Thursday night my wife dragged me out to dinner and then to a night of culture. She snagged a couple of tickets to the Tao Drummers road show, Seventeen Samurai (video below)
If you're not familiar with the Tao Drummers, you're not alone. I'd never heard of them until Thursday. But now I'm a fan. They're hard to describe - sort of a mix of traditional Japanese music - heavy on the drums - combined with flutes, stringed instruments, martial dances, acrobatics, and a dash of slapstick. They're on a North American tour. If they come anywhere near your area do yourself a favor and take in their show. Definitely well worth your time.
Yesterday I did the 'early voting' thing for the Texas primaries - part of Super Tuesday. The turnout was pretty heavy. There were actually people waiting in line to vote, something I've never seen before in our sleepy little town, even in a general election.
I'm not going to say who I voted for, but I will say this. I'm in Lamar Smith's congressional district. He's a no-doubt-about-it conservative, has an A+ rating from the NRA, is a powerful member of several congressional committees, and has been our representative for 30 years.
I didn't vote for him.
The reason is simple. He's had 30 years to get things done. However, over that time things have gotten worse and worse. Nothing against him personally, but he's part of the problem: a career politician who checks off all the boxes, but at the end of the day nothing changes.
Now it's time for a change
In other election news, there was a woman standing a couple of places behind me with her mother. The woman was around my age - mid 50s to mid 60s - and her mother had to be in her 80s. The poor old lady was hunchbacked, had thinning grey hair, and needed a walker to get around.
I have no problems with that. What I do have a problem with is that the old lady kept asking her daughter "Why are we here?"
The daughter replied "We're here to vote for the president."
The old woman replied "Who is running?"
The daughter said "Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders."
The old woman said "Wasn't she president already?"
The daughter's response: "That was her husband. Just vote for Hillary and then I'll take you to lunch."
The sad part is that her vote is worth the same as mine.