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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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Jul 9, 2013 - North to Alaska

(To view photos, click on "all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to size of your screen, click on "slide show" & 5 sec. or 10 sec. to automatically advance photos) Touring Alaska has been on our bucket list for several years. We had taken the Alaska Inside Passage cruise with Princess about eight years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but didn't have time for the land tour at that time. After much research, we decided to take the six day Alaska Railroad land tour and combine it with a seven day South bound cruise aboard...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Thelma and Louise hit a Rodeo

Hey y'all! I guess now that all the cupcake vodka's gone, I have nothing else to do but blog about it's exquisiteness and maybe some of the other things we've been up to. Don't worry-we will be bringing some of that back! So we've been living the high life for a whole week now and I can barely believe how quickly it's gone. I can only hope the next 6 weeks don't go as fast. Up until now we've spent an inordinate amount of time dancing around the pool to 90's classics (too much vengaboys for my liking, not enough Taylor Swift) and...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Skinny birds and Taco Bell

Hey y'all from bloody hot Texas! Pleased to say the flight was the best I've ever had and I even slept a little bit, despite the lovely albeit slightly irritating Spanish man sat next to us who seemed to know the whole state of Texas inside out. He didn't, however, know how to effectively get a bag down from the over head lockers which resulted, much to our amusement, in a pair of crutches falling on top of him mid-flight. So 14 hours of travelling, 6 time zones and about 7 in-flight meals later, we were greeted by Karen, David and Beth who...

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May 18, 2013 - OTRA - TX - Houston

Finally. The last leg of our journey to Houston TX to have some maintenance done on the Ti. Left at 11:00 under sunny skies along smooth roads with light traffic...who could ask for anything more? So, we pull into the Red Roof Inn at 12:45 and in about 20 minutes (hot minutes!) we had unloaded all the stuff from our under-the-bed storage area (that's where they're going to have to do some work) into the motel room. Then, leaving Sam at the motel, we piled Nellie and Taco back into the truck and off we went to drop the trailer at Ron...

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May 13, 2013 - May 13, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 13, 2013 – Houston, Texas Today I spent at the Space Center in Houston. I thought I might spend a couple of hours, but I wound up being there almost 6 hours. The 1.5 hour tram ride takes you around the NASA headquarters. You get to see the historic Mission Control Room which saw the most dramatic moments in the space program – the moon landing, the missions in which astronauts were lost and the one where they had major problems and they weren’t sure they’d get the astronauts back. They have one of the 3 extant Saturn rockets. Since...

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May 12, 2013 - May 12, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 12, 2013 – Houston, Texas The 1st stop today was something I saw as I was driving home last night. I don’t know what the name of the place is, but it is a school of some kind. I loved the cap and tassel on the sculpture. It was a cool morning so it was a perfect time to go to the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park. This particular garden is a daimyo style and includes a tea garden, a kaiyushiki stroll garden and a scroll garden. The entry garden is a dry landscape garden. Imagine you are standing on the sea and the boulders are the rising...

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May 11, 2013 - May 11, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 11, 2013 – Houston, Texas Today was a fun day. It started with seeing the gigantic heads of presidents and 36’ tall Beatles. Also located at the site is a We Heart Houston sign. They are located at the workshop of David Adickes. The presidential heads range in size from 16’ to 20’ tall. They were cast for 2 theme parks – one in South Dakota and one in Virginia. Those have since closed, and the heads are now back at his workshop. Currently, there are 4 heads on display along I45. They are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston...

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