Back in Texas again

Jul 18, 2008 by

Whew, what a week.  First New York City for 24 hours.  Then Baltimore for 12 more.  Then DC for about 30. Call me tired. 

Met some new people, saw some new sights, ran into old friends, like ones from back in Alabama.  Heard some troubling news about things there.  Saw one of the coolest high schools I've ever been in, right in the middle of DC.  Amazing.

More later about the trip's digest. 

My mind is full of new ideas and I must get them down.

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Lincoln Memorial

Jul 16, 2008 by

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World Record for Climbing El Capitan in Yosemite

Jul 7, 2008 by

What a cool story–a race to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite.  Two hours and 43 minutes and 33 seconds.  If you don't know what mountain I'm mentioning, look here, it's the one on the left.  I don't  know how high up it goes, but you can see, it's almost straight up.  And from the valley floor, it's amazing to watch these guys go at it.  They get to be like tiny little specks of movement, with a thread hanging down off the mountain.

Congrats, Hans and Yuji.   You are an inspiration to hear about.

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Springfield, MA schools getting great superintendent, Alan Ingram

Jul 7, 2008 by

I'm elated at the news that Springfield, MA has selected my friend Alan Ingram, who I got to know through my brief stay in Oklahoma City Public Schools, is going to be their new superintendent.  Springfield, I think you will find that Alan is open to making changes and flexible in how the job gets done.  He manages with positive support and lets you do your job, so long as he's seeing results.  I enjoyed getting to know him and value him as one of my long, trusted friends of all time. 

Congrats Alan.  I wish you the best in your new endeavor.  You certainly have worked hard for this position. 

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Old Songs of the Day: Snowbird, Danny’s Song

Jun 26, 2008 by

Okay, for you oldies out there, here are two songs that will drive you mad the rest of the day.  I never had looked at the lyrics for either, but it appears that Anne Murray was singing about a busy girl in Snowbird, (her love forever was untrue) and then in Danny's Song, (she's singing about being poor and with child.)

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Attention Solders Heading to the States for a Break

Jun 24, 2008 by

To our friends in the US Military who are overseas and heading home soon, I wanted to make a few choice recommendations states-side for you to consider while you're home. 

If you're on the West Coast, I'd strongly encourage you to take you and the Mrs. to Yosemite National Park.  You'll feel like you've died and gone to heaven.  If it's just the two of you, get a convertible from Oakland, Sacramento or Fresno and drive up to the mountains.  It would have to be one of the biggest changes in scenery you could be looking for and would give you a well-deserved break from the sand and the heat. 

If you're in the midwest, I'd recommend a trip to Golden, CO, not so you could drown in the makings at the Coor's plant in the middle of town, but so you could make a couple night's stop at Table Mountain Inn and experience what has to be one of the most comfortable beds you'll ever crash in.  The food is good, the mountains are beautiful, and you're just a few minutes from I-70 and headed into the Rockies.

If you're in the Southeast, I'd recommend a stop to Gulf Shores, AL.  The first governor I served under often referred to this as the best kept secret in the world.  Alabama has some of the prettiest and cleanest beach front areas in the world and few know about them. 

I've been told there are great opportunities for R&R in Maine, too, though after 22 years of dad being in the air force and me now being an adult, I've not had the chance to get up there.  Hopefully, some day soon I will. 

And if you're headed into New York with the Mrs., well, I recommend you try the Paramount Hotel on 46th and about 300 feet from Times Square.  The rates are very reasonable, and though the rooms are small, you'll be in the heart of the world.

As a parting note, I wanted to offer my thanks for all you're doing in the name of our country.  I wanted to join in 1984 and be a pilot in the air force like my dad was, but I have asthma and in 1984, the air force wasn't granting waivers for it.  That one condition has led me on a completely different path than I spent my first 20 years and first 26 moves from state to state and base housing to base housing.

God bless each of you.  If you have other suggestions on places to sneak away to, please do tell.

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Table Mountain Inn–Most Comfy Bed In America

Jun 21, 2008 by

There was a Courtyard By Marriott bed in of all places, Oklahoma City that I once penned was the most comfy bed in America, but the designation now must shift to The Table Mountain Inn in Golden, CO

Moms and dads, if you need a break, a place to go rest and enjoy a quiet night or two, this is the place to go.  I'm not wavering on my allegiance to Yosemite National Park, not for one instant because to me there are dozens of things more interesting to do there, but if you want a comfy bed, (eight pillows on the bed and two more in the closet), the softest firm mattress you ever could want to sleep in, it's here in Golden.  I put on my Mozart on iTunes last night, opened the sliding glass door to the balcony and turned off the AC.  Nice.

The room is roomy.  It's as cozy as one ever could want one, particularly for a special escape from the home and kids.  The restaurant downstairs has great breakfasts and the food throughout the day smells divine. 

Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza place across the street also is pretty good, though it's nothing next to Roundtable Pizza in Oakhurst, CA or one from Joe's back in Mesquite, Texas or one of Don and Myra's at Corsino's in Montgomery, AL. The surprising point about Woody's to me, 1) the incredible aroma when you walk in the door; man, the garlic and sauce smell makes you hungrier, 2) the number of families who were eating there, particularly moms and dads with young kids.  There were many, which says to me, the word is out locally that this can be a good place for adults to go, sit outside on the patio, or for moms and dads, it's also a good place to bring the kids.  Gosh, dog, and don't forget to try the buffalo wings pizza–it seriously was covered in a "wingstop" style "original hot" sauce, then chunks of chicken, and he said blue cheese, as well.  It was like eating a dozen wings in one slice, without having to fool with bones, etc.  It was very good. From that standpoint, it surpasses the other pizza places mentioned above. 

Seriously, Table Mountain Inn, is in the lead for most comfy bed in America.  It will take a lot to beat this place.  And Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza  for a pizza that tastes like a basket of buffalo wings.  YUM.   

 

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