Archive for October, 2008

Mimi did you open a restaurant?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

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Nice night for open doors at dinner

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

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Flying right over DFW airport

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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Another shot

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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Downtown Dallas

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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Over Addison at 2500 feet

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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Aren’t these some cool looking Harley riders?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Branden the Road Warrior

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

It has been enjoyable to watch Branden adapt to the role of a road warrior. For each new city he travels to, he takes the time to explore the area. He does this whether he is by himself, or with someone else. When I was first starting my international travels over 20 years ago, I tended to not explore if I was by myself. I don’t really know why, but that was just the way I was at that stage in my life.

When he was in Australia this year, he stayed at the perfect spot in Sydney, The Rocks by the harbor, and had a ball. In fact, he fell in love with that city. When in Brazil, he explored the city he stayed in, and was lucky to have Chris join him for a few days.

He is now finishing a quick trip to London and Brussels, and enjoyed exploring Brussels last night. In fact, when he got lost, he stopped into a pub….gee what a shocker there…..and met someone from Sacramento who gave him directions to where he wanted to go. I have really enjoyed his mobile blog on these trips; I recognized the picture from his hotel room in Brussels, since I have stayed at a hotel on that same square. For those of us who are beer drinkers, we know Belgian beers can be a bit unusual and a challenge to drink. Ashley is a bit concerned with Branden’s consumption of the strawberry beer that he had later in the evening. Have fun, explore, travel safe, and for the HD group, screw it, let’s ride!

Branden & Bert’s old hangout with our plates

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

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Bert, the snake hunter

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Thanks to the plowing up of our wonderful green belt area in preparation for the stupid road going through our neighborhood, the snakes are out. When I was mowing yesterday afternoon, I almost ran over a 3 foot snake. Before I could get something to kill it, it slithered away into the ivy at the side of the house. I figured I would leave it alone, and it did not look poisonous.

This afternoon I went to let Izzie out in the backyard, and saw a similar snake….maybe the same one, sunning itself by the house. Now I figured, you are in my backyard, and you might get my dog, so you are done. I loaded my 9mm with snake shot, got a shovel, and went to work. I was trying to get the snake to be off of the retaining wall, since I did not want to get any ricochet shot. It hid itself in one of the bushes, and I could not find it. Since I was unsure that it had not gone into my back neighbor’s house, I called him to make sure that he knew because of his dog and child. He came out and helped my spot the snake as I poked various bushes. I first thought it was a garden snake, but when it struck at my shovel and I saw that white open mouth, I figured we had a venomous snake.

After shooting it three times, with the last one being in the head, it finally was no longer a threat to us or the dog. I carried it in a shovel to the woods at the end of the street and left it for the other animals to eat. My adrenaline was pumping so much that I had to jump in the pool to cool off.

Our friend’s cat was bit by a copperhead this morning, and is in the hospital for the rest of today to get him better. So watch out for snakes for a few weeks until they find new homes. Thanks to our wonderful City Council for pushing the road through. Will you call animal control when one of the lovely snakes finds you, or do you live far enough away to not be bothered?