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Monday, February 11, 2019 – Classical Flights

Monday, February 11, 2019 – Classical Flights

Good Morning, Class. Welcome to Classical Flights 101. Today we look at three famous composers who have a masterpiece with the word “flight” in one of their works. At the end of class you will select which flight you like the most and attempt to play or complete at least one of the listed flight.

Are there questions? No, you do not have to wait because it is five o’clock somewhere.

Flight of the Valkyries by Richard Wilhelm Wagner. Ten minutes of scary.


Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky Korsakov. Three and half minutes of anxiety.


Flight of the Margaritas by Jimmy Buffet. A lifetime of relaxation.

Mad Taco weekend Appy Hour – show the app on your phone and the Flight of Margaritas is $8.99.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – The Great 20th Century Philosopher – James Buffet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – The Great 20th Century Philosopher – James Buffet

It is a cold and dreary day here in the Brazos Valley. Hey, that is better than “It was a dark and stormy night.”

So today I am sending you some sunshine in the form of the great Jimmy Buffet. I could not decide which song best describe me. I am definitely one of the people my parents warned you about.


Source: Jimmy Buffett From Live By The Bay in 1985 – We are the people are parents warned us about

Hey, hey Garner McKay … I am so old I remember Adventures in Paradise with Gardner McKay. What a young JB. Short shorts, T-shirt and hair. 1985.

Speaking of growing older, check out JB in 2014. Like the rest of us – Longer shorts, comfy shirt and less hair. Definitely growing older, but definitely not growing up.


I so wish I was in Florida right now!

Friday, February 02, 2018 – Ground Hog Day

Friday, February 02, 2018 – Ground Hog Day

Friday, February 02, 2018 – Ground Hog Day

Friday, February 02, 2018 – Ground Hog Day

Ok – you either get it or you don’t.

You know that February is the shortest month of the year. It has 40,320 minutes. How do you plan to use them so that each one counts?

I understand the weather rodent did see his shadow. Poor animal. I think PETA should get involved. People in weird clothes drag a furry critter from its warm habitat in the early morning hours into the cold daylight. It was probably having a good ground hog dream. It has not had any coffee. They do not even give it sun shades. Then they expect a prediction of weather?

This weekend is Super Bowl Weekend. I understand the Eagles are playing. Personally, I would have gone with The Rolling Stones. Jagger and Keith Richards are older than the Super Bowl itself, but can still rock. Of course Keith Richards may have been dead for a couple of decades and he is just hologram.

This Tom Brady guy? Which one of the Brady Bunch was he? I do not remember a Tom. Maybe he was a cousin or something in an episode I missed. Was it the one when Marsha gets hit in the face with the football?

I think The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet would make a great Super Bowl theme for this this Super Bowl. The temperature daytime temperature in Minneapolis for Sunday is a high of seven (7) degrees falling to one (1) degree Sunday night. Yes, the game is indoors, but as JB sings “I gotta go where there ain’t any snow! I GOTTA GO WHERE IT’S WARM!”

You realize you wasted almost a minute and a half reading this. Welcome to The Hotel California.

Texas A&M Women Basketball – BTHO Auburn

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Infamous Historical Statements and The Great 20th Century Philosopher

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Infamous Historical Statements and The Great 20th Century Philosopher

Let me reach into my bag of historical statements to find something for today’s HWIT.

“I am not a crook.” No, that is not the correct one.

“I did not have sex with that woman.” Not that one either.

“I did not collude with the Russians.” Maybe.

“I opened the email, responded ‘I love it,’ because I often meet with people I do not know and invite high ranking campaign people to my Daddy’s offices.” Hmm too long.

How about this one? “I am not a crook and I did not have email sex with the Russians.”

Reminder to Trump Administration – When you are up to your ass in alligators, you forget your initial objective was to drain the swamp.

WH Press Release for today.

“Can’t you feel em circling Honey; can’t you feel them swimming around? You got fins to left; fins to the right and you’re the only bait in town.” (FINS, Buffet, James William. July, 1979.)

Not to mention the “the big white teeth of the sharks that swim on the land!!!”

