It's 0622 CDT. It's looking like the last of the rain remnants of Alex have moved on out. The flag is out on the staff. The first coals of the day are lit and waiting to ignite the pecan in the smoker. There's ribs to slow smoke, sausage and chicken to grill, and a few folks coming over -- as well as some family from Louisiana. Before 1000 the drinks will be iced down, and by 1400 we'll have food available and, I hope, the cheery sounds of children splashing in the pool. Happy Birthday to all of us!