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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
8 October 2007
A friend of mine, Bill, is an artist. He's also an art lover and never fails to show off his amazing knowledge with bits of trivia. I love it. One of his favourite artists his Maxfield Parrish. I thought of Bill when I snapped this shot on Monday evening immediately after a thunderous downpour in our area.
Maxfield Parrish Sky
As Bill would say, "Maxfield Parrish couldn't have done better, that's beautiful!" I would concur.
Cheers.

~KR (8 October 2007)

Listening to:
Jesus Christ by U2
on Folkways: A Vision Shared

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
9 October 2007
I'm far behind now. Very far behind. Today is the 25th of October, and I'm posting for the 9th. There's a reason for this, but not an excuse.
This photo is a default. I was driving along and saw, while at a stop light, this wonderful photo opportunity of an elderly couple walking their dog. I grabbed the camera, and composed it, but just as I was about to press the shutter, a vehicle pulled right into the composition. There was no way to adjust my position, as I was sitting in my car at a stop light. So, like a drawn sword that should never be sheathed 'til blood be drawn, a camera once on should capture an image. This is what I got.
My Mitsubishi
Cheers.

Listening to:
Pictures at an Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
10 October 2007
When I was very young, I decided I wanted to be a professional footballer. That didn't work out so well, so I decided later in life on architecture as a fallback. There I found I had a massive conflict of interest that prevented me from excelling at something that I was actually pretty darned good at. I am not, will never be, Frank Lloyd Wright or Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I don't have the foresight, the chutzpah or the talent to blend the man-made with the natural. Nor, apparently, does the majority of the rest of the world. It seems that in order for a new shopping centre to go up, the trees must come down.
This is what remains of a small copse of trees just outside my office complex. They've been uprooted and the entire area bulldozed for what will be a shopping & eating complex.
The Price of Progress
The price of progress; and I'm ok with it, I suppose. It will be nice to have more options in terms of lunch eateries. It'll be nice for the DFW area to have a better/larger selection of hotels from which to choose. It'll be nice to have more than one petrol station on my way home. I'm just sorry that the trees had to go. The world needs another Frank Lloyd Wright.
Cheers.

~KR (10 October 2007)

Listening to:
You Could Have Been With Me by Sheena Easton
on Billboard Top 100 Of 1982


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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 October 2007
With a trip to the UK coming up, it seems it was time for a new camera. I hadn't thought about it, but according to my wife, I've purchased a new camera the last four times I've been to the UK. That's a cool trend. Anyway, I picked up the new camera tonight. The driving factor of this purchase was size. I simply needed a camera that could be snugged away in my pocket and easily transported. Since my phone doens't have a camera in it, and most camera phones suck anyway, the only real option was a new one. After a lot of research, some testing and some discussions, I settled on the Canon Powershot SD850 IS. It's a powerful little camera and tucks into a pocket quite easily. It should suit my needs.
After getting it home and charging the battery, I took this photo:
Coins. It's a closeup of some pirate coins I had laying about. I sell those coins through East Wind Games, so I guess the camera is now a business expense. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (11 October 2007)

Listening to:
Cold Glencoe by Rise
on Secret World of Celtic Rock

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 October 2007
Still playing with the new camera before heading over the pond. This is an early morning photo of a gnome that keeps one of our gardens safe. I grew up with these little guys in Germany, and my wife loves to have them around. I guess they'll just always be part of my life. I'm good with that. This one actually sits against our neighbours house watching out over our front lawn He's always a welcome sight.
The Gnome
Cheers.

~KR (12 October 2007)

Listening to:
Gun Through a Razor by Flaming Fire
on Songs From the Shining Temple

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
13th & 14th October, 2007
Took the pups to the “hotel” early morning, and predictably, Cormac couldn’t care less that I was standing there forlorn. He just wanted to get to his “hotel suite.” Berecyntia was a little less anxious this time, perhaps because the previous visit had been so recent. After leaving my precious cargo, I high-tailed it to DFW to wait in queue after queue after queue. Finally, I was through the ridiculous TSA lines and into the “sterile” area of the airport. I headed toward my gate, but being early, made a quick stop at the lovely Irish bar that was conveniently close by. It wasn’t too long ere Terrill joined me in a Guinness and some rugby watching. When time, we left for the gate where I sweet-talked an agent into changing my seat from a middle seat near the back of the plane to an aisle seat in an exit row; not first class, but then we were on a Super 80 where even first class isn’t really first class. A relatively quick three hours later we were in New York, Terrill & I, where we had but a short wait for Flight 100 to London. We did manage to secure a first class seat for the six and a half hour flight from JFK to LHR which is always lovely. A decent meal, good wine and a movie later, I tried to sleep, as I knew that arriving in London at 6:30 am on a Sunday morning was going to be very tiring. I tried, but was unsuccessful in sleeping more than a few minutes at a time for the entire trip. Consequently, when we arrived at LHR and got through the customs queues, we were completely knackered. But, trundle on we must, so we took the short shuttle ride to the Avis rent-a-car place and picked up our lovely little Peugeot and drove to the Holiday Inn in hopes that there would be rooms ready for us. Luckily, by 10 am there were. We both napped until about 3(ish) then went to a local pub called the King William IV for lunch and drinks. This is the King William IV:
King William IV.
Lovely. Not being satisfied, however, we located another place. And, because it’d be rude not to, we stopped in The Wheatsheaf. There we encountered a great group of locals and I managed to have my first Football disagreement on this trip. We still needed a good full dinner, though, so off to the Pheasant we went for food. In bed by 10, because our first day in the office was going to come early. Saturday & Sunday were one very long day, with one very short nap in the middle, therefore, it’s just one post.
Cheers.

~KR (13 & 14 October 2007)

Listening to:
Forever Lost by The Magic Numbers
on Magic Numbers
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
15 October, 2007
Oy! We arrived at the office and went rather immediately to work. A few hiccoughs delayed us a little bit, so we didn’t actually settle into the upgrading and loading of the devices until nearly lunchtime. At that time, as we settled into the task at hand we discovered that the bloody network was traipsing along at approximately 7k throughput. Compare that to a slow dial-up connection at 28.8k and you can see what we were up against. We left for lunch, eating at a place called the Wheatsheaf (different than the night before) with the hopes that the network would be better upon our return. It wasn’t. What was normally a 6-10 minute job for each device was taking hours. It was almost 6pm by the time our devices had been upgraded to the point we needed them to be. That should have been a very easy, very quick thing to do, but it wasn’t . We were exhausted. It was not the physical body exhaustion of the previous jet-lagged day, but a mental exhaustion borne of frustration. We went for drinks and dinner. Determined to visit the same places as seldom as possible, we headed off down the road to a recommended place called the Five Bells. Met a wonderful Springer Spaniel there named (sadly) Chelsea.
Chelsea is a Spaniel
He was aging, but very affectionate (especially when food was on the offering). Terrill & I reached our first major disagreement point of the trip upon encountering Chelsea. I bemoaned the fact that my extremely well-behaved dogs are not welcome in any restaurant or bar in Texas. He applauded that fact saying that he was perfectly happy when other people’s dogs were not present in places where food was prepared and consumed. We reached an agreement of sorts. I conceded that I understood his point of view, and he recanted enough to say that he wouldn’t mind it one whit of dogs were allowed in bars. In fact, he mentioned that in the Ice Houses of Houston, it was commonplace. Houston is more like London than many people realize. Houston and London are very, very unlike Dallas. After leaving the Five Bells, we returned to the Holiday Inn at Heathrow (never stay there, if you have another option) where we parked the car in the carpark and walked to the Three Magpies for a nightcap. The Three Magpies, while nice enough, is very much a traveller’s trendy bar. Filled with internationals of all flavour, it was just a little too yuppy for my taste. So, one beer and we were off. Time for bed. Morning comes early.
Cheers.

~KR (15 October 2007)

Listening to:
Choke by Neve Exhibit
on Horror of Amusement

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 October 2007
Another frustrating day at the office where multiple roadblocks had to be disassembled before any real work could get done. First, we were still faced with the massive challenge of network traffic crawling along at practically unusable rates. Second, we found out that due to a miscommunication on someone’s part (unknown who, really), the trainer was not available for us to train. So, we had to start doing some one-on-one bits with the folks that would be using the scanners. This is not a good solution, and I was frankly a little peeved. We did what we could and at 5 sharp, we left. We drove a few miles down the road to a place that had been recommended by www.beerintheevening.com as good quality. The Swan was indeed nice, but not what we were really looking for. Jane, the bartender, pointed us to some other options, so we had our ales and left. The next step was the Angler’s Retreat---a comfy country pub with what were pretty obviously regulars.
Angler's Retreat
We weren’t made to feel unwanted, but nor were we included. We drank our pint of ale and moved on. The next, recommended pub, was the George and Dragon, a Greene King pub, that was quite nice. We ate dinner here and had another pint…and for the first time since arriving, I had a pint of beer that I’d never had before. It wasn’t anything special I’m sorry to say. We were done and it was starting to rain so we pulled out the trusty Tom-Tom GPS (having now used this one for a few days, I don’t think it’ll be the Tom-Tom we get for Marita Beth (UPDATE: I arrived home from work last night to find that my Mother-in-Law had gotten one for us. It’s a Garmin and very nice – THANK YOU!). It just wasn’t very friendly to use in comparison to others) and plotted our way home. Which, typically, took us by another pub. This one, the Fox & Pheasant is another one that Beer In the Evening had recommended, and as Terrill would say, “It’d [have been] rude not to” so we stopped. This was a delightful pub and well worth the stop. Stella Artois apparently produces a Bock beer that was truly tasty. We also caught the second half of the England U-21s against Northern Ireland. Good match. When it was done, and our pints empty, we did head back to the hotel finally. More work tomorrow.
Cheers

~KR (16 October 2007)

Listening to:
Savannah Mama by Blind Willie McTell
on Pig 'N Whistle Red

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
17 October 2007
This day broke for me with the knowledge that that evening I was going to experience something I’ve wanted to experience for 20 years and never had been able. I was going to watch the England International Squad play in a do-or-die match while in an English Pub surrounded by a people who live and die by their football heroes. The day was interminably long. Once again, we couldn’t get our work done because of the network traffic, so after training a precious few folk, we headed back to the hotel so we could buy a ridiculously expensive, but blessedly fast, internet connection. Now, we could get some reports done and emails answered and generally catch up to where we should have been. We finished out the day there and waited for one of the folks at the office to come get us. We actually watched kick-off of this incredibly important match in the hotel lobby. A few minutes later, our ride got there and we headed off into the small village where we were to watch the match. We arrived at Ye Olde George to find that they weren’t showing the match (WHAT!?), but hell, it’d be rude not to, so we all had a pint each and a bag of crisps. Someone bought me a pint of Bombadier. Oh my, what a tasty bitter that was. We finished up, got in our vehicles and headed to another pub, the Golden Cross. We arrived at half-time. It seemed to be my lot…that is, to only see the second half of these games. Here, they were out of all the beers I’d never had, so the wonderful ol’ standby, Guinness came to the rescue. There I stood in The Golden Cross in England with an Irish Stout in my hands watching the Three Lions of England play the Bears of Russia.
The Golden Cross and Football
What an experience. It was, to me, exhilarating and worth the wait. Sadly, on the day, the boys didn’t do so well, and Russia came away the winners in a droll 2-1 match. Miracles must happen for England to qualify now for the Euro 2008.

