Showing posts from 2015

National Watermelon and Grab Some Nuts Day

August 3, 2015 Okay, this is too good to let pass since someone in our little berg likes to brag about being the Watermelon Seed Spitting Champion of these here parts.  Of course, Miller is a fur piece from Luling, Texas where the Guinness World Record Watermelon Seed Spiter lives.  Yes, folks, there is such a person.   The record is 68 feet 9 and 1/8 inches set by Lee Wheelis in 1989.  Be that as it may, today, August 3rd, is National Watermelon Day. Now that’s a day we can sink our teeth into. The watermelon (actually a berry rather than a melon) is synonymous with summer and picnics, and apparently today is the day to enjoy a great big juicy melon…excuse me…berry.If you need some recipes to help you with different ways to enjoy your watermelon this link will help— website has a really cool stegosaurus that looks like it would be fun to make if you have kiddos, and several ways for grownups to enjoy this fruit if you are looking for more than the standard slice and d…

A Moment in Political History

July 27, 2015 You will not find politics on this page very often.Heaven knows that there is enough chatter about Republicans and Democrats to fill annals of cyberspace many times over without adding another voice to the babble.Setting party politics aside, there are a few moments in political history that bear a mention. Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 12th Amendment.So it is appropriate to think for a moment about how our history would have changed without the 12th Amendment.Don’t know what the 12th Amendment is?Shame on you.Prior to the ratification of the 12th amendment on July 27, 1804, each member of the Electoral College cast two votes for president. (Google the EC if you don’t know what it is.) The candidate with the highest number of votes was president; the one with the second highest votes was vice president.Understandably, this created a few issues between the POTUS and the VEEP.The 12th Amendment changed all that.Now each elector must cast one vote for pr…

Mistakes for Sale

July 20, 2015
Today, we’re talking about mistakes.Everyone makes them at one time or another.Mrs. Hooley, who is an institution in Miller, always said, “Mistakes teach you valuable lessons.”Turns out she knew what she was talking about, who knew, right?After making a rather costly mistake, this intrepid blogger (TIB) googled mistakes in an attempt to feel less like an idiot. It is mind-boggling to see how many industrious men and women refused to be stymied by something as inconsequential as a mistake. So rather than expound on what an idiot TIB is, let’s just focus on the more interesting mistakes that turned out to be major money makers.
Some of the strangest are corn flakes (the Kellogg brothers intended to make a healthy food that would decrease sexual urges!!!), Coca Cola (Pemberton attempted to create a remedy for headache—does anyone else find it ironic that once you are addicted to Coca Cola if you don’t drink it you get a headache?), Post-It Notes (Silver hoped to create a str…

Got the Monday Blues?

July 13, 2015

Got the Monday blues?  Well, then you are right there with a million or so others who hate Mondays for no other reason than Monday is the day that follows Sunday.  Experts say that people who suffer from the blues on Monday, or any day that follows your day off, should think about their career path.  They suggest that the root of the blues is your job.  If you loved your job, then you would wake up every Monday energized and ready to go to work.Since Mondays leave you wishing you could pull the covers over your head and stay in bed, then…you’ve got it--you must not love your job.That is probably true in many cases, but not everyone who suffers from the Monday blues hates their job. In this bloggers humble opinion, this feeling comes from the idea perpetuated by the media.Without even really trying I can name a dozen songs that sell the idea that we are living for the weekend.Too many Americans spend the hours between Monday morning and Friday afternoon wishing their lives…

Fire in the Skies

July 4, 2015
Smoke on the water, fire in the skies.This line from the chorus of a song made famous by the 1980s heavy metal band Deep Purple seems appropriate in light of the river of smoke that is whipping into the United States from Canada.It seems that the forests in the Northwestern regions of Canada are burning.So instead of sending the usual blast of cold air into the jet stream that fuel our cold fronts, Canada is sending us smoke.This stream of smoke is in the higher altitudes which makes the sky hazy instead of bright blue as is normal in the summer.Will this smoke reach East Texas?Doubtful.Why mention this at all if we aren’t affected?You know the saying, it’s an ill wind that blows no good?Well, photographers, both amateur and professional, are capturing some amazing pictures of the blood red midday sun and the pumpkin orange midnight moon. If you remember your science lessons from way back, then the change in color from white to red and orange won’t be a mystery to you.

But …

Honor Your Father

June 21, 2015
Father’s Day
On this the day that we set aside to honor our fathers, every son and daughter needs to reach out to the man he/she calls Father and say “I Love You.  Thank you for being my dad.”  Because believe it or not, being a father, you know—the guy that woke you up in the morning, played ball with you, saw to it that you did your homework every night, grounded you when you broke the rules, stood up with you or walked by your side at your wedding, cried with you when you were in pain, went to work to earn money to support your family, and did a zillion other things that got you to where you are today—being that guy is a choice.  Just so you know, not every child gets that guy for a father.  That's why it is important to be thankful that you did. 

I know, it isn't always easy to say what's in your heart, so I'll go first.  
Dad, you are an amazing man, and I am proud to be your child.   Everything I know about respect, honor and honesty I learned by watchi…

Summer is Movie Season

June 15, 2015

Summer is upon us,
and for movie aficionados summer is movie season, and there is a whole slew of  new movies coming out over the next few months.

  A few of the coming attractions are sequels to popular movies—Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the Avengers: The Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World.  But the movie that has this blogger foaming at the mouth is the Superman/Batman movie (The official title is Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice.).  It may not make it to the screen during the summer of 2015, the last report has it coming out in spring of 2016, and that’s a shame.

