January 23 2021

A Vaccinate State of mind.

One of the biggest stories that I have noticed in the last few days in our media is the Corona Virus Plan of our newest President, Biden. Say what you will, but yes he is still YOUR president. Even though I don’t have to like the way this all turned out, I have learned a thing or two about acceptance in my life time.

Things that stuck out to me are Biden’s plans to issue more vaccines, open schools, his tougher mask mandates, all in order to decrease the spread. His plans to do this all within his first 100 days in the oval office. This is great thinking, but is it really realistic?  The Trump administration also had plans in place to protect our country from the deadly virus. I know he did the best he could to stop the spread. I don’t think the virus cares which political party you are in. Republicans and Democrats are all exposed to the deadly threat. The threat doesn’t just happen in our country, but it is happening world wide. The issue is, that the virus can’t just be willed away. Unless you are one of those conspiracists that thinks that the virus is just some made up deal. If that is your thoughts, then you are stupid in my book.

I for one believe the virus is a real deal. I have real fears as most people should. How does it affect so many people in so many different ways? While one person dies of Covid, the next person only gets the sniffles, maybe a headache.

Whatever belief system you have, We as Americans, We as citizens of the Planet Earth, have got to do what we must to protect ourselves and others against this spread.

I recently attended a funeral for a friend. She didn’t die of the virus, she died of a heart attack. Although it saddened me to lose my friend, I know in my heart of hearts that she is better off than you or I. She is walking with Jesus this morning while I am home drinking cold coffee and writing this blog. I know I am getting off subject here, but my point in talking about the funeral is this. I was asked to stand at the door of the funeral home to ensure that everyone was wearing a mask. Now I know that masks are an inconvenience and that they are uncomfortable and don’t fit into what we think of as normal. I do not know if they help or not. I have to believe they might. Someone a whole lot smarter than me thinks they do help.

My mother has an appointment to get the first series of the corona vaccine this coming Monday. I have several friends and acquaintances who also have either scheduled appointments or have already got the shot. In the beginning, I didn’t think I wanted to go through with the vaccine, since I began researching it, today I don’t think that it is a bad idea. I mean it cannot hurt right?

Masks, Vaccines, Social distance is all part of doing our part. I do not see it as a way of Government control. If you do not want to do it for yourself, consider doing it for others. I mean If you had some other contagious cough or cold would you still go out in public? Not to mention go near your friends, family and/or loved ones?

So what if it is the idea of your newly elected Democratic president who may or may not have cheated. Guess what? Your most recent past Republican president already had ideas in place to ‘stop the spread’. It was under Trump that the scientists got started in creating the vaccine in the first place. It was created in record time. Time will tell if it works, but I do know this, It will not work if We as humans refuse the damn thing.

I am certain that God has a plan. I know one day I will see my friend in heaven again and that I too will walk with Jesus. I am just not wanting that day to be today, however, I will accept that fate if it is God’s will. I will consent to doing my part to ensure that neither myself or no one else gets the covid from me. If that means wearing my mask or standing six foot away because someone recommended it then just do it for your own damn good and the good of others. Don’t fear the vaccine. If you cannot do it for yourself, then do it for someone you love. Can you concur that Doctors and Scientists might know more than you? Unless, you people went and got your degree in pharmacology overnight. It doesn’t hurt anyone to take advice from others and believe that they may have a better handle on this current situation.

If it works it works, and if it don’t it don’t but at least you can say you tried. You can say, I did my part.

Pancho.

January 14 2021

On the Road Again

Rolling Stone reported today that Willie has gotten his COVID vaccination. I made light of their post on Twitter humorously saying on my Re-tweet that Willie is probably more immune to most things that would kill normal people.

Willie has always been larger than life in my eyes. His music has made him immortal, as the music that he has already recorded will live on forever. Some of those songs have gotten me through the best of times and the worst of times. His songs have always comforted me when I was sad and have kept me company when I felt alone. I don’t know how many miles I have driven hearing his voice on the car stereo. His music has healed my soul through sickness, depression, divorces and all the other problems I have encountered in my life. Willie’s music has also been there for me to turn up and just kick back and let the good times roll.

Willie received the Moderna vaccine in Cedar Park, Texas. He qualified for the vaccine as he is 87 years old and suffers from COPD. His sister and the piano player in the family band, Bobbie Nelson, also got a Moderna brand vaccine recently. Bobbie is now 90 years old.

The last time Willie Played a live show was at the Houston Livestock Show last March. He is hoping that the vaccine will soon do its job for him and the many others it has become available to. His plans are to be back on the road again by late August or September of this year.

For now, Willie has been working on several projects at home. There is talk of an album by Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah.

Willie told Rolling Stone that the vaccine left his arm a little sore but he was happy to be doing his part.

I can’t wait until he is on the road again

Pancho.

December 29 2020

Songs about home

The Panhandlers is my favorite musical group of 2020.

Four seasoned Texas Country musicians who make up this group from the flatlands of West Texas, William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, Josh Abbott and John Baumann. All four of them make great music by themselves but the four of them together is a phenomenal sound.

My current favorite song is “West Texas in My Eye.” I cant stop hearing this rolling around in my head!

Where the Llano Estacado rises up into the sky I ain’t crying that’s West Texas in my eye

There entire debut album is world class, and the entire album is themed around my home. West Texas.

My pick for album of the year is The Panhandlers.

There is talk of a second album coming out in 2021.

Josh Abbott tweeted today:

“Covid ruined our entire debut tour”

Josh Abbott from Twitter

The band is planning shows in Lubbock, Amarillo, El Paso, Marfa, and Alpine at some point.

I hope I can catch up with them live sometime sooner than later.

This Covid has got to pass!

Sunny 69 degree day here at home today. There is a forecast of snow tomorrow night. I have always heard “If you don’t like the weather in West Texas wait a minute and it will change.”

Maybe the snow will run the Covid to the ground! The West Texas sunshine sure hasn’t beat it. Keep your heads up and keep moving forward. With the vaccines and the new medical treatments I know we are going to beat this thing!

I ain’t crying that’s West Texas in my eye.

Pancho