Monday, October 09, 2017

Quote of the Day

All the world's a stage and most of
us are desperately unrehearsed.

via The Irish Times

Sean O'Casey

Friday, October 06, 2017

Quote of the Day

Broadly speaking, the short words are
the best, and the old words best of all.

via Reddit

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Tom Petty

I hope nobody took today's quote the wrong way.  He was one of my favorites.  Love his music, sense of humor, and candor.  One of a kind:

Pretty good for:

a) a roadie named Bart, or
b) Elroy Kleinschmidt, a.k.a. Lucky

Quote of the Day

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.

via American Profile

Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

via billboard

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Three More Openings

The City of Pearland needs an aquatics supervisor

The City of Copperas Cove needs an aquatics specialist

St. Pius X HS (Houston) needs a head coach.  Contact Erin Van Wassenhove

Quote of the Day

I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes.

via The Fight City

Giacobbe "Jake" La Motta,
a.k.a. The Raging Bull

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Takes a while to load, but wait for it.  Check out Abandoned States

Before/After pics of various resorts, including several pools.  Sad stuff.

Nitro's Sean Grieshop finished atop USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America List

Thanks to all who responded to Harvey Help for DJA.  DJA's home sustained tens of thousands of dollars in damage due to Harvey.  Flood insurance?  No, and I doubt anyone in his neighborhood had any, either.  First time they've ever even come close to flooding.  Efforts to help him start on the recovery effort are nearly halfway to their goal.  Please help here

Dates/Sites for 2018 USA Swimming Championships:

Open Water (May 11-13)

Tempe, Arizona

Summer Nationals (July 25-29)

Irvine, California

Summer Junior Nationals (July 31-August 4)

Irvine, California

Futures (August 2-5)

Central - Rochester, Minnesota
South - Cary, North Carolina
West - Santa Clara, California
North - Richmond, Virginia

Winter Nationals (November 28-December 1)

Greensboro, North Carolina

Winter Junior Nationals (December 5-8)

East - Greensboro, North Carolina
West - Austin, Texas

Early Season Results

CSCAA Open Water Championships

Women's Team

1. Kansas
2. Rice
3. Missouri

Men's Team

1. Missouri
2. Carson-Newmann
3. George Washington

Arkansas 149 - Southern Methodist 83 (W)

Just a Couple of Jobs

Texas Tech University needs an assistant aquatics director

Moody Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Weakly Demotivator

Wishes (Cow)

Quote of the Day

In War:  Resolution.
In Defeat:  Defiance.
In Victory:  Magnanimity.
In Peace:  Good Will.

via getty images

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Harvey Help for DJA (Edited 9/6, 6:30 a.m.)

Adding street view video:

Via Go Fund Me:

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area very hard in the last week of August 2017. Thousands of homes have been damaged by the flood waters caused by this storm when it dumped around 50 inches of rain in only a few days.

Coach Abbott's home was directly affected by this storm. Over the last few days, friends, families and SJ23 swim team members have been working hard to remove the wet and damaged items from Coach's home and clean up the mess that Hurricane Harvey left behind. However, removal of the debris is only half of the battle. The funds raised here will be given directly to Coach Abbott on the behalf of all of those who donated and the SJ23 swim team, so that he may rebuild and repair his home.

Thanks in advance for your generous contributions to DJA's fund.

His St. John XXIII swim team set this up, but I'm hoping all his former high school (Katy HS) and club (Western Horizon, KATY, Katy Tigers, etc.) swimmers/parents will join in the effort.

We'd also like to see TISCA & NISCA members (past & present) help out as well.  Dana was an outstanding president of each organization.

Again, thanks in advance for your support!

Quote of the Day

It is in giving that I connect with others,
with the world, and with the divine.

via Zorro

Isabel Allende

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Via USA Swimming

Link to this article was in last week's Volume 35:

Coddling kids is killing sports

There are three points to this column that I’m trying to get across. 

1.) Be realistic about your child’s ability and adjust your expectations.

2.) Be firm with your child about their actions.

3.) Don’t blame the coach. 

