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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.

http://tasteofcountry.com/songs-about-texas/

What Do You Mean?

December 25, 2017

What do you mean a large fat man in a red coat was in our house in the middle of the night?

Moo Moo Under the Tree. Photo by Kristen.

 

December 23, 2017 – Christmas Eve Eve Trivia

December 23, 2017 – Christmas Eve Eve Trivia

The Final Jeopardy Category is Famous American Poems.

The Final Jeopardy Answer is:

This is the title of the famous poem that ends with the following lines.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.

Player # 1-You – What is The Night Before Christmas?

I’m sorry. That is incorrect. How much did you risk? $5.00. OK

Player # 2-You 2 – What is T’was the Night Before Christmas?

I’m sorry. That too is incorrect. Oh. You risk everything.

Player # 3 – Me – What is A Visit From St. Nicholas?

THAT IS CORRECT! What did you risk? A smiley face because I get you every year with this classic Christmas trivia question.

Nevertheless, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.

Photo by me

December 22, 2017 – Old Soldiers Never Die; They Just Fade Away

December 22, 2017 – Old Soldiers Never Die; They Just Fade Away

J.V. McClanahan

Born: November 4, 1925

Died: December 22, 2017

While most think of the quote “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away” is attributed to General Douglas MacArthur, it is actually from a song. It is posted at the end.

Mr. J.V., it was my honor to escort you to see your monument on the first Honor Flight out of Austin, Texas in 2012. Thank you for being part of The Greatest Generation that helped make the world free.

HWIT, Old soldiers never die: they just fade away and into peaceful rest.” But the memories last a lifetime. J, V., Doc, and Ray – The Boys from Luling, Texas are all gone now.Here’s to The Greatest Generation and to every military person today who keeps us safe. And Here’s to you, J.V.

 

Monday, December 18, 2017 – The Revival of the Christmas Letter

Monday, December 18, 2017 – The Revival of the Christmas Letter

Years ago I began a Christmas Letter. Those who were fortunate to receive one might recall. Some who were very fortunate to receive the entire book of Christmas Letters for years 1996 through 2008 might still have their copy.

I am not sure why I discontinued doing my annual Christmas Letter. I looked over the topics during those years. They ranged from poignant holiday memories to political satire to state parodies. As with HWIT today, even back then I was an equally opportunity snark. I dished the Clintons, the Bushes, and the state of Texas, commercial Christmas, the Republicans and Democrats. The letter of 2003 marked the year the Texas Democrats left in the middle of the night and took the bus to Ardmore, Oklahoma. This caused whatever bill that was up for voting in the Texas Legislature to fail. The Holiday Inn in Ardmore even had a sign “Welcome, Texas Democrats.” It was one of the funniest political moves I have seen.

Ya’ll, come on back, now, ya hear? It is 2018.

It has been nine years since I discontinued The Annual Christmas Letter. Therefore I am reviving my annual Christmas letter. Regardless of topic or point of view a common thread ran among the topics.

The world is in crisis; the New Year brings hope and we all long for peace. O was the Christmas Letter for 2008. Oh now I remember why I discontinued.

But here’s to the 2017 Christmas Letter. Feel free to refer to it in whatever holiday is your celebration at this time.

Christmas Letter 2017

To: The World

From: The Inhabitants of The World

SUBJECT: 2018

Please send understanding, compassion and love. And please send a big load of common sense.

Thank you.

Me

Friday, December 15, 2017 – WE THE PEOPLE SAID NO!

Friday, December 15, 2017 – WE THE PEOPLE SAID NO! The Barricades Go Up!

Help me Austinites! Who was the Esther’s Follies comedian who had the “Damn it! I’m mad!” routine? The late great Kerry Awn? Would love to see what one of his routines would look like today. Wow!

Damn it! I’m mad too! There are so many reasons, but today I am going with net neutrality. This is not a bipartisan issue. When three APPOINTED people make a decision when 83% of WE, the PEOPLE said “NO,” then we no longer live in a democratic state.

New time for a web page to load under no net neutrality. Photo by me. Anchorage, Alaska 2014.

When the sycophantic leader of the FCC then dances on the graves on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press in a mocking video, we live in a a reign of tyranny with a despotic ruler. The system is broken!

Austin, Texas 2012 photo by me.

Let’s just fast forward this revolution and let Napoleon crown himself via Twitter and let the barricades go up! Note: “and the barricades go/went up” is history talk for revolutionary actions such as, protests, marches, take overs, riots, statue take downs, heads rolling (literally and figuratively), torch toting, glass breaking, and all the other methods used throughout the revolutions of history. Historically, we know that the revolution continues until a broken system changes.

Thank you Alabama voters. I hope you are the first state to lead the rest of the states back to decency, common sense, courage and country over party.

Type Amen and Share on FB, Twitter and YouTube while you still can and not pay for it!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Happy Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights light the way for the world to sing in peace and with a song in our hearts.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Oh Christmas Wreath! Oh Christmas Wreath!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Oh Christmas Wreath! Oh Christmas Wreath!

Welcome to the first annual cyber Holiday sing along. To celebrate the season and my superb level of craft making, let us sing in harmony Oh Christmas Wreath sung to the tune Oh Christmas Tree.

 

Oh Christmas Wreath; Oh Christmas Wreath

I made myself this Christmas wreath;

Oh Christmas Wreath; Oh Christmas Wreath

I made myself this Christmas wreath;

I took this reel

Reel 1

And added lights;

Reel 2

It made the night so very bright;

Oh Christmas Wreath; Oh Christmas Wreath

I made myself this Christmas wreath.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – The Honeyboy Rules of Life

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – The Honeyboy Rules of Life

On this Thanksgiving let us remember The Honeyboy rules of living and life.

  1. Tell at least one person each day that you appreciate them.
  2. Whatever it is, if you have faith, it will all work out.
  3. Regardless of the situation, there is always lots to be thankful for.

Maybe each of you find blessings and peace on this day and for all the days to come.

Thursday, November 2, 2017- Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Astros Win the Series!

Thursday, November 2, 2017- Deep in the Heart of Texas and

The Astros Win the Series!

I know Honeyboy is doing the Forty-Dance (See Sunday, October 22). Let’s all dance and everybody sing along; follow the imaginary bouncing baseball.

The stars at night are big and bright; < clap, clap, clap>

The Astros win the Series!

 

We’ve waited long; but we’re Houston Strong,

The Astros win the Series!

 The Dodgers trailed out on the Coast;

The Astros win the Series!

 The homeruns fly; Off Springer’s bat;

The Astros win the Series!

 We’re the Champs; of all baseball;

The Astros win the Series!

 Reminds us of; the team we love;

The Astros win the Series!

Photo by whichever family member was @ Minute Maid Park this day.