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Posts published in “Day: March 3, 2005”

All Fridays are good, ain’t they?

Maybe March will bring some better weather than all the wet and cold conditions and all that has been around. Bring back the 80’s make my day.

I’m itching to get in the garden and do my thing; one of which is to catch the cat that has discovered my garden. I’ll sting its tail with a BB if caught squatting. Ain’t nothing worser than cat!

I told the Mrs. I was ready for a spring fling. She told me to go get the shovel and fling some over the back fence.

Actually with spring being three weeks away, it is time for a weekend jaunt, short road trip or a spring fling for us. She told me she has the day off on Good Friday so we will have a three day weekend and I told her I thought all Fridays were good, ain’t they?

Maybe a little road trip towards Austin to see the blue bonnets in bloom and what ever may spark an interest. Maybe later on a trip to Canton & First Monday Trade Days will cure the spring fever urge to go for the time being. With the First Monday Trade Days it’ll get the itch out of my system because all of the walking involved.

Maybe just a simple “get out of Dodge” for a weekend excursion will do the trick or scratch the itch of relief from life’s many stresses. A different stroke and a day away from every day life coupled with those contained therein if you savvy. Lord knows we all need a little more than a sigh of relief sometimes.

I asked the Mrs. just now, “What’cha want to do right now, no matter the cost or whatever. What do you want to do?”

She said, “I don’t want to do anything now, why?”

Talk about content.

Maybe I’ll get a scratch later.

Riding around the yacht basins around Galveston Bay would be nice on this sunny and cool day. I’d buy supper and make her chuckle more than once but mind you, she’s got lots of smarty mouth answers to reply to mine now days. She had a good teacher.

If she would drive, I would go in a minute but my back seat driver’s license prevents many excursions like that so Ihave to drive. HUMPH!

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What is your credit score? Do you know or care? Briefly your score can range from 300 to 850. I’ve seen an 849, NO MAS.

Paying on time counts for 35% of your score, that’s a big percentage. 30% of what you owe as a percentage of available credit so don’t go near your credit limit.

15% for the length of time you had credit.

10% for credit mix meaning department stores, bank cards, car payments, etc. Personal finance companies bring down your credit score!

10% for you applying for new credit so slow down on your wants.

Being at 80% of your credit limit kills your score.

Bankruptcy will stay on your credit for ten years.

I’ve known marriages that didn’t last that long.

Scout taught us a thing or two at church

He was asked to give a special message at the Crosby Methodist Church for Scout Sunday about three weeks ago. This 20-year-old college student did just that by bringing a message to the congregation entitled, “Being Jesus to Others.”

Zachary Harrison had been a Scout for several years through his teenage years and obviously his studies and Scout activities have had a positive influence. The Methodist Church, on a national basis, is the largest sponsor of Scout troops across the nation and I applaud that organization for this effort. In Harrison the local church saw its investment in youth had paid off.

“What makes you happy?” Harrison asked his audience. “Is it sports? Is it shopping? Is it food,” he asked. He had the audience listening intently as he began with these questions.

Joys and pleasures come differently to people and they respond in different ways, this young adult told his listeners. Then he spoke of several people of the Bible – Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, the sons of Zabedee, James and John.

“We remember those words that Jesus spoke to the men fishing, ‘Come I will make you fishers of people.’ He recalled the story of a man walking up to these fishermen and, after they had fished for hours and got nothing, saying, ‘Try the right side of the boat.’

“Now, I don’t know about you but if I had been fishing all day and some guy told me to just try the right side of the boat, I would think he was a little nuts. It was not until they started catching fish that they realized the person was Jesus.”

Then he spoke of Mary Magdalene at the tomb saying, “If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him and I will go and get him. On both occasions when Jesus appears after his death there was no bright light, no trumpets, and no wings – there was just a man.”

Harrison then spoke of some of his experiences such as working at Cub Scout Camp at the behest of his mother, and working with a youngster who was having extreme difficultly in riding a bicycle. He spoke of the joys he felt when the Cubs responded to his assistance and the youngster took off, unsteady at first, and successfully rode his bike. He said his most rewarding experience was when “I got a letter in the mail” from the bike rider saying, “He had gotten a new bike and was up and riding all over the place.”

Referring to an earlier scripture he said “I believe he [Jesus] found joy in helping others. He found pleasure in being able to make other people’s lives a little better. So why can’t we do that today?”

Then he told of his own experience at the intersection of I-610 and I-8. “Going down the exit ramp, a young lady with a flat tire was on the side of the road with an old Dodge pickup” behind it. A man was working on replacing a tire. Harrison said he considered stopping to help as well and then didn’t. He was bothered by his decision and ended up going around thatexit ramp three times before finally pulling over to lend a hand. The woman and her helper were both pleased he had stopped.

