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Corona Yoga

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My son Kevin is an Emmy award winning television sports director. He broadcasts games the Rangers, Mavericks and Stars play. He occasionally runs the jumbotron for Dallas Cowboys home games. He is also in demand for college games in various sports all over the country. He even directs wrestling matches. He has had a fabulous career and loves what he does. He had a big part in producing the highlight video for the Atlanta Olympics. He misses broadcasting the games and working with his broadcast crew. I’ve had the privilege of watching him work. The television crew is in a huge trailer loaded with equipment. Watching the professionals get a game on the air is more fun to watch than the game itself. It is split-second timing, working with as many as 16 cameras all over the playing field.

Team Roping Handicap

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The sport (passion, or affliction) of team roping experienced a terrific boom in popularity years ago with the creation of an association called United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC). It established a classification system based on the roper’s skill. It is comparable to the handicapping system used in golf. The result is that ropers are able to compete with others of ‘equal ability’ therefore increasing their chances of winning. As a roper improves, his USTRC number increases.

Smelly China Beef

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What does beef have to do with Shakespeare? Well, in “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, the King of Denmark (Hamlet’s father) suddenly died and the Queen (Hamlet’s mother) quickly married her dead husband’s brother (Hamlet’s Uncle). One of the castle guards sees a ghost and tells Hamlet’s friend that “There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.” The friend tells Hamlet, who trots up the castle steps to chat with the ghost. Eventually Hamlet figures out that his Uncle killed Dad (now a ghost) and married Mom. At the end, the stage is littered with dead bodies . . . a tragedy.

Midland’s Funny Girl

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Mary Lou Cassidy of Midland has made her living as an oil and gas lawyer. “We had about 15 lawyers on the premises but I was inclined to attract an odd assortment of clients. Sometimes they could walk in the door and the n receptionist would greet them and say ’I’ll bet you’re here to see Mary Lou.’ rd They would be barefooted and have an Indian headdress on. Later I would ask the receptionist how she knew that was my client. ‘Just a guess,’ she would reply.” Mary Lou is trying to retire but she started doing elder law, s helping senior citizens. “They always need something.” n

Steamboat Yellow Stone Kept Revolution Afl oat

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In a May 19, 1837 letter to the speaker of the Republic house of representatives, President Sam Houston pressed for full payment as promised to the captain and crew of the Yellow Stone and the rightful place of the steamboat in Texas history.

Walking The Appalachian Trail

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Ethan west has The Squarehead Barber Shop in Mason. He likes cutting hair and he likes adventure. He has done 500-mile kayak trips on Texas Rivers and walked the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail.