Archive for January, 2007

Another Texas icon passes

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Molly Ivins died today. I often (though not always) disagreed with her politics, but I liked her. She was smart, articulate, and funny. She was also a relentless liberal. Something I didn’t learn until today is that she was a child of Houston, raised in ritzy River Oaks. I’m going to miss her.
A self-described [...]

Opportunities in conflict

Monday, January 29th, 2007

First there was this (and this) and then there was this. Now there’s this.
It’s a good thing, and not really as much of a change as it might sound.
Update: Cindy the Squip at Dusting my Brain has taken note of my situation and used it as an opportunity to toy with my dignity.

The Knack

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I wonder if a conversation like this ever took place with my doctor:

Thanks to Bobby for sending me this utterly hilarious clip.

HOLY COW!

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It looks like Auburn’s basketball team may have begun to turn the corner at long last. I knew Auburn and Alabama were playing this week, and I knew Auburn’s play was greatly improved this year, with the Tigers have racked up a home win against number 22 Tennessee, but I still didn’t have the nerve [...]

Doin’ some hard crack

Monday, January 15th, 2007

One of the distinct memories I have of Mother is of a conversation I overheard when I was very young. I think the conversation was with Aunt Nita, and I think it took place in the kitchen at the Calvert’s house, but I can’t be sure; all I really remember is the topic: peanut brittle. [...]

Who ya gonna call?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Last year Sue sent me her Dell notebook PC to fix after a young male family member who shall remain nameless (hello, RUSSELL!) spilled milk on it. Sue had disassembled the computer to clean out the milk, taking it all the way apart, even taking the CPU out of its slot. She did a good [...]

Auburn’s game-changing performance: best of the year!

Monday, January 8th, 2007

October 14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium: Auburn was trailing Number 2 Florida, but late in the third quarter, the Tigers had stopped the Gators and forced them into a punting situation deep in their own territory. Then lightning struck: Florida punter Eric Wilbur mishandled the snap from center. Auburn’s Jerraud Powers blocked the punt, and Tre [...]

A weekend on my hands and knees

Monday, January 8th, 2007

I spent this past Saturday and Sunday helping my friend and co-worker Roger install a hardwood floor at his new house. Roger and his wife just bought the house and wanted to install some new flooring before they moved in. It’s not actually hardwood, but something called “engineered” hardwood. It’s a composite product like Pergo, [...]

Back to work…

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

I drove Dad and Chris to the airport this afternoon for their flight back home. They flew to Birmingham by way of Nashville, where they had to change planes. Then they drove back to Brindlee Mountain. Dad phoned about an hour ago to say that they had arrived safely and had enjoyed their visit. I [...]

Winning ugly is still winning…

Monday, January 1st, 2007

At halftime of the Cotton Bowl, the mood here at Pine Gulch was one of disgusted relief: disgust at the poor play of both Auburn’s offense and defense, but relief at the fact that we were still in the game. If the defense and specials teams hadn’t come up with some might big plays, we [...]