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Aug 25, 2015 - Day 49

Another driving day (our longest so far at over 500 miles)From Lubbock to Montgomery, Texas..just north of Houston. Texas is a big state! Hot outside. Stopped for lunch at local park in small town on Hwy 6. Farmers and others also parked there in shade under trees for their "lunch hour" Finally found KOA after making wrong turn in another small town but clerk there greeted us with "we're closed". (My watch read 4pm but it was 5pm their time.) After hours posted notice gave us choice of several open sites but we had trouble locating these....

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Jul 11, 2015 - A credo to live by

A Credo to Live By Being the perfect gentleman, I took my wife out on a date tonight. First we had a lovely dinner with some friends, old & new. Then I took her dancing. And we topped off the evening with a nightcap at a club. Just doesn’t get much better than that. The dinner was the Final Night Banquet for the Irlen Conference. The new friends included Shulamit & her son Noam from Israel and Becky from Cranbrook. The line dancing at the banquet was…. well, it was like a bad Bar Mitzvah, that’s what it was like. We escaped as soon as it...

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Jul 10, 2015 - If you go down to the zoo today....

If you go down to the zoo today…. Here’s a nice Jurassic Park-ish question: What happens when the power goes out at the Houston Zoo? You can’t have a root beer float ‘cause all the ice cream has melted! Yep, total disaster. Oh, yeah, and they were kind of worried for a bit that the gorilla’s might be able to get out of their cages. That just made my morning at the zoo that much spicier. I was asked to help make sure that the children didn’t panic. While doing that, I picked out one that I was pretty sure I could trip and outrun if...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Texas Deli

Texas Deli Today’s Texas Talk Tally: I was called Sir 14 times and referred to as Y’all 6 times. The possessive form of Y’all is, of course, Y’alls’. As in: “Thank you for shopping at Whole Earth Company today – don’t forget y’alls’ purchase.” The conundrum is the reference to me in the plural. Y’all? Me and exactly who all else are we talking to here? In keeping with my southwestern cuisine motif, tonight I had kishka for dinner, made by Ziggy Gruber, M.D. (Maven of Deli), star of the docu-drama “Deli Man”. (Seriously – you could look it...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Space Cowboy

Space Cowboy Today was a big day for me. NASA sent me up to space. I'm still kind of nauseous from the ride, to be honest. Debbie is kind of bummed that they let me come back down. She barely got any time at Nordstrom Rack and there I am, back from the International Space Station already. Meantime, she volunteered me for the 1-way mission to Mars. Maybe we'll just let the photos do the talking today. p.s. The rocket smelled like barbeque all day. That smoke really lingers.....

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Jul 7, 2015 - Houston - You've got a problem!

Houston, You've got a problem! When Hopalong Howie and the Waco Kid blew into town today, you could feel a slight tremor come over the city. Maybe it was just me, but the moment the flying iron horse (United Flight 242) lit down at Houston’s George Bush (the Dad) International Airport, you knew that adventure was about to happen. You could just feel it. And there it was…. at baggage claim, sure enough, they were handing out your weapon of choice along with your luggage. I chose a semi-automatic. Gotta give them varmints a semi-chance to...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Preparations, NOT preparation H!

Today was spent getting our toes painted with patriotic colors, shopping, and setting up our website for our July journey. After dinner, we did take Karen's grandsons for a walk to the turtle pond. Though we did not venture far today, much was accomplished.

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Jun 18, 2015 - Flight Time

29°59'4" N 95°20'7" W Houston, Texas United States Last post from Houston before the trip. Made it through the short line of security because of my super fashionable boot, Emma even got to come with me. We made it to our gate with plenty of time and now remain there waiting because our flight was slightly delaye for cleaning, but no worries: it put no damper on our mood! Still super excited and ready to go! We'll be in the air soon, headed to London Heathrow! THE PURSUIT IS HAPPINESS Peace out girl scouts

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Jun 17, 2015 - The Day Before

29°35'49" N 95°5'53" W Houston, Texas United States Today is my last full day in Houston. Tomorrow I leave for the airport in the afternoon, and I'll be back in the end of July. Everything has been packed already. I have one backpack with 25 pounds of clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries,various gear, and cards against humanity packed, as well as a small day bag with my passport, camera, sketchbooks, and maps. THE PURSUIT IS HAPPINESS Peace out girl scouts

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Jun 13, 2015 - The journey begins...

I am off on another adventure! Made it to Houston today, where I will rendezvous with my sister and we are headed to Nicaragua tomorrow. I spent the plane trip to Houston pouring over the details and specs of 18 different charities operating in Nicaragua that we are planning to visit in the next week. I am afraid I am presently rather muddled and have no idea how Pam makes a decision about them (and there has been no alcohol to muddle my brain). (Perhaps it would help?) Anyway, I am so excited to be given this opportunity for a different...

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May 22, 2015 - The babysitters!!

Wonderful night's sleep and sent the young parents off to Fredricksburg for the week end. We took Phoebe to the park and then to Gymboree, then lunch and a nap...not for Phoebe, for auntie granny!! Now back to the park and get Phoebe tired enough to sleep tonight!!

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May 21, 2015 - Auntie granny gets to Houston!

Left on Tuesday morning, made it to middle of the panhandle with great weather and then the rains hit. Since I have such a nice loose schedule, I decided to just stop early at Defuniak Springs. Holiday Inn Express was reasonable, but the smorgasbord dinner at McClain's was cheap and that was the ONLY positive thing I could find about it! How can you ruin a simple cup of coffee? Make it Luke warm then, to fix, just pour a little hot into the half cup of Luke warm...sad meal all around. On the road again on Wednesday and the decision to go...

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