Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 > 2009

Some time ago I took a trip to Walden with a dear friend from Massachusetts who was kind enough to humor me in my lifelong dream of seeing what Thoreau saw.  While there I saw many were making their own zen...and begin to build my own.  While finding the right stones, I came across this blue star...coincidence? No. Not a chance. I still think even though 2009 sucked for me....I believe that star means something.  2010 has yet to appear but already the blue moon is coming up and will be high above me shining.  Just like my blue star....the blue moon is giving me direction.
So come with me as I say goodbye to 2009 and welcome in 2010.
2010, the year of the Star.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I YAM what I YAM

After Christmas, I decided to head over for a overnighter to my friend, Pam, in Clear Lake. Sunday morning after eating breakfast and visiting, we decided to head to Kemah to hang out for an hour or so.  We were strolling along when we came across this Picture Board near one of the shops.  I laughed so loud because the night before I had been talking about not trying to put on airs and be something I'm not...I said "I am what I am" and my friend said, 'yeah, like Popeye'  So of course I HAD take a picture.

The thing is I've learned in my years is I shouldn't have to try hard to impress others.  I Yam what I Yam as the picture says...and if you don't like or appreciate me as I am, you're not worth my time to know.  That's how I live my life now.  I don't consider myself a rude person but I can be rather brash and blunt...when someone needs it.  Sugar coating is only for candy and candy asses.   I think I'm generous...perhaps not so much with monies as I don't have a lot...but at least with my time and my heart.  Sometimes money doesn't help problems....but everyone needs someone to listen to them with compassion...and I got lots of that. 
I don't like status quo or the norm...and if you know me, you know.  I like boots. No that's a lie.
I love to have fun and laugh and cut up....but I need my time alone and sometimes won't answer the phone. 

I LOVE BOOTS. I got a way from wearing them for awhile...but realized later in life how much I really really love wearing them. They are my splurge. I'm not old but I am getting older...and wiser....and younger beyond my years.   I'm stubborn....or you could say I'm determined and persistent...but I'm willing and open to listening to your ideas.  I'm private.

WHAT YOU SAY???? But you have a BLOG...Private people do NOT have blogs.
WRONG.  I expose of my life what I want you to know. The rest is private. There are those out there who 'know' me.  I select slowly who I let in my world. I select carefully what I share with the others.  So when you think you know who "Tex" is....better look again. I am an onion....many layers. If you cut me, you may cry.

I YAM what I YAM....that's what should go on my tombstone.
I'm fairly certain I've passed this gene on to my son....

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Freezing your Tits Off

Thanks to my niece Jayne and her trip to New York to visit her In-Laws for a pre-Christmas vacation, I have my photo for today.  She and her husband are approaching their 4th wedding anniversary and have a little boy called Dane who is the cutest thing.  You'll see him in her blog if you so decide to venture over there.  She just posted pictures of the trip on Facebook and of course the one that stood out to me was the one above.  They went snow-skiing and came upon this scene while riding up the ski lift.  Nothing says Christmas like taking your bra off while riding a ski lift in the freezing ass cold weather and throwing it into the nearby tree, eh?  

I don't have three rugrats to write about so I depend on random spontaneous other things and people to pull for stories here when baseball is in the off-season.  Hi, my name is Donna and I'll be here throughout the year trying to catch up on writing.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Joyeaux Noel Louisiana Style

And so it is Christmas....Christmas is here.
To all my friends across the not THAT Nation...the U.S. Nation and a few others who are spread out in the World (NZ, Canada, England, Philippines, etc), I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from my little piece of Cajun World. I know it's been a long going joke that I'm from Canada as I attempted to explain the whole "Cajun" thing...but it is my heritage that I'm just as proud of as being a Texan. You know what you get when you cross a Texan with a Cajun?

A good swift kick in the ass if you aren't nice to them. :)

So now, I'd like to provide some entertainment from Cajun land. Having trouble getting the video to load up so please click here to 'hear' and 'see' it on youtube.

*by "Trosclair", Pelican Publishing Co.‘Twas the night before Christmas
An’ all t’ru de house
Dey don’t a t’ing pass
Not even a mouse
De chirren been nezzle
Good snug on de flo’
An’ Mamm pass de pepper
T’ru de crack on de do’.

Den Mama in de fireplace
Done roas’ up de ham
Stir up de gumbo
An’ make bake de yam.
Den out on de by-you
Dey got such a clatter
Make soun’ link old Boudreau
Done fall off his ladder.

I run like a rabbit
To got to de do’
Trip over the dorg
An’ fall on de flo’.
As I look out de do’
In de light o’ de moon
I t’ink “Manh, you crazy
Or got ol’ too soon.”

Cuz dere on de by-you
W’en I stretch ma’ neck stiff
Dere’s eight alligator
A pullin’ de skiff.
An’ a little fat drover
Wit’ a long pole-ing stick
I know r’at away
Got to be ole St. Nick.

Mo’ fas’er and fas’er
De ‘gator dey came
He whistle an’ holler
An’ call dem by name:
“Ha Gaston!
Ha, Tiboy!
Ha, Pierre an’ Alcee’
Gee, Ninette!
Gee Suzette!
Celeste and Renee!”

