HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp   Recently the phrase “hat trick” was mentioned and I remembered it had something to do with an exceptional play in sports. From the trusty internet I found the term was first used in 1858 in a game of cricket when H.H. Stephenson took three wickets with three consecutive delivers. Since that feat was rarely accomplished the fans took up a collection and bought him a hat. Taking three wickets...

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THE HANGING JUDGE – JULY 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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THE HANGING JUDGE – JULY 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

From my ledger. Thursday, July 30, 1987. Our youngest, Greg, is in the Boy Scouts and the troop is camping at Camp Pioneer near Mena, Arkansas. I got on my 750 Honda and drove that way to help Scoutmaster Marion Miller. On the way I stopped at a store north of Clarksville near Red River and asked some of the older men if they knew any Trapp’s in the area. They directed me back toward Clarksville a few miles to a fire tower and Sidney...

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ORANGE BEACH PIER –  JULY 16, 2015
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ORANGE BEACH PIER –  JULY 16, 2015

Two or three times a year we go to the Gulf Coast near Galveston to sight see and fish. In August, 2012 we decided to try to find some new country and turned east toward Mobile, Alabama. (See article 1244.) At many beaches in Texas you are allowed to drive right out on the beach, set up camp, and fish. On the 2012 trip along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts we were disappointed to see the rules were a lot more strict....

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SPORTATORIUM – JULY 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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SPORTATORIUM – JULY 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

  A little history. Stepfather Thomas “Tookie” Peters (Our clan calls him Papa) recently told of going to the Dallas Sportatorium sometime back in the Forties. That’s where Fritz von Eric and many other wrestling greats performed. The show that night was not wrestling, but a concert by singing great, Eddy Arnold. James Williams Peters, and his fiancée, Charlene, were along with Papa. James Williams was Papa’s nephew although...

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 CATS. BIRDS, AND YELLOWSTONE by Eddie Trapp
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 CATS. BIRDS, AND YELLOWSTONE by Eddie Trapp

For hundreds of years humans have had to deal with stray cats. Some are tamed and become pets. Others roam the streets, carrying disease and killing birds. Granted, they help by killing rats and mice, but the war between bird lovers and cat lovers continues. A house cat that is running wild is referred to as a feral cat. Anything that is supposed to be domesticated but reverts to the wild is considered feral. Nowhere does the war rage...

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JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

While in Galveston riding around with the Glossup’s a while back we saw a man limping across a parking lot. Ronny said his dad, Weldon, referred to people like that as having a “jake leg.” I wondered where in the world that phrase came from. When we got home in a few days I did some research. Throughout history, many men (and women) have resorted to occasionally “taking a nip” of alcohol for various reasons. I remember several older...

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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

The high school graduation season is finally over. Saturday, June 6, Jean and I attended the Cooper High ceremony to shake hands with grandson Casey Williams and great nephew Travis Darden. Congrats to all the graduates. At the reception I talked with long ago student of mine, Charley Jackson. During track season Coach Silman and I would carry the boys to Liberty Grove near where Coach Falls now lives and have them run to our...

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AKARD SLOUGH CATFISH JUNE 4, 2015
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AKARD SLOUGH CATFISH JUNE 4, 2015

From my ledger in 1987. Saturday, May 30. Teacher workday. Drove my school bus to the bus shed to park it for the summer. We could leave as soon as we finished turning in grades and reports. I finished at 10:30 and Jean came to pick me up. To Charleston to check trotlines. One was hung and I stood up in the middle of the boat pulling real hard. The line came loose and I fell back, hitting the back of my right arm just above my elbow...

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 PULLEY BONE – MAY 28 by Eddie Trapp
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 PULLEY BONE – MAY 28 by Eddie Trapp

In a person’s lifetime, animal species may come and go in an area. In my 69 years I have seen the arrival in northeast Texas of cattle egrets, armadillos, black bellied tree ducks, fire ants, caracaras, black buzzards, and several kinds of doves. Then we have the disappearances of horned lizards, most bullfrogs, and most toads, at least in the Charleston area. But the strangest disappearance is not an entire animal but just part of an...

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KING OF THE GREENS – MAY 14, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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KING OF THE GREENS – MAY 14, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

1383 KING OF THE GREENS MAY 14, 2015 There is a very healthy crop of poke salad this year and to me it is the “king of the greens.” Last week I filled a five gallon bucket with the leaves and tender stems. Not just thrown in but packed down in the bucket. It only took me about ten minutes as I didn’t pick off the individual leaves but broke off the stem and leaves a few inches from the top. Jean was gone somewhere so she couldn’t fuss...

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