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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

On June 6, 1944, Lt. Colonel James Earl Rudder led a Battalion of Army Rangers up a cliff of 101 feet under heavy German machine gun fire. Their objective was to take Point du Hoc – a large promontory point separating Omaha and Utah Beaches. At the top of the cliff were six captured French 155mm artillery pieces sitting in open pits and manned by German sharpshooters and machine gun operators.

You can read the details of this crazy and almost suicidal scale straight up a cliff. https://sofrep.com

Rudder and the Rangers captured the artillery which allowed those storming Omaha and Utah Beaches.

How tall is 101 feet? Rudder Tower on the campus of Texas A&M University, named for General Earl Rudder is 101 feet tall.

Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?

Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?

I am thinking of attending a ruck this Saturday on the Texas A&M Campus. This thought occurred after I looked up “what is a ruck?”

A ruck is a noun defined as “A tightly packed crowd of people.” It is the foundation of Special Forces training. Rucking requires strength, endurance and character – and it builds it too.

The ruck on Saturday is a 3 to 5 K ruck. Participants carry their rucksack (aka backpack) with everything they need to endure the ruck. The ruck will travel through the campus of Texas A&M with stops and stories along the way regarding the veterans who gave the greatest sacrifice.

Let me think about this. Which words in the definition do not scare me? Those are “A” and “of.” Tightly, packed, crowd and people give me pause.

At the very least, here is what I would need to have in my rucksack to endure the ruck:

  • An EMT
  • An oxygen tank
  • 2 or more liters of water
  • A M*A*S*H unit standing by

Nevertheless, I may give this idea of a ruck some serious thought. If another person went with me, would we be a ruckus? Maybe I will do the Will Rogers thing and watch and wave the flag as the heroes go by.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Saying Good Bye with Pearls and Grace

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Saying Good Bye with Pearls and Grace

Yesterday, April 21, Aggie Muster became an even more special and solemn occasion. Hundreds of us lined Texas Avenue and George Bush Drive in College Station to watch the motorcade go to the Bush Library and to say our final goodbye to former First Lady, Barbara Bush.

On Thursday, I took this photo of the George Bush Library with the flags at half-staff.

Local media informed those who wanted to watch the motorcade to be parked and in place by 2:00 pm. Since we always want to be on the front row of history, Ms. Navasota and I arrived at 12:30. But we met the coolest ladies and had the greatest conversations. Note the following photograph:

Two minutes later an AP photographer took their photo and it has gone international. So, HWIT, if that photographer wins a Pulitzer for that photograph, J and I will say “we took it first!”

Social media allowed us to track the motorcade from the moment it left St. Martin’s Church in Houston to the arrival in College Station. Here are some photographs of history. Because I know many of you are familiar with the Texas A&M campus, you will recognize where these photos are taken.

I chose the corner of Olsen and George Bush Drive. This is just across the railroad tracks at Wellborn and George Bush Drive. Blue Bell Park is directly behind me.

This is looking left toward Wellborn Road.  Texas Ave. is about 1.5 miles. Imagine the number of people,

The one below is looking right toward the Bush Library In the distance you can see the police vehicle. Public was not allowed past that point.

 

Motorcade about to cross RR tracks.

First vehicle behind the hearse and the only beige one in the motorcade. I suspect the former presidents were here.  Second group of vehicles were family and friends.

And then they were gone..

But then there was Aggie Muster. Next year, 2019, will be the official Aggie Muster for the Bush Family. However, last evening the first name called was “Barbara Pierce Bush” and the attendees in Reed Arena and your Aggie Family answered “Here.”

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – How Cool and How Come?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – How Cool and How Come?

I found some family ephemera (fancy talk for old family stuff like pictures of people you do know know). I am sure, much to the delight of my family, I donated it to LSU. My name will officially be in a museum. Thank you LSU Alum, Kathy for the help.

Remember LSU is a land grant school and when the Morrill Act was passed all land grant schools were required to have a military component. Google the Morrill Act if you did not attend a land grant school. Today of course, there is only one land grant school with a Corps of Cadets of any value. Of course that is the Harvard on the Brazos – aka Texas A&M University. Therefore, it is only right and honorable that this Texas Aggie makes a donation. How cool is that?

The photographs were of cadets of LSU and some old buildings the LSU history people recognized immediately. The dates on the back were 1905 from the Old War Skule. This date is two years before my father was born and my aunt was only three years old. I have no idea who the cadets are or where the photographs came from.