“To de top o’ de porch
To de top o’ de wall
Make crawl, alligator
An’ be sho’ you don’ fall.”

Like Tante Flo’s cat
T’ru de treetop he fly
W’en de big ol’ houn’ dorg
Come a run hisse’f by
Like dat up de porch
Dem ole ‘gator clim!
Wit’ de skiff full o’ toy
An’ St. Nicklus behin’.
Den on top de porch roof
It soun’ like de hail
W’en all dem big ‘gator
Done sot down dey tail.

Den down de chimney
I yell with a bam
An’ St. Nicklus fall
An’ sit on de yam.
“Sacre!” he axclaim
“Ma pant got a hole
I done sot ma’se’f
On dem red hot coal.”

He got on his foots
An’ jump like a card
Out to de flo’
Where he lan’ wit’ a SPLAT!

He was dress in musk-rat
From his head to his foot
An’ his clothes is all dirty
Wit’ ashes an’ soot.
A sack full o’ playt’ing
He t’row on his back
He look like a burglar
An’ dass fo’ a fack.

His eyes how dey shine
His dimple how merry!
Maybe he been drink
De wine from blackberry.
His cheek was like a rose
His nose like a cherry
On secon’ t’ought maybe
He lap up de sherry.

Wit’ snow-white chin whisker
An’ quiverin’ belly
He shook w’en he laugh
Like de stomberry jelly!
But a wink in his eye
An’ a shook o’ his head
Make my confi-dence dat
I don’ got to be scared.

He don’ do no talkin’
Gone straight to his work
Put playt’ing in sock
An’ den turn wit’ a jerk.

He put bot’ his han’
Dere on top o’ his head
Cas’ an eye on de chimney
An’ den he done said:
“Wit’ all o’ dat fire
An’ dem burnin’ hot flame
Me I ain’ goin’ back
By de way dat I came.”

So he run out de do’
An’ he clim’ to de roof
He ain’ no fool, him
For to make one more goof.
He jump in his skiff
An’ crack his big whip.
De ‘gator move down
An’ don’ make one slip.

An’ I hear him shout loud
As a splashin’ he go
“Merry Christmas to all
‘Til I saw you some mo’!”

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hot Stove VEGAS Style

Hot Stove has been turned on all winter and nothing tastes good so far. Instead of the Sox are playing craps on the side of the Green Wall. I know I am not the General Manager and I don't have the knowledge to know what they are looking for in the future but just looking at what's going on in front of my face, I'm wondering if Management are just planning for 2011 or 2012 World Series and not this coming here. I'd like to throw some gris gris in their direction for good luck. Lowell going to Texas? Bay not going to sign? Boof is pitching. Marco is at SS and Fabio is modeling the new jersey the Sox are going to have next year. OK it's not really THAT Fabio. So can we just get Adrian Gonzalez so I can just yell "ADRIAN!!!"

I've really been so busy in my own personal life that I haven't kept up with specifics and particulars and rely on SG to keep up so I don't have to read all the articles.

Waiting between the season makes a true baseball fan more thankful for the long baseball season we enjoy. Meanwhile, here in Texas I have to contend with the UT wins and McCoy not getting the Heisman and waiting on either Burnt Orange exploding all over Austin again post-January 7th or the implosion of the UT team under a Crimson Red Tide. Wonder what the over-under is in Vegas???

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Don't you feel bad now?

Now look at that precious face! And to think this bird is cooking in that hot oven of yours getting all juicy and all ready to make a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

or you could do like my good friend Josh Blue up in Boston and they're saving a Turkey's life today by eating Steak. I think he's channeling his inner Texas myself.

All of you have a Grand Thanksgiving Day and be thankful for all you have, all you don't have and be content. If we'd all be more content with the simple things of life, we would be happier and relaxed folks.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Joie de Vivre is having lagniappe in your Gumbo then going to the Fais Do Do

This morning I'm celebrating my cajun heritage in preparation for some friends coming over to see "Janis". The artist who created Janis is coming as well. I hope everyone loves Janis as much as I do.

I've got Recycled Cajuns playing in the background with the smells of andouille sausage and file in the air.

After we have good food and good company, we're heading out to the Oasis to listen to Seth Walker, one of my favorite musicians whose based here in Austin. He's actually from North Carolina(looks at Ted) and you can see where he gets his blues heart from. I'm hoping the Time Machine is there so I can go pick up my good friends Becks and Bobbers so they can enjoy our last time there.
Becks, ya have your dancing shoes on cos I'll be there to pick you up around 7:30pm tonight!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Always a Soldier

** (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The Memorial Wall taken at
the Ceremonial and Commemorative Site in Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Exeter, R.I.

A Moment of Thanks to all those who served and are still serving our country to make us safe and free.

We call them Vets but they're always considered soldiers to me. They gave willingly and graciously and with honor. Today I have many thanks to them for giving me the freedom to be able to have the freedom of speech and my own opinions to have this blog.

Thank You Ladies and Gentlemen for serving our Country.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Justice or Fairness?