After this wonderful event, Terrill & I were hungry and it was only 6:45pm or so. So, our ride kindly dropped us off at the (again) King William IV where we had a snack and a pint. We then walked over to the Crown (again) because Terrill really wanted me to meet this wonderful Indian lady that had treated him so well his previous trip. While there she treated us to a small tour of her facilities, including a trip downstairs to the tap room. She also drove home to us just how damaging the Third Runway for London Heathrow Airport was going to be to this community. If the Third Runway is approved (it is almost assured), then all of these little pubs and houses are going to be demolished for the sake of progress. I see both sides of the story, but it’s heartbreaking nonetheless. This wonderful person will have her dreams, her savings and her livelihood smashed into tiny shards. For what? To ease the congestion of the world’s busiest airport? That’s exactly what will happen. There will be no more Crown, there will be no more King William IV, there will be no more Holiday Inn (the latter, I must admit to not being overly upset about). They will all be part of a tax and revenue-yielding conglomerate that will make London even more cosmopolitan than it already is. From this rending story, we left and got some more food. This time, I yielded to Terrill’s overwhelming need for a curry. Never again. I ate some sort of shrimp thing that caused me an immense amount of heartburn and other discomfort all night and into the next day. I’ve tried Indian food again and again over the years. Never again. My hair stunk, my clothes stunk and I hurt. Indian food and I just don’t get along. That’s okay. There’s plenty of food out there I do like, and can eat without inordinate pain or discomfort. That’s important. After that meal, I was done. Back to the hotel and to sleep.
Cheers.

~KR (17 October 2007)

Listening to:
Stand on the Rock by Fleetwood Mac
on Behind The Mask

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 October 2007
Goodness. Is it possible for Indian food to hurt more the day after? Unequivocally I can tell you, yes! Oh, my. Never again, I say.
This was a much longer day at the office. We finally had a little bit of speed to the network. Our constant complaining had finally gotten some food into the hamsters that drive the wheels that run the network. They were running a little faster today, thank goodness. We trained some more people, and this time we were actually able to transmit data successfully and look at the results on the website. Hooray!
We worked later into the evening and never really managed a lunch break either, due to the sheer amount of work left in comparison to the amount we hadn’t been able to get done. We finally met with the trainer and trained him for an hour and a half. Not long enough, but it’ll have to do for now. We also trained a batch of other folk that seemed eager to be trained – how refreshing. Finally, closing in on 7:30 p.m., we departed. We drove only slightly out of the way and had dinner at a quaint place called The King’s Arms. Nice enough, but unremarkable, really.
Dieu Et Mon Droit
Off to the hotel for an early night. I was knackered and still in a bit of distress from that Indian food. Never again. Really.

~KR (18 October 2007)

Listening to:
Snow Falls in November by Julie Doiron
on Okkervil River

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
19 October 2007
Our final day in the office and still much to do…too much to do. It was, after all was said and done, a profitable day in the office. Terrill and I even managed an extended lunch break where we ran into Staines for a much-needed switch. Also, just prior to our leaving on that errand, I received an email from my wife requesting a trip to Mark & Spencer’s for my father. Fortuitous timing that, as an M&S was very near the computer store we had to go to for the switch. Terrill & I also located a JJB where we acquired some much-expected sporting souvenirs. An Arsenal flag for myself and a surprise for his boy. A good trip out, that. Then we stopped for lunch at a small pub there in Staines. Unfortunately, I was without my camera or notebook, and have no recollection of the name. It was nice enough. Back to work to finalize some training documents and make sure, one last time, that everything was working as needed. 4 o’clock came around early and Terrill returned to the small cave I’d holed up in to announce, “The big man wants a beer.” Therefore, off we went. I drove us back to the hotel while our companion for the evening followed. He had informed us early in the week that he wanted to take us out into the countryside for some real country ales and atmosphere. I’m so glad he did.
He took us to four pubs in this order:
The Royal Oak Public House, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6PE (see photo)
Royal Oak

The Parrot Inn, Forest Green, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5RZ
The Cricketers Arms, Stane St, Ockley, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5TP
The Rising Sun, The Street, Nutbourne, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2HE
Each of them was perfect in its own way. Whether it had a fantastic selection of beers, or people, or both; or perhaps it just exuded its own charm in fully measurable quantity and quality; maybe it was just the cold night air in Surrey, England that performed its magic on me. Whatever the reason, the event was special beyond measure. Terrill and our host got into heated and rambling debate after debate ranging from political ideals and ramifications to the value of NASCAR versus Formulae 1. It was very interesting to hear a Scotsman take my cause in so many of the debates that Terrill & I have had for years both political and sports-oriented. It was refreshing and validating at the same time. He, of course, didn’t take all my causes. I contineu to stand alone on quite a few. We stayed too long at the Cricketer’s Arms because of this valid and valuable discussion time, so we missed the last train back to town. But, our host’s lovely wife drove us back to Gatwick airport where we took a Taxi back to our hotel. It was lovely, refreshing, and overall a very grand evening. But tomorrow was going to be something special and I needed my sleep. It was, after all, nearly 2:30 am and we had an appointment in the morning. I packed quickly, knowing I wouldn’t likely have time on Saturday, called my wife and went to sleep. I slept fitfully being far too excited at what was to come.
Cheers.


~KR (19 October 2007)

Listening to:
Dreams by TV on the Radio
on Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
20 October 2007
Finally. A day I’ve awaited for many, many years, arrived. I was headed to a Live top-flight football match in England! Despite the late night and the forthcoming short night, I was awake and ready by 0800. Even knowing that our ride wouldn’t arrive to pick us up the hotel until near noon, I just couldn’t go back to sleep. What if I should sleep through my alarm and miss the day? The horror kept me awake. I went downstairs and had breakfast while watching some cricket on the telly in the lounge. Finally, (finally!), our ride showed up. The Saints trucking company had secured Terrill & I tickets to go watch my first live Premiership match. They had also arranged transportation to and from Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham Football Club. Goodness was I excited. We clambered aboard the shuttle and were greeted warmly by four youth (of middle to late teen years) and two gentlemen of years slightly surpassing ours. We chatted amiable, enjoying the drive through London to Fulham and Hammersmith. The youth behind me, two of which were Fulham supporters while the other two were fans of the Owls (the day’s opposing team) chattered on about the lineup and who should play and who should be benched; was Clint Dempsey really worth the money paid out by FFC to secure his services; was the new manager any better than the old; and so on and on. It was delightfully amiable and I was, somewhat surprisingly to our hosts, able to join the conversation with knowledge and thought. It felt good! Finally, we got to Craven Cottage. What a beautiful building. Constructed in the 1860s, it’s one of the oldest stadiums still in active service in England. It is looked upon and treated with respect by all who visit its grounds.
Our seats were in the home section of the grounds and elevated to afford an excellent view of the entire pitch and surrounding stands. Immediately to our right was the Thames river affording both a refreshing breeze and a beautiful vista.
Although the match ended in a rather disappointing 0-0 draw and the teams played with grim acceptance rather than any sort of determination, it was an exciting place to be. The atmosphere of a live Premiership match is something to experience rather than read about. No creating wrangling of words can reproduce that glorious, resounding experience. Here in the U.S. there are some that equate the Collegiate football experience to that that I witnessed at Craven Cottage. And perhaps, at some locations, that may be true. But, neither the single 1984 UT vs (someone) game that I went to nor the TCU vs (someone) game that I went to in the late 90’s could match that intensity and passion from the fans that I witnessed at Craven Cottage. Even though Fulham are prime candidates for relegation and were playing a considerably lesser team that are almost certain to drop back to the Championship at season-end, neither group of supporters gave up voice or hope through the entire 90+ minutes of game time. Passion.
Fulham FC and Me
Terrill took this photo of me with my camera just before the match started. Thanks, mate!
When the match was complete, we, Terrill & I decided to bid our hosts a very, very thankful farewell and strike out on our own in a section of London we’d not yet seen. First, a quick stop at the Souvenir shop to pick up a much-needed strip for myself, then off to locate a pub or five. We walked down the banks of the Thames for a short while, and then decided to turn inland. Sadly, my camera battery had decided it was time to quit (my only real complaint about my new camera was the severe lack of warning I got on the battery life. I managed only eight shots after I was first warned the battery life was going), so I got precious few photos of the remainder of the day. We located first a pub called the Crabtree. Had a refreshing pint then moved on. We were looking for someplace to camp for a few hours because at 2000 that evening, England were playing South Africa in the Rugby World Cup finals. All of England was Rugby mad, and in the photo, I’m wearing a supporter shirt for the boys of England. We finally located a Sports Bar called The Puzzle that looked inviting. We didn’t stay; there must have been 700 people packed in there watching the ManU vs Aston Villa game on gi-friggin-normous tellys. But, it was very, very loud and very, very trendy. Not our style not what we wanted. It is the first bar that Terrill & I have walked into together and immediately left. Rude or not, we didn’t want to stay. We walked a little further on and found an inviting place called The Distiller’s. They were showing the Rugby match upstairs. So, we each got a pint and waited for the upstairs to open. When it finally did, we went up to grab seats…too late. Already crowded, we nearly left; but we rationalized that any such place was going to be nearly as (or more so) busy. So, we slotted into the bar space and stayed put. What an amazing experience. The England v Russia football match on Wednesday was great, but England were playing poorly and the pub was quiet because of that. Not so tonight. The match was tight, the rugby was breathtakingly beautiful to watch, the tension was palpable. And, although the room was split along fan lines with England fans taking approximately 65% of the room, there was no animosity to be found. It was genteel, if boisterous (can those two go together?) crowd. A few spilt beers here and there, some genuine tears of frustration (or joy if you were a South Africa fan) and lots of camaraderie made for an absolutely unforgettable experience. If only my camera battery had held out. Finally, the day had to end. Terrill & took the tube back to Central Bus Station, then got a ride back to our hotel. We said our goodbyes and I was off to my room. I was leaving to return home in but a few short hours while he was off to Bern, Switzerland. A long hard week of work, interspersed with some truly memorable events was over. I was sad and excited to be headed home.
Cheers.

