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Beer and Queso / R.I.P. Dan Jenkins
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:15:12 pm »
I just found out today that he died last week. You Gotta Play Hurt is one of my very favorite books. I'm so sad.

Beer and Queso / Friday night in Memphis
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:46:58 pm »
Sitting with my family at Gus's Fried Chicken, finishing some excellent vittles, listening to Muddy Waters on the jukebox, celebrating my hubby's birthday. The evening could only be improved if the Astros were on the tvs instead of the Padres and Braves.

But other than the game, life is purty danged good.

Beer and Queso / R.I.P. Fat Man
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:29:32 am »
I heard "Blueberry Hill" on my mother's radio when I was five years old. I then walked into our living room and carefully plinked out the melody on our aging spinet with one finger. Mom worked for weeks trying to find a piano teacher in the county who would take on a student so young. Mrs. Courtney was the graceful and proper lady who bravely accepted the challenge, and she kept me as a student until I left for college.

I just heard about Fats today, and I am sad. It's the end of more than one era for me.

Who brought the heart pills? I've got Pez dispensers for everybody.

Beer and Queso / In San Antone
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:17:43 pm »
Family vacation this summer. Decided to spend a long weekend in SA taking in some historical culture and central Texas. Heading to Lockhart on Saturday for a bbq run.

Looking for eats while we're here. I know somebody on this board has eaten at either Lulu's or Mi Tierra.

Talk Zone / July 2nd game
« on: July 02, 2017, 11:30:14 am »
Here I be. Gonna be way the hell up high on the 1st base side. Feels good to go to a Houston game again. Anybody else up here today?

Beer and Queso / Meanwhile, in Frisco,
« on: July 15, 2015, 07:55:24 pm »
Top of the 4th, Riders 2, Hooks 0. Frisco manager Joe Mikulik (YouTube him) has remained calm with no base - tossing outbursts.

Talk Zone / Mike Coolbaugh
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:22:24 pm »
Remembered tonight pre - game at Frisco RoughRiders.  Moment of silence, family present and throwing first pitch, raising money for the foundation in his memory. Very classy.

Talk Zone / Absolution
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:59:37 pm »
I feel so dirty.

I was so desperate to see National League Baseball on tv, today... I... turned on the Reds-FTC game for a while.

I didn't mean it. I didn't even really like it. I just can't handle being inundated with Rangers, Rangers, Rangers anymore with so little opportunity for televised Astros in sight. I'm feeling really soured on baseball. Can't see my own damn team unless they play someone else who televises in my area. Sigh.

I patiently await my sentence. But. I do reserve the right to appeal.

Talk Zone / Darketh Stareth
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:21:57 am »
Pleaseth to checketh thy messageth privateth.

Beer and Queso / Drivers' Advisory
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:12:57 am »
I'm leaving in 10 minutes to take Big'Un for his written test to get his learners' permit. You've all been warned. Drive within 100 miles of him at your own risk.

Beer and Queso / Road trippin', summer 2013
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:33:25 am »
Left Denton yesterday morning at oh-dark-forty-five. Trucked right along aaaall damn day. Stopped in little Quanah, TX, for a potty break and a geocache. (If you don't know, visit It's the little quirky, off-the-beaten-path tidbits like that that make life interesting.

Zoomed through Amarillo, keeping it simple with sammiches for lunch. We have stopped at the Big Texan several times in the past, and I think it's worth it to go there at least once. We skipped it this time because every time we have lunch there, it's an hour and a half or more because ya do a lotta waiting. The plus to stopping there is the older guy with the guitar, a session musician from Palo Duro who strolls around singing anything you request- or anything he intelligently chooses if your request is too cheeseball- and tells stories about growing up in the area and all the musicians, famous and not famous, who he's known and/or worked with. Talking to him is well worth a ten-dollar tip, let alone the buck most folks give him.

We blew past Cadillac Ranch- we waved, because it's on the opposite side of the freeway from where we were headed- and made it to the ABQ. We looked for our second geocache of the day after filling up, and it was one we were keen to get, but damned if somebody didn't call, causing my phone to lose the gps signal. We couldn't readily recapture it, so we headed back to 40 and kept on moving. We hit a pocket of cool, stormy rain with fantastic lightning over the AZ state line, but it fizzled out after an hour. Made it to Flagstaff for dinner at the Lumberyard, which brews its own beer (and root beer, much to the offsprings' delight) and has a respectable Hefeweizen. Caught a little of the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game while we were there.

Today we'll head up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, where the Dr./Mr. has been but the 94CG and the offspring have not. We'll be there all day, and if we're not too tuckered tonight, we'll head to the Lowell Observatory- where Pluto was discovered- tonight. In the summer, Lowell is open until 9/10 pm for nighttime stargazing. Son #2 has wanted to go there for years, and this is the year. If we're pooped, we'll hit it on Friday morning for the exhibits.

Game Zone 2012 Archive / 9/21/12, Piroots at Colt 45's
« on: September 21, 2012, 07:45:11 pm »
Resident sickie checking in for periodic updates. Just woke up from a nap and turned on the tube, and all I know so far is that we're in the top of the top of the 2nd and just switched pitchers. Bidge is in the booth and we're ahead, 3-0.

Beer and Queso / Morning Amusement
« on: September 19, 2012, 11:53:10 am »
Cute thing this morning. The boys' morning schedules are a little out of whack this week, so the 6th grader has to ride the school bus to school while I take the 9th grader in the opposite direction. I drove the 6th grader to the bus stop, though, to make sure he got there on time. We got there 10 minutes before the bus was due to arrive, and there were kids already waiting at the stop. I made sure he had everything he needed and gave him the morning goodbye, and he looked at me, absolutely aghast, and said, "MOM, I'm not getting out yet with all those *girls* there!" I looked, and sure enough, the six kids waiting for the bus were all girls. With four more girls walking towards the bus stop from different directions. Not another boy in sight. I shook my head and prepared to make an amusing remark, when the Big 'Un chimed in: "Are you SERIOUS?!? If this was the high school bus stop, that'd be a *gold* mine!"

