McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

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McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

McGee: Faded denim not enough to get hot dates

I ran across an article the other day that told of the clothing industry shying away from buying denim things that had been sandblasted. Sandblasting gives that “worn look” that some folks like when they buy jeans. It seems workers doing the job were destroying their lungs by breathing the fine silica in the air. […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

McGee: This isn’t ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world anymore

I would’ve liked to have spent afternoons between Christmas and New Year’s Days kicking back and watching movies and napping but ‘twas not to be. The Lady of the House and I spent the time rebuilding our backyard fence. The night after Christmas someone rounded our street corner too fast, rammed through our fence and […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

McGee: Street names have interesting origins

Have you ever wondered where some street names come from? I’m sure folks who pass through our High Plains towns might ponder the naming of John Doe Street in Clovis or Chicago Avenue in Portales. The Lady of the House and I had such a moment in our recent travels to visit Palm Beach, Fla., […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

McGee: LSD not for me

LSD is something I’ve never done or plan to do. It ain’t on my “bucket list.” I bring this up because I’ve been flipping through the pages of a recent Rolling Stone magazine reading about the life of Steve Jobs, the computer dude, who brought us such goodies as the iPod. According to the article, […]

McGee: Harvester ants possess remarkable work ethic

While riding my bicycle along one of our county roads, I stopped to contemplate a harvester ant colony. I should tell you I’m an admirer of harvester ants. These ants are those big ones that make low, wide ant hills. I like them for their pure work ethic, because they seem to know just what […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

Grant McGee: Don’t bet on winning big

I got busted the other day. The Lady of the House found out I’ve been spending money on lottery tickets. Actually it wasn’t so much that I got busted as I told her. “Oh well we didn’t win the $20 million last night,” I said. “I didn’t know we were buying lottery tickets,” she said […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

Grant McGee: Drought can’t last forever

“If I wanted to live in Phoenix I’d have moved to Phoenix,” declared The Lady of the House as she came in the back door. It’s been a bad year for the vegetable garden at the Stucco Hacienda. And The Lady of the House puts the blame on the lack of rain. “If we get […]

Grant McGee: House guests always welcome to pitch in

A lady came by the bicycle shop the other day. She was there to pick up a grandkid’s bike. After we settled up we had a chance to sit and visit. She got to talking about a bunch of relatives coming to town for a family get-together. “A lot of them are staying at my […]