Daily Archives: July 14, 2022

Good Comfort Food . . .

Since we had a 90 minute drive up to Willis to meet up with our ‘RV’ friends for lunch at The Fish Pond restaurant, we were out the door about 10:15am. I put ‘RV’ in quotes because none of us are actually RV’ing any more. In fact the Hurlburt’s and Evan’s have both made the transition to sticks and bricks living.

We made a pit stop at the Flying J in north Houston before getting to the restaurant a little before noon, pretty much right on time.

The Fish Pond is one of those places out in the country, off the main drag, that only locals seem to know about.

Fish Pond

And the food is home-cooking at its best, just great comfort food.

Jan had the Grilled Seafood Platter, with 3 Shrimp, 3 Oysters, 3 Catfish Filets, a Stuffed Crab and Hushpuppies.

Fish Pond Grilled Seafood Platter 20220714

While I got the same thing, but Fried, of course.

Fish Pond Fried Seafood Platter 20220714

Jan said that her Green Beans were delicious, as was my Fried Okra side.

Both Ed and Janice had the Liver and Onions, Dave had the Fried Seafood Platter like mine, and Debi had the Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes.

Like I said, just good comfort food.

As often happens, I forgot to get a photo of our group, so I thought I’d just reuse this one from the last time we were all together at the Golden Corral up in Conroe.

Golden Corral Bunch 20220322

From left to right: Ed Hurlburt, Debi Hurlburt, special guest Jeannie Sparks, Jan, Janice Evans, Dave Evans, and the other special guest, Eldy Tompkins.

A fun group.

And we’ll do it again next month.

Though we had a pretty smooth trip going up, coming home was a different story, with bumper-to-bumper traffic coming into downtown Houston, where we lost about 45 minutes.

Getting back down to our area, we made a Kroger stop for a few things, and finally a Cowboy Coffee stop for Cold Blended Sugar-Free Hazelnut Lattes made with Almond Milk.

Delicious as usual.

Thought for the Day:

Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.

July 14, 2009

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and more trains…

Continued from yesterday…

The indoor part of the Railroad Museum resembles a large railroad station, with multiple tracks full of trains.

Museum 1

This is the John Bull.  It’s a replica of the first locomotive to run on a railroad in America.

John Bull Locomotive

In 1831 the first railroad was built between Philadelphia and New York and the John Bull was the engine.  It’s hard to think now of how this revolutionized travel in the US.

It cut the travel time from Philadelphia to New York from 2 days by coach to 5 HOURS!.  It’s hard to do that by car now.

I saw this same locomotive last week in the Smithsonian, but wasn’t able to get close enough to read the display due to the crowds.  I was surprised to learn here that the one I had seen in the Smithsonian was the REAL John Bull, from 1831.

It ran a regular route until 1866, then traveled around the US on exhibitions until it was donated to the Smithsonian in 1884.

This beautiful example of a 2-6-0 Mogul locomotive carried silver ore on the Virginian & Truckee railroad in Nevada from 1875 to 1944.

2-6-0 Mogul

The ‘2-6-0’  type of nomenclature describes the layout of a locomotive’s wheels, and only applies to steam type locomotives.

The Mogul above has 2 small wheels up front,  6 drive wheels in the middle, and no small wheels in the rear.  Thus, it is a 2-6-0.

This locomotive #7002, dates from 1902 and was the first one in regular service to exceed 100 mph.

Loco 7002

Note that this one is a 4-4-2, although you can just barely see the 2 wheels under the tender at the far right of the photo.

Arguably the largest locomotive ever built was the ‘Big Boy’ built for the Union Pacific to pull large coal trains up and down the Rockies out West.

Big Boy 4-8-8-4

Note that this one is a 4-8-8-4.  That’s a lot of wheels.

Below is a type of locomotive I’d never heard of.

Fireless Loco

This one is unusual in that it doesn’t have a boiler or generate its own steam.  It’s basically just a big thermos bottle.  It’s filled up with live steam from a stationary boiler and then operated, usually in the rail yard, until it needed to be refilled.

Outside was even better.

Rail Yard

It was a rail yard full of more trains.  And it has a real operating roundtable, used to move locomotives in and out of the yard.

Round Table

Even more locomotives…


And a rail crane used to lift derailed engines and cars back on the track.

Rail Crane

I’ve always been fascinated by the big steam engines and this was a great chance to see them up close.

Today was our last full day in Pennsylvania so we headed into Philadelphia to see some sights.