I laughed so hard that my truck shook. After about 30 seconds, another boy showed up, and mine felt brave enough to get out and wait for the bus.

Beer and Queso / The Coogs
« on: September 03, 2012, 07:36:16 am »
I was there.

Ouch. And ugh. And what the hell? also.

Texas State deserved every bit of that win. Except for an attempt at a defenive rebound in the 2nd half, we looked like roadkill. It was a damn shame.

Oy vey.

Beer and Queso / UH tailgating
« on: August 06, 2012, 01:16:33 pm »
Any of you yahoos planning on tailgating at some Cougar games this year? Perhaps a meet-up is in order.

We'll be down for the North Texas game for sure, and one other, when we can fit it into the schedule.

Beer and Queso / (B)Limey!
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:46:37 am »
I say, is this really necessary?!?

Beer and Queso / JaneDoe!
« on: July 21, 2012, 11:08:01 pm »
Happy birthday!!  ;)

Beer and Queso / Vegas road trip
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:13:58 pm »
The annual summer trip has begun with a bang. We made fantastic time from Denton to Flagstaff yesterday, eating at a great place- the Lumberyard- and Younger Son finding his first geocache outside Texas.

Now we are stopped in a massive parking lot on rte. 93 a few miles from Hoover Dam because apparently someone on the dam is threatening to leap from it. DOT from Arizona and Nevada is involved, and we must have made it out of Kingman just before DOT closed 93 back there.

Beer and Queso / Happy Father's Day
« on: June 17, 2012, 12:19:08 pm »
To all y'all dads out there!

Talk Zone / Frisco-Hooks game 6/16
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:19:03 am »
We've been regrettably paying less attention to baseball over the last couple of week. Just busy. So we head to our mini season ticket seats at Frisco last night to see the Hooks, and poof, that's El Kabong playing first base for CC. Hot damn. Out comes mom's smart phone for pictures.

The rest of the evening was spent bantering about WWEKDOS- What Would El Kabong Do Or Say? inspired by his friendly smiling and chatting with kids seated closest to the on-deck circle.

Me: (when Lee was a baserunner on 1st) Look, son, he's having a nice conversation with the 1st baseman while they gripe at the Riders' pitcher.
Older Son: Yeah, he's giving that guy some advice. He's like 6 years older than me. He needs it.
Me: "Mr. Lee! Mr. Lee! It's sooo beast that you still play baseball! You're totally old enough to be my dad!"
Older Son: "I am your papa, hijo, now move your patas and let Papa show you how it's done."

Even the Riders fans in front of us laughed at the boy.

Beer and Queso / absolute madness
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:10:26 am »
I am currently on board a charter bus packed with 44 eighth graders and 9 fellow adults heading from Denton to San Antonio. Tonight, the choir will perform, and tomorrow the hooligans will terrorize Fiesta Texas from open to close. I am supposed to monitor their activities during these endeavors. I am supposed to abstain from alcoholic beverages during this time, so if someone would have a sympathy shot of tequila for me, I'd be most appreciative.

Beer and Queso / saturday night minor league ball
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:49:14 pm »
Sitting in the LF berm for Hooks at Roughriders. Hooks looking good in the top of the 3rd with 6 hits and some good defense. They're ahead 2-0 now.

Great night to be outside at a ballpark. Breezy, slightly overcast, and maybe 75. It's Girl Scout night, and the Roughriders are auctioning off their pink jerseys after the game to benefit breast cancer research. The older gentleman sitting to my right is chatting about how he used to climb trees to peer into the ballfield of the Paducah Chiefs when he was a kid. They played neighborhood ball by snagging fouls hit out of the park.

Beer and Queso / Cheerio
« on: March 16, 2012, 11:18:47 am »
Do they really say that in London? I guess we're about to find out. The husband and I went last fall and didn't hear it once. Tonight all 4 of us are boarding a plane bound for the Queen's Country. See y'all in a week.

Beer and Queso / March Madness
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:58:55 am »
So first off, both of my teams are already out of it, each one losing in the last couple of moments after having been ahead basically the entire game. Blargh.

Second, I gotta say, I'm gonna get a migraine from turning on the Baylor game just now and seeing those neon yellow unis.  :o

Beer and Queso / TCU Stoned Frogs
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:25:26 pm »
All over the news up here. 18 students arrested today after a 4-month undercover sting. 4 of the 18 are football players, and 2 of those are claiming that anywhere from 60 to 82 players on the squad failed their random drug tests administered on Feb. 1. Story is obviously still developing, but... Wow.

Beer and Queso / Offseason football
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:01:15 pm »
Skeery news up here in NoTx:

Strokes is no joke. Coach Mac seems to be doing well, so let's hope there are no long-term effects.

Beer and Queso / Happy Sprinkly Cupcake Day
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:57:30 pm »
Happy Valentine's Day, all youse guys.

Beer and Queso / TicketCity Bowl
« on: January 02, 2012, 01:03:24 pm »
Liking the score at the half. Glad the sun's shining so I can thaw out. Go Coogs.

Beer and Queso / Happy birthday Dark Star
« on: December 24, 2011, 08:54:34 am »
I left the Marilyn Monroe dress & wig back in Denton, but I'll borrow one of those getups from the girls in Jubilee! over at Bally's and give you a real jam. Have a fantastic day!

Beer and Queso / One if by land.
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:25:19 pm »
The Sooners are invading tomorrow.

