From yesterday: If a couple is going to beat some poor waitress down with stories of how "we are from Wichita Falls" and "my mother used to cook the best brisket", the least you could do is leave a tip larger than a one dollar bill. From today: The troopers were engaged in racial profiling based upon the numerous cop cars at the local Chinese restaurant.
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But waste some time watching teens on a trampoline doing something stupid. And you have to love the concern expressed by his buddies. (And I can swear one of them yells "I have to pee" as he runs from the scene). Link (It is a video hosted on a different blog. I had to click the "play" button twice).
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For a game I didn't watch, I noticed: - The Ranger's were down 7-0 last night and came back to win. - The game winning hit came from Phil Nevin with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. - Nevin had been benched earlier this week for sucking. - Rookie Ian Kinsler returned for the first time from an injury that sidelined him for two months by going 3 for 4 with two home runs.
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. . . that got my attention from the news this morning: 1. President Bush apologized last night for using the phrase "bring 'em on" when referring to the insurgents a couple of years ago (Hey, for guys like me, he gets huge points for that). 2. An 18 month old was killed in a drive by shooting in Farmer's Branch (not sure I've seen a web story on it yet) 3. An Jimmy Buffett is on the Today show in retaliation for my smear of him earlier this week.
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As I blew past the Academy of Country Music awards last night, I saw that Kenny Chesney was performing by Las Vegas' pool while wearing a swimsuit and a cowboy hat. For some time now, he's been trying to be a country Jimmy Buffett. I think he probably will. Twenty years from now, I can see him still having a huge following of beer-drinking-lets-go-to-the-beach fans. But please don't become exactly like Buffett. I stressfully reach for a pistol every time I hear "Margaritaville."
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Would you buy a gas guzzling SUV from GM if they promised to reimburse you for every penny that you spent on gasoline over $1.99 a gallon? Bad news is that you have to be a California or Florida customer to get the deal.
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A faithful reader sent me this link - be sure to watch it a couple of times for the full effect. We know Jason Terry hit Michael Finley in the unit during game five, but did you see Mavs coach Avery Johnson do the same diabolic act to one of this players during game seven? Great stuff. YouTube video.
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From the Update: BIG PLANS FOR BIG CHURCH — Grace Fellowship Church announced it will build a 30,000 square foot church at an estimated cost of $4.2 million in Paradise. It expects the project to be completed in September 2007. Pastor B.J. Rutledge said the church, which was founded in June 2003, has 1,000 members. The "fellowship" churches seem to be a new phenomenon and time will tell if they will last. They refuse to be branded (don't call 'em Methodist or Baptist) - and you can't sing a song without guitars and drums. And I don't know if they have "official positions" on issues such as alcohol, abortion, and the like.
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How odd - a video of "The Avery Bunch" which is a spoof of the opening of "The Brady Bunch". It looks like it was produced with the Mavs consent but it is so wheels off - all the guys are looking around everywhere - the guys on the bottom will look down below - the guys on the left will look off to the left - and so on. Just strange. Youtube link.
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KELLER - Keller school district officials say they regret that hundreds of people were upset by a decision to omit the words “In God We Trust” from a nickel on the front of the Liberty Elementary School yearbook. On Monday, district officials said they have received hundreds of complaints and calls from national media. The phrase wasn’t included on the nickel depicted on the 2005-06 yearbook cover because it “might create an issue with people of several religious faiths,” Superintendent James Veitenheimer wrote Sunday in a mass e-mail to parents. Instead, a sticker was included for families who wanted to add the phrase. (Source: Star Telegram)
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There has been a great deal of buzz about the huge flag that has been flying off of 287 just south of Decatur. I had heard rumors that the wind was playing havoc on Old Glory causing it to be replaced every few weeks - at an uncomfirmed cost of over $2,000 per flag. (Like I said, the flags are huge). Well on the way home this evening I noticed that the usual flag had been replaced with a tiny one. What gives? (I took this pic on the way home. Trust me, there's a flag up there)
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I went to Durant Clement's funeral this afternoon. He was considered part of the "old guard" of the Wise County legal community. The service was different than most I've been to in that 50% or more of it was dedicated to friends and family members simply standing up and talking about Durant. It was personal and touching. All funerals should be that way.
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Someone want to explain this quote from Channel 11 reporter Raquel Eatmon as she was doing a boating safety story (which we've heard a million times)?: "We are also told that the water level right now [at lake Lewisville] is about seven feet below its normal level, and officials are hoping that is a good sign for them - that swimmers will avoid those deep, dangerous areas." (Channel 11 at 5:35 p.m.)
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Name: Bubble Why Did I Watch It: It got a lot of buzz earlier this year when it was released simultaneously in theaters and on DVD (Mark Cuban is one of the executive directors). Oddity: The actors were plucked from the local community and given the title roles with no acting experience. (One was a KFC manager and the other a hairdresser.) Oddity #2: It lasts 71 minutes. What Is It About? A murder, kinda. But the "actors" weren't given scripts just a general outline as to where a scene should go. The conversations are EXACTLY what you would [Edit]
here hear in Wise County during a lunch break.
Police School: The local detective was played by, well, the local detective. Without the glamor of CSI, he is the epitome of how an investigator should go about his business.
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Buried in the sports page yesterday (17C), there was a story of Highland Park pitcher Clayton Kershaw who faced Justin Northwest in a playoff game on Friday. Kershaw is suppossed to be a stud. He is ranked the top recruit by Baseball America. And at the playoff game, "more than a dozen pro scouts" showed up to watch him. But it was his first pitching performance in three weeks after a "strained right oblique." So how did he do? He faced 15 batters. He struck out 15 of them. (And he would have done more but Highland Park won on the 10 run rule.)
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ESPN's famed SportsCenter went nine minutes on Sunday morning without turning up the announcers' microphones. The insane background music was there during highlights and we heard plenty of "swish" and "swoosh" when a graphic would fall into place on the screen - just no voices. Then a test screen pattern with the words "NHRA COLUMUS" popped on the screen, and the voices were on. They never acknowledged this very odd emergency break.
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