Category Archives: Education

Monday, August 13, 2018 – The Fans Appreciated –

 

Monday, August 13, 2018 – The Fans Appreciated

Yesterday was Fan Appreciation Day at Texas A&M. Here are a few of my favorite pictures. There will be more in the days to come.

Aside from it appearing I have to go the bathroom, it’s a good picture of me and the Aggie Yell Leaders.

Coach Jimbo Fisher signing my copy of Texas Football magazine.

Getting running back Trayvon Williams autograph

Quarterback Nick Starkel

Number 11 – Quarterback Kellen Mond

Progress Report on the Proposed Re-creation of Neil Sedaka’s Calendar Girls Video

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Progress Report on the Proposed Re-creation of Neil Sedaka’s Calendar Girls Video

The Calendar Girls dance card is filling up quite nicely. Until we start official practices continue to sew and hot glue gun your costume and continue to work on your dance moves in the privacy of your home.

January, March, May and October are still available. And we still need a piano player. You know you want to see it again – like a wreck on the highway.

Unfortunately, January is now open. CS fell out of the choir box and her dancing shoes need to be put away for a while. We do hope for a speedy recovery. You must still participate by bringing your great sense of style, fashion ideas and of course your wonderful singing voice because I know some of us have experience in band take overs.

Joan A said she would love to be February but insists on wearing “winter clothes and a big heart.” February in Texas could mean any attire. Attire in Austin could mean anything.

March is still available. Gayla? I think you might have had a pants suit like March wears. If Gayla doesn’t respond, Karen K, March is yours.

April – Ms. Navasota is diligently sewing her Playboy Bunny outfit. I am ready to help if her sewing machine breaks.

May – I can’t believe the month of May is still available. Doesn’t anyone want to look like Joann Woodward in Three Faces of Eve wearing a 1950’s frock made from Butternick Pattern # 4589? The black and white stripe fabric design is a must. I missed the giant white bow on her dress in the video.

June –Congratulations Suzi. The month of June is yours since Knotts is still scared of you. K. Knotts did volunteer her talents from her drill team experience – The LongAgo LongViewettes to help us get a leg up. (Groan here). She’ll help us get our pictures in the Longview Society Edition.

July – Thank you Lea for being July. We trust you know how to handle sparklers. And remember as The Voice of Experience says – Don’t dance naked in the back yard with sparklers while drunk on New Year’s Eve.

August – I get to be August for the following reasons:

  • I can still point so there less downward gravitational pull (thank you trainers KQ and KB and 20 pound barbells);
  • Thankfully, both pointers are still intact; and last, but not least;
  • I have more experience wearing martyr boards with tassels and can do the tassel toss automatically.

September – Karen S gets September. You will look good in yellow. I hope there are not too many candles. Lea will be sparkling with fireworks so we must be careful. You do realize you have to dance on the piano, do a high kick and have the piano player look up your skirt?

October – “like Romeo and Juliet on Halloween” but in a really bad outfit. Who wants to be the Italian opera clown?

November – Martha, My Dear. You missed your chance. Kay took November. She gets to wear the 1920’s men’s bathing suit pattern.

December – BJ, December is still yours and you are correct. Neil seems to be a bit calendar challenged too. The winter months do seem to have more bikini outfits. With the exception of the Halloween clown, all of the “dancers” seem to show a lot of skin – especially for 1966.

Please know that CS was in only if she could wear the colors of the BCS National Championship. Since she is on the injured reserve and requested the BCS School’s colors, you can have January. CS would not look good in Crimson Tide colors and would never consider wearing any colors save purple and gold.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Retirement Rules for Hygiene

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Retirement Rules for Hygiene

I know that many of you are retired or approaching retirement. That means you getting into the “old as dirt” phase of your life. Since I am experienced in retirement, as a public service I would like to offer some rules for retirement hygiene.

