Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey Update

Bay City has largely been spared the worst of Harvey.  We had plenty of strong wind and rain early on, but limbs/trees down and power outages were, for the most part, the extent of our troubles.  Local officials ordered an evacuation just before the storm hit.  Clare headed for Dallas and I stayed behind to watch over the Button mansion.

Then, the number-crunching bureaucrats entered the picture.  They projected up to ten feet of water in downtown BC!  People lost their minds.  Same local officials pushed panic button and reminded those of us still in town of the catastrophic flood that was bearing down on us as they spoke.

NBC added to the hysteria with this:

I kept telling family and friends it wasn't going to happen.  Some Facebook comments asked if they'd really meant ten inches of water in downtown.  Still, I was begged to hit the road.  After loading up, the dogs and I left for Brenham very early Monday morning.

In a Tuesday briefing, we learned that projections now indicated a much lower crest on the Colorado River.  So, back to BC we (Dixie, Sable, and me) went.

Things are starting to return to "normal" around here as businesses open back up and residents return.  River should finally crest today, but only property close to the Colorado will be impacted.  Looks like we'll be back to school on Tuesday.

Areas around us, though, need a lot of support.  Media is covering the larger stories north and east of us (Houston, Beaumont, Louisiana, etc.).  Smaller cities & towns are having a tough go of it.

via Victoria Advocate

Victoria is in rough shape.  Lots of trees down, roofs damaged, power/traffic lights out, and long lines at the few gas stations that are open.  On top of that, the Guadalupe River is flooding.

via Facebook
North of us, Wharton is being swamped by the Colorado.  East of us, the San Bernard and Brazos rivers are flooding.

Schools are shut down and many Friday night openers have been postponed/canceled.

I know y'all are anxious to see foosball return to their regular schedule.  In the meantime, I'll re-post something from about ten years ago that might bring a smile to your faces.

Warning!  If you're easily triggered, click on the second link!

I'm a big boy/girl/other and am not easily triggered by locker room humor, so I'll click here

I'm a self-righteous weenie who runs to my safe space whenever triggered, so I'll click here

Quote of the Day

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

via Biography

Ernest Miller Hemingway

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Three Jobs

The City of Denton needs a head coach.  Says it's a "seasonal" job, so not sure if they're hiring for upcoming short course season or next summer.

The Mays Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

The TownLake YMCA (Haven't switched to LadyBird yet?) needs a swim coach

Quote of the Day

The hurricane flooded me out
of a lot of memorabilia, but it
can't flood out the memories.

via New York Daily News

Thomas John "Tom" Dempsey

Friday, August 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you want to see the sunshine,
you have to weather the storm.

via 1960s Baseball

Frank C. Lane

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington
lecturing the rest of us about family values.  Our
families have values, but our government doesn't.

via Breitbart

William Jefferson Clinton

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine
or new propaganda, is a weakness still
dominating the human mind.

via Radcliffe Institute

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

Winning becomes easier over time as the
cornerstones of confidence become habits.

via Academy of Management

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Monday, August 14, 2017


AquaTex (Round Rock) needs an age group coach

Quote of the Day

I realised from a very early age that God
gave me a gift and that gift was to run, and
I wanted to use it to the best of my ability.

via The Courier-Mail

Elizabeth Alyse "Betty" Cuthbert, a.k.a. Golden Girl

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Look Poll Results

A week ago I tried to change blog scheme a little.  Thought I could get back to old look anytime I wanted.  Wrong!

Ended up losing links and having to set up a new template.  Was able to use Google to find cached page and redo links.  Probably won't try any more changes for a while.

Results of the poll:

2017 Age Group COTY

To view loooooooooong list of candidates and vote, visit Fitter-n-Faster

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The free man is he who does not fear
to go to the end of his thought.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

André Léon Blum

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

Men rattle their chains - to manifest their freedom.

via AZQuotes

Sir Arthur Helps

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

Individual experiences being limited
and individual spontaneity feeble,
we are strengthened and enriched by
assimilating the experience of others.

via Jim & Ellen

George Henry Lewes

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Quote of the Day

I remember the words, and the lyrics too.

via Billboard

Glen Travis Campbell

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A Job

The Coppell Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

New HS Rules for 2017-18

In case y'all missed it in the spring, read up on NFHS rule changes for the upcoming school year.

More Meet Home Pages

USMS LC Nationals wrap up today.  Results are here

Looking ahead, here are some home pages for upcoming meets:

August 8-12:  Junior Nationals

August 20-27:  World University Games

August 23-28:  FINA World Junior Champs

Fantasy Foosball Time

Edited 8/9/17:  No need to try now, league is full

The Texas Swimming Fantasy Foosball draft is less than a month away.

Our fourteen-team league has just one opening remaining for the 2017 season.

It's free to join and play.  League champion get a trophy.

Hard to find a better way to waste your time than in a fantasy foosball league, right?

Sign up to manage a team here


2005 - Keith (dirtybuttcrackheads)
2006 - Keith (dirtybuttcrackheads)
2007 - Montoya (The Slum Lords)
2008 - Bobby (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)
2009 - Bobby (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)
2010 - Tonya S. (sugar hiccups)
2011 - Button (Mansfield Maulers)
2012 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

2013 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)
2014 - Button (Bait Campers)
2015 - Pa-Check-OH (Shock-taws)
2016 - Tin Cup (Crossfire 'Canes)

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Nature never breaks her laws.

via Albuquerque Journal

Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, August 04, 2017

A Little Better

Links are back.  I think that's going to do it for today.

Yes, it's pretty ugly!

Tried to make a few changes.  Ended up losing links and adding hideous colors.  Be patient, my twenty-nine (29) readers.  This will take time...

In the meantime, view the Google cache here

Thursday, August 03, 2017

July Most-Viewed

1. Jobs

2. Club & HS Jobs

3. 2017 LC TAGS

Just a Few Jobs

Frisco Independent School District

Swimming & Diving

Assistant Swimming Coach Position

Position Available:

Assistant Swimming Coach. 

  • Some coaching experience preferred/Personal experience in competitive swimming needed.   
  • Subject area:  Full time at natatorium
  • Salary:  FISD Pay Scale + Coaching Stipend

This district-wide position(s) would help with the morning and afternoon varsity practices, meets and other duties as assigned at the natatorium. The teams practices at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium. The facility includes an indoor 50 Meter pool with full Colorado Timing System.  A full weight room is part of the Natatorium. 

Applicants must possess a current Texas Teaching Certificate.  Applicants must also possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a current CDL license.

Forward resume with letter of interest to:

Grace McDowell, Assistant Athletic Director


Visit our web site:


Frisco is located just north of Plano, Texas in Collin County.  FISD is a Recognized School District and is one of the fastest growing communities in Texas.  Currently, all high schools are 5A schools with new schools being added, with the goal of all FISD High Schools remaining in the 5A classification.


The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA needs a sports & aquatics director


The Hays Communities Family Branch YMCA needs an aquatics director


North Texas Nadadores (NTN) need a head coach.  Contact Charles Logan

Brett Ringgold, Bill Christensen, Katie Meili (via Swimming World/Aringo)

They're REALLY going to miss Bill.  GREAT coach and person.


Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (CFSC) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jim Bocci

So Many Great Swim Pictures... little time...

Check out the latest at Andy Ringgold's flickr page

p.s.  Brett went :49+ twice yesterday at the US Open

Quote of the Day

I've always felt like the underdog, and
I'm comfortable with that label.

via ZOMG Talk

Alecia Beth Moore, a.k.a. P!nk