~KR (20 October 2007)

Listening to:
Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World by U2
on Achtung Baby

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
21 October 2007
The day I'd been looking forward to and dreading simultaneously was here. Terrill, an excellent, travel companion, rang me up to make sure I was awake at about 0445. I'm hoping he went back to sleep. I was so tired, I can't actually recall how I got to LHR, but I think it was by taxiservice. I checked in with the ticket agent, and asked her to make sure I was on the upgrade list, dropped my single bag of luggage and stumbled on. Got into the quick-moving, but very long security queue. Interestingly, I didn't have to mostly undress; I didn't even have to take off my shoes. After getting through that line, it was time for the (oh my gosh!) long walk to the gate. Finally, I arrived there, stopping once along the way to divest myself of the remaining coins in my pocket by purchasing a cup of Americano Coffee. Now, for the secondary queue. Finally, I got to the gate agent who verified my passport and ticket matched. She motioned me through into the waiting area, but before I left, I asked her what my upgrade options looked like. Apparently, the ticket agent had not entered me on the upgrade list, but this kind agent did so for me now. I wasn't in the waiting area for more than 2 minutes, before my name was called and I was issued a new seat assignment. Seat 1J was now mine, and I was suddenly very thankful and very tired. Minutes later we boarded and I took my seat in a newly-configured, beautiful 777. What a wonderful bird she was. Outside, the day was dawing pink & pretty, but I wasn't long for the world. I had two pictures left in the life of my battery, I took them and sat back to relax.
Early Morning at Heathrow
I'm not sure we were in the air three minutes ere I was asleep. With about two hours to arrival in ORD, I woke. The wonderful flight attendant brought me a delicious (radish-topped) lunch and I watched a movie. A decent end to a trip, if only it were the end. One of the worst things about flying for work is the class of ticket available. Yes, I do get lucky sometimes and get first class, bt more often than not, there are no employee class tickets available so, I have to fly standby. That happened in ORD. I rolled across three flights, but Chicago being what it is, it's a little easier. I bought a beer and walked to my gate. When my gate changed, I moved to another gate and, if need be, bought another beer along the way. Finally, I did board and was landing in DFW before 1700 on Sunday evening. A long day, but made better when I went and picked up my pups. The only downside was that MB wouldn't be home until the next day. Ah, yes, the joy of the working class couple and their travel schedules.
Cheers.

~KR (21 October 2007)

Listening to:
Calling Dr. Love by Kiss
on Alive II (Disc One)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 October 2007
Ahh, back to the familar, if droll, life of an airline employee in Ft. Worth, Texas. I love to travel. I also love to come home. This is an interior shot of my local poolhall that has, I maintain still, one of the best bartenders I've ever seen. On slow days, like this Monday, Trista and I will engage and amuse ourselves with a bit of pool.
Rob's Billiards
She's quite good. I sometimes get lucky, but more often than not, she takes me to task.
Cheers.

~KR (22 October 2007)

Listening to:
It Might as Well Rain Until September
by Carole King
on Natural Woman: The Very Best of Carole King
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 October 2007
It's Tuesday and you know what that means by now. Dollar pint night and trivia at No Frill's Grill. Brett called me as I was driving home to query whether we would be there or not. It was, I suppose, never really in question. But, I'd just returned from a week long trip and was pretty tired, and Marita Beth has decided to get back into her weekly Tuesday night dance class. So, we went a little early for sustenance. I hung around and played trivia with Brett & Jill until 9:30 or so, then I, too, left. I was tired. During the entire day, though, I took only 2 photos. One too blurry to publish and this one:
Budweiser, meet Shiner.
The Budweiser neon sign reflected in the swirly head of my Shiner Bock. I'm not sure if Budweiser has enough body to reflect a Shiner sign.
Cheers.

~KR (23 October 2007)

Listening to:
Heart of Glass by Daniel Lindenberg

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
24 October 2007
Hump day. I woke up pretty early today. I suppose the result of late nights and early mornings for a week while in London. I'm not sure whether I like it or not. But, while my dear wife slumbered in her bed, I got the coffee made, fed the pets and took some photos. Marita Beth & Kelly (over at A Wee Bit of JeLLy) have always taken great "nature" shots. Partly because of the excellent macro settings on their camera. Now, I have a camera with a macro setting, too. I'm enjoying it.
Flower?
This is a flower of some sort. Marita Beth gets beautiful arrangements of flowers from John at both TRF & Bristol, so each week, we have these wonderful flowers in the house. On Wednesday, this one was in full bloom, and I liked the potential, so I grabbed a few close-ups.
Cheers.

~KR (24 October 2007)

Listening to:
One Way or Another by Yellow Scab

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
25 October 2007
I'm not prone to posting photos of our cat very often. There's many a reason for that, but suffice it to say that the cat and I are not necessarily the chummiest of pals. But, she's terribly cute sometimes. This evening I got home from my work-a-day life and found the cat curled up on my pillow. Since I'm allergic to cats, Marita Beth tries very hard to cover my pillow with other pillows or, in this case, stuffed animals. That way Artemis can't sleep directly on the pillow I have to rest my head on. Most days it works, but this time, Artemis snuggled down in between the stuffed sheep and the stuffed Border Collie that we had picked up in Scotland recently. It makes a cute photo.
Sheep, Cat & Dog
I tried to take more, but the flash woke her and she scampered off. As I said, not the chummiest of pals are we.
Cheers.

~KR (25 October 2007)

Listening to
Tempted by Richard Thompson
on 1000 Years of Popular Music

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
26 October 2007
Marita Beth wrote recently that we don't get much fog in our area. She's completely right. Perhaps half a dozen times a year do we see fog, and of those, maybe one is truly dense, pervasive fog. It just doesn't happen very often. So, when it does, it's kind of special. I love the serenity that seems to accompany a foggy morning. So, this morning as I was driving through the Arlington Bottoms on my way to work, I resolved to capture a bit of that serenity on "film." I tried to do it from a moving car, but that wasn't working. So, finally, I pulled over, put my hazards on and took a couple of photos. I like this one the better of the two
Foggy Dew
but, I'm ultimately disappointed. I guess you really can't capture emotion on film. How sad.
Cheers.

~KR (26 October 2007)

Listening to:
Blonde Women by Marlene Dietrich
on Cocktail Hour Disc 1

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
27 October 2007
My good friend Joseph came to Texas on Friday night. That meant that Saturday was full of companionship, beer & walking. Lots of walking. Since Marita Beth's shop is near the middle of the faire grounds, and Kelly's shop is near the front of the festival, there was much traveling between the two. This is Kelly's shop.
Excalibur Leather #202
Well, actually, it's Ken's shop, but Kelly is the clockworks that makes it tick so smoothly. Excalibur Leather is full of fine quality goods from a fine man, and run by an exceptional young lady.
Cheers.

~KR (27 October 2007)

Listening to:
We Built This City by Starship
on Platinum & Gold Collection

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
28 October 2007
It was a very long day, but I think it was mostly due to the fact that I had a very long drive home still in front of me for that evening. The fact that every Sunday night after a long day of walking around drinking beer and eating fatty foods there remains a nearly 5 hour drive home, really wears one out. Luckily, Joseph was in new boots so wasn't quite as interested as normal in constant walking (thank goodness, my feet still were swollen and hurting from the previous days walking). So, we sat a bit, we talked a bit, we visited with a lot of people. It was, all in all, a very enjoyable day. Joseph got wrapped up in a conversation with some folks I didn't know, so I wandered off. Just about the time the nightly fireworks were starting. So, I headed up there, set my camera on Fireworks Mode and started taking photos. At one point, a "witch" walked in front of the camera giving me this lovely shot:
Fireworks
I love the way my little camera handles fireworks. Nearly all the photos I took were pretty darned decent.
Cheers.

~KR (28 October 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
29 October 2007
Another bout of fog descended on Arlington on this Monday morning. But, only in certain areas. The bottoms certainly had their fair share of it, being essentially wetlands. This was a bank of fog that was suspended over a fork of the Trinity River that runs through the bottoms.
The Wall of Fog
It was just as thick driving into it as it appears. Quite interesting really.
Cheers

~KR (29 October 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
30 October 2007
This is perhaps not the most amazing photo I've taken this year, but nonetheless, I do quite like it. I am appreciating having a macro setting on my camera. It's allowing a style of photography that prior to this camera required a bit of setup and a whole lot of effort.
Floral
This is, again, one of Marita Beth's flower arrangements after returning home from TRF. John, or his arranger, puts together some really pretty sprays for Marita Beth.
Cheers.

