Saturday, July 29, 2017
Remember when dark clouds gathered and a slight rumble of thunder could be heard in the distance?
Remember when a refreshing breeze along the shoreline of your favorite lake made you want the afternoon to last forever?
Well, those days are gone as Texans endure another sweltering summer with temperatures in the triple digits as we plow through July. In fact, we don't endure as much as we find our selves captives in our own air-conditioned homes to avoid the onslaught of these strength-sapping conditions.
On the bright side, relief is only weeks away when temperatures drop to the mid-80's feeling like a cold snap, followed by a dramatic drop to the upper 60's when Texans break out their sweaters, knowing that before long temps will plummet to a bone-numbing 50 degrees or so and it's time to break out the NorthFace parkas, alpaca scarves, stocking caps and fleece-lined mittens.
And we wonder why the Cheeseheads of Green Bay, Wisconsin call us sissies.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
This innocuous safe sits in the same place it has for years. In fact, it hasn't been moved from the original Jack Daniel's office that still stands in the midst of the distillery complex. But this was the item that led to "the event". While many people would conclude that being around one of the most famous distilleries in the world, Mr. Daniel, founder and proprietor of this empire, might have imbibed too much for too long. But this was not the case. Ever the dapper, ambitious entrepreneur, Gentleman Jack Daniel was too busy overseeing his business holdings. But one morning when opening the office, he was unable to remember the combination of the company safe and in a fit of rage (for which he was known), he kicked this 1200 pound immovable object....to no avail. This tantrum, however, did result in a foot injury that went untreated for a lengthy period until the foot developed gangrene, leading to the demise at age 60 of one of America's most flamboyant Captains of Industry.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Make a joyful noise, indeed!!!!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
For nearly a decade on trips to Eastern Tennessee, passing billboards touting the Jack Daniel's Distillary tour, I'd say to myself, "Gotta make that trip". About two weeks ago, I finally fulfilled this desire. After all, just the name, Jack Daniel's, is an institution starting back in 1866. No matter where you imbibe in the world....Melbourne, Toronto, Rome, Caracas, or the Lone Star State....that little jigger of amber Jack Daniel's had its beginnings in the little town of Lynchberg. This is true Tennessee Sour Mash sippin' whiskey and it's made today the same way it was since the inception of this historic distillery. And the trip to appreciate the process, along with the folklore that accompanies this brand, was fascinating.
On the grounds of the distillery, silos hold corn, rye or barley malt prior to being moved to the still house where ingredients will be measured, ground and mixed before the patented distilling process begins.
During distilling, the raw grain products go through a series of steps including the adding of sugar to begin fermentation. At one point on the tour, one observes a clear liquid with an alcoholic punch of 140 proof flowing endlessly as it makes its way to the charcoal-filtering phase where it will be further purified and cleansed during a 5-day process. Next up: barreling, aging (5 to 7 years), bottling and distribution.
So, what did I learn? Well, simply put, years ago there was a man small in stature (5'2") who had a grandiose dream that has exceeded his wildest expectations. His name: Jack Daniel. And his legacy lives on.
Monday, May 29, 2017
OK, on the count of three, everybody bend over....... Well, actually, what we have above are conscientious golfers in coordinated efforts to repair ball marks on the course: one on the green and the other in the sand trap. It just so happened that both chores were undertaken simultaneously.
The other photogenic duo are just golfing partners trying in unison to coax an errant putt into that elusive little hole. Despite concerted efforts the ball failed to drop. But at the end of the day, both twosomes had a great time as they participated in a recent golf tournament benefiting The First Tee of Greater Dallas at the picturesque Stonebriar Golf Club, Frisco TX.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
As temperatures drop, and a mist begins to fall, one wonders if early evening can get any better than it does in New Mexico. Labeled "The Land of Enchantment", this state lives up to their slogan year round, be it with brilliantly colored sunsets over the mountains or freshly fallen blankets of snow on a challenging ski run.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
One thing you'll learn when in the mountains of Colorado, you can enjoy your early morning cup of coffee, but you better have your camera within easy reach. In fact, anytime you step outside, no matter the hour, make sure a camera is on the check list..... over your shoulder, in your hand, or next to you as you drive, because the mountains of Colorado are a continuing photo-op. The validity of this bit of wisdom was confirmed on the deck of a cabin in the mountains, 9 miles outside of Pagosa Springs. Mom and the kids just happened to be munching breakfast goodies when this two-legged intruder stepped out with a mug in one hand and a Nikon in the other. The result: a candid capture of wildlife that beckons my return every time I look at this picture.