We started off with another duck tour with Ride The Ducks.  Here we are hitting the Delaware River on our trip.

Philly Duck 1

We saw Betsy Ross’ house, the site where William Penn first landed in Pennsylvania, and more.

After our tour, we had a Philly Cheesesteak from a street vendor before visiting Independence Hall,

Independance Hall

And the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

Finally, we headed home, stopping by Wal-mart on the way.

For dinner we did the smorgasbord at Miller’s again.

And then home to get ready to leave for NY tomorrow.

July 14, 2010

Birmingham Bound…

Our day started out with breakfast at IHOP before coming back to the rig to get ready to leave Capital City RV Park here in Montgomery. It’s really a very nice park, and, except for our late night over-voltage problems, it was a great stay.


We pulled out of the park right at noon and headed about a mile down the road to fuel up at a nice station that I haven’t seen before called ENTEC. Diesel was $2.78 and I put in about 105 gallons. Hopefully that’ll take us all the way to Elkhart, IN, about 915 miles away. Since we’ll be staying there for a month, we’ll fill up right before we park, because sitting with a partially full tank is an open invitation for condensation and algae growth in your fuel. Which can be a real problem with diesel engines.


Leaving the station we hitched up the toad on the wide shoulder in front of the station and set out on our short 100 mile run to the Cherokee Beach Campground in Helena, AL, just south of Birmingham. We got a site back in the trees but I was still able to get a satellite sight, so it’s all good.


After setting up and resting up, we left at 5 pm heading up to Trussville, about 30 miles away to catch up on old times with Bill and Carol Alverson.

The traffic getting from the park back to the Interstate was a lot heavier than when we came in. It took us over 20 minutes to make the 6 mile trip because of all the going-home traffic.

Bill and I worked together at the Alabama Educational Television Network here in Birmingham from July 1972 to December 1974. So we had a lot to catch up on.

We spent about an hour talking and being shown around their beautiful home. And in one of those strange coincidences, their home floorplan is almost identical to the home my mother used to own here in the Birmingham area. And it was about 20 miles from here. Weird!

About 7 we headed out to dinner at Jim and Nick’s BBQ, a nearby restaurant that had really good Alabama BBQ. And their HOT and SPICY BBQ sauce was GREAT!

Bill and Carol


Coming back to their home we talked for another half hour or so, until it was time to head back to the rig before Jan started nodding off.

We really enjoyed getting to know Carol. Although we had corresponded with Christmas cards and such for years, this was our first time to meet in person. She’s a really neat lady, and must have a lot of patience, since she’s put up with Bill all these years.

We made a date to get together next year on our way thru this area, and will certainly follow thru.

We got home about 10 pm and were in for the night.

Tomorrow we’re going to drive around Birmingham, looking up old memories and places.

Spokane, WA

July 14, 2011

Cat Tails and Good Pizza . . .

After coffee this morning, I got back to work finishing up my transfer switch bypass. Last night after I got the new receptacles, I made up this harness so I’d be ready to go today.

Receptacle Hookup

After going outside and disconnecting shore power just to be safe, all I had to do was connect the splices to the loose ends of the generator output wires and then tape them up. And for once things went smoothly and I was done in about 15 minutes.

Finishing up, Jan and I left about 12:15 to head into Spokane for the rest of the day.

Our first stop was Shakey’s Pizza for their lunch buffet. We really like their food and always stop by when there’s one in the area. The last time we ate at one was in Lancaster, CA last year.

And there’s another reason we really like them. Jan and I went there on our first date in Orlando, FL in July of 1967, about 43 years ago. So a lot of good things come from Shakey’s.


Shakey’s has a great buffet, consisting of pizza, spaghetti, fried chicken, battered, fried potato slices, salad bar, and dessert pizza. Really, really good.

Leaving Shakey’s we drove up the road about 5 miles to the Cat Tails Zoological Park. We had noticed the place when we came through town this past Monday and wanted to check it out.

Cat Tails Sign

Turns out that Cat Tails is Big Cat rescue zoo that began in 1991, starting with 4 cats, and has been growing ever since.

Cat Tails

They have a number of beautiful Royal White Bengal Tigers.

Royal White Bengal Tiger 1

Royal White Bengal Tiger 2

Royal White Bengal Tiger 3

Royal White Bengal Tiger 4

They also have number of these signs around. So we have a choice: Run and LOOK like food, or stand still and BE food.

Not much of a choice, if you ask me.

Don't Run Sign

This is a mountain lion, a puma, panther, catamount, or a cougar. Take your pick.

