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Neddy’s Palaver


I posted this at  AlphaInventions.com blog. I cannot understand how it works, but it does.

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My Slow Blogging


Well, it seems that I am always ahead of the trend. I started this “slow-blogging” thingy back on 4 September 2007, my sixty-sixth birthday. And my blogging has only gotten slower and slower, ;). Now they are saying this is therapy, I see. But, … does anyone read it, other than me? Probably not, but then, who cares? Not me. It is my legacy to the world that never cared about me.

Down with fast food and fast blogs. Good Advice. Blogging At a Snail’s Pace.

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Goodbye Route 66


It’s official. Today I have finished my journey along life’s Route 66. All of those adventures of the past year are now but “Vanishing Memories” of bye-gone days. Now I need a new quest to somewhere.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDNA! “I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.”

My Back Pages by Bob Dylan

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I think it is really cool that my telephone provider, Cox Communications, has begun sending my telephone voice mails to me in emails. When I first began receiving the emails telling me to click or download, I was afraid to do so, thinking they were some sort of malware. I finally investigated and opened one and found it to be wonderfully convenient.

When I play the message in my Internet Gmail account, it even opens up in its own dedicated Google audio player. If I play it on my computer it opens in iTunes, which is a bit of an inconvenience as I have to remember to delete it from iTunes. Then I am fearful of deleting my music by mistake. I haven’t figured how to get it to automatically open in Windows Media Player; I am just remembering to always play those voice messages from my Internet account.

I find it much more convenient to listen to my telephone voice mail this way, then having to dial in and listen. It is especially convenient when we are travelling as we don’t have to call home to listen to see if there are any messages for us. They show up on my laptop, and my iPod Touch – which of course I never travel without. They are my constant companions.

Thank you Cox Communications. Will wonders never cease on this Highway of Discovery – Route 66?

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Red Hat Hard Hats


A Picture from Edna

Last summer, before I began my journey along Route 66, our Red Hat group was given a tour of the “under construction” Fairfax County courthouse by one of our own DARling Dames who is the project engineer. For that event, the husband of DARling Dame Mary, Bill Wells, sent along two custom-made red hard hats, to make some of us appear extra stylish in the photographs.

A year later finds Bill and Mary Wells having spent almost the entire summer in hospital trying to get Bill recovered from an abdominal wound caused when a feeding tube was inserted into the small intestine during a medical procedure.

Yesterday was a wonderful day of accomplishment for Bill, as he was finally removed from the ventilator and is now breathing on his own. It is also a day of gratitude to God for His help in answer to all the prayers that were offered for Bill. Here is the Caring Bridge web site where we have been able to follow Bill and Mary’s travails: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billwells

The image, Red Hat Hard Hats, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

Highway 66 led me to Salt Lake City, Utah in August. I have been there a number of times before in the distant past.

Mormon pioneers began building this granite Salt Lake City temple in 1853. It was completed in 1893 and has become a beautiful symbol of Mormonism. That is why I was surprised that the Salt Lake City powers-that-be allowed a tall, totally utilitarian modern office building to overwhelm the once stately temple and the grounds of Temple Square. I was even more surprised to learn that the uninspiring newer building was the Mormon Church’s own office building. Maybe if I had taken the tour offered of the “Church Office Building” I would have a different attitude. However, I doubt that my impression of it would change much. The Chrysler Building it isn’t.

The image, Salt Lake City, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

We were in Tremonton, Utah and saw signs to Promontory Summit – thirty miles. It sounded like an enticing drive for two visitors from the East, remembering history of the Wild West. Those old-timers could not possibly have planned to have the transcontinental tracks meet at the top of a mountain. If they had planned it, they would have preferred the level land of the Salt Lake Basin below that spreads for miles and miles.

However, after blasting through solid rock mountains, at times only eighteen inches a day, they met here at the peak of this mountain, and the rest is history. It was an unbelievable race between two rail companies and an incredible accomplishment for those early Americans. These are replicas of the original engines that met. We saw a wonderful reenactment of the original “Golden Spike Ceremony” on 2 August 2008.

The image, Promontory Summit , Utah , was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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