Commentary: As summer winds down, our attention turns to ideations of cooler weather, men in skin-tight uniforms on the gridiron, and pumpkin spice. (Too soon?) Dunkin’ Donuts rolled out its fall menu on August 18, a full day earlier than last year. A new pumpkin cream cold brew topped with cold foam and cinnamon sugar has been added to the lineup alongside classics like the pumpkin spice signature latte and pumpkin-flavored coffees, doughnuts, and muffins. What can be better than cheering on your favorite football team while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte and sitting on metal bleacher seats in 95-degree temperatures?
Last month we told you about “Galveston’s up and coming drag queen.” The article, “Chachie Pedraza Van Wales’ long road to happiness,” told the story of a young man’s search for acceptance and his place in the world.
Chachie was candid in telling his story and of the bumpy trail to stability and happiness. One of his dreams is to be a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race. That dream took a step closer to becoming reality when Chachie won his first pageant last month.
Chachie Pedraza Van Wales was crowned Miss Robert’s Lafitte’s at their annual pageant on August 13. Congratulations!
The University of Texas made big news this summer by leaving the Big 12 in favor of the Southeastern Conference. They will be getting much tougher competition but also a lot more exposure.
The Longhorn’s move gave the Rice Marching Owl Band (MOB) plenty of ammunition for their gridiron matchup on September 18 in Austin. The MOB is notorious for poking fun at their opponents. Just ask the Aggies.
A few years ago, Rice was in Fort Worth to battle Texas Christian University, shortly after the Horned Frogs announced they were moving to another conference that offered more television exposure. The MOB, performing at halftime, had a woman dressed in a bodysuit, appearing nude from up in the stands, run around the field as the band played “The Stripper” and the announcer said, “TCU went looking for more exposure.” The Longhorns better be prepared for the same kind of ribbing.
For the past several years, I’ve made predictions on the upcoming NFL season. Last year I prognosticated that Kansas City would win Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs made it to the big game but lost to Tampa Bay and Tom Brady. Let’s see how I do this year:
New England (10-7)
NY Jets (4-13)
Kansas City (13-4)
LA Chargers (10-7)
Las Vegas (8-9)
NY Giants (6-11)
Green Bay (11-6)
Tampa Bay (14-3)
New Orleans (9-8)
LA Rams (12-5)
San Francisco (8-9)
AFC Champion: Kansas City
NFC Champion: LA Rams
Super Bowl LVI winner: LA Rams
The news has been inundated with stories about unvaccinated people having a “come to Jesus” moment as they lie on their deathbed with a ventilator being inserted down their throats. Often, these willfully ignorant people’s last words are, “I should have gotten the shot,” or “Can I get the vaccine now?” or “Please tell everyone to get the shot.”
One only has to read a short bio of these morons to see that they are mostly Trump supporters who think they are “owning the libs” by refusing to get inoculated against a deadly virus that is killing nearly a thousand Americans every day. I’ve tried to understand their refusal to take a measure that could save their lives, but I just do not get it.
Not only are they willing to risk their own lives but many of these same people, besides being anti-vaxxers, are also anti-maskers, even for school-age children too young to be vaccinated.
Many of us who have taken precautions, gotten the vaccine and wear masks when asked to have lost our patience with the plague enthusiasts. Their selfishness is what caused the virus to mutate and become stronger and more contagious.
Therefore, I believe those in society who value their ignorance more than their life does not deserve priority treatment at hospitals, seating at restaurants and concerts, or empathy from those of us who have put up with their bullshit for over a year.