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What the Abilene Reporter-News liked and disliked: It's Showtime!

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a blue truck parked next to a car: The truck that would carry the Blue Origin rocket, just after being wrapped by Showtime Signs & Designs. © Photo courtesy of Showtime Signs & Designs The truck that would carry the Blue Origin rocket, just after being wrapped by Showtime Signs & Designs.

LIKES

1. It's a wrap. If firing a rocket from Van Horn in far West Texas wasn't interesting enough, how about a company located near Hawley wrapping the semi that delivered the rocket? We just need Jeff Bezos to come to town and spend a little money. Maybe remind him we used to have Rocket Oldsmobile here.

2. Top guns in music. The Texas trio ZZ Top has been scheduled for a concert in December. We have more than five months to buy tickets, which could make for an early Christmas gift for some fans. The group was founded in 1969 by Gibbons with two other musicians. That year, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill came along, meaning the trio has stayed intact all this time. That may be more impressive than those long beards.

3. They fired up in Glen Cove. A Stewart Stevenson used in the military has been converted to a "firefighting machine," according to the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department. It can hold 500 gallons of water and has foam capacity. The truck came by way of two grand administered by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The vehicle designed for rugged terrain is in service and already has worked a 35-acre wildland fire. Glen Cove is located between Coleman and Winters.

a large green truck driving down a dirt road: The new Glen Cove firefighting truck is a Stewart Stevenson that was outfitted to its new use. © Glen Cove VFD The new Glen Cove firefighting truck is a Stewart Stevenson that was outfitted to its new use.

4. A River runs through it. Shoutout to Wayne Nelson from the Little River Band, who showed up at the Highland Food Pantry on Friday before the group's concert that evening at the Abilene Convention Center. The band tries to make a community impact wherever they perform. Brings to mind their hit, "Help Is on the Way."

5. Ride 'em, cowboy. What a week to celebrate the cowboy life. Saturday is National Day of the Cowboy. On Friday, Ryan Feerer's four-stamp collection of western wear stamps was issued by the U.S. Postal Service. So, if you pull on your hat, pearl-snap shirt, belt buckle and boots, you're joining the crowd here in West Texas.

6. Peace, love and Ben-Gay. Still remarkable to think how little we were doing a year ago, compared to all the things going on this weekend. Events include the return of Garageband Woodstock, everyone now two years older than they were in 2019 at the last musical gathering. 

7. Jerry and Jimmie. We know there's no such thing as a free lunch, and we thought there was no such thing as Jerry Jones making a mistake. But the owner of the Dallas Cowboys this week mused that losing coach Jimmie Johnson, who got the team back to the Super Bowl, was something he should've not let happen. "It was my job was to keep it together," Jones said. Dallas has not been back to the Super Bowl since 1996, after Johnson left. 

8. Witch guy did they hire? They're making "Hocus Pocus 2," with the original cast of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy returning. Production designer Nelson Coates emailed us this week that he's in Rhode Island prepping for the movie. "Hocus Pocus" is one of those movies that gained fans after its theater run. It was the Paramount's Halloween movie last fall. It's for Disney+ and will be out in 2022.

DISLIKES

1. On the rise. Except for July 1, the daily high temperature had been under the average, with a high reading going into Friday of 94. That is quite pleasant for the seventh month of the year. But temperatures are predicted to rise to near 100 on Sunday and Monday. We haven't had a 100-degree day this year. It was 10 years ago this summer that we had 81 days of 100 degrees or hotter and persistent drought. August may bring a change but it has been nice while it has lasted.

HMMM

1. Seventeen days? Classes at Texas Leadership Charter Academy are due to start Aug. 10, meaning school is right around the corner of the new month. That seems early, but at least Tax-Free Weekend is Aug. 6-8. Classes at Abilene Christian School begin two days later. The Wylie ISD starts Aug. 18 and Abilene ISD on Aug. 19.

2. Merkel what? There were several hmmms Monday over the headline "Merkel tours 'surreal' flood scene." Merkel normally means the town west of Abilene. It's also the name of the German chancellor. It's not known if she was named for our Merkel ...

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