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Saturday, September 26, 2020 – VOTE or Shut Up!

Saturday, September 26, 2020 – VOTE or Shut Up!

October 5, 2020 is the last day to register to vote in Texas for the November 3, 2020 election. Please ensure you are registered to vote. If you do not cast a ballot, you do not get to opine about the outcome. Note: Opine is a $5.00 word for whine.

https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/you-must-register-by.html

PLEASE VOTE AS IF OUR DEMOCRACY DEPENDS ON IT BECAUSE IT DOES!

Sing it Willie!

Friday, September 25, 2020 – Snarky Friday in the Official COVID Asterisk College Football Season*

Friday, September 25, 2020 – Snarky Friday in the Official COVID Asterisk College Football Season*

Welcome to the official COVID Asterisk College Football Season * We all know that whichever teams win whatever conferences and championships there will be an ASTERISK placed by their name. This due to the fact that players and coaches and other personnel are risking their assters by playing during a global pandemic. Some teams will play eight games; some will play nine; some will be postponed; some will be cancelled and so forth and so on. Like the virus, we just don’t know what will happen.

It is a season of reduced stadium capacities, cardboard fans, no tailgating, no bands and no cheer or yell leaders. Everybody on the sidelines will be wearing a mask. Referees will use their hand-held screeching device to signal starts and stops. This affords no spitting in the wind via blowing a whistle. With the presidential debates next week, I think the moderators should use a similar device. Maybe even a bull horn to shut the candidates up when their time expires.

Who plays whom and when?

The Breakfast Bunch of games at 11:00 AM are

  • Kansas State and Oklahoma on FOX in The Boomer Sooner Roll Over the Wildkats Bowl.
  • Florida and Ole Miss on ESPN in The Florida Scrimmage Bowl. It will be scrimmage for the Gators and not so much a game for the Rebels. Start the cocktails early in The Grove.
  • Kentucky and Auburn on the SEC Network in The Hill Billy Bowl. Enough said.

During the afternoon hours at the 2:30 time slot we find Mike Leach debuting as coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. Watch for the Red Stick and Tigers to beat up Mike and the Bulldogs. Mikee, the stadium is called Death Valley for a reason and there are no pirates. GEAUX Tigers! Sorry, Elf and Big Solid.

Also at 2:30 we have THE University of Texas on the plains of Lubbock taking on Texas Tortilla Tech on FOX. Tech may not have a good season, but you can bet the Red Raiders will be up for Banjo Boy and the Longhorns. BEVO may catch a flying tortilla on his horns. 

West Virginia and Oklahoma State at 2:30 on ABC. Big time for the Cowboys and The Mountaineers. I hope the game is equally big time. Go Pokes!

The Georgia Bulldogs bring UGA, their mascot to meet Tusk the Razorback and the Hogs of Arkansas on the SEC Network – at least a virtual mascot meet. All mascots must wear masks and remain six feet apart. Lots of screaming red on the field, but the win goes to UGA big time.

It is now the evening and time for the big-time games. The evening starts with Alabama and Missouri on ESPN at 6:00. Saban’s Boys will roll the TIDE over Mizzu like a bulldozer on a black top tar road. If there were bands, the Alabama band could play the last quarter.

Baylor and Kansas on ESPNU at 6:30. PU is right. This will be a game of brightly colored team uniforms with low expectations. Come on. It’s Kansas. They play basketball.  Sic ‘Em, Bears!

My game of course will be Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on the SEC Alternate at 6:30. There will be no half-time performance by The Fighting Texas Aggie Band. In fact, the band will not even be in the stands. On Thursday evenings the band does a dress rehearsal and it is videoed. On game day, the percentage of fans allowed into Kyle Field and the cardboard fans will get to see the band on the big screen.

Friday’s Midnight Yell Practice is virtual. I am not certain how this is going to work. Am I supposed to stand in my living room, hump it and yell?

A! G! G! I! E! S! WHOOP! GIG ‘EM AGGIES! We shall see.

*****

WEAR THE MASK so this will be the only ASTERICK football season!

BTHO Vanderbilt!

*All games subject to COVID.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – VOTE!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – VOTE!

Your thought question for the day is:

Are you willing to sacrifice your single issue for the sake of democracy?