~KR (30 October 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
1 November 2007
My boss decided early in the day that he wanted to take me to lunch for a natal day celebration. I always take my birthday off as a matter of course, so he chose the day after. Who am I to say no to a free lunch? I called Marita Beth & she came up and joined us at Abuelo's for a quick bite to eat. She had her lunch and went shopping to finalize some fabric picking. I had lunch and went back to work. But, on the way back to the car, I snapped a photo of this excellent gentleman.
Statue at Abuelo's
i don't know who he is, but I presume he's Señor Abuelo and it's his restaurant in which we just ate. Whoever he is, his fantastic mustachioed profile just needed a photograph.
Cheers.

~KR (1 November 2007)

Listening to:
Baby Come to Me by Patti Austin & James Ingram
on Billboard Top 100 of 1983

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
2 November 2007
Friday. And during this time of the year, that means a trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival to prepare for the next days of hard work. Upon arrival, MB set to work, while I took my new camera out and toyed with some settings. I like the way this shot came out
TRF by Night
It's a little blurry, but it shows the nighttime vista that our next door neighbour has spent so much time and money cultivating. It's very nice.
Cheers.

~KR (2 Novemeber 2007)

Not listening to anything at the moment

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
3 November 2007
A beautiful day. A little warm, but beautiful nonetheless. I was awakened by the canon - the signal for the faire to start its day - and took my sweet time getting dressed. I wasn't working this day, so it didn't really matter when (or if) I dressed for a day at faire. Eventually I did, and wandered toward Excalibur to find that Joseph was working. Apparently, they were short-manned, so Joseph stepped up and helped out. While there, I had him help me (ok, he did ALL the work) get my spurs attached. As we (he) were working on this, Kara showed up. What a pleasant surprise that was. So, since Joseph was working, I went out and about with Kara. At some point, I lost her, I'm not really sure how. But, Lala was there to keep me company. How's that? Switching one beautiful companion for another. Hooray. I hung out with Lala the remainder of the day, making runs back and forth to the Odeon stage where she was playing poster-girl for Sound & Fury (an amazingly funny act!). During one of these visits, Arsene (an exceptional Parisian clown) commandeered her for the show. Oops, I hadn't planned on that, I was nealry out of beer. So, I went and stood in the long line for a couple of Shiner Bocks. While there, my shadow came out to play. This is him:
Me and My Shadow.
He's wearing a seriously wonderful chapeau from Lion Heart Hats at Scarborough Faire adorned with natural feathers from Excalibur; a chemise purchased some 16 or 17 years ago at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival; a "brain-fart" doublet from Pendragon Costumes; a tight, but great looking pair of slashed trewes from Kelly at Wasited Efforts and a pair of dun-coloured tall boots from a company I shan't sully my blog with naming (although I love the boots, the newly-discovered business practices make me very unhappy). In the shadow's hand are a mug from Wondrous Works in Wood and a camera by Canon. He's a well-outfiitted chap, my shadow.
Cheers.

~KR (3 November 2007)

Sitting in a bar in MIA waiting for a ride

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 September 2007
Sunday at faire. Sometimes they're good days, sometimes they're bad. This one was good. It went exceptionally fast and was great fun. I got to spend time, in alternating frequencies, with Lala, Christoph (the Insultor), Iris & Rose, Irish and Carrie, Larry, Denise & Allyson and when I went by the shop, my wife. On one trip to the shop, Iris took her brand new puppy with her so that Marita Beth could meet her. She's a beautiful Husky/Wolf mix. She'll be a wonderful handful cum companion for Iris in a few years. This is Marita Beth holding АЛЯСКА in the Pendragon Costume shop:
АЛЯСКА & my Wife
A more charming photo you'll be hard-pressed to find.
Cheers.

~KR (4 November 2007)

Listening to:
Milk & Honey by Beck
on Midnite Vultures

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
5 November 2007
Palm Tree
What would any trip to Miami be without a picture of a Palm Tree. We're staying at a different hotel this time around, and just outside the backdoor is a beautiful, if small, lake. Ringing the lake is, like pretty much every like in Miami, a series of Palm Trees. Now, I'm not much into the tropics. I'm not a water- or a sun-baby, so I don't get the fascination of Southern Florida. But, like Terrill says, "how can you not like palm trees? Palm trees are good for the soul." I agree. I just think they're pretty trees.
Cheers.

~KR (5 November 2007)

Listening to:
Little Star by Madonna
on Ray Of Light

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
6 November 2007
Like I said in my last post, what's a trip to Miami without a photo of a palm tree. Right? So, here's Palm Tree Deux.
Palm Tree Sunset
The work we do is by no means glorious, glamorous or high-paying. But, sometimes, just sometimes, it's rewarded by moments like this. The sunsets in Miami can be just spectacular and when you couple those fleeting bits of time with the "good for the soul" palmtree, you get rare, and wonderful, moments. I'm only sorry Marita Beth couldn't be there to share it with me. Not that I'd ever really want to take her to Miami. The people there are mad, as in crazy-mad. I'm not sure I'd be happy with her trying to drive through the insanity that is Miami traffic while I'm at work in a terminal somewhere. She's a fantastic driver in and of herself. But I'm relatively sure that no one who lives in Miami is a sane driver. And that hypothesis is based on experience.
Cheers.

~KR (6 November 2007)

Listening to:
Hear our Prayer by Patrick O'Hearn
on Eldorado

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
7 November 2007
Three days into Miami and I just want to go home. It's hot, humid and I desperately miss Marita Beth (and my dogs). Have I mentioned that the work we do is not very glamorous? Yeah. This is a photo of the hallway at the Marriott SpringHill Suites where we stayed this time. That's how exciting and wonderful my day was. This was the highlight.
Marriott Hallway.
Actually, that's not true. I'm just being a little cynical. I did attend the President's Conference today which allowed me to see first hand, just how much smarter the CEO of my company is than the average union-brainwashed employee. That was fun. And, the MD of the area took us to dinner at the Catch of the Day. Sea Bass, yummy! Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the boot of Lou's hired car so was unable to take photos of those, the real highlights of the day.
Cheers.

~KR (7 November 2007)

Listening to:
The Tea by The Mudville Project
on Portico

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
8 November 2007
The week in MIA is over and I've arrived safely home. Terrill had parked at the airport so he got me back to South Arlington sparing my wife the drive and me the wait. I had originally planned to fly from MIA back to IAH for another weekend at faire, but the MIA trip wrapped up early, if not completely successfully, and we headed back to DFW. On some levels I expect Marita Beth was releaved to not have to drive back to IAH on Friday night; but I suspect she'd have rather that than me not going to TRF for the weekend.
In South Arlington, I retrieved my car from Firestone and headed to get a beer with Terrill & MB at our favourite local, No Frills Grill. After that we headed home for some decompression, but made a much-needed stop at the petrol shop.
Here's the sign above the pump I was using.
#7 Pump
Brilliant, eh?
Cheers.

~KR (8 November 2007)

Watching Birmingham v Aston Villa
Current score: 1 - 2 at 93:37

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
9 November 2007
A day at the office. A rather rare thing these days; but consequently a day at the office means a day of catch-up and preparation. No photos during the day. When I left work, I headed straight home to see Marita Beth before she took off for the Texas Renaissance Festival. Since I'd just spent a week in Miami, and was soon to go out of town again, I chose a decompress weekend. So, I went home and hugged on my wife until she had to leave. She leaves later than I would if it were my choice to make, but she doens't have the same fear of striking a deer during a nighttime drive n the backwoods of Southeast Texas that I do. I hope she never learns the fear that comes from having struck way too many deer during nighttime drives. After she was safely on the road, I went to NFG to meet with Terrill who was kindly saving me a seat. It was just beer and burger time, and we weren't there long. But, I was there without my camera.
When I got home, I realized that I had left candles burning in my absence. My wife is a gardner, preferring candles to other forms of gardening which she also does with a great measure of skill. But, because of that, there is almost always a candle or two burning in the house. Normally I remember this, but a week outside the norm and you forget things. So, I came home to a candle burning. Instead of snuffing it as I would otherwise do, I took the opportunity to make my photo of the day:
Flame.
This candle is by Designs in Wax. They are, in my opinion, some of the very best candles you can buy. They last for an inordinately long time and the aroma is simply stunning. Joe and his wife handmake these candles year around, and at least once a year we try to stock up. You can get them at the Texas Renaissance Festival and Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX. I epxect they're available elsewhere, too, but I know you can pick them up at these places.
Cheers.

~KR (9 November 2007)

Watching:
Manchester United v Blackburn
Score: 1 - 0 at 33:19
(Come on you Rovers!)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
10 November 2007
I took other photos on the 10th, but I'm using this one because it beggars me. I don't understand. We are in the midst of one of the worst fuel crises in modern history (not the worst, mind you, when adjusted for inflation) and yet our nation's gluttonous population insists on driving vehicles that are notoriously poor on gas mileage. I drive a small Mitsubishi because I have no reason to drive anything larger. In this photo we see three vehicles, all of which are larger than a)mine and b)their occupancy requirements:
Queued Vehicles
All three of these vehicles had one occupant (visible - if someone was ducking out of view, certainly I wouldn't have noticed); the driver. I respect others need for larger vehicles. Large families, the working class (labourers, farmers &c.) and haulers need the larger vehicle. My wife drives a hugely ineffecient gas guzzler because she needs to. She needs the space to haul product back and forth across the state (and nation at times). She needs the heavy-duty tow package because she pulls around a trailer that that is longer and taller than her Yukon. There wasn't a tow package on any of the vehicles in front of me. All of them were squeaky clean on the exterior which leads me to beleive that they don't travel off-road very often, if at all, which means they probably weren't working-class vehicles. Going back to a previous statement, all of them had one occupant so I can make the leap that they weren't for large families (although that is a leap, I have no evidence one way or another). So, I have to ask again, why? Why do we continue to line the pockets of big oil and foreign nations by driving unncecessarily large and inefficient vehicles when other choices are available?
Cheers.

