Archive for January, 2009

Half of the Fun Is Just Getting There…

January 27, 2009

When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, Midland closes Loop 250. Other cities may salt the overpasses and bridges, not here. Here the orange cones come out.

This doesn’t bother me, it’s the drivers that make the commute dangerous. (more…)

Good Morning

January 22, 2009

I love mornings, when done right.  The key is no sudden starts, everything is an ease.  I wake before the sun, so I don’t have to open my eyes to bright light.  The glow of the sun just eases in.  My alarm isn’t a clanging bell or a noisy buzzer.  It’s the sound chirping bird, (yeah I have one of those alarm clocks.)  Music is mellow, and news is consumed in small amounts.  No surprises and no jolts.  Like ice-cream, out of the freezer for ten minutes.  Just glide into my new day.

On the weekends I can drag a morning out well into the after noon.

One thing vital to my good mornings is fresh hot coffee.  Not to chug or drink, but to sip.  Enjoying the steamy smell as it warm the nose.  The smooth flavor as the mouth cautiously fills.  And, the warm glow that starts in the chest and radiates out through the entire body, with every swallow. (more…)

And for best picture, the nominees are…

January 22, 2009
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Bye bye Bush

January 21, 2009
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And just like that he’s gone. A 25 minute speech, local references, lots of cheers. Done.

Bush shows up to say “hi”

January 20, 2009
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Words & Music

January 20, 2009

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So far we’ve heard from former Texas speaker Tom Craddick, Midland mayor Wes Perry, Governor Rick Perry, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Also music from Lee Greenwood (somewhere in this picture,) The Gatlin Bros. & Rodney Atkins.

Choirs take the stage.

January 20, 2009

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True Light Christian Church Choir just finish up, (that’s them in green.) The 1st Methodist Choir is up now, (Laura’s childhood church.)

The 2:00 crowd

January 20, 2009

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The plaza is filling up. The local high school bands are now playing.

The front row

January 20, 2009
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1:30 and the front is full.

People moving in

January 20, 2009
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Gates just opened. The line’s about 4.5 block long. Country music is being played with. Slide show on the jumbo-tron. Just disolves, they really should have used animoto.