If you believe your child is the best, even when they aren’t, if you pamper your child when they don’t get their way, and/or you constantly place blame on coaches, you are only setting them up for failure.

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Between saying and doing, many
a pair of shoes is worn out.

via Writing Women

Jean Iris Murdoch

Friday, September 01, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey Update

Bay City has largely been spared the worst of Harvey.  We had plenty of strong wind and rain early on, but limbs/trees down and power outages were, for the most part, the extent of our troubles.  Local officials ordered an evacuation just before the storm hit.  Clare headed for Dallas and I stayed behind to watch over the Button mansion.

Then, the number-crunching bureaucrats entered the picture.  They projected up to ten feet of water in downtown BC!  People lost their minds.  Same local officials pushed panic button and reminded those of us still in town of the catastrophic flood that was bearing down on us as they spoke.

NBC added to the hysteria with this:

I kept telling family and friends it wasn't going to happen.  Some Facebook comments asked if they'd really meant ten inches of water in downtown.  Still, I was begged to hit the road.  After loading up, the dogs and I left for Brenham very early Monday morning.

In a Tuesday briefing, we learned that projections now indicated a much lower crest on the Colorado River.  So, back to BC we (Dixie, Sable, and me) went.

Things are starting to return to "normal" around here as businesses open back up and residents return.  River should finally crest today, but only property close to the Colorado will be impacted.  Looks like we'll be back to school on Tuesday.

Areas around us, though, need a lot of support.  Media is covering the larger stories north and east of us (Houston, Beaumont, Louisiana, etc.).  Smaller cities & towns are having a tough go of it.

via Victoria Advocate

Victoria is in rough shape.  Lots of trees down, roofs damaged, power/traffic lights out, and long lines at the few gas stations that are open.  On top of that, the Guadalupe River is flooding.

via Facebook
North of us, Wharton is being swamped by the Colorado.  East of us, the San Bernard and Brazos rivers are flooding.

Schools are shut down and many Friday night openers have been postponed/canceled.

I know y'all are anxious to see foosball return to their regular schedule.  In the meantime, I'll re-post something from about ten years ago that might bring a smile to your faces.

Warning!  If you're easily triggered, click on the second link!

I'm a big boy/girl/other and am not easily triggered by locker room humor, so I'll click here

I'm a self-righteous weenie who runs to my safe space whenever triggered, so I'll click here

Quote of the Day

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

via Biography

Ernest Miller Hemingway

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Three Jobs

The City of Denton needs a head coach.  Says it's a "seasonal" job, so not sure if they're hiring for upcoming short course season or next summer.

The Mays Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

The TownLake YMCA (Haven't switched to LadyBird yet?) needs a swim coach

Quote of the Day

The hurricane flooded me out
of a lot of memorabilia, but it
can't flood out the memories.

via New York Daily News

Thomas John "Tom" Dempsey

Friday, August 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you want to see the sunshine,
you have to weather the storm.

via 1960s Baseball

Frank C. Lane

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington
lecturing the rest of us about family values.  Our
families have values, but our government doesn't.

via Breitbart

William Jefferson Clinton

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine
or new propaganda, is a weakness still
dominating the human mind.

via Radcliffe Institute

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

Winning becomes easier over time as the
cornerstones of confidence become habits.

via Academy of Management

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Monday, August 14, 2017


AquaTex (Round Rock) needs an age group coach

Quote of the Day

I realised from a very early age that God
gave me a gift and that gift was to run, and
I wanted to use it to the best of my ability.

via The Courier-Mail

Elizabeth Alyse "Betty" Cuthbert, a.k.a. Golden Girl

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Look Poll Results

A week ago I tried to change blog scheme a little.  Thought I could get back to old look anytime I wanted.  Wrong!

Ended up losing links and having to set up a new template.  Was able to use Google to find cached page and redo links.  Probably won't try any more changes for a while.

Results of the poll:

2017 Age Group COTY

To view loooooooooong list of candidates and vote, visit Fitter-n-Faster

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The free man is he who does not fear
to go to the end of his thought.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

André Léon Blum

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

Men rattle their chains - to manifest their freedom.

via AZQuotes

Sir Arthur Helps