When downloading my museum donation form I ran across this from the LSU Old War Skule site posted February 26, this year. http://olewarskule.lsu.edu/?p=3302

Chairs of Honor. POW/MIA permanent seats were installed in Tiger Stadium, Maravich Assembly Center, and Alex Box Stadium and are guarded by ROTC members during home games.

Here’s what I’m thinking. How come there are no POW/MIA seats in every college stadium/arena and sports venue? And especially how come there are not any in Kyle Field and Reed Arena? And Blue Bell Park and the softball ball and soccer stadium?

What do you think about the idea? Share it Aggies!

 

Friday, March 24, 2017 –Snarky Friday. Just Because You Can Does Not Always Mean You Should. Rick Perry, the Aggies and Glow Stick Gate?

Friday, March 24, 2017 –Snarky Friday. Just Because You Can Does Not Always Mean You Should. Rick Perry, The Aggies and Glow Stick Gate

The perception is the reality.” That statement is one of many drilled into the minds of public servants. How does the public perceive your actions as a public employee? This concept is known as “perception reality.” YOUR perception is related to preconceived feelings and experiences that often create your current reality.

I am not sure I would have stepped into this bovine by product currently stinking on the Texas A&M campus.

Backstory – U. S Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, publically questioned the recent election process for Student Body President on the Texas A&M campus. RP, if I understand correctly, is questioning whether due process was followed.

The apparent winner was disqualified because of apparently not reporting a campaign expense for glow sticks. Granted, I have no idea the dollar amount for glow sticks in question. $1.00? $500? He was disqualified and the election went to the second place finisher.

There are so many issues at play. I can feel the fan blades starting the rotations as the bovine fecal by products hit it. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Federal intervention – RP is now a federal appointee to a Cabinet Post. As Governor of Texas his comments and intervention might have been appropriate. But as a federal employee it can be perceived as federal government intervention into a public institution of higher education. – Alma mater or not.
  • Freedom of speech – yes, RP can certainly voice his opinion, but his opinion is interpreted differently by many people. With his current political appointment RP now speaks for an organization.
  • Diversity – the newly elected Student Body President is openly gay.
  • Old Ags – RP is considered an “Old Ag.” This is not a derogatory term. It simply refers to older Former Students who are more resistant to changes in the university. Who remembers the lawsuits to even allow women to attend Texas A&M? Or the lawsuits to allow women into the Corps of Cadets? Or the lawsuits to allow women into the band? Sorry RP, the lawsuits for female Yell Leaders are waiting in the wings of diversity. If a woman can lead the entire, largest ever Corps of Cadets in Texas A&M history, then one can damn sure the lead the yells.

    First woman to lead the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets; Alyssa Michalke. 2015. Photo by me.

  • Money – always follow the money trail. The disqualified Aggie’s parents are major financial supporters of RP, (the $ix figure kind of annual donation$, my excellent sources tell me.). All campaign donations are public records.

In closing, more wisdom from the public servant hand book:

  • The perception is the reality.
  • You do not have to defend the results; you have to defend the process.
  • Just because you can do something, does not always mean you should.

Monday, November 7, 2016 – My Monday After Saturday College Football Awards

Monday, November 7, 2016 – My Monday After Saturday College Football Awards

Backstory for the new kids on the blog – I write about teams I like and teams that play teams I like. If your team is not mentioned let me know and I take it under consideration.

First from the West Coast – USC versus Oregon – I don’t even know the score, but you both receive the Rubber Duck Award.

Next on the list we have the Small 12 Conference or The Land of No Defenses.

THE University of Texas survived the plains of Lubbock with a victory over Tortilla Tech. (THE University 45 TT 37.) My favorite team is whoever is playing Tech.Tech (800x600)

Oklahoma State 43 K-State 37. Mullet Mike and The Cowboys survive. Both of you win a Poopy Undies Award for scaring your fans.

The Kick Off to Tip Off Awards goes to Baylor and TCU for posting a basketball score of TCU 62 Baylor 22 on the opening weekend of college basketball season. And the score was not the only Uglies coming from Waco.

An Ugly Uniform Award goes to Baylor. Fifty shades of Waco is not becoming. Gray is not colorful. Neither is black as in the black cloud of ugly that seems to be a stationary front over the institution. Therefore, Baylor also receives the Frozen Award – Let It Go!

Look, Bears Pooping in the Woods, it is bad enough without constant reminders of ugly. Please do not hang dirty laundry out your windows. Who gets the sales from the T-shirts?cab-sign-out-suit-copy-800x600Focus on the low level bowl game invitation you will now receive.

Letting go of that, let’s move on to the Top 10 and the SEC where games are more exciting and stressful.

