Monday, December 29, 2008

My Town Monday: Cowboys, Books, and is that bacon?

Merry Belated Christmas, everyone. We celebrated the holiday with much food, family, and frivolity. Except for the spectacular demise of the Cowboys' playoff hopes, it's been a pretty good break.

For My Town Monday followers, today is a balmy 68 degrees in Fort Worth, Texas. I just got back from one of my favorite local haunts: Half Price Books. Extra 20% off everything through tomorrow. Whoopee! Thank goodness I wore my best shopping flip-flops. I came home with three prizes for next semester's coursework. (Speaking of which, I finished my M.A. this fall, and in January I'm entering the doctoral program at the University of North Texas in Denton. Because I'm crazy like a fox. Or like a fighting eagle, which is our school mascot.)

Anyhoo, on my way home from the book store, flip-flops on and sunroof open, I listened to a new compilation CD my son made for me for Christmas. Some favorite tracks:

More than a Feeling by Boston
Your Song by Elton John
She Talks to Angels by the Black Crowes
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
Faithfully by Journey
You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones.

Seriously, how cool is my kid?

Also on the drive home, enjoying the tunes and the balmy weather, I spotted a neighborhood teenager cruising down the sidewalk. He wore short-sleeves, a skull cap, skinny jeans, and was carrying a skateboard. He also had, in one hand, what appeared to be a large jar of Bacon Bits.

The beginnings of a short story, perhaps?

Question: What was one of your favorite presents you received this year?

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