Dec 5, 2008
The Show Notes
100th birthday party
Tee Morris insisted taking me to South of the Border. It was all I feared and we got hustled for $3. I have yet to forgive him.
You might have noticed that all those Texas-centric billboards were from national advertisers. They make special campaigns just for our state, like we\\\'re going to be fooled into thinking we have some special status with them. Have you ever seen an ad that said, \\\"Ford trucks--built tough enough for VERMONT!\\\"? Didn\\\'t think so.
And if anyone is wondering, \\\"Don\\\'t Mess With Texas\\\" is a long running, very successful anti-littering campaign. You see the signs everywhere but the explanation is in fine print.
Oh, and you only got the 40 oz steak? Next time, tip your flight attendant.
Am i the only one here who digs the facial hair
stubble for the win!
I just ordered a copy of \\\'Non-Coloring Book\\\' (its not \\\'Non-ColoUring Book\\\'(is that a double negative (is this too many parenthetical asides?))).
Due to the way Lulu works it takes a few days to prepare the orders. If any of you need delivery by the Winter Solstice you had better get your orders in soon.
Cornelius -- if you read this its ruined the surprise.
You just got a very nice mention on the American Free-thought podcast. The hosts listed their top Xmas gift suggestions and one of them was The Entire George Hrab Discography!
P.S. - I was listening to American Free-thought while reading your article at the JREF!
EEP!! One of the very few times that I\\\'m NOT able to make a January AAS meeting, and they invited you to come and perform! I\\\'m so sad. :-(
As for asking questions... sometimes I go along to dinner with the colloquium speaker, and if I\\\'m not being too shy and if I know anything about their topic, I do ask lots of questions. But I\\\'m in a sliiightly older age bracket?
Like now :)
GOGO Geo (must not read other comments for spoilers!)
I think I\'m getting conned on my frequent trips to Texas, no one handing out 40oz steaks when I arrive
When exactly are you going to be in California, and is there a link to the event? I think I\\\'ll be able to make it, but it\\\'s not clear exactly what day and where.
I absolutely agree about the guide dog--they are really amazing creatures. My friend has a guide dog and he acts exactly as you\\\'ve described: while the harness is on, he\\\'s perfectly focused and attentive, but as soon as the harness comes off he knows he gets to play. Watching them work together is even more amazing. When they visited me recently I took them to Manhattan and the dog was so efficient at guiding her through the enormous crowds and confusion that I could barely follow in their wake.
I stayed at Pedro\\\\\\\'s South of the Boarder with my folks when I was a kid because we were barraged with the signs on a drive home from Florida in the mid seventies, I recall it being a very pleasant stay with a very good steak for dinner. It was also featured in the film Miss Congeniality I think.
My busting up laughing at this story guaranteed me a seat to myself on the subway as I listened to you speak of it, so double win.
Oh, Geo, I\\\'m so sorry; I didn\\\'t mean to mess you up! But it was a thrill to see you live and to meet you.
Trufax: White Settlement was named because at the time of its founding, it was one of the few outposts that was safe for outsiders in \\\"indian country.\\\"
More trufax: my mother-in-law taught in White Settlement Independent School District for many, many years.
I\\\'m afraid your comment was devoured by the interface. So sorry. Could you please send it again?
Just pausing the podcast for a moment to make a comment about the students-not-asking-questions thing.
Apparently you\'re not alone, Geo: Susan Jacoby, in _The Age of American Unreason_, tells a story about how recently she gave a lecture at a college and stayed in the dorm while she was visiting. She was excited about the stay because she figured that some of the students would have questions and, in any event, there was bound to be late-night bull sessions going on in the student lounge like they did when she was young.
She was deeply disappointed to find that this wasn\'t the case. Everyone was immersed in their electronic devices and the idea of having a conversation that consisted of physical bodies gabbing together just didn\'t seem to occur to them at the time.
I come up with the \\\"Grandfather-in-law\\\" a different way, so I think that it is correct.
Your Uncles wife is your Aunt-in-law, so her father would be your grandfather-in-law. Though, that is also the term for your wife\\\'s grandfather...
Maybe it is better to just say Uncle\\\'s Wife\\\'s Father. It is almost the same length and is more descriptive.
John from Toronto
If your father\\\'s brother\\\'s father is your grandfather, wouldn\\\'t your father\\\'s brother\\\'s wife\\\'s father be your grandfather-in-law?
When I was a kid living in the D.C. area, my parents had a \\\"South of the Border\\\" bumper sticker. I thought they had been to Mexico, but later found out that \\\"South of the Border\\\" is in South Carolina. Now I live in Texas where Mexico is really south of the border.
Saw you at the DFW concert (I actually appear in some of the Flickrrrr pics). Thanks for visiting us way down here.
In 2005, White Settlement, TX had a proposal on a ballot to change the name, but the proposal didn\\\'t pass.
almost fourteen years ago
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