Friday, May 19, 2017

New Restaurants in 2017

Bakers Ribs, Inc., Weatherford, TX (April 27, 2017)
Beer 88, Lynchburg, VA (February 4, 2017)
Five Boys Ranch, Bridgeport, TX (April 18, 2017)
Grumps Burgers, Cleburne, TX (May 10, 2017)
Joe's Pizza & Pasta, Decatur, TX (May 3, 2017)

McKenzie's Barbeque, Huntsville, TX (January 12, 2017)
Mi Casita Mexican Food, Waco, TX (January 21, 2017)
O'Charley's, Lynchburg, VA (May 11, 2017)
Ray's Drive In, Lufkin, TX (January 9, 2017)
Richie's Grill, Hawkins, TX (February 10, 2017)

Rock City Burger Company, Bridgeport, TX (April 26, 2017)
Slovacek's, West, TX (May 18, 2017)
Sweet Boy's Diner, Bowie, TX (May 16, 2017)
Verona Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Decatur, TX (Spring 2017)
Village Kitchen Restaurant, Jacksboro, TX (May 17, 2017)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Churches Attended and Visited in 2017

Worship Services
January 1 -- Absent (Working the Texas Marathon, Kingwood)
January 8 -- Attended North Park Baptist Church, Humble, TX (Jerry Thorpe)
January 15 -- Absent (Covering the Chevron Houston Marathon)
January 22 -- Visited First Baptist Church Waco, Waco, TX (Mark Snowden)
January 29 -- Absent (Ran the USA Fit Half Marathon in Sugar Land)
February 5 -- Visited Blue Ridge Community Church, Forest, VA (Woody Torrence)
February 12 -- Absent (Announced the Galveston Marathon)
February 19 -- Visited North Fort Worth Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (Dr. Stephen Lowrie)
February 26 -- Visited University Heights Baptist Church, Huntsville, TX (Richard Rogers)
March 5 -- Absent
March 12 -- Absent
March 19 -- Absent (Announced the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon)
March 26 -- Absent (Ran the Lookin' Good Shamrock Strut 10K)
April 2 -- Absent
April 9 -- Absent (Ran the Ponchatoula Jaycees Strawberry Strut 10K)
April 16 -- Absent
April 23 -- Absent (Worn out from announcing at Ironman Texas aid station on April 22)
April 30 -- Absent (Attended Texas 10 Sienna, Missouri City)
May 7 -- Absent (Worn out from announcing CB&I Triathlon on May 6)
May 14 -- Absent (Traveling to visit Gom)
May 21 -- Attended North Park Baptist Church, Humble, TX

Church Services Listened To
1/15/17 (2/9/17) - "Purpose Over Popularity", North Park Baptist Church, Humble, TX (Kirk Godkin)
1/22/17 (2/9/17) - "Surrender Over Control", North Park Baptist Church, Humble, TX (Sandy Beard)

Books Read in 2017

"Woodlawn:  One Hope, One Dream, One Way" by Todd Gerelds, Mark Schlabach
"Finding My Road" by Ino Cantu, Thomas Woltz
"And The Walls Came Tumbling Down" by Frank Fitzpatrick
"Behind The Wall To The Boston Marathon 2016" by Bill O'Shields
"Unsportsmanlike Conduct:  College Football and the Politics of Rape" by Jessica Luther
"Living Out Loud:  Sports, Cancer, and the Things Worth Fighting For" by Craig Sager with Craig Sager II and Brian Curtis
"The Baseball Whisperer:  A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams" by Michael Tackett

Monday, April 3, 2017

Texas College and University Baseball Stadiums Visited - 6

Stadiums / Fields Visited
Abilene Christian University (Crutcher Scott Field) - 2017
Houston Baptist University (Husky Field) - 2013
Sam Houston State University (Don Sanders Stadium) - 2017
Texas Christian University (Charlie and Marie Lupton Baseball Stadium) - 2017
University of Houston (Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park) - 2015
University of Texas-San Antonio (Roadrunner Field) - 2014

Other Stadiums / Fields Visited
Liberty University (Liberty Baseball Stadium) - 2013
McNeese State University (Cowboy Stadium) - 2016
Tulane University (Greer Field at Tunchin Stadium) - 2016

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Win For The Good Guys; March 29, 2017

I was told that I should go to Las Vegas soon.

