The Rock Wall

Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

I was talking to a lady at the grocery store the other day when somehow we got on the topic of the “Mean Sucker” photo we had on the front page a few weeks ago. She told me that a nightmare woke her young son the other night. He dreamed someone had one of those Lampreys attached to him. She said they didn’t know such creatures lived in Sac River so they have sworn off swimming there.

– Speaking of Sac River, has anyone given thought to saving the Caplinger Dam while the Lake Stockton generator is shut down until next March? On the surface (so to speak) it would seem an ideal time to pour some concrete or something. Ron Masters, Riverside Bait & Canoe, tells me that the dam is in danger of being washed out. If you have ideas, talk to Ron.

– I haven’t made any attempt to go turkey hunting yet other than buying some shotgun shells a couple of months ago and my license a week or so ago. Don’t even have my turkey vest packed yet.

Yes, I wanted to go opening morning, but it’s not fun if I have to rush and I would have needed to do a lot of rushing to get to work. I couldn’t, in good conscience, abandon Kimball and the office crew. Sometimes trying to be a responsible citizen gets in the way, doesn’t it?

And turkey hunting is just not as much fun without Dad and with Davis in Louisiana.

– Mary gave me some Texas trivia the other day. Like the state, it’s too big for one bite:

• Texas is the only state to enter the US by treaty, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation.

• A live oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

• The name “Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning “friends.” Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.

• The state mascot is the armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. Females have only one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.

• The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

• The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC…. by 7 feet.