|Beautiful Downtown Ozona, Texas (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)|
The chill in the air reminds me of my recent trip to Houston during the Thanksgiving holidays. On the way we ran into that freakish winter storm that hit the country and played havoc in Northern Texas. We got delayed by it a bit and ended up staying an unscheduled night in Ozona, Texas.
Most of you probably don't know anything about Ozona and it's probably just as well. I'm not concerned that my saying this will offend any readers as I doubt that there are any bloggers within a 100 mile radius of Ozona. That place is isolated.
Anyway, we ended up staying at the vastly overpriced Best Western in Ozona--believe me the lodging choices are few in that town. After our harrowing day of driving through snow and cold rain, we were ready for a small bite of something before retiring. We ended up a Dairy Queen. Our choices were limited since there are perhaps eight restaurants in Ozona and probably only a couple were open, the other being a Sonic and we didn't want to sit in the car and eat.
|Dairy Queen (Photo credit: Lee Cannon)|
So we're sitting eating in DQ--my wife a salad and a diet coke and me three tacos and a hot fudge milkshake. That place was hopping at 7 PM that night. Of course it was either DQ or home and I guess some folks wanted to be out on the town.
As we're sitting there on that cold night in DQ, my wife makes the observation that nearly everybody was eating some sort of ice cream concoction and she thought it strange for such a cold evening. As I sipped my milkshake I countered that it was after all Dairy Queen and ice cream is their specialty. Besides this was probably the highlight of some of these people's day.
It must be kind of weird to live in a place like Ozona, TX, but there are weirder places that one could live. I don't know that I for one could take so well to living in a place like that. Not to disparage Ozona, but I'm just saying...
And as we chill a bit more, don't forget about the roast on Monday. If you're out in the cold about the roast then be sure to visit Mark Koopmans and find out more. You can sign up on the list there.
Battle of the Bands Results
My last BOTB contest pitted three versions of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. No real surprise in this match-up. Petra and the Oak Ridge Boys both got kind mentions as well as somewhat scathing criticisms, but in the end they received two and one vote respectively. The runaway winner as it should have been was the choral and orchestra arrangement as it is intended to be heard. This week I was in the mainstream of the voting.
In the end tally, Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" done in the traditional style received a whopping 17 votes.
Be here on Sunday December 15th for another Battle with another match featuring a version of a well-known Christmas song. Watch for song clues in the upcoming week.
Do you like to eat ice cream in the winter? Have you ever been to Ozona, Texas? How do you feel about living in an isolated small community? Is it cold where you are right now?