The Bringing Home the Alligator Bacon goes to the Hogs of Arkansas! (Arkansas 31 Florida 10) Sooey Pig over 11th ranked Florida. Another favorite team is whoever is playing any school from Florida.

To players Chip Kelly of Ole Miss; Trevor Knight and Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, the Nebraska QB and all the others: All of you receive the Heal Quickly Award. Will miss you next weekend, Chip. I wanted to see you play against the Aggies.

And now the top tiered top ten college football awards. These 10 teams are listed according to today’s AP listings. Tomorrow we see who The Selection Committee votes for the Who’s In Top Four. Larry Culpepper and Dr. Pepper seem to be winning above all the others.

# 1 Alabama and LSU – (Bama 10 – LSU 0) Please share the following awards:

  • Best Football Game of the Weekend
  • A Special Edition of Poopy Undies Award
  • The “I Did Not Know I Could Hold My Breath for 47 Minutes” Award.
  • Defense – please share your videos with schools of the schools of the Small 12 Conference and perhaps these others listed below.

# 2 Michigan Maryland (Michigan 59 MD 3.) Michigan wins the Turtle Wax Award for waxing the Terrapins. Wolverines like turtles.

# Clemson and Syracuse (Clemson 54 Syracuse 0) – Clemson Wins the Too Much Orange on the Field Award.

# 4 Washington and Cal (formerly known as Berkley.) (Washington 66 Cal 27) Huskies receive the In the Right Rankings Now Award.

# 5 Louisville and Boston College (Louisville 52 BC 7) – Lamar Looking Heisman Good Award.

# 6 Ohio State and Nebraska (Ohio State 62 Nebraska 3) – The Huskers receive the Fun While It Lasted Award. Corn headwear really looks stupid when you lose to a nut named Bucky.

The Really Don’t Deserve an Award goes to the following:

# 7 Wisconsin and Northwestern (Wisconsin 21 Northwestern 7) – Badgers preparing for a bowl game where it is warm.

# 8 AUBURN? AUBURN! A hair color? You beat Vanderbilt by a touchdown 23 – 16! ROLL TIDE!

# 9 OU versus Iowa State (OU 34 Iowa State 24) – Bedlam is coming soon and The Cowboys are coming with it!

Coming in at # 10  is Texas A&M – where the Aggies should have been in the first place. (Texas A&M 28 Mississippi State 35) What a shipwreck in Starksville.

Aggies you receive a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Award because we sucked as bad as the referees. Even I saw the block in the back on Captain Kirk’s punt return.  Aggies win Pooper Scooper Award for leaving lots of it on the field.

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Nevertheless, “We are the Aggies; the Aggies are we…” and we do not lose – time on the clock runs out. We got your back, Jake!barn-n-park-9-22-16-2016-09-22-041-800x530

Tomorrow we see who the College Football Selection Committee votes for and who the citizens of The United States of America votes for. Please do not forget to cast your ballot. PS – we do not get to vote with the Selection Committee.

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Snarky Friday, Football, Maroon Madness and GO CUBS!

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Maroon Madness – Unveiling of the Men’s 2016 SEC Conference Championship Banner.

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Snarky Friday, Football, Maroon Madness and GO CUBS! Click to see more Maroon Madness and comments.

It is another fun filled weekend of sports so let’s get started. The Aggies of Texas A&M are playing the Aggies of New Mexico at 6:30 on ESPNU in The Aggie Cupcake Bowl.

Fifteen minutes prior to Aggie Cupcake kick off on the SEC Network the Auburn Tigers go against the Rebels of Ole Miss. A victory over the Rebels would be most appreciated in Aggieland.

Other cupcake action has Texas Southern playing the #1 CFB Sam Houston Bearkats on ESPN3. This could be the Bearkats year to be #1.

The Game of Interest is THE University of Texas hosting the Baylor Bears on ABC at 2:30. This game is interesting for many reasons and not all of them are good.

And in the evening at 7:00 PM Game Two of the we have the history making World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on Fox. GO CUBS! I do not believe I have ever seen so much winter gear worn during a baseball game.

Here are some pics from last evening’s Maroon Madness tipping off the start of basketball season. Be sure to read my comments- especially you, RL.

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Maroon Madness 2016 Hard to see the men’s team to the right, but they do seem to be in the spotlight.

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GB and Lashes. I did not know GB could move that quickly.

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White Men Can’t Dance

Monday, September 12, 2016 – The Monday after Saturday College Football Awards

Monday, September 12, 2016 – The Monday after Saturday College Football Awards

I must admit that I did not watch as much college football as I usually do. Instead I attended a benefit for a high school friend aka a Still Magnolia. In the grand scheme of life I think friends are more important than football.

