What a wonderful Thanksgiving. Spending time with our son was a joy, and everything I ate was delicious. I swear Ryan has either gotten taller since he moved or I have shrunk, as he now towers three inches above me. This is a strange feeling, as I am taller than most people and feel short beside the 20 1/2 inch newborn I held in my arms twenty years ago. He is very happy with his job and life, so we are very happy for him.
Those Dallas Cowboys are tough. I listened to their game against the New York Jets while driving home as they went to 10-1 for the season. According to the broadcasters, this is the best start in Cowboys history. Considering their storied past, this is quite an accomplishment. They're playing the 10-1 Green Bay Packers next Thursday, so I guess we'll find out who the true premier team of the NFC is.
The downtown Kosse street lamps are now working, resulting in a much brighter main street during the night hours. Now I won't have to risk falling and breaking my neck each time I step off the dark sidewalk of my office to get in the car.
It is 8:00 p.m. and I hear the rain pouring down outside. It's supposed to get in the mid-30's tonight and be cold and wet the next three days. I'm enjoying the $30 Wal Mart electric heater that is toasting my feet at the moment.
November 17, 2007
I noticed a picture of Bobby Joe Suttle had been posted at the Kosse Cafe showing him holding a big buck which he evidently recently bagged. While I personally never had much interest in firearms and hunting, as a libertarian I strongly support our Second Amendment right to bear arms. PETA would not like my attitude, but the time a deer ran in front of my car and met its demise I was more upset over the damage to my vehicle than the loss of Bambi.
HEB brand sausage and kolaches have been recalled for possible listeria contamination. Click for article. Each time there is a recall, the onus of providing proof of purchase always falls on the consumer, and usually involves sending a label to the company for reimbursement. In other words, the hassle is generally not worth the payoff. Doesn't seem fair.
It appears as if Detroit gas station owners take the phrase "Gas War" quite literally. When a station owner lowered his price for gasoline by 3-cents per gallon, his competitor across the street shot and killed him. Click for article. To further add insult, when the cops showed up to investigate (resulting in the dead man's business temporarily closing), the shooter's gas station had no competition, so they raised their price by 13-cents per gallon.
November 14, 2007
The wind gusts outside at the moment are quite high as the norther blows in. We are predicted to have our first night in the 30's tomorrow, with a high of only 68. I love the crispness, but I do hope the outdoor sign at the cafe doesn't blow over tonight. I finally got it refurbished from its various encounters with the concrete the past year, and don't need it demolished again.
The Bremond Tigers are headed for the Class 1A football playoffs. They have a bye this week, so should be well rested when their opponent is determined. They ended the regular season at 8-2, but their eight victories have been consecutive and most of their victories were blowouts of the opposition.
The Kosse Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kosse Heritage House. The Heritage House Society will be meeting immediately preceding the Chamber meeting at 6:00 p.m. All are invited.
Last week, we bought the Kosse Cafe employees t-shirts from Kosseites Wes and Angie Hardin's promotional products business in Marlin. They look good, and my workers tell me many customers have wondered if we will be selling them. (I hope to work out a deal with Wes and Angie to make this possible.) Anyway, I decided to get one for my personal assistant and occasional busperson, the esteemed Donald Porch. To my great surprise and chagrin, I walked into the cafe tonight and saw that Mr. Porch had cut the sleeves off the shirt along with cutting little holes throughout it. I suppose he found some humor in destroying the not-so-cheap new shirt we bought him. Personally I found it humorless. Sometimes I just don't understand him.
November 11, 2007
Eighty-nine years ago today, the armistice was signed which ended the fighting of what at that time was referred to as the Great War. It is now known as World War I, thanks to Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini bringing about an even deadlier calamity in the 1930's and 40's. In 1954, Congress renamed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in honor of all our nation's defenders. Click for article. We have many veterans living in Kosse, ranging from participants of World War II to the Iraq War. Today is their day, and we pay well-deserved homage.
As readers of this blog know, I share the Colin Powell view that the Iraq War was an ill-conceived miscalculation that has proven very costly to our nation, soldiers, and pocketbooks. With that said, I saw Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson on Fox News Sunday this morning, and was amazed at his inability to accept the reality that the war is going better now under General David Petraus than it was under former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. Governor Richardson appears to share the same political flaw as President Bush of not recognizing changed circumstances and adapting accordingly. While his chances of winning the Democrats presidential nomination are about the same as mine, it is my opinion Bill Richardson is not the man for the moment to lead our nation.
