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We Have A Visitor . . .

Jan and I spent the day huddled in the rig staying as far away from the Black Friday madness as possible.

But Jan didn’t stay quite as ‘huddled’ as I did, since when I got up at 11am, she was gone. She finally showed back up a little after 12, having been down visiting Janice Evans, as I had figured.

For lunch we finished off our Pho 20 leftovers from our visit Wednesday night. Really heats up well.

Even though I didn’t leave the coach, I did my part, albeit small, to contribute to Black Friday sales by ordering a couple of things from Amazon.

First up was a DVD of all 20 episodes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker starring Darren McGavin. The series, which ran in 1974 and 1975, was the acknowledged inspiration for the long-running X-Files.

Kolchak DVD

The series was preceded by two made-for-TV movies, The Night Stalker in 1972, and The Night Strangler in 1973. The Night Stalker became the highest-rated TV movie at that time. And The Night Strangler wasn’t far behind.

One of my all-time favorite series, it’s always been in the $50 range in the past, but now it’s going for under $17. It’s been digitally remastered with all cut scenes restored. Really looking forward to it when it comes in on Monday.

While I was at it, I also ordered a new First Alert Smoke Alarm for the coach, an upgrade for our other one.

And on the subject of X-Files, it’s coming back for an 11th season this coming summer.

We have a visitor passing through, though actually it’s already heading out of town. Or rather out of the solar system, anyway.


Named Oumuamua by its discoverers, it’s the first verified ‘visitor’ to our solar system from interstellar space, coming from the direction of Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, and heading toward the constellation Pegasus. Oumuamua, (pronounced oh MOO-uh MOO-uh), is Hawaiian for “a messenger from afar arriving first.” Very apropos.

Besides the fact that it’s from the stars, its shape has never been seen before on any other object. At over 1/4 mile long and about 120 feet in diameter, it’s spinning along its long axis like a bullet.

Scientists are looking at  a way to rendezvous with Oumuamua to take a closer look. Called Project Lyra, it would have to be launched in the next 5 to 10 years to have a chance to catch the asteroid, which is presently traveling at about 59,000 mph, faster than any man-made object has before, meaning that the rendezvous would take place far beyond Pluto.

Sounds a lot like ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ by Arthur C. Clarke.

The Word of the Day is: addled

Thought for the Day: 

Remember, the truth is out there.



They Lied . . .

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About 2pm Jan and I headed up I-45 to League City to have Thanksgiving Dinner at the Cracker Barrel. Jan was hopeful that by getting there after 2 we wouldn’t have too long a wait. But when I caught with her after dropping her off while I parked, she sheepishly said, “An hour and a half”. But at least there were plenty of rocker openings.

Cracker Barrel Crowd

And lucky for us (and Jan) they lied. It was only 40 minutes until we were called in.

Don’t know why they even give anyone menus

Cracker Barrel Menu

Everyone’s pretty much there for the same thing.

And even better is was surprising how quickly it came out. We were served only 10 minutes after we sat down.

Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving Meal

So it’s Turkey & Dressing with Gravy, Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Relish, Pumpkin Pie, with Biscuits and Cornbread Muffins. And a drink.

All for $12,.99. A really good deal.

As we were finishing up, our waiter brought our our Pumpkin Pie.

Cracker Barrel Pumpkin Pie

However I thought they were a little chintzy on the Whipped Cream. It should have looked more like this.

Pumpkin Pie Done Right

There is actually pie under there.

As we were eating I told Jan that it would have been hard to beat this with most homemade Thanksgiving meals. She agreed and said even better she didn’t have to worry about this.

Thanksgiving Dishes

Previously the one thing that Jan didn’t like about eating out for Thanksgiving is the fact that there’s no leftovers for the next day, for turkey sandwiches, etc.

So we solved this dilemma by ordering two more Thanksgiving meals to go. Now we’re all set for tomorrow.

When we left about an hour later they seemed to be just as busy as when we got there so I don’t think waiting until later would have really done any good. But the 40 minute wait we did have wasn’t too bad.

Our next stops were at my client’s to pick up the Pumpkin Bread that the Office Manager had given me on Wednesday which I forgot to bring home. Then it was the CVS right down the street before heading home.

A very nice, tasty day.

Amazon’s started their Black Friday Sales early and I really liked this

Furbo Dog Treat Camera

Furbo Dog Treat Tossing Camera

Pretty neat, and you can check it out. Pretty for those of you who have dogs at home.

Though I guess it would work with cats, too.

They’re also have a great deal on their Echo Dot, Alexa’s little brother.

Echo Dot

Echo Dot

Normally they’re $49.99, but now they’re only $29.99,

We’ve already got one, but that price is so good, I almost bought another one.

I’m not working tomorrow so I’ve got a nice long weekend off. Yah!

The Word of the Day is:  Scrummy

Thought for the Day: 

Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible”


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