‘Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know.
Way out on the prairie, without any snow.
Asleep in their cabin, were Buddy and Sue,
A dreamin’ of Christmas, like me and you.
Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed,
For this was Texas, what more need be said,
When all of a sudden, from out of the still night,
There came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright.
And I saw ’cross the prairie, like a shot from a gun,
A loaded up buckboard, come on at a run,
The driver was “Geein” and “Hawin”, with a will,
The horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill.
“Come on there Buck, Poncho, & Prince, to the right,
There’ll be plenty of travelin’ for you all tonight.”
The driver in Levi’s and a shirt that was red,
Had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head.
As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight,
With his beard and mustache, so curly and white.
As he burst in the cabin, the children awoke,
And were so astonished, that neither one spoke.
And he filled up their boots with such presents galore,
That neither could think of a single thing more.
When Buddy recovered the use of his jaws,
He asked in a whisper, “Are you really Santa Claus?”
“Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?”
And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink.
Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his drawl,
“To all the children in Texas, Merry Christmas, Y’all”
Back in 2014 I listed some movie classics to enjoy at Christmas. Here are a few more to enjoy. this Christmas.
I was reminded after I erroneously left it out during my last Christmas movie post, that I should have included National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation.
Some may not know it but I consider Lethal Weapon as a Christmas movie also. It did happen at Christmas time.
And then there is Gremlins
I recently saw this gem on cable the other day. A Christmas Horror Story. Hey it even has William Shatner in it.
Then there is The Family Man. Because well, heck, you hardly ever see Nic Cage anymore.
And there there is Jingle All the Way
Normally I wouldn’t put anything on this list that wasn’t already a classic. But I liked the first one so much I’m going on a leap of faith unseen. It had it’s theatrical release last month. You won’t get to own the DVD / Blue Ray until February 21. I give you Bad Santa 2.
What’s your take? Do you have a favorite? Leave it in the comments below.
By my good buddy Siverfiddle over at Western Hero. Check it out
“They still refuse to grasp reality and admit Hillary lost. President Obama said she was on the right side of history! So they comfort themselves with alt-reality fairy tales about how Russian Spymaster Boris Badinoff “infiltrated” and “hacked” the election with “fake news” while Steve Bannon rallied the millions of Klan voters.
You can’t make this up. At San Fransisco State University (ah San Fran, that bastion of conservative staunchness) all Black Dorms are now the thing. Yeah, imagine the WASP contingency trying that. They claim that anyone can live in the Dorms. But they want a Afro themed “safe space” Maybe they need to chug over to mamby pamby land.
Maybe the entire delegation of Bubbas need to apply for a room. As usual the comments on the attached article are the best part.
Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Head on over to the Talk Like a Pirate website to see what the hub bub is all about. Then go to Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Long John Silvers for free stuff. (See websites for details)
Leslie Shook, the voice of the F-18 cockpit warning system, retires after 20 years. She is affectionately know by pilots and aviators as Bitchin Betty. If you’re flying and she talks to you, you’re a second away from a very bad day. Better do as she tells you.
From the Boeing site:
“I have loved these planes for a lot of years,” said Boeing employee Leslie Shook as she gazed up at the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet. Leslie’s special connection with the jet spans 20 years. She is the voice of the cockpit warning system. Every technician and every pilot who has trained on or flown in an F-18 has heard Leslie’s stern commands. Her voice is affectionately known in the fighter jet world as ‘Bitchin’ Betty.’
“You hear this voice every day telling you things are okay or that you need to take action,” said Dana Perkins, Boeing Flight Operations, Weapons Systems Operator. “You start trusting this person’s voice. If she said ‘stand up straight,’ everyone would stand up straight!”
Leslie’s run as the voice behind the F-18 started as a happy accident. The F-15 contained the voice of the original ‘Bitchin’ Betty.’ Crews imported that voice into the F-18; but, additional calls were needed. Leslie was a media producer filling in as a sound engineer on the recording sessions. But, the talent couldn’t quite capture the sense of urgency needed for the job. “Betty’s got a cadence and a sharpness to it,” said Leslie. The program manager heard her directions and decided she was fit for the role—a role that has endured for the last two decades.
As the expression goes, all good things must come to an end. Boeing employees and Navy pilots recently gathered in St. Louis, Mo. to meet the woman behind the voice on her last day. “As soon as she started talking, we all grinned and said ‘oh yeah, that’s her!'” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Crane, a DCMA Weapons Systems Officer on EA-18G and F/A-18F aircraft.
Leslie’s distinct voice cracked slightly as she said goodbye to ‘her plane.’ Watch the video to hear Leslie’s story in her own words and how her sharp command at the right moment saved one pilot’s life.
I was getting tired of my hosting site. Their platforms were constantly getting hit. I was always receiving brute strength password hack attempt alerts. Coupled that with30 minute waits just to talk to a person, and every issue being “elevated” to the technicians with a day or two turn around just to put the next fire out.
I took the advice of my brother Rob, who jumped ship to GoDaddy a couple of years ago. I migrated over the July 4 weekend. I was talking to a real person located in the US within three to five minutes. They were very helpful. One guy Michael stayed on the line for hours until we got the problem resolved. To be fair, I FTP’ed a whole site over breaking a lot of links and pointers for the new site. If I was doing this from a new website it would have been instant. Heck I even learned a few tricks during the last day. The stuff they wasn’t allowed to do because it was on my end, they walked me through it. Every time issues has to elevated the original rep would stay on the phone with me until it was resolved. And right now I saved 50% by signing up for three years at $3.99 a month. I defiantly recommend these guys.
It’s springtime again. That means it’s time for the Mrs. to haul me, my pickup and my money to the lawn and garden stops. First stop today was Lowes. Apparently everybody had the same ideal. There was a long line waiting just to drive up to the mulch pallets. So off to Bloomers we go. For another post, see April 22, 2012. As Benie was spending my bucks, I sat on a stuffed porch swing on the wrap around wooden porch. There were a dozen of the large low pitched wind chimes and the breeze was making them resonate in a low lulling sound. Check it out
I picked up some seedling plants. Cherokee tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers.
Oh, and they still have this. And yes it still screams Rob.
Enjoy the pictures and video that I took this afternoon. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.