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Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 7, October 30, 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 04:13:59 pm »

Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Kendrick, DH
Cabrera, 2B
Zimmerman, 1B
Gomes, C
Robles, CF

Scherzer, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, DH
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Greinke, P

Talk Zone / Game 7
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:20:47 am »
Well, it comes down to one game.  If the players need any additional motivation, other than it's Game FUCKING Seven of the World Series, they need to re-evaluate their career choice.  As several people have pointed out, *this* is the reason they went out and got Zach Greinke.  *THIS* is the reason you want to win your division, have home field advantage.  Regardless of tonight's outcome, I'm proud of this team and proud to be an Astros fan.  However, this is the best team the Astros have ever had, and if they don't finish it, I will be disappointed in the outcome.  Getting to the Nats pen will be key, I think.  They can certainly do it.  They just have to go out and do it. 

Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 6, October 29, 2019
« on: October 29, 2019, 06:05:03 pm »

Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Kendrick, DH
Cabrera, 2B
Zimmerman, 1B
Robles, CF
Gomes, C

Strasburg, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, DH
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Verlander, P

Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 5, October 27, 2019
« on: October 27, 2019, 06:38:12 pm »

Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, RF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, LF
Correa, SS
Maldonado, C
Cole, P


Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Kendrick, 2B
Zimmerman, 1B
Robles, CF
Gomes, C
Ross, P

Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 4, October 26, 2019
« on: October 26, 2019, 06:07:27 pm »

Springer, RF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Marisnick, CF
Urquidy, P


Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Kendrick, 2B
Zimmerman, 1B
Robles, CF
Gomes, C
Corbin, P

Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 3, October 25, 2019
« on: October 25, 2019, 05:55:58 pm »

Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 2B
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Chirinos, C
Greinke, P


Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Cabrera, 2B
Zimmerman, P
Suzuki, C
Robles, CF
Sanchez, P

Game Zone 2019 / 2019 World Series, Game 2, October 23, 2019
« on: October 23, 2019, 06:45:40 pm »

Turner, SS
Eaton, RF
Rendon, 3B
Soto, LF
Kendrick, DH
Cabrera, 2B
Zimmerman, 1B
Suzuki, C
Lopes, CF

Strasburg, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, DH
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Verlander, P

Talk Zone / Victory celebration
« on: October 20, 2019, 10:18:30 am »
Finally getting to pop the champagne and smoke my victory cigar this morning.  A couple of days off then right back to the ol' salt mine.


Springer, RF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Alvarez, DH
Chirinos, C

Verlander, P


LeMahieu, 1B
Judge, RF
Torres, 2B
Stanton, DH
Hicks, CF
Sanchez, C
Gregorius, SS
Urshela, 3B
Gardner, LF

Paxton, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, DH
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Greinke, P


LeMahieu, 1B
Judge, RF
Hicks, CF
Torres, 2B
Encarnacion, DH
Gardner, LF
Sanchez, C
Urshela, 3B
Gregorius, SS

Tanaka, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Alvarez, DH
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Maldonado, C

Cole, P


LeMahieu, 1B
Judge, RF
Gardner, LF
Encarnacion, DH
Torres, 2B
Gregorius, SS
Sanchez, C
Urshela, 3B
Hicks CF

Severino P


Meadows, LF
Pham, Dh
Choi, 1B
d'Arnaud, C
Sogard, 2B
Garcia, RF
Wendle, 3B
Kiermaier, CF
Adames, SS

Glasnow, P


Springer, CF
Brantley, LF
Altuve, 2B
Bregman, 3B
Alvarez, DH
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Reddick RF
Maldonado, C

Cole, P


Springer, CF
Brantley, LF
Altuve 2B
Bregman, 3B
Alvarez, DH
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Chirinos, C

Verlander, P


Meadows, LF
Pham, DH
Choi, 1B
Garcia, RF
Lowe, 2B
d'Arnaud, C
Wendle, 3B
Kiermaier, CF
Adames, SS

Castillo, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, SS
Alvarez, DH
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Greinke, P


Diaz, 3B
Meadows, LF
Pham, DH
Choi, 1B
Garcia, RF
Lowe, 2B
d'Arnaud, C
Kiermaier, CF
Adames, SS

Morton, P


Diaz, 3B
Meadows, LF
Pham, DH
Choi, 1B
Garcia, RF
Lowe, 2B
d'Arnaud, C
Kiermaier, CF
Adames, SS

Snell, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Alvarez, DH
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Tucker, RF
Maldonado, C

Cole, P


Meadows, RF
Pham, LF
Choi, 1B
Diaz, DH
Lowe, 2B
d'Arnaud, C
Wendle, 3B
Kiermaier, CF
Adames, SS

Glasnow, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Brantley, LF
Bregman, 3B
Alvarez, DH
Gurriel, 1B
Correa, SS
Chirinos, C
Reddick, RF

Verlander, P

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Mariners, September 25, 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:22:51 pm »
Bregman and Alvarez with back to back RBI doubles. Astros lead 2-0 after 0.5 innings.

Game Zone 2019 / A’s @ Astros, September 10, 2019
« on: September 10, 2019, 07:12:42 pm »
Semien leads off with a shiftfuck ground ball single

Game Zone 2019 / Mariners @ Astros, September 7, 2019
« on: September 07, 2019, 06:16:04 pm »
Saturday Night Special

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Blue Jays, September 1, 2019
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:36:36 pm »
Gurriel scratched today with a sore elbow

Noting for the Astros in the first, Verlander struggles with command a little in the bottom half, but no damage

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Blue Jays August 30, 2019
« on: August 30, 2019, 06:15:10 pm »

Springer flies out F9 on the first pitch
Altuve...0-2...strikes out swinging at a bouncing slider
Brantley...0-2...grounds out 3U

Astros see 7 pitches, hack at every one of them. No score

Game Zone 2019 / Angels @ Astros, August 24, 2019
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:33:34 pm »
Day 2 of Player Punishment Weekend:

Where the fuck is everyone?

Astros plate two in the first on an Altuve triple and home run by Uncle Mike.  Leave runners at 2B and 3B as Chirinos chases three pitches over his head. 

2-0 Astros

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ A’s, August 18, 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:08:39 pm »
Come on, boys...snap out of it...

Talk Zone / Today's (Sunday, August 18th) Game
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:33:10 pm »
If there is such a thing as a "must win" in August, this is it.  A week ago, the Astros were on a roll and had an 11-game lead.  In the ensuing week, they've lost 4.5 games in the standings, and a loss today would put their lead at 5.5 with 37 to play.  I'm not doom and gloom, this is just the reality.  They have to stop the bleeding. 

Talk Zone / Lunch today
« on: August 16, 2019, 11:55:56 am »
So normally, Fridays are a road trip, we eat lunch off campus.  But for some reason I decided to stay in today.  So I go down to the building cafeteria, and guess what the daily lunch special is?  That's right...Frito Pie.  Well, you didn't have to tell me twice, brother.  The boys are in a funk and need all the help they can get.  Frito pie and a Big Red.  I think things are on the upswing!

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Athletics, August 15, 2019
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:10:29 pm »
Fuck yesterday

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ White Sox, 8-13, Game 2
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:02:30 pm »
  Reddick, Straw and Maldonado will get the start in the night cap.

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Orioles, August 11, 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:49:03 am »
Hopefully it's a nice crisp Sunday afternoon game.  Otherwise I don't know what we're gonna talk about.

Game Zone 2019 / Mariners @ Astros, August 3, 2019
« on: August 03, 2019, 06:33:40 pm »
Astros smacking the ball pretty good...walk, double, double, groundout, and single make it 3-0. Even the outs were blistered. Except for Bregman who hit a weak ground ball, but it plated a run.

Game Zone 2019 / A's @ Astros, July 23, 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:12:52 pm »
What comes after 11?

Game Zone 2019 / Rangers @ Astros, July 19, 2019
« on: July 19, 2019, 07:10:13 pm »
Fuck 'em.  Then pound some Budweiser.

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Rangers, July 14, 2019
« on: July 14, 2019, 02:12:08 pm »
Altuve in the leadoff spot...

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Rangers, July 13, 2019
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:09:57 pm »
Need a win, boys

Game Zone 2019 / Major Leauge All-Star Game, July 9, 2019
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:15:54 pm »
Live from fabulous Cleveland, Ohio (Jim Bouton once wrote: "if you die in a plane crash in Cleveland, you just hope it's an inbound flight")


Yelich, LF
Baez, SS
Freeman, 1B
Bellinger, RF
Arenado, 3B
Bell, DH
Contreras, C
Marte, 2B
Acuna, CF

Ryu, P


Springer, RF
LeMahieu, 2B
Trout, CF
Santana, 1B
Martinez, DH
Bregman, 3B
Sanchez, C
Brantley, LF
Polanco, SS

Verlander, P

Game Zone 2019 / Angels @ Astros, July 6, 2019
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:08:40 pm »
I hope BudGirl is getting me a Cole Train bobble head

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Rockies, July 3, 2019
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:01:04 pm »
Colorado is like a box of never know what you're gonna get.

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Rockies, July 2, 2019
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:28:50 pm »

Springer singles up the middle
Altuve lines out to RF on the first pitch
Wild pickoff attempt at 1B, Springer goes all the way to 3B
Bregman flies out F9, Springer scores on the sac fly
Brantley grounds out 6-3

1-0 Astros

Game Zone 2019 / Pirates @ Astros, June 27, 2019
« on: June 27, 2019, 01:24:28 pm »
Well, that didn't take long.  First pitch of the game...1-0 Pirates

Game Zone 2019 / Pirates @ Astros, June 25, 2019
« on: June 25, 2019, 07:23:49 pm »
Pirates go scoreless in the 1st

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Yankees, June 22, 2019
« on: June 22, 2019, 07:15:04 pm »
LOBster fest continues.

No score, middle of 4

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Yankees, June 20, 2019
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:07:49 pm »
Time to get this road trip back on track.  Let's go boys, score some runs

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Reds, June19, 2019
« on: June 19, 2019, 12:08:05 pm »
Trying to avoid the sweep...

Altuve back on the lineup card...

Game Zone 2019 / Blue Jays @ Astros, June 14, 2019
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:14:46 pm »
Let's get it on...

Game Zone 2019 / Brewers @ Astros, June 12, 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 07:07:34 pm » want lineups?  I'll give you the damn lineups.


Cain, CF
Yelich, RF
Braun, DH
Moustakas, 2B
Grandal, C
Thames, 1B
Shaw, 3B
Arcia, SS

Woodruff, P


Reddick, RF
Bregman, SS
Brantley, LF
Gurriel, 3B
Alvarez, DH
Chirinos, C
Kemp, 2B
White, 1B
Marisnick, CF

Verlander, P

Game Zone 2019 / Brewers @ Astros, June 11, 2019
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:06:54 pm »
Fuck these guys, and their asshole former owner. 

Talk Zone / RIP Bill Buckner
« on: May 27, 2019, 01:11:01 pm »

Game Zone 2019 / Cubs @ Astros, May 27, 2019
« on: May 27, 2019, 01:00:56 pm »
Memorial Day Game

Game Zone 2019 / Bosox @ Astros, May 26, 2019
« on: May 26, 2019, 01:22:47 pm »
JV shuts em down in the first. Astros with a runner at 2B, one out...

Game Zone 2019 / Red Sox @ Astros, May 25, 2019
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:10:16 pm »
I've seen more sox this week than a laundromat.  I'll be glad when they're gone.

Today's game is on Fox, btw, so you get the dulcet screech of Joe Buck.

Game Zone 2019 / White Sox @ Astros, May 23, 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:11:13 pm »
Blah, blah, blah...

Game Zone 2019 / White Sox @ Astros, May 22, 2019
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:29:29 pm »
It's already the second inning. Slackers

Sox lead 1-0

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Red Sox, May, 18th*, 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 12:53:46 pm »
Going for 11 in a row...

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Red Sox, May 17th*, 2019
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:25:45 pm »
Springer with a leadoff triple, Bregman walks, Brantleywith an RBI double. 1-0, Astros at 2B and 3B, nobody out...

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Red Socks, May 16th*
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:16:15 pm »

Springer...0-2...strikes out swinging, looks like he hurt his back on a huge swing and miss on the third strike
Bregman singles to RF
Brantley...0-2...1-2...strike out swinging
Correa flies out F9

No score

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Tigers, May 12, 2019
« on: May 13, 2019, 06:41:45 pm »
Diaz and Chirinos with dingers. Bottom of the order leading the way again. 3-0 in the 2nd.


Choo, LF
Santana, CF
Andruss, SS
Mazara, RF
Pence, DH
Cabrera, 3B
Guzman, 1B
Forsythe, 2B
Kiner-Falefa, C

Sampson, P


Springer, CF
Bregman, 3B
Brantley, DH
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Gurriel, 1B
Diaz, 2B
Stassi, C
Kemp, LF

And making his Major League debut...all the way from Cy Ranch High School, right here in Houston, Texas...Corbin Martin, P

Beer and Queso / Wifi extender, boosters, etc, etc, etc...
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:22:53 am »
So I live in a dumb house, built decades before LANs, the internet, and Wifi.  Last year I got fiber optic internet, with the megaspeed, 1,000 Mbps, blah, blah, blah.  It works great (though nowhere near 1,000 Mbps...but I'm told that's mostly device limited), but because of the router placement, it doesn't reach very well across the entire house...upstairs, downstairs, outside on the patio, etc.  I have tried a mesh network, which works great when connected, but it will not stay connected.  It drops the connection after about 30 minutes.  Every time.  I've spent hours on the phone with Linksys, and they've been very patient and tried to be helpful, but it just doesn't work.  I'm considering an "old fashioned" wifi extender, or installing LAN ports in various places.  I don't really want to do the latter, though powerline adapters may skin that cat.  Do range extenders or boosters or whatever do the job?  Are they reliable?  I realize you can get anyone's opinion on anything from Yahoo, but for some odd reason, I trust you yahoos' judgement more.

Thoughts?  Complaints?

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Angels, Cinco de Mayo, 2019
« on: May 05, 2019, 03:04:03 pm »
Live from Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey


Springer, CF
Altuve, DH
Bregman, 3B
Brantley LF
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Gurriel, 1B
Chirinos, C
Diaz, 2B

Velander, P


Fletcher, 3B
Trout, CF
Goodwin, LF
Simmons, SS
Pujols, DH
Calhoun, RF
Lucroy, C
Bour, 1B
Rengifo, 2B

Harvey, P

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Angel's, May 4, Mexico!
« on: May 04, 2019, 07:00:50 pm »
To the bottom of the 3rd...Bregman and Brantley with big flies...Astros lead 5-0

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:08:25 pm »
Going for 10...

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Mariners, April 14, 2019
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:58:17 pm »
Keep the line moving!


Springer, RF
Altuve, 2B
Bregman, 3B
Brantley, LF
Correa, SS
Gurriel, 1B
Diaz, DH
Stassi, C
Kemp, CF

Cole, P


Haniger, CF
Santana, LF
Vogelbach, DH
Encarnacion, 1B
Bruce, RF
Beckham, SS
Narvaez, C
Gordon, 2B
Moore, 3B

Gonzales, P

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Mariners, April 12, 2019
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:11:23 pm »
Let's keep it going boys

Game Zone 2019 / Yankees at Astros, April 10, 2019
« on: April 10, 2019, 06:42:37 pm »
Three pitches, 1-0 Yankees.

Game Zone 2019 / Yankees @ Astros, April 9, 2019
« on: April 09, 2019, 07:15:49 pm »
Six pitches in...1-0 Yankees

Game Zone 2019 / A's @ Astros...April 7, 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 01:08:37 pm »
Bidding to get back to .500...

Game Zone 2019 / A's @ Astros...HOME OPENER 2019
« on: April 05, 2019, 07:11:20 pm »
Let's get back in the win column, boys!

Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Rangers, April 2, 2019
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:10:03 pm »
Trying to get to .500...

Game Zone 2019 / Astros at Rays, March 31, 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 12:27:58 pm »
B1:  Miley throwing puss. Rays up 1-0

Game Zone 2019 / Opening Day 2019 Astros at Rays, March 28
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:36:50 am »
Rogers Hornsby once said: “People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

The wait is over.

Beer and Queso / Doppelganger
« on: March 26, 2019, 05:12:25 pm »
Theres a guy at the bar here in FL that looks just like Neil T. I'm tempted to ask him if he caught a fish today.

Beer and Queso / LSU/Texas A&M: Game of the Century so far
« on: November 24, 2018, 11:35:07 pm »
Officials were not going to let LSU win that game, but wow...

Beer and Queso / New Android Phone
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:00:48 pm »
So I decided to give Android another try.  For those who, as chuck says, don't have the memory of a goldfish, I briefly kicked iPhone to the curb like 6 years ago, for about a week.  But after years of the iPhone 6, wanting to upgrade, but not wanting to pay 1200 skins for the latest model, which was twice as big as I wanted anyway, I decided to give Android another go.  I went with the Sony Xperia XZ1 compact, less than $400.  In the process of switching now.  I've been a (mostly) loyal Apple guy for a long time, but they finally shoved me away with both hands.  We shall see how it goes.

Game Zone 2018 / ALCS Game 3: Red Sox @ Astros October 16, 2018
« on: October 16, 2018, 04:02:27 pm »
Red Sox

Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Pearce, 1B
Nunez, 3B
Kinsler, 2B
Vazauez, C
Bradley, CF

Eovaldi, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, DH
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Marwin, 2B
Reddick, RF
Correa, SS
McCann, C
Kemp, LF

Keuchel, P

Game Zone 2018 / ALDS Gam 3: Astros @ Indian s, October 8, 2018
« on: October 08, 2018, 12:27:55 pm »

Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Marwin, LF
Reddick, RF
Correa, SS
McCann, C
Kemp, DH

Keuchel, P


Lindor, SS
Brantley, LF
Ramirez, 2
Encarnacion, 1B
Donaldson, 3B
Diaz, DH
Guyer, RF
Gomes, C
Kipnis, CF

Clevinger, P

Game Zone 2018 / ALDS Game 2: Indians @ Astros October 6, 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 03:23:48 pm »

Lindor, SS
Brantley, LF
Ramirez, 2B
Encarnacion, DH
Donaldson, 3B
Alonso, 1B
Cabrera, RF
Gomes, C
Kipnis, CF

Carrasco, P


Springer, CF
Altuve, 2B
Bregman, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Marwin, LF
Correa, SS
White, DH
Reddick, RF
Maldonado, C

Cole, P

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros, September 19, 2018
« on: September 19, 2018, 07:10:33 pm »
Keep the line moving!

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros, September 18, 2018
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:59:10 pm »
OK...perhaps I've gone about this all wrong...pretty please...which a cherry on top...SCORE SOME FUCKING RUNS!!!

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros, September 17, 2018
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:54:27 pm »
Big series...let's go get 'em boys!

Game Zone 2018 / DBacks @ Astros, September 14, 2018
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:02:51 pm »
I've got rum.  I've cigars.  I can try to pick whatever tune helps. 

Keep your foot on the pedal, boys!

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Tigers, September 12, 2018
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:11:09 pm »
Lunchtime start today...

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Tigers, September 11, 2018
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:41:07 pm »


No Springer tonight

Game Zone 2018 / Angels @ Astros, August 31, 2018
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:30:45 pm »
Astros go meekly in the first:

Springer strikes out
Bregman strikes out
Altuve strikes out

No score after one.

Game Zone 2018 / A's @ Astros August 28, 2018
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:01:48 pm »
Keep the line moving, boys!

