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A Great Day In History . . .

No, not O.J.’s slow-speed chase, but something much more important. It’s the birthday of Ruth Graves Wakefield. Born in 1903 she is acknowledged as the inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie at her Toll House Inn near Whitman, Massachusetts.

And to do that, she had to also invent the Chocolate Chip, by chopping up a bar of Nestlé’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate and dumping them in the cookie batter. And in doing so, causing the sales of Nestlé’s bars to skyrocket after Ruth published the recipe.

Nestlé’s later hired Ruth as a spokesman, a position she held until she died in 1977.

So now you know.

I spent most of the day at work touching up some things of the website, updating some, and deleting others. Seems like the customers are happy since the orders and new customer registrations are rolling in. At least, my client is happy, so I’m happy.

On the way home today I stopped off at the Santa Fe O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to pick up a new Ignition coil and spark plug for my truck’s “Cylinder #7 Misfire” problem. I was afraid I was going to have to buy a full set of 8, but luckily my truck is not one of those.

I’m pretty sure it’s the coil, but I thought I’d replace the plug while I’m in there. And it looks like I should be able to get to both with no problem. But we’ll see.

And while I was there, I also ordered another set of ceramic disc brake pads for the truck. No, not another set for the front, but a set for the rear wheels.

As it turned out, the noise from the front brakes was masking the noise from the rear ones. So now I have another brake job in my future, as soon as I recover from the first one.

Our Office Manager, Jennifer, has been hand-raising two tiny kittens that she found. She thinks they’re now about 6 weeks old. And really cute.

Jennfier's Kittens

Tomorrow, if it stops raining I’ll see if I can’t install the new coli and plug in the truck before we head out for lunch.


Thought for the Day: 

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” – Eric Hoffer

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Happy Father’s Day . . .

To all the Fathers out there.

Jan and I headed for Sugarland about 10:30 to meet up with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon for a Father’s Day Lunch at the Floyd’s Cajun Seafood there. Originally we had planned on meeting at the Sugarland Ice Rink for Landon’s skating lesson, but the lesson is only 30 minutes, so Brandi said that they’d just meet us at the restaurant.

Landon’s not doing Hockey this summer but he still wants to take the lessons because they’ve really improved his skating, and thus his hockey playing in the fall.

By the way Landon has his own YouTube channel, that he set up and programs himself. Called Mr. Pug, shortened from the original Mr. Pug Morrison for some reason, he’s now got 15 subscribers, and could probably use a few dozen, or a few hundred more. So check it out and at least give him a Like or 2 on his 12 videos.

Thanks.

Landon’s also taking coding classes this summer at one of the Code Ninjas facilities near his house. I think they start out with the Roblox concept where you drag and drop modules, building games and programming robots. Sounds like it’ll be right up his alley.

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Readers will remember that before we left on our trip I signed up for a VPN service called ExpressVPN. It worked great and was a lot safer whenever I was doing financial stuff aboard ship and in hotels.

And I found that if I wasn’t using it, sometimes when I accessed US sites, I was told that I couldn’t because I was not located in the right area. When that happen I would just connect to an ExpressVPN server in Dallas (they don’t have a server in Houston), and suddenly I was in the right area.

Well, yesterday I did the reverse. I was trying to find digital copy of a book that wasn’t available on Amazon, or in the US, either. But I did located a copy on the Project Gutenberg site in Australia. However, when I tried to download it, I was told that the download was not available in my area.

So a couple of clicks on my ExpressVPN app and a Chrome refresh, and suddenly I was in Amsterdam. And the download worked just fine.

When our son Chris called today to wish me a Happy Father’s Day, (I, of course, wished him one back, I told him I could have really used his help yesterday. And when he asked what for, I told him the trials and tribulations of my brake job yesterday, and that the biggest problem was lifting the 85# tire up and getting it on the lugs.

He got real quiet for a few seconds and then said, “Yeah, it’s gotten a lot harder for me lately too.” I told him to just give it another 20 years and see how it feels.

It’s hell getting old. But it sure beats the alternative.


Thought for the Day: 

Every time you get dressed, remember.  If you die, that’s your ghost outfit forever.

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