Perhaps you think that this blog should concentrate on the movies that will be in the theater this summer,  after all the title is Sumer Is Movie Season.  But the sequels all promise to be more of the same.  That doesn't mean they aren't worth seeing, just not worthing blogging about, in this blogger's humble opinion.

But the prequel to the League of Justice (you know that what it is, right?) i…

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The Whimsical Nature of Fame and Fortune

June 8, 2015

Last week this blogger wrote about Rameses II, one of the most well-known pharaohs in history even though his fame is mostly hype.  And we know the whole world read that blog, right?  Coincidently, on Saturday, another pharaoh came into the spotlight--American Pharaoh.  With his win at the Belmont Stakes he became the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. An awesome feat, make no mistake, but will he, like Thutmose III, fade into obscurity?  Will winning the Triple Crown make him as popular as Seabiscuit who wasn’t a Triple Crown winner?  Probably not.  That’s the whimsical nature of fame and fortune.  If Hollywood loves you, you’re in. 
Moving on, you may not be aware of it, but today is National Best Friend Day.  Yep, that’s right—Best Friend Day.  Not that you should need a special day to honor the person who shares everything with you, but there it is.  So, what are you waiting for?  Take your best friend to lunch.  Of course, if you are taking your best friend…

The Most Boring Day in History

May 31, 2015
The storms are gone from East Texas for the time being.  Tree Service companies are busy as beavers cutting up trees.  School is out for the summer.  SO…on to other things.  Because it was a very slow day here in Miller, this blogger had to turn to the internet for inspiration.  If you google May 31st, which you will most likely do now that it has been suggested, you’ll find a whole list of things that happened on this day in history—a whole list of things that nobody cares about.  So it might be appropriate to dub this day, May 31, with the title, THE WORLD’S MOST BORING DAY.  Really!!   However, there are two things that keep this blogger from issuing that proclamation. 
First, Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930 AD.  Imagine, The Man With No Name is 85 years old.  He has to ask himself one thing every morning, “Do you feel lucky, punk?”  If he is able to get out of bed, the answer is yes.  Ha. Ha.  Why aren’t you laughing?  Okay.  Okay.  All kidding aside, the world w…

School could be out for the summer.

May 27, 2015

Tomorrow will be day three of no school.  Parents and teachers in Miller are beginning to despair.  The storm that blew through East Texas Monday night knocked down trees and power lines and interrupted electrical services to most of the northern half of Cherokee county.  All three of the schools in Miller are without electricity.  Every day at four o’clock the school officials meet and make a decision as to whether or not to have school the next day.  With seven and a half days of school after Memorial Day, (three of which have now been cancelled) parents are in a quandary.  Do I hang in here day to day, or do I ship the kids off to grandma’s house for the next two weeks?  

Crews are hard at work trying to get the trees off the roads and electricity restored, but evening thunderstorms hamper their efforts.  Teachers, the very people who are normally ready for school to be over, are chomping at the bits to get back into the school so they can get those end of year chores ou…

A Day to Remember the Fallen

May 25, 2014

Politics.  No, it’s not a four letter word, but perhaps it should be.  More lives have been ruined by, families destroyed by, countries torn apart by the games politicians play.  Yesterday was the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon—the end of the Vietnam War, or maybe Churchill had it right when he said (after the WWII victory in North Africa), "the end of the beginning." There are many things about the Vietnam War that were controversial.  It was the war that changed American’s perception of war because television allowed reporters to bring the war into the living rooms of the viewing audience.  The old timers talk about gathering around the television each night to see the pictures of the war and listen in horror to the names of the men and women killed in action that day, praying that no one they knew made the list.  Reporter David Hume Kennerly was quoted as saying, “the whole arc of the war is really captured in photographs. And they go right to your soul.”  …

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Happy Mother's Day, With Love

May 10, 2015

Mother’s Day!!
This blogger will begin with a "hi dee ho" to all the mother’s out there, and a special shout out to the woman who gave birth to this blogger once upon a time.  Yeah, it sounds like I’m going to tell you a fairy-tale, someday maybe, but not today. 
Today this blog will be dedicated to the self-less women who work so tirelessly to make sure that their children go up strong, healthy, and happy.  There are all kinds of mothers--working mothers, stay-at-home mother, birth mothers, adopted mothers, foster mothers, step mothers, and grandmothers (listed in no particular order).  Regardless of where you fall in that list, you deserve this day of celebration. 
For all the nights you got up to care for a sick child when all you wanted to do was sleep, for all the hours you sat at practice (ball, dance, band, etc) patiently waiting for it to finish, for all the dinners you cooked, dishes you washed, floors you mopped and vacuumed, for all toilets you scrubbe…

CC said YES!

May 4, 2015

Well, would you looky, looky here.  The Houston Chronicle’s food editor featured the Double D Roadhouse Houston in the Sunday edition. As the Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Texas, that’s a pretty big deal and well worth mentioning.  The people of Houston are really digging the down home cuisine of our own Chef M.  Not that’s so surprising really, good food is good food no matter what city you are in.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that the roadhouse is technically in Katy, but it’s close enough to Houston for the Big H to claim it. The motel will be open for business on Memorial Day weekend.  Check out the Double D website for pictures.  It’s pretty amazing.  Guess it’s obvious that this intrepid blogger is a die hard fan of the Double D.  And no, Bruce Willis isn’t the one writing this blog.
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