June 29, 2006

The Kosse Blog has returned.  A lot has been going on in Kosse and the world while I was
gone.  The annual Kosse 4th of July fireworks show is next Tuesday and the Kosse Cafe is
always proud to be a sponsor of this very entertaining patriotic event.  

Speaking of patriotism, there is a story in the Kosse Courier which states, according to a study
of patriotism by the National Opinion Research Center, that nearly 90 percent of Americans
would rather be citizens of the United States than of any other country. That rating is the
highest of the 23 nations studied.  I have had contact with a large number of Latin Americans
in the past year and am amazed at the desire by so many to immigrate to the United States.  
(And I am not referring to agricultural workers from Mexico.) The people I was primarily in
contact with were highly-educated, middle to upper class professionals who were living a good
lifestyle in their native country.  These were honest, hardworking, ambitious people who would
be an asset to any nation.  American citizenship is something most of us never think about
because it was bestowed upon us simply by being born here.  We all need to occasionally
realize the importance placed upon it by the rest of the world.

Kosse has two new businesses, the Perfect Pear Consignment Boutique and Bushwhackers
Hair Salon.  I cannot recall a previous consignment shop in Kosse (at least in the past fifteen
years) but it sounds like a workable business model.  We were also in need of a hair salon so I
hope it is successful.  I can now save a thirty-two mile round trip to get my increasingly gray
hair partially removed.  I really don't know the full extent of my gray follicles.  I usually crack
open a bottle of Just for Men hair coloring before it reaches the point where I look like an
overweight walking snowman.

Catfight of the Day Headline:
Can't We Just Get Along?

June 19, 2006

Hopefully everyone had a good Father's Day.  Ryan got me a nice office chair for my home
computer area.  It is the perfect gift because I will actually use it everyday, and it's certainly
going to be more comfortable than the wood chair I now sit on.  That wood gets pretty hard
after awhile, especially attempting to support my girth.  

I must bid adieu to the Kosse Blog until a week from Wednesday.

Connie Chung Video of the Day:
Have You Ever Thought of Singing Professionally?  Then Stop Thinking So Much.

June 18, 2006

We have had a significant amount of rainfall.  Last night it poured for quite a while.  The
internet satellite at my office went out, which is a common occurrence when it storms.  I hope
the horse show was able to get its events in between the rains.  There is supposed to be a
chance of precipitation all week.  

I received my various electric bills this week.  The ones from Entergy were especially high.  In
fact, the one at the Kosse Cafe set an all-time high.  And this is only June.  I hate to think of
what it will be in August and September.  A lot of commodities have dramatically increased
over the past few months.  Not only energy-related products, but also food items.  The
majority of my vendors now charge a fuel surcharge.  It will be interesting to see if they remove
it if and when the price of gasoline drops.  I saw on the news that the price of E-85 (the 85%
ethanol blend made primarily from corn) sells for 30-cents per gallon less than straight
gasoline while getting slightly less miles per gallon.  These were quotes from a Waco station
which now sells E-85.  I also saw that Brazil has become independent of foreign oil usage by
Switching over to sugar-based ethanol use.  It took them thirty years to get to this point.  If
only we had begun a program in 1973 when OPEC first embargoed oil imports to the United
States over the issue of the 1973 Israeli-Arab war.  Believe it or not, the USA was an exporter
of oil until 1970, so the embargo of 1973 had only limited effect compared to what a disruption
of imports would cause today.  I would assume a growing use of ethanol would give an almost
unlimited market source for farmers able to grow corn.  I'm not in the oil business so am
certainly no expert, but it would seem as if the increased use of ethanol could be a win-win

Most Unconscionable Headline of the Day:
I'm Sure My Teachers had Faults, but...

June 17, 2006

The forecasters were correct and we finally received some much-needed rain.  It is supposed
to be continuing throughout the weekend.  As my mother says, makes for good sleeping

Sam and Jodye Lindsey's Meadowcreek Park is hosting a large equine competition event this
weekend.  The horse shows are always a boon to Kosse as hundreds of horse lovers
converge on our friendly community.  The Lindseys' are one of many who through life's
circumstances ended up moving from the Houston area to Kosse.  They are also one of many
who have used their talents and innovation to improve the quality of life in Kosse.  I drive past
Meadowcreek Park on a daily basis and it is an impressive place.  The Lindseys have put in a
tremendous amount of effort in creating this world-class equestrian facility, and it is a true
asset to Kosse.  There are a lot of people here who contribute in their own way and many
times it go unnoticed.  The Kosse Blog will try to periodically mention some of our unsung
heroes.  There are a lot of them.

Wednesday is the first day of summer.  I personally am not a heat-lover and prefer the cool,
crisp days of November over the scorchers of August.  I remember when I was 19 or 20 and in
the hay-hauling business with my brother John.  I think we were making 30-cents per bale
because we were also providing the truck and trailer (versus the 5-cents per bale the loaders
made if the truck and trailer were provided for them).  They were saying on the radio it was
108-degrees that August day.  The barn where we were delivering the hay had a loft where we
were to place the bales.  The window to the loft was about two inches wider than the hay bale
itself.  This resulted in a number of the bales coming back into our face upon our lift and thrust
procedure.  Believe me, there are many things tastier than a mouthful of freshly-mowed and
baled coastal bermuda on a sizzling summer afternoon.