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Ensure the Insured.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Ensure the Insured.

Today is my required home health care visit. My (I am so blessed) state paid insurance calls for an annual home visit to check on my health and well-being. This is translated as – ensure the insured person is not squandering our money and is actually sick when she says she is, not selling her medicines on the street, appears to be sane, or any number of issues related their money.

As always I have prepared for my tests and am prepared to answer all of the questions on form. Here are some examples I am anticipating.

Q: Is your birthday still January 13, 19XX? Yes, my birthday is the same as it has always been. I did not change my birthday like my Aunt Myrtle. She changed her birthday on her headstone so she would not look her older her husband.

Q: How old are you?

A: A year older than last time you were here. Can’t you do the math or are you a product of our education system?

Q: Are you mobile? Do you have difficulty walking?

A: I am very mobile. Sometimes I do have difficulty walking, but alcohol is almost always involved. And it only happens going to and from the Uber or wherever the designated driver’s car is.

Q: Do you exercise on a regular basis?

Micky and Killer Queen, you two want to weigh in here? These are my PTs – personal trainers not physical therapists. Last year I offered to lift and tote the home health care person to the living room just to show off, but she declined. This time I might suggest a contest where we do 10 lunges across the living room. Maybe I will take it easy on her and suggest 10 push-ups (full body, of course) or the usually number of reps of sit ups. What am I up to now, Mickey? Three sets of 10?

A: Yes, I exercise on a regular basis. This is why I wear sweat pants. Not only for the comfort, but my butt looks good in them. No shake, rattle or rolls.

Q: How is your mental frame of mind?

A: Compared to whose mental frame of mind? I would like to phone a friend and let them answer. As my dear Mother used to say to me often “Everyone is crazy except me and you. And I am kinda worried about you.”

Magnolia House – note the look of pleasure on my face. Lost that “Not wearing a dress” fight to Mama that day. Note: the silhouette above my head: Anybody from 4th Grade remember those?

Of course, as the great 20th Century philosopher says “If we weren’t all crazy, we’d just go insane.” (J. Buffet.)

Jimmy Buffet – Austin, Texas 2014. Photo by me.

But to answer your question regarding my mental capacities – I do not Tweet at 3:00 AM in the morning. I often go to the bathroom at 3:00 AM, but no tweeting, just peeing.

May I ask you a question, lowly paid health care checker person?

How much longer is this going to take? If you hurry up I can almost get 18 holes played before tip-off of the basketball games tonight.

Where to I sign to show you have been here and you can show your boss what a wonderful job you did today. Now, go away, but thank you for stopping by.

Friday, June 17, 2016 – National Flip Flop Day

Friday, June 17, 2016 – National Flip Flop Day

Today is National Flip Flop Day! Really, there is a day designated as National Flip Flop Day. I read it on the Internet so I know it is true. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/flip-flop-day/

So today’s HWIT is dedicated to my friend, JFP, the 1966 Homecoming Queen of Magnolia High School. She and I (like so many other intelligent women) share the same belief regarding footwear – If I can’t wear flip flops (tennis shoes in my case), and then I am not going.

National Flip Flop Day was founded by Tropical Smoothie. If a patron visits a Tropical Smoothie store wearing flip flips today he or she receives a free smoothie. The money is donated to Camp Sunshine – camp that provides support for children and their families with life threatening illnesses.

So flip on your flip flops and stroll along the beach or take a walk in the park and maybe get a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie. If you are not up for a walk in the Texas heat here is another thought.

Slide those flippy floppy shoes on, have a cocktail and dance around the room singing along with Jimmy. It’s 5:00 somewhere.

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Jimmy Buffet – Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas; May 5, 2013 – photo by me.

“Blew out my flip flops; stepped on a pop top; cut my heel; had to hurry back home. But there’s booze in blender and soon it will render that frozen concoction that helps me hang on… Wasting away again in Margaritaville…” (Buffet, Jimmy)

I wonder if National Flip Flop Day coincides with National Podiatrist Day.