Which means- public service reminder for those of us in NoTx- that I-35E will be a parking lot. Covered with maroon or crimson or whatever it is they call it. And I'm gonna overhear that dang nine-ish-word fight song all weekend long. Oh-kla-home-a, Oh-kla-home-a, dah dah daaaaah dah, etc. etc. etc. (Is that all the wordage they could come up with?)

Denton is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for the Sooners. The Denton Chamber of Commerce is pushing the schmancy new A-train that we got that will take you directly from Denton to Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl and inviting Sooners to make Denton their "Texas headquarters." I don't begrudge Denton the money it'll potentially make, but... it's the Sooner herd. I might almost rather be subjected to, "Whoo, pig, soo-ie!"

Beer and Queso / "Grown" kids need an ass-whooping.
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:52:24 pm »
I mean, really. These kids thought they had it bad?

Beer and Queso / Loyal to the end
« on: August 25, 2011, 12:30:45 pm »
Apparently this was on the news, but I didn't see it until just now on the 'net. I don't think I could speak right now if my own life depended on it.

Beer and Queso / Vegas Road Trip
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:10:07 pm »
Have we ever had this many road trip threads active at once?

Left Denton at 6am. Now in Amarillo, having lunch at the obligatory Big Texan. No 72-oz steaks for us, however.

Goal is to make Flagstaff tonight, which we'll easily do. Flagstaff is really pretty.

Beer and Queso / Some people just need an ass-whooping
« on: August 09, 2011, 07:31:57 am »
Really? Having your 6-year-old videotape you having group sex?

Beer and Queso / N'awlins Repawt, Parte Deux
« on: July 11, 2011, 10:10:16 am »
We're here for another convention to which the university has sent the husband. Drove in yesterday at 4:30 pm in the middle of a 15-minute monsoon. Ate at Deanie's Seafood last night, very good. Our server was a native who lived in Denton and went to UNT for a while, go figure. Great food (I recommend the coconut bread pudding) and the overall service was iffy, as the kitchen had some sort of brain fart, which in turn had the servers covering for their boo-boos. But still not a bad experience, and we'd go back.

Now sitting in Cafe du Monde. Got 3 orders of beignets and 3 of the most expensive beverages on the menu. Gave the waitress a 20 and she was happy with the nice tip we gave her. Next up, a drive thru the Garden District and a visit to Loyola and Tulane.

Domilise's fans: is this a place I can take the boys? Doesn't look like it based on internet photos.

Beer and Queso / Vegas
« on: June 24, 2011, 03:15:51 pm »
I'm there now. Send me a Western Union if you want to place a bet.

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Astros at stRangers, 6/21/11
« on: June 21, 2011, 07:46:38 pm »
Top 3rd, Astros ahead 2-1, 1 out, Kepp up with a 2-1 count, Bourne just stole 3rd.

Kepp hit a nice pop to shallow left, sending Bourne home... good guys up 3-1.

Talk Zone / why is it
« on: May 26, 2011, 04:33:19 pm »
that I'm in friggin' Texas and there are at least EIGHT channels showing the steM-FTC game?!?

That just ain't right, dammit.

Beer and Queso / interior "decorating"
« on: May 13, 2011, 03:28:52 pm »
So my older son is on a trip to San Antone with the school choir this weekend. I commented on my FB page that I thought I'd paint his room maroon over the weekend since it'd go great with his Longhorn posters and pennants. Coach seemed rather nonplussed at the idea. Just thought I might get a few second opinions, if you will...

Beer and Queso / Enn Eff Ell Draft
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:21:33 pm »
Newton to Carolinny.

Older Son not only predicted it, he's already asked for an autographed jersey. No, son.

Beer and Queso / Kid braggin's
« on: March 10, 2011, 08:15:05 am »
Please allow me to gush for a moment, because I'm really proud, and when I'm done, anyone else who has some bragging to do about their kids, feel free to join in.

Tuesday, Big Beavis and the 7th-8th grade boys' choir at his school went to UIL to compete with 15 other schools. There are 17 boys in our choir, which makes it the smallest Non-Varsity all-boys' choir in the area; most of the other choirs have twice that. They performed piano-accompanied arrangements of New River Train and She Walks in Beauty and an acapella version of Red River Valley, then sight-read and sang a piece they'd never seen before.

For anyone who doesn't know, at UIL, you are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best. You get 3 scores for your performance and 3 for sightreading. The boys earned three straight 1's on their performance and 1-1-2 on sightreading. Not to mention that the head judge for the performance actually gave them a standing ovation- which just doesn't happen. Ever. The boys earned the highest marks of all the 16 choirs in the division, winning Sweepstakes honors.

The choir teacher emailed us recordings of their performance. If I could post wma files on here I would, but I don't think I can. If anyone's interested to listen, shoot me your email addy and I'll pass it along. Red River Valley literally brought tears to peoples' eyes.

For the record and in the interest of fairness, the girls' Varsity choir from our school earned straight 1's across the board, winning Sweepstakes for their division.

Beer and Queso / Youngest soldier in modern times?
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:23:22 am »
Sorta. Story really choked me up. I have a new appreciation for "Make-A-Wish" type charities since my son's best friend died this past October.

Beer and Queso / Sugar Bowl
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:04:35 pm »
Anybody else watching Arkansas' would-be comeback win? This is some crazy stuff.

Beer and Queso / i just had...
« on: December 26, 2010, 06:13:59 pm »
...a single-single Animal style. It was delicious.

Son #1 had the same with Animal style fries. The fries weren't bad, but I preferred the burger.

Viva Las Vegas. Hooray for In-n-Out's impending arrival in DFW.