Retirement Rules for Hygiene

  • If you are unable to remember the last time you took a bath or shower, you probably need one. The smell you are sensing is probably you.
  • Brush your teeth at least once a day especially if you cannot recall the last time you brushed. This is especially true if you have teeth.
  • Change your tooth brush often. You do not know how many times the cat chewed on it.
  • During the summer months – even if you sleep in gym shorts and a T-shirt, it is not appropriate to wear them to the grocery store the next day.
  • During the cooler months – even if you sleep in sweat pants and a long-sleeved T-shirt, it is still not appropriate to wear the ensemble to the grocery store the next day. Just because the rest of the shoppers are in their pajamas does not mean you should be in yours.
  • Never wear the same T-shirt more than three days. Two days if you slept in it. This includes short and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Do not wear the same pair of socks for more than three days.
  • Change your underwear at least every other day.
  • Be prepared to change your underwear daily or hourly as needed.
  • Ladies, remember to shave your legs even though there is no reason whatsoever to do so.

I hope you find the rules helpful. Just remember “old as dirt” does not mean you have to smell like dirt.

Monday, August 6, 2018 – Football, Calendars and Wayne Newton Look Alike

Monday, August 6, 2018 – Football, Calendars and Wayne Newton Look Alike

Go Johnny! No Johnny! Johnny No Be Good! What a stinky debut for Johnny Manziel. You did set a record for the Canadian Football League however. I doubt four interceptions in one half was what you were looking for. But there are more games on the calendar.

I am not very good with calendars. I tend to look at the wrong month or even the wrong year. Those of you who recall my daze of working for the great state of Texas remember the times I had you check all my work for correct dates. If you had read a post from last week you would have corrected the August 26 date to August 30 for the first Aggie football game. I suppose that is just how anxious we are for football.

Back to calendars. I Googled “Songs about calendars” and Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka showed up. This is from 1966. I am pretty sure it is the reason I am calendar challenged.

Before you watch the video, Here’s What I’m thinking about it. Starting with the pre-psychedelic calendar background, it makes me laugh each time I view it. Is it just me or do all the girls look like hookers? Especially August and December. Neil Sedaka looks like Wayne Newton. Maybe they are one and the same.

And the dancing? One would think that out of thirteen people at least one of them could dance to the beat. Heck, I thought I was a bad dancer.

I think I should get eleven girlfriends and we recreate the video. I get to be August because you know going to the beach in an animal print bikini suit with gold chains at the breasts is just my style. That would leave BJ for December (her birthday) Joan A – you get February, Ms. Navasota gets April. You will look great dressed like a Playboy bunny. Roomie, you can have November since it is your birthday. That leaves the remaining months for Jenny Lee, Nina, JP, Jann P, Beckie S, Kathy K, Kay W, Suzi S., Gayla, Killer Queen, KA and KB, Kay D W, JB, T, Natalie and anyone else that wants to participate.

All we would need is some feathers, a few sequins, some sparklers, some thrift store dresses and several bottles of tequila. We could do it in with one rehearsal- just like they did in the video.

Enjoy! From 1966 Neil Sedaka and Calendar Girl.

 

Friday, August 3, 2018 – See Aggies Run! Run Aggies Run!

Friday, August 3, 2018 – See Aggies Run! Run Aggies Run!

The Snark of Snarky Friday begins. Howdy Ya’ll!

The Talking Period is over. It is time to put up or shut up. Yesterday was the first full practice for The Fighting Texas Aggies football team. Jimbo had the team run to practice in full uniform through the tunnel onto Kyle Field.

The word one keeps hearing from players, coaches and news media is “intense.” Let’s just hope that refers to a football mindset and not the sleeping arrangements when they play Alabama.

Speaking of Aggies, running and Alabama, let’s wish Johnathan Paul Manziel a promising start tonight as he leads the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in his first start as quarterback in three years against the Hamilton Tiger-cats. FYI – an alouette is a lark. The bird, not the whim. I assume you know what a tiger-cat is.

The Snark of the Week award goes to Anriel Howard for transferring to Mississippi State to play her senior year of women’s college basketball. HWIT – she wants a National Championship Ring. Her best chances were UConn, ND or Mississippi State. It seldom snows in Starkville. Best of luck, Lashes.

That’s it for this Snarky Friday. I must clean the back porch in preparation for watching football. Yes, I have a TV on the back porch. I need the leaf blower and the water hose. I wonder if I could clean the house with those two tools.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – First Down and Three to Go. Make It!

