Laguna Gloria is still for lovers

If they can ignore some of the more tasteless modern stuff. Contemporary “art” is for the educated, no longer the masses. Some of it is just plain weird. But Laguna Gloria’s grounds and 1906 villa are quite magnificent. Especially their setting on the shores of Lake Austin. Quiet, treed beauty in the heart of West Austin.

Ten bucks per person these days but there is a cafe.

A love letter

The Aggie’s girlfriend lost her grandfather a few days ago after a long illness. She wrote him this love letter:

“How blessed I am to have had a grandpa like you. To my number one supporter and biggest fan..I am going to miss all the nights watching Wheel of Fortune with you, hearing your slippers glide across the entire house, and always hearing “let’s do this again sometime” after every meal. Until I see you again, I love you Poppee. 💕

1938–the last time TCU was a national champ

Texas Christian University, which goes by TCU these days, will take on Georgia Jan 9. Here’s hoping the Horned Frogs win it again, 85 years later. Underestimate the horny toads at your peril.

UPDATE: Uh, no peril. That was embarrassing. The horny toads left their defense back home in Fort Worth. Their offense wasn’t in the game much either: Georgia 65, TCU 7.


Rule 5: Paratrooper boots

The magic that never came again

OCS chum Jacob Kinser was killed in March, 1970, when the Huey he was piloting crashed into a line of trees in the fog. His widow still has the most poignant posting on the Wall of Faces: “Thanks for the magic. It never came again…”

Sixteen degrees heading for 12

Our share of the arctic cold front finally has arrived. No precip, thank goodness, despite50 percent humidity, or we’d have power outages for sure. Might still with the wind at 13 mph.

Mike Leach dies at 61

Author of the “air raid” offense at Texas Tech, Mike Leach, the head coach at Mississippi State, died of complications of heart disease. His pass-happy quarterbacks often provided plenty of excitement.