Beer and Queso / What a jockstrap
« on: December 13, 2010, 01:15:15 pm »
A member of the Jets' coaching staff purposely tripped up a Dolphins cornerback during their game. Really? How old is he? My prank-happy kids wouldn't even do that.

Beer and Queso / Dot Coffee Shop
« on: December 04, 2010, 10:55:03 am »
Sitting here eating breakfast with the 9-year-old. He had his mind thoroughly set on a bacon and cheese omelet. He just wasn't expecting it to be as long as his arm. It is a daunting task, but he feels he is up to the challenge.

Beer and Queso / Saturday tailgating
« on: September 03, 2010, 11:29:06 pm »
If anybody here's going to the Cougar game tomorrow, the 94CougarGrad family will be present and accounted for, so come and say hello at the Coogfans tailgate. Our area is just outside the end zone closest to Hofheinz, on the same side as those white tents inside the stadium for the high-falootin' donor- type people. Plus we should have a Coogfans banner up. I'll be the brunette with the loud laugh wearing the "Alumni" shirt.

Hell, even if you don't have tickets to the game, come by and tailgate with us. It's $10 for adults and $5 for kids, all you can eat and drink, including beer from St. Arnold's. I believe the menu tomorrow is pulled pork sammiches, potato salad, and beans.

Beer and Queso / Them Crazy Los Angelans
« on: August 23, 2010, 03:32:05 pm »
They went and built an expensive-ass school, no, check that, THE most expensive-ass school in the nation, when they can't pay teachers and have a 50% dropout rate.

Talk Zone / Cleveland's Man-Eating Fence!
« on: July 18, 2010, 04:28:40 pm »
Not from the National Enquirer... The Bullpen Gate gives an unexpected assist, leading to an inside-the-park home run:

Beer and Queso / Love him or hate him...
« on: July 05, 2010, 12:08:43 am »
...this commercial featuring The Gunny is one of the funniest I've seen in a long time.

Talk Zone / stRangers- Blue Berries
« on: May 14, 2010, 07:39:15 pm »
Texas- 9
Toronto- 7

Oh, and it's the bottom of the THIRD inning.

Beer and Queso / Is it so terrible that
« on: May 12, 2010, 02:31:36 pm »
ever since I watched both episodes of Kill Bill back-to-back last week, I've had The 5 6 7 8s' remake of "Woo Hoo" rambling periodically through my brain?

Beer and Queso / Anchors aweigh
« on: May 07, 2010, 06:06:37 pm »

Goddam motherfuckin' cock-suckin' asshole psychiatric hospital sonsofbitches. Stop passing the buck with our foster kids. They're KIDS, for Chrissake.

Fuckin' shithead asshats.


Beer and Queso / Kentucky Derby 2010
« on: May 01, 2010, 03:27:22 pm »
I'm picking the filly both because my momma (rest her soul) would want me to, and because she's got a hell of a name: Devil May Care.

Talk Zone / Rangers not yet to Ryan
« on: April 22, 2010, 11:24:18 am »

MLB has publicly endorsed the Greenberg-Ryan deal – though it would still have to meet approval of two-thirds of the owners once the financial portion of it is closed. MLB released a statement on the matter:

"As part of the Texas Rangers sale process, Tom Hicks selected the Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan group as the chosen bidder on December 15, 2009 and entered into an exclusive agreement with that group. Major League Baseball is currently in control of the sale process and will use all efforts to achieve a closing with the chosen bidder. Any deviation from or interference with the agreed upon sale process by Mr. Hicks or any other party, or any actions in violation of MLB rules or directives will be dealt with appropriately by the Commissioner."

Beer and Queso / I took
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:54:01 pm »
the GRE today and boy am I glad I don't ever have to do that shit again. I am in dire need of a margarita on the rocks with salt.

Game Zone 2010 Archive / 4/9/10: Phillies @ Astros
« on: April 09, 2010, 06:31:43 pm »
Home team:

Bourn, M, CF     
Keppinger, J, 2B    
Pence, H, RF    
Lee, C, LF    
Feliz, P, 3B    
Blum, G, 1B    
Towles, J, C    
Manzella, T, SS    
Norris, B, P


Rollins, J, SS 
Polanco, P, 3B
Utley, C, 2B
Howard, R, 1B
Werth, J, RF
Ibanez, R, LF
Victorino, S, CF
Ruiz, C, C    
Happ, J, P

Game Zone 2010 Archive / 4/5/10: Gigantes at Astros
« on: April 05, 2010, 06:42:20 pm »
Can't stay, but I wanted to at least start the thread.

Unfortunately, the Good Guys are down 3-0 after the 2nd.

Beer and Queso / " Future farm team" report, 3/29
« on: March 30, 2010, 07:34:52 am »
Denton, Texas: The 10U Dodgers opened their regular season on Monday night with a 6-0 blanking of the Rockies. RHP#1 and RHP#2 allowed two hits apiece in two innings apiece, and a quick-thinking YoungerSonOf94CG, playing shortstop, made a tag at second to get the out that ended the game.

YoungerSon walked twice and stole two bases on passed balls during the game.

The Dodgers' preseason record is 1-1 after an 8-7 loss to the Giants and a 14-2 romp of the Rockies.

Beer and Queso / Ricky Martin is
« on: March 29, 2010, 10:00:08 pm »

Beer and Queso / Tonight, 9 central: Food Wars, Lockhart
« on: March 23, 2010, 08:20:15 pm »
Battle of the bbq between Smitty's and Kreuz on Travel Channel. Go Kreuz.

Beer and Queso / Central Texas bbq crawl
« on: January 23, 2010, 08:51:59 am »
We spent MLK weekend in Round Rock with my folks, but with the secondary mission of hitting particular bbq places. We had been to the famous Kreuz Market twice before, but this time, we were on a mission to hit all of the famous bbq places in Lockhart to scarf and compare.