~KR (10 November 2007)

Watching:
Manchester United v Blackburn (down to 10 men)
Score: 2 - 0 at 78:23
(Come on you Rovers!)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
11 November 2007
Ah, a week away and I'm behind again. This post, written on 19 November, belongs to 11 November. A photo of a fine wine rack. The rack was found and purchased on eBay for pennies some years back. It's recently been, once again, filled to capacity by some Gewurtzaminer by Fredricksburg Winery.
Wine Rack
On the wall behind the rack you can make out the Cry of the Clan MacRalph and the slogan for East Wind Games: Ludo Ergo Sum (I play, therefore I am).
Cheers.

~KR (11 November 2007)

Listening to:
Victor, Fly Me to Stafford by My Little Aiport
the ok thing to do on sunday afternoon is to toddle in the zoo

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 November 2007
I spent the day travelling from mid-US to west-US, and despite gaining two hours in the transit, it still wiped me out. I had a quick bite to eat at a lovely little Italian restaurant called Cecilia's, then settled in for a quick night-time read. Even though my bookclub is currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera I just couldn't bring myself to take the book on the trip. It's actually a surpassingly well-written book. However, at nearly 100 pages in, I'd still to discern a plot, so I've set it aside. I'll finish it someday, I suppose. But having grown up in a time when fiction meant a plot that moves the reader along, I was struggling to enjoy it. So, I brought with me a non-fiction book: Up Pompey!
Up Pompey!
Up Pompey is a fantastic book where "a clueless American sportswriter bumbles through English football," although I believe that Chuck Culpepper is not quite so clueless as he might lead some to believe. I can't quite figure out, and I'm not through reading it yet, whether he's writing to an English audience and trying to prove the validity of "their sport" vs the inanity of "our" sport; or is he writing to an American audience and struggling to point out the superiority of football to American-football. Either way, and I believe however you feel about Associated Football vs American Football, the book is very well written and immensely enjoyable. I shall loan it to Terrill when he's done and look forward to the "Delusional Rant" that will be forthcoming. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (12 November 2007)

Listening to:
Kirstie's by Millish
on Millish
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
13 November 2007
After a very long day in which I trained a bunch of people, took a break, trained a bunch of people, ate lunch, trained a bunch of people, took a break and trained a bunch of people, I was tired and hungry. The In-And-Out burger just didn't hold me over and I really wanted a beer.
The previous night while out, I had spied a promising looking restaurant just down from my hotel, so off I went, not even bothering to stop and change clothes. The restaurant was called The Hungry Hunter and apparently has been serving the city of South San Francisco (The Industrial City) for some forty years.
Hungry Hunter
I walked into an immense (45 minutes or more) waiting list, so went on into the bar to wait. Luckily, they serve food in the bar, too. I got myself a simple lager called, appropriately enough, The Hunter, and tucked into the menu. The Hungry Hunter? Since when does one hunt cow? That's pretty much the menu. Cow of various types, shapes & sizes. But, that's ok. I like cow. I ordered a blued strip, ceaser salad, mashed potatoes and rice pilaf. Decent, but by no means write-home-about (but apparently good enough to write-in-a-blog-about). Then it was back to the hotel for, hopefully, a better night's sleep the previous one.
Cheers.

~KR (13 November 2007)

Listening to:
She by Kiss
on Dressed To Kill

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 November 2007
Back in 2002, Terrill & I did a whirlwind tour of the Cargo facilities in our system, visiting 12 cities in 9 weeks. One of those stops was San Francisco/San Jose where we spent a week. During one of our nights out we located a fantastic pub called The Prince of Wales. Sadly, I wasn't keeping a journal nor carrying a ubiquitous photo-taker with me, so have no record of it as it was. In January of this year, it ceased being as it was and has become The Swingin Door having been sold. The Prince of Wales had at one time been The Swingin Door as that's the name the bar had opened with back in 1955. Apparently it was a swingin' joint in its heyday and was frequented by many a famous personality. It would seem the new owner would like to recapture some of that original mojo.
Swingin' Door
Personally, I preferred The Prince of Wales the way it was, but certainly if I lived in the area I'd happily return to The Swingin' Door for a pint or two and an award-winning hamburger.
Cheers.

~KR (14 November 2007)

Listening to:
Fjarskanistan by Amina
on Animamina

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
15 November 2007
Thursday and my last full day in San Francisco. I finished up at the office a tad early and went to a local place called the Elephant Bar for dinner. Before walking in, however, I walked over to the bayside and snapped quite a few pictures of planes landing and taking off from San Francisco International Airport. The light was fading so the quality isn't quite what I'd like, and the telephoto on my little camera doesn't have quite the oomph I might like, but still the photos aren't so bad. Here's one:
Inbound Plane. I even managed to get some of the "mountains" and a sunset. Anyway, the Elephant Bar was overpriced and the beer taps weren't working, so I left. I'd spotted earlier in the week a place called Finn McCool's so I plugged that into the handy Garmin GPS device that I got with the rental car (a sleek Pontiac G6 GT) and went there. They didn't serve food. I had a few beers, stopped at the In-and-Out (again) and went back to the hotel. I had an early flight out. Sometime in the dead of night, I started feeling uncomfortable and by about 3am or so was full-on sick. I slept fitfully the remainder of the night until my 5:30 wake-up call. I blame Paul and Laura for making me sick. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (15 November 2007)

Listening to:
Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
on Billboard Top 100 of 1991

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
I'm back home and I'm sick. Oh so sick.
I managed a first class seat on the San Francisco - Los Angeles leg of the flight. Bliss. Being in first class enabled me to get to the toilet prior to throwing up. Did I mention I was sick?
The flight was short, too short; I couldn't quite catch a nap. But, it was longer than intended after we sat on the tarmac for a while waiting for a plane to vacate our gate. Eventually we got shuffled to a new gate but not before myself and six fellow passengers had missed the connecting flight. Have I mentioned how sick I was? The last thing I wanted was to spend the day, sick, in the Los Angeles airport because there was no E-class available to get me home. One of the few things I really detest about flying on business is the inability of my company (an airline) to guarantee I can get home - even when flying on company business. Luckily a very sweet gate agent was able to locate management with the appropriate authority to book me an E-class seat on the next flight to DFW. So, I only wasted a couple of hours in LAX when it could have been much, much worse.
As poorly as I felt all day, I didn't even think about my camera until I was in my own car, in my own state on my way home. I did take a photo; this one in fact:
Green Light & Cloudbreak
I was just thankful to be home. I'd been intending to go to TRF with MB, but I just couldn't do it. I couldn't bring myself to go down there. So, I got home in time to kiss my wife good-bye and go to sleep. Fitful, uncomfortable sleep, but at least it was in my own bed.
Cheers.

~KR (16 November 2007)

Watching:
Blackburn vs Aston Villa
0 - 1 at Halftime

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
17 November 2007
Sick. Oh so sick. Paul and Laura were sick and I believe even Ben was sick. Marita Beth had been sickish with a pretty nasty cold-like thing. Kelly & Joseph had both been sick. But, I'd been in San Francisco and not near any of them. Still I got sick. Suck. On this Saturday, I should have been at TRF with my wife, but instead, I was at home alternating between sitting in the living room trying to catch up on some football (the good, English kind) and visiting the water closet. Guess which one I preferred? At one point, Terrill called and asked me to join he and his kid at No Frills Grill. For some reason, a temporary bout of insanity perhaps, I agreed and went out to join them. I wasn't out long and certainly didn't drink or eat my norm. By the time I got home I was pretty knackered and just wanted a sleep. But, first, a photo:
Lamp Reflecting Lamp
This is the pretty lamp globe made by our friend, Shannon, as reflected in the hurricane globe on the lamp next to it.
Cheers.

~KR (17 November 2007)

Watching:
Blackburn vs Aston Villa
0 - 2 at 58 minutes

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 November 2007
Feeling better. Not good by any stretch, but better. Enough better in fact to go outside and take this photo:
On Which We Tread
The photo assignment for that week was "On Which We Tread" which I think is a darned clever way to get all of us to take a moment and looksee what we're walking on. I can tell you, I rarely look down to see what's at my feet. Perhaps it's because I can't really see my feet if I look down right now...but that's fixable.
Also, it's an interesting look at what we call "Fall" here in North Texas. Yep, brown leaves on green grass. One day all those leaves were on the oak tree overhead; the next day they were strewn upon my lawn having turned brown and fallen overnight. Yep, fall in Texas. It goes by very quick.
Cheers.

~KR (18 November 2007)

Listening to:
Don't Know Why (You Stay) by The Essex Green
on Cannibal Sea

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
19 November 2007
Marita Beth is home, and I'm feeling damn near human again. I even went to work then went out with the boys after work for quick drink & a game of pool. Again, I didn't drink much, just enough to say I had; I just wasn't up to it.
But, MB brought home with her yet another beautiful flower arrangement from John Myers. This is one of the flowers that was included in the spray. I love the orange.
Ubiquitous Flower Photo
Cheers.

~KR (18 November 2007)

Listening to:
Let Your Troubles Roll By by Carbon Leaf
on Indian Summer

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
20 November 2007
I have in my possession a great many hats. Most of them are single-purpose event-specific type of hat. This one is cross-purpose existing to please both the modern sensibility and that of the elegant gentlemen from the early 20th century. It's a beautiful black felted fedora with a touch of feathery colour to the side.
Fedora Feather
I love this hat. I bought it specifically to go with a zoot suit I had acquired for a Fractured Fairy Tales party I was hosting; but I have since worn it on many on occasion just because it's a damn fine hat.
Cheers.

