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Ok so after facebook, and twitter and everything else i just stopped updating this. im looking for a way to re-build and re-design so that i can keep this up with a little less work.
I was trying to think of something to explain my thoughts but im at a loss for words. So instead I will leave you with this Poem.
This is one of the most famous poems about the Aggie Corps. It is read at Bonfire, and Muster each year, as well as any time we have trouble putting that Aggie Spirit within us into words.
“The Last Corps Trip”
It was Judgment Day in Aggieland
And tenseness filled the air;
All knew there was a trip at hand,
But not a soul knew where.
Assembled on the drill field
Was the world-renowned Twelfth Man,
The entire fighting Aggie team
And the famous Aggie Band.
And out in front with Royal Guard
The reviewing party stood;
St. Peter and his angel staff
Were choosing bad from good.
First he surveyed the Aggie team
And in terms of an angel swore,
“By Jove, I do believe I’ve seen
This gallant group before.
I’ve seen them play since way back when,
And they’ve always had the grit;
I’ve seen ’em lose and I’ve seen ’em win
But I’ve never seen ’em quit.
No need for us to tarry here
Deciding upon their fates;
Tis plain as the halo on my head
That they’ve opened Heaven’s gates.”
And when the Twelfth Man heard this,
They let out a mighty yell
That echoed clear to Heaven
And shook the gates of Hell.
“And what group is this upon the side,”
St. Peter asked his aide,
“That swelled as if to burst with pride
When we our judgment made?”
“Why, sir, that’s the Cadet Corps
That’s known both far and wide
For backing up their fighting team
Whether they won lost or tied.”
“Well, then,” said St. Peter,
“It’s very plain to me
That within the realms of Heaven
They should spend eternity.
And have the Texas Aggie Band
At once commence to play
For their fates too we must decide
Upon this crucial day.”
And the drum major so hearing
Slowly raised his hand
And said, “Boys, let’s play The Spirit
For the last time in Aggieland.”
And the band poured forth the anthem,
In notes both bright and clear
And ten thousand Aggie voices
Sang the song they hold so dear.
And when the band had finished,
St. Peter wiped his eyes
And said, “It’s not so hard to see
They’re meant for Paradise.”
And the colonel of the Cadet Corps said
As he stiffly took his stand,
“It’s just another Corps Trip, boys,
We’ll march in behind the band.”
P.H. Duval Jr ’51
So today Nikki and I begin our first vacation without Skyler since she was born 3 years ago. And thanks to Lisa (and Chris) for letting us use her (their) timeshare for the week.
Backing up. Nikki and I have been wanting to go somewhere on a vacation as adults – not parents – for some time now. Skyler is big enough to stay with Grammie or Grandma now. The timeshare opportunity came up and we jumped on the chance. Fast forward a few months and here I am sitting on “The Sunset Limited” at 6am. Dave was nice enough to drive us here way earlier than God should allow people to be awake. We arrived at a small train station in north downtown Houston. Checked in and sat for a little bit. It was pretty cool to see the artifacts on the walls about the history of each of the lines that run through this station. There is the Burlington Northern that runs Dallas to Ft. Worth to Houston. Another runs north to Chicago.
The Sunset Limited runs from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The train used to divide up by individual cars and get ferried across the Mississippi river. That is until Dec 17, 1935. A bridge was built at a cost of $13,000,000. According to the wall of the station that bridge still is considered an engineering marvel.
I would like to say I’m going to blog about the trip every day. But we all know that’s not going to happen. So I’ll update as I can and we will see what happens. But for now, peace.
Ok so Nikki is going to kill me but I love this fricking phone. It does so much. I am still debating gon whether or not to jailbreak it. I would like some of the themes I have seen, but have heard that sometimes the push notifications get disabled or other things go haywire. So I’m kinda afraid to do it for fear of screwing up my phone. I’m going to do some more research then decide.
The address(URL) has changed. I now own www.theencode.net GoDaddy had a pretty good sale so I got it. Thanks to google apps I also now have a new email address. firstname.lastname@example.org So those are the changes that were coming. Everything is finally in place. will the old URL still work you might ask. yes it will but it will redirect you to the new one causing it to take a little longer to load so you may as well update you bookmarks. anyway thats what I have for now.
So as usual it’s been a while. I’m thinking it’ll be a little easier now that I can blog from my iPhone. A couple things recently; Skyler is getting bigger (as usual) and she is getting smarter. I can’t imagine what she will be like when she is all grown up. She is a great little girl I missed her so much the last few weeks. Continue reading