December 8th, 2008


The Stars At Night, Are Big And Bright...

Deep in the heart of Texas!

Went outside last night after all had gone to bed. Most of the christmas lights around here had gone out as well. Let's just call it between 12:30 and 1:00 AM.

Yes to smoke...

Just happened to look up. And. Wow! Just. Wow!

So many stars. SO Many. I wonder how many people take this view for granted.

The next time you are beyond the bright lights of urban or suburban areas at night...Don't forget to look up!

You'll be glad you did. I know I was.

Man, it was humbling. And wonderful.
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Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

Here..I did a quick upload of my favorites from today. There are a lot more than I uploaded yet...But I had a few come out jus the way i wanted them to. Blind, dumb luck on a couple of these, I'm sure. Any way...These are a couple of my favorites from the trip...

Now a lot of you know i am not an overtly religious person. But these buildings have stood since he 1700's. 300 years. How many generaions it that, really?

As in the community of the time when life was centered around the church and mission, most of my pictures are also centered about the church. Coincidence? You decide...

Here are eats_veggies and texasts in two dimensional glory...*heh*

Dorie and I in our 2 dimensional glory

Look at the blue sky out that window! I like the interplay of light, shadow and sky in this.

Interplay of light and shadow

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Good night all! It's half twelve here so.

And I've gotta go back to Houston tomorrow...*le sigh*

Oh and by the way - I won't post another 90+ picture post just to save your friends page. I will post a few and give you the addy to the flicker gallery, though.
G'morning, Coffee

Well Crap...

Like anything else good, my time (for this time) in the hill country has come to an ending.

I've had a very good, calming time while I was up here this time. And now I'll have to head down back east.

Was up before the chickens, or anyone else for that matter. Heard the rooster out back crowing repeatedly. So I really do get up before the chickens most days!

Wonder how the neighbors like that?

Dorie has gone on her morning walk and it's time for this ol' boy to take a shower and pack his stuff, an' get the hell outta Dodge!

I am deeply grateful for the time I was allowed to spend up here...Doesn't take much to remind me why the hell I moved to Texas in the first place...This part of Texas is beautiful.

Dorie is a very special person.

Back to the grind.

Home again home again jiggety jog!

Made it back safe and sound. Twice. Had to run a errand once I got back to town. Now I'm home to stay.

Nice uneventful drive. Unless you count the fuel spill (mine)at the gas station in Flatonia. Or the18 wheeler in front of me that had one of it's tires blow out!

Other than that, everything's cool.

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Right Now..At This Very Minute...

It is colder - In the house than it is outside. And the heat is on. Not that we needed it today. Hit at least 70F down here.

For some odd reason it it is just really cool in the house. Suspect it has to with it being a very cloudy day.

The Flatonia, Texas Environmental Affair

So I stopped to get some gas in Flatonia. While the tank was filling, I walked about the car cleaning the windows. As I got to the passenger side front window, I smelled gasoline. Looked down and it was running from UNDERNEATH THE CAR! Between my legs...Holy crap! I started to make a mad dash around to the tank side. About that time some guy on the other side of the pump reached over and shut it off. But the damage was done. Gasoline was flowing toward the storm sewers. Apparently the little shut off thing that pops the flow off was screwed. He said it looked like a geyser of gas coming out of my tank!

Think I can count on one hand how many times that has happened. And I wouldn't need the other four fingers. Until now.

I thanked him profusely shook his hand (forgot his name though) got my receipt and moved the car over to the parking lot to let it air out some.

The Shredded Tire Stunt

Not 10 miles from the location of the environmental spill, I was cruising eastbound on the interstate, doing just under 80 MPH. (the speed limit is 70 on that particular stretch of road).

In the zone basically. At one with the vehicle. Foot on the gas, feeling the vibration of the road through the tires, watching the GPS click off the miles, checking the speedometer, and watching the road ahead of me.

Came up fairly fast on an 18 wheeler (For a Saturn, anyway *grins*) I was at a safe distance and was about to switch lanes to go around him, when a bunch of BIG chunks of tire rubber flew out from underneath the trailer!

Dumped the clutch and downshifted into 4th gear and zig-zagged around some pretty big pieces of tire. Apparently some of the tire had gotten lodged under the trailer and flew outta there as I glanced in the rearview mirror where I could see a large SUV trying to pull the same manuever I had just pulled, and not doing very well at it (center of gravity is too high on those things) I downshifted again (into 3d gear) and pulled into the left lane (quickly!) that was *mostly* devoid of tire debris and dropped into 4th gear and then pushed up into 5th.

Needless to say the trucker pulled his rig into the next rest stop.

And so did the driver of that big ol' SUV. Probably needed to change his shorts!