Last night the Friday night lights were on all over Texas. The long awaited football season has once again brought small town Texas football fans back together for an exciting gridiron contest. The preparation of the team, the cheerleaders, and faculty are apparent as the town rallies around its’ beloved Bulldogs. The smell of grilled burgers, french fries, and nachos with jalepenos filled the air as the largest HD Jumbotron in the State of Texas absorbed the looks and gazes from the crowd. The support and crowds that came out to watch the Bulldogs compete with that of a large college football team. All ages, colors, and sizes were represented to support their football team. September through December will be filled with Friday Night lights, and no matter how cold, rainy, or uncomfortable the climate may be, the Friday Night Lights will continue to shine in Small Town Texas, and illuminate the greatest game in the world.
Rodeo!!! Really, is there anything better than dirt, gritty cowboys, bulls, horses, and a lot of action??
I am a veteran, so I never forget my fellow Marines and military personnel that fell. Thank you for your sacrifice.
As I was hopping around YouTube today, I happen to find the below.
Though the end of the chorus is a a little awkward lyrically and musically, I like the idea this take on celebrating our military. Toasting those who serve with a raise of the bottle is something you can do individually or as a group; whether you have a personal connection to the military or not. I like that the tune is pretty breezy, too. Rather than a sad lamenting song or a boistrous patriotic, diddy, Watson crafts something as individual as the action the tune represents.
While I hadn’t heard of Watson before, it turns out the crooner has been around for a while. He’s got ten albums to his credit. I listened to a few from the latest The Road and The Rodeo on his website. He’s a pretty good artist and his music is perfect for those…
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Once used for a specific purpose, the cowboy hat has become mostly a fashion statement. When everyone “drove” horses instead of trucks, cowboy hats kept the sun and rain out of the rough gritty cowboy’s eyes. I am sure they served other purposes too, but they certainly were used to cast a small shade and give relief from the hot Texas sun. In Small Town Texas, cowboy hats still serve the original purpose, but I think the western fashion is still king. I own three cowboy hats, and when Fall arrives, I’ll be looking for that perfect felt Resistol that I just cannot live without. There is not a day that goes by that a cowboy hat does not provide shade to some working man. There is also not a day that goes bye that I do not see one of these relics among the crowds at Walmart or Tractor Supply.. I find myself always “checking out” the other guy’s hat. All shapes, sizes, colors, and styles give some expression of who is underneath the brim. Maybe you should “gitcha one.”
Trying new things is the essence of the world in which we currently live in. The population of the town that you reside in bears no weight on the human urge to try new things. Today is the day for new things! I am embarking into a journey where the territory has been pioneered….the Blogosphere! A blog has only the purpose that the owner creates, or it could have no purpose at all. The purpose could be for educational, political, informational, or just personal. My journey into the Blogosphere begins today. The purpose is not necessarily for any purpose, except for the purpose of sharing everyday life in Small Town Texas. Information continuously flows from each city in the United States and across the globe. The stories of parenthood, marriage, work, and small town life never seems to make it to the headline on CNN or Fox News. Perhaps some of the simple joys in our fast paced life has been forgotten. Wide open spaces, marriage, kids, rodeo, country music, working hard, church, cell phones, and football in a slow paced small town in East Texas is where the simple joys of life are not just a thought, but a reality. I hope to bring smiles to each reader’s face, and a fresh breath of Texas fresh air into their lungs…. Yup, life is good