Monthly Archives: October 2017


We were hankering for some Mexican food this afternoon, and normally we would have headed over to Dickinson to Monterey’s Little Mexico. But that location hasn’t reopened since the Harvey flooding.

So our next choice was the location up Hwy. 6 in Alvin, so off we went about 1:30. We were also hoping we might run into some of the other location’s employees, and we did, finding one of the managers working there.

We got our usual Chicken Tortilla Soup and Beef Fajita Nachos, both just as good as the other location. In addition we were told that the Dickinson location will reopen in March. Not sure why it’s taking so long, but at least it will reopen.

After lunch we drove over to Webster so Jan could stop off at Half Price Books and browse for a couple of things she’s looking for.

Then after a quick stop at my client’s to pick up a couple of things and then headed off to look at awnings.

I had found a place on the Web that  looked like they might be able to make the new awnings for our rig. But when we drove by the address we couldn’t find any sign of them. So I’ll give them a call tomorrow to see if they’ve moved. They do carry the Sunbrella fabric that I want to use.

Next, coming down I-45 and heading for home, we decided to check out a few RV parks along the way. First up was Space City RV Park just off the Interstate below League City. The last time we were here was 4 or 5 years ago when I dropped off a bundle of the late, much-lamented, Gypsy Journal RV Newspaper, and although it’s improved since then it’s still not very high on our list for an extended stay.

Then it was on down to Dickinson to check out Bay Colony RV Park. We have friends who used to live there and it seemed nice. And it still is. Very neat, with no trash and junk scattered around.

Last up was where we almost stayed down here, Safari RV Park. But lucky for us, our friend’s Janice and Dave Evans told us about Petticoat Junction. Safari turned to be a mostly rundown mobile home park, with some trashy looking RV sites thrown in for good measure. Definitely not for us.

Coming home I decided we better get some Halloween candy for all the expected Trick or Treater’s. So we pulled into the Victory Lakes HEB to stock up.

And of course when you’re stocking up on Halloween candy, always be sure to buy candy you like too. In our case , Mini Snickers is the candy of choice.

And what do you know, but here it is10:30pm and not a trick or treater in sight.

Can I plan, or not?

Brandi sent over this photo of Landon’s Halloween costume, courtesy of his uncle Chris. It’s hard to tell in the daylight, but all those buttons light up and flash in different colors. Also note the mechanical motors on his legs and knees.

Halloween Landon 2017

Brandi said he won the neighborhood costume contest.

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Tomorrow it’s back to work, with El Pollo Loco chicken that I’ll pick up on the way home for dinner.

The Word of the Day is:  Bonce

Thought for the Day:

Google Maps really need to start their directions at #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.


Lending A Hand . . .

Work today consisted mostly of making up and printing out labels for the many products that my client sells.

All my new Avery labels came in on Saturday so I was able to print out all the rest of them.

As I mentioned before, if you  want to do anything printing labels or cards, then you need to download a free copy of the Avery Design & Print program. Very powerful and easy to use.

Tonight after I got home I fixed us hot dogs made with Nolan Ryan’s Angus Beef dogs. And they’re big enough to hang over the end of the buns.

Hot Dogs

I like mine with mayo, spicy mustard, and relish. I first line the bottom of the buns with cheese and then toast them in the toaster oven until the cheese is melted and the buns are a light brown.

Jan likes hers with ketchup, spicy mustard, and relish. The other way I like mine is New York Style, with sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and grilled or raw onions. Both ways good.

We still don’t have our Facebook emoticons back, although several of our friends say they do. Where under a post we used to be able to hover the mouse over the Like button and then see a range of different emoticons, laughing, crying, etc., but a while now our only choice has been to ‘Like’ a post or not.

So how about ya’ll? Do you have the emoticons or not?

In the past I’ve done several blogs talking about the rise of 3D printing. In the beginning the printers used high-density polyethylene, also known as HDPE. Or as you know it, milk jug plastic. So not very strong. But led to some really fun looking toys.

3D Toy Sub

But things are changing fast.

One advance was 3D printing in molten glass, leading to these art pieces. From this beautiful vase,

3D Molten Glass Vase

to this massive glass chandelier.

3D Molten Glass Chihuly-Chandelier

The other advance is now to be able to print in actual metal, specifically guns. The first ones were essentially ‘one-shot wonders’, looking more like a toy, and only able to fire a couple of shots before they came apart.

3D-printed-gun-Liberator-006 -2

But now guns can be printed in real metal, leading to this Colt 1911 .45 caliber replica. Certainly not a ‘one shot wonder, it’s been fired over 5000 times with no problems.

3D Printed Metal Gun

But on a new note, this is 7 year old Hailey Dawson.

Hailey Dawson

And this is her 3D printed hand.

Hailey Dawson Hand

And this 3D printed hand allowed her to throw out the first pitch of Game 4 of this year’s World Series.

Born with Poland Syndrome, Hailey is missing 3 fingers on her right hand, and has an underdeveloped thumb and pinky. This means she can not really grip anything with that hand. So a prosthesis was in order.

But there was a problem. A prosthetic hand cost about $20,000, and someone of Hailey’s age would need a new one ever six months or so. Probably too expensive in the long run. But 3D printing is changing all that.

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Right now Hailey is on her eighth hand, with each one costing about $5,000, and the price is dropping fast. Even better, at this point, when Hailey outgrows her old one and needs a new, larger one, the design software can resize the models and a new hand can be printed overnight.

You can read more about Hailey’s story here.

And here:

I think we’re going to be amazed at what’s coming down the pike with 3D printing in the next few years.

The Word of the Day is:  Descry 

Thought for the Day: 

The sinking of the Titanic must have been a miracle to the lobsters in the kitchen.


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