Game Zone 2018 / A's @ Astros August 27, 2018
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:01:23 pm »
Most important series of the year so far.  This may be the season this week...

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Angels, August 24, 2018
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:09:29 pm »
Players Weekend

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Mariners, August 21, 2018
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:12:15 pm »
Still no Springer, Altuve back

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Mariners, August 20, 2018
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:52:52 pm »
Cano is back for the M’s. And will someone please sit in Mitch Haniger. That guy is killing me.

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros, August 11, 2018
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:08:48 pm »
Legends Weekend...

Come on boys...score early and often

Game Zone 2018 / Ms @ Astros, August 10, 2018
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:13:21 pm »
Let's get a lead then call time out.

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros August 9, 2018
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:14:14 pm »
Haniger leads off with a towering HR to LCF

Quickly 1-0 Ms.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Dodgers, August 5, 2018
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:11:33 pm »
Springer Dinger!!!

First pitch of the game, 1-0 Astros

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Dodgers, August 3, 2018
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:16:37 pm »
Another late start...

Game Zone 2018 / Rangers @ Astros, July 29, 2018
« on: July 29, 2018, 01:12:40 pm »
Need a win boys.

Game Zone 2018 / Rangers @ Astros, July 27, 2018
« on: July 27, 2018, 07:00:05 pm »
Fuck the Rangers. I hope those asswipes never win another game.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rockies, July 25
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:46:04 pm »
Astros take a 2-1 lead in the 4th, but they butchered that catcher’s interference ruling. It’s not a dead ball. The Astros could have elected to take the play and scored the run there. Altuve did not have to go back to 3B. He scored the next hitter anyway, but that could have been a huge boner by Hinch.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rangers, Independence Day 2018!
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:39:13 pm »
A little late, let's get caught up...


Springer strikes out swinging,
Bregman strikes out swinging
Altuve flies out F8 at the wall in dead CF

No score

Need to break out of the funk, boys.  Swing the fucking bats!!!

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rays, June 30
« on: June 30, 2018, 03:27:30 pm »
2-0 Rays, nobody out in the 1st..

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rays, June 28, 2018
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:34:44 pm »
Nothing for either club in the 1st

Game Zone 2018 / Blue Jays @ Astros, June 26, 2018
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:16:10 pm »

Granderson strikes out swinging
Hernandez strikes out swinging
Solarte strikes out swinging

Nice start for Morton

No score

Game Zone 2018 / Jays @ Astros, June 25, 2018
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:29:26 pm »
Jays plate two in the 1st...lead 2-0 as the Astros come to bat.

Game Zone 2018 / Royals @ Astros, June 23, 2018
« on: June 23, 2018, 06:04:17 pm »
Let's swing the fucking bats tonight, boys.

Game Zone 2018 / Royals @ Astros, June 22, 2018
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:13:05 pm »
First batter of the game lines one off of Keuchel's shin for an infield single...Hinch and trainer out...Keuchel staying in...

Game Zone 2018 / Rays @ Astros, June 20, 2018
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:05:00 pm »
Lineups...because Mr. Happy has completely abdicated his responsibilities this season...


Kiermaier, CF
Hechavarri, SS
Bauers, 1B
Ramos, C
Wendle, 3B
Adames, 2B
Smith, LF
Gomez, DH
Field, RF

Eovaldi, P


Springer, CF
Bregman, 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Gurriel, 1B
Reddick, RF
Gattis, DH
McCann, C
Kemp, LF

Morton, P

Talk Zone / Offensive Futility
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:43:47 pm »
That’s now six starts by Verlander, where he’s gone into at least the 7th inning, given up 1run or less, yet the Astros lost.

Game Zone 2018 / Rays @ Astros, June 19, 2018
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:13:36 pm »
Going for #13...

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Royals, June 16, 2018
« on: June 16, 2018, 01:08:39 pm »

Springer, RF
Bregman 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Gurriel, 1B
Gattis, DH
Marwin, LF
Stassi, C
Marisnick, CF

Keuchel, P


Merrifield, RF
Moosetacos, 3B
Perez, DH
Dozier, 1B
Gordon, LF
Escobar, SS
Almonte, CF
Butera, C
Goins, 2B

Duffy, P

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ As, June 12, 2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:16:26 pm »

Springer strikes out swinging
Bregman flies out F8
Altuve flies out F7

No score

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rangers, June 10, 2018
« on: June 10, 2018, 02:08:10 pm »
Matt Moore v. Dallas Keuchel

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rangers, June 8, 2018
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:20:28 pm »
Choo hits Verlander’s first pitch of the game over the LCF wall. 1-0 Rangers

Game Zone 2018 / Mariners @ Astros, June 6, 2018
« on: June 06, 2018, 07:12:27 pm »
Need a win boys.

Game Zone 2018 / Red Sox @ Astros, June 3, 2018
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:38:00 pm »
Hopefully no one steps on his dick

Game Zone 2018 / Red Sox @ Astros, June 2, 2018
« on: June 02, 2018, 06:09:00 pm »
Game is scheduled for Fox, but ladies golf is running late

Game Zone 2018 / Red Sox @ Astros, June 1, 2018
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:10:17 pm »
Cole toes the rubber for the Astros against Chris Sale

Talk Zone / Pitch Framing Observation
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:38:28 pm »
I posted this in the GZ, but thought I’d post it here for more discussion. Stassi is good at framing pitches because he funnels the ball to his chest and is fluid. He doesn’t try to “stick” the pitch like a lot of guys and as a result his movements appear natural. He lets the ball come to him and catches the ball close to his body when he can. Brad Ausmus was that way. Stassi’s recieving reminds me of Ausmus.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Yankees, May 3, 2018
« on: May 30, 2018, 05:41:47 pm »
Let’s not fuck this one up, fellas.

Talk Zone / McCann to the DL
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:11:55 am »
Assume a catcher from Fresno?

Who would that be?

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Indians, May 25, 2018
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:12:36 pm »
Let's go Astros!!!

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Indians, May 24, 2018
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:11:44 pm »
Don’t forget it’s an early 5:10 start

Game Zone 2018 / Giants @ Astros, May 22, 2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:18:55 pm »

Hernandez bloops a single to RF
McCutcheon flies out F8
Posey  strikes out swinging
Belt...0-2...1-2...strikes out swinging.

No score

Game Zone 2018 / Indians @ Astros, May 19, 2018
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:02:29 pm »
Starting Lineups...


Lindor, SS
Brantley, LF
Ramirez, 3B
Encarnacion, DH
Guyer, RF
Gomes, C
Kipnis, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Davis, CF

Kluber, P


Springer, RF
Bregman, 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
McCann, C
Gurriel, 1B
Marwin, LF
Gattis, DH
Kemp, CF

Keuchel, P

Reddick still out

Game Zone 2018 / Indians @ Astros, May 18, 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:06:25 pm »

Lindor, SS
Brantley, LF
Ramirez, 3B
Encarnacion, DH
Alonso, 1B
Kipnis, 2B
Gomes, C
Allen, RF
Davis, CF

Clevinger, P


Springer, RF
Bregman, 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Gurriel, DH
Marwin, 1B
Fisher, CF
Stassi, C
Kemp, LF

Morton, P

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Angels, May 15, 2018
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:16:22 pm »

Springer flies out F8
Bregman flies out F9
Altuve hit by pitch
Correa takes a centercut meatball then whiffs at a hanging slider forvstrike three

No score.

Game Zone 2018 / Rangers @ Astros , May 11, 2018
« on: May 11, 2018, 07:14:40 pm »
Fuck the Rangers

Game Zone 2018 / Los Astros @ Las Serpientes, Cinco de Mayo, 2018
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:10:39 pm »

Game Zone 2018 / A's @ Astros, April...27th, I think
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:28:20 pm »
I'll see if I can recreate...


Semien strikes out looking
Guy hitting second flies out to shallow CF
Lowrie grounds out 4-3


Springer strikes out on a weak sort of half swing at a pitch in the dirt
Altuve lines out to LF at the wall
Correa lines out to SS...

Two well struck balls, but nothing to show

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Mariners, April 19, 2018
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:39:33 pm »
Apparently there are no more right handed pitchers in baseball

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Mariners, April 17, 2018
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:09:55 pm »
looking to get the bats going.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Mariners, April 16, 2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:13:03 pm »
Springer Dinger leads off the game!

Game Zone 2018 / Rangers @ Astros, Jackie Robinson Day
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:09:36 pm »

Game Zone 2018 / Rangers @ Astros, April 14, 2018
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:06:25 pm »
Let's get it on...

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Twins, April 10, 2018
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:23:13 pm »

Springer walks
Bregman strikes out swinging
Altuve singles to CF, Springer to 2B
Correa bounces into 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch

No score.

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @Twins, April 9, 2018
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:11:54 pm »
It’s cold.

Game Zone 2018 / Padres @ Astros, April 8, 2018
« on: April 08, 2018, 01:23:27 pm »
Coldest game time temperature in Astros history.

No score after one

Game Zone 2018 / Padres @ Astros, April 7, 2018
« on: April 07, 2018, 06:15:39 pm »

Pirela...o-2, strikes out looking
Galvis...0-2...strikes out swinging
Hosmer...1-2...broken bat flair to CF for a single
Villanueva grounds out 6-3

Cole with 12 pitches, 10 for strikes...Astros coming to the bat.

Game Zone 2018 / Padres @ Astros, April 6, 2018
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:10:37 pm »


Margot, CF
Pirela, LF
Hosmer, 1B
Villanueva, 3B
Renfroe, RF
Asuaje, 2B
Galvis, SS
Spangenberg, DH
Hedges, C

Perdomo, P


Springer, CF
Bregman, 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Reddick, RF
Marwin, 1B
Gattis, DH
McCann, C
Fisher, LF

McCullers, Jr, P

Game Zone 2018 / Orioles at Astros, April 4, 2018
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:54:32 pm »
Astros win 3-2!


Game Zone 2018 / Easter Sunday vs the Rangers...April 1, 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 02:13:58 pm »
Lineups somewhere

Game Zone 2018 / Astros @ Rangers, March 30, 2018
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:47:58 pm »
Lineups...a few changes, as Fisher and Stassi get starts.


Springer, CF
Reddick, LF
Altuve 2B
Correa, SS
Bregman, 3B
Marwin, 1B
Gattis, DH
Fisher, LF
Stassi, C

Keuckel takes the pill


DeShields, CF
Gallo, 1B
Andrus, SS
Beltre, 3B
Mazara, RF
Choo, DH
Chirinos, C
Odor, 2B
Rua, LF

Fister, P

Talk Zone / Opening Day...March 29, 2018
« on: March 28, 2018, 04:10:46 pm »
Game time is 2:35 pm CDT.

By popular demand, and OWA Executive Order 2018-001, we will meet at Lucky's Pub Downtown.

I will be there around 1:00, I think, but whenever works.  If you have any lucky apparel...shirt, hat, earrings, rainbow underwear, what have you, please wear it.  If you have stirrups, even better.

Beer and Queso / RIP Stephen Hawking
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:08:45 am »
The most famous scientist since Einstein.  Dead at aged 76. 

Talk Zone / 2018 College Classic
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:28:30 pm »
First game of the day, San Houston State with a 10-inning walk off win over Vanderbilt. The Bearkats were down 5-2 heading to the bottom of the 9th, but managed three runs to tie it up, including a 2-out HR on an 0-2 pitch. Vandy scores in the top of the 10th before a 2-run walk off home run to win it in the bottom half. Great game.

Beer and Queso / Vintage Stereo Repair
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:05:47 am »
I'm in need of servicing an old stereo receiver...a Sansui 8080db, ca. 1975.  The radio portion doesn't seem to work at all.  I've cleaned it up, and am replacing the lamps, and have cleaned the pots and everything.  But the radio completely on the fritz is getting out of my comfort zone.  Does anyone know of a good/trusted technician for these sorts of things?  Preferably in Houston, but I suppose it can be shipped if I have to (I'm trying not to, as it weighs like 60 lbs). 

Beer and Queso / New Grill
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:23:04 am »
So in other news...I had a big birthday this year, and the wife had been waffling back and forth on what to get me to mark this milestone.  She finally settled on the new pellet grill on which I've had my eye for a while.  The Memphis Elite.  It arrives today, and I'll be giving it a go this weekend.  Thinking of doing a couple of chickens and some ribs.  I've never been big on brining a chicken, I usually just rub, stuff with lemons, and off we go.  But gonna pull out all the stops this time. 

Anyone have any favorite rubs or seasonings for chickens or ribs?

Talk Zone / First GZ post of 2017...
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:25:29 pm »
"Alright all you yahoos, another season of Astros baseball is upon us.  Try not to suck.

Earn it. "

Talk Zone / Liriano/Devo
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:21:50 pm »
Not to be forgotten in excellence of Peacock and Morton...both Liriano and Devo got key outs at a key time last night.  Liriano came in to face Bellinger with two on and one out, and got the FC for the second out.  Devo then got Puig on the soft liner to 1B.  Liriano was much maligned when he first came over, but I remember hearing an interview with Luhnow who said that he didn't care about August, that Liriano was brought in to get "one big out in October".  Well, it was actually November, but he did exactly what they brought him here to do.  And Devo vs. Puig, III...awesome job.  Both of those guys only faced one hitter, but they were a huge part of the win.

Talk Zone / Victory Parade
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:39:55 am »
Is tomorrow at 2:00.  It's going right by my office.  I'm scheduled to be off, but I may just have to find a few things to do around the office.

Talk Zone / Thank You
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:14:09 pm »
I didn't know if this moment would ever come, but I cannot imagine it being any sweeter, having spent the last 20 or so years goofing off with all of you.  Tomorrow I will read the GZ and everything else, but tonight I'm smoking that special victory cigar.  We here at OWA have been through a lot, and we routinely "fight like hell" because...well, that's why we're here. 

But on behalf of OWA, and honestly, from the very bottom of our hearts...thank you OWA.  You are the best. 

Talk Zone / My one second guess from Game , is...
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:44:40 am » the 7th, when Gattis grounded into the FC, and Hinch did not pinch run for him at that point.

1.  You were down 2-1 at the time,
2.  You'd already lost one run due to a slow baserunner, and
3.  You had the top of the order coming up against Watson

I understand you don't want to have to burn two bench players there, but desperate times and all that.  You needed someone who could score on a double, or go 1B to 3B on a single.  Well, Springer did single, and Seager kicked the ball into LF...Gattis trotted on down to 2B, and *then* Hinch pinch ran for him.  Couldn't help think that if Fisher were running from 1B, he's on 3B after Springer's hit, and scores on the fly ball.  New ball game.

Lineups for tonight's matchup...


Springer, CF
Bregman, 3B
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Gurriel, 1B
McCann, C
Marwin, LF
Reddick, RF

Verlander, P


Taylor, CF
Seager, SS
Turner, 3B
Bellinger, 1B
Puig, RF
Pederson, LF
Barnes, C
Utley, 2B

Hill, P

Talk Zone / ALCS Game 7
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:35:48 pm »
I am excited beyond belief.  Through Jim's generosity, I am ready to witness history.  I was so excited last night I couldn't sleep...after the game.  I am drinking a Love Street and smoking a Jericho Hill box pressed maduro on the back patio, just like I did yesterday before heading to the yard.  Another Love Street and a Macallan 12 at 1820 to calm my nerves before meeting Jim and heading inside for another Love Street and taco.  No detail is too minor. 

Talk Zone / Game 6
« on: October 18, 2017, 07:35:08 pm »
You have to sit Reddick and give Maybin the start.


Gardner, LF
Judge, RF
Gregorius, SS
Sanchez, C
Bird, 1B
Castro, 2B
Hicks, CF
Frazier, 3B
Headley, DH

Severino, P


Springer, CF
Reddick, RF
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Gonzalez, LF
Gurriel, 1B
Beltran, DH
Bregman, 3B
McCann, C

Verlander, P

Talk Zone / NLDS Game 5
« on: October 12, 2017, 07:22:40 pm »
Cubs up 1-0...bases loaded with two out in the top of the first. Gonzalez getting squeezed like a zit

Talk Zone / Well...
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:58:58 pm »
I've started drinking tonight.  Gonna be an exciting next week.

Talk Zone / Strasburg...
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:01:30 am »
...going to pass on pitching the elimination game today because he's not feeling well? 

Is it just me, or is he being a monumental pussy?

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Angels @ Astros..September 22, 2017
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:15:58 pm »
Again, not much interest in this one.

For a 93-win, division winning team, there doesn't seem to be much interest...either in the stands or in the GZ

At any rate...bottom of the first...Astros have two on with one out, and Fuller has to leave the game with an injury

Gotta keep pace boys...


Sanchez...0-2...strikes out swinging
Moncada...grounds to one there on the shift...shiftfuck single
Abreu...3-0...3-1...walks, Moncada to 2B
Delmonico strikes out swinging
Garcia grounds into FC, Abreu out 5-6 at 2B


Time to kick some ass!

Rubber game!

Astros with runners on the corner...two out...

Hate these west coast shitburgers


Springer grounds out 3-1
Reddick strikes out swinging
Altuve quickly down 0-2...1-2...strikes out swinging at a slider that hits his feet.

No score

Talk Zone / Indians...
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:47:16 pm »
Ran their streak to 19 games tonight.  The all time major league record is 21. 

During this streak, they've thrown 6 shut outs, and another 8 games where they've given up 2 runs or less.  That's getting it done on the bump. 

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Astros @ A's September 8, 2017
« on: September 08, 2017, 09:07:33 pm »
LIneups?  Yuli don't give a damn

Lineups for the first game of the split twin bill...


Reyes   2B
Nimmo  LF
Cabrera  3B
Flores  DH
d'Arnaud  C
Rosario  SS
Smith  1B
Tajeron  RF
Lagares  CF

Harvey  P


Springer  DH
Bregman  SS
Altuve  2B
Reddick  RF
Marwin  1B
Maybin  CF
Davis  3B
Centeno  C
Kemp  LF

Morton  P

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Rangers @ Astros August 30R
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:24:40 pm »
Rangers get an unearned run in the first. 1-0 Rangers.

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Astros @ Angels August 25, 2017
« on: August 25, 2017, 09:04:59 pm »
Lineups?  I have no idea. Lets stomp the shit out em and pound that old Budweiser!

Talk Zone / You wan the good news first, or the bad news?
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:42:55 am »
The good news is, the Astros have 37 games to play, are up 12 in the loss column, and still have to play 9 games against the Angels, 6 against the Mariners and 6 against the Rangers.  The bad news is, they still have to play 9 against the Angels, 6 against the Mariners and 6 against the Rangers.  Of course they finish up with a 4-game road series in Boston. 

Hang on.

Let's go get a win boys!

Talk Zone / Luhnow on the radio
« on: August 07, 2017, 06:31:08 pm »
1.  Liriano deal was not Plan B.  That deal was gonna happen no matter what.
2.  Liriano acquired not to win games in August but in October.
3.  Springer "has a chance" to return this week.
4.  Correa progressing better than expected, but won't rush.
5.  Davis to get a good look this week.
6.  He's big in Guduan.
7.  Hoyt nibbles too much, but they're working on that, expecting him to be big in Postseason.

Still talking.