~KR (20 November 2007)

Listening to:
Leaving Nancy by Dubliners
on 25 Years of Celebration

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
21 November 2007
Shit.
No photo.
Move along.
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
22 November 2007
In my life there are few things I'm more proud of than my Scottish heritage. I must get that from my parents because this is a picture of an item that has been a constant in my 40 years of life.
Caruthers - Sept of Bruce
This crest has hung high & proud on the wall of my parent's demesne for the entire memory of my life. Caruthers Sept-of Bruce. We are the Caruthers a Sept of the immensely proud Bruce Clan.
And this year, for the first in far too many, my four-person family and my wife (making the family five in total) are together for a joyous familial Thanksgiving. Fabulous.
Cheers.

~KR (22 November 2007)

Listening to:
Crystal Silence by Gary Burton & Chick Corea
on Crystal Silence

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 November 2007
Cold, but not so cold I couldn't have a good time. Marita Beth got me up early enough that I could get some work done before donning several layers of clothing and joining Joseph for a bit of faire-carousing. I took a batch of photos during the day, but it's this night time shot I like the best:
TRF Fireworks
To accomplish this, I crawled over a fence and squatted down in the weeds behind a wooden, fully operational, water wheel. From that low vantage I could get the exploding fireworks behind the silhouette of the wheel & weeds.
Cheers.

~KR (23 November 2007)

Listening to:
Gypsy Bardic Tinker People by Heather Alexander
on A Gypsy's Home: Songs of the Roving Life

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
24 November 2007
Today I'm cold. Too cold in fact to have much fun. We tried, though, we really did. It rained on us pretty much all day and never got much over the freezing point temperature-wise. Miserable. To top that off, a bunch of friends from various parts of the country had made the trip for final weekend, too. I missed them all, as I was constantly on the move in search of a warm spot. The overall day's misery prompted the decision to leave the festival grounds for a Saturday night dinner in many a year. We simply needed somplace warm & dry to sit and thaw. So we went into Magnolia to some small(ish) Tex-Mex restaurant that Marita Beth likes. I like their margaritas even though they are a bit on the expensive side. We got there well after most of our friends, but they had saved seats. So, we took them at one end of the table with a bunch of folks we didn't know. That's ok. They were nice. This is Justin:
Justin Talks
He talks with his hands. A lot.
Cheers.

~KR (24 November 2007)

Listening to:
Country Girl Medley: Whiskey Boot Hill / Down, Down, Down / "Country Girl" (I Think You're Pretty) by
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
on Déjà Vu

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
25 November 2007
Sunday, the final day of the 2007 Texas Renaissance Festival. And cold. I actually worked a great deal this morning from the comfort of the bed above the shoppe snuggled under an electric blanket. Sometime around 3pm I struggled out from under it and into a pile of Renaissance clothing so I could stumble about the festival in search of friends and family that I wouldn't see again until next year. After a bit of walking about, I settled into the Prince of Wales Pub for the last pubsing of the year, some quality time with my dear friends Iris & Rose, and a pint (or two). This is Iris & Rose as they step on stage for their final show of the season:
Iris & Rose at the Prince of Wales
Normally, their show is exterior and takes place at the Sea Devil Tavern. Normally they have more than 6 people at their show. But, at the final show of the final day on the last weekend of TRF, it was just too freakin' cold for people to stick around. So, they were allowed indoors, out of the rain, out of the cold and into the smoke. I love the Prince of Wales Pub except for that last bit.
Cheers.

~KR (25 November 2007)

Listening to:
Night Rider's Lament by Garth Brooks
on The Chase

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
26 November 2007
I worked from the relative comfort of the bed while Marita Beth & her workers (thanks everyone) packed up the booth. By 6 pm, after a long hard day with no breaks for the workers, she was done and we left. TRF was over for another year. The three day weekend starting the Friday after Thanksgiving was deemed a success and forevermore TRF will end on a three day weekend. As a mercenary money-coveting merchant, it entices and intrigues me. As a human, with a family and a life outside of faire, it pisses me off. But, when you sign the contract with a festival, they pretty much have you by the bollocks. You play their game by their rules, or you don't play. I guess we're playing.
On the way home, we drive through Anderson, TX. I've taken many a photo there over time, but never of a particular house. The house, Marita Beth covered in her photos. While she was doing that, I was taking photos of a simply stunning sunset. Sadly, the car was idling and the photos are all a bit shaky. But, I like this one:
Stop Sign Silhouette.
Cheers.

~KR (26 November 2007)

Listening to:
Bad Man's Blunder by Kingston Trio
from Very Best of the Kingston Trio

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
27 November 2007
November rapidly closing to an end. TRF has ended and Dickens is just around the corner. Dickens is the start of a very busy holiday season. We save all year for it and enjoy the bejeezus outta it. This year, Marita Beth has crafted for herself a new dress. For years, she's bemoaned the fact that she has only ever had time to sew for others. This year she made that time to sew for herself. In so doing, she commissioned also, a new outfit for me. Here you see the new waistcoat (the checked) and the new frock (the orange) as they lay folded on her table.
Newly Delivered
I was half-afraid to take a peek, but I did. I love it.
Cheers.

~KR (27 November 2007)

Listening to:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by ACDC
on Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
28 November 2007
Any who read this thing know that I have a passion about beer. Some of my friends even refer to me as a beer-snob. I'm not nearly so picky as that, but most definitely know what I like. Guinness could very possibly be called my first true love. My dear friend Ginger knows that. She got this beautiful print for me which my darling wife then had exquisitely framed for me.
Signs of Love
What's more, it's framed in such a way as to travel-worthy. Hooray, beer!
Cheers.

~KR (28 November 2007)

Listening to:
Everywhere by Tim McGraw
on Everywhere

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
29 November 2007
The day before Dickens on the Strand. A traditional day off for me as we generally try to get to Galveston on Thursday night so as to make Friday a wee bit less stressful. This Thursday MB had quite a few errands for me, and I had a couple for myself so off I went. One of our primary concerns, rightfully so, was to get the car cleaned. When we get to Galveston we hand it over to a valet and didn't really want to do that with 8 weeks of the gross TRF red mud built up on it. So, while filling up with gas I decided, what the heck let's kill this bird. So, I purchased a car wash with the full tank of gas (goodness, that's expensive!) and drove through. I had my camera so I snapped a dozen or so photos of the varied-hue soap, and the brushes and so on. Quite amusing actually.
Orange Brushes
After that I ran to Sargeant's to get a pair of pants that they didn't have. So, I drove to the stockyards in cowtown to check the one store I was pretty sure would have what I needed. They didn't either. But, luckily, MB had located a pair online and had them shipped to the Tremont House in Galveston. Then, finally, time for the drive. We arrived at the Tremont House near midnight to find that through a series of miscommunications they didn't have our reservation. Bugger all. 'Salright though, we figured it out and got a decent night's sleep.
Cheers.

~KR (29 November 2007)

Listening to:
Every Woman in the World by Air Supply
on Air Supply - Greatest Hits

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
30 December 2007
Well we go the room thing all sussed out, and Marita Beth and I moved into the new (but proper) room around 1ish. Thanks to Erin at the front desk & Sharon the maid (who were, by the way, the only competent hotel employees I met all weekend), the whole thing was accomplished relatively painlessly. We got moved in and set up just in time for me to get downstairs and set up the music for the Gingerbread Ball. Setup was also very painless this year thanks to so many people giving so much of themselves to help out. In fact, Jim & I managed to get to hotel bar and order a couple of drinks before it was time to change for the event. When I got back to the room, Marita Beth was dressing Dana having already setup the room. I snapped some photos, but I'm not going to publish a photo of Dana in her underwear. Instead you get this:
Table Decorations.
I could post photos of the ball itself, but Clay will have taken many more and better quality photos than I. So, out with them, Clay! Schnell!
Cheers.

~KR (30 November 2007)

Listening to:
I Can See Clearly Now by Neil Finn
from Unknown

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
1 December 2007
One of the highlights of the year is the gathering of Y.E.S. and associates at the Gingerbread Ball. It kicks off the Dickens on the Strand event in Galveston with beauty and appropriate fun. Waltzing, Polkas & figure dances are made astonishingly beautiful by the folk who so proudly adorn the clothing of the era. In the foreground of this photo we see the delightful Ginger (the organiser behind the Gingerbread Ball) dancing with someone. In the background is Missy (again dancing with someone).
The Ball
Being one of the final dances of the evening (and very early on the 1st of December), the floor is not as crowded as it is through most of the evening. A grand time, a great time, I look forward to many more years of the Gingerbread Ball and Dickens on the Strand.
Cheers.

~KR (1 December 2007)

Listening to:
Terra Nova by iLiKETRAiNS
from Progress Reform

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
2 December 2007
The Sunday of Dickens. Unlike the previous Sunday where we huddled under as many layers as we could, this time we shed as many layers as could be deemed appropriate(ish). Let me tell you that 79 degrees in Galveston is a miserable thing, especially when layered up in Silk, Wool, Taffeta & Leather. This trio of friends did the sensible thing and dressed down. Way down.
George and his Girls
Our incorrigible George with the delicious Allyson (left) and the delectable Brittney (right). Only a sense of decorum kept me from joining in their romp. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (2 December 2007)

Listening to:
Heat of the Night by Bryan Adams
from Into the Fire

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
3 December 2007
Always the hardest day of the Dickens yearly retreat; it's the day we all say goodbye and go our separate ways. Some of these folks won't be seen again until next Dickens; some just a few days. But, it's always a sad farewell full of much hugging and kissing. This morning as we were doing our pack-out dance, we realised that a critical photo had not been snapped during daylight. My wife took a photo but, it was dark and, sadly, the photo didn't turn out so very well. Since she maintains her posting so religiously we were able to find this out and correct the oversight.
The Tremont House in Galveston
As you look at the photo, in the upper right corner you can just make out a sign hanging in the window. That sign, seen here, is the one that Ginger got for me, Marita Beth had framed and then made a fabulous travelling case for. That travelling case allowed me to bring the sign with me which proudly proclaimed to anyone looking that that room was mine!
Cheers.