When you work in the juvenile justice field, you find yourself seeking justice for the victims....but then as you get to know the juveniles, you find yourself seeking fairness in the justice which is hard to come by.

I've come across a story of a young man who made a bad decision in how to make money. Roddy Pippin had not been in trouble ever but he was having a hard time finding a job and fell into an "easy" way to make some money: Cattle-rustling. No, this story isn't set out in the 1800's. It is a modern day story none other place than Texas. Now Roddy is a baby-face kid and was doing Jesse James work. Perhaps he had no intentions of doing it forever...or maybe he just got caught up in the money. Whatever the reason, he continued till he got caught. He got caught and gave up the names of his 8 other accomplices who were all older than him. But guess who got the harsher sentence? Roddy. He was given 4 separate two-year state jail sentences which totaled 8 years. For him to receive a sentence like that and not allow them to run concurrently?? But for him to not at least have a chance at probation?? I think Roddy's mother even offered to pay back restitution over a period of time...but NOOOOOOOOOO...this was North Texas plains where staunch republicans wear 20 gallon hats, carry their guns on their hips, spit tobacco and make polite talk to the women while they gawk them down.

You say...well Roddy will get parole right?? Nope. You see, state jail sentences in Texas are as parole. But there was hope. Well apparently, Roddy applied and finally he got shock probation and they let him out to serve the rest of his time on a monitor at home. Two sweet years later, Roddy has been revoked and sent back to prison due to some technical violation of which has not been made known.

Now you wonder why I'm even talking about this....the issue at hand right now is Roddy has a severe case of diabetes that none of the prisons could medically take care of him when he was in there last of course, he and his family are concerned that he will not get the care that he's been getting out here in the free world. Well, you say, he shouldn't have violated his terms...but THAT is my question....I've seen parolees/probation be revoked for things that should not send someone back to prison....instead the officer could have attempted to find solutions in the community to help rehabilitate. Because Prison does NOT rehabilitate. And isn't that what we want??? These people to come out NOT wanting to commit crimes??

Now I'm all about justice. But more importantly I've learned that Justice does not include Fairness.

So I haven't gotten off the fence on this issue yet...not sure until I learn "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey says. But if Roddy was sent on a technical issue....I'm pretty sure which side I'll be on.

***EDIT I know how to get traffic here...just post about criminals in Texas.
Ok so facts are slowly coming in and making more sense HOWEVER I still don't agree with what took place. Make sure you who read this and want to comment that I really am NOT focusing on Pippin's medical condition. That's his lawyer's fight not mine.

My ONLY concern here was how I thought the plea bargain he agreed to was not appropriate.
Now so for the record:
Pippin committed possibly 40+ crimes of stealing cattle(I dont actually think there is cattle rustling crime anymore on the Penal Code books) so basically a bunch of state jail Felony's. For those of you who don't understand penal code lingo, here is the State Jail Felony code that most likely applies to Pippin:
(4) a state jail felony if:
(A) the value of the property stolen is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, or the property is less than 10 head of cattle, horses, or exotic livestock or exotic fowl as defined by Section 142.001, Agriculture Code, or any part thereof under the value of $20,000, or less than 100 head of sheep, swine, or goats or any part thereof under the value of $20,000;

So many of the charges were dismissed, most likely due to insufficient evidence or just part of the plea bargain...which left Pippin agreeing to pleaing guilty to 4 separate counts of Theft State Jail Felony which led him to receiving 4 two-year sentences to be served after the other.

After Pippin served one of the two-year sentences, he applied for a received shock probation for one of the sentences apparently due to his medical condition.

While on shock probation, he made a video of which the DA is making allegations that he made it out of his area he was allowed to be. Pippin's lawyers rebuttal says they didn't as they made it on his mother's land which was his area.

His shock probation time ended so now he had to turn himself into the jail so he could be transported back to prison for his other 2 terms. Now his lawyers are pleading his case again for shock probation in December again based on his medical condition.

He was not given the chance at probation or restitution because the ranchers who are the victims of the crimes did not agree to this. And this was a recent letter as well so it keeps being brought up but they still say no. MY POINT is simply WHY NOT? Now if while Pippin has been out on Shock Probation, he wasn't given the opportunity to pay restitution, you can't blame him for not paying it.

And I don't care that he's been going to church all this time. I know criminals and offenders do this ploy.

My only issue is if he did at least one of those two year stints and didn't get into any trouble while out on his 2nd term on Shock Probation...why shouldn't he be given the chance to finish both of the other terms in the free. If I were his probation officer, I'd be giving him tons of assignments and making him be accountable; starting with community service in something that I THOUGHT he needed to be a part of. I'd make him have a job and put aside savings to show me so if at some point, the ranchers were willing to take restitution, they would have it.