Mountain Lion

These are Serval cats. A little bigger than a domestic house cat, they can run 45 mph and jump 12 feet in the air and catch birds in mid-air.

Serval Cat 3

I never knew that leopards had green eyes. The info sign says a leopard can jump 20 feet straight up and 35 feet straight out from a sitting position.  WOW!


They have a number of both male and female lions, but I could only get a good photo of this female.


They also have two tigers and a lioness that have been raised together since they were cubs, and all three are in the same cage.

Lions and Tigers

And of course, a lot of tigers.

Tiger 1

Tiger 2

Tiger 3

This is 14 month old Amura, being taken for a walk and moved to a new cage.

Walking Your Cat

Still a youngster who likes to play with her ball, she also likes to splash in her pond,

Amura 1

and even take a bath.

Amura 2

Being raised as a single cub, the zoo decided Amura needs a companion. So they got Sage, 4 month old Great Pyrenees, from the local Humane Society.

Amura and Sage

Amura and Sage 2

They were kept together for almost a year until Amura got too big, and the zoo was worried that Amura might not know her own strength.

But they regularly put them together in adjacent cages so they can play. It was easy to see how excited they got when they saw each other.

Amura and Sage 3

Amura and Sage 4

We really enjoyed Cat Tails and thought it was a great bargain. At only $8.00 it’s much cheaper than some other similar attractions, and we really had a great time.

Well recommended if you’re in the area.

Leaving the zoo we headed into downtown Spokane as Jan wanted to drive through the South Hill District and check out some of the old homes in the area.

After that we headed back north for a for a few stops before heading home. First up was a Bed, Bath & Beyond for Jan to get some soaps.

Next was Lowe’s to take back the wrong receptacles from my switch bypass project, and also buy some heavier cutters. I had trouble cutting the #8 gauge wire from

Then it was back to Wal-Mart for more ‘stuff’. Apparently we left some ‘stuff’ there the other day, so Jan wanted to go back and get it all.

We got back home about 6:30, to find that unlike last night, when we got back to find a note on our RV saying the park water would be off until this morning, but found it was working fine, tonight we got back to find no note, but the water was off anyway.

No problem as we have plenty in our tank.

We’ll leave here tomorrow about 8 am, heading for Columbia Falls, MT and Glacier National Park. It’ll be about 225 miles and since we’ll also lose an hour moving into Mountain Daylight Time, we want to get an early start.

We also want to top off our diesel before we leave Newport, and that also takes a while.

The Wisconsin Dells

July 14, 2013

What The Heck is a Dell, Anyway?

After a nice night at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds, we left Albert Lea, MN about 9:30 and got back on I-90E heading for the K & L Campground about 15 miles northeast of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Although our 210 mile trip was pretty smooth, it was really just one big single lane construction zone, just miles and miles of pylons. But since the speed limit was only cut back to 55mph from 70, it didn’t really bother us much.

At the 90 mile mark Jan took over driving for a while and I got in a nice nap. By the 140 mile when we stopped at a rest area, she was ready to take a break. She said it was the most nerve-wracking drive she’d done in the rig.

What started the problem was that as we left Minnesota and entered Wisconsin the terrain changed radically. From the mostly straight roads with gently-rolling hills of Minnesota, Jan was into steep hills and sharp curves, enough so that the PacBrake got a real workout.

And of course, the icing on the cake was the ‘miles and miles of pylons’ of the single lane road construction mixed in with all the hills and curves. So at the 50 mile point she was ready for a break.

We pulled into the K & L Campground a little before 2pm and got set up.

K & L Campground 1

K & L is primarily a resort campground with a lot of permanent trailers and campers parked on seasonal lots, They’re also a Passport American park with a 30amp FHU site for only $16 a day. Very nice.

But there’s two problems. One is that you can only stay here at the PPA rate Sunday through Thursday. Since we only wanted to stay until Thursday, not a problem.

The second problem was the 30 amp part. The temps here are going to be in the high 80’s / low 90’s for the next 5 days, and on 30amps we can’t run both AC’s. So it was time to break out my AC bypass.

A couple of years ago I broke out the power feed to my front AC and installed a plug / receptacle combo that lets me plug that AC into the separate 20amp receptacle on the power pedestal. So now we have both AC’s running, the coach is cool, and all’s right with the world.

Or at least our small part of it.

