Haiku: Texas Cow Eyes

Some of the best material for sharing here comes from the experiences of my friends.  One of them posted this photo in Facebook on Sunday, which inspired me to write a haiku.

drop-in visitors
on a rainy afternoon
gotta love Round Top

Texas Pals
Photo credits to Rosemary Luning, who used this caption: “Just your average rainy afternoon in Round Top, Texas”

I’m all proud of myself because I figured out how to make the tractor “pop” in her photo. It’s the little things…

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A Little Bit of Americana Deep in the Heart of Texas

Round Top Chili Cookoff
Photo by our friend David

The Grill-Meister and I met some friends yesterday at the chili cookoff in tiny Round Top, Texas (population 90 in the 2010 census). It was overcast and gray and didn’t really seem like a good day for an outdoor festival, but we were committed, so we donned sensible shoes for trodding in mud and brought our appetites. It was a wonderful experience!

The chili was great, but the people-watching was even better.  I didn’t take enough pictures and none of them will win any awards, but I was struck by the sheer Americana of the scene and had to share it.

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The Chili Bee and Round Top, Texas – A Little Tale of Community, Chili and Small-Town Magic

Headed out to the Round Top Chili Cookoff with friends today, I’m inspired to reblog this post from last year. It’s a tale of a chili cook-off fundraiser in a tiny Texas town, two friends, five gallons of spilled chili, dozens of kind people and a chance meeting with the governor.

Washington Post: “Texans’ do-it-ourselves rescue effort defines Hurricane Harvey”

People from the Lone Star State have an almost genetic disinclination to rely on the government for anything. So during Hurricane Harvey, the people saved each other.

Source: Texans’ do-it-ourselves rescue effort defines Hurricane Harvey – The Washington Post

Zagat Article: 10 Reasons to Drive to Tomball

Yay!  A new article in Zagat’s online Buzz section waxes poetic about the dining options in our little town here in Southeast Texas:

At first glance, Tomball may seem yet another Houston suburb filled with chain stores and sprawling neighborhoods. But look closer, and the charm of small-town living is evident, particularly in Old Town Tomball. Spend a day perusing antique shops and boutiques, then explore a surprisingly diverse culinary landscape, which includes these hot spots — for quick bites to leisurely fine dining.

Source: 10 Reasons to Drive to Tomball – Zagat; article and all photos by Ellie Sharp.

Houston is Looking Pretty Good Here:  The Largest of the 12 cities where you can “live like royalty” on $60,000 – and it is great for lots of other reasons

 

Pack your bags, there are a dozen cities in America where you can live large on a average salary.  Houston is the biggest of the pack.  AND – it is a city with a terrific resume.

I’ll make my confession now:  Houston is sprawling, lacking in zoning laws to protect precious historical landmarks, rampant with ugly billboards and freeways that loom like cement spaghetti in the sky – and yet, and yet – it is an amazing, diverse, rich, welcoming, smart, innovative, authentic, unpretentious, surprisingly sophisticated, heritage-laden, open place to live. I love it.

See the article that inspired the post: The 12 cities where you can live large on $60,000

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Check out that cement spaghetti!
The beautiful skyline is testament to our amazing business climate
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A long-time Houston billboard that illustrates why we need laws to govern them