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – First Down and Three to Go. Make It!

It is first Thursday down and three to go until Aggie Kickoff. Yesterday was the official start of Aggie football. On August 26 we shall see what Jimbo brings. Let’s hope he brings a complete and comprehensive understanding that football games have four quarters and each quarter must be played with the same intensity as the first quarter.

Moving on. I watched a hilarious program last night called Making It. It stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and number of very creative and clever craftspeople. It is a reality program where people who enjoy making crafts are given assignments and compete for the best one. There were some really cool crafts and as always some really ugly craps.

You see the words begin with similar letters. It does not take much for craft to become crap. Remember contestants are only given three hours to complete their project. I would not be able to do some of those in three days, weeks or possibly years.

I can so identify with Amy Poehler. She knows zip about crafting. For example, in the premier episode she asked “What is that piece of wood with that heavy thing on top?” Offerman replied “A hammer.” I am so there.

Evidently, Peach Cat liked the program also. Never before has she climbed atop the TV set. Apparently, she likes Amy Poehler’s hair.

My favorite craft project – sit in recliner, watch funny TV show and take picture of cat trying to touch Amy’s hair, then sit in office chair and write silly blog about craft TV program. Actually that is my second favorite craft project. The first one is drinking and recycling the containers.

Making It is on NBC at 9:00. Next week’s episode is called Party Time – crafters must repurpose and recycle materials to create a backyard theme party. You probably know what I am thinking. FOOTBALL.

Monday, July 30, 2018 – Old School – Want to Live in a School House?

Monday, July 30, 2018 – Old School – Want to Live in a School House?

I was driving around beautiful Bryan the other day and came across this magnificent old school building three blocks from downtown.

 Upon returning home, I did some research on the building and its history. Bowie Elementary School building, as it stands today on Bryan’s west side, served the growing community for over 70 years, from about 1919 until shuttered in 1986. It is a three story symmetrical schoolhouse is Beaux Arts in style. You can Google more about the style.

Today the building is being converted into apartments and a multi-use facility. Before you go all sad on me, the developer is preserving as much as possible to retain the original design, including fixtures of the time period.

Ghost hunters and other paranormal types toured the old building, some legally, others just trespassing. The developer insists there are no ghosts. But HWIT, he is wrong. Every school building retains the spirits of those who taught there and those who learned there. In every school building the classrooms, hallways and staircases are filled with memories of all who work together to create a learning environment. We haunt the hallways just like we did back then.I am excited to see how this project turns out. I think the individual apartments should be named after teachers, principals and staff who worked there over the years. I live in Room 1 – Mrs. Jones’ classroom.

Name the hallways after the most important individual in any school – the custodian. Name a general meeting room or entry way after the second most important individual in any school – the secretary.

I bet if I lived there my apartment would be the principal’s office or the library. During my public school years as a student I spent the most time in those two places at my elementary school.

If you start school today, here’s to you and all the rest of us who made and make a difference. We are all teachers and we touch the future. But let’s not forget our history.

https://www.theeagle.com/news/local/bowie-school-investor-sorry-it-s-not-haunted/article_4ee8a4a8-7a84-5c91-a852-7374f874a829.html

 

Note: Six weeks from today HWIT will premier its second season of Monday After College Football Awards! Tune in to see if your favorite teams win an award.

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

What day is it? Friday? It’s the last day of my birthday week. I must have slept through Thursday. What a wonderful birthday Jellicle Ball. I woke up in the lampshade.

Thank you to all the wonderful cats for coming to my party celebrating the first anniversary of my Forever Home. It is all coming back to me now. There was quite the clowder.

First we watched one of my favorite movies –Catsablanca. “Here’s meowing at you, Kid.”

Then we listened to music. The Pussy Cat Dolls prepared a special playlist just for the occasion. It had all of our favorites – Cat Stevens, Stray Cats, and Catskills.

The last song was the Catten Eyed Joe by the band Litter. It had been a long time since I danced the Catten Eyed Joe in a catnip induced chorus line.