“We were together for 15 minutes or so just talking up a storm as we worked, trying to figure out how to lower the tire from under this foreign SUV.” He said he did little except assist in moving the tire and finishing up. At the conclusion there were “thank you”s all around; more than he thought he deserved. “Why was I the only one to stop?” he asked himself as he watched 100 or more cars whiz by as they worked. “The point of this story is that I might not have thought I was doing anything but to the people on the side of the road, it meant something.”

He continued with, “Did Jesus ever say no? If everyone tried to be much more like Jesus the world would be a better place. So who is your role model today?” At the end of his message he quoted Wilfred Grenfell with, “The service we render for others is the rent we pay for our room when we leave this earth.”

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life from my West Virginia home!

Hunting grows in cost

“The cost of hunting is forcing more people to quit doing something they love to do and it seems there is nothing that can be done about it,” according to a friend of mine. As we sipped on our coffee this statement would set the tone for our day.

We were enjoying a postdeer season hunt for exotic animals. Exotics are those animals that are not native to our land. Typically, the most common exotics are axis deer, fallow deer, mouflon sheep and black buck antelope. Average cost of hunting these animals range from $1,500 to $2,500 each depending upon length of hunt, accommodations and other variables. Hunting exotic animals helps extend our hunting season to be year round. The dollars that are generated by hunting all kinds of animals helps landowners pay their bills and ultimately helps assure that the property remains undeveloped.

Far too many times landowners have been forced into selling their property because they simply could not make a living off traditional live stock. Many times when these properties sell, it spells doom for all wildlife as development of subdivisions, golf courses and so on destroys the natural habitat. So the way I see it, hunting exotics has been a real blessing for Texas landowners.

But what about the cost? After giving consideration to the statement that started the column, I was determined to find another way to still enjoy my hunt, take some great animals and do it all at a fraction of the list price. Most whitetail deer hunters know that the cost of a trophy and a management buck vary tremendously. The only difference between these two categories of bucks is the size of their antlers. Both bucks are usually mature in age, taste equally as good and are just as challenging to hunt. The hunting experience is just as enjoyable regardless of the size of antlers.

At daylight I spotted a band of mouflon rams about 70 yards away. All of them were old but one of them was limping badly. His front leg was swollen and he slowly followed along trying to keep up with the other rams. At 35 yards I sent an arrow his way and in seconds he was down. Cost was $500. Not bad, considering the other rams were $1,500.00 each.

Sitting by a waterhole around mid-day a group of Catalina goats came to drink. The big billy was in the rear and had only one horn. The other had been broken off about 2″ above his skull. A 20-yard shot put this bargain priced exotic on the ground. Cost $150.00 compared to $750.00 if he had both horns.

As the sun set, a group of fallow deer came into the food plot and within 30 yards of my Double Bull blind. I selected an old doe, shot and watched as she came to rest. Minutes later the others were back within range and I took another old doe. Cost $75.00 each compared to $1,500.00 or more for a fallow buck.

It had been a great day and I accomplished what I came for. I enjoyed the hunt and will enjoy the memories for years to come. Most of all I realized that there are more landowners with bargain priced hunts than I had ever imagined. Next time you are looking for a hunting bargain, consider hunting management exotics.

For questions or comments, contact Keith at www.keithwarren.net.

Cougar tennis players finish tops at tourney

MONT BELVIEU – The Crosby Cougars tennis team competed in the Liberty High School Varsity Tennis Tournament held at Barbers Hill on Feb. 25.

Also competing in the tournament were Houston Smiley, Forest Brook, Galena Park, Dayton, Huffman, Cleveland, Barbers Hill, Hardin-Jefferson, New Caney and Liberty. The following are Crosby results only:

Individual results are as follows:

BOYS

Boys A Singles
Nate Hoag, second place

Doubles consolation
Ryan Prasek and David Malchar first place

GIRLS

Girls A Singles
Amanda Hollingshead, second place
Brittany Tobin, semifinalist

Girls B Singles
Christine Prasek, first place

Girls B Doubles
Holly Kallies and Audrie LaFleur, second place

NOTE: The Cougars finished second as a team behind Barbers Hill.

Huffman loses playoff game to Diboll in second half

LIVINGSTON – The Huffman Falcons’ hopes of advancing to the regional tournament took a turn for the worse in the second half of their playoff game against Diboll, which resulted in a 67-46 loss Tuesday at Livingston Middle School.

Huffman, which advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1979, ends its season at 20-10.

Diboll advances to play in the Region III Tournament this weekend and improves to 25-5.

Playing in front of a standing room only crowd, maybe it was good that some Huffman fans didn’t get to see the game in its later stages.

As spectators were nearing the entrance outside the facility, police were forced to ward fans away because the local fire marshal declared the building a fire hazard as a result of overcrowding.

The “lucky” fans had an opportunity to see District 23-3A champs Huffman fall behind 19-8 after one quarter but recovered in the second.

