Eating crow is really tough
We all know some foods are more pleasing
to our palate then others, but I can attest to the fact that
eating crow is tough! Two weeks ago in a frantic effort to
get a brief story in the paper about Associate Judge Jim
Shoemake being appointed our new State District Judge, I
took a tidbit of info from county officials and a splat of
info from another and an e-mail alert in lieu of the
official word from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was not
releasing anything at all to the public because there had
not yet been Senate confirmation of the appointment.
Sometimes reporters, despite their hardest work and best
intentions, just—to put it bluntly—screw up and that I did.
I had been writing stories about the
Shoemake’s son Clif being critically injured in a skiing
accident in Colorado, so for some reason when I put the
story together on Judge Shoemake’s appointment, I said
“Cliff Shoemake” had been appointed to the judgeship. Not
only that but I misspelled Clif.
So, after realizing I should be put in a
column similar to LeaAnne’s Dumbest Criminal of the Week, I
had to take a few Rolaids and call Judge Shoemake to say a
sincere “I’m sorry.” It took me a couple of days, but I
finally figured there was simply nothing to make crow go
down any easier and I did.
Judge Shoemake was gracious and had a
great sense of humor about the whole thing. Great guy.
And, for the record, Judge Shoemake, his
wife Judy, and the rest of their family want to continue to
thank everyone for their prayers for Clif, who is making
progress in his fight to recovery. While slow, it is
progress and that is encouraging. Message in a cookie
County Clerk Dianne Wilson probably would
have thought crow was delectable last week as she and her
staff worked throughout each day and into the evening to try
and serve the public while complying with the AG’s opinion,
which basically put a halt to serving the public.
When asked how she felt about the AG’s
decision to halt his opinion while legislators worked to
resolve the issues created by the opinion, Dianne said she
had hardly eaten throughout the week, but did go to a
Chinese restaurant the night prior for a late dinner.
“I went to a Chinese restaurant last
night. My fortune cookie read: ACT BOLDLY AND UNSEEN FORCES
WILL COME TO YOUR AID. That says it all “
Goodbye to a good guy
Fort Bend County Deputy Carl Spradley was
at the county courthouse last week to receive his 25-year
certificate of recognition for his service to the county.
Carl is one of the good guys and deserves any recognition he
gets. He told me he was going to be officially retiring the
next day. He deserves the rest and relaxation, though
knowing Carl. he is not likely to get either one. In
addition to working full time at the sheriff’s department,
Carl has devoted a lot of time to his other calling. Carl is
an ordained minister and spends a great deal of time helping
others; he always has a smile on his face and looks at the
bright side of the world and the best side of people. When I
worked at the SO a number of years ago, he was just about
the only one who accepted a media type in the roll of PR
person and was always leaving little handmade birthday or
Christmas cards on my desk as a sign of encouragement. Those
simple, sweet little gestures were ever so appreciated in a
stressful (sometimes hostile) environment. That is typical
of the fellow who is small in stature, but large in
character, and has overcome some serious health challenges
Good bye to one of the last of the good
guys. I know we will hear of all the joy he brings in the
real world. We will miss you Carl!