Van About Town

I step into the shower this morning, turn the hot water all the way on, open the cold ever so slightly and move the knob incrementally back and forth with little success. That perfect temperature is elusive. Frustratingly elusive. But I keep pursuing “the green light, the orgiastic future” by turning the knob left and right and right and left until… I hear my beautiful wife in the kitchen, smell the chorizo cooking with eggs and feel gratitude wash over me as I realize I’m no longer turning the knob and the water is just right.

Later I head over to Livengood Feeds to pick up 5 bails of coastal. I walk into the store for the purchase, then drive over to the trailer where they keep the hay. The employees are always friendly but today even more so. I start to feel as though I’m on a float in the Chisholm Trail Roundup Parade, waving from my elbow and smiling with my eyes. I finally look down, wondering if someone slipped a CTR Queen sash around my shoulder. But no, just an old snap shirt and worn out Vans.

Before long I’m downtown picking up Jana Horn’s LP at Bluebonnet Records. The gentleman behind the counter is kind enough to play Jana’s album in the store, while I shop a bit. He seems genuinely interested in what I have to say about music, even though he’s the professional musician, not me. It’s a nice feeling.

Caldwell County Calendar

COVID-19 Testing (walk-up) will continue through January 22nd from 8a – 4p at Luling Northside Park (300 Trinity, Luling TX). All testing at this site is conducted by self-administered mouth swab.

(drive-thru) will continue through January 15th from 8a – 4p in Lockhart (1403 Blackjack, Lockhart TX). All testing at this site is conducted by self-administered nasal swab.

Registration on-site. There is no cost and no appointment needed. Results in 24 – 48 hours. Contact the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management (512-398-1822) for more information.

Senior Citizen Activity Center (901 Bois D’ Arc, Lockhart TX, 512-398-6322) offers weekday lunch meals. Here is this week’s (1/11 – 1/15) Entrees Menu: Monday – Cheese Enchiladas, Tuesday – Baked Chicken, Wednesday – Chopped Steak, Thursday – Chicken Fried Chicken, Friday – Fried Fish. Each lunch meal includes sides, dessert and tea. The center is currently closed for daily activities/meetings however, its kitchen is open for takeout ($6.50) and delivery ($7.50).

City of Lockhart Offices and Dr. Eugene Clark Library are closed to walk-in traffic through January 15th.

RNKD – Short Story

“Passengers” (1968) by Robert Silverberg is disturbing. Not simply because of the content in the story but because of what is left out by the author. Presenting you with questions unanswered. Questions that persist, even bludgeon, until you accept the futility of solving. Who/What are these Passengers? From where do they come? Why are they doing this? Perhaps only the last question can be approached. If they have a mote of humanity, Passengers commit horrors because they can. However, you learn of the wreckage the Passengers make of people’s lives, not of the Passengers themselves. I tend to imagine they are rogue angels, demi gods or some other selfish entities from old literature rather than aliens or future humans with incredible technology. But this is just a feeling, unsupported. This story is tightly drawn, beautiful, even loving until suddenly you are left with merely manipulation and impotence. You feel deeply wronged and that’s what makes this story great. Score: 936