~KR (3 December 2007)

Listening to:
Chanzonetta Tedesca by Wolgemut
from Schauspeluden

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 December 2007
I mentioned elsewhere that the North Texas autumn was devoid of colours. The leaves fall off the trees like they do everywhere else, but here they don't seem to change colours first. I stand corrected. The Black Oaks in my yard don't change colours first. But, the Black Oak in my neighbours yard certainly did. When we returned from our weekend in Galveston, his tree was a wonderous conglomeration of colour. Witness:
The Colours of Fall
Cheers.

~KR (4 December 2007)

Listening to:
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Bis
from Return to Central

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
5 December 2007
A difficult day for photographs. In fact, I'm not even sure I thought about photography, or cameras or anything remotely artsy until, well, until I took this photo. Time for bed, and I hadn't done my daily duty. I've already had a "Shit! No Photo. Move Along." day. I couldn't have another one so soon. No.
So, we get this:
Castle of Wood.
This is a wonderful piece of knick-knackery that my parents picked up for me. I believe they obtained it while living in France. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's very cunningly carved so as to collapse upon itself. But, when fully extended, as it is in this photo, it still is no bigger than, say, 3 inches or so tall and 5 inches wide. It sits quite nicely on a bookshelf.
Cheers.

~KR (5 December 2007)

Listening to:
Return to the Old Forest by Freudstein
from Mondo Freudo

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
6 December 2007
Thursday evening. Much like Wednesday, no photo until late on. Luckily I have cute pets:
Cormac's Nose
Getting him to sit still in a darkened living room, however, is quite the chore.
Cheers.

~KR (6 December 2007)

Listening to:
Sighns by Lichens
from OMNS

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
7 December 2007
As if to put paid to all my whinging about fall in North Texas, these Bradford Pear trees decided to colour my world, at least for a few days.
Beautiful Bradford Pears
I just love the tri-coloured hue they achieved: red on top, yellowing in the middle while maintaining a summer-like green at the bottom. These trees are in the courtyard I walk through each morning on the way into my office. Today, when I walked through, those trees have lost all their red, and the majority of the leaves are of a sickly yellow colour, although some green still tinges the fringe of the foliage.
Cheers.

~KR (7 December 2007)

Listening to:
Peak by Dayplayer
from Dayplayer

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
8 December 2007
A Saturday. Hoorah. Despite a few emotional bits, I did manage to get out of the house. At least as far as the front yard.
Tree Reflected in Gazing Ball with Leaves
Yep, that's just a decoration in the front yard. It sits in a garden area under a big Black Oak. It's pretty.
Cheers.

~KR (8 December 2007)

Listening to:
Pieces of You by Raintree
from Just Live

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
9 December 2007
Ater a pretty lousy emotionally turbulent morning followed by a great deal of work, Marita Beth went over to Ginger's for a much-needed "girl's day out." She, Ginger & Kelly sat and did what girls do while playing Mah Jongg. I, meanwhile, finished my work and then went to No Frills Grill for a very exciting Dallas Cowboys game. I'm not the biggest fan of American football you'll ever find. I find the rules cumbersone and overly-restrictive; but I can certainly get swept up into the emotion of a rich game and there's no denying the amount of talent present on the field and sideline of any given professional football game. The Cowboys won, I finished my beer and then crashed the girls party. It was getting on in the day, so I didn't intend to stay long, but since Kelly was leaving the next day, I had to get over for a kiss and a hug. Besides, even though Ginger only lives a few blocks away, we all tend to hermit ourselves after Dickens so I hadn't seen her either. So, there I went and sat and watched a few hands of Mah Jongg. They were well-emboriled in a three-hand game, so I didn't wish to intrude, but I did take a photo of Marita Beth's hand at one point.
Mah Jongg Figures
I took a bunch of photos at No Frills Grill, too, but i like this one best.
Cheers.

~KR (9 December 2007)

Listening to:
No T.V. by Pope Joan
from You Gotta Get it Out

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
10 December 2007
Monday, and back at the grind. But, it's different. This is the holiday season, and since I'm in Operations for an airline, it's also our high-stress, busy season. It's no wonder I drink. By the time I got home I was in a foul, foul mood, ehanced, oddly enough, by the rainy, misty cold. Normally I prefer that, but this Monday I didn't. My wife, who's honing her empathic skills on a daily basis, figured this out and offered to take me out for food & drinks. On the way to our normal haunt we decided, on a whim, to drive a little further away and go to the Mexican Inn.
Mexican Inn
I like their Queso Loco and Marita Beth is quite fond of their Enchiladas. We both tolerate their Margaritas, too.
We walked in right behind some dear friends, Brett & Jill, and just in front of some other friends, David & Heather (and their brand new baby) who had just come in from Lousiana. They all joined Carl and his new wife (and baby) at a large booth while MB and I took a separate booth. Children give me hives. At some point, Brian joined their larger table, too. We enjoyed a nice, quiet (sans children) dinner and margaritas then went home. I needed that.
Cheers.

~KR (10 December 2007)

Listening to:
The Last Christmas on Earth by The Evangelicals

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 December 2007
Another stressful day at work. Luckily, it's Tuesday. And Tuesday means dollar draft night at No Frills Grill. Marita Beth and I headed there immediately upon my hitting home. Since she had to go to dance class - in Allen, an hour away - at eight, I wanted to spend some quality trivia time with her. Eventually, she had to leave so I took her home (our wonderful waitress, Gennifer saved my table for me), waited while she got ready, then went back to finish out my trivia games. I really enjoy the trivia. Finally, it was time for me, too, to go home. Marita Beth was still at dance class and would be for hours to come. So, I made the coffee and went to bed. While making the coffee, I realised no photos had been composed or taken. So, you get coffee beans:
Ready for the Grind
Cheers.

~KR (11 December 2007)

Listening to:
Canyon City by The DeWayn Brothers

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 December
A rainy, rain, cold day in North Texas. It actually was pretty in a sorta Vampire Duck kind of way. I love this kind of weather as a general rule. The only time I don't like it is when I have to get behind the wheel of an automobile knowing that the roads will be seething with many, many drivers who's opinion, thus attitude, varies greatly from mine. This sort of weather tends to make drivers surly, thus impatient, thus rude, thus dangerous on the road. This idiot in front of me was no exception to that generalisation:
Reflected Tail Lights and Rain
He kept accelerating at breakneck speeds, switching lanes with no signal at high speeds and slamming on brakes. All on these very slippery roads. I hope (s)he got where they were headed.
Cheers.

~KR (12 December 2007)

Listening to:
Alone Again by Illinois
from What the Hell Do I Know

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
13 December 2007
Had to get a trivia fix in somehow, so MB and I headed to NFG on a Thursday night to play trivia and maybe have a burger and/or some beer. I used to play this trivia thing nearly every night years and years and years ago. That was back when the boxes were operated by NTN (National Trivia Network). I grew out of it, because the questions just kept repeating themselves and there's no fun in winning every hand because you've already had those questions many times before. I stopped playing. Recently, a couple of years ago, Buzztime bought out NTN and started adding newer & better & more relevant questions. But, sadly, they also seemed to lose, at the same time, some of the technical consistency that NTN had down pat. The boxes go in and out of service, the delay between answering the question and receiving a response has gotten longer and more frequently irritating. In general, the quality has gone down. Yet still I play. There's nothing quite like accidental learning.
Here is a photo of me playing. Notice my hand in strategic positioning to best answer the question quickly & accurately.
Help?
Cheers.

~KR (13 December 2007)

Listening to
Stronger by 30 Seconds to Mars

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 December 2007
Friday, the 14th of December woke cold, damp and foggy. Many of my peers had taken the day off; in fact it seemed that much of the Dallas - Ft. Worth metropolitan area had taken the day off. The traffic was blissfully quiet and the drive was quick - for a change.
I took the opportunity of a quiet office to walk down to my boss's corner and snap a few shots of the Bradford Pear trees under his window. Aside from their horrendous rotting meat smell for about a week in the early spring, these are lovely trees. They cause my allergies to a go a little nuts (at the same time they smell like rotting meat), but it's a short-lived irritant. The rest of the year, they're simply beautiful.
Bradford Pear Trees from Above
Cheers.

~KR (14 December 2007)

Listening to:
Super Mario's Sleigh Ride by the One Ups

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
15 December 2007
For a happy-happy gift, my wife got me (with my help) a light tent for close-up photography. Between our three businesses (Bannockburn Bridge, East Wind Games & A Wardrobe in Time) we frequently find need for close-up product shots. We've never had much success getting our poorly designed house to shed the proper kind of light for this sort of photography. I had recently read articles on making inexpensive light-tents, but MB had already scouted one out for me that was not only darned reasonably priced, but ws conveniently built & packaged, too. So, she bought it for me.
So, what do I do? Take photos of product - the reason for the purchase of this light tent in the frist place? No. I decided that this is a perfect way to take my hobby of tegestology to the next level. Digitally recording and storing every beer mat I have in my collection. This is the very first shot taken in the brand new light tent and the first step toward a life-long goal of catalouging an immense collection of beer mats.
Mike's Never-Bored Games
I can only get better.
Hooray beer!
Cheers.

~KR (15 December 2007)

Listening to:
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
from Kala

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 December 2007
Marita Beth spent all day with her dance troupe working on a performance piece. I spent all day...not doing anything. It was delightful. Well, ok, I did do things, but they were non-critical, non-useful things like movie-watching (I saw Hitman - blecchh), footy-watching (Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-nil in a super-fun match to watch) and tegestology things. I have learned a new-found respect for people who shoot products in light-tents. What a difficult process. But, I'm still trying.
Strongbow Mat
Cheers.

Listening to:
Thank You by Maral Salmassi

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
17 December 2007
The Lone Tree Hill. This is one of Marita Beth's favourite photos that I've taken in recent times. I like it, too, but not so much as I think she does. The tree stands directly behind Our Garden of Angels on the hill overlooking the Arlington Bottoms. In a different framing you could potentially see the Ft. Worth city skyline just to the right of the tree itself. I didn't choose to post that photo as MB preferred this one.
Lone Tree Hill
Cheers.