I found out last night that Ryan will be home for Thanksgiving. Now that he's living in Washington, we don't get to see him very often. It was a very nice surprise, and I can hardly wait to give him a hug (even though he has to bend over his 6'4" frame for me to do it).
November 10, 2007
Our local high school football teams finished their regular season yesterday. The Groesbeck Goats were defeated by Palestine Westwood, 48-8, and finish with a 1-9 record. The Bremond Tigers continued their winning ways, defeating Chilton by a score of 30-27. Their record is now 8-2, and their season will continue in the playoffs.
While the Kosse area is currently in a boom cycle, the national economy is showing many worrisome signs. The housing market is in a bust mode, the stock market had a terrible week, the dollar is the weakest in history against the euro, oil prices are on the cusp of $100 per barrel, and gasoline has hit $3 per gallon at Cefco with predictions by leading analysts of $4 per gallon by the end of the year. Hold on to your pocketbooks.
November 8, 2007
The Kosse Community Center will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday, November 15. Serving of the food will begin at 7:00 p.m. The turkey and dressing, ham, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a salad, dessert, or vegetable dish. The food is always good and everyone is invited.
The annual Helping Hands food drive will be Saturday, November 17. There will be a door-to- door campaign as well as several drop-off points for donations. Collections will also be taken at the Thanksgiving service sponsored by our local churches on November 18.
November 5, 2007
While on my way to Marlin yesterday I passed by Camp Kosse, the new housing area off Highway 7 West. They are in the process of placing some most attractive small pre-fab wood houses on the property. Assuming their financial projections are able to be fulfilled, this is a great business plan. One thing I do think we should all keep in mind is that the greatest boom period will be in the next four years while the coal mine and power plants are being constructed. The number of construction workers will be much more than the number of permanent workers, and the construction workers will leave after the facilities are completed. To use a much-parodied phrase from President George H.W. Bush, it wouldn't be prudent to overlook this reality and see a repeat of a Kosse boom-bust cycle as was experienced during the 1930's. Permanent growth for our area is going to occur, but not at the current pace of expansion we are now seeing. Plan accordingly.
November 2, 2007
Unfettered growth continues in Kosse. The October sales tax rebates have been dispersed, and Kosse has seen a 47.11% increase from the totals through October, 2006. It needs to be kept in mind that 2006 was a major growth year, so this is a significant increase. The total collected so far this year is $29,101.44 versus $19,781.45 at this time last year. Click for article.
The Kosse 4-H Club will meet Monday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kosse Community Center. Anyone wishing to join the 4-H Club may still enroll. Members who have not turned in their Green Forms need to bring them to the meeting.
There has been a nationwide recall of Totino's and Jeno's Pepperoni pizzas due to the possibility of it containing the e-coli bacteria. Click for article. Although now a consumer of delicious Red Baron pizzas, there was a time during college when 89-cent Totino's pizzas were among my food staples. Among other college culinary favorites was the San Francisco treat, Rice-a-Roni, and Cap'n Crunch cereal. My fast-food delicacy of choice was a Big Mac. It always amazed me how uniform every Big Mac in America is. You get the exact same palate pleasure eating a Big Mac purchased in Honolulu as you do from a Marlin Big Mac.
October 31, 2007
Halloween 2007 has arrived and the Kosse treats are awaiting. The Methodist Church's Halloween festivities begin at 6:00 p.m., and the Kosse Cafe will have our annual bag of goodies available for local ghosts and goblins. Ryan and Stewart used to anxiously look forward to trick-or-treating, although they more enjoyed being at the house and interacting with the kids who came by. In retrospect these are warm memories. I wish I had had the foresight to better realize this at the time they were happening.
My mother's sister, Mona Stanberry, died yesterday in Waco at the age of 81. She was a nice and elegant lady. She was working in downtown Waco at Morris Jewelers on May 11, 1953, when the deadly tornado hit. Click for article. While fortunate enough to escape injury, the experience left an understandable fear of tornadoes, and I heard this story many times from her and mother.
Country singer Porter Wagoner has died. Click for article. I recall as a youngster in the 1960's watching the block of country music shows that came on Channel 11 out of Dallas each Saturday night. I can't recall the complete lineup of shows, but the Porter Wagoner Show was one of the more popular. Click for video.