Archive for November, 2006

Dog Gone It!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Sunday at noon we arrived home from church. Something wasn’t right. The gate was wide open. The dogs were gone.

I went looking where I thought they would go. I didn’t find them.

We kept waiting. We knew they would come home any minute. They didn’t show up.

The pound was closed on Sunday so I decided to go on Monday. I had to work Monday but my first stop after work was the pound. The pound in my town is also closed on Monday. Tuesday after work I went to the pound. I searched. They weren’t there. I looked through the found dog reports. I called three that fit the description. No luck. I filled out the lost dog reports and went on my way.

I checked with the greens keeper at the Golf Course. He didn’t even see them Sunday none the less call animal control.

I came home and filled out all of the lost dog reports that I could online. I sent email to the rest of the cities and rescue institutions in the area.

After two days, we started to get really worried. We still don’t know why the gate was open. Did I leave it that way? Did Summer open it herself? Did someone else open it? Where could they be? Are they together? Are they okay?

Echo and I were about to turn in around 11:30. Then there was a scratch on the front door. We opened the door. There they were, dirty and smelly.

As you can tell, I’m happy to see them. As you can see, they are happy to be home.

Post Script:  I put them in my son’s room this morning.  It is pretty messy.  I told him they were lost in the mess the whole time.

90 years and no solution.

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Consider this list.

  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H.W. Bush
  • William Clinton
  • George W. Bush

These great men have all served as president after March 9, 1916. Many of them were great and accomplished presidents. All of them had a serious problem with the Mexican border. None of them effectively solved those problems. No legislature effectively solved the problems either. No state government, sheriff or private citizen has effectively solved the problems either. The United States as a whole has not effectively solved these problems.

I’m quite sure many of you will have to go looking for the significance of March 9, 1916. Nobody really remembers that day anymore. People forget.

No wonder some problems don’t get fixed.

Is this Good?

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Okay, getting moved in and getting moved out has been a real bear. I’m almost done and I hope to be blogging again soon.

I just finished getting the computer set up how I want it here. I have a new wireless adapter and a new router.

This is typical of the speed I’m seeing on many testers.

Download :: 5241 Kbps or 5.24 Mbps (640 kB/s)

Upload :: 1731 Kbps or 1.7 Mbps (211 kB/s)

This is a FiOS system on the wireless router. I haven’t hardwired anything yet. Streaming is looking good. So please, if you are a geek tell me if this connection speed is about as good as I can get or not. If not, how can I tweak it?

I Thank God.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
  • My mother and my grandfather had heart surgery this week. I thank God that they are alive and kicking.
  • I thank God that the rest of us are even better than that.
  • I thank God that we are well fed, clean, safe and secure.
  • I thank God that I have friends and family that love me.
  • I thank God that I am ugly enough to be humble and handsome enough to get one particular girl’s attention.
  • I thank God that my children are all fantastic and amazing.
  • I thank God that folks like you care about what I have to say. I know most of it aint really worth reading.
  • I thank God that I still get to go to Heaven even though I deserve to go to Hell.
  • I thank God that I’m a Texan. Nobody is born in Heaven. God loves me so much that he gave me the next best thing.

Texas Charm School Lesson 2

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Many times when a person comes to Texas they have their whole experience screwed up by mistaking imposters for genuine Texan products. Often stores will box up their ice-cream to resemble bluebell. Or even worse, sometimes visitors are enticed into drinking Ziegen Bock. One thing no Texan wants is for a visitor to leave with a foul taste in their mouth.

Be forewarned, Ziegen Bock is not a real Texas Bock Beer. It is an Anheuser-Busch imposter that looks like Bock and smells like bock but the first taste screams, “This @$%#^* aint Bock!”

Texas Bock beers are not exactly like their German counterparts. European Bock beers are stronger and have more nutrients. Texas Bock beers are not brewed to survive on during fasting rather they are brewed solely for enjoyment.

Many Texas micro breweries make fine Bock beers. The standard by which all Texas Bocks are judged is Shiner Bock. It is a real Texas beer from a brewery in Shiner Texas. It is sold in many states and is quite enjoyable. Drunks should not even bother with this beer. It is far too full bodied and filling for such taste. Beer aficionados will love it. It is good stuff.

Texas Bocks can be enjoyed straight from the bottle or poured in a frosty pilsner with at medium to large head. They complement steak and brisket quite well. Ordering a fine Texas Bock will reveal your good taste to those around you.

Remember, when in Texas, being inebriated can lead to a terrible case of Bootintoosh disease. So, please behave yourself.

Texas Charm School Lesson 1

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

The English language suffered a terrible loss a while back. It seems that as a culture we no longer saw fit to use a second person singular pronoun. “Thee” was dropped so “you” started doing double duty as both plural and singular. This left us without the ability to distinguish between the two.

Well in the Southern United States, we rectified that situation. We use the term “you all.” We also contracted that term to, “y’all.”

The apostrophe in that contraction disappears sometimes leaving us with, “yall.” This comes in handy when we use compound contractions such as, “yall’re.” You might hear, “Yall’re in a big hurry!” That would look ridiculous with more apostrophes.

I can’t answer for the whole South but I have a pretty good grip on the Texas vernacular. Let me make this perfectly clear. Y’all is only a plural pronoun. Nobody with a modicum of intelligence uses “Y’all” as a singular pronoun. That use of the word is strictly for Sandy Squirrel, idiots and people who try to sound southern. Misuse will quickly identify you as one of those three.

Still Moving.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

I’m exhausted.

Little to no blogging.

We settled on “Castillo Pequeño”.