About 4 we headed into Wisconsin Dells to have dinner at Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty

Paul Bunyan Cook Shanty

The meals here are served family style, all you can eat. We had Fried Chicken, Beef Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Carrots and Peas, and really good homemade bread. Oh, and a dessert of Torte Cake, too.

Everything was really good, so good that we may come back for the breakfast one morning.

Tomorrow we may just goof off. We’ll see.

July 14, 2014

Making Some RV Converts . . .

Both yesterday and today, I had to make support calls to GoDaddy concerning the new blog. And on both days, when the support techs (a young lady yesterday, a young man today) looked at the blog, and then ask if this was us, and if this was, what we did.

My tech support problem only took a couple of minutes to resolve and then they spent the next 20-30 minutes quizzing me about RV’ing. I guess these guys aren’t rated on the time they spend with each caller like some companies do.

A little before 6pm, we got a call from Orlyn, one of our fellow gate guards from last year. He and his wife were gate guarding a railroad crossing on the same ranch we were at for 3 months. He called to check in and tell me that they just left their gate, and that the couple that relieved them only stayed a few hours before they left. They were upset at how busy the gate was.

Based on what Orlyn said, they did about 200 sheets during the month which, depending on which sheets they were using, would be about 5000 vehicles, or about 165 vehicles per day.

We’ve heard of much busier gates, but that’s still pretty busy. Hopefully, whatever we get in August won’t be quite that busy.

My three more sets of the LED strips should be in tomorrow so I can finish replacing the other fluorescents.

LED Replacement Lights 1

We had a lot of storms move through today, but most of the heavy rain passed us by. All of this is getting us ready for the front coming through tomorrow, with a high in the low 70’s and lows in the low 50’s, and this should last for several days.


Pauls Valley, OK

July 14, 2015

One More Thing . . .

Today was a partial goof-off day for us, at least up until we headed out about 2pm. Sonja had to work today, so we weren’t meeting up until 4pm for dinner.

Our first stop was a place in downtown Pauls Valley that we’ve passed a number of times and were curious about, The Toy & Action Figure Museum. Located in a fairly plain storefront, I’m not sure what we were expecting to find inside, but it certainly wasn’t what we found.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 1

Entering the lobby was a pleasant surprise, bright and cheerful, with a nice layout of souvenirs for sale.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 2

But after paying our $8 (for both of us) admission, we walked through the arch and it became one of those OMG moments

Toy & Action Figure Museum 3

It was almost more than we could take in. Everywhere you look there was toys and more toys, lining the walls, hanging from the ceiling, and standing against the walls.

The first diorama details an imaginary adult toy collector’s bedroom.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 4

According to the description, he must live with his parents to be able to afford all this.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 5

Kevin Stark, the museum’s owner says that they tear down this exhibit once a year, rearranging things as they add new items and remove others. It takes about a week.

Two more neat displays detail all the DC and Marvel characters ever published. It’s hard to believe there are so many.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 6

Toy & Action Figure Museum 7

Another neat display is this one of superhero underwear.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 8

My first thought was that Sheldon would be really jealous, but then I figured he probably already has the entire set. They used to be sold at Target, but now they’re collector’s items and worth some money. Don’t know if that’s for used or new ones.

They have displays of pretty much every genre doll and action figure around, even the Simpson’s

Toy & Action Figure Museum 9

And of course where would you find the Batman display, but in the BatCave. The displays are arranged in a timeline starting with the Adam West TV version and progressing through the several movie incarnations.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 11

They also have a number of large dioramas with the action figure’s action figure, G.I. Joe.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 12

But one of the kid’s favorite areas is this playroom with plenty of toys, and even better, superhero costumes of all sizes that they can dress up in and have their picture taken.

Toy & Action Figure Museum 10

Really neat.

We ended up spending more than an hour here, making the circuit through the place three times, and each time I saw stuff I hadn’t seen before. And for everything I’ve shown here, there’s probably 10 times more to see.

But finally tearing myself away, our next stop was the AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe depot, and old 1951.

ATSF No 1951

Built in 1907 by Baldwin, this 2-8-0 locomotive made its first run on the Santa Fe less than one month after Oklahoma became a state, traveling over 1.2 million miles, finally being retired in 1954 after 47 years in service, losing out to old age and diesels.

The AT&SF depot, the 2nd one in town, was built in 1905 after the 1st one was outgrown.

Pauls Valley ATSF Depot 1

It was refurbished in the 1990’s and now houses a museum full of both train and Pauls Valley memorabilia.