Well that started ugly...Dozier with a leadoff HR...Twins lead 1-0 after two pitches


Springer, RF
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
Beltran, DH
Gonzalez, LF
McCann, C
Gurriel, 1B
Bregman, 3B
Marisnick, CF

McCullers, P


Bautista, RF
Martin, C
Donaldson, 3B
Smoak, 1B
Morales, DH
Tulowitzki, SS
Pearce, LF
Pillar, CF
Goins, 2B

Liriano, P

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / A;s @ Astros...June 28
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:12:40 pm »

Joyce, LF
Olson, RF
Lowrie, 2B
Davis, DH
Alonso, 1B
Healy, 3B
Maxwell, C
Barreto, SS
Brugman, CF

Hahn, P


Springer, CF
Reddick, RF
Altuve, 2B
Correa, SS
McCann, C
Beltran, DH
Marwin, 3B
Gurriel, 1B
Aoki, LF

Paulino, P

Talk Zone / RIP Anthony Young.
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:29:55 am »
Native Houstonian, Houston Cougar, and former Astro Anthony Young passed away yesterday from brain cancer. Young is best remembered for his record losing  streak with the Mets where he lost an astounding 27 straight decisions. Interestingly, during the streak, Young filled in at closer, and was 12 for 12 in save opportunities, including a 23.2-inning scoreless streak, but unable to vulture a win during that period.

Young was only 51.

Astros wearing there puke ugly rainbow jerseys tonight...

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Astros @ A's June 19th
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:12:30 pm »

Springer lines one to LF...Davis dives looks like he catches it but bobbles it and it comes out of his glove.  Everyone thinks it's not a catch except the umpire.  Hinch challenging...replay clearly shows it's not a catch...overturned...leadoff single

Talk Zone / Game Karma
« on: June 17, 2017, 09:50:24 am »
Whatever you guys have been drinking and smoking during the games lately, it ain't working.  Please change it up. 

Thank you.

Lineups?  We don't need no stinking lineups. 

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Tribe at Astros, May 19th
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:18:02 pm »

Kipnis strikes out swinging
Lindor hit by pitch
Lindor picked off of 1B before the next pitch
Brantley doubles to RF
Santana flies out to deep RF

No score

Talk Zone / Hitting Factoid of the Day
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:15:31 pm »
Batting average when swinging at the first pitch:

Jose Altuve:  .625
Nori Aoki:  .111

Batting average when down in the count 0-2:

Altuve:  .135
Aoki:  .538


Segura singles to CF
Haniger swings and misses at strike 3, umpire calls it ball four, Segura was running, McCann guns him down, and Altuve tags him in LF as Segura run way past the bag.  Hinch out to argue it's not a dead ball and Segura can't overrun the base.  No dice.  Segura to 2B
Cano...quickly 0-2...1-2...grounds into 3-6-1 double play, Segura to 3B
Cruz...0-2...1-2...taps out 1-3

No score

Probably some lineups somewhere

Alright all you yahoos, another season of Astros baseball is upon us.  Try not to suck.

Earn it.

Beer and Queso / Smart Home
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:11:10 pm »
So for Christmas, Mrs. Hawk bought me an Amazon Echo.  Which is really an "us" gift.  But no matter, I've now been inspired to smarten my house up a bit.  I started out with a couple of dimmer switches I can turn off and on with my phone, but now want to make it a lot more smart.  I know I'll need a hub to really get anything out of it, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience/recommendations on which one?  I've seen the Samsun Smart Things hub and the Insteon one.  Those are the two that seem to get the best reviews.  Has anyone had any experience trying to drag their old house into the 21st Century?

Talk Zone / Yordano Ventura, dead at 25
« on: January 22, 2017, 10:57:23 am »
Breaking news that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in a car accident last night.  He was 25.

Beer and Queso / Sunday Beer
« on: November 20, 2016, 04:17:21 pm »
Shiner Homespun Cream Ale.  Pretty good. 

Beer and Queso / Computer keyboard question
« on: October 15, 2016, 08:46:10 am »
Questions for you hardware gurus...

So all of the sudden, the backspace and delete keys on my keyboard stopped functioning.  After doing some research, I believe it's in the physical keyboard, as the onscreen keyboard works fine. this a legitimate diagnosis?  Is it possible to change the internal keyboard?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Talk Zone / Rangers eliminated...
« on: October 09, 2016, 10:04:29 pm »
...on a throwing error by Odor.  Nice. 

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros at Angels 9/30
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:17:24 pm »
Astros 3 up thee down. I've been listening to Johnny Cash and I'm on my fourth bottle of wine.

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Mariners at Astros, Closing Day
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:16:00 pm »
Well that didn't take very fucking long. Cano gets a cookie in the first...3-0 Mariners before there's even a fucking out

Talk Zone / Final Home Game
« on: September 28, 2016, 10:06:55 am »
Thinking about heading over to the yard for Closing Day.  Anyone else interested?

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Angels @ Astros 9/25
« on: September 25, 2016, 01:36:19 pm »
Musgrove pitched around a single and a double

Astros get three hits, but Altuves loafing end the inning after one run score.

Astros lead 1-0 after one.

Talk Zone / Opposing fans
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:13:56 pm »
So we joked the other night about MMPUS being full of Ranger fans, but this game in Seattle is nothing but Jays fans. I don't mean there are a lot of them, I mean that's all there are.  It's like a home postseason game for them there in Seattle.

Don't know the lineups either.

Beer and Queso / It's 2:39 am in Sumatra...and OU SUCKS!
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:40:23 pm »
That is all.

Talk Zone / Hinch in the morning...
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:09:31 am »
Just happened to catch Hinch on the radio this morning...a few highlights:

Gurriel will start at 3B tonight to keep his bat in the lineup, but will pretty much DH the rest of the way once they get back to playing AL teams.  May try him in the outfield this offseason.

Doesn't think Valbuena will be back this season.

Is not optimistic McCullers will be back this season, but it's still possible.

Likely to be a few call-ups next week...another catcher, a couple of bullpen arms and possibly a few "reward" call-ups. 

The Astros have better than a puncher's chance at the wild card, but will have to seriously nut up in the next two weeks.  He's optimistic, obviously.

Beer and Queso / iPhone SE? Maybe? New Android?
« on: May 24, 2016, 10:50:07 am »
So Apple has released the new iPhone SE (well a couple of months ago).  It's essentially 6s hardware in a 5s body.  The size of the 6 and 6s was always a complaint, and apparently I'm not the only one in the world who didn't want a gigantic phone, despite Apple and Samsung telling me otherwise, because there have not been any available since launch week.  They're now saying perhaps August when they'll have some more to ship.  So I'm getting really tired of Apple and their bullshit.  The company has gone down the shitter since Jobs.  I do not care for the latest iPhone offerings, and seeing as how the iPhone 5 was last version that Jobs actually held and approved, it's unlikely to get better, especially with that pinhead Cook running the company.  I know the iPhone 7 is due out in the fall, but rumors are that they'll be the same size as the 6s.  Couple that with *another* fucked up boondoggle release with the SE, and I'm seriously looking at something else.  Sony makes a really nice phone in the Xperia Z5 compact, which is the same size as the SE, and all the reviews have been raves.  A couple of issues though:

1.  It's not available through AT&T (or any carrier, for that matter), so I'd have to buy an unlocked phone and set it up for the AT&T.  I'm told that's not a big deal, but was wondering if anyone had any experience with that?

2.  Apps.  I have a lot of them, some of them not cheap, and as I understand it, you cannot transfer them from iOS to Android.  I'd have to re-purchase them all.  Is this true?  If so, they've got me by the short an curlies, so that's a factor. 


Talk Zone / More Denial League Drama
« on: May 16, 2016, 01:25:33 pm »
So on this off day, another anecdote from Denial League this weekend...

We're up something like 4-1 in about the fifth inning, when the other guys get a runner on 3B and nobody out.  Guy steps to the plate and proceeds to hit a triple.  4-2 with runner at 3B and nobody out, right?  Well, I'm keeping the book on account of my ankle that I rolled taking the tractor off the trailer a couple of weeks ago.  I actually tried hitting earlier in the game, and after lining a single up the middle, my ankle gave way trying to get out of the box, and I never made it more than 5 feet from the plate.  Score it 8-3 on the putout (this is not the first time in my career I've been thrown out at 1B by the centerfielder, btw).  Lesson learned...90% is not 100%.  So where was I...oh yeah, keeping the I notice that the guy who just hit the triple wasn't due up at the moment, they seemed to have skipped over a guy.  So I called time out and asked "what happened to the other guy...did you guys lose a player?" (this happens from time to time, if you're batting more than 9 guys, and one guy gets hurt or has to leave, you usually just drop him from the lineup)  The answer was "no, he wasn't ready to hit yet, so we just switched him around in the batting order."  Our manager hears this and naturally says "you can't do that."  The other team proceeds to pitch a bitch like someone just flipped their bat.  After much discussion, the umpire finally makes the correct ruling...the batter who batted out of turn is out, the runner from 3B goes back, and now the guy who just batted has to hit again in his proper spot in the order.  So now it's still 4-1, runner on 3B with one out.  We get out of the inning without giving up the run.  We go on to win the game something like 8-2, and the other team is still furious that we called them out for swapping positions in the batting order.  We went to Star Pizza after the game...I hadn't been there in years. 

Beer and Queso / Rockets 2106 Playoffs
« on: April 24, 2016, 04:02:03 pm »
Game 4:

Tied at 56 at the half. 

Why does Moteiejunas play like he has a catcher's mitt on each hand, and still think he's Curly Neal?  If he'd just give up the rebound to someone else, the Rockets would be up by about 10 points right now. 

Starting Lineups:

Red Sox:

RF  Mookie Betts
2B  Dustin Pedroia
SS  Xander Bogaerts
DH  David Ortiz
1B  Hanley Ramirez
3B  Travis Shaw
LF  Brock Holt
C  Ryan Hanigan
CF  Jackie Bradley, Jr.

P  Steven Wright


2B  Jose Altuve
RF  George Springer
SS  Carlos Correa
LF  Colby Rasmus
1B  Tyler White
DH  Evan Gattis
CF  Carlos Gomez
3B  Luis Valbuena
C  Erik Kratz

P  Collin McHugh

Beer and Queso / Masters
« on: April 10, 2016, 04:50:11 pm »
Spieth steps on his dick...quadruple bogey on the par 3 12th to drop from a two shot lead to three shots back in third place

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Yankees, April 7, 2016
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:06:26 pm »
Hopefully they get this one in. 

I'm sure there are lineups somewhere, but it's probably a bunch of the usual suspects.  Word is Kratz will start behind the dish to catch Fiers. 

I feel some ass needs to be kicked today.

Talk Zone / Game replay
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:30:22 pm »
So I'm watching today's game replay on RSSW, and all I really wanted to see was the 8th when the Astros plated 3 runs. I watch for two and a half fucking hours all the way to the top of the 8th, and after a bunch of commercials, they come back with the "due to time constraints we now move ahead in our coverage", and they pick up with 2 out and the score 5-3. Really?  You have 7 fucking innings of nothing, and to save time you cut out the 2/3rds of one inning that matters?

Beer and Queso / Ronda Rousey....
« on: November 15, 2015, 12:19:14 am »
...gets the living shit beat out of her tonight.  Now maybe she'll shut the fuck up.

Talk Zone / World Series Rosters
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:28:15 pm »
So I saw where Raul Mondesi "Jr" (he's actually not a junior, his brother is, but people call him "junior") has made the Royals' World Series roster, despite never having played above AA.  So his father played in 1,525 games over 13 Major League seasons, and never made it to the World Series.  Junior has now made it to the World Series without ever playing in a single Major League game.  Baseball is a funny game.

Talk Zone / Cubs at Mets
« on: October 17, 2015, 09:26:26 pm »
Mets leading 4-1 now after the Cubs catcher is WAY out of position on a play at the plate.  If you're watching boys and girls...that is exactly where you DON"T want to be to field a throw.   

Talk Zone / Pitch Framing
« on: October 16, 2015, 09:22:39 pm »
Pitch framing is often a topic around here, mostly because Hank Conger is inexplicably rumored to be good at it.  But if you want a lesson, watch Sal Perez of the Royals.  He's putting on a clinic tonight. 

Talk Zone / Dodgers/Mets
« on: October 15, 2015, 08:27:39 pm »
Dodgers miss several opportunities to break the game open.  Now they've left 3B uncovered on the shift, and it's cost them the lead. 

Game Zone 2015 Archive / ALCS Game 4...Royals @ Astros, October 12, 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:07:33 pm »
Here we go...

Talk Zone / A night of bad calls
« on: October 06, 2015, 10:10:28 am »
So in addition to the controversy in Seattle last night, we got royally fucked in Denial League.  Twice.

1.  We have the bases loaded and one out.  Guy hits a little flair over the SS's head...runners think it's going to drop and advance, the one from 3B scoring.  However, the LF makes a shoestring catch.  He then flips to second base to double off the runner from 2B.  But it's after the runner from 3B scores.  As we're switching sides, I'm reminding the other team that the run counts.  They all start laughing, and one guy bets me $1,000 that I'm wrong.  We're talking to the ump, but he's a slapdick (more on that later) and says he doesn't know the rule.  So in the end, they decide not to count the run.

2.  A few innings later, they have runner on 1B and 2 out.  Batter hits a deep fly ball down the LF line.  I'm watching it, and I thought it hit foul, but regardless, it then bounces over the outfield fence, several feet foul of the pole.  The LF who was chasing it, and only a few feet away immediately throws his hands up to signal the ball went out of play.  The batter stops at 2B, but the umpire signals home run.  Huh?  So I'm arguing with the ump that even if it was a fair ball, it bounced 10 feet in front of the warning track.  His counter is "the ball is over the fence; home run".  We ask the other umpire, and he says he wasn't watching.  The batter shrugs his shoulders and trots in.  The next batter grounds out to end the inning, two runs on the board where no runs should have scored.

So with those two plays, we're three runs in the hole.  We end up losing 7-6.  I show the other team the rule book after the game, and loudmouth refuses to look at it yelling "it's a force out!", quickly grabs his gear runs.  I never did get my thousand bucks. 

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:08:57 pm »
Did we mention this is a must win?

As usual, fuck the lineups, gotta get his we go...

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Rangers @ Astros, September 25, 2015
« on: September 25, 2015, 06:59:54 pm » we go...

Lineups?  I don't know...but fuck those guys.  Stomp the shit out of em!

Talk Zone / Tonight's Game
« on: September 25, 2015, 02:01:41 pm »
Well, I'm at the "place", and I've got peanuts and three bottles of bourbon in various states of full.  I've got an unopened bottle of Glenlivet, if needed. I suppose I'm set.  You are all invited over. You can bring your own fireworks.

Talk Zone / September 24, 2015
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:57:06 am »
So here we are in late September, having led the division most of the season, the Astros are effectively four games back of the division and no longer control their own destiny to win it, even with three to play against the leader.  They are effectively tied for the final wild card spot, and need to win out to control their own destiny for it.  There are a lot of reasons for the collapse, and lots of areas of which to be critical.  Lots of emotion on our part too.  We're all invested, and we hate to see our team lose. 

When the season started, I was just glad they appeared to have a big league roster again, not to mention they'd be on television.  But from that first Opening Day win, there was a special excitement about this team, and it carried on for the next five months. 

I don't know what's going to happen in the next two weeks.  The Astros have put themselves in a bad situation with poor play in the last month of the season, and I'm not optimistic they can fend off the challenges.  Regardless, this team has been more fun to watch all season than any team I can remember in a long time, including several playoff teams.  This is my team.  And I am proud of them.  I am an Astros fan.

Talk Zone / Hinch v Scioscia
« on: September 23, 2015, 06:33:50 am »
Who says there's no strategy in the AL?  Last night Scioscia got pretty much every matchup he wanted...Alvarez/Duffy instead of Gott/Tucker...made Hinch burn Tucker, Duffy, Villar and Valbuena for one at bat by IBBing Valbuena ; thereby forcing Hinch to stick with Marisnick against Street with the tying run in scoring position...which allowed him to IBB Lowrie in the 9th to get to Gattis to end the game.

Don't get me wrong, I like Hinch...I think he's smart and a good baseball thinker.  But he got outmanaged last night.   

Game Zone 2015 Archive / A's @ Astros, September 19, 2015
« on: September 19, 2015, 06:12:41 pm »
Here we go...

Talk Zone / Most important game of the year tonight, and...
« on: September 17, 2015, 10:22:53 am »
Everyone is silent. 

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros @ Rangers, September 14, 2015
« on: September 14, 2015, 07:09:07 pm »
Fuck these guys

Talk Zone / RIP Gene Elston
« on: September 05, 2015, 08:23:34 pm »
If you haven't heard, Elston passed away at the age of 93.  Don't have any more at this point, but I'm sure there'll be a lot later.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Twins @ Astros September 5, 2015
« on: September 05, 2015, 06:06:09 pm »
I don't do lineups, as that requires looking shit up.  Pretty sure Lance McCullers is starting for the Astros

Beer and Queso / 2015 College Football
« on: September 05, 2015, 02:07:04 pm »
First upset, ranked team goes down...Stanford gets manhandled by Northwestern. 

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Twins @ Astros September 4, 2015
« on: September 04, 2015, 07:18:04 pm »

Whoever led off bounced out 1-3
The next guy flies out F9
Mauer doubles to LCF...Rasmus played that awfully funny as it wasn't hit that deep
Sano singles to CF, Mauer out 8-2 at the plate on a tremendous throw by Gomez!

No score

Beer and Queso / R.I.P. Yvonne Craig
« on: August 19, 2015, 08:49:19 am »
Yvonne Craig, perhaps best known to my generation as the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl and her alter ego, mousy librarian Barbara Gordon, on the 60's Batman TV show has died at the age of 78.

Makes you feel old when you read about the old-age deaths of hot chicks from your childhood.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros @ A's, Saturday August 8, 2015
« on: August 08, 2015, 03:24:38 pm »

Astros don't score a run.

I have no idea on lineups.  Look it up, slacker.

Talk Zone / Jose Altuve:: 2015 All-Star Game Starter
« on: July 05, 2015, 06:53:20 pm »
Guess they've had those computers working overtime. Congrats to Jose n

Beer and Queso / Twitter
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:56:28 pm »
So the wife finally convinced me to sign up for Twitter.  I'm going through the recommended people to follow, and one is Brian McTaggart.  I thought, what the hell, maybe I'll get some useful information once in a while.  Holy shit...the guy tweets like 10 times an hour.  About stupid shit.  Doesn't he have a job?  Do people really do this all day?  Two days of Twitter, and I'm about done with it. 

Beer and Queso / Triple Crown!
« on: June 06, 2015, 05:57:56 pm »
No, not that one...the other one.  American Pharoah ends the longest Triple Crown drought in thoroughbred history. 

Talk Zone / 2015 Road to Omaha
« on: May 31, 2015, 05:26:42 pm »
Coogs step on their dicks in the 9th...unearned run on a squeeze ties it up, UL has winning run on 2B with one out.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / May 24: Astros at Tigers
« on: May 24, 2015, 12:45:51 pm »
Astros plate 3 in their half of the first, but Hernandez was a disaster in the bottom half.

Walked three, forgot to cover 1B on what should have been the third out, then gave up a 3-run double.

Astros trail 5-3 after one.

Beer and Queso / One Love
« on: May 11, 2015, 04:33:09 pm »

Talk Zone / The 2 Hole
« on: April 26, 2015, 08:29:15 pm »
As allergic Springer is to contact, they can't keep him hitting second any longer. But, as discussed in the GZ today, who would you put there. Personally, I'd put Lowrie there, but if not, why not try Marisnick in the lead off soo and Altuve in the two. After the first inning, this is what you have anyway, why not try starting the game that way?  That gets Springer down to to the 6 or 7 spot, which is where he belongs.

Talk Zone / SF Bay Area Astros Fans?
« on: April 22, 2015, 09:07:44 pm »
Anyone interested in catching a game in Oakland this weekend?