Friday evening, before we went to mom's, we went to Dripping Springs to the Salt Lick. We'd never been. We ordered the family special (unlimited pork ribs, brisket, sausage, potato salad, and cole slaw) for 3 of us, and a half a chicken for Younger Son, who still has issues eating beef sometimes.  ::)  Excellent stuff. The waiter graciously brought me burnt ends and holy moly, were they good. All the meat was first-rate, as were the regular and habanero bbq sauces they offered. The sides weren't really disappointing, they just weren't what we expected. "Potato salad" was cooked, diced potatoes seasoned with some orange-ish stuff and served at room temperature. The cole slaw was shredded cabbage seasoned with a little dry seasoning that included caraway seeds. Not bad stuff, either of them, just not what we expected. Different. And the blackberry cobbler, whooooo boy.

The weekend rolled along, with a side trip to Flip Happy Crepes (yum, by the way) on Sunday morning. Then Monday morning came and we hit the road to Lockhart.

Black's was our first stop. When you walk in, you get to the buffet of sides first- much more than just potato salad and beans. We skipped the sides in an effort to concentrate on what was important. We ordered small portions of pork ribs, sausage (regular and jalapeno), brisket, and a chopped beef sandwich. You know how turkey gets so damn dry if you bbq it wrong? Black's not only does it right, but it's the best damn bbq turkey I've ever eaten. Everything was cooked perfectly and just goooood. Black's has regular and hot bbq sauce, and they're both really tasty, although that hot sauce has a bit of an afterburn.

For those of you who don't know, the current location of Smitty's is the former location of Kreuz Market. In fact, a sister owns Smitty's and her brother owns Kreuz Market; they had a dispute after their father, the former owner of Kreuz Market, died. Kreuz built its new location and the sister opened up Smitty's.

Next stop: Smitty's. Smitty's keeps it simple- no chicken, no turkey, just pork and beef. We were offered shoulder but ordered brisket, ribs, sausage, and since they advertised a bowl of beans for a dollar, what the heck. The meat at Smitty's was delicious, but we couldn't eat half of the brisket because it was really, really fatty. The ribs were good, glazed with something slightly sweet, but very tasty. The sausage melted in your mouth- because of all the grease in it. I cut into a link and literally two Tablespoons of grease puddled out. It was very rich as a result. The beans were seasoned simply and were quite tasty. If I worked in Lockhart, I would readily stop into Smitty's for a bowl of beans, a glass of lemonade, and crackers for a nice lunch that would barely cost me $2.50.

Over to Kreuz Market for our last Lockhart stop. Brisket, ribs, regular and jalapeno sausage. Even though the other places offer good stuff, we clearly saw why Kreuz is still our favorite of the three: juicy but not overly greasy meat, simple but perfect seasoning, good smoke on the meat. Best ribs we've ever had, best brisket of the day. These were the leftovers we later devoured first, followed closely by the turkey from Black's.

On the way home, we detoured off I-35 onto SH 6, driving a little west of Waco to Speegleville to find Rusty Star, which Ted Nugent proclaims has the best brisket in/near Waco. I haven't had other brisket in/near Waco, but based on what I ate, Uncle Ted's probably right. We ordered brisket, sausage, turkey, and something called a Gutbuster: beans, chopped brisket (without sauce), Fritos, cheese, and onions layered in a bowl. Sheer meatycrunchy bliss, I tell you. It was our second favorite place of the day; the turkey was again cooked well, and the rest of the food was just plain good. They even offer Dr Pepper made with sugar rather than corn syrup in the fountain, but they were regrettably out. My boys made do with a root beer we'd never heard of, which they apparently found acceptable because they each refilled a few times.

While the adventure was fun, and certainly worth it, I will add that nobody in the house has had a desire to eat bbq since that day, and we probably won't for a while. We OD'ed in melty, meaty bbq deliciousness. Pardon me, waiter, but I think I'll have a salad.

We do realize that there are plenty of other Central Texas bbq places to try, and we will, but as our OD plainly demonstrated, we can't hit 'em all at once.

Talk Zone / 790 AM host news
« on: December 08, 2009, 10:30:47 am »
I apologize if Cabrera is a Brave.

Tom Franklin appeared on our UH Cougar supporters' board and announced that on Thursday of last week, he was told by Clear Channel that his services are no longer needed. He will continue to announce for the Cougars through the end of basketball season, as that is a separate contract outside of CC, but unless something happens between now and baseball season, you will not hear Tom on the pre- and post-game shows.

Talk Zone / This just in: Orlando Cabrera is not Bo Jackson.
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:31:39 am »
We already knew that, but I guess the masses didn't.

Beer and Queso / N'Awlins Repawt
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:28:54 am »
Day 1:

Drove through barrellfuls of rain once we hit Shreveport on I-20. Literally had to slow down to about 40 mph several times because I just couldn't see 25 feet in front of me. None of the semis slowed, however, and as a result, I drove in constant fear for two hours that we would be swerved down into a ravine and pecked to death by white cranes, which are EVerywhere in Loozeeanner.

Stopped in Natchitoches (spell that five times fast) at a gas station/"deli" for meat pies, a shrimp po-boy, and fried okra for lunch. Some of the best food in this state comes from holes in the wall. Fed the four of us, and got bottled non-fountain drinks, for $17.

The rain stopped around the Atchafalaya River Basin bridge, and the boys and I peered out the windows at many gators out socializing below. Quite a few locals were out fishing in john boats within eyesight and earshot of the gators, who just docilely slithered right on by them.

