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12.14.2010

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • That looked like a pretty big grass fire in Rhome yesterday with the charred grass getting really close to those home south of 287 and 114. The Update today says the fire is blamed on a "back firing car." Huh?
  • A wrong way driver on 287 and Blue Mound Road left two dead yesterday evening. The Wise County Sheriff's Office was quoted in the short story so maybe one of the cars has a connection to us.
  • Cliff Lee is headed to Philadelphia? I'm just glad I can stop hearing about it. (But this random Facebook guy did not take the news in a mature fashion last night.)
  • Final Cliff Lee thought: Junior Miller of The Ticket said this morning at 6:15 a.m. that he thought Lee chose the Phillies since he wouldn't have to be "the guy" in the pitching rotation. At 8:11 a.m., WBAP's sports guy announced the very same theory. Coincidence?
  • I'm about to end 10 years at the same job. Prior to that, it was 2, 3, 2, and 8 years. I once wrote about my first lawyer job here (including having a 13 page letter thrown at me by my boss). Edit: Nope, not going anywhere. 
  • I know it doesn't matter, but our DA was the victim of a stunning fantasy football playoff comeback last night. (And it's a sad state of affairs that I  tend to watch up to the minute fantasy football scores on Yahoo than the actual score.)
  • Hey, we are finally getting civilized: Texas had only eight people sentenced to death row this year. That's the lowest since the death penalty was found to be constitutional in 1976. I actually think that penalty will be abolished as an option throughout the U.S. within the next 20 years.
  • The Family Pup graduated from Beginner's Dog School last night. Personally, I'm a little concerned about the state of the doggie educational system in this country. 
  • I watched the first 30 minutes of Pony Excess, the 30 for 30 documentary on the SMU cheating scandal of the 1980s.  So far it's great but stunning that Craig James tries to come off as "above it all." And it's equally fascinating to see every local sports media guy of that era from DFW make an appearance.
  • The University of Texas is required to officially post a job listing for its Defensive Coordinator position. At least it warns that you would have to work in front of "large crowds."
  • Odd: Channel 5 News was setting up for a live shot at an ATM for a story about a man robbing ATM users when a guy comes up and robs someone using an ATM. The camera was rolling
  • I'm so sick of that Honda "Holiday, it's a holiday" song.
  • I've become a big fan of walking down the stairs first thing in the morning and looking at the lighted Christmas tree in the stillness of the house. Ok, maybe it's the stillness. 
  • In a span of about 15 minutes last night, I found the cables to a TV unplugged, my treadmill headphones destroyed, and my outside jogging headphones missing. After a couple of audible sighs I was smart enough to just let it go. 
  • Brett Favre's continuous game starting streak came to an end last night (yawn) and this morning his official web site is selling autograph footballs to "honor" the event for $500. Sorriness. Pure sorriness.
  • I saw some teenager this weekend stand at a salsa bar in a restaurant and peel the wrapper off his straw into multiple pieces and just toss it on the ground. I almost said something. It really, really bugged me. 



31 comments:

DLW said...

Where are you going, Barry?

Anonymous said...

The facebook status was Jared from Subway and he is always cranky from lack of food.....they starve him like a show pig you know! He has to go to all those holiday party where they have the cookies with the red and green sprinkles....that is hard, real hard. This Cliff Lee thing just put him over the top, steer clear of subways for a while till this dies down.

Football guru.

Anonymous said...

"Pony Excess" was very interesting. It was amazing how blatant all teams were during this time. Talked about how Eric Dickerson was driving around in a gold Trans Am that A & M had given him.

SMU was not the only school doing all of this. They were just the one that the NCAA wanted to use as an example.

Anonymous said...

I think it was more like a car fire that started the grass fire, since I saw them loading up a burnt car on a wrecker when I drove by.

Anonymous said...

The kid dropping the straw wrapper is nothing. Let's say you're shopping at your local walmarts yesterday around 5:00PM, over by the bakery. A little girl comes up, grabs a donut out of the case and stands behind a bread rack and wolfs if down. Then rejoins the rest of her family who are ordering a cake. Would you care to open up that can of worms?

P.S.
parents - keep an eye on your &@#$ kids while you're shopping!

Anonymous said...

Last night Fox 4 @9 said a Wise County constable was following the errant driver. This morning no mention of it that I heard. Anybody else hear that?

Anonymous said...

One of the deaths was a former Decatur woman, I won't identify, not sure if it has been made public

OK, tell us what's the new gig ?

Anonymous said...

I'm always the winner at fantasy Sex.

Anonymous said...

Please Rob me...I will shoot you right betwwen the eyes...trust me...

Anonymous said...

I hate just about everything about Christmas. I hate the stress of making sure the same number of gifts are bought for everyone. I hate the stress of having to make sure the same amount of money is spent on everyone. I hate that we have to put up a Christmas tree with lights that never work right. I hate getting a card from someone and then having to rush out and get one for them. I hate fighting traffic at the mall and Walmart. I hate the sadness because someone in my family has recently died and won't be here with us.....I love being with my family. Why does all the other BS have to come with it?

Anonymous said...

Kid with the straw....and this surprises you?

Anonymous said...

