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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Postcards From The Road: Final Trip Thoughts

Posted 02-20-2015 at 08:33 PM by case44

Well, as John Denver would sing in his old song, it's good to be back home again. But I didn't want it to end too quickly. Anyhow, here are a few thoughts:

In College Station, work is being done on a large exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library. So much so, that the entire section was blocked off from the public. I was hoping they'd actually add something there; instead, my second visit in six years yielded less things to see....

My Bryan hotel was really posh and chic, and I hated to leave it. Heck, even the lady at the front desk didn't want me to leave, either. And she was the same one who checked me in, but as a hostess, she'd been very gracious. I'll be back first chance I get....

Due to a lapse in judgment in map reading and road-searching, I cancelled a visit to Butler's Soul Food in Bryan. In its place was a visit to Los Cucos, a Houston Mexican food chain with a good following in the Brazos Valley area. I ended up going twice while in College Station. Wonderful enchiladas! Can't wait to go again to try their super-sizzling fajitas....

On my TV set, there were two ABC stations. One was the local station in B/CS, but the other was Houston's KTRK (Channel 13). Now, only the local offering gave us all of the ABC feeds, and KTRK would give us only their local programming, which included their newscasts. I say this because Don Nelson, the longtime Channel 13 traffic/entertainment reporter and also a Houston legend, is retiring after nearly 40 years on Houston television. I got to see him for the very last time this morning; Nelson retires officially next Friday....

Driving through Hearne, TX, I cannot believe how dead their downtown is during the day. It was a throwback to an earlier time, no doubt, but their downtown streets and businesses looked very desolate. More than half of them looked permanently closed, despite visible signs telling you who occupied the spaces in question. This is small-town America nowadays, but someone in Hearne needs a little vision for its town's core....

Waco was great, too, and the entire trip was deemed a success. And it should be noted that, in Bryan, my hotel also had a walk-in shower. I haven't dealt with one of those in years (My apartment's only shower is in the bathtub). What a great experience that was....

And, best of all, no ice! While people on the East Coast have been suffering through one of the coldest winter weeks in many years, Texas has mostly been spared from all that. Now, a cold front to bring much colder temps is due in sometime on Sunday, but you can count the days until spring hits the streets.
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