Talk Zone / RFTL 2015
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:06:41 am »
It's on!

Game Zone 2019 / GameZone 2019: *READ THIS PRIMER*, Clark!
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:07:55 pm »
For those of you who are new to this family of forums (and you know who you are, don't make me call you out), the traffic in the TalkZone often makes it difficult to have a play-by-play thread in that forum.  For that reason, we provide an in-game play-by-play and commentary forum for all Astros games. It is called GameZone.  It is fun, it is wild at times and it will keep you involved in the actual game.  It will take some getting used to here at the GZ, it isn't entirely like the TZ. So as a service to all clarks out there, here is a little bit of a primer for the GZ:

Who does the play-by-play?

Answer: first come, first to serve on the GZ. Usually, all it takes is calling it "I've got PBP today if nobody else wants it!". Obviously, if you hesitate to call it because you're afraid that you can't do PBP for more than an inning or two, that is cool. But usually, the veterans know that calling it and also only doing a few innings is not frowned upon in the GZ. In fact, it helps us if several folks are willing to take on the PBP for the day. Rare are the ones who can do an entire 9 innings of PBP.  So call it if you'd like, tell us how many innings you can go and do it. But if you're new to the GZ, my advice is watch and learn from some of the vets, they'll show you what works best.

Sample PBP

Two aspects of a typical PBP: the subject line and the body of the message.  Let's take each one at a time:

1. The Subject Line - Use the subject line as much as possible for quick perusal by the regulars of the GZ.  Typical look for the subject line if you're doing the PBP is something like this: T3: Astros 3 - Rangers 0.   That subject line tells what inning and the score.  Anything that is not provided that way is considered a GZ Milo, and you don't want that.  Inning and score, subject line good.  Score, subject line okay.  No inning, no score, you're a Milo.

2.  The Body of the Message - The PBP is usually a recap message more than anything else.  On-going or PBP for each batter is also welcome.  For some, it's better, for others, it's not, they'd rather get a recap.  Either way works, so there is no preferred GZ method for the body message for PBP.  If you do a recap type of message, just use the player's name and what they did, like a scorecard.  Example:

Grossman - grounds out 4-3, 1 out
Altuve - double to LF, man on second, one out
Carter - strikes out swinging, 2 out
Singleton - strikes out swinging, inning over

After half an inning: No score - Angels up to bat

Variations like type of pitches, pitch counts, et. al. are welcome.

(Top Tip:  Create a shortcut for "strikes out swinging", it'll save you some serious typing throughout the season)

If I don't do PBP, can I comment about a play or ask a question?

Absolutely. The GZ is about the two aspects of in-game happenings: PBP and color commentary. Some of the best reading in the GZ is the color commentary. Warning, it is usually raw and the emotion of the moment, so never take anything said in the GZ as well thought out analysis, it is always reactionary and that is the way it should be. It is what makes it fun.

Look at it as if you're sitting in a sports bar with a good friend and your watching the game live and react to a homerun hit off Feldman may say some things that aren't about a serious analysis of Scott's abilities... but you will tend to say things about the moment. I mean it is 100% raw emotion. Hence why it is different than the TZ. What is said at the GZ usually stays at the GZ as well, no need to carry emotions over to that forum because that isn't what the TZ is about.

Okay, enough of that, you'll catch on as the season progresses, so have fun reading and participating. OH, and realize that rarely do we delete anything from the GZ, so if you need a recap of the game to read later during the day, feel free to wander in there and read. You'll find the stoic PBP and colorful in-game commentary something of a pleasurable read most of the time.


Beer and Queso / iPhone 6
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:01:18 am »
So a few weeks ago, Mrs. Hawk decided she wanted to upgrade from her iPhone 4 to the iPhone 6.  So we went down and got her the new one, which made her happy.  She's had the 2GB/month data plan for years now, and has never come close to using that much, in fact I don't think she's ever used 1GB in a month.  I have unlimited data, and even counting flipping around this joint and the hot porn sites featuring girls of mixed racial origin, I typically use around 3GB/month.  However, upon arriving home, just an hour after purchasing the new iPhone 6, I get a text that the Mrs. has used 75% of her data allowance.  Ok, no big deal, she'll be fine.  A few hours later, I get another that said she's now exceeded her allowance and ATT is graciously adding another GB for $10.  I thought "OK, perhaps she was close, she's been downloading her apps to her new phone, the newer version will certainly use more data, the month rolls over in a day or big deal for a one time deal."  Two days later, I get another text that says she's now exceeded this months allowance.  So I started checking the phone and discovered that it absolutely blisters through data.  Even just sitting ther.  Some online checking revealed that this is a major problem, and suggested some things may be using data in the background and to turn them off.  So I did.  And I started doing a side by side comparison with my iPhone 5.  Even with everything turned off, the iPhone 6 was going through about 50MB of data per hour.  Just sitting there.  That means that any time it's off the wifi, it goes through 2GB of data in about 40 hours.  Needless to say, I can't afford data at that rate and took it back.  The guy at ATT, who was exceptionally rude, basically said "yeah well, pay up or shut up, that's what smart phones do."  So we swapped it back for her old iPhone 4 and back to using 10MB/day. 

So anyone else gone to the iPhone 6?  Have the same issue? 

Beer and Queso / NFL Coaching Mill
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:37:38 am »
Word on the street:  Gary Kubiak to be named Broncos new head coach. 

Beer and Queso / Another Case of Legal Advice Needed...
« on: December 30, 2014, 04:18:01 pm »
Since OWA is pretty well recognized as a legitimate substitute for a law firm...

The situation:

I was involved in an automobile collision on 12/19.  I was at "the place", and was traveling on a narrow county road, when I encountered an 18-wheeler hauling live chickens traveling in the opposite direction.  Being that I was operating in a safe and controlled condition, I was able to pull as far to the right shoulder as possible, and come to a complete stop, thinking the 18-wheeler would do something similar, so I could back up and let him pass.  However, the 18-wheeler continued and tried to pass me, crossing over the center of the road (it was on a bit of a curve), and a protrusion on the back end of his trailer struck the rear driver's side of my truck (which was on the shoulder of the opposite side of the road), ripping the rear quarter panel open like a sardine can. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler refused to give me any information (although he is required to by law), saying I had to wait until his supervisor arrived, which would hopefully be in a couple of hours.  Obviously that didn't sit too well with me, so I called the local sheriff's office, who called DPS and a DPS trooper eventually arrived.  The DPS took all the information and we went on our way.  The other driver still refused to give me any information, but I was able to get a financial responsibility phone number from DPS (still not the other driver's name).  After about five different entities, I finally got ahold of their claims management people early last week.  Since then, however, nothing.  I was finally able to get information on the other driver from the published accident report.

Now I am getting the runaround from the other driver's "insurance" (I'm assuming they are self insured).  They show no interest in returning emails or phone calls (not surprising since their business model is predicated on not paying claims).  At the scene the other driver said "hey, I didn't have time to slow down, not my fault", and both the driver and his supervisor suggested "it was just one of them things, no foul, every body go their own way" (no damage whatsoever to the 18-wheeler, of course).  The DPS trooper said it's not the DPS's job to assign fault, they just document what happened.  It's up to the two parties to decide who pays for what. 

I don't want any compensation other than for them to fix my truck, but it's been 11 days now without a vehicle, and the inconvenience is starting to mount.  Do I need to lawyer up?  What type of lawyer handles such things?

Beer and Queso / 2014 Bowl Games
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:14:43 pm »
A&M squeaks out a win.

Oklahoma is a joke.

Beer and Queso / Shiner 106
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:47:09 pm »
Don't know if this is new or just now getting out here to the sticks after the rest of the world has had it for months, but...picked up a sixer to watch OU beclown themselves and hopefully later a UT win.  Chocolate stout.  I'm not usually a fan of flavored beers, but this one's not bad.  Definitely a stout, full flavored but light.  Smoking an Alec Bradley Prensado box pressed corona.  They go well together.

Beer and Queso / Rockets 2014 thread
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:48:43 am »
Rockets are playing ok right now, squeezing out wins the last two despite being down three starters.  But they'd better get Howard back, soon, or they're in big trouble.  They have no inside game and are getting killed on the glass.  Tough stretch in the schedule coming up the next few weeks. 

Beer and Queso / Rug Cleaning
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:15:25 pm »
Anyone know/recommend a company that cleans rugs, not named Coit?  

Beer and Queso / Halloween Friday Tune
« on: October 31, 2014, 04:16:20 pm »

Talk Zone / Cardinals' Oscar Taveras
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:12:37 pm »
In case anyone isn't reading the GZ...Cardinal outfielder Oscar Taveras killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.  He was 22.

Talk Zone / Dodgers: Colletti out, Friedman in
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:06:58 pm »
Dodgers "reassign" Ned Colletti, hire Andrew Friedman from the Rays.

Talk Zone / You Make The Call
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:57:38 pm »
Last night in Denial League...runner on 2B, two out. Batter hits a grounder to SS, runner breaks for 3B, but slows down as the ball passes him, no contact with the ball or fielder, but the runner does shield the ball from the SS. Ball rolls up the SS's arm. Do you call interference?

Beer and Queso / Texans 2014...underway
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:14:06 pm »
First preseason game, and the Texans are in mid season form: the secondary is a sieve, the special teams is...well.."special", and the QB has more interceptions inside his own 20 than he has completions. Another No. 1 pick appears to be in the bag, and a win a pipe dream.

Beer and Queso / Friday Wine: August 1, 2014 Edition
« on: August 01, 2014, 04:59:09 pm »
Bodega La Flor Malbec 2013 (Argentina)

Excellent on this crazy 85-degree, no humidity dog day of summer.

Beer and Queso / RIP James Garner
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:31:41 am »

Beer and Queso / Tractor Repair
« on: July 04, 2014, 03:10:44 pm »
Anyone here a tractor repair whiz, or otherwise know anyone who is?  Specifically, replacing a 3-cyl diesel engine?  My go "boom" today.

Talk Zone / Johnny Baseball?
« on: June 07, 2014, 04:07:45 pm »
Johnny Maziel drafted by the Padres.

Talk Zone / Random age fact
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:43:52 pm »
Kyle Farnsworth is closer in age to Charlie Kerfeld than he is to Jarred Cosart.

Beer and Queso / RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:09:15 pm »
Probably the greatest Hispanic writer of all time.  He was 87.

Game Zone 2014 Archive / Angles and Astros, April 4th (I think)
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:31:54 pm »
Angels up 1-0 in the top of the second, with two on and no out.  Harrell struggling with command (what's new).

Talk Zone / GameZone...Alive and Kicking...for 2014
« on: March 07, 2014, 11:01:16 am »
GameZone 2014 is now open for all who dare. 

Please let me know if there are any problems accessing it, as I am not nearly as smart as Waldo, as talented as Noe, as focused as Arky or as handsome as Andy.

For those of you who are new to this family of forums (and you know who you are, don't make me call you out), we provide a in-game play-by-play and commentary forum for all Astros games. It is called GameZone. The traffic in the TalkZone often makes it difficult to have a play-by-play thread in that forum.

So for many years now we've had the GameZone designated for such a use. It is fun, it is wild at times and it will keep you involved in the actual game.

It will take some getting used to here at the GZ, it isn't entirely like the TZ. So as a service to all clarks out there, here is a little bit of a primer for the GZ:

Who does the play-by-play?

Answer: first come, first to serve on the GZ. Usually, all it takes is calling it "I've got PBP today if nobody else wants it!". Obviously, if you hestitate to call it because you're afraid that you can't do PBP for more than an inning or two, that is cool. But usually, the veterans know that calling it and also only doing a few innings is not frowned upon in the GZ. In fact, it helps us if several folks are willing to take on the PBP for the day. Rare are the ones who can do an entire 9 innings of PBP. (I'm looking at you mraup!) So call it if you'd like, tell us how many innings you can go and do it. But if you're new to the GZ, my advice is watch and learn from some of the vets, they'll show you what works best.

Sample PBP

Two aspects of a typical PBP: the subject line and the body of the message.  Let's take each one at a time:

1. The Subject Line - Use the subject line as much as possible for quick perusal by the regulars of the GZ.  Typical look for the subject line if you're doing the PBP is something like this: T3: Astros 3 - Cubs 0.   That subject line tells what inning and the score.  Anything that is not provided that way is considered a GZ Milo, and you don't want that.  Inning and score, subject line good.  Score, subject line okay.  No inning, no score, you're a Milo.

2.  The Body of the Message - The PBP is usually a recap message more than anything else.  On-going or PBP for each batter is also welcome.  For some, it's better, for others, it's not, they'd rather get a recap.  Either way works, so there is no preferred GZ method for the body message for PBP.  If you do a recap type of message, just use the player's name and what they did, like a scorecard.  Example:

Biggio - GO 4-3, 1 out
Burke - Dbl, man on second, one out
Berkman - single, 1 run scores, one out, man on first
Lee - GIDP, 6-4-3, three down, inning over

After half an inning: Astros 1 - Phillies up to bat

Variations like type of pitches, pitch counts, et. al. are welcome.

If I don't do PBP, can I comment about a play or ask a question?

Absolutely. The GZ is about the two aspects of in-game happenings: PBP and color commentary. Some of the best reading in the GZ is the color commentary. Warning, it is usually raw and the emotion of the moment, so never take anything said in the GZ as well thought out analysis, it is always reactionary and that is the way it should be. It is what makes it fun.

Look at it as if you're sitting in a sports bar with a good friend and your watching the game live and react to a homerun hit off Oswalt. You may say some things that aren't about a serious analysis of Roy's abilities... but you will tend to say things about the moment. I mean it is 100% raw emotion. Hence why it is different than the TZ. What is said at the GZ usually stays at the GZ as well, no need to carry emotions over to that forum because that isn't what the TZ is about.

Okay, enough of that, you'll catch on as the season progresses, so have fun reading and participating. OH, and realize that rarely do we delete anything from the GZ, so if you need a recap of the game to read later during the day, feel free to wander in there and read. You'll find the stotic PBP and colorful in-game commentary something of a pleasurable read most of the time.


Beer and Queso / Hipster monocles?
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:23:36 am »

Beer and Queso / United Airlines starting to understand why they suck
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:44:59 pm »
Finally, they might start to crack down on the "I never check a bag" idiots who make flying miserable and cause countless flight delays.  It's a start, at least.

Beer and Queso / 1987 Music Thread
« on: March 01, 2014, 09:01:41 pm »
I'll start:

Guadalcanal Diary

Beer and Queso / iOS 7
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:51:34 pm »
So I finally had to upgrade to iOS 7 on my iPhones. I fucking hate it, but can't stand in the way of change (notice I didn't say "progress").  Jobs is rolling over in his grave over this one.

Beer and Queso / BBQ
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:44:59 pm »
There oughta be a law requiring every Texan to eat BBQ on Fridays when the temperature is between 50 and 80. 

Hyden Family BBQ in Teague.  Excellent. 

Beer and Queso / In the spirit of front license plate oppression...
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:30:02 pm »
Who is the dumbfuck that decided to glue the ugly yellow warning stickers onto the sun visor in my new truck?

Why didn't the salesman warn me of said dumbfuckery?

Every other ugly yellow warning sticker on the vehicle peeled off, as common sense would dictate.  But not these.  Now I have a partial hideously ugly and distracting yellow sticker along with glue on my week-old sun visor. 


Beer and Queso / Does anyone here know an attorney....
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:50:23 am »
Specifically, a real estate attorney. 

Beer and Queso / The best thing about Fridays off...
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:11:14 pm »
I can have a cold Shiner with my BBQ at lunch. Ah...hits the spot.

Beer and Queso / iPod conversion question
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:22:01 pm »
Is there an easy way to convert my iTunes to mp3's and still keep the "artist" and "album" structure and such?  I don't want just one long 15,000 song playlist.  Just bought a new truck that has USB ports, and I'd like to dedicate a drive for just that.  I can plug my iPod in, but don't want to leave it there.  Of course, I could buy another iPod just for this too.  If anyone has one they're looking to get rid of...

Beer and Queso / NFL Playoffs
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:27:06 pm »
'92 Oilers...move over and meet the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

Beer and Queso / Broncos at Texans
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:09:32 pm »
Can we go ahead and start this thread?

Keenum out.  Matt Schaub to start. 

Ben Tate, out of the season.

Like a dumbass, I'll be getting up at 05:00 to go to the game.  At least we're having chili and tamales. 

Beer and Queso / NFL Record
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:48:34 pm »
If you're not watching the Denver/Tennessee game, Matt Prater just set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal.  I'm surprised it's stood this long, frankly.

Beer and Queso / Cowboys-Lions
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:29:44 pm »

Beer and Queso / Texans-Chiefs
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:46:55 pm »
Checking in from Arrowhead. LOT'S of Texans fans here. Hope springs eternal.

Beer and Queso / RIP Bum Philips
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:16:30 pm »

Beer and Queso / My first In-N-Out burger
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:46:35 pm »
Completely underwhelmed. It's the definition of mediocre. Someone once compared them to Sonic, and that's probably about right. I wouldn't walk across the street to get one over the other.

Beer and Queso / Why Texans?
« on: October 06, 2013, 03:05:10 pm »
So I'm watching football, flipping back and forth between Seattle/Indy and KC/TN. Why in the name of all that's holy can't the Texans have anyone...even Ryan Fitzpatrick...anyone other that Matt Schaub?  They'd be simply unbeatable.

Beer and Queso / America's Cup
« on: September 04, 2013, 11:28:57 am »
So back in the day I used to enjoy a little bit of sailing, and also enjoyed following the America's Cup.  You read about it in the paper and in Sports Illustrated, and it just seemed like such a cool, gentleman's game (yes, I know yacht racing is for the disgustingly rich, but I didn't think about that as a kid).  The 2013 regatta is set to begin Saturday, with the Golden Gate Yacht Club defending the challenge of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.  I saw today that GGYC's representative, Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA, has already forfeited two races in the best of 17, for cheating with a different boat in previous races.  I thought of what I used to see as a gentleman's sport (rich gentleman but gentleman, nonetheless) turned into a corporate cash grab...which turned my thoughts to the PEDs in baseball.  It made me sad.  I then thought of golfers, who as goofy as some of the rules are, seem to police themselves nicely.  I thought the sporting world needs more golfers.

Beer and Queso / Insect Problems
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:19:44 pm »
So a few weeks ago, the A/C at the ranch went out.  Ants shorted out the contact switch.  I got up here last night, and the DirecTV is out.  A giant banana spider has built a web across the dish.  I sweep it off, and everything is cool.  Today, that little fucker has built the web back.  Normally, I like having the banana spiders around, but this little bastard is pissing me off. 

I sure wish it would rain.

Beer and Queso / Friday tune...
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:30:43 pm »
One of the most under-rated bands of the 70's and one of my favorite album covers...

Beer and Queso / Proposed New Airline Rule
« on: July 21, 2013, 11:35:21 am »
So I'm sitting at the airport in New Orleans, booked on the 9:25 to Houston. We're delayed due to a mechanical issue. They won't say how long. The next flight up at our gate is the 12:25 to Houston. They're getting ready to board that one. I propose that when a flight is delayed because of plane trouble, the passengers on the earliest flight should get the next plane scheduled to that destination city.

Talk Zone / Unwritten rules of Denial League?
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:32:32 am »
OK, so here's the situation.  I'm on 2B, with a runner behind me at 1B.  I think we're up by 7 or 8 runs, but we're actually up by 11.  Top of the 7th inning.  They're paying me no attention, so I take 3B.  The pitcher on the other team, who's a regular crybaby anyway, throws a fit.  Yells at me.  Threatens to hit our batters.  He doesn't.  We eventually win the game by 7 runs. 

