Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Believe it or not, July 4th is here. It just seems only a few weeks ago that we were all complaining about a nasty winter and now, we prepare to pop fireworks and man the grill. As with most holidays, many of us forget the reason that we take time to celebrate. I suspect that although it is accepted that fireworks go with the celebration of the holiday, have you ever wondered why fireworks go off on July 4th. I guess the simple reason for fireworks on the 4th is because John Adams wanted it to be so. Adams imagined a celebration from shore to shore to celebrate our nation’s independence. Guns, whistles and bells were used in 1777, but fireworks imported from China quickly gained popularity. Whether you light a bottle rocket this 4th or just sit back and enjoy the show…remember why those fireworks light up the sky.
4th of July on the Lake in Austin
I had lunch with an old friend this week. To some, Coz would be viewed as anti-social… I see him as a colorful character. Coz has spent most of his life living on the banks of Lake Travis, doing his best to torment the part time lake dwellers. For Coz…living at the lake is a way of life, not a vacation. Apparently, Coz has spent many hours over the past years putting pen to paper and writing thoughts and poems about his life in the hill country. I figured that as this is the week we celebrate our country’s independence that I share the thoughts of one of the most independent guys that I have ever met. I give you…the Coz:
If you were to see John Cosgrove, you will immediately think Santa Claus. In truth, he has a Santa suit and fancies himself as a "hillbilly" Santa. A great guy with a gentle heart...
Hill Country Ways-
Hill Country ways, good old days
Sunshine, sun rays, same old Jays
Redneck ways, onward through the fog
Healer dog, trucking high on the hog
Spring of the year, summer’s coming on
Gittin’ it on, chosen one, in the dawn
Of another year of wildflowers bloom
Birdsong, sunshine fills my room
Colors grow, in the know, lovin’ life, listenin’
Seeing, hearing, writing, revelating, revealin’
Forgiven, born again to unending experience
Bird talkin’, birdville, connecting conscience
Regres, all things given, Hill Country livin’
Unto the deliverance of all things taken
That are rightfully bound by temptation
Lured by the rhapsody and revelation
Communication, connection of all that is to be
In God’s country underneath the cedar tree
A thousand times over today, yesterday’s tacos
Tomorrow’s enchiladas, future fate, adios
Consumed by time, all these precious memories
Stored in the brainpan of infinite energies
Ruled by a holy teacher who makes you free
Conquering adversity passively, so lovingly
Unto the multitudes
On the Redneck Riviera, knowledge imparted
Given away, restarted, renewed, reguarded
Renude, then taken away exposed, revelated
Complicated simply, revealed, then translated
I read a very cool story today about a middle aged guy stopping to assist a motorist that was trapped in a burning car...very cool. Here is the link to the story:
I saw this today and got a good chuckle. As a Cowboy fan...I am going to hang onto baseball as long as I can.
Bad news out of Houston this week, as the Astros reported that someone has hacked their data base. Somehow…some of this information found its way to Deadspin. Basically, if you want to know some of the conversations regarding what the Astros wanted for Bud Norris…you can see the back and forth. My question is why would anyone care to do this? The Astros are pissed and are seeking to find and prosecute the guilty parties. One would think that this had to be someone with a beef with the Astros. Oh well, I guess it is just the reality of our world today.
I really have not paid much attention to the World Cup, but know that USA lost on Tuesday. From all that I have heard, goalie Tim Howard had a whale of a game. His 16 saves, were the most by any goalie in 50 years. I was sad to hear we lost…but just don’t have enough interest to be upset about the lost. I am humored each 4 years when the “experts” suddenly become soccer experts. They are obsessed with the thought that soccer will “soon” begin to gain a foothold in the US. My thought is that there is a good of a chance of this happening as there is of the NFL becoming the sport of choice in Europe. It is pretty simple, the Premier League is in Europe for a reason…this is their sport. Hey, it is a great game…but then again, so is football…the one with the pointed ends on the ball.
Do you remember Bobby Bonilla? I was reminded today of one of the most amazing contracts of all time. Each July, Bonilla receives a check for $1.19 million dollars from the New York Mets. In the day of big contracts, this may not sound like much…but consider this. The Mets owed Bonilla $5.9 million in 2000 and agreed to pay him $1.19 million for 25 years in agreement to defer the payments for 10 years. The buy out began on July 2011, Bonilla got his first check for $1.19 million. Now…that is a deal. Was Steve Phillips nuts or what?
That’s all I have today…I hope you have a very safe and enjoyable July 4th.
I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now.
I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."
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