Funny thing is, my juvenile probationers used to call me Hard Ass...but they knew I was fair and gave them a shot at doing the right thing after they fucked up.
I'm done with posting about this now and will be posting new today. I just found it funny how new people showed up here and I rarely get a hit on this thing.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

God is Great, Beer is Good, (some)People are Crazy

This Ranger friend of mine loves this song and sings it almost unconsciously when he's around...but with the past week of tragedy, it really just fits. But I have to say that amidst when tragedy occurs, those around come to the rescue and do the right thing. My Red Sox groups that I've become friends with are like that. We formed a bond...we have something very passion in common. So when one of our own has trouble and we can do something, we try.

It's what happened when at Ft. Hood this week an enlisted soldier who for reasons still unknown took the lives of other enlisted soldiers and one civilian who worked to help enlisted soldiers. That story was the Headlines in papers and television crews across the nation. But what happened next is REALLY the news.

You have officers risking their lives for others, people making bandages and stretchers out of whatever they could to help those wounded, you have hundreds coming to the hospitals to give blood even if they didn't know any of the victims, you have soldiers going to visit the wounded soldiers in the hospital even if they don't know the soldiers, and before you know it, each community that the fallen came from will rise up and have a benefit in that person's ask how can I know this?? I'm watching and reading and seeing every single day someone new doing something to help.

so in reality that song is partially's only some of the people are crazy and cause us pain....the rest of us clean up the mess they made and restore our faith in humanity and God.

Cos it's what we do.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Superman Ain't Got Nuttin on Mighty Mouse

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Thursday afternoon just north of Austin there were hundreds of those preparing for deployment at the Ft. Hood service center. Families worried about if their loved ones will return from Iraq or Afghanistan. What no one was expecting was to receive 'that phone call' before their loved one left.

So my previous post, I didn't put the 'news' that was reported which we later
found out untrue probably due to reporters not doing a thorough job...but the shooter is still alive but in a coma, unable to tell us WHY.

So far, 13 have died from this tragedy....rumor is the wounded who number over 30 are still not out of harm's way so we could see possibly the death toll to rise. I'm praying not for that to happen.

I'd like to shift the focus on those who Acted during this terrifying incident. Sgt. Kimberly Munley who was a police officer for Ft. Hood Police Department. Married to a Army guy in North Carolina and with a 3 yr old daughter...she may be from North Carolina but she acted in the stereotypical Gutsy Texan Gal way. A brief description but you really need to read about her cos she's a role model for all young girls and women who aspire to work in the field of criminal justice to let them know that size does not matter. She stands about 5'2" but a former co-worker of hers in North Carolina calls her Mighty Mouse because apparently, Kim was no stranger to running to danger.

Slowly stories of heroic acts are coming to light but an overall synopsis of the scene was people were ripping off their shirts to make bandages and tourniquets, breaking table legs off to create stretchers, covering civilians with their bodies, etc.

I'll be posting on the victims as their stories are being told as well. Such a sad sad tragedy. It's already hard to comprehend why someone goes on these sort of rampages and what drives them...but what's difficult for those in the military to accept right now is one of their own turned on them...innocent people who were just working for their country doing what they loved.
The answer Why...may never be enough

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Who's Studying the Studiers?

Sending out Prayers to all those who lost their loved ones today...and Prayers to all those wounded and getting treatment. Rumors flying around. Assumptions are being made. These facts remain: 12 lives (one of which was a civilian police officer) were killed in cold blood by this man and 31 were injured. He acted alone. This man was a Major in the Army and one of our psychiatrists who helped our soldiers in mental health issues. He was born an American. He was not wanting to be deployed.

News reports are saying he's been 'on the radar' for the last six months....due to some internet postings about suicide bombs and threats.

Recently there was a serial killer (registered sex offender) arrested accused of killing about a dozen people as they found bodies in this house. Also, a father and upstanding father in a church killed his family then himself.

I work in the criminal justice field and have been for over 20 years. I try to not be cynical...but it's hard.

EDIT: It had been reported the shooter was dead. But apparently the sick psychiatrist lives and is in stable condition. He was shot 4 times by the same officer...and yet he still lives?

I am not cynical I am not cynical I am not cynical

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Don't Wait Till I Die

**picture pulled off of NESN site

Eric Hurley writes an excellent piece on giving Pedro his due...and Petey's quote is as typical as Petey can be

"I'm pretty sure my name will be mentioned,” Martinez said of his legacy before his Game 6 start against the Yankees in the World Series. “I don't know in which way. But maybe after I retire, because normally when you die, people tend to actually give you props about the good things. But that's after you die. So I'm hoping to get it before I die. I don't want to die and hear everybody say, 'Oh, there goes one of the best players ever.' If you're going to give me props, just give them to me right now."

Eric details how Petey has transformed himself from a pitcher to fear due to his fastball to a pitcher who likes to pinpoint where he's throwing. Eric says "His motto has gone from “I dare you to hit this” to “now you see it, now you don’t.” I like this.

I don't care how Petey left Boston. I really don't care about the fiasco when he allegedly 'threw down' Zimmer. And the whole pointing at the head situation is SO over rated and overhyped up.

Cos you GOTTA love Pedro...he's a comedian of sorts. Of course, he was joking about giving him props before he dies and all....but WAS HE?