Made it to the hotel, which is on Canal Street, just 3 blocks from the French Quarter. Walked down past Harrah's to a place called Grand Isle for seafood dinner. The tasso and andouille knocks the gravy on the Shrimp & Grits out of the park; the gumbo, which is appropriately the color of week-old dishwater, is the least salty I've tasted in some time, and was quite delicious. And the wonder that is Barbecue Shrimp*, which I hadn't had before last night, makes you just want to drink the "gravy" it comes in. The $9.95 for a kids' plate of chicken strips, french fries, and cole slaw, while all made at the restaurant and not just popped in the microwave straight from the freezer, is frown-worthy, but he ate it all, so we didn't bitch. Much.

Of course, we got drenched by another massive raincloud while walking back to the hotel. Not may non-Texans know that we don't actually dissolve in rain, and we had a good laugh jogging by the windows of a few schmancy restaurants on the way back and getting looks from schmancier diners.

Today's agenda includes a trip to Lafayette Cemetery #1 (which is surprisingly only open until 2:30 pm) followed by a po-boy lunch at a neighborhood place that comes highly recommended. Review to follow.

Just hope, for our sakes, that we don't have to deal with much more of this "rain" shit.

Talk Zone / gNats' Willingham slams into elite ranks
« on: July 28, 2009, 12:22:56 pm »

Hit a pair of grand slams in the same game last night- the 3rd NL-er to do so, and the 13th player to do so, making the feat rarer than a perfect game.

Talk Zone / The '80's called- they want their hair back
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:34:49 pm »
Astros Live just reported that somebody on the team (I missed who) is trying to get the guys to grow mullets- a la the Turdinals' porn 'staches- as a show of team unity and spirit and blah blah blah. They added that Roy O has volunteered to grow a mullet and speculated as to how awful he would look with same.

Mullets?  :o

Beer and Queso / Out-of-town recs, version du N'awlins
« on: July 19, 2009, 04:50:25 pm »
The hubby is being sent to New Orleans in mid-August for a conference and the boys and I are tagging along. Anyone have any recommendations/suggestions? We hear that you can do the French Quarter during the daytime with kids, but after happy hour isn't a good idea. It'll be the boys (11 and 8 ) and I looking for things to do during mid-morning and early afternoon, then Dad will be available after 2 or 3.

Thanks in advance.

With all y'all paying attention to the CWS, not that it ain't deserved, there wasn't a "thread for posterity" for this game until now.

So in the bottom of the 10th, we were down 3-2 with 1 out until Pudge, hanging on 2B, got batted home by Kata. Man, did that boy run.

Now it's tied up 3-3, 2 outs, Astros have runners on 1 and 2, and Miggy's up.

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Rockheads at Astros, 6/4/09
« on: June 04, 2009, 07:49:51 pm »
Just tuned in on a break. Top 3rd just ended. Some Rockie hit a two-run homer to bring the score to 4-0, Coloradoans in the lead.

Brownie isn't announcing with JD tonight. One of the Do-Rays? I so rarely pay attention to them that the voice isn't terribly familiar to me.

Talk Zone / "Farm Team" Report
« on: May 20, 2009, 12:46:42 am »
DENTON, Texas (94CG)- Little Beavis and his teammates haven't screamed so loudly since early April. The reason? Their baseball game ended after the fourth inning- and this time, the hard-luck Astros were on the winning side of the run rule. #8 Little Beavis batted 3-for-3, with one run scored, one RBI, and two caught pop flies to help lead the Denton Boys' Baseball Grapefruit League Astros to a 15-5 win over the first-place Rangers.

In the post-game press conference, Little Beavis was quoted as saying, "Yeah, we run-ruled y'all this time!" as he clutched a bottle of Big Blue and attempted to open a packet of Skittles.

In the previous two meetings of this North Texas youth baseball Silver Boot series, the Rangers won the first game in April, 12-2, then squeezed out a 12-10 victory last Friday. Tonight's home team Astros, down two players, fielded only nine players (rather than ten) each inning but brought the defense. The Astros scored five runs in the bottoms of the first, second, and third innings while holding the Rangers' runs per inning to zero, one, three, and one.

The final highlight- a dead-bang double play to end the game, in which the Astros' shortstop, #1, caught a pop fly just beyond the dirt, then whirled the ball to #9 at first base- two steps ahead of the retreating baserunner.

The entire Astros team received baseball cards from Coach Mr. 94CG, and two game balls were given out tonight: one to #19, who hit 2-for-3, played attentively behind the plate, and has vastly improved his attitude over the course of the season; and one to #9, who hit 3-for-3, scored 3 runs, and played exceptional defense. Denton-area native #7, who is collecting MLB Astros' trading cards, excitedly traded Little Beavis a Josh Hamilton for a Hunter PENCE!!! during post-game snack time.

The 3-and-7 Astros have two more regular season games before entering the league championship tournament. On Tuesday, May 26, the Astros host the Yankees, and on Friday, May 29, the Astros visit the Braves.

INJURY REPORT- Big Beavis: 5/14, L arm (buckle fracture). Scheduled to follow up with the orthopedist on 5/20; expected to remain on the DL for at least four weeks.

Current DBBI 8U Grapefruit Standings:

Rangers 6-3-1 (.650)
Braves 5-3-1 (.611)
Cubs 6-4-0 (.600)
Yankees 5-4-1 (.550)
Astros 3-7-0 (.300)
Orioles 2-6-1 (.278)

Talk Zone / Fan gets "nuts" at ballpark
« on: May 18, 2009, 08:19:21 pm »
A California man is surprised to find that he is the 5,000,000th fan at the Modesto California league ballpark:

Talk Zone / Boston Run Sox
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:59:46 am »

New AL record for runs scored in an inning. A half an hour of nothing but runs normally sounds terrible, but in this case...

