23 thoughts on “Tales of obscurity

  1. The photo is wonderful. Tref – you have become one with the tree behind you in that town square, your hands the roots, conjuring that drink, yet the shadow of your hand on the table reminds me of Bram Stoker’s Dracula sweeping past, perhaps believing the goblet is filled with blood! Pesky town square vampires always photobombing.

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  2. “Remember the Alamo!” was first cried by the coach of a minor league baseball team visiting Las Vegas. Most of the players hailed taxis, took the city bus, or hopped aboard the monorail, but one player, who was rather forgetful, rented a car from Alamo, and never got around to actually driving it. As the team packed its bags for the flight back home, the coach remembered the rented car, and thought it wise to remind the player that he should return it.

    On another note, I’ve been to the Alamo in San Antonio twice. And we have an Alamo defender in our family history: Thomas R. Miller. You can look him up on the internet.

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    • I will definitely check it out. Crockett is one of my favorite subjects. Just finished reading American Legend by Buddy Levy. Definitely one of the better books written by a guy named, Buddy.

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      • Interesting that you should mention David Crockett (he preferred “David” to “Davy”). Thomas R. Miller, as the family story goes, was a personal friend of David Crockett. I’m copying/pasting an excerpt from an article I found on the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) web site.

        “In 1834 Town Council meetings were held in Thomas Miller’s home in Gonzales, and he was a road surveyor for the town. He was a sindico procurador of the Gonzales Ayuntamiento of 1834. Miller was one of the Gonzales “Old Eighteen” who, in late September 1835, held off Mexican attempts to take back the town’s cannon until militiamen from surrounding settlements were summoned. Their efforts helped provoke the subsequent battle of Gonzales in which Miller was also a participant. During the first half of November 1835, he served as a member of the Texas Consultation, a group of Texan delegates to decide on the course of action in response to the Santa Anna dictatorship in 1835.

        “On March 1, 1836, Miller entered the Alamo as one of the thirty-two Gonzales Rangers who responded to the request for relief. There he died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.”

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