Jim’s WebLetter for 1/12/08

Jim’s WebLetter
(Now blogged at https://jimonline.wordpress.com)
Hi-ya Webfriends!

Yes, we’re back from Texas where our son has returned from his deployment in Iraq. He’s in good condition and is looking forward to a lengthy leave here in Florida in another week or so. While we were in Austin for the week, we had time to look around the Capitol city and take in the sites and the food. Last year we went to San Antonio for the ribs and sight seeing the Alamo and downtown area. A place we enjoyed there was County Line BarBQ. In Austin, however, we found County Line (the one on the lake) to be just “ok”. But it was a place called Luby’s that really got my attention. Their style of service (paper not plates) and food (meat that falls off the bone) was superior. They had sweet tea, too. County Line didn’t serve it. Now what kind of BarBQ place in the south refuses to serve sweet tea? So, Luby’s is my new favorite rib place to go in Texas. Their slogan is “The Worst BarBQ in Texas”, but don’t believe it. And don’t miss the chance to be a “rookie on board” when you go. It’s well worth it.

While we were awaiting our son’s return, we had time to take in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum located just blocks from the Capitol building with the idea of spending a couple of hours there. After three-and-a-half hours, we realized we had been there that long and still hadn’t seen everything. It was truly a great place to take the family and spend the day. If you get a chance to go, pay a few bucks more and take in the IMAX theatre presentation. It’s worth it. http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/

We also visited the University of Texas Memorial Museum Hall of Geology and Paleontology which houses specimens of fossils, meteroites and stones found in the state. I took along my video camera and shot much of it for my grandkids to see, but will share it with you as well. The video is a little over 9 1/2 minutes. http://www.jimonline.com/videos/museum.html

While on the trip and sitting up at night on the Web, I came across a site that allows you to make your own funny photos and graphics by tying in some text and choosing from a few simple options. Says-it lets you can create your own church sign, make a concert ticket, have your own fire or police badge, and more. http://says-it.com/

Don’t you hate it when you know what something looks like but not what it’s called? Instead of labeling it a “doo-hicky” or a “thing-a-ma-bob”, use this online dictionary for help. The Visual Dictionary has over 6,000 full color images and over 20,000 entry definitions written by linguistic experts. Choose from one of their 15 initial categories to get you search started and the site will do the rest, narrowing down your options, until you’ve found your answer. Thank you, Merriam-Webster. http://visual.merriam-webster.com/

You may have heard this week of the new car being released in Europe and India. Touted as the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano will sell for about $2500 (US) and provide it’s users a mode of transportation. This is a stripped down vehicle with no frills like AC or power anything (windows, steering, etc), but is a four-door, five seat car that’s being called a “safe, affordable and all weather transport”. When seeing this vehicle and the excitment of people in India at the prospects of owning it, all I could think of was … the higher need for gasoline and therefore the higher price for gasoline. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7180396.stm

Lastly, this week the dust is clearing from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Each year, companies roll out the latest gadgets for folks like us to see with the idea of determining if they’re worth mass-marketing to the world. I thought it a good idea to read what the NY Times Techie, David Pogue had to say about it all. His eye toward flare and usefullness is a bellweather to what the rest of us may think, and therefore, buy this year. Here’s his piece on CES … http://tinyurl.com/26zgbe

This year I resolve to…
– Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.
– Stop exercising. Waste of time.
– Read less. Makes you think.
– Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.
– Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
– Take a vacation to someplace important: like, to see the largest ball of twine.
– Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more.
– Buy a 1983 Cadillac ElDorado and invest in a really loud stereo system and get the windows tinted.
– Buy some fur for the dash.
– Never make New Year’s resolutions again.
My brother was recently launched into the “real world” and, shocked by the expenses that came with it, he was complaining about the high cost of auto insurance.
“If you got married,” teased my dad, “the premium would be lower.”
He smiled and said, “Dad, that would be like buying an airline just to get free pretzels.”
(thanks, Amy)
A sergeant in my Army bomb-clearing detail was asked to conduct a class for a group of visiting officers. Needing a prop to demonstrate, the sergeant retrieved a live bomb from the impact area. One class member, a second lieutenant, seemed nervous about a live bomb being used for the demo. He kept interrupting the class with, “Sergeant, I know you’ve done this before, but are you sure that you’re doing it right?”
After the fourth interruption, a voice called from the back of the room, “Lieutenant, I guarantee that in all your military career, you’ll never meet anyone who’s done this before and done it wrong!”
(thanks, Darrell)
The teacher in our Bible class asked a woman to read from the Book of Numbers about the Israelites wandering in the desert. “The Lord heard you when you wailed, ‘If only we had meat to eat!’ ” she began. “Now the Lord will give you meat. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, or ten or twenty days, but for a month — until you loathe it.” When the woman finished, she paused, looked up and said, “Hey, isn’t that the Atkins diet?”
(thanks, David)
Like they always say, “it’s good to go and it’s great to come back”. I like visiting other places, but I also like coming back to my own place. Have a great weekend and until next … keep smiling. It makes the nay-sayers uneasy. Til next, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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