Why?

On Monday, I was #65 in a 65-member jury panel for a criminal case in Harris County's district courts.

And I got picked as an alternate to a five-male, seven-female jury.

During voir dire, I was just amazed, when asked by counsel if they could follow the law regarding range of punishment and other issues, the number of people who said that they couldn't.

I just think it is a sign of the times that we live in.

Americans expect to be free from lawlessness, but they aren't willing to hold others accountable.

It isn't about judging others.

We have laws in our land and we've expected to abide by them or suffer the consequences.

Thankfully, there were still 12 - OK, 13 of us - who were willing and prepared to make the proper considerations based on what was presented.

Actually, as an alternate, I was not in on the deliberations this afternoon to either decide guilt or innocence as well as punishment (as guilt was found), but I can report that a dangerous man was taken off of the streets of Harris County today.

He will be spending 35 years in prison as the result of being convicted today on aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon - his third felony (all robberies).

The range available, because of the enhancement of having two previous felonies, was 25 to 99 years.

Really the whole episode was sad.

The man robbed a cab driver of his wallet and cell phone from the center console of the cab and refused to pay a $21 cab fare.

When an altercation ensued between the cab driver and one of two other passengers - one being the defendant's brother - the defendant held a gun to the cab driver's head as he was being held by the brother, then all three took off and ran.

During the punishment phase we learned that the defendant had 13 convictions in total, including robbery, theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.

Five or six of these were in 1998 and 1999 when he was still a juvenile.

Additionally, an expert on gangs in Harris County was brought in to testify that the defendant was a member of a gang - based on their tattoos - one of 250 different gangs of all levels that operate in and around Harris County.

Thankfully, nobody was killed in this situation and hopefully by putting the convicted felon behind bars for a long time - hopefully - it will keep something from happening on our local streets.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Texas College and University Basketball Arena Rankings - 2016-2017

Four-Year Colleges
1.  Texas A&M University (Reed Arena)
2.  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (American Bank Center)
3.  McMurry University (Kimbrell Arena)
4.  St. Edward's University (Recreation and Convocation Center)
5.  University of Incarnate Word (Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center)
6.  University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas Activity Center)
7.  Southwestern University (Corbin J. Robertson Center)
8.  Trinity University (Sams Gymnasium at William H. Bell Center)
9.  University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Sam Williams Court at UTRGV Fieldhouse)
10.  Hardin-Simmons University (Mabee Complez)
11.  East Texas Baptist University (Ornelas Gymnasium)
12.  Texas Wesleyan University (Sid W. Richardson Center)
13.  Texas A&M-Kingsville (Steinke Physical Education Center)
14.  Our Lady of the Lake University (Mabee Gymnasium at University Wellness and Activities Center)
15.  Jarvis Christian College (Rand Gymnasium)
16.  Dallas Christian College (Gymnasium)

Two-Year Colleges
1.  Lee College - Baytown (Lee College Sports Arena & Wellness Center)
2.  Lamar State College - Port Arthur (Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center)
3.  San Jacinto College - Central (Anders Gymnasium)
4.  Angelina College (Shands Gymnasium)
5.  Weatherford College (Graber Athletic Center)
6.  San Jacinto College - North (Nichols Gymnasium)
7.  Blinn College - Brenham (Physical Education Building)