After the game, I talk to the opposing pitcher, whom I've known and played against for years, and apologized saying I didn't realize we were up as much as we were, wasn't trying to embarrass anyone, in this league 10 runs is not insurmountable, nothing personal, I hope he understands I just thought I was trying to scratch out every run we could get.  He was not particularly gracious. 

So, should I get one in the back next time I face him? 

Beer and Queso / Sports Headlines From Around the Globe
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:50:08 am »
Why is that I get better sports coverage pretty much any place in the word than in Houston?  (that's a rhetorical question, chuck, I'm not expecting an answer)

From this morning's Arab Times sports pages...

Lead Story (cricket):  India outplay Sri Lanka to reach Champs Trophy final - Apparently India are a cricket juggernaut.  Host England had better watch out...that Shikhar Dhawan is quite a masher.

Soccer (yes they call it soccer, not "football"):

Spain thrash Tahiti 10-0, break FIFA record - This is just embarassing.
Italy edge Japan to make semis
Neymar counter-attacks in word and deed

Hockey:  Hawks edge Bruins to level Stanley Cup final - Hockey is more important in the Middle East than it is in the US.

Badminton:  Filippino Badminton Association of Ahmadi Summer Smash Tournament returns to action - I've been wondering what was going on in the international badminton world.

Horse Racing:  Queen makes history with Royal Ascot Gold Cup Win - apparently "top hats were thrown skywards".

Olympics:  2016 Games will bring 'significant benefits' - The Brazilian natives are restless.  

Auto racing:  Mercedes accuse FIA of 'double standards' - Those sneaky Germans are at it again, this time with illegal tyres.

Davis homers twice as Orioles rout Tigers 13-3 - Davis leads the league with 26 dingers.
Houston host MLB diversity summit - Fuck you Bud.

Folau among 3 new caps for Wallabies - It takes a combined British and Irish team to match up against the Aussies.
5 changes to All Blacks team against France - An "all blacks" team?  So much for Bud and his diversity program.

Serena targets 6th Wimbledon title, 17th major - Speaking of juggernauts...
Murray poised to end Britain 77 years of pain - It's tough being a Limey tennis fan...

Beer and Queso / RIP Slim Whitman
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:32:33 pm »
I just read in the other RIP thread about Whitman.  Not only was he from my hometown, but he was one of the last of the old-school "countrypolitan" crooners, which I much prefer to the hell raising, booze addled redneck caricatures in country music today.  And more poignantly, he was one of the ever dimishining club of WWII veterans, who are leaving us too soon.

RIP Slim.

Beer and Queso / PC to PC VOIP programs
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:09:50 pm »
I don't remember if we've ever talked about this, but....aside from Skype, is there any other PC to PC voice and or video conferencing programs out there that people like or recommend? 

Beer and Queso / Tattoo coverups
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:06:26 pm »
So I'm watching this show on SpikeTV..."Tattoo Nightmares".  The premise is, people get tattoos that they regret, so as a solution, they get a bigger, gaudier tattoo to cover it up.  For example:  A chick has a butterfly on her ass cheek, and her boyfriend laughs at her while doing her from behind.  The solution: get a giant grim reaper that goes down the back of her thigh, up to the middle of her back.  One guy had a tattoo of a bullet hole on his head, and was embarrassed by it.  To fix that, he had a giant American flag cover his entire bald head. 

And these people wonder why they can't get a job.

Beer and Queso / More wine...
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:57:21 pm »
We should have a dedicated thread or board for this....

Fuedo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola

From Sicily.  Excellent.  Rich and velvety on the palate.  Goes really well with Mrs. Hawk's fresh pasta and gravy.  And homemade bread.  Check it out.

Talk Zone / Comcast Houston
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:03:59 pm »
So I'm at Best Buy today, and there's a DirecTV rep there.  He tells me that CSN and DirecTV have struck a deal.  However, it will not be available until October, when the Astros season ends and the Rockets season starts.  He said he didn't know when it would be announced, but that it's been done for a while, just lots of posturing on both sides.  But according to this guy, the deal is done.  We'll see.

Talk Zone / AT&T Park
« on: May 28, 2013, 07:51:46 pm »
I'm in the Bay Area this week, and thought I'd try to catch a game at the Giants' yard. I'll have to go buy a jacket, but other than that, any suggestions?

Beer and Queso / More Whiskey
« on: May 25, 2013, 07:28:29 pm »
Rebecca Creek..."Texas in a glass".  Not bad.  Easy sippin'.  Sitting on the porch, watching it rain. 

Beer and Queso / Upscale bar in Houston...
« on: May 16, 2013, 02:21:52 pm »
Is there one left...anywhere?  I don't want a sports bar, I don't want a DJ, I don't want a "casual atmosphere", I don't want ferns, I don't want a TV, I don't want free shots, and I don't want strippers or hipsters or sandal-wearing dog lovers.  Not that those things don't have their place, but it's not what I'm asking about.  Is the regular old "bar" simply gone from this humongous city of ours?

Beer and Queso / Player's Championship
« on: May 12, 2013, 05:52:31 pm »
Sergio THAT'S stepping on your dick!

Beer and Queso / 12 acres...shredded...
« on: April 26, 2013, 04:15:04 pm »
Time for a Shiner Farmhouse and cigar. 

Think I'll listen to some old Possum, in memorium.

Beer and Queso / Speaking of cigars and whiskey..
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:10:23 pm »
Heading to Downing Street. If anyone wants to join me, I'll buy you a scotch and cigar.

Beer and Queso / Tampa - Cigar Heaven
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:23:10 pm »
So in walking down four blocks of 7th Ave, I went into four places hand rolling cigars, plus a handful of other cigar shops/bars. I love my hometown.

Beer and Queso / Airplane Idiots
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:58:53 am »
So I'm sitting in my seat and some fuckstick brings one of those giant rolling duffel bags down the aisle. He tries to lift it into the overhead bin, but surprise, it's 9 times too big. It's also heavy, and he loses control and drops the hole thing right in my face, shattering my glasses into my face.

Would it be impolite to beat the everlasting shit out of him?

Talk Zone / Manager's Decision
« on: April 09, 2013, 07:16:20 am »
Apparently Porter runs a pretty tight ship.

Martinez pulled from the game for making a mental mistake in his approach at the plate in the 4th inning.

Beer and Queso / Friday Wine Thread
« on: April 05, 2013, 03:20:48 pm »
Gorgeous day...sitting on the patio with a La Flor De Las Antillas toro and a bottle of Pulenta Estate malbec, 2009.  Both are out fucking standing.

Talk Zone / Today's Game (4/3)
« on: April 03, 2013, 08:43:53 am »
Anyone planning on attending the first Businessman's Special?

Talk Zone / UnoTelly
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:58:09 pm »
Anyone used it?  I'm just particular reason.  As far as you know.

Talk Zone / On baseball fashion...
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:14:08 am »
Since the Astros wore their new duds for the first time on Sunday, I just thought I'd remind everyone that there is a proper way to wear your stirrups.  The higher cutout goes at the back of your leg.  So if anyone, for whatever reason, feels compelled to wear these magnificent creations...on the field, in the stands, at the office, in church, what have you...please wear them properly.

That is all.

Beer and Queso / R.I.P. Alvin Lee
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:19:19 pm »

Beer and Queso / Go Texan! Music Thread
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:47:47 pm »
Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings.  I love the guitar in this song.

Beer and Queso / Friday Rock n' Roll Thread
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:19:42 pm »
For some reason this just sounded like a Friday afternoon...

Johnny Winter from 1973

Beer and Queso / Friday Beer
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:10:15 pm »
Shiner FM 966.  Not sure when it came out, but just saw it at the HEB this morning.  Having one now at the ranch on this BEAUTIFUL afternoon.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Think I'll sit on the porch and pick some tunes while I down a few.

Beer and Queso / Saturday Wine Thread
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:11:34 pm »
Since we discussed wines the other day in the whiskey thread...

Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino.  Holy sweet cherry pie that is an outstanding wine.  I LOVE Italian wines for just sitting around and drinking, and that may be one of the best I've ever had.  It ain't cheap, but if you're any kind of wine drinker, do yourself a favor.  Save up!

Beer and Queso / Texans v Colts
« on: December 16, 2012, 01:38:11 pm »
Dick stepping galore. Turned a 17-point halftime lead into a 10-point lead.

And how the fuck does Marciano still have a job?

Beer and Queso / RIP Dave Brubeck
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:07:12 pm »
A pioneer in modern jazz.  I got to see him live once.  Fantastic.  He would have been 92 tomorrow.

Talk Zone / RIP Marvin Miller
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:04:49 am »
Both loved and despised, depending on which side of the aisle you sat, but no disputing that few individuals have had as big an impact on the business side of sports.

Beer and Queso / Downtown eats
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:17:23 am »
I know we've probably discussed this before, but the Mrs. and I are going to the symphony tonight, and want to get a bite before hand.  Maybe some appetizers or tapas or something...not necessarily a full blown meal.  I was thinking about Andalucia Tapas, but wasn't sure.  Anybody have a review?  Any other places to eat around 6ish before an 8:00 show at Jones Hall?

Beer and Queso / Texans at Lions...Turkey Day Game
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:50:01 pm »
God almighty the Texans secondary is bad.  If they refuse to pressure Stafford, it's going to be another LOOOOONNNGGG day.

Beer and Queso / Texans v Jagoffs
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:43:23 am »
Ok, today is the most spectacular football weather imaginable, and the fucking roof is closed?  I want my share of that $180MM back, dammit.

Beer and Queso / Texans at Bears
« on: November 11, 2012, 08:22:10 pm »
Massive amounts of dick stomping.

Talk Zone / World Series
« on: October 29, 2012, 07:08:31 am »
So when does it start?

Beer and Queso / Pole Tax...NY style
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:15:19 am »

NY Supreme Court rules that nude dancing is not art, unlike say ballet, but rather "entertainment", and is not exempt from sales tax.

The court split 4-3, with the dissenting judges saying there's no distinction in state law between "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance," so the case raises "significant constitutional problems."


Beer and Queso / iProblems
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:46:55 pm »
Ok, so I upgraded my iPhone and iPad to the new iOS, and iTunes wouldn't recognize them.  So I tried to upgrade to iTunes 10.7...won't install.  I've tried everything, including, as the Apple people told me, uninstalling and redownloading.  Nope.  You can't go back, so now I have nothing.  Nada...zilch.  Anyone have problems?  Suggestions? 

Beer and Queso / Friday LIVE! Music Discussion
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:13:25 am »
Topic:  Best Live Album.

Led Zeppelin... How The West Was Won

Allman Bros...At Fillmore East

Johnny Cash...At San Quentin

Cheap Trick...At Budokan

Genesis...Seconds Out

Talk Zone / NL Play In Game
« on: October 05, 2012, 06:13:52 pm »
Braves stomping all over their dicks.  Four unearned runs so far on three errors and not covering 1B.

Beer and Queso / Friday Whiskey Thread
« on: September 14, 2012, 11:56:23 am »
Heading to the ranch with my old six string and a bottle of 1835 Texas bourbon. My first taste will be tonight, but it's shaping up to be a good evening.

Beer and Queso / Hats in a restaurant...slightly modified
« on: September 05, 2012, 10:05:51 am »
Ran across THIS today.  Though I don't quite agree, it was still funny...and to the point.

"...As for hat storage, a restaurant should be prepared for the possible onslaught of civilization, and so, if there is no proper storage, one should ask the host, hostess or waitperson where one might temporarily store one’s hat. If the facility provides no suitable accommodation and no unused chair is handy, a gentleman is justified in leaving it on, at a rakish angle proportionate with his degree of displeasure."

Beer and Queso / Blast from the past
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:33:34 pm »
One of my favorite things to do is go back and re-read old threads. There is some funny shit on this site. It's also interesting to pull up some old predictions. Like this one from six years ago about Vince Young and Mario Williams. The funniest part is Limey pimping Matt Leinart.

Beer and Queso / I love Top Gear
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:15:22 am »
It's a repeat, but they're reviewing the Porsche Cayenne....

"It's the monkfish of the auto world.  It's got all the sex appeal of a camel with gingivitis.  I'd rather walk back to the studio than drive another meter in this monstrosity.  And so I will.  Cheers."


Beer and Queso / Texans 2012
« on: August 11, 2012, 07:32:10 pm »
First pre season game tonight.  A couple of observations through the first half...

1.  First team offense looking sloppy. 
2.  First team defense looking sharp.
3.  Alan Ball is awful.
4.  Replacement refs suck.
5.  Texans wearing 10th Anniversary patches, even though this is their 11th year.

Talk Zone / Funny Denial League Story
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:24:40 am »
A lot of times, when a hitter swings at a border line pitch, he'll ask the umpire if it was otherwise a strike.  90% of the time, the umpire will say "oh yeah, that was right on the corner" or something like that.  Once in a while the ump will say "no, I would have called that a ball".  Either way, the ump usually says something about the pitch.  Last night, playoffs of the old man division of the Denial League.  Close game, 3-2 count on the hitter.  The hitter swings at a pitch that was over the plat, but high, and fouls it back.  He turns to the ump as asks "was that a strike or did I swing at ball four?"  The ump says "we'll never know, will we".  I couldn't help but laught out loud.

Beer and Queso / Saturday Beer...
« on: June 16, 2012, 12:29:03 pm »
Alaskan Amber at my local HEB...YES!!!!! I just got a semi.

Beer and Queso / Since we're talking men's fashion...
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:17:51 am »
My wife and I have this debate all the time.  Like a lot of men, I wear undershirts.  I think they make you more comfortable and your shirts last longer when you wear them.  My wife likes the crew neck version, so that she can see the collar under my shirt.  I personally think it's tacky when any of your underwear is showing, short or shirts, and like the v-necks. 

Beer and Queso / Business Too Casual
« on: June 05, 2012, 03:39:55 pm »
I didn't start out to be the resident curmudgeon, but after rants about everything from shaving to maladroit waitstaff, it's time to list the next reason why the world has gone to hell in a handbasket...this unkempt army of hobos that has invaded my place of employment. 

When I started in the professional world (not THAT long ago), it was expected that I wear a jacket and tie, if not a suit, to work.  Every.  Day.  I was not politician or a lawyer, just a run-of-the-mill professional, who was expected to look...well, professional, not like I was getting ready to clean out the garage.  I wore socks, and the only two acceptable colors of shoes were brown or black.  Purple wasn't on the color palette.  Now, I'm appalled at what some people consider appropriate business attire.  Not only do they look like homeless waifs, but this casual attitude has blurred the definition of what is acceptable personal conduct between co-workers.  There is a line there people...when you come to work, you are to behave differently than when you are sitting in a lawn chair drinking beer.  Different language, different interactions with your co-workers. 

I'm not down on business casual.  I didn't particularly like having to wear a suit everyday, especially in Houston.  But it sure made me feel like I was working at a place of business.  Let's have SOME boundaries.

Talk Zone / West Texas Rangers Bandwagon...Full
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:23:16 pm »
At the yard in Midland. If there's one douchebag here wearing a Josh Hamilton jersey, there're two hundred. Throw in the caps and tshirts, and a good 80% of the crowd is wearing some Ranger paraphenalia. Two years ago, it was all Astros.

Beer and Queso / R.I.P. Doc Watson
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:56:06 am »
One of my favorite pickers, and a pioneer in traditional American roots and folk music.  He was 89. 

I couldn't find Doc's version of Take Me Out To The Ballgame, one of my favorites and the one that's played during the Stretch at the Durham Bulls games, but another of my favorite Doc tunes along with a little introduction...the Black Mountain Rag.

Beer and Queso / RIP Mike Wallace
« on: April 08, 2012, 07:28:59 pm »
Dead at 93.

Beer and Queso / New iPad
« on: March 21, 2012, 04:40:23 pm »
On a whim, I picked up an iPad today. Posting from it now. I like it. It will definitely replace the laptop for surfing while sitting around the house.

Beer and Queso / Friday Night Supper Thread
« on: March 16, 2012, 07:33:41 pm »
Mustard greens, purple hulls and cornbread...with sweet tea. 

I'm in heaven.

Beer and Queso / And another coffee etiquette
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:29:47 am »
If you're going to live in a civilized society, there are certain behaviors that should be observed when it comes to the coffee pot.

1.  When you arrive at the office, and the coffee has not been made, don't bitch and moan.  Make the coffee.

2.  When you do make coffee, just make it normal, according to the directions.  We understand that you may like yours weak, or strong, but don't use 1/4 of the bag for a pot, and don't use 4 bags just because you need a little extra jolt.

3.  The decaf pot is for decaf.  It's clearly marked.  Don't make decaf in the other pots, and don't make regular in the decaf pot.  Believe it or not, decaf is a big deal to some people.

4.  Finally, when you take the last cup, make a fresh pot.  Just because you left four coffee molecules in the pot doesn't mean you didn't empty the pot.

Follow these rules, and the world will be a better place for all of us.

Beer and Queso / Shaving...Part Deux
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:43:39 am »
A while back, we had a fun conversation about razors and shaving (one of my favorite threads, BTW), in which I said I'd had enough of the gimmicky four, six, twelve..howevermany bladed cartridges out there, for which you need a federal background check to purchase.  Since then I have been experimenting with numerous types of shaving apparati.  My face isn't nearly as handsome as the Dark Star's, so I figured what the hell.

I have settled on the traditional double-edged safety razor, the kind your grandfather probably used.  Not only does it give the second best shave possible (behind only a finely honed straight razor), the blades cost about $0.20 a piece rather than about $4.

Also, my new preferred shaving equipment is made in the old country, Limeyland.  My razor, my badger hair brush, and even the shaving cream, which is made by a company called Taylor of Old Bond Street, which just sounds like somewhere a millionaire would shop.

At any rate...sometimes the old ways are just better.

Beer and Queso / Whisky Stones
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:56:45 pm »
So I finally got a set of these...real soapstone pieces that you freeze and add to your whisky.  They definitely "cool" the whisky down, but not nearly as much as real ice.  Of course, they don't dilute the whisky either.  Overall, they work pretty well.  Only one problem:  I only have 9 of them, and they take several hours to freeze.  So if I use three for each glass of whisky, that's only three glasses a sitting. 

Beer and Queso / One dick..stomped
« on: December 03, 2011, 01:26:51 pm »
Cougars not looking like a Top 100 team today. 

Beer and Queso / Thanksgiving Dinner rant...
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:24:24 pm »
You guys can think I'm being ridiculous all you want, but... when I invite you to my home for Thanksgiving dinner, it's not alright to show up in gym shorts, a tshirt and tennis shoes.  Yes, you are family.  Yes, I want you to feel welcome in my home.  But, I invited you over to celebrate a tradition-rich, honored National Holiday, not help me clean out the garage.  I realize it's not a Presidential inauguration ball, but I still think wearing pants is in order.  The worst part is, your sons were dressed the same way, and I'm afraid they're going to grow up thinking it's acceptable to wear your workout clothes to Thanksgiving dinner.  So pardon ol' Uncle Matt for having to give them what appears to be the only lesson in social etiquette they'll be receiving.

Beer and Queso / It's 11:00...
« on: November 19, 2011, 11:04:21 pm »
The BCS is a mess, RG3 may have just won himself the Heisman, and OU sucks!


Beer and Queso / Friday Beer Thread 11/18/2011
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:36:58 pm »
Saint Arnold "Sailing Santa".  Picked up a couple at Spec's.  Drinking it's hoppy as all hell.

