Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So I made it a point to get home early from my trip to Wisconsin because the boss said he didn't want me on the road Friday because of bad weather. We had some snow on Friday but it wasn't too bad...... ....but overnight the snow and the wind picked up and we got pounded with somewhere between 12" and 18" of snow along with blowing and drifting. My guess is that we will not even be able to get out of the driveway until Sunday afternoon. Ranger kept thinking he wanted to go out in it. He did and had to bound his way over to a tree where the snow was shallow enough for him to somewhat walk. he wasn't out long before he was back at the door saying, "Let me IN!"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Connie, my GPS lady chose a route home right through the middle of the USA! Only one mile off the main highway was a spot designated the geographic center of the USA. One mile? I can handle that if only to say I was there. I listened to the chorus of "recalculating" several times, parked, shutoff the engine and reached for the camera gear. There is a nice plaque and monument marking the spot as well as a picnic table, a small chapel (maybe to pray that you can find your way back to the main highway?) and some trees planted to offer a backdrop and windbreak. Most interesting to me was the road leading to the center. it appears that the center of the USA has a strong gravitational pull and has folded the road drastically. The 400mm lens helps heighten the effect of the folds.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Texas trip took us straight into Turkey, Texas, population of about 500 and per capita income of under $20,000 according to the last census. Home of Bob Wills. For those who don't know him, Bob Wills was known as the King of Country Swing. His music was very popular when I was a kid living in Texas. I didn't like it then but I do now, can't quite figure that one out. It was cool to ride around with my uncle in his '55 Ford convertible and listen to Bob Wills on the radio. I was about 10 years old and except for the music thought this was awesome. Now that I am older and wiser(?) I still think it would be a cool thing to do but with gas pushing $2 a gallon and the price of a '55 Ford convertible hiting maybe $50,000+ who could afford it.
The memorial is very cool. The images of Bob are very realistic with the exception of the missing Jack Daniels bottle, a fixture at the clubs where Bob and the Texas Playboys put on shows.
Turkey, Texas is not along the route to anywhere but is on the route to everywhere. I felt like every kids dream here would be to make a name and get to somewhere else. The town is not very vibrant and is run down, but then so are a lot of other small west Texas towns. Years ago, oil was king here and the small towns were booming. Now the oil is about gone and the small oil boom towns are dwindling. There is a small resurgence based on residual oil and new ways to extract what is left but that is left to big business and not to the small time producer like T. Boone Pickens in his early years. Maybe this area will be a good location for a wind farm or a solar collector?