Back Yard in Austin

Monday, September 21, 2020 – The Monday After Saturday College Football Awards

Monday, September 21, 2020 – The Monday After Saturday College Football Awards

Let’s start with the major college football award – The COVID Trophy. This goes to the teams who postponed, canceled and/or stayed home. This includes, Baylor, University of Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, BYU and Army.

Other teams that we have little interest in all won big over their opponents, so I award them Wait Until You Play a Real Football Team Award. This begins next week.

Real football begins on Saturday with the six SEC schools of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Texas A&M plus four other schools ranked in the top 10. Two from the Big 12 Conference and two teams from the ACC, if you count Notre Dame.

Why are former Blue Bloods like Notre Dame and THE University of Texas listed? Oh I remember, they only play teams like the Our Sisters of Perpetual Disappointment.

I see the Big 10 Conference has also decided to join the Road Trip to Whatever the Championship will look like. Nobody says snarky football better than SEC Shorts. Enjoy both.

The Road Trip

And Blue Bloods. How many days has it been TU?

Stay safe. Stay Strong. Wear a mask.

Friday, September 18, 2020 – Snarky Friday Returns

Friday, September 18, 2020 – Snarky Friday Returns

Never mind. I just looked at this Saturday’s college football games.  There is very little to snark about because I have no interest in any team playing.

Perhaps an exception to is Baylor and University of Houston. Throwback to the Southwest Conference. Sic ‘Em Bears! That is on FOX tomorrow at 11:00. At the same hour on ESPN there is Tulsa and Oklahoma State. Go Pokes!

And perhaps Stephen F. Austin and University of Texas @ San Antonio. This is interesting only if you attended either university or better if the parental unit graduated from SFA and the children graduated from the UTSA. PLUS there is 12-ounce beer and four quarters to the game.  Ax ‘Em Jacks. This is on ESPN3 for you streamers.

The one item to snark about is the majority of the LSU football players tested positive for COVID. Guess it hard to not party in Baton Rouge. HWIT – the winner of the SEC will be the healthiest team still on its feet in November.

Since there is so little snark, I devised another thought question for you.  Many of us are spending an extraordinary time in our homes. This leads to endless hours of time wasted by watching television.  Since March I have seen every episode on the Investigative Discovery (ID) Channel and am currently working on the OWN. FYI – They will always find you from the cameras at Walmart. And the spouse usually did it. But I digress.

The point is that we are watching television.  So here is your assignment.

Rank the following television commercials from one to four in terms of irritation and obnoxiousness with one being “it is only on for 30 seconds” and four “where is the damn remote mute button.”

  • Joe Namath hawking Medicare
  • William Shatner hawking the sleep machine cleaner
  • LiMu Emu and Doug hawking insurance – you may substitute the creepy fortune teller in the booth
  • Any commercial of your choice that deals with the release of bodily fluids or deals with bodily functions, including but not limited to your intestinal tract or your urinary tract

As you are ranking these television commercials, please notice that they all air just about the time you are sitting down to dinner.  

Until next Friday, when real football begins, have a nice weekend. Stay safe and wear your mask.

Monday, September 14, 2020 – The COVID Monday after College Football Awards

Monday, September 14, 2020 – The COVID Monday after College Football Awards

While it is true that Here’s What I’m Thinking has been in semi-quarantine (grocery store and gym), the truer reason is this. It is so dang hard to be happy and cheerful during The COVID Era. But perhaps the return of college football will spark some energy.

The awards usually follow a Snarky Friday about teams, but it just didn’t seem appropriate since last Friday was 9/11. Nineteen years later I still remember every detail from the moment the American Airlines plane I was on sat down in New Orleans until I reached Austin.

But let me see if I have any awards to hand out.

Let’s begin with an award that goes to every team that played. May I present you with the It Shows That There Was No Spring Practice Award. Most teams looked as though they would have difficulty against Our Sisters of the Perpetually Poor. Games were filled with false starts, illegal motions, lack of timing and favorite poor tackling.

The Blow-Out/Upset Award goes to each winning school in the Big 12 Conference. As in previous years, there are only ten universities and only four are located in Texas.

But if your Big 12 school won, it was a blow out. If your Big 12 lost, it was an upset. Better luck next week.

There is no Poopy Undies Award because games were not really close in score. Oh wait. Let’s give a Poopy Undies Award to Tortilla Tech who barely beat Houston Baptist 35 to 33. Houston Baptist? Nobody goes to HB to play football.