Beer and Queso / Tattoo Question
« on: November 18, 2011, 02:21:17 pm »
I'm sitting at Just Burgers (great green chile cheeseburger, by the way) on Louetta/Steubner Airline, which is across the street from Klein High School. As I watch the kids leave school, I notice that most of them are covered in tattoos. Not small ones, big ones all over. Especially the girls.  So my question is...I thought you had to be 18 to get a tattoo. Is that not correct?  Or do these kids get them illegally?

Beer and Queso / Mark Cuban
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:38:50 pm »
I'm watching him on Entertainment Tonight.  One question...has he always been so flaming?  I didn't even know he was gay.

Beer and Queso / Saturday Night at the Ranch...
« on: November 12, 2011, 07:32:03 pm »
Woodford Reserve and Carillo "Short Run" toro.

So I was listening earlier to Alvin Lee's "In Tennessee", the record he did with Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana.  I fuckin' LOVE that record!

At any rate, now listening to Dave (with a shoutout to the Boss)....

(E) At sixteen she quit high school
To make her fortune in the promised land
She got a (A) job behind the counter
In an (E) all night hamburger stand
She wrote faithfully home to mama...
"Mama don't you worry none
From small things mama, (B) big things one day (E) come"

(E) It was late one Friday
He pulled in out of the dark
He was (A) tall and handsome
First she took his (E) order then she took his heart
They bought a house up on the hillside
Where little feet soon would (C#m) run
From (E) small things mama, (B) big things one day (E) come

Talk Zone / Tanked Commander Calling it a Career
« on: October 31, 2011, 09:16:27 am »
Tony LaRussa retiring.  Going out on top, I suppose.

Beer and Queso / Saturday Night
« on: October 15, 2011, 09:46:03 pm »
Maker's Mark 46 and Chateau Fuente Double Corona.  That is all.

Beer and Queso / Summer Reading
« on: September 01, 2011, 07:40:05 pm »
Summer is almost gone, and I hadn't recalled a thread on our summer reading, so...

I'm finishing up The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough (who wrote Barbarians At The Gate). It's a terrific narrative of the lives of some of Texas's early oil millionaires, guys like H.L. Hunt, Roy Cullen, Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson, from their days as true wildcatters to their status as some of the richest men in the world, to their influences over national politics. The best book on the oil business since Daniel Yergin's The Prize

Also, at the request of the missus, I've read The Art of Racing In The Rain, and have promised to read The Help.

Beer and Queso / 5.9 Earthquake hits northern Virginia
« on: August 23, 2011, 01:41:32 pm »
Capitol, Pentagon, etc being evacuated. Felt as far as NYC and Toronto

Hope all our friends in that area are safe.

Beer and Queso / Houston Eating
« on: July 09, 2011, 01:47:18 pm »
I am at Cafe Rabelais in the Rice Village. This may be the best grilled chicken sandwich I've ever had. Better than Chili's, and the waitress did not sit at my table.

Beer and Queso / Travel Reccommendations: Charleston, SC
« on: July 05, 2011, 12:58:37 pm »
I never fail to get great advice here.  Will be there at the end of the month.  What to do...where to eat...let's hear 'em.

Beer and Queso / External Graphics Cards
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:59:14 pm »
So the wife is wanting to add a second monitor to her desktop at the office (after she hears me rave about my having three).  She has the one VGA port on the motherboard, and that's it.  I told her she basically has two options: 1) install an additional or dual-port graphics card through a open PCI slot, or 2) one of those external cards that connects through a USB port.  Obviously the former is the best solution, and likely the cheapest.  But it requires getting her good-for-nothing IT guy to actually install it.  Has anyone used one of the latter?  Is it any good?  Response time?  Am I missing any other options?

Talk Zone / Sat Night Game
« on: April 23, 2011, 01:38:22 pm »
Anyone interested in meeting up to watch the game tonight?

Beer and Queso / Writing Instruments
« on: April 14, 2011, 10:36:24 am »
So here's an odd discussion I had yesterday...

I have to write a lot for work.  Not like writing papers or novels (though I do a lot of technical writing), but taking notes and drawing maps and diagrams.  I'm either in a meeting, in the field taking notes, or drawing and marking up maps.  They have apps for that.  They're calld "pens" and "pencils". 

I'm kind of particular about my writing instrument.  When I'm in a meeting or otherwise use a pen, I prefer a fountain pen.  They're incredibly smooth and much easier and less tiresome on the arm than ballpoints.  And since I'm right-handed, smearing the ink is not a problem.  In the field, I use an ultra-fine point Sharpie.  It's the best waterproof ink I've ever seen.  For drawing, I use a drafting pencil, an Alvin Draftmatic I bought 26 years ago, to be exact. 

My co-workers find it funny that I don't simply use the cheap stuff they put in the office supply cabinet.  Am I the only one who's still particular about such things? 

Beer and Queso / Cheeseburgers and naked women...
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:34:50 am »
So I mentioned last week that I was in Santa Fe, one of my favorite places to eat.  So Thursday, after a meeting, I decide that that I have to get a green chile cheeseburger at the Bobcat Bite.  So my co-worker and I are sitting at the counter, waiting on our burger, and a tatooed couple walk in and sit next to us.  The good looking blonde introduces herself as "Krissy" and strikes up a conversation about the food.  As we're chatting, in walks all these people with TV cameras, microphones, clipboards, etc.  The guy makes an announcement that they're filming a food-related TV show, starring the hip-looking couple.  I have to sign a release, get my picture taken, etc, etc.  So I continue to chat with these folks while the cameras are right in our faces and about three inches from my burger.  Turns out, the guy is some really trendy French chef from Los Angeles named Ludo Lefevbre, who is currently the greatest thing in L.A. since sliced bread.  I, of course, am not familiar with him.  So last night, I'm looking the guy up on the interwebs, and low and behold, not only is *he* a culinary mover and shaker, but his wife, with whom I spent the better part of an hour talking about chiles and burgers and barbecue, was a contestant on The Apprentice and appeared within the pages and on the cover of the June 2007 issue of Playboy.  It was my first experience dining with a Playboy model.

Beer and Queso / Margaritas and enchiladas
« on: March 30, 2011, 08:08:37 pm »
I'm sitting at The Pink Adobe in Santa Fe, as I type.  Cheese enchilada, pork tamale and chicken taco to complement the rita. I absolutely LOVE eating in this town.

Talk Zone / Race For The Lid XII
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:52:42 am »
It's baaaaack! Yes, the game you all pay waaaaay too much attention to and get underoos in a bunch about has made its return to the TZ.  The heck with March Madness Brackets, you know as well as I do that the RFTL is really the primo game in town.  We will award a lid to the winner.

You ready... here you go...

Contest Rules:
1.  Whatever the rules are, BudGirl (your RFTL judge and jury for 2010) can change them any time for any reason, including whim.  The purpose of this rule is not to promote chaos, but to preempt wailing, moaning, whining, and griping.  Particularly griping.
2.  Picks below 80 should not win, even if they’re right they’re wrong.  They will be accepted and you can be a winner but no one will like you.
3.  All posts are in this thread.  Posts out of this thread are DQ’d unless BudGirl changes the rules.
4.  One choice per person.
5. If there are gaps in the high picks, say, between 95 and 162, the high pick gets the gaps down to the next highest pick.  This does not work in reverse, i.e., below 95.  We all lose if the Astros win fewer than the low pick.
6. The grand prize, of course, is an Astros cap of BudGirl's choosing from  BudGirl is allowed to make rulings on prize disputes that may arise... namely, she gets to tell you to go to hell if you whine that you should get the prize!
7.  NO POSTINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE OFFICIAL COMMENCEMENT TIME, WHICH IN THIS CIRCULAR DEFINITION WILL BE ON OR ABOUT 10:00 a.m., Thursday, MARCH 31ST (the Official Commencement Time).  Anyone who post before then will be DQ'd.________________________________________
8.  No entries will be accepted after the first pitch on Opening Day.
9.  If there is no correct entry BudGirl will find a winner by a method created in her mind or with some help.
10.  Here’s the list of past winners:

2010 Lurch
2009 Ron Brand
2008 EasTexAstro
2006  Fredia (who PM'ed me and called me every name in the book... misspelled of course)
2005  Drew Corleone
2004  Andyzipp
2003  Jim R
2002  no winner
2001  Neil T. (See how arbitrary and capricious his rulemaking can be?  He didn’t even enter the contest until the 161st game, right after he disqualified the real winner.)
2000  no winner, but one heck of a whiner
1999  Astrobabe

Good Luck!

Beer and Queso / Super Bowl Predictions
« on: February 06, 2011, 02:57:56 pm »
My wife bought these dog treats shaped like a football helmet.  One was decorated with the Steelers' logo, the other with the Packers'.  I let my older dog, Wrangler, pick first.  He didn't hesitate.  He's taking the Steelers.  So it's pretty much in the bag.

Beer and Queso / Another bill from Bob McNair...
« on: January 29, 2011, 08:39:08 am »
arrived yesterday.  Yep, the bill for the 2011 Houston Texans season tickets has arrived.  Mr. McNair includes a letter explaining how excited he is at the championship he's building, but is generously keeping all pricing the same as 2010 (ticket prices have nearly doubled in the last 5 years, and parking prices have risen 125%).  He also addresses the impending work stoppage.  Here is what they're saying:

  • Full payment of your tickets is expected, as normal.
  • If any games are cancelled due to the lockout, you will be refunded the cost of the cancelled games.
  • Refunds will be paid "no later than 30 days after knowing exactly how many home games we will have in 2011".
  • If you pay in full by the due date, any refund will be paid with interest.
  • You will have a choice to receive in the form that you paid for the tickets (credit card, check, etc) or as credit on your account for future purchases.

So there ya go.  I guess you really can't ask for more than that.

Beer and Queso / They get you going and coming...
« on: January 28, 2011, 09:45:58 am »
Remember that ultra-sweet trip to the Pro Bowl I won last year?  I've just been informed that I will be getting taxed on that.  Now I'm starting to worry about how many of those "free" mojitos I drank.

Beer and Queso / I have officially seen it all now...
« on: December 31, 2010, 11:50:56 am »
A television commercial for a vibrator.

Beer and Queso / Wednesday Whisky Thread
« on: December 22, 2010, 02:33:26 pm »
Aberlour A'bunadh.  The Batch No. 28 is outstanding.  It's even better with Cuban Montecristo No. 3.  I highly recommend it to all of you.

Beer and Queso / Personality Profile
« on: December 17, 2010, 01:55:16 pm »
So at work, we had to take this personality profile test to determine what "ecolor" we, green/yellow, etc.  This "helps us communicate in the ways other people hear".  Turns out, I'm blue/yellow, which apparently means the following:

(verbatim from my profile)

"I am a low key, inclusive person who makes others feel comfortable and wanted.  I am naturally supportive and a natural conversationalist who both listens and expresses myself with ease.  I seek positive relationships and enjoy being involved with different kinds of people in different situations.  However, there are times when I enjoy being on my own.

I have a tendency to build esteem in others and I am always looking for opportunities to seek harmony.  I sometimes lack assertiveness with others and play down my own personal needs.  I have an inherent sense of fun and enjoy seeing people happy.  I dislike confrontation or conflict."


Game Zone 2010 Playoffs / NLCS Game 1...Giants at Phillies...
« on: October 16, 2010, 07:27:36 pm »
Lincecum v. Halladay.  Maybe the pitching matchup of the century so far.  Anyone watching?

End of the 2nd, 0-0...Halladay perfect, Lincecum gave up a leadoff double to Howard to start the second, but got out with no other baserunners.

Beer and Queso / Sporadic is a genius
« on: October 08, 2010, 02:29:14 pm »
Since his 10-second internet golf lesson, I've shaved approximately 15 strokes off my game.  Consistently.  Shot in the 80's today for the first time in a very long time.  Who knew the key to golf was not to try to hit the ball.

Talk Zone / Astros in non-HD
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:18:45 pm »
Any reason why the last 10 games or so have not been in HD?

Beer and Queso / Sonofabitch...again!
« on: September 27, 2010, 05:49:30 pm »
I'm at Outback, right now, and TWICE the waitress has sat down at my table...once with food on the table!


Beer and Queso / Friday Bourbon Thread
« on: September 03, 2010, 04:31:14 pm »
Not a big bourbon drinker, but someone asked a while back about some of the good ones.  This month's Cigar Aficionado has an article on top quality bourbons.  Some of their recommendations:

Maker's 46
Evan Williams Single Barrel Reserve
Russell's Reserve Small Batch 10
Basil Hayden
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Jim Beam Black
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select (yes, I know Jack Daniel's technically isn't a bourbon, but it's on their list as a "close cousin")

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros @ Phillies 8/25/2010
« on: August 25, 2010, 06:02:50 pm »
Lineups?  You want lineups?

I got a sixer of Fireman's 4 and a special cigar for's that?

Beer and Queso / Business etiquette question...
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:07:23 pm »
For the last 3 months, I've had a summer intern working with me.  Friday is her last day.  I'm going to take her to lunch with some of her other co-workers, and I have a nice card with a handwritten note (the standard "thank of luck in your career...I know you'll be successful...etc).  However, I was wondering if it's appropriate for me to get her a departing gift...not from the company, but from me personally?  Obviously, the gift would be business appropriate, but is it creepy or in bad form for me to give the gift?

Beer and Queso / Another edition of "Eatin' in the oil patch"...
« on: August 12, 2010, 03:59:59 pm »
Today it was Sally's Cafe in Sundown, TX.  The green chile cheeseburger may be the best burger I've ever had.  Yes, I'm serious. 

Beer and Queso / Boston update (since I don't Twitter)
« on: August 06, 2010, 04:26:12 pm »
The North End fuckin' rocks!  I LOVE this town!

Beer and Queso / Fenway Park
« on: August 05, 2010, 03:08:44 pm »
I'm here now. It's hotter than all fuck. It's raining. They've cancelled the ballpark tour. There's not a bar within walking distance of the yard.  Wish you were here.

Beer and Queso / More Restaurant Recommendations Needed. This time...
« on: July 30, 2010, 09:35:29 am »

Gonna be ther next week.  Looking for a nice dinner place for Saturday night.  Not opposed to spending a couple hundred bucks.  Staying in the Back Bay area, and will not have a car.  I know there a plenty of folks here who know the town, so let's here 'em!

Beer and Queso / Behavior in a restaurant that really chaps my ass...
« on: July 18, 2010, 11:17:05 pm »
This is my response to the next waiter who comes to the table, sits down and says "what can I get for you?"...

"The first thing you can get is your ass up from my dinner table.  I don't recall inviting you to join us."

Seriously...since when did it become appropriate for the waiter to sit down at the table with the guests?  His job is to take my order and bring me my fucking food, not sit in on my dinner party. 

Beer and Queso / Party on, Groovers
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:54:21 pm »
Don't know how many of you are fans of the movie Fandango, but this weekend is UltimateFandango 2010, which happens to be the 25th anniversary of the film.  UF is an annual pilgrimage for devotees, and it's a weekend long road trip to the various places shown in the film, culminating in the spot along the Rio Grande where "DOM" was buried. 

UF2010 started tonight with a screening of the film at the Big Sky Drive-In here in Midland.  Great night...lots of Shiner, cigars and stories with people from all over the country.  Chuck Bush, who played "Dorman" in the film was there, and got to chat with him a bit.  He's a super cool guy.

At any rate, if you've never seen the film, shame on you.  It's the greatest "road trip" movie ever, not to mention one of the best "Texas movies" of all time.  It's also got some awesome tunes.

Party on!

Beer and Queso / On the razor's edge...
« on: July 14, 2010, 08:41:55 am »

I ran across this article earlier this week, and it kind of hit home with me, as I've recently decided I've had enough of the fancy gimmicks and paying $20 for a 4-pack of razor blades.  I've gone back to the cheap disposable kind, you know 10 fer a dollar.  But it got me thinking...who keeps buying this crap?  Is it everyday guys like me or just the young guys who look like the models in the commercials?

At any rate, I suppose shaving is a pretty personal choice for most guys, and everyone has their favorite way of doing it.  My grandfather used a straight razor.  My dad used the ol' double-edged "safety razor", which could still tear your face up, if you were still a little groggy in the morning.  Me...I've tried using both, but didn't have the skill to sharpen the straight razor properly and the safety razor made even more nervous.  I've always used the modern "bloodless" kind, though I'm not a devotee of any particular brand or style.  But something makes me long for the days when shaving was an important daily ritual, something a man did to put his best face forward, even if he wasn't a matinee idol.  Perhaps I'm just getting old.

Beer and Queso / Hobby Airport
« on: June 28, 2010, 04:49:27 pm »
If you haven't been to Hobby recently (and by recently I mean in the last few months), you're in for a treat the the next time you do. They've recently started to open up all the renovations they've been doing the last few years, and it looks fantastic. They've almost completely restored the original 1920's art deco look, as well as drastically increasing the ease of movement and functionality. At any rate, I spend a fair amount of time in an airport, and they've really done a nice job with this one.

Beer and Queso / Lost
« on: May 23, 2010, 05:47:49 pm »
The series finale starts in 15 minutes.  I suppose there'll be a few hours of recap and trying to explain how we got where we are, but then they'll attempt to wrap it all up.  I'm not optimistic, but I must say I'm looking forward to this series finale moreso than any show I've ever watched.  We'll see how it goes.

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Astros vs. Madres 5/9/10
« on: May 09, 2010, 01:13:13 pm »
Mother's Day Special....

Top of the 1st:

Gwynn leads off with a single
Gwynn steals 2B
Venable KS, 1 out
Headley flies out to LF, 2 out
Brownie mentions that an Astros starter does not have a win since April 25th.
Hairston KS, inning over.

Beer and Queso / West Texas Weather
« on: May 08, 2010, 08:39:55 am »
It was 104 degrees here Thursday afternoon.  My heater came on this morning. 

Beer and Queso / Boner Pills
« on: May 06, 2010, 07:59:19 pm »
How come after you take one, you have to sit in a bathtub?

Talk Zone / Rockies President Found Dead
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:49:21 pm »

Beer and Queso / Friday Booze
« on: April 16, 2010, 01:06:05 pm »
Well, Shiner 101 is finally now available out here in the desert.  Having a few watching the game.  Also, the only place in Midland that carries the Glenmorangie Nectar D'or will carry it no more.  I got the last bottle today.  Apparently, I'm the only one in town who drinks it. 

Beer and Queso / Speaking of cigars...
« on: April 12, 2010, 10:09:30 pm »
The latest shipments of the Fuente Opus X arrived at shops today.  The local shop here in Midland only got three boxes (that's 96 cigars), and I got there early, so I was able to pick up a handful of the Perfecxion X.  Quite the score, actually, especially considering that many shops allow a two cigars/day limit.  Get 'em while they're hot!

Beer and Queso / Friday Beer (and cigar)
« on: April 09, 2010, 04:50:52 pm »
Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse.  Oliva Serie G cameroon torpedo.

Feel free to discuss.

Beer and Queso / One down, one to go...
« on: March 30, 2010, 03:34:42 pm »
I have just been informed that Giada De Laurentiis will be in Houston on April 6th, signing her new cookbook at the William-Sonoma at Town & Country.  Now, if Rachel Ray is coming with her, my plan will be pefect.

Beer and Queso / I bought a candle today...
« on: March 27, 2010, 06:04:21 pm »
Now my apartment smells of leather-bound books and rich mahogany.

I love scotch.

Beer and Queso / Boogity, Boogity, Boogity...Let's Go Racin' Boys!
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:33:17 pm »
Great American Race today.  Beautiful day in Daytona....the old man on the pole (please, no)...Danica Patrick finally gone.  Should be a good one!