But one thing for sure, Petey knows us. He KNOWS us Red Sox fans like the back of his hand. How you ask that I know this??? Well the following comments were made when asked about Red Sox the Peter Abraham's article

"They're special fans and they will always have my respect."


"I know they don't like the Yankees to win, not even in Nintendo games."

DAMN SKIPPY (to quote a fellow Sox fan)

Monday, November 02, 2009

It's the Cliff Chase Lee Utley Show

Lee doing a great job...not as good as Game 1 but so far so good....and Utley? 2 Homeruns so far.

Top of the 8th Phillies on top 8-2 no outs. men on 2nd and 3rd. If Joe Buck don't shut the hell up....ok now 8-4. No Outs. I'm holding on to a prayer the Phillies will too.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Ittsy Bittsy Spider climbed up a Yankee Leg


Yah I know. I've not been consistent so SUE ME. Here's to everyone a Happy Halloween!

Now get out there and Get some Candy!!!!!!!!!!!!

*pic from anomalias site

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Battles have been Lost but the War's not Over

This morning in the great state of Massachusetts, a Mass (see i made a funny) of people are walking, some are walking a few miles and some many. They're walking in hopes to Cure Cancer. There are four stupendous young women who are among the throngs I like to call my friends. They're not just any friends either. They are from various backgrounds; Stacy: computer Extraordinaire and owner of Captain Jack the pirate cat , Cindy: I am certain Teacher of the year somewhere in the future; Hayes: Miss ICanGetAnythingDONE; and last but not least, Amy: sweetheart of a gal who's got the heart of a lion and married to the most filthy mouthed boy I know and love...along with she's walking in honor of her mother-in-law, Billie, and her friend, Jeneen.

We've all had our touch with Cancer. I know my good friend Ted's mother has battled it. My own grandfather and aunt died from it. While those deaths definitely impacted me in ways it would take a lifetime to tell you about, Cancer took a dear young friend of mine years ago and that is who I think of when I think of Cancer: Cindy Church.

Cindy left a young son, Brandon. She fought the good fight against the evil and tried everything she could to win....but it ravaged her body and finally took it over leaving her a shell. It's been over 10 years since her death but not a day goes by that I don't look up at her picture in my office and wonder what her life would have been like. Cindy lived life in it's face....laughing, always smiling, right up to the end. I visited with her a few weeks before her death and while I sat there seeing how this cancer was taking over her body, it did NOT take away her soul. That day....more than ever before, I wanted to live life with vigor. Laugh at Death. Stare it in it's face and Dare it to push me around.

Today, I want you to reach down in your FREAKING pockets and purses and wallets and bank accounts and see what can YOU give!!! I Challenge YOU!!! Because you don't have to give don't have to give don't have to give hundredsd....

You Just Have to GIVE. Will you do that? The JimmyFund is still open for business...clicking on Team Surviving Grady is still taking requests. The group picture above was taken this past May at a gathering of us all...the guy in the far left hand?? Well let's just say, he wanted to be in the picture as well(thanks Brain!)

So there you have it....two different clicks. If you don't want to give in the name of Team SG...give in the name of your loved one who's fighting or lost the battle. Just GIVE TODAY.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

There's Snow in Texas

Yesterday we were remembering the tragic event that occurred 8 years ago in NYC. While we never want to forget those who were lost, life does move on. I've been saving this story for the right time and I think today is it.

In the sports world we hear about all the various athletes who are using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. We hear about those athletes who favor criminal-type behavior that sometimes land them in trouble with the law. We hear about athletes who are married yet are philanderers causing havoc on their family and kids. We hear about those athletes who are just plain obnoxious and think the world revolves around them.

What we don't hear about are the athletes like Justin Snow.
Justin Snow plays for the Indianapolis Colts. He's #48. He's their long snapper and a tight end. Now mind you, I have no clue what those positions are because I am not a football gal. I'm willing to learn...but no one person has intrigued me enough to want to learn. :)

But back to Justin. Justin is from Texas (I know you're shocked!). He is from Abilene and attended Baylor University. He also already has his B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology. Now you're probably wondering how in the heck do I know all of this and why do I care? It starts back a few weeks ago while I was on a business trip to my company's other location near Fort Worth.

While working in my company's other location Granbury, I like to stay in a smaller town, Glen Rose, on the outskirts so I can relax and not run into any employees. The Holiday Inn Express there is awesome and the manager, Joe, treats me like family. Recently a large building was built by a local family who opened up a restaurant, bar and clothing store in it. I've been frequenting the restaurant and the bar quite a bit. One night a few weeks ago, I was in the bar eating and cavorting with the locals when a couple walked in I had never seen before. They sat down and after a while, we all began to talk. Once I divulged my career, of which the gal said she sorta figured it out, and the topic of athletes gone criminal (i.e., Vick) came up, this gal began telling me a story. She said she loved the Colts to which I asked why...I know you don't have to be from an area's sport's team to love them.(i.e. ME) She talked about how when her youngest son was in speech and she was taking him to the Baylor school for speech therapy. She said at the time, Justin Snow was in school and he was her son's teacher. She talked about how her son loved Justin and it was reciprocated by Justin. Apparently these lessons lasted I believe over a couple of years. Anyway, fast forward to this past spring when her son was going to graduate from Speech. They were putting on a huge ceremony for the kids because if any of you have been involved in Speech it IS a big deal. (believe it or not, I had to attend Speech therapy at a young age)

Anyway, this mother calls up the Colts because by this time Justin is playing for the Colts...yes a football player HAS his B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology!! She calls and talks to their P.R. staff person and just wants to relay this message. "Please give him my number and tell him why I'm calling. " Next thing you know Justin is calling her and they are making plans for him to come down to attend the ceremony to surprise her son. Justin lives in Texas north of Dallas so the drive was a short 3 or so hour one. (3 hours or less is a short drive to us Texans) I wish I knew this mother and son's name....but I never caught it.

