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What Would You Expect from “The Worst BAR-B-Q in Texas”?

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

So if you go to a restaurant that prides itself as having “the worst BAR-B-Q in Texas,” you really shouldn’t be too surprised to see unusual signs in the eating area, like the one below. Hmmm. Gives you a lot of confidence in the food, doesn’t it?

Only in Texas

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

A recent headline is encouraging. Somehow, the buses in Seguin, Texas are able to imbue politeness into seventh grade boys:

This store has something for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You don’t see this sort of thing in California!

Closed on Sunday

Monday, February 16th, 2009

As I was driving along in San Antonio recently, I glimpsed a sign that grabbed my attention. Since I wasn’t quite sure I saw it right, I did a big loop to confirm my I had seen (not an easy task with San Antonio frontage roads, by the way). Sure enough, at the Las Palapas […]

A Texas Bike Ride

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Recently my son and I went on a bike ride not far from our house in Boerne, Texas. It was a cool autumn afternoon. The skies were filled with marshmallow clouds as we road past small ranches in the Hill Country.

On the way home, I noticed some “friends” by the side of the road. Funny […]

Texas Wildflowers

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Before I moved to Texas, I never associated this state with wildflowers. But now, after a year living in Texas, wildflowers are right at the top of my list when it comes to what I associate with my new state.

The photo above shows some yellow flowers along Interstate 10 on my drive to work. I’m […]

A Texas Surprise

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

When I commute to and from work these days, driving about thirty minutes along Interstate 10 just outside of San Antonio, Texas, I keep seeing these giant trucks hauling giant white blades. This morning, for example, I saw four trucks that looked exactly like this:

Over the past year, I expect I’ve passed well over 500 […]

Only in England . . . and Texas!

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Even those who have never made the trek to the English countryside outside of Salisbury will recognize Stonehenge. It is one of the world’s most famous historical sites. Scholars aren’t exactly sure what motivated the people who built Stonehenge. It was certainly a burial ground of some sort. But was it more than just a […]

Mo Ranch . . . Only in Texas

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Last week my church enjoyed a retreat at Mo Ranch in the Hill Country of Texas (about 90 minutes from San Antonio; 30 minutes from Laity Lodge). Mo Ranch was not named for Moe of Three Stooges fame, but for Daniel J. Moran, who owned the ranch before selling it to the Presbyterian church. Mr. […]

My Son’s New High School

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

My son began 10th grade this year at a brand new high school: Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School in, you guessed it, Boerne, Texas. The school was named after a beloved, lifelong resident of Boerne who was also a school principal. Sam Champion died a few years ago, and the school is named in […]

Only in Texas . . .

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Here’s a photo of a recent billboard at the community center in my hometown of Boerne. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of interested in the “PLUMBING GUITAR DANCE.” I’ve been to plenty of dances in my life, but I’ve never even heard of a Plumbing Guitar Dance. Maybe I should check it […]

Some Strange Texas Sights

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Trucks are everywhere in Texas. This is true even during times of high gas prices, though I’ve heard that sales of trucks are down. For most of us, trucks are a means of transportation along paved roads. But some folks actually use their trucks as, well, trucks! They drive on dirt roads and no roads, […]

Some Texas Critters

Monday, May 26th, 2008

One of the things I’m enjoying about Texas is the wildlife. My family and I live in the Hill Country outside of San Antonio, a relatively rural spot with lots of wildlife, both native to the area and exotic. (Did you know the word exotic comes from the Greek word exotikos, which means “from the […]

Headlines You Don’t See Every Day . . .

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Today as I was scanning the latest edition of The Boerne Star, my hometown paper, I read several headlines that impressed me as being unlike anything I had seen in a while . . . maybe ever. The headlines included:
Sewer leads city agenda
A front page headline. Not exactly going to sell many papers. The Boerne […]

Only in Texas???? Or Africa!

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Last weekend my wife and I attended a party at a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas about 25 miles from our house. In order to get to this ranch, we had to drive through another ranch. This other ranch had exotic game wandering about. It was like driving in a zoo, or in […]

I Wonder How the Neighbors Liked That!

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

So I’m sitting in my local Denny’s waiting for my lunch order to arrive. On the way in had I picked up one of those omnipresent real estate magazines you find in restaurants adjoining interstate highways. As I’m waiting, I’m flipping casually through the pages of the magazine. I’m just curious, you understand. I’m […]
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