Talk Zone / AP: D'Backs' manager Melvin fired
« on: May 07, 2009, 09:44:12 pm »

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Bearitos @ Woebegone Astros, 5/7/09
« on: May 07, 2009, 07:01:20 pm »
I'll get PBP for a little while.

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Scrubs @ Astros, 5/6/09
« on: May 06, 2009, 07:23:56 pm »
Can't do pbp tonight... just starting the thread... not that a 4-0 Cubs lead in the top of the 1st with 2 outs brings a bright spot into our lives...

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Dodgers @ Earth Day Astros- 4/22/09
« on: April 22, 2009, 06:41:19 pm »
I'll get us started, in between making chicken fried rice and watching the neighborhood boys knock heads across the street.

Beer and Queso / Tardy note (as requested by HH)
« on: April 21, 2009, 10:16:01 pm »
Dear SpikesnStars Forumers,

Please excuse 94CougarGrad for being invisible since last August. She moved from Houston to Denton; commuted from Denton to Fort Worth for 6 months for work; quit working for the state gubmint and started teacher certification classes; tried for 6 months to get a 17-year-old in state custody placed in her home before the girl turned 18; finally got to move the girl in 2 months shy of her 18th birthday; got her heart broke when the girl got knocked up 1 month after her 18th birthday and moved out; and then, little league baseball season started. And in between, 94CG has traveled back and forth at least once a month to (slowly but surely) renovate her Houston house or tailgate at the occasional Cougar football game.

94CG will willingly volunteer to do PBP on any Astros games for which she is at home during the game, and which are actually broadcast on her satellite receiver up here in Texas Rangers-land, as punishment for her tardiness.

94CougarGrad's Mom

Talk Zone / No-hitter? Nope.
« on: June 29, 2008, 02:52:23 pm »
Dojers over the Halo Brigade at

Talk Zone / Movin' on up
« on: June 19, 2008, 08:26:38 pm »
All right, I know for a fact that Cabrera's a Brave, but I just can't be arsed to search for this particular topic right now. I'm exhausted and the Astros are losing. Bleh.

My husband has accepted a visiting assistant professor position at UNT, so we're moving up to Denton at the end of July. My husband's buddy, who's already on staff at UNT, informed me over lunch at Rudy's that I now have to become a Rangers fan. While I'm not opposed to watching Rangers baseball, I refuse to let my Astros devotion (madness? lunacy? monkey on my back?) go after 30+ years of living with it.

Last time I checked here, which was last summer, people who live up yonder couldn't seem to get Astros games on tv.(My brother-in-law, who lives in Plano, still says so, but he may not actually give a shit enough to look since he's been a Rangers fan for a dozen years now.) Is that still the case??

Anybody who posts here actually live near there? If I find a place that'll serve beer and show Astros games, it'd be cool to meet up.

Thanks in advance.

Talk Zone / Round Rock question- heard a rumor
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:59:37 pm »
Don't you just love those pesky little rumors? I apologize if Cabrera's a Brave, but I've got quite a few threads that I'm working my way through and I haven't seen anything about this yet.

Yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine said that she saw on the news that the Express are negotiating with... someone... to move to Sugar Land. I hadn't heard that before, and some searching on the websites for the Chronicle, the Express, and the Astros by the husband yielded no such news.

Anyone know if this is a real deal, or if my friend's been imbibing in too much St. Arnold's Lawnmower? I figure if anyone knows the answer, it's gonna be someone here.

Mucho grassyass in advance.

Talk Zone / Minor shameless (shameful?) plug (Non-BB)
« on: November 16, 2007, 11:54:45 pm »
I fell into an interesting job a few weeks ago. I am now the backup home public address announcer for the Houston Cougar women's home basketball games. Monday night I go for a sit-through to see how things work, and I cover one game in December and two games in January when the regular guy is unavailable.

I'm still not sure how I managed to get this gig, but it sounds fun, and it seems like a neat way to support my alma mater. I have been told that I will be the first female PA announcer in the history of Houston Cougar sports.

So if any of y'all folks feel like coming to a UH Lady Cougars' basketball game at Hofheinz, and you see a loudmouthed woman with a red sweater and brunette ponytail doing the PA work, come say hi.

Game Zone 2007 Archive / 9/27 Good Guys at Red Commies
« on: September 27, 2007, 08:41:17 pm »
How the hell does Lidge keep doing this? I walk out of the room with him just coming in to pitch, we lead 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th. Five minutes later, I come back into the room, and he's let runners onto 1st and 2nd and has no outs.

That settles it. I can't leave the room anymore.

Talk Zone / Rookie "hazing"
« on: September 18, 2007, 01:37:12 pm »
Cabrera might be a brave, but a couple of nights ago, the BoSox's Matsuzaka became a Teletubby:

Talk Zone / Anyone not watching NYY-BoSox right now
« on: September 16, 2007, 10:21:32 pm »
is missing some real drama in the bottom of the 9th.

Was 4-2 NY at the beginning of the inning, and Mariano Rivera has just fallen apart. With 2 outs, he allowed a run to score after on a double, then beaned someone in the knee and walked another batter to load 'em up, and now the Big Papi is at the plate...

Talk Zone / mini follow-up to little league baseball (non-Astros)
« on: September 13, 2007, 01:39:36 pm »
Big Beavis, who is nearly 10 and a lefty, is finding some success hitting with either hand these last few weeks. He has also discovered that not only can he play a decent second base, but he rather enjoys it as well.

Catching is still his first love, but he is beginning to find some interest in other areas of the ball field.

Got plunked by an third-year pitcher right beneath his ribcage last Saturday in a righty at-bat. Put his hand on his side and grimaced a little, but took it like a man and jogged to first base... then promptly stole second three pitches later. Take that, kid.

