Archive for March, 2008

Think your job is tough?
March 28, 2008

This is an amazing video that will likely make you appreciate your job a little more.  Unless you like heights.  It was apparently pulled from a documentary although we can’t find the origin.  But we wanted to share it with you.  If you’ve got 3 minutes to spare check it out….

High Voltage Cable Inspection

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Clip Of The Week: The Soup, TODAY
March 28, 2008

Sorry Ann Curry. It’s tough getting up early for the newscast. Sometimes we have a mental glitch and misread a story or stumble on a name. It’s not embarrassing. It’s part of the job. It’s funny too. The Soup with Joel McHale on E! loves Ann Curry’s unique segue to the morning news on TODAY…

Ahhh Memories…
March 12, 2008

Aren’t you embarrassed to show those pictures? Understandably that’s probably your reaction when you see these relics from days/years gone by. Please hold all comments about the hair and the red jeans! (see below pictures)

My first steer Sampson was the Grand Champion of all 3 calves at the Childress Livestock Show.
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This was probably the best steer I ever had. His name was Bo and was an Angus. I got picked to show for the showmanship award in Wichita Falls but was ironically escorted out of the ring because he was feeling a little crazy that day. 
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo always brings back fond memories for me. We came almost every year when I was growing up. I love it so much I’m having my rehearsal dinner at the Rodeo! We wanted something unique and different and decided that would be fun! 
 

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I grew up in Childress, a rural corner of the Texas Panhandle. My dad and I raised all different breeds of cattle and showed them. Although the drive was too far for us to come to Houston, we always showed at Fort Worth. We mainly showed Angus, a couple Herefords, and a couple Brahman crosses. Yes we have many crazy stories, some of which included me getting dragged through a show ring in Fort Worth. Dad always told me to never let go and despite a mouthful of dirt, I never did. I think Dad did let go once while our steer was en route to the vet. We helplessly watched as Big Foot ran through traffic…albeit in Childress, but still traffic. Big Foot was a rather mean Brahman cross. I think he was “crossed” with the devil.
I love animals so I always enjoyed that part of the process. Other parts I hated, I still don’t eat red meat to this day. I never really have, I don’t recall ever having a steak or a burger. I remember my mom forcing bacon down my throat and she probably made me eat her mandatory “3 more bites” of steak at some point. I’ve never cared for the taste and besides if I’m going to increase my cholesterol and/or dress size, it’s going to be with donuts not meat!
So now I have funny pictures, crazy stories, a rancher’s vocabulary and friends I grew up showing with every year.

Childress Gals

This is a non-embarrassing picture of two gals from home I grew up showing with for many years. This is us at my recent engagement party. Susie (middle) is now in medical school here in Houston. Her sister Lori (right) is the mother of 2 and a nurse in Childress. They used to show Shorthorns and I believe they also wore red jeans too!

Vintners Corral
March 10, 2008

If hot dogs, bar-b-que and beer aren’t your style…there’s now something for you at the Houston Rodeo. I’m on the Wine Committee and this is one of the new exciting projects for our group!

Introducing The Vintners Corral, a brand new destination at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s a wine garden complete with fine wines and finger foods. You can enjoy a taste, glass or bottle of regular and premium wines. The Tasting Room is serving cheese and charcuterie plates, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

What you’ll find there: Taste award-winning wines from this year’s International Wine Competition and from around the world. Wine experts will be available to make recommendations and answer questions about the wines being served.

Where: Carruth Plaza at Reliant Park outside the northwest corner of Reliant Astrodome.

When: March 3 – 22.

Monday through Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 2 – 10 p.m.

Corral Club drink tickets are not valid at the Vintners Corral. Separate wine tickets are sold directly at Vintners Corral.

For more information, on the Vintners Corral visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/ or e-mail wine@rodeohouston.com.

All net proceeds go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a Section 501(c)(3) charity benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.

See you at the Vintners Corral!

Goat-Milking at The Rodeo, 2008!
March 10, 2008

There’s always a lot of trash-talking leading up the annual goat-milking contest at the rodeo. This year I caught win that Dana Tyson from Sunny 99.1FM “was bringing cheerleaders.” Since this was clearly an abuse of the rules, I emailed her on it. Dana quickly responded and told me what the cheering was all about.

The story goes back to 2005, when a kid from Deer Park named Palmer McInnis auctioned a pink goat for $11,00 at the Pasadena Stock Show to raise money for The Rose, an organization that helps uninsured women get cancer treatment. He did it in honor of his step-mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year. Palmer lost his step-mother not long after the show. The following year, Palmer wanted to match the previous donation, but he had a losing goat. Palmer figured he’d be lucky to get $500 this time around. He got a little more than that. Would you believe $115,000? Here’s how The Rose describes Palmer’s amazing story.

Because of Palmer’s generosity, The Rose created a special program called The Pink Goat Society. I had the honor of meeting Palmer, his Dad, and a dozen or so of Palmer’s fans — the folks who support his effort. I told his Dad, “You’ve got one amazing kid.” He graciously thanked me for the generic compliment — that’s all I could come up with, “amazing kid.” “But you probably hear that a lot, huh?” I asked him. “I never get tired of hearing it,” he said. Despite my losing performance in the contest, what a year to cheer!