It's Groundhog Monday! If I can find, and kiss Andie McDowell, it'll be only 5 more workdays til the weekend. Seems like only 3 weeks since the last one.
If, as Tuna suggested, blogger had a sarcasm font, the next paragraph would be using it, in bold, underline and italics. Be forewarned!
I love this time of year! There's a strong sense of anticipation in the students and teachers coupled with an intent to do their best in every endeavor. There's a calmness that descends upon the district as school starts and faculty and students settle into the learning routine. Patience is abundant and an understanding of what's important and what's not is widespread. As I said, I LOVE this time of year.
So, take that for what it's worth. School has started and "it is, what it is!". With enough blood pressure meds, and rum, we will get through.
But, the first week does have one blessing 'round here. It's only 4 days long as the Friday is always County Fair weekend, and the County Fair always starts with a parade.
Yep, you got it. I'm relying on Parade pics to cover my lack of pithy political commentary and soulful analysis of the way of things in the world. You lucky dogs, you!
|Parade start is at the trees on the left behind the old Marine's ball cap.|
Temperature at kickoff was a balmy 80 degrees with 86 percent humidity. Our rain gauge showed 10 inches over the last week. I haven't seen our hay looking this deep green in August ever. While I pray for the folks in Baton Rouge, I was glad to see us get some. But....It was humid!
The parade started precisely at 10AM, led off by the NJROTC detachment from the HS. Not because they're particularly prompt, but TXDOT only allows us to block traffic on the main street (a major US Highway) for 1 hour.
|Refreshing Ice Cold beverages! (It's a civilized town)|
|Pride of the Texas Hill Country|
|A mile and a half walking backwards builds some hefty calf muscles|
|Drummer Addy helps with Mrs. Juvat's store (when she's not keeping the band in step)|
|The next two entries were from the Texas Ranger Heritage center|
|I don't think OldNFO has lost this much weight!|
So, maybe he couldn't make it.
|Current County Fair Court|
|Contenders to ride the float next year.|
There were a lot of antiques in the parade. As this fire truck drove by, a friend of mine seated next to us (on his pickup tailgate) remarked to his grandkid how OLD the truck was. He's my age. I looked at him and mentioned that it was made after we were, so lets be careful with our words.
|From the Old Railroad Tunnel Bat Cave|
|What are you laughing at juvat? At least I don't have to walk!|
The wife said "NO!"
|Still upright, backwards and in step.|
The band made the turn.
|A new venue in town|
|The statement originated in Texas|
|"The best little band in Texas"|
|Recruiting volunteer fire fighters early these days.|
|From Parker County just west of Ft Worth.|
|Not sure how a T-Rex sells Country and Western Radio, but what do I know?|
|Mrs. Juvat is giving my future career choice a high five.|
Then came this group.
|From Palo Pinto County (the county just west of Parker County)|
|This vehicle and I have something in common, and my friend on the next didn't say anything this time.|
|These guys really were having fun!|
Old farts having WAY too much fun!
|Float advertising the burgeoning local wine industry|
|Das ist Alles!|
Well, except for the young lady who had to scoop up Equine you know what. She paid extra for that, I'm sure!