**edit: Forgot to say, thanks for you guys' input a couple of weeks ago.

Talk Zone / Heard tonight on FSN Final Score
« on: September 04, 2007, 10:39:12 pm »
Cubs announcer: "It is amazing what has happened to Carlos Zambrano after signing that contract."

Talk Zone / Anybody have a link to
« on: September 03, 2007, 11:43:28 pm »
the Bagwell jersey retirement footage? Either it was taken off MLB dot com, or I'm using the wrong search terms in all the search engines and YouTube.

Thx in advance...

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Astros at Cubs, 9/2/07
« on: September 02, 2007, 01:19:31 pm »
Got several things cooking on the grill I'm tending to, but saw no one's started today's game day thread yet. Will post updates between turning brisket and basting chicken.

Talk Zone / Baby Bears just beat Brew Crew 5-4
« on: August 30, 2007, 10:17:11 pm »
After having a 5-3 lead and loading the bases with two outs, then walking in a run.

Talk Zone / STL newspaper on last night's game
« on: August 30, 2007, 10:19:11 am »

Lefthander Randy Flores, who has been ineffective lately, gave up two runs in the eighth, walking two hitters in succession to help grease that skid. La Russa had issue with home-plate umpire Tim Tschida in that inning and again in the ninth with Pujols at bat, and was tossed from the dugout as he debated a strike call on Pujols.

"Evidently we had a disagreement, and he banged me," La Russa said.

...but Tony... he hardly knows you...

Talk Zone / Non-Astros BB: little league related
« on: August 29, 2007, 03:28:04 pm »
I have two left-handed boys, both of whom love to play baseball. The 9-year-old is a true lefty who futzes around with hitting righty in the batting cages to blow off steam. The 6-year-old throws lefty, bats much more comfortably righty. The younger one's still in coach-pitch, so even though he loves to play catcher and pitcher like all the other little kids do, he's just happy to play.

The older one looooves playing catcher. When he's given a shot at it, he's quite good. He's caught some stealing, he's tagged some out at home, he knows when NOT to try to throw someone out, he keeps his eye on the field and communicates with his teammates. His fielding skills improve dramatically every fall ball season because so far, he's had coaches who've been willing to let him be catcher, and when you handle the ball as much as a pee wee catcher does, you can't help but improve.

I have been told by his coach from this past spring that once kids get up to the minors (first year in kid-pitch), no coach will use lefties for catchers because it confuses the pitchers. Lefty catchers hold their catchers' mitts in different places than righty catchers do, and coaches like consistency for their young pitchers' targets.

I can appreciate wanting consistency, but I've got a kid who's dying to be a catcher. He was so disheartened by hearing his past coach tell me the kid wouldn't be used as a catcher that he's decided he's going to practice and become the best catcher he can be, whether he gets put at that position or not. He works on his throws, he pays attention when he watches games, he... well, he just works hard, dang it. He wants to play ball in high school, and then in college, and he wants to do it behind the plate, and his parents didn't put that idea into his head.

I'm not a mom who pushes her kids to be sports overachievers. My son wants to be a catcher, so that's what I want for him. If he changed his mind and wanted to pursue something else, I'd support him, no problem.

I've just never heard this "he won't ever be used as a catcher because he's a lefty" stuff before and wanted to know what anyone else thought about it. I'm of the opinion that if a kid can play the position well, it shouldn't friggin' matter whether he's left-handed or right-handed.

Talk Zone / Bright spots from tonight's game (fiasco?)
« on: August 21, 2007, 10:57:51 pm »
Yeah, there are a couple.

Biggio hit the 53rd leadoff homer and the 664th double of his career, which scored Ausmus and Palmeiro. Pigpen is now one double away from tying George Brett for 5th on the all-time doubles list.

JD also said that Ausmus had a good night tonight, with a couple of singles, a walk, and a double for his final hit of the night, but commented that his performance would be forgotten in the midst of this loss.

Talk Zone / Emergency catcher... Mike Lamb?
« on: August 13, 2007, 07:56:01 am »
From the Chronicle:

Astros manager Phil Garner was nearly forced to use emergency catcher Mike Lamb on Friday.

Having already taken starter Eric Munson out of the game, Garner raced onto the field to subdue an enraged Brad Ausmus while he was arguing a strike call in the 11th inning.

"I couldn't afford to have Brad thrown out," said Garner, who would likely called upon Lamb to catch had Ausmus gotten ejected and the Astros tied the game.

We were watching Ausmus' meltdown on Friday and wondering who Garner would use if he got thrown out of the game. Lamb? We'd never heard Lamb was the emergency catcher until we read it in yesterday's Chronicle... which made us bemusingly wonder if Lamb had ever heard he's the emergency catcher...

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Brew Crew @ Astros, 8/11/07
« on: August 11, 2007, 06:14:59 pm »

Weeks 2B
Hart RF
Fielder 1B
Hall CF
Mench LF
Estrada C
Hardy SS
Suppan P


Biggio 2B
Loretta SS
Berkman 1B
Lee LF
Wigginton 3B
Scott RF
Lane CF
Ausmus C
Rodriguez P

Talk Zone / MLB: Umpires don't want extended background checks
« on: August 07, 2007, 08:19:49 am »

Also from the article:

In exchange for an agreement to allow credit checks, the World Umpires Association asked Major League Baseball to add a seventh umpire to each postseason crew. Negotiations broke down during a contentious meeting last week at baseball's headquarters.

"We strongly indicated the fact that were offended by the effort to trade economics against integrity," said Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations.

Talk Zone / Bonds ties Aaron, for anyone who cares
« on: August 04, 2007, 10:19:20 pm »
Article from the gomers at ESPN:

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