Beer and Queso / Beer Thread...Feb 13, 2010
« on: February 13, 2010, 01:30:14 pm »
I have recently been turned on to Firemans #4, a blonde ale from the Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco.  They have it on draft at the cigar bar here in Midland, and I picked up a sixer at HEB (Shiner 101 has still not made it this far west yet) today.  It's sort of cross between a hefeweizen and a pils, slightly cloudy with a kind of citrus-like complement.  It's definitely an ale though,  hoppy, but not overly so.  It's quite good.  

Beer and Queso / Death of a famous logo
« on: February 10, 2010, 09:18:42 am »

Way back in the day, kiddies, the "M" in MTV stood for "music".  The channel was conceived to be a channel devoted entirely to music, 24 hours a day.  But sadly, it has become "the reality channel", with the music all but gone.  However, there was still the famous tagline that accompanied the logo to remind us of the channel's roots.  Well, that is no more.  MTV has dropped the "music television" tagline altogether, completely ending the connection it once had to music.  I was just a whippersnapper, a freshman in high school, when MTV first appeared on the scene, but it had a pretty profound impact on my personal life at the time.  For those lucky enough to have cable tv, it was a daily ritual.  Discussions at school were abuzz about a new band or a new song.  Our social lives at that age were firmly fixed around the popular music of the time and by extension, MTV.  Most of us, of course, outgrew MTV, and music didn't seem to be all that important to the next generation, as they were more turned on by the latest celebrity gossip and watching a group of 20-somethings sit around a $10 million-dollar house arguing about who "disrespected" them.  For many folks, being 14, 15, 16 years old was a troubled time of confusion, arguing with their parents, being uncomfortable in their own skin.  But I'll always look back on that age with fondness, a time when I really had very few worries.  MTV was a part of that, and I'm sad to see the last link to that finally go. 

Beer and Queso / Lost
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:28:11 pm »
The final season starts tonight.  I better get some fucking answers this season.

Beer and Queso / Saints v. Vikings
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:59:52 pm »
The Vikings simply do not want to win this game.  And Brad Childress obviously has PhD from the "Gary Kubiak School Of Stepping On Your Dick".  How the fuck do you have too many men in the huddle coming out of a timeout when you're in field goal range to win the game?

Beer and Queso / Friday Booze Thread
« on: January 22, 2010, 04:07:35 pm »
Cragganmore...12 years my glass...right a good thing.

Beer and Queso / It's nights like tonight...
« on: January 21, 2010, 09:40:35 pm »
I miss the GameZone.  I can't wait til April.

Beer and Queso / Pro Bowl
« on: January 14, 2010, 02:07:17 pm »
My wife has just informed me that she has been chosen as the Houston Texans' "Toro's Extra Points" Grand Prize Winner.  Apparently we have won an all-expense paid trip to the Pro Bowl, including air fare, hotel, food, transportation, pre-game receptions/parties and, of course, tickets to the game.  So it looks like I will be spending the last weekend of January in Miami.  Too bad it wasn't in years past, when the Pro Bowl was in Hawai'i. 

No word whether or not I'll have a chance to kick Gary Kubiak in the junk.

Beer and Queso / Bing!
« on: December 31, 2009, 06:47:05 pm »
No, not Chandler from TV's Friends.  This crap that's all over the MSN home page and being advertised on TV.  Am I the only who thinks it's a huge steaming pile of internet shit?  I used to occassionally click on one of the teaser lines on the MSN page, as it led to a story.  Now it forwards you to a google search results page.  Asinine.

Beer and Queso / New Guitar
« on: December 29, 2009, 03:19:55 pm »
I bought a new guitar today...from a place I'd never thought I'd buy a guitar.  Best Buy.  They had it, Guitar Center didn't.  It's a Martin DX1, the solid spruce top with high-pressure laminate back and sides.  I wanted something that I hoped would a) handle the desert air a bit better than my solid wood guitar, and b) handle my knocking it around going back to the kitchen for more scotch.  It plays and sounds really nice. 

Beer and Queso / Fuck you, Marion Barber
« on: December 20, 2009, 09:25:52 am »
I trade for your happy ass when I lost Michael Turner and Ronnie Brown, and you've done nothing but suck complete ass.  I finally sit your sorry ass and you go off for two touchdowns.  You hadn't scored me a fucking touchdown all year.  Fuck you in your fucking ass.  You owe me $20.

Beer and Queso / Well Fuck, Cougars
« on: December 05, 2009, 02:31:56 pm »
Stepped on your dicks.  Oh well Ft. Worth Bowl, here we come.

Beer and Queso / Question for the multitudes of lawyers out there...
« on: December 04, 2009, 12:10:20 pm »
I received a copy of a subpoena today, not to me, but to one of my consultants, regarding some work they did 10-12 years ago on a project I'm currently working on.  I have no idea what the lawsuit is about, but am curious.  Are lawsuits public information?  Is it possible to find a copy of the original complaint online somewhere...county records or such where the complaint was filed?

Beer and Queso / Fight Club
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:44:25 am »
Finally got around to stumbling through it over the last four days.  Holy crap that's a terrible movie.  I thought Matthew Fox was the worst actor alive today, but now I'm convinced that Brad Pitt takes the title.  Fox overacts, Pitt just sucks.  The sad part is, the movie could have been good, but when you reel in a great actor like Edward Norton and give Meat Loaf the best part in the film, you're doomed.  Well, that and you cast Brad Pitt in it.

Beer and Queso / Vintage Watches
« on: November 16, 2009, 06:33:05 pm »
Not exactly a turtle question, but does anyone know much about vintage watches, or of a good resource to learn about them?  I've got my grandfather's old Omega and am wanting to learn more about it and how much it might cost to get it repaired/refurbished.

Beer and Queso / How 'bout them Coogs!
« on: September 27, 2009, 12:45:29 am »
Great win.  Leach is a dumbass.

Huge thanks to BudGirl (and her friend).  Ticket, free food and beer...she *is* connected.

Beer and Queso / Out of the way restaurants
« on: September 16, 2009, 04:12:38 pm »
I think I should start a journal, perhaps a column, on the out of the way little hole-in-the-wall/mop&pop/rural cafe-type places I often get to visit on my travels through the Oil Patch.  

Yesterday I ate at the Spanish Inn in Snyder.  I had the "Mexican Plate", which the menu says has been on the menu since 1943, even though the menu also says the restaurant has only been open since 1976.  It consisted of one cheese enchilada, one "taco", rice and beans.  The taco was more of a flauta, as it was fried.  At any rate, it wasn't bad, though the rice was a little strange and had a burnt taste to it.  The salsa was pretty good.  I'll be in/around Big Lake tomorrow, so we'll see what's available.

Beer and Queso / Patrick Swayze....also dead
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:39:34 pm »
Hadn't seen this yet, but apparently he died today.

Beer and Queso / Airport shenanigans
« on: September 11, 2009, 07:44:03 am »
Ok, which ever of you fucked with the radar at Hobby airport, please fix the what you broke.  I'm sitting on a plane and I want to get home.

Thank you

Beer and Queso / More liquor recommendation...
« on: August 23, 2009, 05:57:56 pm »
The Glenmorangie Lasanta single malt is pretty damn good.

Beer and Queso / Friday Beer Thread...August 21, 2009
« on: August 21, 2009, 04:00:10 pm »
I am enjoying a Weihenstephaner Original with a Sacho Panza Dulcinea.

On a side's hotter than fuck here on my back patio right now. 

Beer and Queso / Kelt Extra Old
« on: August 17, 2009, 10:39:03 pm »
I've never been a huge fan of cognac, but tonight I discovered Kelt X.O.  Holy Sweet Cherry Pie that's some good hooch.

Talk Zone / Julio Lugo a Cardinal?
« on: July 22, 2009, 05:40:41 pm »
That's the word on the street...traded for Chris Duncan, who was optioned to AAA this morning.  No word on whether or not Lugo will be in Houston tonight.

Beer and Queso / More out of town recommendations...Santa Fe style
« on: July 17, 2009, 09:43:49 am »
Going there the end of the month for anniversary weekend.  Specifically looking for restaurants, other than the Lotaburger.  Willing to spend $$$$.

Beer and Queso / Katie Couric has been replaced....
« on: July 11, 2009, 10:59:03 am »
...on my list of who I want to join me and Rachel Ray naked in the hot tub.  Amy Matthews from DIY Network shall now be the first call.

Beer and Queso / The new iPhone's here...the new iPhone's here!!
« on: June 19, 2009, 02:23:01 pm »
Got mine today.  Looks remarkably like the old one.  I was surprised at the number of people lined up for a white one.  They only had 10 whites ones at the Best Buy in Midland.  Some people were disappointed.

They just popped a single mother for $1.92 million for 24 illegally downloaded songs, and now XM has informed me that they're going to start charging me an extra $1.98/month for royalties, following an industry shakedown.  Can't says I blames 'em. 

Beer and Queso / Here's something that chaps my ass...
« on: June 18, 2009, 02:16:26 pm »
I recently bought some new earbuds for my iPod/iPhone.  Why the fuck is the cord on the right bud longer than the cord on the left?  I've noticed this on every single pair of earbuds I've owned.  Is Steve Jobs's head THAT fucking lopsided?  Drives me fucking nuts!

Beer and Queso / I don't have Twitter, but if I did...
« on: June 18, 2009, 01:27:06 pm »
My head hurts from that Super Big Gulp Mt. Dew I had at lunch.

Talk Zone / Getting Nostaglic About Milo
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:11:50 pm »
So I decided to drive up to Lubbock today, run some errands, see the sights, but mainly just to get out of the apartment for a while.  I enjoy driving through the desert, having a's relaxing.  At any rate, it gave me a chance to catch today's game on the radio.  Thank God for XM.  While listening to Milo, I got thinking back on his career, and what it's been like to listen to him for nearly 40 years.  Frankly, I got a little sad.  Not because he's so bad now, but because he's really at the end of the line, and it's sort of the end of an era, for me at least.  I've been as critical of Milo the last 10 years as anyone, but it's like a friend once told me...that old dog might bite you every day, but you're still gonna miss him when he's gone.

Beer and Queso / Posting from my new iPhone
« on: May 30, 2009, 03:45:12 pm »
Just checking.  This is harder than I thought.  But I have officially been dragged into the current century.

Beer and Queso / Slingbox
« on: May 07, 2009, 07:03:17 pm »
Anyone have one of these?  I'm considering getting one, but don't know if it's worth the scratch.  Any tips, hints, suggestions?

Talk Zone / Manny Ramirez to be suspended for PADs
« on: May 07, 2009, 10:53:25 am »

Talk Zone / Brian Moehler Update
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:12:59 pm »
Mixed night for Moehler, making a rehab start at AA.  He looked terrible in the first two innings.  Fastball around 83 mph, no location, couldn't get the sinker working.  He gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in the first two innings, and none of them were bloops, they were peas.  Third time through the order though, he settled in.  His location got better, and the sinker really started to sink.  I think he got 9 straight outs to complete the 5th, without walking anyone and striking out 3 or 4. 

In other AA news, Koby Clemens has been promoted and he was behind the dish tonight for Corpus.  All I can say is, holy sweet cherry pie he's terrible.  He's got an arm that makes Craig Biggio look like Pudge Rodriguez, and I think he had three passed balls tonight.  There were three or four other balls he missed, but no runners advanced.  Also, I didn't realize how small he was.  I don't know what he's listed at, but he's maybe 5'8" in his spikes.  He did get a hit and drove in a run though.

Jimmy Van Ostrand had two HRs for the Hooks, and that whole team looks like they can hit pretty well.  Not much pitching to speak of though.

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Dodgers at Astros 4/21/09
« on: April 21, 2009, 07:49:09 pm »
3-1 Dodgers in the top of the 2nd.

Talk Zone / Cooper being extended?
« on: April 18, 2009, 04:25:19 pm »
Ken Rosenthal just announces that the Astros are holding a PC today to announce their picking up Coop's 2010 option. 

Talk Zone / The House That Ruth Cursed?
« on: April 18, 2009, 03:46:25 pm »
The Indians just dropped a 14 spot...yes, that's 14 runs...on the Yankees in the 2nd inning.  Perhaps someone's not too thrilled with the new digs.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Texas League
« on: April 18, 2009, 10:25:39 am »
I haven't rode The Bus that often in past years, but now that I'm living in Midland, I get a chance to see some Texas League action.  The local Rockhounds are an A's affiliate, but I reckon I'll get to see some of those whippersnappers from Corpus throughout the season as well.  I'll try to bring up anything interesting I notice.

On a local note, the Rockhounds have a catcher by the name of Josh Donaldson.  I think he was originally with the Cubs organization, but got traded as they're pretty well set at catcher for foreseeable future.  At any rate, Donaldson hasn't impressed me with the stick, but Holy Shit he's got a Major League arm.  He's thrown out 6 basestealers in the last two nights, several of which I thought "no way" when the pitcher delivered.  He has terrific footwork, a quick release and a strong, accurate arm.  Defensively, he's Major League material right now.  I wish he were in the Astros organization.

Talk Zone / MLB Gameday Audio
« on: April 13, 2009, 01:43:59 pm »
That's subject to blackout restrictions as well?  WHAT.  THE.  FUCK?

So I've paid my money, but am totally shit out of luck for Astros audio, no video, no nothing. 


Talk Zone / Race for the Lid
« on: April 01, 2009, 05:15:56 pm »
Have I missed that, or has it not been brought up?

Beer and Queso / NFC Championship Game
« on: January 18, 2009, 02:11:03 pm »
Am I the only one who doesn't appear to get today's game in HD?

Beer and Queso / Rockets
« on: December 27, 2008, 10:37:26 pm »
Beat the Jazz tonight in 2OT.  And I have to say, Ron Artest is not my favorite guy.  But damn he plays his ass off.

Beer and Queso / Scotch Whisky
« on: December 10, 2008, 06:52:03 pm »
The Glenlivet 15-year old French Oak Reserve.... Out.  Fucking.  Standing.  It is the perfect complement to the Montecristo #3.

That is all.

Beer and Queso / Quantum of Solace
« on: November 30, 2008, 04:34:33 pm »
Finally got to see it today.  While not quite as good as Casino Royale in terms of story and characters, it was pretty good.  The action was packed, the technology was slick, the car was cool (Aston-Martin DBS) and the chicks were hot.  Daniel Craig is fast becoming my favorite Bond. 

Beer and Queso / Non Chacon news...
« on: June 26, 2008, 12:23:42 pm »
I finallly tried the Dogfish 60 Minute IPA.  I'm not sure what the fuss is about.  It's not swallow defiant, but it's far from tasty.  Just your run of the mill, typical grossly over-hopped American ale.  The $9/sixer price tag was startling though.

Talk Zone / Dontrelle Willis back in the Bus League
« on: June 10, 2008, 07:07:06 pm »
Optioned to Class A Lakeland today.  Ouch, that's quite a fall for a 10-million skins player.;_ylt=An.H6o5YMwwUWM5ViNvvfCY5nYcB?slug=ap-tigers-willis&prov=ap&type=lgns

Beer and Queso / More Beer...
« on: June 02, 2008, 12:56:11 pm »
Had a Weihenstephan Hefeweizen yesterday.  It was fantastic.  They claim to be the oldest brewery in the world (opened in 1040), though I'd never had one before.  I'm not sure why.  Anyway, it was a really good beer to enjoy at 12:00 noon.

Talk Zone / Mike Piazza Retires
« on: May 20, 2008, 03:29:13 pm »
Frankly, I thought he retired two years ago.  But there you have it.

Talk Zone / On the IPHR
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:35:55 pm »
Where the hell was Pence?  Picking daisies?

Beer and Queso / The Sinkhole
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:37:08 am »
No, not Roger's favorite pick up bar, the one in Daisetta.  I can't believe no one's brought it up.  I want to show off my geological expertise. 

Beer and Queso / Cigar friendly places in Austin
« on: April 30, 2008, 05:12:23 pm »
What's the smoking situation in Austin these days?  Any cigar bars, or places that are cigar friendly?  Staying downtown, but can drive anywhere, I guess.  Any info would be helpful.

Talk Zone / Today in the Denial League
« on: April 13, 2008, 08:42:37 pm »
Absolutely gorgeous day here in Houston.  Got all suited up (I love suiting up) and headed for the yard.  Both teams are there, ready to go and guess what?  No umpires show up.  After a call to the league president revealed that no umps would be coming, we got together and decided (after a few Braveheartish "I hope we didn't get dressed up fer nothin'"s) that we would play anyway, and the game would count in the league standings.  The catchers called balls and strikes and we were sort of on the honor system in the field.  It was the best umpired game we've had in years.  It reminded me of being a kid, when we would play all day long, and never needed an umpire.  Even though my team lost, it was a great day of baseball.  We should play games like that more often.

Talk Zone / Pence
« on: April 12, 2008, 07:01:00 pm »
OK, I'll be the one to say it.  He needs a trip down to Round Rock.  He's not in a slump, he's completely lost at the plate.  I've always thought he was vunerable to good breaking stuff, but he's flailing wildly at everything thrown up there.  He needs a serious lesson in the Ted Williams School of Swing at Pitches You Can Handle. 

Talk Zone / Pettitte Live News Conference?
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:05:40 pm »
Anyone know what's going on?  Being televised or radioed?

Talk Zone / Beer Newsflash!
« on: December 12, 2007, 06:45:46 am »
Shiner Bohemian Black Lager is now available on draft (and on draught for Limey).  Had some at Hans' Bierhaus last night, and I'm sure it's available elsewhere.

Talk Zone / DirecTV HD
« on: October 26, 2007, 08:32:32 pm »
Since this is a common topic...

My life sucks beyond recognition right now.  I finally bought the big LCD HD TV.  So I call the DirecTV guy out, and after waiting 5 hours beyond when he said he'd be here, he informs me that he doesn't think I can get HD at my house because of the neighbor's trees.  I get the regular DirecTV signal just fine, but HD is different, I'm told.  So now I have to try to negotiate with my neighbor about cutting his trees down, I committed another 2 years to DirecTV when I bought the HD receiver, and now it may be useless.  I need a fucking beer.

Talk Zone / Beer
« on: October 03, 2007, 12:33:46 am »
Need I say more?

Anyway...Alaskan Amber from the Alaskan Brewing Company.  Fantastic.  I had six tonight.

Talk Zone / Bocktoberfest '07
« on: September 17, 2007, 06:08:17 pm »
All this talk about ACL and beer got me thinking of who is going to Bocktoberfest in Shiner this year.  The lineup includes:

Diamond Rio
Blue October
Pat Green
Old 97s
Restless Heart

October 14th.  I haven't been in a few years.  Anyone planning on going this year?

Talk Zone / My Weekend in San Francisco (non-BB)
« on: August 20, 2007, 01:47:12 pm »
Since I solicited and received much appreciated advice from several of you regarding visiting San Francisco (and because I'm sitting in a hotel room bored out of my skull), I thought I'd offer my opinions after visiting:


1.  Hotels were hard to come by for this past weekend and seemed inappropriately expensive.  The cheapest place I could find was $169/night, with many of the hotels that were recommended going for $450/night.

2.  Stayed at the Pickwick at 5th/Mission across from the old Mint and SF Chronicle buliding.  It's an older hotel, so it wasn't made for the modern traveler.  All the electricity and water and such had been retrofitted, wich was a little awkward, but overall it was clean and everything worked, even if it was a very small room.  They told me the movie The Maltese Falcon was filmed in the hotel, which was cool since that's one of my favorite movies.  The location of the hotel was great, just a block from Market St and a few blocks more to Union Square. 


