Filling In My Biography

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

RATTLESNAKE BOMBER BASE

After WW2 the Rattlesnake Bomber Base, which was at Pyote, Texas, was used as a place to "pickle" and store bombers. The dry climate was better for temporarily preserving them while it was decided what to do with them. I remember passing by as a young child and seeing hundreds, probably thousands, of B-17 and B-29 bombers, in long rows that seemed to stretch forever. It was a sight that I have never forgotten; it really put forth to me America's power and might, and at the same time was sad, like a graveyard of valiant warriors.

Rattlesnake Bomber Base was once home to the Enola Gay. The original base entryway still stands off I-20 but the base is a descent way off. Most of the hangers are still there and are the remains of several WWII bombers, though thanks to the bascisity of the dirt, they are rusted beyond salvagability. 4WD isn't actually nesicary once you're there but the majority of the driving involved is through West Texas desert which is overgrown with mesquite and tumbleweed so puntured tires are quite likely.

The satellite map should show the landing strips, if not move the map around, the base is just left of Pyote, Texas.


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Monday, June 1, 2009

Texas Longhorns beat Boston College in 25 inning marathon

Quote of the week
“Maybe it was adrenaline, but I couldn’t believe how good I felt. My arm felt great. I wasn’t sick, even though I threw up [from drinking too much Gatorade, Pedialyte and water too fast]. But my body felt great, my arm felt great.”
– Longhorns pitcher Austin Wood, to SI.com, after his 13-inning performance in Saturday’s win over BC .

One of the greatest pitching performances in college baseball history.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

WACO: The Rules of Engagement (extra: infrared footage)



The first full-length documentary film to present the complete picture of the series of events outside Waco, Texas during 1993 that resulted in the shooting of 4 federal agents and the deaths of 86 men, women, and children of the Branch Davidian religious sect.

A highly detailed examination of the interaction between David Koresh, his members, and Federal Law Enforcement. It shows how the FBI misled the public and American political leaders in order to focus overwhelming force on a group whose diversity of race, national origin, and apocalyptic religious beliefs made its members easy targets for lethal abuse of civil and human rights. Gripping and deeply thought provoking, the film provides America with something it truly needs - an opportunity to review the historical record of events at Waco. The findings raise doubts about the FBI's version of the story and their larger role in similar instances of law enforcement.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The San Antonio Zoo

A great zoo for kids and adults alike. Always a great outing for the family.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Marble Falls Flood + "Welcome Home"by Coheed and Cambria

The Marble Falls Flood of 2007. Marble Falls is only about 60 miles from my home. Went up to Marble Falls a couple of days after the flood. The pictures in the video gives you a good idea of the destruction by the flood. Something like 14 inches of rain in one day.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Alamo - THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER - Original Soundtrack By Dimtri Tiomkin

Texans didn't steal land from anyone. Santa Anna was a vicious dictator who killed more Mexicans than he ever killed Texans. After he abolished the constitution the Texans said "no thanks" and declared independance. Those Texans included men like Juan Seguin and Lorenzo de Zavala. That is why the heroes of the Alamo are so revered.

Beautiful Song that was on the soundtrack with the John Wayne version of The Alamo.



THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER
Original Soundtrack composed by Dimitri Tiomkin, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. From John Waynes Epic Movie THE ALAMO. Also known as Number One Hit by the Brothers Four in the Early 1960..

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lYRICS:
A time to be reapin',
a time to be sowin'.
The green leaves of summer
are callin' me home.
'Twas so good to be young then,
in a season of plenty,
When the catfish were jumpin'
as high as the sky.

A time to be laughin'
a time to be livin'
A time to be courtin'
a girl of your own.
'Twas so good to be young then,
to be close to the earth,
And to stand by your wife
at the moment of birth.

A time to be reapin',
a time to be sowin'.
The green leaves of summer
are callin' me home.
'Twas so good to be young then,
with the sweet smell of apples,
And the owl in the pine tree
a -winkin' his eye.

A time just for plantin',
a time just for ploughin'.
A time just for livin',
a place for to die.
'Twas so good to be young then,
to be close to the earth,
Now the green leaves of summer
are callin' me home.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bandera Texas, the Cowboy Capital of the World.

The most beutiful thing about the area I think are the hills and the river. The river is crystal clear. you can see 20+ feet down!

Just an afternoon drive from Austin through the hill country.

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Born and raised in South Austin, Texas.