Nevertheless, The Buzzard Award goes to the referring crew who blew the call on the Oklahoma State – Central Michigan game. The play was dead and Central Michigan should not have had an opportunity to even try a Hail Mary with a lateral to score. OSU 27 Central Michigan 30. Referees zero. The referees also win The Suspension Bridge Award to celebrate their suspension.

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The Tide continues to Roll at the number one spot of the polls. I regret I was not able to see Coach Sabin’s head explode live and in real time. I am awarding you instead of the usual Willie Muschamp, the Exploding Head Coach Award. Didn’t you just hire that guy you were giving an old fashioned ass chewing?

2. Florida State – Do Not Care (DNC) at this time

3. Ohio State – DNC – I do not like those funny, pot looking leafy things on your helmets.

4. Michigan – DNC yet. So just Big Chill out.

5. Clemson wins The Helen of Troy Award. Just a touchdown shy of a beautiful upset. Troy 24 Clemson 30.

6. Houston – Shasta is looking pretty scary. Houston wins the Domino Pizza Award for shutting out Lamar 42-0. More dominoes to fall before Shasta is happy.

7. Stanford – Brainiacs had to study.

8.Washington – DNC but I will award you the Potato Award for your victory over Idaho 59-14.

9.Wisconsin – Onward Thru the Fog Wisconsin Award for the Badger win over Akron. 54-10

10.Louisville – I award Louisville the Funny Fluffy Orange Thing Award for its 62-28 win over Syracuse.

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THE University of Texas – The Horns win the Remain Calm and Carry On Strong Award. Let’s remember you played UTEP and won 41-7, but there are several teams who have their eyes on The Eyes of Texas – like all of the Big 12.

Michigan State – DNC

Iowa – DNC

Oklahoma – The Sooners win A Duck Dynasty Camo award for a 50-17 win over UL Monroe.

Tennessee – The Vols over the Hokies of Va. Tech 45 to 24. DNC until Oct 8. Bring on Rocky Top and see how the Stands of Kyle sway.

Georgia – Did UGA go to sleep? The Dawgs win the Poo Poo Undies Award for surviving a scare from Nicholls 26-24. Nicholls, you win The Gumbo Award as the Boys from Thibeaux scared the poo out of the Dawgs.

Texas A&M – Great sideline coaching uniforms and great helmets to remember and honor September 11. Aggies win Best Uniform and Helmet Award. It was definitely a cupcake win over Prairie View at 67-0. Blinn was not available that weekend and PVA&M brings a larger student body and better band. From what I heard, PV also brings great fans. Aggies win the 12th Man Award because women’s basketball team and the Aggie Band were about to suit up and play the last quarter. Aggies are also awarded the William Blake, Tiger Tiger Burning Bright Watch Award as the bus travels to Auburn next Saturday.

Notre Dame – 39 to 10 over Nevada. Touchdown Jesus and Hail Mary full of Desert Award to the Irish.

Mississippi – Hotty Toddy win over Wofford. The Rebels win The Cupcake Award of the Week. Wofford? A private liberal arts college? What toddy goes with a cupcake?

LSU 34 – Jacksonville State 13. LSU wins the Frost Award because it has Miles to go before he sleeps. Tigers also win the You Better Step it up a Notch Award if you expect to win the SEC.

Baylor – Who picked the uniforms for you this week? Fifty-shades of Gray in Waco is not your color. Bears win Ugly Uniform Award for the week. The Baptists win over the SMU Methodists. Bears still need more than pony up for the Big 12.

Oregon – Who did you play? Oh yeah Virginia. Oregon wins the Cavalier Duck Award 44-26.

Florida – Really Don’t Care

Arkansas – The Baconators win The Purple Phrog Eaters Award for it double OT victory of TCU.

Miami – Really, super don’t care.

A few others of interest.

South Carolina 14 Miss. State 27. Uncle Will Muschamp wins the Erectile Dysfunction Award. It could a while before the Game Cocks rise again.

Stephen F Austin 30 Western Alabama 24 – Ax ‘Em Jacks! Can’t wait for the Battle of the Big Thicket!

May 10, 2016 – What Are the Odds? Who Will Win the Division I NCAA National Football Championship?

May 10, 2016 – What Are the Odds? Who Will Win the Division I NCAA National Football Championship? Who Will Reach the Top?

The odds makers in Las Vegas have been busy listing the chances for Division I NCAA football teams to win the 2016 National Championship. Of course this is as of today. It does not take into consideration torn ACLs or other season ending injuries. Nor does it take into account arrest warrants, actual arrests and jail time.

