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Rob Ryan “I’m a damn good football coach!”

Rob Ryan "Anybody can talk the talk, but I can walk it!"

I like the way this guy sounds, he has the swagger that America’s Team is lacking. We have the talent but our execution sucks and our mojo needs to be jump started. This maybe the guy that gets us to kick it into high gear and win some games. So far I am impressed and training camp has not even started. I am hoping for the best. Go Cowboys!

Giant

James Dean as Jett Rink in Giant - 1956

An amazing film about mid 20th century Texas. This is the Texas my parents were born into. For better or worse this is where we were as a culture. It is not always nice or kind but it is always honest. I have to say that things are better now then they were then. It is a story about the transformation of a man and his family, his state and state of mind. It is the story of my home state of Texas as it was in the 1950’s. In 2005 this film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.

Super Bowl XLV

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers

From a Fan of America’s Team – The Dallas Cowboys, I would like to say Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers.

2011 – Year Of The Rabbit

US Postage Stamp - 2011 Year Of The Rabbit

 The year 2010 is over, it was inevitable. I have always been a fan of New Years, it’s not so much the partying that excites me. Those days are long gone. I do however like the idea of having a clean slate. Another chance to make it count. 2011 – I welcome you and hope for the best. This year I thought perhaps I would acknowledge the Chinese New Year. We are now living in the Year Of The Rabbit. Jackalope Blues does have a certain fondness for rabbits as the mythical Jackalope is part rabbit. Although I am not a big believer in the idea of predeterminism, here are the characteristics of those born during the year of the rabbit: Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn. According to this belief system these traits can also be applied the chain of events that will make up the year ahead of us. As always I’ll take the good with the bad but given the choice, the good looks pretty good. Let’s see what happens.

Merry Christmas

I always liked this one….

The Black Angels – Live at the Kessler Theater – Dallas Tx

The Black Angels

The Black Angels wear their influences on their sleeve.  There is no denying that, but I have to say – that they have a swagger and ambiance that is native to our part of the world. It’s like the weather high above us or the earth beneath our feet. The sounds and rhythms they emit feel as though they have been conjured up from the native Texas soil and channeled out from the amps and souls of this great band to that of the greater beyond. Thanks to the Black Angels for  playing one hell of a show….

Dallas Cowboys Win 33 – 20 over New York – It's About Time!

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett

 This has been one depressing season. No one likes to see their team lose, but whats worse is to be embarrassed. Besides our losing streak, our Quarterback is injured, Head Coach fired, and our Fan base demoralized. Up until todays win over the New York Giants, our record was 1-7. I am hoping that this is a come back. Dallas Cowboy fans are known for being fair-weather fans. When they win we love the Cowboys but when they lose its not uncommon to hear someone yell Dallas Sucks! I don’t think that even a miracle will land us a Superbowl this year, it’s damn near impossible. At least we may be able to end the season with dignity. Better yet perhaps Jason Garrett will set us up for a winning season next year. Go Cowboys!

Veterans Day

 

US Flag - U.S.S. LCI 541

To all of our Vets – I am grateful. You make me proud of this country. This flag was flown on D-Day, June 6th, 1944 during the Invasion of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. My wife and I took this photo at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland Texas.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard – Texas Troubadour

Ray Wylie Hubbard

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Ray Wylie Hubbard perform at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington Texas. It was an amazingly intimate show. Ray joked around a bit with the  audience as he spoke about his life. For those that don’t know about the Great Ray Wylie Hubbard. I have to say that as a Texas Songwriter he is among the company of our greatest troubadours, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Waylon Jennings. He may be a little more on the blues and rock side of the spectrum but the twang and chime of his country and folk influences shine brightly. He is the kind of songwriter that mentions William Blake, Howling Wolf, and St John the Revelator all in one set. He finds the sacred in the least of us and the abyss in the those of us that are held in the highest esteem. All while pelting stones at his own human existence. Thanks to you Ray Wylie Hubbard for all the great songs and one hell of a show.