So there they were getting ready for the ceremony when down the hall way comes walking her son....and from the other direction is walking Justin Snow. She said they both halted in their steps as they met....and the hugs that were exchanged were phenomenal. She said she was crying and it was so touching. During the ceremony Justin gave the boy his diploma AND a jersey with #48 and Snow on it. Mom said it was the most touching and beautiful thing she has experienced. Now what football player will take time out of his day to do something for one little kid? Mind you, there were no reporters around documenting this. No photographers trying to grab a story. It was going to be a one knew.

So now you understand why that Texas mother roots for the Colts....and although I'm not gonna jump on the wagon for the whole team...I am definitely going to root for Justin Snow.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In Memory Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

On the afternoon of September 10, 2001, I drove to the airport to purchase myself a plane ticket for a trip I was going to take in November to visit my cousin in Pennsylvania. We had talked about this trip for quite awhile...planned it all in advance. She was going to take me to New York City for the weekend for fine food, broadway and entertainment. I was so excited about this trip...bought the plane ticket and headed back to work. Done deal.

The next morning I was at work in my office when I heard a supervisor in his office yell out for all to come see(he kept a television in his office so we all figured some ridiculous show was on he wanted us to come see). As we walked into his office, we couldn't believe what we were hearing. A plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in NY...continuing to watch the news....another crash. It was like watching a isn't really the news, it's a movie right??
As the days and weeks passed, discussion of whether or not I was going to take my trip to NY was in the air. After much discussion with my cousin and her husband, we decided to go. It wasn't going to be for a few months...we'd just change our itinerary. During this time, I was a mentor for a kids' group and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get them involved in understanding for what happened that day. We organized a day event of food and fun and then we settled into the project for the day: A memorial and cards for a firestation who lost 17 men that day. I researched on line and found the fire station after reading many stories. I had previously cut out the pictures I found off the internet of all of the firemen with their names, pasted and glued them onto a poster, decorated it and had it laminated. As I discussed with the kids about 9-11 and what the men had did to try and save those in the towers, I held up the poster and named the men one by one. I barely could get through naming them as I was tearing up as my voice broke. One of the kids raised his hand and asked "Miss Donna, did you know them?" I replied that I did not. He then asked "Why are you crying then?" I attempted to explain to them how it touched my heart and how tragic it was that so many had died that day and I hoped that we could help the firehouse by showing how much we appreciated the guys. So card making commenced!! I have to say we had a slew of kids and adults and we made dozens and dozens of cards. All thanking the firemen for what they do, saying how sorry we were for their loss and lots of art work as well.

Many of the other adult mentors helped out by giving various items to bring, such as, cajun spices and fresh peppers. I had a huge suitcase with a bag that carried it all.

The plane trip up there was a long one....just anxious about going to NY. Once we got there, we headed over to the firestation. I began by taking some photographs of which I need to scan and save on my computer but they are put away in a box for now. After taking photos, I kept waiting for an opportunity for a firefighter to come out...finally one did and I approached him explaining who I was and why I was there. I showed him the bag and explained about the spices and peppers inside. He seemed genuinely excited about it saying "They're just about to cook lunch so I'll go run these into them...thanks Ma'am...thanks alot!" He turned and left. My cousin was shocked I didn't want to try to go in and meet them all...but I was not on a mission to meet men that day. I just wanted to show thanks and give respect to those who died. While I took a few more photographs, I realized I had forgotten that the kids all had begged for me to get a picture with a firefighter. It was getting late but just as we were getting ready to leave, another firefighter came out and I made a bee line to him. I approached him explaining I was the one who had just brought in the big blue bag of which he got all excited and said "Oh yeah...they were cutting up the peppers and putting them in the shrimp they were about to cook!!" That made me smile big. I explained about the kids and all and they wanted a picture to which he said "heck Yah...come on in...let's get next to the truck and all" I WISH I had these pictures to show ya on today. Perhaps I need to get those down.

I did find these pictures on line and wanted to share....I kept my laminated poster as a reminder. I never wanted to forget how that day and that visit impacted me. Within weeks, I made huge decisions that shifted my world into another paradigm. Life is short and Time should not be wasted. My cousin and I have discussed a visit next year to NY visit the memorial that was created. But I want to return to the firestation to bring my pictures, to show thanks and perhaps to bring them some more haberno peppers. Maybe this trip, I'll pay attention to the cute firemen there ;)

Live happy.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Would the Real Josh Beckett please Win?

