Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Saw this while we were out:

The State of Texas and SpaceX, the technology company led by Elon Musk, have announced that the company will build the first commercial site for orbital launches on the state’s southernmost tip. The $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, will be used to launch commercial satellites. The state said it would provide $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, offering an additional $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund. SpaceX, which is based in California, is expected to create 300 jobs at the site. The company has a testing facility in McGregor, Tex., that employs 250 people.

We'll be able to watch launches from our deck on the island!  Cool!  (I think)

Friday, August 8, 2014


Today, August 8, my youngest niece graduated from college.  I suppose 100+ years ago none of my nieces and nephews would have even gone to college.  Nowadays, it's practically essential to getting a good job, but it's no guarantee.

As usual, we got away from Houston much later than originally planned and drove 175 miles in the dark to San Marcos, TX.  I hate driving at night.  That last 30 miles was on an intense 2-lane road and by the time I got to the hotel and laid down on the bed, I had a nasty vertigo attack.  

Not a great way to start a 10-day vacation.  I still felt "off" Friday morning and so didn't even attend the graduation or the celebratory lunch. Fortunately I was back to 100% by the afternoon.

Both of my nieces have told me that they will help take care of us in our old age.  Good thing, seeing as how we didn't have any children of our own. 

Getting old really sucks. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Earth Touch News

I subscribed to the Earth Touch News channel on YouTube awhile ago and they always have some interesting things about Earth and nature. They publish a weekly two-minute roundup.

And WTF is wrong with Australia?  They recently abandoned their carbon tax scheme and now they are building the worlds biggest coal mine?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Some say that good luck is 99% preparation.  

When you go on a cross-country road trip, preparation is pretty damn important.

We had planned a 1,000 mile road trip for about six months now, so we have had quite enough time to prepare.  Maybe it's because we're not used to serious road trips (it's probably been 20 years since our last one to Las Vegas) but I ended up forgetting quite a number of things.

Some things we forgot:
Maps (duh)
cap to block the sun
light jacket
non-computer glasses
travel mugs

And there are a few other things that it's best not to mention.

But it wasn't a total loss or bonehead.  Some important things we DID remember to pack/prepare for:
new car
snacks for the road

Which reminds me of an old saw: do what I say, not what I do.

(getting old is a bitch) 

This is the main thing I needed to remember to bring - success!!  It's been a dream on the road.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

man is a woman?

I've heard some odd things in my short time on this planet, but ... how can a 44-year-old "man" suddenly "discover" that he is a woman?   This story should make a few rightwingnuts heads explode, although it doesn't take much to do that.

Man With Stomach Pains Discovers He's A Woman Having Her Period

Gender isn’t always as clear-cut as black and white. Shades of gray exist among men and women who don’t quite fit into a single gender. A 44-year-old married Chinese man found out he too wasn’t exactly all male when bouts of stomach pain and blood in his urine sent him to the doctor for an unexpected diagnosis. The Chinese man, identified by his surname Chen, discovered he was actually a female experiencing menstrual cramps, after a CT scan revealed he had a uterus and ovaries.

"He was wearing men’s clothes and had short hair so we didn’t think that he would be a female at the beginning," said the Chief of the First People’s Hospital of Yongkang, according The doctors proceeded to treat Chen like a male patient, until the CT scan and a chromosome examination showed he not only had female genitalia, but a pair of XX sex chromosomes, suggesting Chen was genetically female. He learned his feelings of constant fatigue, accompanied by a swollen face and legs were all due to him being on his period throughout his life.

Although doctors have not confirmed whether Chen is a hermaphrodite or intersex, he does have two types of genitalia — a penis and a uterus with ovaries. Typically, people who are intersex do not have a reproductive or sexual anatomy that fits the definitions of female or male, says the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA). However, there are cases of people who are born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types, such as a boy being born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like a labia.

Chen claims he has enjoyed an active sex life with his wife of 10 years, but doctors doubt this since his genitals are different from other men, and he did not possess an Adam’s apple. People who are intersex sometimes don’t find out they have intersex anatomy until they reach the age of puberty, find themselves an infertile adult, or die of old age, and are then autopsied. According to the ISNA, people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing.

Not only was Chen diagnosed as a female after 44 years, but doctors also found the married man suffered from the genetic disorder — congenital adrenal hyperplasia — where the adrenal glands produce more or less of the hormones that shape the development of genitals and secondary sex characteristics such as body hair. Doctors found it unusual Chen possessed little facial hair.

Since Chen has lived his entire life without adequate hormone treatment for his genetic disorder, his adrenal glands developed benign tumors and were removed, the Daily Mail reported. Furthermore, genetic testing conducted by doctors at First People’s Hospital of Yongkang confirmed Chen is a woman, biologically. It is not known whether the man wants to change his gender identity.

Chen’s case isn’t the only one seen in China. Last year, an unidentified 66-year-old man learned his abdominal pain was due to an ovarian cyst, revealing he is genetically a woman. The patient was found to have a rare combination of Turner syndrome and congenital adrenal hyperplastia, which has interfered with the development of reproductive organs and secondary sex characteristics, the South China Morning Post reported.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Republican said what?

Here is another item from one of my Republican family members, Lee T., currently living in San Antonio, Texas. THIS is the kind of Republican that I can work with and respect.

Border Militia

Having been born and raised in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley - South Texas), never in my 68 years of life have I given even one thought that one day we'd have a bunch of masked terrorists armed to keep five-years-olds from "attacking" American citizens in the RGV.

I find it amusing that these cowards hide their faces like the Taliban, the Iraqi insurgents, Ukrainian Separatists and Hamas when facing children refugees pointing AK47's at children and teenagers.  How overwhelmingly brave these masked cowards are.

It is a terrible shame that I'm not teaching political science anymore as this would be a great example to show students a perfect example of un-Americanism, intolerance, and hypocrisy.  

They have been told multiple times by the Border Patrol, ICE, local law enforcement, and other local, state, and federal law enforcement officials that they are not needed and definitely not wanted in the Valley or, for that matter, anywhere near the border.  Atty. Gen. Abbot,  Gov. Perry, and aspirant Patrick refuse to make any comments pertaining to this embarrassing atrocity of American armed terrorists invading the Valley when no one wants them there.

How come these Texas leaders or aspiring leaders don't speak up?  Are they just as cowardly as the masked terrorists?

I am willing to bet $100.00 to $1.00 that they are all white Anglo-Saxon extremists, probably Tea Partiers, or perhaps KKK members.

I find it deplorable, despicable, and totally un-American what these masked terrorists are doing in an area of our country where nobody wants them or respects them.  These cowards are losers with nothing better to do. 

Funny, their leader is a person who was discharged from the military, in lieu of a court martial, and he wants to be the law enforcement in the Valley. It's like asking a con to guard the prisoners, all dishonorable men of course. 

These armed cowardly terrorists are a disgrace to everything that is Americana and our society in general.

You go, Lee!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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