1.  Easy drive from the Oakland airport to downtown SF.  The hotel had parking for guests at $25/day, which seemed comparable to public lots throughout the city.  Didn't drive any in the city, only took public transportation.

2.  The public transportation is OK, I guess, but it's comically inadequate for the number of people.  The shortest wait for any bus/streetcar/cable car was over an hour, with some being up to 3 hours.  Cable cars are not really "public transportation" anyway, they're really just an amusement ride, though I suppose they do get you from Point A to Point B.

3.  The streetcar stations are very poorly marked.  You have to know where you are when you want to get off as there is no announcement or signage indicating at which station it is stopping.  You just have to know, which is difficult for tourists. 


1.  Overall, the food was very good.  Had Thai noodles for lunch on Friday and had dinner at Dante's at Pier 39 that night.  Lunch at the Wharf on Saturday and (at the advice of Jim) dinner at Fior d' Italia on Saturday night.  Had the veal at Fior and it was very good.  Mrs. Hawk had risotto milanese and she said it was just like her grandmother's, who was from Genoa.  The pasta fagioli soup was authentic as well.  A couple of negatives about the dining experience though.  Service was not a priority anywhere.  Perhaps I'm spoiled in Houston, but waiting and hour and a half for your soup and 45 minutes to get your water refilled is a bit taxing.  Speaking of have to pay something called a "San Francisco Minimum Wage Tax" on your food.  Not sure what that's all about, but that's life in the city, I suppose.  The other negative out the dining was that the hours the restaurants were open seemed a little odd.  We had a devil of a time finding breakfast before 9 am and it was impossible to get lunch before 11:30.  Pretty much everything was locked up by 10:00 pm, so no coffee or gelato after dinner, except in the restaurant. 

The Weather:

1.  Was fabulous.  They said the high was 63, but it felt more like 78.  Sunny all weekend, no fog.  I gathered that it was particularly nice, even for SF, so we were lucky there. 

2.  I don't understand why people walked around in heavy coats and parkas.  I was in a long-sleeve tshirt or hawaiian shirt and it was very comfy.  Any warmer, and I would have been sweating.  Not sure why people acted like they were attending a Green Bay Packers game in December.


1.  Unbelievably crowded city.  It's just a sea of humanity.  It was more crowded than New Orleans at Mardi Gras.  Made it difficult to get around. 

2.  Did the usual touristy stuff, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Golden Gate, etc.  Was pretty good, and we knew we were doing the touristy stuff, so everything was cool. 

3.  Alcatraz was really cool.  The audio tour is really neat.  I was amazed at how small the cells were.  The entire cell is about the size of a queen-sized bed, and the inmates spent 22 hours a day in them.  Brutal. 

4.  Mrs. Hawk couldn't find any Italian people, even in "Little Italy", which disappointed her.  She wanted to practice speaking Italian. 

A great time overall, and definitely a place to return to, though I was told other times of the year will likely be less crowded.

Thanks to all who provided the advice and recommendations.

Talk Zone / Kerry Wood
« on: August 07, 2007, 09:20:08 pm »
OK...maybe it's been discussed and I missed it...but when did Kerry Wood slide into Randy Johnson's body?  Good Grief, he's lost a lot of weight.

Talk Zone / Pence to the DL....
« on: July 23, 2007, 09:51:23 pm »
Jason Lane recalled from Round Rock.

Talk Zone / Liquor on an airplane
« on: July 17, 2007, 05:41:52 pm »
Anyone know if you can carry liquor onto a commercial airplane, if it is in one of those little baggies?  If not as carry-on, can you check it in your luggage?

Talk Zone / Hunter Pence....
« on: June 29, 2007, 09:34:19 pm »
....has a terrible arm. 

That is all.  Carry on.

Talk Zone / San Francisco Travel advise needed (non-BB)
« on: June 26, 2007, 06:04:54 pm »
1967...The Summer of Love...aka...The Summer of HudsonHawk

Yes, 40 years ago this summer yours truly entered into this world, though at the opposite corner of the country from San Francisco.  Still, as luck would have it, I'll be in the Bay Area on business at the end of August, and am thinking about having my wife join me at the end of the week for a few days.  So a few questions for those who don't despise me....

Where should we stay (2 nights, Fri/Sat)?  In the City?  Napa?  Bus station?  Don't want to spend $300/night

Any "must dos"?

Any "don'ts"?

Restaurants to take my lovely bride (we'll also be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary)?

Any help would be appreciated.

Talk Zone / Everett
« on: June 13, 2007, 09:32:03 am »
Is it just me, or is Everett actually not trying to pull every single pitch all the time during his recent little surge? 

He still takes too many good pitches for a guy hitting 7th or 8th, but nice to see him swinging the bat better than he had been for a while.


Talk Zone / Sopranos (non-BB)
« on: June 10, 2007, 09:15:05 pm »
Worst.  Episode.  Ever.

I can't believe we got totally fucked like that.

Talk Zone / At The Midland, West Texas
« on: April 10, 2007, 09:15:46 pm »
I haven't been to a minor league game in a few seasons, so while out here in God's Country, I decided to check out the local nine.  Caught the back end of a twinight twin bill necessitated by the snow out on Saturday.  A few particulars:

Left the office at 6:00, stopped by the hotel, freshened up, drove to the yard, parked, went to the ticket window, went inside, got a dog and a beer and was in my seat by 6:20.

Nice big parking lot.  Parking is free. 

8 bucks got me a seat in the third row behind the on-deck circle.

Citibank Park in Midland is pretty nice.  Small, but nice.  The seats are very comfortable, much moreso than at MMPUS.

The dog was so-so at $2.50.  16-ounce Shiner draft was $4.50.  The second Shiner cost the same as the first (imagine that) and the pretzel was also $2.50.  The pretzels are better than they are at MMPUS, but they didn't have any spicy mustard, which is a drag cause I'm kind of a pretzel connoisseur.

The Rockhounds started this big Jeff Juden-looking doofus who threw puss.  He scattered 6 or 8 hits over his 5 innings, and only gave up 2 runs though.

The (Arkansas) Travelers started #23, don't know his name.  He had good stuff, but kind of a Nuke LaLoosh.  I don't think he hit "Rocky" the mascot, but he threw several to the screen. 

Took me 4 innings to find the fucking pitch speed indicator, and even then I think the guy operating it was either high or just making it up.  One pitch would be 88 and the next would be 45, then 72.  One of the relievers was throwing gas by everyone and the radar gun read 83. 

The Rockhound SS has good range, but a Spaghetti-O for an arm.  All six outfielders were terrible.

The 'Hounds pulled it out 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th with a walkoff double.  Only played 7 because of the double dip.

Left after the game, got in the car, drove back to the hotel and was there before it was dark.

22 skins total. 

Not a bad way to spend an evening, eh boys?

Talk Zone / Opening Day...Right Around the Corner...
« on: March 15, 2007, 07:44:28 pm »
Who got a ticket for me?

Talk Zone / OWA Opening Day
« on: February 07, 2007, 09:42:23 pm »
I'm sure everyone is excited about Opening Day as I am, and I hope that we can have another OWA Opening Day Eggstravaganza.  However, unforunately, I will not be able to be the bag man for tickets as I have in the past.  If anyone is wanting to jump in and save the day, please speak up.  You can pm me if you need some details of what I've done the last few years.

Talk Zone / BCS Championship Game
« on: January 08, 2007, 09:10:09 pm »
OK, just so I'm on the record, I'm pulling for (but not "pulling for") THE University of Florida.  My mother is about to have a heart attack waiting for this game to start.

Talk Zone / Orlando Palmeiro
« on: September 22, 2006, 11:19:55 pm »
Anyone who thinks OP can't play, has never seen OP play.

Talk Zone / I'm beginning to agree that Garner's an idiot
« on: September 16, 2006, 12:03:26 am »
How can you not move Huff/Jimerson to 3B in the 9th tonight?  No excuse.  You statgeeks can rant and rave all you want about wasting outs, but the simple lack of fundemental baseball strategy has cost the Astros two wins in the last three games.

Talk Zone / Here's what I want to know....
« on: September 13, 2006, 12:29:31 am »
How the fuck does Jason Lane let that ball get behind him?  If he's not tripping over his dick out there, no way Spezio scores.  And if Aubrey Huff doesn't lollygag a ball into a triple earlier...

Damn I'm getting pissed at the Astros outfield defense.

Talk Zone / All-Star Game watching festivities?
« on: July 11, 2006, 03:20:52 pm »
What's up with this?  We gonna get together to watch the game?

Talk Zone / Oregon State, NCAA Champions
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:23:50 pm »
Congrats to the Beavers.  Heck of a job coming back after losing their opening game.  Great, great tournament.

Talk Zone / Fundementals boys, fundementals
« on: June 20, 2006, 11:57:14 pm »
Well boys and girls, you just saw a lack of Little League fundementals cost the Astros a win.  

I can hear Phil Garner now....[jimmydugan] Preston, what team do you play for?  Good because I was just wondering why YOU would throw home, when we've got a 2-RUN LEAD!!  You let the tying run get on second base, and we lost the lead BECAUSE OF YOU!!! [/jimmydugan]

Talk Zone / Keith Moreland needs to read the TZ
« on: June 11, 2006, 03:25:07 pm »
For a physics lesson.   If he's said it once in the last two days, he's said it 10 times about the ball not traveling far in the heat and humidity.  Memo to Keith: hot air is less dense than cool air.  Humid air is less dense than dry air.  Baseballs travel farther in hot humid air, like we have in Houston in June.

Talk Zone / Steroid names starting to leak....
« on: June 08, 2006, 06:24:17 pm »
First rumblings about the "blacked out" names on Jason Grimsley's file are starting to be felt.  Sammy Sosa is purportedly one of the names on the list.  Another is Chris Mihfield, former strength and conditioning coach for the Royals and longtime personal trainer to one Pujols, Albert.  This will get interesting.

Talk Zone / Big time steroid bust in MLB...
« on: June 07, 2006, 03:19:49 pm »
Didn't see this anywhere else, but it's all over the news...

Jason Grimsley, former Astros farmhand and reward for Curt Schilling....busted for HGH and amphetamines...cooperating, implicated several teammates and says HGH and amphetamines rampant in MLB.

The Link

Talk Zone / Rumour: Barzilla an Astros?
« on: June 06, 2006, 04:28:56 pm »
Oswalt to the DL, Phillip Barzilla called up.  That's the rumour.  No word on how Barzilla gets on the 40-man.  Anyone know anything?

Talk Zone / Draft...
« on: June 06, 2006, 01:56:19 pm »
Anyone doing a draft thread today?

Talk Zone / Non BB: Texans sign Mario Williams...
« on: April 28, 2006, 10:46:26 pm »
There, it's a done deal, no more whining Bush or Young.

Talk Zone / Opening Day Tickets
« on: March 10, 2006, 01:28:44 pm »
Have arrived!  WooHoo!!!

I have sent tickets via regular mail to the following:

Jim R
Craid the Bastard

I have tickets paid for and ready for delivery to:

Neil T

If you are going to be at the softball game, I can give them to you then.  If not, let me know how you want them delivered.  I can mail or we can work something else out, up to and including giving them to you at Queso Fest prior to the OD game.  Just let me know how you want to play it.

I have tickets for the following, but have yet to receive any funds:

Limey (you actually only owe me for one ticket ($34), though I have two for you.  I'll explain)
Jane Doe

Again, if you're going to be at the softball game, you can pay me then and I'll give you your tickets.  If not, please contact me to make arrangements.  

I currently have one extra ticket.  First come, first serve.  Please respond here if you want it.

Talk Zone / Opening Day Tickets Secured!!!
« on: February 08, 2006, 06:07:25 pm »
OK, since it seemed like everyone wanted to go through with OD, even with a 2-game minimum, I went ahead and got us the tickets.

The total cost per "ticket" is $34.  This includes one ticket to Opening Day, Monday April 3rd, in Section 334 (lower Terrace Deck) and one ticket for Saturday September 23rd, in the Mezzanine.  I went ahead and got different seats for the second game to try to minimize the overall cost.

So far on the confirmed list, I have:

HH (2)
Neil T (4)
The Raups (4)
Limey (2)
gleach (2)
pravata (1)
Andyzipp (1)
Ankh (2)
Budgirl (2)
mihoba (3)
homer (2)
Jane Doe (2)

I have a few left, so if anyone wants one, first come first serve.  REPLY HERE, NOT IN A PM TO ME.

Now, if you're name's on the list, please PM me for an address to send funds or some other arrangements.  The sooner the better, as I've already had to pay for them in advance.  We can work out distribution however you want.  I should receive the tickets in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Talk Zone / Important Opening Day Info: Please Read!
« on: February 07, 2006, 01:47:38 pm »
I have been informed by the Astros that we cannot get group seating for a single game this year.  You must purchase at least two games.  So that means if we want group seating for Opening Day, we have to also purchase the same group seating for another game.  So we have to ask ourselves a couple of questions:

1.  Do we still want to try to get OWA group seating for Opening Day, knowing we have to also purchase a second game at $20-something a pop?

2.  What would be the second game that interests people?

3.  For those wanting to come into town for just Opening Day, would you be willing to either come to another game or pay for that second game anyway?

Our other option would be to try to get group tickets when single game seats go on sale on Friday, but the likelihood of getting 30+ seats together would be virtually zilch.  

This definitely throws a monkey in the wrench, so let me hear from you.  We have to decide by Thursday, February 9th.  

Also, I'd need to start collecting money for both games ASAP, as I would have to lay out approx. $1,500 of my own money to secure the tickets.  

Sorry about the late notice, but I was just informed today of this 2-game requirement.

Talk Zone / Opening Day 2006
« on: January 08, 2006, 06:26:58 pm »
Well, the Holidays are past us, bowl games are completed, and old man winter has come and gone.  That can only mean one thing in Houston....January.  That also means that tickets for Opening Day will go on sale in just a few short weeks.  Once again, OrangeWhoopAss will host its Opening Day activities complete with the annual QuesoFest followed by the game itself.  

This years opener will be on Monday, April 3rd, at 6:05 in the pm.  The defending National League  Champions  will be taking on the Florida Marlins.  

I will soon post the info for how to join us for our little get together, so make your plans soon!

More to come...

Talk Zone / Oldes HOFer dies...
« on: November 01, 2005, 10:58:51 am »
Didn't see this on Sunday, but Al Lopez, the oldest current HOFer died Sunday at the age of 97.

Lopez broke in with the Brooklyn Robins in 1928 and played 20 seasons with the Robins/Dodgers, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.  He ended his playing career with the most games ever caught in a career, a record that stood for 40 years.

After retiring, Lopez became a successful manager, skippering the Indians to a then-record 111 wins in 1954 and managed the last Chicago White Sox team (prior to this year) to reach the World Series, the "Go-Go Sox" of 1959.  If you don't think that's an accomplishment, just consider that from 1949-1964, those were the only teams not named the New York Yankees to win a pennant.

He is also the last surviving Major Leauge player to play a game prior to 1930.

On a side note, I once got a chance to meet Al Lopez when I was a kid.  He was a nice guy, talked to us kids for an hour.

« on: October 24, 2005, 10:06:13 pm »
You CANNOT use the TalkZone to scalp World Series tickets.  I don't care who bought them or what you paid for them.  I don't care that you subsequently won the ticket lottery, nor the fact that there might not be a Game 5.  If you've got extra tickets to the game and want to give them away, fine.  But do not, I repeat DO NOT come in here offering a $45 ticket for the low, low price of $1,200 or some such shit.  It's illegal, it violates one of the main standards of site useage which keeps us out of MLB's lawyers grips, and it's just downright disrepectful to other members of this community.  NO MORE!

Talk Zone / Help Needed...
« on: October 20, 2005, 01:21:50 pm »
The Astros will play in their first ever World Series.  That means only one thing as far as Mrs. Hawk is concerned....I have to get a tatoo.

I'm thinking about several choices:

1.  A baseball, plain and simple, or

2.  An Astros logo.

If it's the latter, what shall I pick?  I've always been partial to the "H" in the star, which plays along with my name as well.  But they won it with the "open star" logo.  

Either way, it's going at the top of my arm

Talk Zone / Just so you know, I was "pulling" for the team all night...
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:37:30 am »
Now I got a victory cigar to go smoke.  Excuse me.

Talk Zone / I got yer "momentum" right here....
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:29:14 am »
What a game by Roy.  Historic.

Talk Zone / Saturday's Site Shutdown
« on: October 16, 2005, 10:13:36 am »
OWA apologizes for the temporary inaccessability of the site last night.  This was a problem with our host provider, not with OWA.  The message you may have received about the site exceeding its bandwidth was in error.  I can assure you this is not a problem.  Please continue to visit OWA for all your Astros needs.

The Management

Talk Zone / I found out what music the Astros like...
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:36:57 am »
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.  I played it on my guitar all night.  Over and over.

Archive / Alkie waiting ofr Game 1 of the NLCS
« on: October 12, 2005, 06:19:12 pm »
"I keep doing the SAME thing. I look at the clock and think "I can leave. Nothing going on here."

Then I realize the clock at home isn't any faster.

I'm gonna need some porn. "

Talk Zone / HA Meeting today?
« on: October 05, 2005, 01:12:34 pm »

Road Trip / NL: Arizona - Bank One Ballpark
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:15:54 pm »
AKA: The B.O.B.
Opened: March 31, 1998
Style: Retractable Roof
Surface: Kentucky Bluegrass
Capacity: 48,569
Dimensions: LF-330 ft LCF-374 ft CF-407 ft RCF-374 ft RF-334 ft

Road Trip / NL: Atlanta - Turner Field
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:14:11 pm »
AKA: The Ted
Opened: March 29, 1997
Style: Open
Surface: GN-1 Bermuda grass
Capacity: 49,831
Dimensions: LF-335 ft LCF-380 ft CF-401 ft RCF-390 ft RF-330 ft

Road Trip / NL: Chicago - Wrigley Field
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:11:46 pm »
AKA: The Friendly Confines
FKA: North Side Ballpark.  Weegham Park.  Whales Park.  Cubs' Park
Opened: April 23, 1914
Style: Open
Surface: Merion Bluegrass and Clover
Capacity: 38,902
Dimensions: LF-355 ft LCF-368 ft CF-400 ft RCF-368 ft RF-353 ft


- Oldest park currently in the National League.

- Only remaining Federal League Park.

- Famous ivy was planted on the walls in 1937.

- Last Major League park to install lights (1988).

Road Trip / NL: Cincinnatti - Great American Ballpark
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:06:14 pm »
AKA: Tammy Faye Stadium
Opened: March 28, 2003
Style: Open
Surface: Grass
Capacity: 42,059
Dimensions: LF-328 ft LCF-379 ft CF-404 ft RCF-370 ft RF-325 ft

Road Trip / NL: Colorado - Coors Field
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:03:21 pm »
Opened: April 26, 1995
Style: Open
Surface: Grass
Capacity: 50,200
Dimensions: LF-347 ft LCF-390 ft CF-415 ft RCF-375 ft RF-350 ft


- A ring of purple seats in the upper deck marks and elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level.

Road Trip / NL: Florida - Dolphins Stadium
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:00:20 pm »
FKA: Joe Robbie Stadium.  Pro Player Stadium
Opened: April 16, 1987
Style: Open
Surface: Tifway 419 Bermuda grass
Capacity: 42,531
Dimensions: LF-330 ft LCF-385 ft CF-404 ft RCF-385 ft RF-345 ft

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