranked Baylor Bears host (and I use the host loosely) THE University of Texas Lady Longhorns ranked # 6.

I hope these officials do not show up.

Assistant UT Coach, Tina Thompson “discussing” a play with the official.

His response. “You talking to me?”

Given that the shirt I am to wear is green, I suppose I will be cheering for Baylor. If I do not, I may not have a ride home.



Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – A Family Chicken Worthy of an Obituary

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – A Family Chicken Worthy of an Obituary

This is for those of you who ask me on occasion: Do I miss the weirdness of Austin? Nope, got enough weirdness right here in the Brazos Valley.

This is also for my friends, Howard Wayne and Dana – award winning chicken people.

This is from today’s Bryan Eagle. Rest in peace Big Mama.

As soon as the obituary is at The Dixie Chicken I shall invite you down and we’ll toast to Big Mama.

Photo by me 2014


Door decoration at Sweet Potato Queen Parade Jackson Mississippi

Eagle article by DARREN BENSON

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – More Texas Stuff. Well, It Is a Big State!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – More Texas Stuff. Well, It Is a Big State!

Howdy ya’ll. I don’t know why I am still in this here rodeo cowgirl mood. I reckon it is because it will soon be time for the Houston Rodeo. Note to self: Do not put away rain gear and warm coats. Trail rides will start soon.

Who is old enough to remember?

  1. When The Houston Rodeo was called The Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo?
  2. If your band marched in the Houston parade? (And froze our tubas off one year).
  3. When the rodeo was held in the Sam Houston Coliseum?
  4. When rodeo moved to The Astrodome?

Original photo by Conroe Courier.

If you can remember any of those you are old as dirt.

Speaking of old as dirt, let’s sit around the cyber camp fire and think on these tunes about Texas that were listed on HWIT last Friday and talked about one Monday.

After conducting extensive research by asking people at the gym, at the restaurant and at the basketball game the last night, here is a summary of that research.

1. If there is not a song by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys you cannot have a list of songs about Texas.

I agree. I am now taking nominations for your favorite Bob Wills song to be added. Please leave your response in the box below. I am going with San Antonio Rose.

2. When I Die by Tanya Tucker is winning the number three spot hands down.

3. Regarding Galveston by Glen Campbell.

Old as Dirt Demographic – Move Galveston down the list to number six.

Millennial Demographic – Remove from list.

That was better than who is Glen Campbell.

4. The number two spot remains with Gene Autry and Smiley Burnett with Deep in the Heart of Texas.

Still number one on the list and in our hearts is

Amarillo by Morning by George Strait.


In response to an out of state question – “What Happened to The Yellow Rose of Texas?” Technically, the song does not meet the criteria since it is about a person and not the state.

In addition, here is some revisionist history regarding the origin of the song. I wonder if the DRT knows about this? I feel confident the state textbook decision makers don’t.

I’ll be waiting to hear what your songs by Bob Wills or any other great artist who sings about Texas.

Monday, January 22, 2017 – Handy Guide to Friday’s HWIT regarding a Top 10 List of Songs about Texas

Monday, January 22, 2017 – Handy Guide to Friday’s HWIT regarding a Top 10 List of Songs about Texas

Friday’s post was from a website listing the top 10 songs about Texas. May I suggest you get your device, get a Shiner beer, sit on the porch and listen to all of the songs and watch all of the videos? There is great footage of our great state.

But if you do not have time, let me help. Here is a list of Top 10 songs about Texas from last Friday’s HWIT and of course what I am thinking about each one and three videos that are a must see.

  • Coming in at number 10, from 1975, with Asleep at the Wheel, is The Charlie Daniel’s Band singing Texas. Good song
  • At nine – Girls from Texas with Pat Green and Lyle Lovett. Good song, but there are better songs about how good looking we Texas women are. I suggest replace with Bob Wills San Antonio Rose.
  • Eight – Waltz Across Texas – Earnest Tubb. You ain’t lived until a cowboy waltzes you across a dance floor in a Texas honkytonk – even if the song is playing on the juke box. (Millennials, Google “juke box.”)