~KR (17 December 2007)

Watching:
Ghost Rider

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
18 December 2007
A Stack of Fabric. How exciting is that?
Fabric Stack
Cheers.

~KR (18 December 2007)

Listening to:
The Storm by Teddy Larkin

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
19 December 2007
Jury Duty. I'd deferred it once because of out-of-the-country travelling, and just simply couldn't do it again. Marita Beth kindly offered to take me to the courthouse so I wouldn't have to deal with the bus; the offer was gladly accepted. I went in, and was early enough, that the line was not overly long either at the metal detectors at the front door or to sign in for the jury duty bit itself. Unfortunately, as more and more people arrived, the sheer amount of perfume, cologne and other body odors overwhelmed my rather weak respiratory system and I had a mild, but serious enough, asthma attack. I was excused from jury duty.
I called MB, she came and got me and we drove around until I was feeling better. Then she suggested breakfast.which I rarely do, but having been weakened by the attack, I conceeded and off we went to Ol' South Pancake House - a favourite in Ft. Worth. A whole bunch of other stuff happened in the middle of the day, but I don't recall it all. Somehow we ended up on the Northeast side of Arlington where we located a charming little place run by Ed, the Publican. It's called the Plaza Pub:
The Plaza Pub
Despite the fact that is, and will remain, a smokers bar, I feel that I will be back. We each had a quick pint then off we trundled to watch the Enchanted followed by Alvin and the Chipmunks. You can read MB's entry to get the full extend of that experience.
Cheers.

~KR (19 December 2007)

Listening to:
The War by Lucero

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
20 December 2007
A vacation day. I worked at home all day on A Wardrobe in Time, then followed it up with a trip to Rob's for a retirement party for a good man. We will sorely miss him - he cared about his job.
There were a bunch of us that descended on Rob's , a local pool hall, to shoot pool and shoot the shit with the man who was leaving our company and companionship.
Drinks at Rob's
Take care, Denny.

**UPDATE**
Well, as it turns out, I didn't take that photo I posted above. Marita Beth took it with my camera while I was off playing pool. So, while the rest of the wording above remains true, the photo will be switched to this:
Driving Home.
A glorious photo I took while driving home.
Cheers.

~KR (20 December 2007)

Listening to:
Just Like Pat Benetar by Super Secret Handshake

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
21 December 2007
Making the mundane beautiful (or at least semi-intersting) is one of the major challenges of a daily photo-blog. Rarely is it easy.
This is an example of an attempt at exactly that. It's a slightly drippy faucet that I ran across during the day. Several photos (and who knows how many odd looks) later I retreated from its drip-drip-drip. I took this photo as the best of the lot in my opinion:
Dripping Faucet
Cheers.

~KR (21 December 2007)

Listening to:
False Sir John by Broadside Electric

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
22 December 2007
If you've not gleaned this yet, you're not paying attention: I like beer. I like beer of most sorts, but free beer really gets my attention. So, on Saturday's when Rahr Brewery, just south of downtown Ft. Worth gives away free beer for 2 hours, I'm quite likely to attend. This past Saturday we did attend, taking with us 2 great dogs and 5 great friends. More were invited, but we take what we can get. In this photo, we have Mary tossing back the rest of her Winter Warmer so that she can run grab a top-up before last call.
Mary's Winter Warmer
Notice the dainty method involved with draining that pint glass to its very last drop.
Cheers.

~KR (22 December 2007)

Listening to:
Breeze by Genki Rockets

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
23 December 2007
I confess, this photo was actually taken at 12:01 AM on the 24th, not the 23rd. But, taking a page from my wife's excuse book: I haven't been to bed yet, so it's still today. Therefore this photo counts for my photo on the 23rd. Which is important, because I didn't take any photos.
Chocolate
It's chocolate.
Cheers.

~KR (23 December 2007)

Listening to:
Ceremony by Xiu Xiu

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
24 December 2007
I've no real idea where this came from, but it's been hanging there for a while. So, I took a photo:
Sculpted Face
Making the mundane beautiful (or at least semi-interesting).
Cheers.

~KR (24 December 2007)

Listening to:
Winged/Wicked Things by Sunset Rubdown

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
25 December 2007
Christmas Day. You know what that means? Yep. Time to go see a movie with the rest of humanity. Normally we would go to the Movie Tavern, but it was important enough to both of us that we see Sweeney Todd that we went to the Parks Mall (*shudder*) instead. Goodness. What a great movie, but do not take your children or overly-squeamish adults. Remember that this is a "horror" musical directed by Tim Burton. And Tim Burton is nothing if not over-the-top, so there was a whole lot of stylish, over-the-top blood-spilling. Great fun.
On the way out, we walked near the Ice Skating rink. I guess everyone who wasn't seeing a movie with us was ice skating instead. The line to get into/onto the rink was at least 70 people strong (not counting the kids who wouldn't stand still long enough to be counted). I had no idea. While we were walking across the gangplank, some poor lady fell and smacked her head pretty hard. This is a photo of the suddenly cleared area near her:
Christmas Ice Skating
and a really good view of the net that protects those on the upper floor from...
Right.
Cheers.

~KR (25 December 2007)

Listening to:
Hey by The Risk

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
26 December 2007
As Marita Beth mentioned in her post, her brother gave her (us) a Candle Maker for Christmas. This is something I've joked about with her for years and had actually intended to purchase on my own some summer while she's up north. But, I'm lazy and time gets away from me easily so I never did follow through on that. Now, however, we can make candles just like I'd always intended. But, my goodness it's easier than my memory. I remember hours of standing over a large pot waiting for enough wax to melt that it could be gently scooped into a container mold. Now, you just put the wax in, wait 5 minutes and open a spigot for the melted wax to flow gently into a perfectly placed mold. So much easier. And fun.
Marita Beth & I made this yesterday and released it from its mold today. Rest assured we will be making more.
The Candle
Cheers.

~KR (26 December 2007)

Listening to:
Tragedy by The Bee Gees
from Number Ones

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
27 December 2007
After a number of days off, back to work was pretty difficult. The joy of it is, I have the office pretty much to myself. Which means I can get a LOT of work done with little to no distraction. No loud sales-gaggle across the hall; no plethora of conference calls; no people wandering by to "have a chat." Lots of good, quality work gets done. it also allows for a bit of house-cleaning. That is: straightening the desk, cleaning out all those old pens that no longer work but you keep them around anyway, trashing old documents that are no longer relevant (or at least filing them) and so on. During the cleaning frenzy, I re-located these:
Stacked Colours
They had been shoved back behind a stack of file folders. I pulled them out, dusted them off and tried, once again in vain, to solve its hidden puzzle. These cubes (there are actually four of them) may be arranged in such a manner (only one solution exists, apparently) that all four long sides show each color only once. It's quite maddening and although Katrina gave this puzzle to me several years back, I have yet to solve it. I think I just give up too easily.
Cheers.

~KR (27 December 2007)

Listening to:
I Can't Win by The Mojo Filters

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BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
Hi ! This is my first stroll through your stream and I don't know how I missed it -- what great stuff you've got here. I also like how you have what you're listening to. You'll definitely be on my radar next year -- hope you plan to join in the fun!
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
28 December 2007
The Friday before a 4 day weekend. I can't wait to get out of here. Of course, that will mean 4 days of cleaning and prepping before our 10th annual (and final - for now) Hogmanay party. Next year we'll be celebrating it in the homeland.
Anyway, I work on the 4th floor my office and walk the stairs down at least once per day and up as often as my quickly-deteriorating knees will allow. This photo is taken from the 4th floor looking down during the lunch rush hour.
Stairway to Hell
Yeah, the office was devoid of humanity (which made it a pretty pleasant day all-in-all) except for those poor souls who's bosses are right choads and wouldn't let them off. Or, like me, had already burned all their vacation time doing cool things like visiting dear loved ones in Wisconsin, or visiting festivals (Milwaukee Irish Festival any one?) and Faires (Dickens on the Strand, you say?). I was pretty much alone for the greater part of the day. It was fantastic.
Cheers.

~KR (28 December 2007)

Listening to:
Ora La Luce (Live) by Spleen

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 10 years ago
29 December 2007
While out and about running errands that needed running, I stopped in at No Frills Grill for a beer and some football (American-style). While there, I noticed the condiments rack. Someone had placed one Sugar packet in amongst the Sweet and Low. I found it amusing:
Sugar
Cheers.

~KR (29 December 2007)

Listening to:
something tells me by iNTERCOM

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
30 December 2007
MB was putting the final touches on some decorating as I was returning from the Grocery store. She had just strung this row of Christmas lights on the hearth wound in and about some faux evergreenery. I was struck at how pretty the image was and just how proud of that piece of art I really am.
My Wedding
We always say that if some catastrophe strikes the house, Marita Beth will grab the cat, I'll grab this painting and round up the dogs. The piece of art was commissoned by Marita Beth from an artist at Scarborough Faire. We gave her a batch of photos from our wedding and she did the rest. The result is pretty astonishing, and I never tire of looking at it.
Cheers.

~KR (30 December 2007)

Listening to:
Humans by The Bridge End Dairy Company

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crazyBobcat PRO 10 years ago
31 December 2007
Happy New Year to all. Or, should I say, Happy Hogmanay!
Our 10th Annual Hogmanay Festival at the house was a rouser. It was peopled with friends from all walks of our lives and it was a special time because of it. We're well and truly blessed with the quantity and quality of our friends. I fear that most of the "party photos" are just quick snapshots and are not necessarily flattering (either of my "talent" or of the subject - especially later in the evening). So, I'm posting this photo of a metal chiminea we have in the backyard. The Chiminea
As the temperature was in the low 40s for much of the evening, I had stocked it with piñon wood and tended it off and on all evening. I appreciated the grate & flame effect.
Cheers.

~KR (31 December 2007)

Listening to:
At My Best by Eoghan O'Sullivan

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