The Rock Wall

Posted October 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

Adrian and Cain were buying running shoes in Austin. At the checkout, the clerk asked where they were from. Adrian said Cain is from Lousiana and she is from Missouri.

Where in Missouri?, the clerk asked. Southwest Missouri.

Where in Southwest Missouri? A little town you’ve never heard of.

The clerk persisted – What’s its name?.

El Dorado Springs.

He surprised her – I’m from Stockton.

His name is Lucas Manring.

Kimball has heard of his dad, Marvin, who is the band teacher in Stockton. Kimball called his mother who told her that Lucas graduated in 2008 from Stockton High School and from Central Methodist in 2012. He is an accountant and is in the Austin Track Club.

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    The Rock Wall

    In past years, the peak fall color has averaged around Oct. 15, so we have been watching to see what effect the drought has on color this year.

    Monday morning, Oct. 15, I told Kimball that the oak and hickory trees north of our house looked the best I’d seen them. I also said I can never tell when the peak hits until a day or two later.

    I’m thinking today, Tuesday, that Monday was it.

    The sugar maples don’t play by oak rules.

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