On pins and needles.....I’m writing
this Monday night before Election Day on Tuesday, so I don’t
know how the election is going to turn out and can’t speak
intelligently about the voting yet (if ever).
I have bets all over town for all kinds
of contests. I wish I had written them all down. Any one can
just come up to me on the street and say, “Hey, Bev,
remember that bet we made about XXXXX? Well, you owe me your
For example, I even bet my
daughter-in-law, or as I affectionally call her, “the mother
of my grandchildren” about who would come in SECOND for the
governor’s race. I bet on Bell-- she bet on Strayhorn and
the winner has to purchase, bring home from the grocery
store, and put in the refrigerator a 12-pack of Diet Coke.
(I’ve been drinking Diet Coke for YEARS and I’m still fat. I
think they put something in it to make you fat, thus making
you a customer forever.)
Anyway, just as life as we know it in
Fort Bend comes to a halt during County Fair week, it seems
like life as the cable news stations know it has come to a
halt during the past two Election weeks. Except for the loss
of life, I would have been hoping for a hurricane. Maybe one
that almost hits land but in the final hours turns and
misses land altogether. Or maybe even a kidnapping that
turns out good with the hostage released and the kidnapper
captured. We need a news break from politics.
I hate write-ins.....The Fort Bend
Star usually goes to press Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday
delivery. However, on election days, we usually hold our
front page until almost midnight on Tuesday in order to
bring you the vote count on Wednesday. After all, what are
newspapers for anyway? The simple answer is NEWS, and having
to wait a whole week to find out about an election somehow
doesn’t seem right unless you live in Alaska or some other
far away place.
Of course, with the internet and sudden
interest in Fort Bend by the Houston media, we realize that
our vote reporting isn’t that necessary anymore as there are
other places to get the results.
But we’ve always done it before...
This year with the write-in for Tom DeLay’s former
congressional seat, we fear the final vote tally may be
sometime about Wednesday noon.
Therefore, we are going to publish the
vote count we have by 10 p.m. and only the vote count for
Fort Bend County although that congressional district
encompasses three other counties.
Is that clear as mud? as my mother used
I’m never really bored.....Most of my
faithful readers know how crazy I am about my grandchildren.
I think they are the smartest kids in the world.
Unfortunately, Kathryn is in junior high and since she gets
grades, I now know she isn’t the smartest, although she’s
still pretty smart. And to keep her grades up, I pay her for
“A’s” so I can continue to brag on her.
But Carter and Jack aren’t getting grades
yet so I can still think they are smarter than your
Once when I was bragging about 2 1/2 year
old Carter, I asked, “Where in the world did he come up with
that?” Bookkeeper Lisa answered, “He’s been reading ‘The
Book Under the Bed’.”
According to Lisa, when children wake up
smarter than when they went to bed, they’ve been reading
“The Book Under the Bed.”
So I have started a journal about my
grandchildren and when I have nothing to do, I write about
their latest exploits and sometimes even include pictures. I
am going to give it to them when they are older.
When I taught school, I made my English
students keep a journal to get them used to writing. They
had to write a half page a day about any topic. Many have
told me it was the one thing they did in school that helped
them in later life.
In this day of computers and digital
pictures, we can all be authors and illustrators. I
encourage you to do this as well. I’m having such fun doing
it that I thought that many of you might want to do the
Many of you have encouraged me to write a
book and I’ve always responded that I’m lazy and don’t have
the self-discipline. Now I am writing a book and although
only those involved may ever read it, it pleases me. Try it!