November 5th, 2008


So...You're From Texas, Huh?

When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like, "Do you have any cows?" "Do you have horses?" "Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?" They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is.

It's Texas.

Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You'll get it maybe after a second, but who else would?

Even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this little rock the Good Lord put us on, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride in a pickup.

There is some bit of Texas in everyone.

Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, " you're from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?" Do you know why?

Because there's no place like Texas.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom.

We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and Bowie and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas. Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto. Texas is Juneteenth and Texas Independence Day. Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.

Texas is breathtaking mountains in Big Bend. Texas is shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas. Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork. Texas is Mexican food like nowhere in the world, even Mexico. Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Bass Hall. Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly, Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan, Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey, Sam Rayburn.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer and Compaq. Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops. Texas is skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer. Texas is a place where cities shut down for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and NIOSA River Parade in San Antonio.

Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities. If it isn't in Texas, you don't need it. No one does anything bigger or better than it's done in Texas.

By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, or California, or Maine, and your state flag, whatever it is, goes at 17. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same height--20 feet.

Do you know why? Because we place being a Texan as high as being an American down here.

Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C. We included these things in as part of the deal when we came on. That's the best part right there. WHEN WE CAME ON.

Texas was its own country. The Republic of Texas. Every time I think of that I tear up. It makes you proud to be a Texan.

-- Author Unknown

Today is Wednesday? No Shit!

Got to Cube City early-y-y this morning. Managed to get what I had planned for the whole day done before lunch. How the hell did that happen??

As an aside, I only gloated a little bit about our Prez-to-be and what a wonderful day it was to be alive and a citizen of the USofA in this new and hopeful era! *grins*

Amazing what one can get done if one ignores any type of distraction. You know. Phone calls, email (Except for the ones I was working from), Instant Messenger, pleas for help, bitching team mates, folks from Brazil or India, car fires and burning buildings, fire and brimstone falling from on high, etc...You know, just the usual stuff. *grins*

So what the hell was I supposed to do with the rest of my day? I called the respiratory therapy folks and setup an appointment for this afternoon, that's what!

To get the Darth Vader Machine re calibrated. Set an appointment up for two in the afternoon. This would leave me with enough time to get home (on the bus), grab some lunch, pack up the machine and drive across town to my appointment.

Called BBFH's cell. She didn't answer, of course. So I left her a detailed message saying I was taking half a day off. (Take THAT for your unplanned vacation bitching). Then followed up with an email to My Asian Overlord AND BBFH. Basically said this was a medical thing (it IS!) and I was bailing at lunch to take care of it because sooner would be better than later. POW!

She did IM me to whine about it, but since I don't really work for her, as she is fond of pointing out when I ask her for something, I was having none of it. Logged off at around 11:00 and walked out to the bus stop. Uneventful ride out to the Park and Ride, and thence (it is a word!) into the car and to the house.

*Aside - I just looked outside. Jeebus! It ain't even 6:00 PM and it is DARK outside - And not just a little either. Gonna take me a bit to get used to this*

I pull into the driveway and The Queen's car is in the driveway. This in itself is pretty unusual, but she was sound asleep upstairs. Merciful heaven! She must be some kind of sick. This hardly EVER happens.

I pack the Darth Vader Machine ™ up as quietly as I can. Program the address for where I'm going into the TomTom ™. And quietly leave. Stop and get some lunch *DON'T ASK WHERE*

And then set off across town. I arrive and every one is very friendly and helpful. Arturo, the respiratory technician resets the machine, gets me a new water reservoir, hose, some filters, and a NEW MASK! Dude! All for the low price of about $30.00! My part. Insurance's part is much larger. But that's why we pay them!

He fits the mask for me. Takes my money and courteously sends me on my way.

I am really excited by this change. I am hoping to get that same feeling I got when I first got The MACHINE ™ Even after as little as 5 hours sleep I was bouncing (BOUNCING I TELL YA!) out of bed in the morning.

Kinda like a crack head after the first time they smoke it. They spend the rest of the time trying to get that same rush! And usually never do! Only this is in a good way!


I feel like I have been productive as HELL today.

Oh! And the fence guys have finished. Except for the hauling all the crap away! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

So that was my day. What did YOU do?