Before the Tide can roll in, yes Bama is #1 and has 8-1 odds to repeat as National Champions.

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Photo by me. Sign in College Station. Tailgating at A&M Bama Game, 2016.

The usual teams round out the top 10. Dabo and Clemson also have 8-1 odds. LSU you are listed with 12 to 1 odds.

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My shirt. Eat your heart out, Tigers. This shirt is autographed by Heisman Trophy Winner, Billy Cannon AND his blocker, my dear cousin (RIP) Donnie Daye.

Baylor you round out the top ten with 20 to 1 odds.

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Photo by me. Alaska – 2914.

The next 10 teams have the possibility to screw up national championship dreams for the teams above them.

The Texas Aggies are given 100-1 odds.

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Photo by me – Kyle Field Tour 11.19.15 2015

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Photo by Martha

Why are you laughing THE University of Texas?

Those are the same odds you have. At least the Aggies have a Knight in maroon armor, assuming he doesn’t take the train from the College Station. What is worse is that The University of Houston has 80-1 odds to win.

 

Of course we all know who will really win the National Championship – Dr. Pepper and Larry Culpepper and of course ESPN, NIKE, Adidas, Under Armor and all of the others.

http://www.vegasinsider.com/college-football/odds/futures/

Tuesday, May, 10, 2016 – Here’s What I’m Thinking – or Déjà vu all over again.

Tuesday, May, 10, 2016 – Here’s What I’m Thinking – or Déjà vu all over again.

Given that I somehow picked up a cyber bucket load of friends over the weekend I thought I better tell everyone about Here’s What I’m Thinking again. I am already wondering how many have Unfollowed or Unfriended me already.

I write a weblog called Here’s What I’m Thinking (HWIT). The blog then connects to Facebook and other social media sites. The easiest way to read what I am thinking about is to Google Drdrd85.me. It should take you directly to the website.

The purpose is to make at least one person smile/laugh or think every day – Monday through Friday and sometimes on the weekend. Notice: it is not called Here’s What I Believe. Nor it is called Here’s What I think You Should Believe.

During the seasons (college football and college basketball) I write about sports. But it is not your ordinary sports column – mine include critiques of all fashion attire from the press box to the field. “Bent Mushberger? Who dressed you this morning? Please retire and go away.”

Monday is always My Monday after Football Weekend Awards. You can almost bet money that The Ugliest Uniform Award will go to the West Coast and probably from Oregon. Is there NIKE factory just for pukey yellow?

I write about teams I like and teams that play teams that I like. This includes The Fighting Texas Aggies, the LSU Tigers, the rest of the SEC except for Florida and any school from that peninsula. I write about Uncle Will Muschamp at SC or whatever school happens to have hired him. I write about the Baylor Bears, THE University of Texas at Austin and what is left of the Big 12 Conference, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and Notre Dame or RL and refer to them as the NBC Network Conference.

Sidebar: Alabama. I have nothing to say about the school at the moment. But I know if I do not specifically mention Alabama, the Roll Tide Roll readers will comment.

Somedays I think about politics. Since none of us seem to know what to think about this year’s presidential election, I am a bipartisan snark. For example: Please sign the petition to get Hillary to stop wearing the green brocade jacket. It looks like you made it from the parlor curtains. Or perhaps to Mr. Trump – Sir, if elected will you have your private plane repainted as Air Force One or will you purchase a new one?”

I seem to have a diverse group of readers representing many views and experiences. Please know I respect you and your views. While I may disagree with you on some issues I will defend to the death and Remember the Alamo your right to say it.

Some days I write about the Texas public education system and the educational institution. You think the loss of cursive writing is an issue. See what else is happening to the youth of America.

As the first Native Born Texan in the family, I post many topics about Texas.

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My Proud to be from Texas Wall.

But as my dear Mama used to say “The only thing that separates a Coon Ass from a Jack Ass is the Sabine River.” Some days Louisiana gets the topic de jour. See French. Good, huh?

And of course I write about my family and friends. This is how I get readers. They live in fear of what I am going to say. If I know you or have known you, I WILL write about you at some point in time. You should hope I refer to you with a loving nickname because I like you and only you know who you are. If I don’t like you, I might add all of your personal information including a MapQuest link to your house.

At least 98% of what I post is my original work including photographs. The remaining 2% comes from other postings only if I am impressed or too lazy to post my own work. If I use some one’s photo, I try to give credit to the photographer or from whose collection I borrowed it.

That is a summary of Here’s What I Thinking. Thank you for reading. I hope you find something along the way to make you smile or think about.

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Photo by me.

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