Pauls Valley ATSF Depot 2

The lady that showed me around the depot said she’d had two buses of young kids this morning and it showed. I think she was just looking for some adult conversation, because when I mentioned that I had left Jan in the truck and needed to go, she kept showing me more stuff, always preceding it with “Just one more thing.”

But I finally got away in time for us to meet Sonja and Lendel at Punkin’s BBQ and Catfish, another local favorite.

While Jan ordered the Catfish,

Punkin's BBQ 2

I figured with a place called Punkin’s BBQ AND Catfish, I had to try some of both, and they had just the Combo for it.

Punkin's BBQ 1

But I didn’t quite expect it to be this extensive. It all really delicious, and big enough so I had plenty to take home. Both really good.

Tomorrow we leave here and move about 250 miles to the Springhill COE park south of Fort Smith, AR where we’ll stay for several days.

Colorado River Thousand Trails, Columbus, TX

July 14, 2016

Better This Time . . .

About 12:15 Jan and I drove up to Ellinger to have the regular lunch buffet at Peter’s BBQ. This was the first time we’ve done this one, since we usually do the one on Friday night with catfish.

I mentioned on our last visit that I was disappointed with the increase in price and the reduction in offerings. Last year the price was $8.95 and included BBQ as well as the catfish, but not now.

It’s now $10.95 and just catfish. And the drink is extra. And it’s plus tax. I think the total for the two of us is about $28.

But the weekday buffet is a real improvement. Today’s offerings were Hamburger Steak with onion in gravy, Fried Chic ken, and BBQ Brisket, as well as all the usual veggies and desserts. And the Hamburger Steak was really delicious.

Even better, the cost was only $10, and that included a drink and the tax too. So a total of $20.

A much better deal than the Friday night version. Nice.

Coming back to the rig, we stopped off at the park office to sign up for Saturday night’s Potluck. Jan’s going to be doing her delicious Sopapilla Cheesecake.

Since I was caught up on all my web stuff, later in the afternoon a nap sounded like a  good idea. And when I got up we had company.

Lily, of the Tom and Lily Christian’s, had shown up to visit. We first met them when they were parked next to us here at Colorado River back in December 2014.

Turns out they’ve just come off an18 month long gate down in the Cotulla area, and are taking a break for a while before going back to it.


That’s Tom Christian on the left, then the shy one is his wife Lily, next is long-time friend’s Donna Huffer and Bob Parker, Jan, of course, and lastly, our new friends, Judy and Ken Bennett.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get together with them soon.

Tomorrow we’re making a trip down to Pearland to meet up with long-time friend Bonnie Horner and take her to lunch. Her husband Richard died recently, and though we saw her right after, we wanted a chance to get together again.

Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, Conroe, TX

July 14, 2017

Didn’t Go Anywhere, Didn’t Do Anything . . .

We never left the rig. Didn’t even open the door. I did put some last minute touches on the website while I’m waiting to hear back from the client on a couple of final things.

Hopefully we’ll be able to go live within the next week. I did start the process of transferring their original domain name from their old site over to Godaddy. Since a registrar transfer can take 7 to 10 days, I want to be sure we’re ready to go when the time comes.

My problem is that I can’t leave the site alone. I find myself going back through every page, tweaking this, changing the color on that, moving this over there, and that over there. And then an hour later, I’m doing it again.

As they say, “Perfect is the enemy of good enough.”

For dinner tonight we had the rest of our leftover Spicy Beef with Orange Peel from yesterday’s visit to China Delight with our friend’s Debi and Ed Hurlburt. And to flesh it out a little, Jan made up a pot of steamed rice.

Then for dessert we finished up with a couple of the Magic Cookie Bars from the other day. They get better after being in the fridge.

Magic Cookie Bars 4

Made with Graham Cracker Crumbs, Melted Butter, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Shredded Coconut, and Chopped Pecans, they’re crispy, crunchy, delicious, and very easy to make.

Tomorrow it’s probably more of the same, but Sunday we’re meeting up at Brandi’s in Katy and then on to Landon’s hockey practice down in the Sugarland area.

Really looking forward to it.

July 14, 2018

It Wasn’t The Belt . . .

Once the heavy rain let up this afternoon, I went outside to disconnect the washer/dryer vent so I could pull the unit out and check out the drive belt situation.

I also brought in the dolly/frame that I built up a while back to facilitate the removal and installation of our Splendide unit. Since it’s in two pieces, it’s small enough that I can carry it in one of our storage bays.

Washer Dolly

Using it makes it really simple to pull the unit out of its hole and then roll it out into the kitchen to work on it.

