Category Archives: Texana

$150 a day, with rattlesnakes

Andyj of MyOldRV gives the up (the money) and the down (the snakes, for starters) about oil field gate guarding in South Texas, which seems to be coming back into vogue with the Trump economy.

“‘Never step where you can’t see bare ground!’ What you gotta do is stay out of the brush and tall grass because them buzztails are hidin’ rascals!  Keep ALL the area around the RV and Service Trailer down to bare ground.  Your service guy most likely has a weedeater and I keep things clean with weedkiller spray.  One other thing is to put a light under the RV that shines on the underneath and  out on your front steps and porch.  Thataway when you step out at night you can see.  In seven years I have not been on a single ranch that did not want me to kill every rattlesnake I saw but you still need to ask the ranch manager.  I tell folks to get a long handle hoe and keep it on hand by the door outside so you can chop ’em up at some distance.  Me myself, I use a heavy walking stick.  I pin their head with the stick and then reach down with my knife and whack it off.  You do have a knife in your pocket, right?”

Via MyOldRV

Thursday Night Lights

Congratulations to my good former Statesman editor Michael Hurd who has scored a University of Texas Press publishing gig. His book, the Thursday Night Lights, will be out in October.

More 37th Floor Condo

210 Lavaca Street has multi-million dollar residences like this on the 37th floor.

37th floor condo

At 210 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin—a breathtaking view.

Mr B’s excellent weekend

He’s somewhere on the coast, with three friends and the parents of one of them, presumably beach combing, if not salt water splashing.

Rockport? Port Aransas? Corpus? Strange not to know, but that’s the way it is with teenagers. I was lucky to get the parents names and cell numbers. Didn’t think to ask about the destination until he was gone.

Just now he texts that they’re on Matagorda Bay, but he’s unsure of any towns around. Checking the map, and the most likely route, looks like he’s near Port Lavaca or Port O’Connor.

Arlington Pre-school teacher fired

Nancy Salem, a hijab-wearing Muslim teacher of South Arlington 2-year-olds was first suspended and then fired after a Texas-based group Canary Mission outed her for using social media to spread Jew hatred.

“On her now-deleted Twitter account, Salem made numerous derogatory comments about the Jewish people, including replying to a question “How many Jews died in the Holocaust?” with “Not enough…HAHAHAHA.”

Gotcha bitch! Hahahaha

Via Instapundit

Pancho Villa’s Trigger Finger

El Paso is a long way from Austin, and never one of my favorite destinations. “El Paso,” I used to say, “thy name is ugliness.” But Pancho Villa’s trigger finger?

“Luis immediately spots the finger in the window—gnarled and gray in a hammered bronze box next to shelves crammed with jewelry, its longish fingernail still intact. A typed message in a wood frame next to it explains that this is indeed the forefinger of a ‘notorious bandit’ and ‘ruthless killer’ who was also considered a local hero. That’s a lot of human paradox wrapped up into one little crooked finger in an El Paso pawnshop.”

Via Texas Highways Magazine