Sennacherib, that is, a rare reader and commenter, looking remarkably chipper for being several thousand years old. He had visited the old Rancho earlier and he wanted to see the new mini-rancho. Liked it, or seemed to, mini as it is.
As usual he told us a lot of tales of when Austin was young, not so long ago actually, about seventy years. Turned out his Austin father owned a masonry company and Barbara Ellen’s father was a mason. But they soon figured out that bit of synchronicity went nowhere as BE’s dad worked for other companies but not that one.
Alas, his highness was unable to answer the high dollar question: Who is/was the Neely of Neely’s Canyon? As in Neely’s Canyon Condominiums. Google has nothing. It’s still a mystery. Surely it was not some developer’s name as the condos were built thirty-nine years ago by Larry Peel. Might have been any landowning Neely of the late 1800s, his excellancy surmised, a time when just about every piece of terrain in this part of Texas acquired a name.
Two of them, just down the slope into the canyon from the mini-rancho’s back porch, must be twelve feet around and reach a hundred feet high. Usually they have a very calming influence on the surrounding terrain, as trees of any size have a calming effect on people.
Right now they’re swaying in a forty mile an hour breeze. Results of a cold front that came in early this morning and dropped the temperature from yesterday’s high of ninety-four degrees to just above forty. It’s the sudden changes that get you in Texas.
Turns out that Elon Musk’s SpaceX isn’t just about shipping people and goods to NASA’s space station, but, some day, a trip to a nearby star. Not sure why he built this, near Boca Chica in the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border, when we haven’t even gone back to the moon yet, much less Mars.
It’s asking too much, I know it is, but could the cops please not shoot to kill these mass shooters so we can at least find out why they did it. With them dead, it’s a guessing game. White male, mid-30s, tells us nothing.
America is sick of this, say the Dims, and that is certainly true but their solution is to take the guns of the law-abiding. Criminals will always find a gun. As they do every day in Chicago, Mexico, and other garden spots.
I’m tempted to think he was a relocated Californicator, but there’s some sort of mass psychosis at work here. We’ll never know for sure so long as the cops keep killing the killers.
“No doubt, you’ve seen the viral video of the young woman in Texas who put the container back in the Walmart freezer after licking the ice cream. Turns out the police have seen it too. And the police being the police, they’ve uncovered the identity of the woman and are planning on arresting her on second-degree felony charges of food tampering, according to CBS News. The charges carry a sentence of two to twenty years behind bars.”
Now if Blue Bell will just please secure their lids. If they hope to keep selling.
Texas leads the way, sez young Aggie engineer:
“The United States – not Saudi Arabia or Russia – is now the world’s largest crude oil producer. This was unthinkable a few years ago, when politicians bemoaned our dependence on foreign oil, without ever offering any solutions.
“In the new energy economy Texas leads the way and is almost certain to exceed 5 million barrels per day, or about 40% of the total American output.
“As if to underscore just how huge a player Texas now is, a company here recently inked a deal to export natural gas – to Saudi Arabia.”
It’s, ta-da, Midland-Odessa in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Thanks to Trump. No Dim would have done it.
“Fortunes are being made in this fracking-related gold rush, and money and workers are flooding in. But many necessities in the area now cost a small fortune, creating opportunities for businesses selling everything from dipping tobacco to sand for fracking. It can be hard to get a haircut, grab a plate of good Texas barbecue, or find a table at a popular bar, because demand outstrips supply. Housing is scarce and hotel room prices sometimes rival those of New York City at more than $500 a night.”