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August 10, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

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Prickly pear fruit and glass. ( Image: all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

Prickly pears, the bane and pain of field runners, can apparently heal or fix anything. Ask a cow. During dry spells, livestock moo-ed for the spines to be burned off for food and water – or so they said. Probably a bovine ploy for clandestine pasture parties. Did they hoof up some smashing margaritas when we weren’t looking?(© Image)

Speaking of fields and dreams, soon there will be the sounds of crickets and bats on the outskirts of Houston.

(Insert eerie, spooky, music here.)

No, those aren’t crop circles. Or landing sites for SpaceX. Or square dance stages (Whew, that would be scary)

Believe it or not, there are over 25 local cricket teams in the area. More are interested in joining the Houston Cricket League, but there’s only 9 fields available.

sports fields. Kalsoom Prairie View Cricket Complex (image by Tanweer

The earth’s got measles? It’s not Roswell Area 51.(image by Tanweer Ahmed/

Solution? 86 acres. 10-12 fields. 

Why the popularity growth of sports like cricket and soccer?

Hmmm. Not just the area’s diversity, but possibly some disenchantment over NFL being unclear on whether they provide entertainment or social guidance. Or maybe due to the Astro’s decision to hire a baseball pitcher with a history of domestic violence. In any case, people have found alternatives that are just as exciting.

Those cricket fields would only be a short drive from Houston.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little road trip – with a cool ride?

Award winning futuristic motorcycle. TMC Dumont Motorcycle Concept (

Now this is open-ended. (

Is this art or a technological wonder?

TMC Dumont Motorcycle, awarded the Best of Show at Daytona Bike Week, was designed by Brazilian Tarso Marques, who was a Formula One race car driver.

The name is something of a hoot: Brazilians credit their aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont with beating American’s Wright Brothers, with beating them to get an early aircraft off the ground. So? This motorcycle is powered by 300 hp Rolls-Royce Continental V6 aircraft engine.

Hang on is an understatement. 300 horsepower

plant. Bromeliad (All rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted )

A real air head. Not to be confused with ideas coming out of thin air getting planted.(© Image)

This area’s mild climate allows outdoor sports almost year round….except for maybe August when you can sometimes fry and egg on the pavement.

Don’t despair.

For those who prefer cool (and less running around): Esports is charging up.

Last year Houston’s OpTic Gaming, known to many fans as “the Green Wall,” secured a franchise with the Overwatch League. (more here; Article of Houston’s team, the Outlaws, first tournament match 2018 here.)

Next a venue needed for fans to plugged into? Two esports arenas in the works.

One by FanReact/Mainline first out of the box with, a second one in Midtown: Next Level with a planned 7,000-square feet facility housing 40 gaming PCs, gaming consoles, Virtual reality gaming rigs, competition stage, and more including a full bar with food. Kids welcomed until 10:00 PM.

So a facility with stadium seating where the audience sits and watches other people sit and play digital games.

It is too a sporting event worthy of jumbotrons, and fans, and teams, and tickets…

A little passive, but hey, it’s hot. The weather, too.

Houston’s got game – and we don’t just mean alligators.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Plant. Green sprout on citrus tree. (© Image all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Groot? That you? You got game?(© Image)


  1. easyweimaraner / Aug 10 2018 6:34 am

    the prickly pears are my greatest nightmare… we found some during a holiday, had no bag so we used marks shirt… later I noticed that my hands look like the butt of a fakir. before I could warn him, Mark threw this fruits from hell in a bowl and put his shirt on… and he was spiked too… the french name fits perfectly: figues de barbarie :o((((

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  2. shoreacres / Aug 10 2018 6:43 am

    Usually, I can believe what you post, but… Who in their right mind would sit around and watch other people play video games? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. I suppose I shouldn’t judge until I actually give it a try — but I fear the likelihood of my trying it are close to zero. I’ll be on the cricket pitch if you need me…

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    • shoreacres / Aug 10 2018 6:44 am

      Oh — when the army brought the camels in to Texas, they found that the creatures were more than happy to eat prickly pear, with the spines still attached. Tough, those camels.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 10 2018 7:14 am

    “disenchantment over NFL being unclear on whether they provide entertainment or social guidance” I couldn’t say it better. So over it all! Prickly pears? They don’t grow here but they look…umm…hurtful! We don’t have cricket here but soccer is getting to be bigger and pickleball for the old folks (that would be me!).

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  4. sustainabilitea / Aug 10 2018 7:54 am

    I don’t understand cricket or gaming, but in entirely different ways. I don’t know the rules of cricket, but I don’t understand the urge to game at all, just as I don’t understand the urge to gamble. My husband loves his PlayStation 4 and his games, but I’d much rather read or take photos or something. 🙂 I don’t know if there are many cricket fields around us, but there are lots of Asian Indian people here, so there might be games going on that I don’t know about.


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  5. Rachel McAlpine / Aug 10 2018 1:15 pm

    Cricket has its crooks but it has always been infinitely slow and calm and soothing to watch compared with NFL. And British. The philosophy of cricket and NFL could hardly be more different.


  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Aug 10 2018 1:20 pm

    And you can always use the cricket fields for Aussie Rules football as well – I’d show up for that!


  7. Anne Mehrling / Aug 10 2018 2:57 pm

    I loved your lead-in about the sports area — crickets and bats. Very clever!


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 12 2018 12:13 am

    That nearly gave me a heart attack.

    Cricket in Texas?

    It was once a fine game but no longer; I have lost all interest in the game, The old expression “It’s not cricket” meant that something was not above board, now it applies to the game itself.

    By the way a cricket field is called a “Cricket Pitch” not a field, Jolly good show! What?

    Me, an Englishman living in Australia two countries who have fought the game for 150 years almost ( The Ashes series) much prefers Baseball

    I once saw the greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman play ( he is to cricket what Babe Ruth is to Baseball) back in 1947 at Lords the home of cricket


  9. ShimonZ / Aug 12 2018 2:23 am

    I believe someone has confused futuristic with fantasy…


  10. cat9984 / Aug 18 2018 9:36 am

    I thought it was crazy when I found out that there are YouTube channels where you can watch other people play games. Now it’s a major spectator sport. Scary


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