Diboll could only manage four second-half points — two by free throws and a lone basket. Still, the Lumberjacks were able to cling to a onepoint halftime lead.

In the second half was when the season caved in for the Falcons as they allowed 22 points in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Pilot Club’s Community Fair prevails over wet weather

HIGHLANDS – Gray skies and intermittent showers weren’t enough to slow the enthusiasm and fun at the Pilot Club’s 7th annual Community Fair, last Saturday Feb. 26 at the Highlands Elementary School. A large crowd showed up for the festivities and the Fish Fry, ably cooked by the Henderson team and other helpers.

With Doug Keyes as MC, the entertainment included the Pick N Grin band, the Marilyn Sikoras Cloggers, songs by Mathan Edwards, an appearance by “Elvis”, the Lone Star Kids, Charles Woods, songs by Suzzie Thompson Garcia and Lorie Lopez, and dancing by the Community Center’s Line Dancers.

President Nancy Porter introduced the Officers and Directors of the Club.

Crafts booths, games, a blood drive, exhibitions of Fire Department equipment and County maintenance equipment, and Constable Ken Jones’ 19th century Jail Wagon were part of the show.

A silent auction featured a signed baseball by Nolan Ryan, a coffee brunch with Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, and much more. A card draw featured an $800 diamond ring, which was won by Betty Michalsky. The live auction top prize of 10 yards of concrete was won by Danny Moore for a $600 bid. The club’s raffle resulted in 1st Prize HP Photo Studio won by Kristin Romero; 2nd prize a Quilt, Norma Cotten; $100 gift certificate, Jim Hildebrand; Watch Bracelet, won by Ella Jeter. Door prizes were also awarded.

Pilot Club members and the community deemed the Fair another success, even though the overall benefit monies will be slightly less than previous years.

Huffman livestock sets new records

HUFFMAN – The Future Farmers of America welcomed an excited and cheerful crowd on Feb. 26 even if the drizzle continued throughout the 33rd Annual Huffman FFA Livestock Show and Sale.

A grand parade of cakes, steers, swine, lambs, goats, chickens and rabbits toured the exhibition ring before a throng of eager buyers and cheering spectators, hosted by the local ag departments.

Local Ag Science teacher Kristi Hart, 26, will tell you that the money raised during the auction goes to the student that raised the animal.

Kasie Myers brought forth the Grand Champion Steer that was purchased by Hazelwood Dodge for $4,800. The previous record was $3,600.

Zack Mengel, 15, was smiling when a barbecue pit became Grand Champion Ag Mechanics Project and when it sold with added benefits of free coating and delivery thanks to a generous under coating company.

Crosby Office Supply purchased a Pen & Ink likeness of a Buffalo that was Grand Champion Art. Said Susan Armstrong of her new masterpiece, “You know, years ago the Crosby team was the Buffalo. I thought I’d put it in a nice frame and hang it in my store.”

Brittani Bumpas flashed a grand champion smile when her Swine sold for $2600. She has been showing pigs for the last three years. Having found herself taking third place last year, she was looking to take a reserve place this year. The Grand Champion Lamb sold for $1700 and the GC Goat went for $1400.

Houston is “Ready to Rodeo”

HOUSTON – Cowboys and cowgirls of all types were ready to start “rodeoing” this week, as Houston Livestock and Rodeo opens on March 1st. Festivities actually started last weekend, with the annual BBQ cook-off, and the Rodeo parade through downtown. Participants in the parade included the trailriders that have been coming in to Memorial Park last week. Also underway daily is the extensive Carnival and midway next to the venue, which is Reliant Stadium.

Entertainment lined up for the first week include the following:

March 1–Brooks & Dunn
March 2–Alan Jackson
March 3–Neal McCoy, Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Greenwood and an Armed Forces Salute
March 4–Alicia Keys
March 5–Gretchen Wilson
March 6–Hilary Duff
March 7–Jeff Foxworthy and Big & Rich
March 8–Keith Urban

A little rain and cooler weather helped the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo open in grand style! Despite the dampness, Rodeo Parade fans still gathered in the streets in droves to watch and cheer as the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run participants, covered wagons,
marching bands, trail riders and others strutted their stuff down the streets of downtown Houston.

While the Top Hands Horse Show competitors finished their heart-warming events in the dry confines of Reliant Arena, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest was smoking away and drawing meat-hungry folks from all around. Go Texan contests concluded withthe quilt contest winners and team penning competitors declared.

The quilts will be displayed in Reliant Center March 1 through March 20.

With the conclusion of the opening weekend activities, the fun has only just begun. Brooks & Dunn will help open RODEO-HOUSTON this Tuesday, March 1, and there are still loge and upper level seats available! In fact, there are still tickets available to every Show! So, round up the troops, sound the bugle and get ready to march right into Reliant Park to join in the fun of Houston’s most celebrated event – the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!