I don't want to jinx him any more than I need to. I'm expecting plenty of K's along with a low ERA and a big fat W at the end of the game courtesy of Commander Kick Ass, himself.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

That is The Question??

Shakespeare may have thought the question was "To Be or Not To Be?" but right now there's a bunch of Rabid Red Sox fans are wondering "What is the Missing Piece to the Puzzle??" Then there's the Question of "What is going on with Beckett?" And the most recent Question of "What happened to the Byrd who pitched against Halladay?"

there's flurries of Pitch-tipping talk......should we really have kept Kotsay?....what about Petey?....But someone in Boston better fix whatever is broken or There won't be any SoxTober at Fenway.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

oh Where oh Where has my JPB Gone? Oh where oh where CAN He BE???

WHO IS THIS?????????????????????????????????????????????

Saturday, August 29, 2009


*art provided by Chris Speakman and can be found here at his link


So lately Beckett hasn't been performing quite like the ACE we know and love. Not that we do not love our boy...but he is just getting banged around like a pinball machine. Boston Globe has article on Beckett after the game

"Asked if he was searching, he sounded like a man who was tired of looking for the answer.

“I don’t know about searching,’’ Beckett said. “I’m tired of stinking. That’s for sure. But I don’t think searching’s the right thing. I’m continuing to do the same things I do every time out and every time in between starts and right now the results [stink].’"

I think we ALL know that the word 'stink' was enclosed cos they really couldn't print what Beckett actually said...heck...I can't even print what JPB said. But we all know that he has to stop STINKING and show some of that AWESOMENESS such as these:

I'm not giving up on Beckett and neither should YOU!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


LOVING THIS PICTURE!! Perhaps the Yankees knocked us around abit on Friday with that 20-11 score....but Last NIGHT??? Our newest pitcher from across the sea and latest "TAZ" kept the Yankees scoreless!!! It wasn't until Bard came up that Swisher hit a solo homerun off him...

14-1 End of subject

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Nothing Lucky about it. The Sox Rock

Shortly after this the scoreboard blew up with runs for the Red Sox. Coincidence? I think not. After the runs started coming I was bouncing around hugging and high fiving everyone...then my phone blew up with texts saying I was on NESN. SweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeT. I wore my Youk shirt from SG for good luck...Youk couldnt play cos of the suspension...but dangit...he HAD to be there. I'm no longer considered a jinx now.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Crazyyyyyyy, I'm Crazy for feeling so Lonely

The Sox are coming back to TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!! YeeeeeeeeeHAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!
And I say that with complete exuberance and passion of a Die-Hard Red Sox Fan whose a Die-Hard Loyal Texan. Last visit to Texas, the boys didn't fare well. Beckett, Smoltz and Buchholz got the broom...not for their lack of trying...but the bats, well let's just say, the bats were left in the clubhouse at Fenway. Disappointed some that I won't get to see my boy pitch again...I'll be watching a new trio: Lester, Penny and the new kid Tazawa. I'm definitely looking forward to it. Let's just say I'm abit:

But nonetheless, I'll be watching the boys with friends from the Red Sox Nation and the Governor of Texas, himself, Johnny Matthews. It's going to be one hell of a ride this weekend since we are 6 games back in the division with the Yankees.....AND we are 1/2 game ahead of the Rangers in the Wild Card!

Join getting Insoxicated and Intoxicited about this weekend!!!!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Bringing the Mojo where I go

I'm posting this everywhere I go today. Bringing the hex and voodoo to the MFY!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Wanted: Bats that produce Runs

We can all of the above and below we want but if we do not have

some of these that produce runs.....

Patience (pā-shəns) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.

Delayed gratification; Good things come to those that wait; Stick it out; Persevere; Determination; Persistence....

I understand all these concepts as I've worked hard all my life doing such things....being a single parent it took me a few more years to actually get my first degree...then waited till much later to obtain my second one. Working hard I finally attained a position in a company for which I am very proud to have.

A few years back the Red Sox finally after years of a drought won a World Series....a few more years and they won another so it's totally understandable that they hunger for more. But what we don't want to do is be like the NY fans and have that sense of entitlement that we SHOULD win a World Series...that it belongs to us and no one else. I want each and every time we win a World Series to really mean something....that we dug in hard and fast and earned it. It seems to me that when things come too easy for's not always appreciated.

SO I say all of this today because I want you Red Sox fans to hold patient.

The Red Sox never do things easy for us. But just believe. Have faith. And wait.

Good things are coming your way.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Stowing away the Flag (Edited)


I was so devastated by the sweep in Texas...I just couldn't write anymore...till tonight.
Beckett is back on top and we are just 1/2 game back. Whoever said baseball was boring...has their head in an armadillo hole.

