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Thursday, March 3, 2016 – The Winds of Change, Basketball, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – The Winds of Change, Basketball, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan

That “in like a lion and out like a lamb” idiom (google required for idiom definition) is about more than then weather.

The winds of change continue to blow. In politics – We all seemed to have survived Super Tuesday. Now we brace ourselves for the next round of political fires and data and information overload. It is like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose.

The basketballs of the various NCAA Division I conferences continue to bounce. The NCAA women’s basketball conferences began play yesterday. These are lowers seeded teams that no one cares about unless you or your money goes there via children, grandchildren or other family equivalents.

The sounds of Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan

Thank you for so many comments about my Texas wall and especially the Willie Nelson photographs. FYI – there is another Texas wall in the front of the house. Here is the backstory to the two Willie Nelson pictures.

Place: A very large tract of land of undeveloped land in South Montgomery County called The Woodlands.

Time: Early 1970’s. Before J.L. McCullough High.

The Backstory: The only structures were the Swim and Tennis Centers and the golf course. McC might have been under construction. Maybe Lamar Elementary was open, but for the most part, there was not much development.

As a fund raiser for The Woodlands Montgomery County (MOCO) businesses had a golf/dinner fund raiser. There was a big golf tournament during the day. During the evening businesses bought tables, invited their family and friends and there was live music. Sidebar: Rob L. beer was Lone Star, of course – but the sponsor was the Conroe Lone Star distributor which I recall has family ties to you.

One of my claims to fame is “I kissed Willie Nelson.” Granted Willie was kissing every woman who was getting their picture made with him. Lone Star Beer might have been the reason Willie was kissing all the girls. It might have some something else altering his behavior. Lone Star beer was the definite reason I chased him down a hallway to get a photograph and autograph.

The Golf – During the day, Darryl Royal and all of his friends played golf with Willie Nelson and all of his friends.

The Music – In the evening, Willie Nelson and all his friends played and sang. After the various performers played on stage, they might go sit outside or retire to their rooms and pick and play some more.

It was a very relaxed atmosphere and you could get many photographs and/or kisses from the various prominent people. Think today – selfies and instagram.

As the event grew larger and as The Woodlands began to grow, the golf evolved into what would become today The Houston Open. As for the big tract of undeveloped land, the rest is history.

So in summary,

The political winds of change continue to blow. The basketballs of college teams continue to bounce. Willie Nelson should be in your Teachers’ Edition of Texas History, Knotts,

And from another great philosopher of the 20th Century – Bob Dylan – regarding change.

The Times They Are a Changing.

“Come gather round people wherever you roam and

Admit that the waters around you have grown…”

Texas Wall 2 (800x592)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Texas Independence Day – Happy Birthday, Texas 1836-2016 – The Texas Revolution in 250 Words or Less or Don’t Mess with Texas

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Texas Independence Day – Happy Birthday, Texas 1836-2016 – The Texas Revolution in 250 Words or Less or Don’t Mess with Texas

Here’s What I’m Thinking or rather singing.

Texas Our Texas – All hail the mighty state…

I love to sing the state song. I wish it was sung at more events.

Texas declared its Independence from Mexico today at nearby Washington-on-the Brazos and The Republic of Texas was established. Meanwhile in San Antonio Davy Crockett looked at William B. Travis and said “We’re gonna need a lot more men.”

But as we all remember, the troops never came. Mexican General Santa Anna’s thousands breeched the walls and they were ordered to “give them no quarter” or kill them all.

It all ends with the WORLD CHANGING – Battle of San Jacinto. This battle changed the events and shape of the world. For those who enjoy alternate history, what if the Texians had lost at San Jacinto?

In its rich history the state has flown under six different flags representing six different sovereign countries. If anyone tries to take of any one those six flags away, I will fight you to the death. It will be Victory or Death just as at The Alamo. You will need to Come and Take It.

Texas Flag @ Sunset

So here’s to the men (and women) of the Battles of Medina, Gonzales, The Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto. Thank you for fighting for Texas.

God Bless Texas! God Bless Willie Nelson!

Texas Wall 2 (800x592)

Only part of a Native Texan;s home/office décor.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The High Flying Times of the 1970’s – Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles, Willie, Waylon and Me

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The High Flying Times of the 1970’s – Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles, Willie, Waylon and Me

Glenn Frey (11/6/48 – 1/18/16) The Eagles – guitar, vocals)

Glenn Fry

“It’s Your World Now”

Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin – From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album – http://www.eagles.com/splash

The 1970’s as sung by David Allen Coe.

I heard The Burritos out in California could fly higher than The Byrds

Roger Mcguinn had a 12 string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard,

And The Eagles flew in from the west coast 

Like The Byrds they were trying to be free

While in Texas the talk turned to Outlaws like Willie and Waylon and me.

Like the outlaws, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “The Eagles chronicled America in the high-flying Seventies, a time of rapidly changing social mores leading up to what they called “life in the fast lane.” Between the lines, their favorite subject matter was the pursuit and unraveling of the American dream. They began as wide-eyed country-rockers on the fertile Los Angeles music scene and evolved into purveyors of grandiose, dark-themed albums about excess and seduction. The Eagles were defined and bounded by the Seventies, forming in 1971 and parting ways in 1980. They were born again in 1994 as public demand for their music and messages persuaded them to reunite.

The statistics on the Eagles reveal their influence as a rock and roll band. The group’s first best-of collection, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies. It was the first album to be certified platinum (1 million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America, which introduced that classification in 1976. They released four consecutive Number One albums between 1975 and 1979: One of These Nights, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Hotel California and The Long Run. Collectively, those four albums topped Billboard’s album chart for 27 weeks. Proving they hadn’t lost their touch, the 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over occupied the Number One spot for two weeks. The Eagles charted five Number One hits, and five more singles made the Top 10. They sold more albums in the Seventies than any other American band. Moreover, though the band was inactive in the Eighties, their back catalog steadily sold 1.5 million copies a year.” https://rockhall.com/inductees/the-eagles/bio/

Thank you Glenn. RIP. Take it to the limit, one more time.