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Texas Matters

Never ask a man where he’s from. If he’s from Texas, he’ll tell you; if not, there’s no sense in embarrassing him.

The above video contains all three verses of our beloved state song. And this link takes you to the latest “Talk Like a Texan” column in Texas Monthly that discusses the etymology and pronunciation of Jim Bowie, Bowie Knife, and David Bowie. And the video below is the hilarious “Five States of Texas” scene from the remarkable movie “Bernie.”

Happy Texas Independence Day!


The Yanks Have Taken Our Dr Pepper!

This is not a call to arms or a prompt to panic. I don’t want anybody to overreact. The Diet Dr Pepper(s) with which I washed down my Western-style scrambled eggs at Calico County this morning tasted just fine. Nothing appears to have changed. Yet. This is intended solely as a notice to pay attention. Be aware.

The Yanks have officially absconded with the national soft drink of Texas and are now managing and directing the fortunes and future of our beloved 23-flavored nectar from Burlington, Massachusetts!

OK, maybe this is a prompt to panic.

The Keurig Company, makers of those annoying K-Cups and marketer of all things coffee, swallowed up Dr Pepper yesterday in what they’re calling a “merger.” The new company is now called Keurig Dr Pepper and they’re moving DP’s CEO from the Dr Pepper headquarters on Legacy Drive in Plano up to Massachusetts. Does Dr Pepper go with clam chowder? Are they planning to serve Dr Pepper at the Boston Bruins’ games? Are they going to put Red Sox logos on Dr Pepper bottles?

Coupled with tomorrow’s double-blood-super-full-blue moon, is this a sign that the end times are nigh?

Dr Pepper is not just the first and oldest soft drink in America, it’s uniquely Texan. Since folks in Central Texas rode into Morrison’s Old Drug Store to order a “Waco” in 1885, Texans like me have been drinking DP morning, noon, and night for generations. Only a wild-eyed Texan would dream of carbonating a volatile mix of 23-fruit flavors and serving it to his friends and customers. Only a state like ours could produce a legendary beverage with so many conflicting origin stories — mythologies, really — about its namesake and ingredients. And it’s ours. It belongs to us. We use it to quench our thirst on a blistering August afternoon and to baste our holiday turkeys and hams.

We don’t know what the future holds for Dr Pepper and for Texans who, on average, drink a Dr Pepper every three days — every man, woman, and child in the state. Here in the early going, I’m trying to remain positive. Perhaps Keurig can put hot Dr Pepper with a lemon twist in one of those little cups I can carry around in my pocket. That would be nice. Maybe in the coming years it’ll be easier to locate a Diet Dr Pepper when I’m in Chicago or New York. That would also be nice.

Again, this is just a notice to pay attention. Be aware. And, when you’re “taking” your Dr Pepper today at 10, 2, & 4, say a prayer for those Yanks. They’d better not mess this up.



Tom Petty Day

The city of Austin has declared today, October 20, what would have been the rocker’s 67th birthday, Tom Petty Day. To do my part in honoring the legendary American songwriter and performer, I’m providing a link to Sun Radio 100.1 FM in Austin. The whole Sun Radio network of stations in Central Texas is playing nothing but Tom Petty all day and night — classic hits and deep cuts from all thirteen of Petty’s studio albums, live performances, Traveling Wilburys, covers from other rock superstars and Texas artists, and a variety of other tributes. At 7pm tonight, they’re going to play Tom Petty’s 2006 performance at Austin City Limits in its entirety.

If you need a Tom Petty song at some point today, just click the link.

In making his proclamation earlier this week, Austin Mayor Steve Adler described Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as a rock and roll fusion of the Beatles’ melodic song structures, the harmonies of the Byrds, and the attitude of the Rolling Stones. Not bad.

Billboard has put together a tribute today that includes a paragraph or two each about ten of Tom Petty’s best known hits and includes the full music video for each of the classics. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the Into the Great Wide Open video with Johnny Depp and Matt LeBlanc, you need to click here.

And Tom Petty’s official website is streaming all Tom Petty hashtags in real time — all the Instagrams and Facebooks, all the tweets and social media posts. I don’t know much about it and I have no idea how it works, but it’s pretty cool to watch. Check it out here.

I don’t know, but I’ve been told, you never slow down, you never grow old.


Harvey Buckets to Houston!

Three elders and a preacher are headed down to Houston right now in a huge truck loaded with 130 cases of bottled water, 150 buckets of cleaning supplies, two jugs of hand sanitizer, and a case of granola bars.






We took the truck to Zach’s Club early this morning and loaded up 90 cases of water they had been collecting, grabbed another 40 or so from Brown Automotive, then headed to Central to pack the Harvey buckets our church has been collecting since Sunday.

Bruce, Tom, John, and Carroll left here at just after 9:00 this morning to deliver the relief supplies to Doug Peters and the Grace Crossing Community Church of Christ down in Conroe. Doug tells me they’re handing out around 400 buckets and going through about five hundred bottles of water per day. Some of the supplies are being used to benefit Grace Crossing members and folks in that church’s immediate neighborhood. Some of it’s going to the Impact Church in downtown Houston to assist the families associated with the outreach programs through that congregation. And a lot of it is being spread all over the greater Houston area to help those who’ve been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

We’re going to keep collecting the buckets here at Central through Sunday September 24 and make at least one more trip down to Conroe. Spread the word!



96 Buckets and Counting










Thank you so much to the wonderful people of Central and Amarillo who are dropping their Harvey Buckets off at the church building today.










Our goal was to have one hundred by Wednesday morning so we could go ahead and haul a decent load down to Conroe and the Grace Crossing Community Church of Christ. We took in 59 yesterday and they just keeping coming in today.











Thank you to Dale & Karen, Bruce, Clay and Perri, Ted, and John Todd and Kami for manning the doors and receiving the buckets today. The church building will be open until 4pm this afternoon and then we’ll be receiving buckets from 9a-5p Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and from 9a-12noon on Friday.











We’re probably going to wind up taking three or four trips down to Houston over the next few weeks. So, spread the word. Tell your friends and neighbors. Use social media, word of mouth, email, whatever.

You can get all the details on the Hurricane Bucket Challenge at our church website here.

May our God bless the good people of Houston and Southeast Texas with dry winds, merciful comfort, and enduring peace.


Harvey Buckets Locked and Loaded

Please see the previous post regarding the Hurricane Bucket Challenge. Central Church of Christ is the official drop-off location for the city of Amarillo and the entire Texas Panhandle. C-A and I have completed our buckets and will have them at Central first thing in the morning.

Why don’t you join us?



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