The Sporting Life, part two…

The New York Yankees were just old dogs unable to get off the porch and run after those pups the Houston Astros, it seemed. Last night was spectacular magic. You might be wondering about those pictures. One is of me courtesy of channel 13, and the other is of me courtesy of channell 11. Once the Astros clinched the wild card on Sunday, the Bear and I ate supper and moved on to watch the Saints beat the Cowboys. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. per usual, Monday morning, I saw that the Team Store at Minute Maid was doing a … Continue reading The Sporting Life, part two…

Deep Throat(s)

Baseball Heaven collected to itself a motley collection of flowers this month: Joaquin Andujar, Gene Elston, Milo Hamilon and Yogi Berra. Joaquin was a pitcher. The first time I heard his name I thought they were saying “Walking Underwear,” but once I saw the name onscreen, I understood, but in the back of my head from then on, I always thought, Walking Underwear. Gene Elston was the Astros announcer from 1962 to 1986. To me, milquetoast at best. Not much emotion in the calling of a game. Along comes Milo. I first heard Milo when I was 12 years ago … Continue reading Deep Throat(s)

The Sporting Life

This is a difficult time of year. The Houston Astros are yo-yoing their way, halting and lurching, maybe into the playoffs, perhaps into a wild card spot, into the World Series. The Houston Texans are 0-2 and people are consulting psychiatrists to deal with it. Then there is college football. I will be honest: I only follow Auburn, Alabama. They are 1-1 as is their state rival. Thanks to ESPN and local stations, I do know that Rice won this past weekend, as did the fellow SEC A&M Aggies. All other teams just have to fend for themselves as far … Continue reading The Sporting Life

Come on and Take A Freeeeeee Ride…

I have been off the grid of late because I have been waiting for the new bus changes. In order to attract new riders and give some relief to the regular riders as a reward, all rides are free this week…wonderful incentive! Monday I went down to my regular bus stop. It was once a 14 Hiram Clarke but had be “reimagined” as the 84 Buffalo Speedway. There were about 3 others there at 6 in the morning. Bus came, we got on. At the Texas Medical Center Transit Center, it had a different bay than the 14 and this … Continue reading Come on and Take A Freeeeeee Ride…


Vacation: The act of getting away from the routine of life to better appreciate the routine of life once the routine of life is resumed. Electronic mail: The technological way to inform/disrupt. We returned from Florida on a Tuesday. At the top of the email was a notice of the passing of a deacon’s wife the day before. I knew she had heart problems so I figured her heart just gave out. On Wednesday an email about a man I knew from church having a procedure, in critical condition, and later in the day, that he had died. On Thursday, … Continue reading BACK ON THE GRID


I had been looking forward for months to July 8, the day when the National Federation of the Blind would break a world record. Not just attempt, but actually do it, because the National Federation of the Blind never fails at any opportunity to prove blind people can do anything. So here is the link to my facebook album coverage of the event. Joe and I got up at 5 and got a snack to fortify ourselves and joined the throng at 6:30. Once we were in our appointed places, best I could tell, we were 15 rows back. We … Continue reading HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN A GUINESS WORLD BOOK RECORD

Something of interest

National Federation of the Blind to Attempt GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title Orlando, Florida (June 24, 2015): As part of the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, members and supporters of the NFB will attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for largest umbrella mosaic. Over 2,170 individuals (the current record, achieved by PT Philips in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2012) will simultaneously raise umbrellas to create an image that can be viewed from above. The National Federation of the Blind record title attempt … Continue reading Something of interest