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Oct 11, 2013 - Sand Burrs

If you ever encountered sand burrs, you know the pain they give. They are a multi barb ball that sticks to anything, including your skin. Once they have attached to your shoes, socks and pants, the barbs reach and grab your skin. Painful! South Texas is covered with this weed. There is not much else that grows in this area except for mesquite. My brothers Norman and his wife Lallie are traveling with us with their motorhome. About 60 miles from the nearest service station, they encountered a ruptured on one of their air bags. The air bag is...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Houston, TX

Well folks this is the one you have been waiting for! We left San Antonio and had a delightful drive to Houston, wind at our back, better than average mileage, warm but not too hot right up to the last two blocks before the RV Park. Then the wheels came off. Jean and the GPS had a difference of opinion, the GPS said get off at exit 22, Woodall’s Camp Ground Guide said exit 23 so we got off at 23 and that must have pissed the GPS off. It wouldn’t recalculate and started into its make a U-turn as soon as it is safe. When that didn’t work, it...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Outlet shopping...

OK, so this was crazy... Betty, Irene and Sharlene are all hopeless shopaholics. So don't ask me how it happened, but this one slipped through the itinerary some how. So 2.5 hours in the Disney store, and over 3 hours in GAP! + various other stores. Well for a lot of us it was too much! There was even an attempt by someone who shall remain nameless to get the place evacuated! That fire alarm sure does have a loud annoying ring to it! Luckily that was our last store, we headed quickly back to the Salvo Bus that Darvin and Betty had borrowed,...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Sep 9, 2013 - NASA, Houston, Johnson Space Centre

A fantastic day at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. We all went because Phil wanted to, but much to our surprise it was pretty cool! To be honest I'd say we all misjudged his ability to select an outing, but we are all in his debt for such an incredible day. A great day with some impressive exhibits ranging from early space flights, the Apollo missions, the Shuttle story, and robots being developed for Mars expeditions. They also gave us details of a new space module that is expected to take a crew of four to Mars for a one year stay in...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Aug 28, 2013 - Day 7 at the Convention

This was another full day of speeches and reports, though there were a few highlights. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke...an incredible speech. He didn't address the current national news of potential war; rather, he spoke of our rights and religious freedoms, more specifically the religious freedoms of our military personnel. He spoke from in front of the podium without notes or teleprompter. Only toward the end did he pull a piece of paper from his jacket to read the prayer General Patton said at the Battle of the Bulge. Unfortunately, the...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Day 6 at the Convention

Long day today. We started at the Convention Center at 8 AM, leaving the hotel shortly after 7 AM to catch the bus, then walk some distance to get to the hall where we were meeting. I stopped to get some breakfast at one of the kiosks, then make my way through the magnometers / security since this was the day Vice President Biden was speaking. The opening ceremony was nice. Music was provided by BeBe Winans and the MC was Rita Cosby. There were several high-profile awards to The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and the Samsung Corporation. The...

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Aug 26, 2013 - Day 5 at the Convention

Today, which generally is a "down" day, allowed us to sleep in a bit. Nancy took the day to go to the Galleria Mall. I headed to the Convention Center to get some information on media resources, then attended the Past Department Commanders Club luncheon. The luncheon was very nice. Annually, they preset a "Good Guy" Award and this year was to George Foreman. His acceptance speech was AWESOME. I am so glad I got to be there. The food was good too. I spent a bit more time at the Convention Center looking at exhibits, then came back to the...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Day 4 at the Convention

Yikes! The humidity caught up with us today. Even the air conditioned spots seemed stuffy. This morning bright and early (well, not bright as the sun had not yet come up), we went to the Chaplains Breakfast, which is always a nice event. We get to hear from the "Youth Champions -- the Eagle Scout of the Year, The Baseball Academic Sportsman, the Boys and Girls State Governors, Oratorical winner and Shooting Sports Champions. They always have wonderful stories. Then, I went to scheduled meetings to address resolutions, then we made our way...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Day 3 at the Convention

Today, I actually had to get up early so I could make it to a meeting at the Convention Center. My "every 15 minutes" bus took 45 minutes to get there (about 8 blocks away). I did manage to get to my meeting on time - barely - after navigating the rabbit trails among meeting rooms. It was an adventure, and I was one of many doing the same thing. My meeting with Economics was actually pretty dull. They decided to put off action on resolutions until tomorrow, so we'll be squeezing in meetings between the Chaplains Breakfast from 7 - 9,...

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Aug 23, 2013 - Day 2 at the Convention

We slept-in a bit today to catch up a bit (two hour time difference here), then headed to the Convention Center. We ran into a few from our delegation there, but there are still quite a few people who have not arrived yet. Some have to be at meetings tomorrow, so perhaps they are arriving later today. The exhibits were interesting, but there were fewer exhibitors, probably do to the costs. Maybe it will be better next year in Charlotte. Tomorrow, I have a meeting with my national assignment in the Economics Commission, but I am also needed...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Arrival in Houston

We arrived in Houston today after an unremarkable day of travel. This is the first time in years that all of our flights left on time, arrived on time and we had no drama along the way. How rare is that these days? Even our shuttle ride from the airport went fine. Amazing. People from all over the country are dribbling in to our hotel. We have Pennsylvania and Ohio here, but I am not sure who else. We got our credentials and various meal tickets, so we are ready. Tomorrow, we will head out to the Convention Center to scope out the exhibits...

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Aug 1, 2013 - Hello Houston

Phil and Murray added another state to their road trip by arriving in Houston late Wed night. The visited the Houston Space Center on Thursday. They found the exhibits very professionally done. NASA is now funded with the Orion program which is building the capability to send a man to Mars by 2030. They plan to return to the moon and perhaps journey to an asteroid with the capabilities they are designing into the Orion space craft. On Thursday night, Phil and Murray attended a dinner organized by Lori Slater. A number of Phil's Houston HP...

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