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Two. Count’em. Two.

Today was a quiet one for a change, with lunch at Los Ramirez and then a quick stop at the nearby HEB.

Jan got her usual Pechuga Rellana, with a grilled chicken breast, grilled shrimp, and grilled broccoli,

Los Ramirez Pechuga 1-05-20

while I got my usual Beef Fajita Taco Salad.

Los Ramirez Beef Fajita Taco Salad

It’s easy to see why we both get our usual ‘usuals’.

You can now add O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to the list of companies that have made masks optional, at least here in Texas. No more masks signs when we stop off there on the way home.

And, although they still have the signs up, HEB didn’t seem to be policing the lack of masks at our local one this afternoon.

Well, after not grilling anything since about 2012, somehow, we’re now a two-grill family.

When we were getting ready to start RV’ing in 2007, our kids, Chris and Brandi, gave us a very nice Weber Q200 gas grill,

Weber q200 Grill

and we used it a lot as we traveled around the country the first 5 years or so. But the last time I can remember using it was while we were gate guarding in 2012, when we did hot dogs. And that was it.

Then a few years ago, we loaned it to Brandi and Lowell who’ve had it ever since. But since we’re redoing our patio area, we wanted to start grilling outside, so when we were up there visiting over Easter, we brought it back home with us. Their poolside area has a big built-in BBQ grill, so they hadn’t used ours in a while, anyway.

But while we were up there, we saw an ad on QVC for the new George Foreman Inside/Outside 15 serving electric grill.

George Foremand Inside Outside Grill

So since Jan wanted something that would also let us grill inside as well as outside, so I put in an order for one. Which showed up this past Friday.

After I got it all put together out on the patio, I cleaned up the Weber, getting the dust, dirt, and a dirt dauber nest out of it, and then used a wire brush on the grill surface. And it came out looking really nice.

So my next step was to connect up a new propane tank, and hit the igniter button a couple of times. And amazingly, it fired right up.

So we’re now a two grill family, I guess. Jan says the first thing we’re going to do is hot dogs, and then some ribs.

But with two grills I guess we could do both at the same time.

I mentioned a while back that all of the Texas Bunch is heading up to Illinois the 2nd week of June for a big family reunion with her sister Debbie and the rest of the Illinois Bunch. Then on our way back home, we plan on detouring down through Alabama to check in with family and friends.

But since we’ll be gone about a week and a half, Jan was worried about her patio hibiscus not getting enough, or any, water. So I came up with a computer-controlled watering system to keep it watered while we’re gone.

I’m going to use an empty kitty litter bucket for the water reservoir, a small submersible pump, some plastic tubing, and a smart plug like this to control it.

TanTan Alexa Computer SwitchI can set it to automatically turn on for several minutes a day to keep it watered, or even control it manually from anywhere. I’m going to set it up in the next week or so, and let it keep the plant watered until we leave so I can get some idea how long it needs to run each day.

Hopefully, we won’t come back to a dead plant.

Thought For The Day:

If a Right of yours can be rescinded, it was never really a Right to start with, now was it. – Paraphrased from author Russell Blake

Return To Normal in Texas . . .

Like all of our Alvin Opry House nights, last night was no different, starting with having dinner at the local Monterey’s Mexican Kitchen. And it looks like they’re falling into line with the dropping the masks mandate thing.

They have a sign on the door saying that since Governor Abbott had dropped the mask mandate for the state, they were doing the same thing, and that masks were now optional for their customers, though the staff would continue to wear them.

Works for me.

In last night’s short blog, I posted about 5 year old Blair Kudelka and how good she was, since this was her first time singing onstage.

Alvin Opry Blair Kudelka 3

You can read about that again here, Blair Kudelka

Well Jan updated me that though this was her first time singing onstage, her poise and stage presence comes from the fact that she’s a regular on the child beauty pageant circuit. Which also explains those cute little high heels she was wearing, I guess.

But this is not our first time to see a beginner appearing onstage for the very first time. This is a clip from our blog post from January 19, 2013.

We had some great singers at the Alvin Opry tonight, but it’s also nice to see some beginners like Zack Clifton.

Opry - Zack Clifton

At 9 years old, this was his first time on stage and he did a really good job. Local Opry’s like these are where a lot of famous singers get their start. Some day we may be able to say about Zack that we knew him when.

And that’s what happened here. On last night’s bill was Zack Clifton, 8 years older, and now having opened for Merle Haggard and other stars, we can truly say, “we knew him when.”

Zac Clifton Now

He and his family were sitting at the table next to us between his sets, and it was fun to show him that old photo of him back then.

All the talent on last night’s Opry show was great, one of the best shows ever.

Jumping forward to today, we had lunch once again at the Eggcellence up in Webster, and again, masks were now optional, but the staff were still wearing them. The best of both worlds, I guess. Something for everyone.

Though Jan was disappointed that they no longer had her favorite Greek Omelet, she really enjoyed their Avocado BLT with a side salad.

Next we made a quick stop by the office to set up system image backups on two of the office machines. I’ll remote in later tonight and finalized the backups and reboot the machines.from home.

Our next stop was at the Home Depot down on FM646 in our area, and once again, masks were now optional there, with all the signs requiring them pushed to the side.

I was there to pick up a few things for our patio setup, that I’ll talk about in another blog.

Then after a WalMart stop we finally headed back to the rig. And like the WalMart up in Webster, this one no longer requires masks either. So I guess it’s chain-wide, at least in Texas.

So now, apparently it’s back to this.

Return To Normal: Texas Announces They Will Go Back To Shooting People Wearing Masks On The Assumption They’re Stagecoach Robbers

AUSTIN, TX—In yet another return to normalcy, Texas has announced that effective immediately they will return to their normal mask policy: Anyone wearing a mask is automatically shot, on the assumption that that person is about to rob a stagecoach.

“We done licked that virus good,” announced Texas Governor Greg “Tex” Abbott. “Now it’s time to get back to protecting our precious, precious stagecoaches. So, if you’re wearing a mask — BAM! Ya dead! Yee-haw!”

Good Ole Texas!

Thought For The Day:

“It’s just a mask.” “It’s just six feet.” “It’s just two weeks.” “It’s just non-essential businesses.” “It’s just non-essential workers.” “It’s just a bar.” “It’s just a restaurant.” “It’s just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals.” “It’s just to make the cases go down.” “It’s just to flatten the curve.” “It’s just a few inmates.” “It’s just to keep others from getting scared.” “It’s just for a few more weeks.” “It’s just church. You could still pray.” “It’s just until we get a vaccine.” “It’s just a bracelet.” “It’s just an app.” “It’s just for tracing.” “It’s just to let others know you’re safe to be around.” “It’s just to let others know who you’ve been in contact with.” “It’s just a few more months.” “It’s just a large gathering but for protests.” “It’s just a few violent protests.” “It’s just a little microchip.” “It’s just a blood test.” “It’s just a scan.” “It’s just for medical information.” “It’s just a vaccination certificate.” “It’s just like a credit card.” “It’s just a few places that don’t take cash.” “It’s just so you can travel.” “It’s just so you can get your driver’s license.” “It’s just so you can vote.” “It’s just a few more years.” It’s just . . .



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