The award for No Spittle in the Air goes to the referee crews who used some kind of whistling gadget that when a button is pushed a shrill whistling sound can be heard in the next county. This was used rather than whistles to avoid spit droplets. (Most used a Fox 40 Classic – you can get one at your Walmart)

I would be remiss if I did not give The Cardboard Fan Cut Out Award to each team.  Strange, but less booing of teams and referees,

However, the best award goes to B. J. Forester formerly of THE University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Forester receives the “Not ‘til Gabriel Blows His Horn for Me Award” for leaving the game and quitting the team in the third quarter.

Perhaps next week’s games will be more exciting. Bad football is better than no football. We can continue to wait until real college football season begins when the SEC plays. It just means more.

Stay safe. Wear a mask.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – The Right to Vote

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – The Right to Vote

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote.

My grandmother did not have the right to vote.  My mother had to pay a poll tax to vote. I have voted in every election since I turned 18 years old.

On October 13, 2020 I plan to be in line for the first day of early voting. I will be prepared to stand in line. I will bring lunch, dinner, and breakfast if necessary. I will wear necessary garments to stand in line without a bathroom break. I will bring a book. I will have music and earbuds.

I will not be denied access to voting. Neither should anyone else.

womens vote shirt

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – COVID 19 Be Damned – Let’s Play Football!

We are the Aggies and we are coming for you!

Aggie mask

 

https://youtu.be/5X3MZMxFMWc

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Continued Life in the Coronavirus

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Continued Life in the Coronavirus

I suppose if We, the People, are to resume any semblance of life before coronavirus (BC) it necessary to resume as many previous activities possible. Therefore, Here’s What I’m Thinking is back.

So, what are you doing during these times? Since it has been a while since I posted anything, I will begin with what I have been doing.

Since March 13 I have been staying at home with errands only for food. I am so excited my first hair cut in two months is Friday.

During this time, I have watched an enormous amount of television. Since I am now into repeat episodes, I have solved the crimes on the ID Channel twice now. If you are not familiar with the ID Channel it is Investigative Discovery or true crime. Here are some observations and here’s what I’m thinking.

  1. Actual time. The episodes are an hour in length. During these sixty minutes, there are about 20 minutes of commercials; 10 minutes of repeated generic scenery around the area; 20 minutes of repeated interviews with family, friends, loved ones and police. This leaves about 10 minutes of actual story.
  2. Wal-Mart. If you are going to off some one, do not go to Wal-Mart to buy your killing supplies. Those cameras show the shovel, the gloves, bleach, the gasoline cans, tarp, ropes and everything else as clear as if you were standing there and making the purchase yourself.
  3. Credit card. Don’t use somebody else’s credit card. The cameras will tell that 87-year-old Harriet Hosebeast is not a 40 year old male with a beard wearing biker gear.
  4. Traffic flow. Many of these crimes take place in major urban cities. Like Houston for example. The other night there was an episode and the police were investigating an area around the Galleria area. One could see Loop 610 in the background. The time was 3:00 AM. There was no traffic on the Loop. Trust me I have driven Loop 610 at all hours, yes, even at 3:00 AM. There is never a time when there is no traffic on any freeway in Houston, Texas,
  5. Recreation of events. At the beginning of each episode, there is a disclaimer stating something like “some events are recreated to tell the story in detail.” Recently an episode was about the murder of the Baylor basketball player several years ago. There were generic scenes of Waco and generic scenes around the Baylor campus. However, there were two scenes that came under my intense scrutiny and suspicion.
    1. One – a scene allegedly in a Baylor gym practice facility, had young men playing one on one and shooting hoops. Do you really believe that Baylor University, the largest Baptist University in the world, has a practice facility with exposed rafters above? No. I have toured basketball facilities at Baylor to know they do not have something that tacky. Say – Church basement.
    2. Two – the Baylor head coach office. The Baylor incident was indeed tragic and sadly the head coach was involved. The scene was recreated when interviews went to the coach’s office. I have tour athletic facilities on several campuses. Coaches’ offices are suites. Never have I seen a Head Coach’s office designated by a baby doo doo brown wooden door, with a tacky metal name plate that read “Head Coach.”

That is it for the moment. Tomorrow maybe I will do book reports on the 14 books I have read since January.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Dos de Mayo

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Coronavirus Music – Dos de Mayo

This is one of those songs that floods your memory banks as soon as you hear the opening chords.

Grab a beverage of choice and relax for 3:10. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/NEH3uqbpsm8