Texas College and University Basketball Arenas Visited - 41

Arenas Visited
Angelina College (Shands Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
Blinn College (Physical Education Building) - 2016-2017
Dallas Baptist University (The Kenneth E. Burg Center) -2015-2016
Dallas Christian College (Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
East Texas Baptist University (Ornelas Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
Hardin-Simmons University (Mabee Complex) - 2016-2017
Houston Baptist University (The Frank and Lucille Sharp Gynasium)
Huston-Tillotson University (Mary E. Branch Gymnasium) - 2004-2005
Jarvis Christian College (Rand Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
Lamar State College - Port Arthur (Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center) - 2016-2017
Lamar University (Montagne Center) - 2014-2015
Lee College - Baytown (Lee College Sports Arena & Wellness Center) - 2016-2017
McMurry University (Kimbrell Arena) - 2016-2017
Our Lady of the Lake University (Mabee Gymnasium at University Wellness and Activities Center) - 2016-2017
Prairie View A&M University (William J. Hicks Building) - 2014-2015
Rice University (Autry Court at Tudor Fieldhouse)
St. Edward's University (Recreation and Convocation Center) - 2016-2017
Sam Houston State University (Bernard Johnson Coliseum)
San Jacinto College - Central (Anders Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
San Jacinto College - North (Nichols Gymnasium) - 2016-2017
Southern Methodist University (Moody Coliseum) - 2014-2015
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Sheaffer Center) - 2004-2005
Southwestern University (Corbin J. Robertson Center) - 2016-2017
Stephen F. Austin State University (William R. Johnson Coliseum) - 1995-1996
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (American Bank Center) - 2016-2017
Texas A&M-Kingsville (Steinke Physical Education Center) - 2016-2017
Texas A&M University (Reed Arena) - 2016-2017
Texas Southern University (Health and Physical Education Arena) - 2014-2015
Texas Wesleyan University (Sid W. Richardson Center) - 2016-2017
Trinity University (Sams Gymnasium at William H. Bell Center) - 2016-2017
University of Dallas (Maher Center) - 2014-2015
University of Houston (Hofheinz Pavilion)
University of Incarnate Word (Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center) - 2016-2017
University of St. Thomas (Jerabeck Athletic Center) - 2014-2015
University of Texas-Arlington (College Park Center) - 2015-2016
University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas Activity Center) - 2016-2017
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Sam Williams Court at UTRGV Fieldhouse) - 2016-2017
University of Texas-San Antonio (Convocation Center) - 2005-2006
Weatherford College (Graber Athletic Center) - 2016-2017
Wiley College (Alumni Gymnasium) - 2015-2016

Former Arenas
Texas A&M University (G. Rollie White Coliseum)

Still to Visit (32 college and universities / 28 junior colleges)
American Southwest (6)
Concordia University, \Howard Payne, LeTourneau, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Sul Ross State and UT-Tyler

Big 12 (4) - Baylor*, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech

Conference USA (2) - North Texas and University of Texas-El Paso

Heartland (4) - Lubbock Christian, St. Mary’s, Texas A&M International and UT-Permian Basin

Lone Star (6) - Angelo State, Midwestern State, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Women’s University and West Texas A&M

Red River Athletic (2) - Paul Quinn College and Texas College

Sooner Athletic (1) - Wayland Baptist

Southern Collegiate Athletic (SCAC) (3) - Austin College, Schreiner and Texas Lutheran

Southland (1) - Abilene Christian

Sun Belt (1) - Texas State

Independents (2) - Arlington Baptist College and Southwest Adventist (Keene)

NJCAA Region 5 (20)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch), Cedar Valley College (Lancaster), Cisco College, Clarendon College, Collin County Community College (Plano), Eastfield College (Mesquite), Frank Phillips College (Borger), Hill College (Hillsboro), Howard College (Big Spring), McLennan Community College* (Waco), Midland College, Mountain View College (Dallas), North Lake College (Irving), Odessa College, Ranger College, Richland College (Dallas), South Plains College (Levelland), Southwestern Christian College (Terrell), Temple College and Western Texas College (Snyder).

NJCAA Region 14 (8)
Coastal Bend College (Beeville), Jacksonville College, Kilgore College, Navarro College (Corsicana), Panola College, Paris Junior College, Trinity Valley Community College (Athens), Tyler Junior College