Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

So, put another year in the books.

Since this is a not-quite-yet-abandoned personal blog that’s sometimes also about politics, that requires some sort of personal statement, right?

Damned if I know what that is, except blogging has kind of jumped the shark, hasn’t it?

I had thought the blogging impulse would come back this year, but instead … it was a lot more interesting spending time with actual people (social instead of media?). Grilling (with neighbors and friends). Wine (with

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Biking Pawhuska

Here is today’s bike ride around Pawhuska, courtesy of Android/Google My Tracks:


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Observations:

1) The ride UP to Skyline Drive is a good way to burn off Thanksgiving carbs.

2) Gravity is your friend if you’re *ahem* overweight and riding downhill.

3) Uphill, not so much.

Okay, back to Thanksgiving

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Introducing Texas Iconoclast

Evan, Cory, and I threw open the doors to our new project today.

Please come check out Texas Iconoclast.

Evan does a nice job describing our thinking here, and the About page has a bit more.

Basically, we’re offering a daily roundup of essential reading on Texas Politics, from a center-right perspective, with a little commentary thrown in for good measure. We’re still feeling our way through the group production a bit, but eventually I

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Square Foot Garden 2011

I’m giving the Square Foot Garden another try this year, after so-so results last year.

For 2011, I’m doing a few things differently.

First, I’ve doubled the depth of the box. Even though the Square Foot Garden guru says you can get by with a depth of only six inches (and I built my original box with 2X6 lumber), I don’t think that depth was enough for the harsh Houston heat, so I doubled the depth for this year,

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Sudden Acceleration: Galveston driver hits wrong pedal

No one was injured after a car crashed into a Regions Bank on Saturday.

A woman about 3 p.m. was parking a Pontiac Vibe in front of the bank, 6408 Interstate 45 in La Marque, when she accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, Sgt. Reggie Rodriguez, of the La Marque Police Department, said.

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Saturday was not the first time a

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