But at least to start with, I was only going to pull it part way out and turn it around to access the back panel. That way I could leave the water and drain connections hooked up while I was working on it.

Since I used a jigsaw to widen the opening the last time I worked on the unit, it now just takes a couple of minutes to pull the unit out. And then it was a couple of screws to remove the back panel to let me at the belt to get the part number to order a new one.

And the belt was fine. Not broken, or even off the pulley, and by turning the pulley/drum by hand, not slipping either. So why was I hearing the motor running without the drum moving.

So I dug out an extension cord, plugged in the unit, and reached over to the front to turn on the dryer. And it worked perfectly, with no problems. I even started and stopped it a couple of times. Still worked.

So I decided to slid it back in the cabinet and run a small wash load. I didn’t bother to hook up the dryer vent, since I just wanted to be sure the motor/belt/drum combo was actually working.

So throwing in a couple of towels, I started a wash cycle. And after hearing the water entering the drum, suddenly water started pouring out from underneath the unit.


I hit the OFF button and the water flow quickly stopped. And since the water did stop that meant that the leak was internal to the washer. If the leak had been with the hoses coming  in, the leak wouldn’t have stopped when the washer stopped.

At this point I was done for the day. Tomorrow I’ll have to pull it completely out and take a closer look at the hoses. Hopefully I just pulled something loose when I was fooling with it before. We’ll see.

Thought I’d show you how well the Wyze cameras that I set up at the house work in the dark. Here is how it looks with the Infrared (IR) LEDs turned off.

House Cam 1 - No IR

Not much to see.

But when I put it in night mode, here’s what it looks like.

House Cam 1 - With IR

A big improvement.

Readers will remember the problems with my phone hotspot turning off due to a power outage and shutting down my Wyze cameras at the house while we were on our recent trip.

One of our readers, Arthur, suggested that I solve the problem by using an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to keep the cameras running while the power is off. And if I had it to do over, I would.

But now that we’re back and by the house every day or so, I’ll just reset the system by hand for now. But thanks for the suggestion, Arthur.

July 14, 2021

Always Have A Plan C . . .

Jan and I have tickets for the 1894 Opera down in Galveston this Saturday to see Yakov Smirnoff. The show starts at 5pm so we’ve got reservations at the Saltgrass Steakhouse for dinner afterwards.

This will be our second time to see Yakov, but it’s been a while, about 12 years in fact. The first time was in November 2009 after we had come back from doing the east coast from Key West all the way up and out to Newfoundland. Then back across Canada, coming back to the U.S. near Niagara Falls.

So how we ended up all the way over in Branson, I’m not sure. 2009 was our second year on the road, and we tended to wander around a good bit.

You can read about that here.

Smirnoff and SIX…

And the day before we saw another favorite, Jim Stafford’s show. Also really good.

Spiders and Snakes…that’s not what it takes…

About 1pm Jan and I had lunch at Dickinson Seafood. We hadn’t been for a while, but it was just as good as always.

We both had the Blackened Catfish and Shrimp with Grilled Veggies, which also comes with a salad.

Dickinson Seafood Catfish and Shrimp 20210714

Then it was on up the Interstate to get our hair cut at the CostCutters on FM646. Jan went first, but before she was done and it was time for me, my client called and said that the Shipping Computer had lost its Internet connection sometime this afternoon. And since the other computers were having no problems, it had to be the machine itself.

And after having them reboot and then trying to connect, the machine couldn’t see any WiFi signals at all.

So after Jan was done, we headed up to Webster to see what the problem was. Turns out it was apparently a problem with the WiFi adapter, which the computer didn’t seem to see at all. Since the adapter was internal, I plugged in an external USB model and rebooted. Still nothing.

So next I pulled the side of the computer and replaced the internal one with a spare, but again no luck with Plan B.

Moving on to Plan C, I dug out the 50 ft. Ethernet cable that I keep tucked away just for times like this, I spooled it out down the hall from the router in the utility room to the computer in the Shipping area. And presto, chango, we had Internet and the shipping could commence

Always have a Plan C.

Normally I would have been at work today, but this week I’m working Monday, Thursday, and Friday, instead of my normal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So I’ll tear into it tomorrow and see what the problem is.

It’s always something.

Thought for the Day

Think salads are good for you? McDonald’s chicken Caesar salad has 730 calories and 53 grams of fat, while the Double Big Mac only has 680 calories and 38 grams of fat. Yikes!

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