Ross Perot: a boy from the simple beginnings of a paper route, thrown from the back of his pony, Miss Bee to a self-made billionaire who always found time for dinner with his family.
For Texans, all paths lead home. That’s home to Texas. It seems that actor, Matthew McConaughey is no different. From his native roots of Uvalde, Texas (a South West Texas town of a 17,000 or so residents), then straight up I-35 for the University of Texas (where he attended the graduate program for Film Directing), the actor has traveled quite a few roads in the Lone Star State. He’s rather like a Texas tumbleweed, always on the move through the state and his fans never know where he’ll turn up next. For 30 seriously lucky University of Texas film students, they could brag Matthew McConaughey, alumni class of 1993, was their assigned professor as he […]
Whataburger – the Tale of a Legend Whataburger opened its first store in Corpus Christi, Texas in August of 1950. Hamburgers sold for .35C and milk shakes were .15C. No inside – or for that matter outside – seating. No Drive-THRU. (Although the drive-in burger joint was already popular.) No phone-in orders or GrubHub deliveries. ONE walk-up window to place an order. What gave Whataburger the edge? Perhaps it was their innovative thinking, entrenched with family-owned traditions: 1) The 5-inch paddy that required two hands to hold. (All others at the time served a 4-inch paddy). 2) The unique A-frame orange & white striped buildings. (Entrepreneur Harmon Dobson was a pilot and he wanted the […]
Folks: a term meaning Texans and ‘others’ (anyone who hails from outside the Lone Star State) have enjoyed Bryan’s Barbecue since 1910. When visiting Dallas Texas, head down I-35, exit for a short drive up Inwood Road and find the original Sonny Bryan’s location. This hole-in-the-wall building (think old, ramshackled, faded paint, completed with a gravel-parking lot and that’s the picture) has been serving Sonny’s finest since 1958. Nestled among towering medical facilities, first-time visitors often think the interior of plank walls and old school desks belong on a movie scene. Regulars know it’s not the place but the food that counts, and old-timers still remember when saw dust covered the concrete floors, Sonny reminiscing […]
While Texas beaches may not often be mentioned in the top 5 beachfront areas across the nation, or boast the pounding Atlantic or even gentle lap of Pacific waves against our Gulf coast, Texans have long found a visit to Texas beaches well worth the trip. Galveston, is a mere thirty-six miles south of Houston (well, Pasadena, which is South Houston). Houston Hobby is the closer airport if you’re planning on flying to the area. A taxi ride (Uber & Lyft would probably be comparable) is $75.00 to $100 one-way. For those on a budget: Galveston Island Transit operates a connecting bus service around the island and between Houston & Galveston. Side-note: if you’re planning […]
Travelling to Texas this summer? Then stroll in for a cool (TALL) drink at any of these bars. The heat may bake Texas asphalt, but the sippin’ is easy when you know where to belly up to the bar. Much is touted about the large tourists’ bars and Historic stockyard bars in Fort Worth, Texas. Certainly, if you’ve never strolled down old brick streets, smelled lingering scents of longhorn cattle, meandered among tall cowboy hats and towering Texas hair, you need to visit the Historic edge of Fort Worth. However, there is a great deal more to Fort Worth – not the cosmopolitan feel of Dallas, not the Jazz beat of Denton, or even the […]
We in Texas are arrogant folks who believe that spring or summer is ALWAYS just around the corner. We hold this belief with solid evidence to back us up . . . well, at least most of the time. This past weekend found me travelling on an East Texas backroads trip for a bit of birthday celebration. Hubby didn’t want a big fuss for his BD, didn’t want entertaining, just some quiet time for the two of us. He had fond memories of a lovely drive through the Davy Crockett National Forest and into Lufkin, Texas. (for map clarification, this is East Texas.) Of course, these memories came from one of his trucking runs, which […]
Texas A & M is a school known for tradition . . . lots and lots of them. My daughter, a current Ag, loves this aspect of her school. This weekend, her father and I experienced another of these traditions with her. As she is entering the final stretch towards graduation, she qualifies for her Aggie ring. Understand, this isn’t just any ring. Only one manufacturer; all rings are alike (there are a few variations, but anyone who wears the ring will recognize a fellow ring-wearer); before any student can purchase a ring, the university completes a ‘Ring Audit’, meaning the student must qualify; rings are only presented at specific ceremonies; and there is a […]
We’re back — just for the day, so I’m rushing to get a few more photos and info on the blogsite — hope you enjoy the pictures and the great places there are to see in Texas. We loved this part of our vacation.
On April 21st, 1836, the most decisive battle in Texas history was fought. No, not the Battle of the Alamo, (the Alamo fell on March 6th, 1836). Nope, this was the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Sam Houston and his Texas forces defeated Santa Anna and his Mexican troops in just 18 minutes. They attacked during siesta time and forever turned the tide of Texas history. So much for naptime catching up to you! Okay, I know that today is not the 21st of April – I’m a little late. But this date and its importance recently came to light. Last Monday, the 21st, my daughter who is at Texas A & M went […]