Enjoy the weekend. Happy Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Sad Day in Sports – One Classy Organization – And Legends.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Sad Day in Sports – One Classy Organization – And Legends.

From The Bryan Eagle By TRAVIS L. BROWN travis.brown@theeagle.com The Eagle

“All I could do is sit and look at it because, first of all, I couldn’t believe that there was an organization classy enough to do that for us,” Minnesota infielder Micah Coffey said.

When the Minnesota baseball team arrived at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Friday for their NCAA tournament opener against Wake Forest, they were met with a special surprise.

Texas A&M staff members placed a new on-deck mat just outside the third base dugout with a large No. 25 filling the middle of the circle — the number of Minnesota pitching coach Todd Oakes. Oakes died May 26 after his third bout with leukemia. He was in his 18th year coaching for the Golden Gophers.

———— From Me

The families of baseball also mourn the passing of Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett. The sophomore – projected number one draft pick – drowned while fishing with his buddies on the eve of the Commodores’ NCAA regional opener.

———– From Me

Whether you liked him or hated him, he was The Greatest. Muhammed Ali was the greatest heavy weight boxer of the twentieth century.

Here’s to these three from the great philosopher of the twentieth century, Jimmy Buffet from The Last Mango in Paris.

I had to search my memories

As I looked into those eyes

Our lives change like the weather

But a legend never dies.

Good Night Austin (600x800)

For my Parrot Head buddies seeing Jimmy in The Woodlands tonight. This is from Austin 2013 – photo by me

Monday, February, 29, 2016 – LEAP YEAR! The Eve of Super Tuesday! Will Trump Take Texas Tomorrow? FRUITCAKES!

Monday, February, 29, 2016 – LEAP YEAR! The Eve of Super Tuesday! Will Trump Take Texas Tomorrow? FRUITCAKES!

I was reading a FB question from one of my former McC students who started a strand “Will Trump Take Texas Tomorrow?” The emoticons did not come across. Only four small rectangles – or maybe that was the emoticons representing a wall of some sort.

My first response – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! If he does I will be coming to live near you – in Geneva, Switzerland! Second response – No – going to the island of St. Rolene to live near Rhonda.

And now to answer your question Stacy – NOTE: This is only a prediction and not an endorsement for any candidate.

Senator Ted Cruz will take Texas, but not by a significant percentage. Texas Governor Greg Abbott endorsed Cruz even though he cannot name any legislation written, sponsored, endorsed, blocked, filibustered, etc. by the Senator.

At the national level …

Donald Trump will splinter the GOP. Certain demographics will not vote or will vote for the least crazy (I use the term loosely) candidate. Hillary Clinton will win. No one will be happy.

Whoever your candidate is or whatever your causes and beliefs are – VOTE!

From the great 20th Century philosopher, Jimmy Buffet – “I don’t want other people thinking for me! I WANT MY JUNIOR MINTS!!!”


Have a very fruitful day!

Good Night Austin (600x800)


[Chorus:] Fruitcakes in the kitchen Fruitcakes on the street

Struttin’ naked through the cross walk In the middle of the week

Half baked cookies in the oven Half baked people on the bus

There’s a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us

Paradise – Lost and found Paradise – take a look around I was out in California Where I hear they have it all They got riots, fires and mud slides They got sushi in the mall Water bars and Brontosaurs Chinese modern lust Shake and bake life with the quake The secret’s in the crust [Chorus]

The government – We lost our Martian rocket ship The high paid spokesman said Looks like that silly rocket ship Has lost it’s cone-shaped head We spent ninety jillion dollars Tryin’ to get a look at Mars I hear universal laughter Ringing out among the stars

Fruitcakes in the galaxy Fruitcakes on the Earth Strut naked towards eternity We’ve been that way since birth Half baked cookies in the oven Half baked people on the bus There’s a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us

Religion, religion. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa Where’s the church, who took the steeple Religion’s in the hands of some crazy ass people Television preachers with bad hair and dimples The God’s honest truth is it’s not that simple

It’s the Buddhist in you, it’s the pagan in me It’s the Muslim in him, she’s Catholic ain’t she? It’s that born again look, it’s the wasp and the Jew Tell me what’s goin on, I ain’t got a clue