    I have no idea where this place is, nor how good the barbeque sandwiches are or how cold the beer. However, I shall ask some of my friends if they are familiar. LOL.

  • Seven My Texas by Josh Abbott Band. I’m old and was not familiar with this song. But it became an instant favorite with opening lines about climbing Enchanted Rock, drinking a Shiner in Luckenbach and being in love along The River Walk. If you have not done the things listed in the song, then like Josh Abbott sings, then you ain’t met my Texas yet.

Just to name a few mentions from the song I have done – Cooper’s in Llano; kolaches in West, seen a Hill Country, Abeline and El Paso sunset; had my hair blown by the wind in Lubbock and been to the Houston Rodeo.

I have not hiked Big Bend, but it might be this year! Maybe stop in Marfa and see the lights, which I have done.

Six When I Die I may Not Go to Texas – Tanya Tucker. No explanation needed. I think this song needs to move higher on the list.

Five – God Bless Texas – Little Texas. Great song. That is how Texas was populated as “God sent Angels from The Promise Land.

Four – Luckenbach, Texas – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Again, no explanation needed.

Three – Galveston – Glenn Campbell. Another, no explanation needed. You either get it or you don’.

Two – Deep in the Heart of Texas – Gene Autry and Smiley Burnett. The video is a Saturday morning TV show from childhood or the afternoon matinee at the movies if you are really old. When is the last time you heard ALL of the words to this great song? This will make your hands clap.

And the number one song about Texas is Amarillo by Morning – George Strait.

There is something about those opening fiddle strains that causes all of the feelings described in the song to rush forward and surface as memories, good ones and those you thought you were forgotten.

From those of us who have watched this video, we believe it to be Strait’s first performance at the 1984 Houston Rodeo. I think I was there. Eddie Rabbit was supposed to perform, but became ill. Allegedly some high level rodeo official said “hey this guy named George Strait is playing in Beaumont; see if he can take Rabbit’s spot.” And as they say “the rest is history.”

But wait! There’s more! Strait was doing the college tour. For a “congratulations you defended your dissertation present,” I saw George Strait at Sam Houston State University the week before. Also, Melba, don’t watch. It was the bull ride that jogged my memory before George Strait. FYI – the rider was ok.

Until later, Happy trails to you.

Friday, January 19, 2018 – Friday Night – Boots, Beer and Texas

Hey Ya’ll! It’s Friday! I fixin to write this here, blog. Have I mentioned I am a native born Texan?

When I die, I may not go to Heaven, I don’t know if they let cowboys in; if they don’t, just let me go to Texas; cause Texas is as close as I’ve been. FYI – You are a true Texan if you know who sang this song first. The hit though is song # 6 on the list below.

Here is a link to 10 of the best songs about Texas. Get your beer, sing along, scoot your boots and get your Yee Haw on. Cause the stars at night are big and bright … Song # 2 on the list.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Job Search

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Job Search

I have been entertaining the idea of part-time employment.

I think back to my time of Governor of Texas induced 16 months of unemployment. The three criteria for employment are the same now as then. The job must be indoors; does not involve the preparation or handling of food or drinks and there is no dancing pole involved. However, I am willing to negotiate about the dancing pole.

I am adding a fourth criteria – does not involve social and polite interaction with people. For that matter, it does not involve antisocial and impolite interaction with people either.

The problem is I do not want to interact with people and that I want to work part time and design which parts of the time I work. Having taught eighth grade one year I am qualified to do almost anything.

If you Google “part-time jobs that have limited people involvement or interaction” you get listings such as:

Statistician – I left my correlations, coefficients, analyses of variances, independent, dependent and random variables, and chi squares in the control group long ago.

Pet sitter – I do this already. I have a pet and it sometimes sits in my lap. Sometimes it sits on the desk.

House cleaner – I hire someone to clean my house. Why would I clean someone else’s?

Test scorer – been there; done that, didn’t we Nikki?

Driving Miss Daisy – been there; done this one too.

Massage therapist – you have to touch people though.