Now what you say…(Cat -shit!)
Y’all say what…(Cat-shit!)
Still can’t hear you..(Cat-shit!)
…Catton-eyed Joe

I love my new reads too.

  • The Catterpurry Tails
  • Cat 22
  • The Great Catsby
  • The Odhissy

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harpurr Lee is one of my all-time favorites. I love Catticas Finch.

A special gift was from the Six Toes Sisters in Key West. An autographed pawed copy of The Old man and the Cat.

I had a great time. I am so happy I have a Forever Home.

See you at the next Jellicle Ball. Now it is time for a bath.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Peach again. I get to write every day of my birthday week.

Today is my actual birthday of my Forever Home. Dr. Biped said I was like Christmas in July.

I am so excited about the Jellicle Birthday Ball tonight. I should have no trouble sneaking out. Dr. Biped plans to watch the last of the Harry Pawtter movies. But just in case I shall exact a spell on her.

Here is a little something off of the playlist for tonight.  Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth. Hurry to the fish and liver buffet before it’s all gone. See you there!

Eye of the tiger.

 

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

It is so hot! How hot is it? It is so hot that my hot flashes seem to cool me off!

Every Natural Born Citizen of Texas knows that when God kicked the Devil out of Heaven, He gave him a choice of locations – Texas or Hell. The Devil took Hell because it is cooler than Texas in the summer.

I heard from a most reliable source that it was 108 degrees in Dallas yesterday with possibilities of 112 for the weekend. Be patient my dear Dallas friends. A couple more hurricanes, a few icebergs’ melts and you can cool off at the Beaches of Waco.

Almost every Friday is designated as Snarky Friday. This reminded me that it time to once again review a few of the thoughts behind Here’s What I’m Thinking.

Number ONE: If I know you now or have known you the past, I WILL write about you at some point. You must hope I give you a nickname and write delightful, wonderful memories about you. Otherwise, I might give out the coordinates of your residence and tell FB and social media you are serving free beer on Saturdays.

There are a few exceptions. I will never write anything negative about Ms. Navasota or SFA Roomie and a few selected sorority sisters. Mostly because there is nothing negative I know about these dear friends and also because I’m in the photographs too.

I like college football. I like to write about teams that I like and teams that play teams that I like. This includes the entire SEC (It just means more!); the entire Big 12 Conference, which is still only 10 schools. What about renaming it the Non12 Big School Conference?

I will NOT watch any team play on the blue football field of Boise State. I don’t care if you if you were the first and only for 20 years to have a non-green football field. It ain’t right. It just ain’t right. Besides, it makes me throw up. Eastern Washington has a red football field.That ain’t right either. No exceptions.

I do not like schools that have mascots that could eat Reveille – The First Lady of Aggieland. This includes any school located in Florida. Again, there are exceptions. GEAUX TIGERS! EXCEPT on Thanksgiving.

Of course I write about the Fighting Texas Aggies. Toward the end of her earth-life I told my sister, Dale, that I was not going to join her in Heaven until the Aggies won the National Football Championship. She replied “You cannot live forever!” I was also reminded I must ensure my windows are closed on Saturday afternoons so the neighbors’ grandchildren will not hear me scream multi-syllabic adjectives about one’s parents – especially one’s mother. Or as Dale said “will not hear me screaming cuss words.”

Snarky Friday will preview the football games of my interest. Prepare to hear what I’m thinking about the games, players, the coaches, the referees, the announcers, the uniforms, the signs on Game Day, tailgating and more.

Let us not forget the mascots of the colleges and universities. Do we all remember from last year – the meaning of the adjective regarding anthropomorphic as it relates to mascots?

The first games of the season will kick off on Saturday, August 25 with more games on Thursday, August 30 and continuing through Labor Day Weekend.

The shine to Saint Football. Since I do not like real candles, I light lights on Saturday and pretend it’s church.

The Aggies kickoff on Thursday August 30 in College Station against Northwestern. The smaller Northwestern in Louisiana. Not the big one in Illinois. Nevertheless, it is going to be hotter than the hinges of Hell in Kyle Field.

Happy Weekend.