Here come the big ones – Relationships – We all got ’em, we all want ’em. What do we do with’em? Here we go I’ll tell ya She said you’ve got to do your fair share Now cough up half the rent I treat my body like a temple You treat yours like a tent But the right word at the right time

May get me a little hug That’s the difference between lightning And a harmless lightning bug

Fruitcakes in the kitchen Fruitcakes on the street Struttin’ naked through the cross walk In the middle of the week Half baked cookies in the oven Half baked people on the bus There’s a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us

The future, Captain’s log, Star date 2000 and somethin’ We’re seven years from the millennium That’s a science fiction fact Stanley Kubrick and his buddy Hal Now don’t look that abstract

So I’ll put on my Bob Marley tape And practice what I preach Get Ja lost in the reggae mon As I walk along the beach Stay in touch with my insanity Really is the only way It’s a jungle out there kiddies Have a very fruitful day

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – A Throw-Back Thursday Question

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – A Throw-Back Thursday Question

A Freshman knows not, and knows not that he knows not.

A Sophomore knows not, and knows that he knows not.

A Junior knows, but knows not that he knows.

But a Senior knows, and knows that he knows.

 Whose yearbook were those lines from? It was used to denote class distinctions.  I thought it was the Magnolia High School 1966 yearbook, which would be yours, Ms. Wax, but alas no.  Perhaps, the MHS Bulldog of 1965? Pat?

Maybe it was at J.L. McCullough – calling all yearbook people – Stephanie R., T. Manning. Conroe High? In The Flare?

Maybe it was not even in a yearbook and the lines are from one of those “…flashbacks they all warned us about…” (Jimmy Buffet – Meet Me in Margaritaville). Not to be confused with “we are the people our parents warned us about…” (IBID).

Nevertheless, I have used it in many speeches and presentations and I would really like to know the source. It describes so many things. I like to think of the lines now describing Life Stages.

Friday – March 13, 2015 – Fish Stick Friday

Friday – March 13, 2015 – Fish Stick Friday

Fish Sticks – the hot dog of the fish world. When one mentions fish sticks, I have one of those flashbacks they warned us about (Jimmy Buffet). I am transported back to the Magnolia High School cafeteria. On Friday you had two lunch choices – fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, green beans and one of those giant rolls or bring your lunch.  Actually you only had those two choices every day – eat what was for lunch in the cafeteria or bring a lunch. I bet we all remember those giant rolls. Who remembers those little square card board boxes the milk came in?  Remember Mr. L. took our “milk money?” Not to be confused with Mr. Swanks who took our lunch money.

My dear Mother made one of the best lunches ever.  It was home-made pimento cheese made with Velveeta cheese, Lay’s potato chips, and her famous home-made chocolate chip cookies. It was so good it was stolen every Friday by Dianne J. and Pat C. and probably Judy B.  This assumes they got to my locker before my classmates, Sonny C. or BFF Luddite or anybody else who had the opportunity to steal it got to it first. So I had to eat frozen (please insert an alliterative adjective) fish sticks on Friday.  Mama even tried packing extra sandwiches and more cookies. That only meant my lunch looked like a grocery sack and fed more people who stole my lunch while I still ate fish sticks.  Finally, Mother said she was not going to feed half of Magnolia High School. Please know this was not a situation of being bullied because whoever would steal my lunch would leave lunch money in my locker.

I respect those who strictly adhere to dietary customs, whether for religious reasons or not, but I wonder at the origin of such customs.  I wonder if pre Martin Luther nailing the pages on the church door, the Catholic Church had an agreement with the commercial fisherman?  The Vatican says, “How about this?  If an animal walks, don’t eat it on Friday, and everybody buys fish and the price of fish goes up.”  Think about it.  And why Friday? Why not meatless Thursday? Or Tuesday? Perhaps Friday was when the boats arrived from a fishing expedition. Oh well.  Time for lunch. I will be having a pimento cheese, with Velveeta cheese, Lay’s potato chips (not the baked ones, either) and a chocolate chip cookie.