The Cliff Lee "the guy" comment isn't that far-fetched. Maybe his ego isn't so big that he would rather be one of 3 or 4 very good pitchers, as opposed to the one guy that the club pins their hopes on every time he takes the mound. With the starting rotation the Phillies will have, and their very recent success the last couple of years in the playoffs, they are front runners for the WS next year. This late in his career, the motivation seems to be a ring, not money. And maybe he's more comfortable being one of the guys (where he played before) and not THE guy

No dog left behind?
All Dogs Go to Heaven/Graduation: the Sequel

The Honda holiday song is driving me insane, as well

I also caught a bit of the Pony Excess last night. I'm equally fascinated by all those sports talking heads in their younger days. I plan to watch the whole thing tonight
Dale "ba-da-ba-dap" Hansen

Anonymous said...

9:01 sounds like you're having a sucky Christmas! I've had years where it was hard to get into the spirit, but I've learned some tricks. Shop on-line...may be a little late this year, but keeps you from the hectic mall scene. Buy the same number of gifts for kid but who cares about $$ amount? They don't know how much I spent on each so I just make sure all have the same number to open. I'm not doing cards this year...just don't want to, so, who cares? Sorry about your loss...that's probably the real reason you're not in the mood. Some years just suck and it's best to focus on the parts you do enjoy and get through them.

Anonymous said...

Drivers are crazy getting ready for Christmas. Took me 2 hours to get from Arlington, through Fort Worth via IH35 to Wise County last night. There were several wrecks including one on US 287 due to a small pickup going southbound in the northbound lanes. I was a few seconds back of the wreck and saw a small pickup with the front bumper in the passenger's compartment.

Anonymous said...

9:01
a little inexpensive TV therapy is in order:
1) How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2) A Charlie Brown Christmas

Watch those two programs and you might remember that Christmas isn't about presents or dollar amounts or cards or trees. The BS isn't a requirement unless you make that choice

God bless us - every one!
Watch that one too if you want to shake out the humbug

Anonymous said...

8:41
why the heck would you starve a show pig?
I was raised a city kid, but I think the rule of thumb for pigs is: the fatter the better

Anonymous said...

9:57
You're still a city kid and that rule of thumb went away at least 40 years ago.

Anonymous said...

8:50am.....got this from WFAA:

by CHRIS HAWES
Bio | Email | Follow: @ChrisHawesCh8
WFAA
Posted on December 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:56 PM

FORT WORTH - A man driving a pickup truck was reported driving the wrong way on Highway 287 before crashing into an SUV, killing both drivers.

The accident happened as the pickup truck headed southbound while in the northbound lanes along the highway at Blue Mound Road. Authorities said it appeared neither of the drivers had time to break before the collision that killed both on impact.

Sources said the man had driven into Tarrant County from Wise County, and that a Wise County constable had been following the pickup attempting to get the driver to pull over.

As of 10 p.m., neither of the drivers had been identified. Also, there was no word as to why the pickup driver was heading the wrong way.

http://www.wfaa.com/home/Wrong-way-driver-reported-before-deadly-crash-in-Fort-Worth-111832414.html

Anonymous said...

WHY in God's Name did that constable not call to SHUT down 287put up a road block to stop this wrong way driver??!! Reports are the constable followed this driver for "quite a while" trying to get him to stop. That means there was TIME to at least TRY to get the oncoming (right way) traffic stopped! Was this Constable Bishop??

Anonymous said...

I didn't take it that BG was leaving his job. I thought he just meant that he was finishing his 10th year prior to starting his 11th.

Anonymous said...

I concur with you Barry concerning the death penalty going away in this country in the next 20 years. We have become accustom to using our resources to provide sustenance for those who harm or kill us. Congress and other lame portions of our government comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Twelve of our peers are doing what we won't do at the polls. Now when given a choice juries are opting for Life without parole rather than the death penalty.

Considering the number of DP that have proven to be wrong, it is not a bad happening. Expensive but at least not bad and not irreversable.

Anonymous said...

Love the palm tree tanning mark on the blonde, 2nd from right. Me likey!!!!

Anonymous said...

i took it that Barry was leaving his job. When you say "end" that means it's over. did you mean "completing my tenth year"? or are you leaving...i.e. "ending" it?

Anonymous said...

12:36 I concur. Death is irreversible and with the judicial system making errors every day and sending innocent folks to prison, I'd hate to murder one of them only to have to come back and say "oops we goofed, sorry you're dead". With over-zealous cops able to coerce and bully people into confessions and vigilante prosecutors, we're all in danger of Big Bro at any time, believe it or not. Nothing's fair or equal about our judicial system...nothing.

Anonymous said...

I think you need to sign up for reality tv like dog the Bounty hunter or David Hasselhoff you are getting a dose of it I still want to be a fly on the wall just to see the eye rolling

Anonymous said...

One of the best girls in bikini's pictures you've ever had :)

Anonymous said...

Uh, you may need to check the times on the Cliff Lee comments. I was half asleep, but pretty sure I heard it on WBAP around 5:15. They may have repeated it later. Who ever said it first, it makes a lot of sense. Look at his performance in the World Series, where he WAS (supposed to be) the big dog.

Jack Daniels said...

that chick in the turquoise have a subway 12 incher in her bottoms?

Anonymous said...

All aborted babies had no comment on the death penalty decision.

Anonymous said...

I think if you check the statistics or price tag on those who are on death row and those life in prison - it is much more expensive for taxpayers to choose the death penalty rather than life without parole. I may be wrong, but I think I'm correct.