Personal trainer – SEE! I KNEW IT! Krystal, Mickey and Kaitlin – I knew you guys just stand around, torture us and do not pay attention.

Working in a morgue or funeral home. Certainly no yakety yak; no talk back there.

I am thinking something more along the lines of:

Data researcher needed at different times to taste new brands of beer, vodka, tequila, chardonnay and merlot. Taxi fee home added benefit or can work from home.

Sports watcher and/or attendee – No boxing or wrestling. All indoor sport options available, including curling. Outdoor sports attendance only during good weather.

Chair sitting professional. No experience required.

Marijuana sampler – Must be able to remember and write a coherent sentence following sample without laughing.

The Great Jimmy Buffet at COTA Austin, Texas 2014 singing Cheeseburger in Paradise. Photo by me.

Cheeseburger sampler –not too particular; not too precise, must like onion slice; must like lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes, big kosher pickle and cold draught beer and Jimmy Buffet songs.

Here’s a job that might work. Professional Hermit. I wonder what it pays.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Texas Is Now Open, but Not Houston

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Texas Is Now Open, but Not Houston

Good Morning Blogosphere! The Divine Miss Peach and radio station HWIT with your mid-morning weather, news and sports.

After the Great Texas Blizzard of 2018, really named Inga, the state of Texas opened last night. But the Houston area most impacted by Hurricane Harvey last August remains closed today.

Geographic regions missing the Great Global Warming snow and ice storm, included, but were not limited to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and my house. Nevertheless, the air temperature was in single digits. Current temperature in the sunny Brazos Valley is 25 degrees, but feels like 17.

Houston should reopen completely tomorrow pending a meteor attack or outer space alien invasion. Or maybe just falling into the Gulf of Mexico making Montgomery County home to Texas beaches.

Now to our educational portion of the show with Dr. Verbose. Dr. Verbose? What’s the word?

Today’s word is Paralipsis. It is a noun. It is the ability to say two contradicting things at the same time. Rhetoric, as in the suggestion, by deliberately concise treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in “not to mention other faults.”

Un Named DJ – Somewhat like in the song “You’re the original liar’s paradox,”

Dr. V. – Yes. And as Robert Earle Keene continues to sing “…You’ll have to Google that.”

Un Named D J – Can you use the word in a sentence for us?

Dr. V. – Yes. I am going to use my paralipsis to kiss you good-by now.

Thank you, Dr. Verbose. Now here with sports is Hasbeen Jockson.

The Texas Aggie men’s basketball team and the fans in Reed Arena last night almost needed CPR for a third time when the Ole Miss three point attempt at the buzzer bounced for an eternity on the rim of the basket before bouncing out giving the Aggies their first SEC victory. Many of those in attendance momentarily fainted. This number did not include the A&M basketball team and coaching staff.

In women’s basketball, the only thing better than Geno Auriemma and the UConn women’s’ basketball team stuck in Austin due to ice would have been them stuck in Austin watching a Longhorn victory replayed on the LHN. So close Horns. It has been a long time since we saw Geno sweating. You will Hook “Em in March!

Thank you, Hasbeen. Before I leave, let’s take a quick look at the Community Calendar. Don’t forget the Fat Tuesday fish fry and polka contest at St.Oltorf’s on February 13.

That’s right Lenters and those religions that descended from the original Kneelers. Ash Wednesday falls on February 14 – St. Valentine’s Day. Fast on Wednesday and fish on Friday until Easter. While I certainly cannot not speak for Pope Francis, but I do think he would want us to retain our energy levels while fasting that day. Nothing provides a good energy boost than a box of Valentine’s chocolates or chocolate covered strawberries.

This year in honor of the Olympics, I am giving up speed skating.

Que up theme song. Note to self – get a theme song. Thanks for listening today and every day. Our program is brought to you by The Tuna Fish Restaurant featuring the Tuna Fish Jazz Orchestra on Friday nights. Remember our motto: How do you tuna fish? With a tuning fork, of course.

Must work on theme song. Please leave song suggestions in space provided.