Happy holidays after all

In addition to making off with a huge gift haul this year :-) I was also treated to Texas A&M winning their first post-season bowl game since the ’95 Alamo Bowl, as the Aggies beat TCU in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl (don’t laugh, that’s the real name) today by a 28-9 margin. The offense was, of course, so-so, but the defense ruled the day, holding the Horned Frogs to -26 yards rushing (that’s minus twenty-six yards) in beating TCU for the 24th consecutive time.

And now we’re heading back to D/FW in a couple of hours—but only for the weekend, as we’re driving right back to Houston on Sunday to spend New Year’s down there. So until next week, Happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2002!

I’m ready for Santa now

Thanks to the good folks at Chimney King, our chimney and fireplace are now clean and ready for some good-for-snuggling evenings by the fire. And judging from the chimney sweep’s comments, it’d been some while since the chimney was last cleaned… big surprise there, NOT. Erik (the sweep) and I gabbed a good bit while he was here—just random shoot-the-breeze sort of stuff—and as he was leaving, he mentioned that he was thankful to get a few “nice customers”. Which, while flattering, struck me as sort of odd… I mean, what reason would people have for not being nice to someone, especially for a job well done? Hell in a handbasket, I tell ya.

And as a bonus, while he was up on the roof inspecting the chimney cap, Erik took down an old aerial antenna—another gift left by one of the prior owners of the house—that had been lashed to the chimney. Seeing as how we have cable, it wasn’t doing anything other than looking ugly up there, but I’d been too lazy to climb up on the roof to bring it down. Now it looks like little pieces of metal in the garbage toter.

C’mon, big red guy, let’s see some presents! :-)


Just like the Energizer bunny, it keeps going and going. Well, at least it did.

Back in May of 1990, I received a cool little LCD travel alarm clock as a gift from one of my best friends for being in his wedding party. It worked off of a single watch battery, and it worked well.

Last night, after 11 1/2 years of operation, the original battery finally died. This little clock—my backup alarm in case the power went out overnight, my trusty little travel companion all these years—is, for the first time since I owned it, dark. True, all I need to do is get a new battery for it, but will it run until I’m in my 40’s? After all, it has quite a legacy to live up to…


Just got back from seeing Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Dralion, at Fair Park this afternoon. And again I’ll say it: “Wow.” I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil a couple of times on video, but this was my first time to see a show live. Absolutely no comparison—the live show simply draws you in like no video could ever do. You physically find yourself leaning forward in amazement and anticipation until you worry about hitting the head of the person in front of you… but, of course, they’re just as amazed and are leaning just as far forward.

Joe Bob sez check it out.