Alas...I won't have this view on Tuesday when Beckett is pitching as I'll be sitting in the outfield....but I am SO ready to see this in person again. I took these pictures in San Diego a few years ago. Not realizing the importance of the two together...a combo from the Marlins...thinking we were just getting a power stud pitcher...we got a WS MVP as well. I just picked up Mikey's book Deep Drive yesterday and began reading it this afternoon as I was getting a pedicure....I decided it's a book I need to read at home alone...tears welled up in my eyes reading about the history in his family with Cuba's dictator Fidel. I'll refrain from discussion about it here...but so far my suggestion is if you haven't read it...go borrow or buy it and read it. We fans look to baseball for fun...and some of us it turns into more than just fun...we LIVE FOR IT. Not that our personal lives come second...but our love of the game makes us who we are alittle.

The Red Sox come to Texas this week with the following pitching order: Monday - Smoltz; Tuesday - Beckett and last but not least, Wednesday - Wakefield. I'm totally stoked about the series....this year I get to watch and enjoy the games with fellow Sox fans around me that I know. Recently, I became friends with the Red Sox Nation Governor of Texas(yes..the Red Sox have governors for each state). Another fellow Sox fan from England, Annah, and I are co-leading an Austin Meet Up group and it has been fun.

It's been triple digits the past few weeks here in Texas...and NOW...thunderstorms loom in the distance. NOW it decides to RAIN. I seem to remember that every time the Sox come to town it perhaps the Rangers should have the Sox over more often since we are lacking it so much.

I'll be heading down or up I should say, tomorrow.

And it can't come soon enough. and NO you won't be seeing me do this.....cos people will think I'm a Ranger fan.....only makes sense (well in my mind it does) in Fenway.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Geaux Tigers!!!!

2009 College World Series Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Beckett and Baseball

My good friend, Cyn, had the best title of her live blog today....and she predicted SO accurately what was coming. As in the ole quote out of the film about Wyatt Earp when he was warning the town..."tell them I'm coming and Hell's coming with me!" Well today JPB took the bump and perhaps he was channeling his inner child and thought he was playing cowboys and indians...cos he made it war on those Braves. (no offense to anyone reading)

7 K's, no walks, 5 singles and only 1 double was allowed by Beckett...winning the game with 3-0.

It was also the first appearance by Lowe since he helped us out of a drought and win the World Series in 2004. It appeared he was received well and given a standing ovation after he was taken out of the game. Tip of the hat and all.

Beckett appeared to be in 2007 form...the year he didn't win the Cy and should have. I'm ready to see my Sox again this July and August...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

En Fuego!!!

Pick one. I really don't care which one you select. Choose whichever one suits your fancy....cos you may need one of them at the next Yankee - Red Sox series since we are 8-0 ahead of the pinstriped pinheads after this series.

Penny tossed 117 pitches with his last striking out Matsui looking a bit bewildered Im sure. 6 shut out innings...after Ortiz hit a homerun during the 2nd. Penny left the game with the Red Sox in the lead 1-0.

Then the game begin to get interesting. Yankees got ahead thing you know....Red Sox are on top 4-3....and Paps came in to close it down. ::sigh::

A Sweep. The best part? I love this quote from Papi regarding his come back here lately....Papi may be on the right track with trying new habits to enhance his hitting. Sounds good to me.

"I put hot sauce on pretty much everything," Ortiz says, aiming a bottle of his mild Original into a bowl of mondongo (beef tripe soup) before taking a spoonful. "But I like mild hot, not burning hot. Not crazy hot."

"It's not about being a tough guy," he says. "I'm telling you right now, number four is pretty dang hot." He's referring to Grand Slam. "I do not think a human being should try something hotter than that.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Red Sox 6 Yankees 0 and no that's not the score of the game

So last time we spoke the Red Sox did some cleaning up with the Yankees....well tonight Beckett took the mound. And by "took the mound", I mean he took command over the rubber and made those pinstriped devils pay. Josh had 8 K's, pitching 6 innings, 2 hits with the game being a shut-out. The bullpen (MDC, Ram Ram and Bard) followed suit with only 1 hit and 1 runs.

Bard ended the game with hitting the radar gun at 100 mph twice...

Drew, Ortiz and Green brought 2 rbi's with Kotsay bringing the other run. Ortiz hit a home run dead to central!!!! Green also hit a home run!! Slowly but surely Big Papi is returning!

Game score Red Sox 7 Yankees 0
We're tied for 1st place now but on top of the Yankees as we've won more games against them in the season...hence the title.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Brooms....Ain't it Great!!??!!

Note not only did we win this game...we won this series AND we've swept the Yankees in the first 2 meetings....apparently a history lesson is involved. Since 1971!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOT.

So Joba may have pitched his heart (does he have one?) out...with 12 K's....then pumps his fist after the inning he hits one of our players......Josh won the game...

Monday, May 04, 2009

I Live For This

You may have wondered what happened to me...I was on a roll and then I stopped. But I have to say the broom stopped me...ya know The Broom the Sox used to sweep the Yankees at Fenway? Well tonight the Sox are back playing the Yankees but in New York. Lester is on the mound and so far so good. 100 pitchers 70 strikes and 9 K's....heading into the bottom of the 7th inning. I'm not going to jinx it....Im posting but will finish it after the game. We'll see the results.

Yes....I heard this team