Headline of the Day:
Could You Please Also Provide a Limo?

June 16, 2006

I was told by Kosse Cafe manager Stacy Lockhart that a rock band produced an album at a
house outside of Kosse last year.  One of the band member's parents evidently live outside of
town although I am not sure who they are. The name of the band is The Gris Gris.  Here are
some links to sites discussing the band and its Kosse experience.  (These articles are rated at
least PG-13 for language.)

It won't be long until the annual Kosse 4th of July fireworks show is here.  You can see the
rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air all over town.  As a youngster in Lake Jackson I
always looked forward to the 4th of July festivities because unlimited free watermelon was
provided.  One year an attendee was George H.W. Bush.  At the time he was running for the
U.S. Senate seat held by Ralph Yarborough.  He ended up losing the Senate race but I doubt
many people can say they got to personally observe a future president devouring a juicy slice
of Texas watermelon on the 4th of July in 1964.

Presidential Headline of the Day:
Laura, Could You Help Me Remove this Foot from my Mouth?      

June 15, 2006

In last night's post there was a link to a Civil War history site. It is a site which gives a day by
day accounting of the Confederate Army 4th Infantry Regiment.  This was the group in which
the Kosse area soldiers were placed.  It is amazing what many of our direct ancestors went
through during this war.  The battles included those which even people with no interest in
history would recognize.  The Kosse-area soldiers fought at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the
2nd Battle of Bull Run, and the bloodiest battle in American history, Antietam.  At Antietam
over 30,000 soldiers were killed in one day.  This is 1/2 the American death rate of the entire
Vietnam War and over twelve times the number of deaths in Iraq to this point.  There were
many grieving parents after that terrible day of September 17, 1862.

I don't know if this is breeding season for skunks, but there have sure been a lot of them on
the road lately, both dead and alive.  On the way from Bremond to Kosse the other night I had
the misfortune of converting one from alive to deceased.  Needless to say, my car had an
odiferous reminder of the skunk's demise for a few hours thereafter.  It always amazed me how
a skunk could leave a lasting odor on a car that flattens it at 70 miles per hour.  You would
think the reaction time for the skunk to lift its tail and spray would be slower than the moving
vehicle, but as I was pungently reminded the other night this is not the case.

Oddest Headline of the Day:
I Knew I Should Have Bought the Onstar

June 14, 2006

It continues to be hot and dry with summer officially still a week away.  According to the
Weather Channel our best chance of rain is Saturday, although it is only a 40% chance.  I
have not had my yard mowed in three weeks because the grass has stopped growing.  The
neighbors who did get their yard mowed now have a scalped brown lawn.  It reminds me of
how I would look as a youngster after going to the barber shop with my father.  It was a
monthly ritual that my brothers and I would be loaded into our 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
and taken to the barber shop in Angleton.  My father was willing to make the thirty-mile round
trip drive because the haircuts were $1.25 versus the going rate in Lake Jackson of $1.50.  
With gasoline selling for 33.9 cents per gallon maybe it was worth the 75 cents he was saving
on having his sons shorn and thereby avoiding the stigma of hippies living in his house.

History is one of my interests and I ran across an interesting site if you are a Civil War buff.  
This site gives a day by day accounting of the Confederate Army 4th Infantry Regiment.  This
was the group in which the Kosse area soldiers were placed.  
Click here to access site.

Headline to Most Likely Lose Sleep Over (at least for a couple of seconds):
Now, Now Girls

June 13, 2006

Illness and death are two constants in the world and in this respect Kosse is no exception.  
Jack McNutt passed away after a long bout with cancer. Jack was one of the good guys.  

Another family that has had a hard time lately is the Graebers.  I had a nice phone
conversation with Mrs. Graeber a few weeks ago and learned that Mr. Graeber is having some
difficult health issues.  Their grandson, Robert, Jr., lost his wife to cancer a few days after our
conversation.  The Graeber clan is a unique bunch, and I say that in a positive way.  When I
owned the grocery store, Mr. Graeber was the mayor and unquestioned political leader of
Kosse.  He and I had many hours of conversation about Kosse and the world, and he always
put forth a reasonable viewpoint.  I remember once when he adamantly insisted he would not
be running for re-election as mayor.  It was a few hours before the filing deadline and the
pressure on him to enter the race was coming from all sides.  It was obvious there were many
who knew the integral role he played in Kosse, especially the people who were most intensely
involved in our city government.  He came across the street to the store and told me what was
going on, still insisting he was not running.  To make a long story short, he did in fact accede
to his supporters' wishes and a few minutes before the deadline filed for re-election,
subsequently winning the race.   It was obvious he was conflicted that day but chose Kosse
over his own personal wishes.  Mr. Graeber is also one of the good guys.

Most Predictable Headline of the Day:
Will You Still Need Me, When I'm 64
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