Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some Things That Make Me Wonder

There are so many strange things in this world and I love to share them when I find them. So today I bring you three "interesting" items I have seen recently.

I bought this knowing the broccoli wasn't going to be huge, but then I opened the box to make it.

Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

I was correct that there was not a lot of broccoli, but this was not what I was expecting. There was a itty-bitty green bag of dried broccoli bits. Bits.


Saw these at one of the dollar stores. Really? Amercian stickers?? Are you sure? I bet they are from China. I didn't even think to look for where they were made.

American Stickers?

One more for today. Saw this in Austin on south I-35. I don't even want to think about why you would want to rent a hot tub by the hour.

Hot Tub Rentals

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sixth Floor Museum - JFK Assassination Sight

While in Dallas we visited the Sixth Floor Museum. It is just down the street from the Dallas Holocaust Museum that I mentioned in my last blog.

6th Floor Museum

No cameras were allowed inside so I do not have as many pictures to show you. It is an excellent museum with loads of information. There is an audio tour that guides you through the museum and the time line leading up to the shooting of President Kennedy. It also expounds on some of the conspiracies surrounding John Kennedy's assassination.

There was one picture in the museum that I was able to find online. It is the picture where Lydon Johnson is being sworn in on Air Force One with his wife on one side and Jackie Kennedy on the other.

Lyndon B. Johnson Oath

When I looked at it all I could think of was that in the picture, only a few hours ago Mrs. Kennedy's husband was shot right in front of her. It is written in the Warren Commission hearings that she said, "I have his brains in my hand." She had to witness the murder of her husband and she was going to have to go home and tell her little kids. There was still blood on her coat. I can't even imagine what was going through her mind. I can't imagine what was going on in the minds of any of the people in the picture. What a sad day it was for our nation.

President Kennedy had come to Texas to raise money for the Democrats. He was looking for a re-election and had barely won Texas' vote the first time. He and the others with him were heading towards downtown where President Kennedy was to speak. The motorcade turned onto Elm street and passed in front of the seven story Texas School Book Depository (Now the Dallas County Administration Building) just before 12:30 PM on November 22, 1963.


Moments after the car turned onto Elm, an employee of the book depository, Lee Harvey Oswald, aimed a high-power rifle out of the corner window of the sixth floor...

The 6th Floor Window

...and fatally shot the 35th President of the United States of America as he reached the grassy knoll, while injuring two others.

Where the Shot Hit

It was indeed a very sad time in our nation's history. Seven years later a memorial was erected about 200 yards from where the shootings took place.

JFK Memorial

It is a cenotaph or an open tomb and inside is an empty platform with "John Fitzgerald Kennedy" engraved along its side. According to the American architect, Philip Johnson who designed it, the structure was to be a thoughtful piece of art intended for reflection and remembrance and to symbolize the freedom of John F. Kennedy’s spirit.

If you get the chance I highly suggest visiting the Sixth Floor Musuem in Dallas, Texas.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Recently we traveled with friends to attend a Texas Rangers baseball game. The next day we visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum. I will never understand how events like that could happen. How one insane man rose to such power and how so many followed. I know this was not the first or the last, but I will never understand any of it. There were images there that I couldn't even glance at without being on the verge of tears.

I am going to let the pictures do most of the talking for me. There is no way I could do it justice.

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Clothes from Concentration Camps

These clothes were donated by a Jewish man who survived living in a concentration camp and afterward move to Dallas, Texas. The numbers in the background are a very small sample of the people who were killed by the Nazis during World War II and how the Nazis kept track of them.

Jewish Stars

I suggest clicking on the picture above to see the larger version so that you can read the notes that are with the stars. The next two pictures are headlines from American newspapers and from documents that a group of Americans wrote to stir up people to act to help the Jews in Europe.

Newspaper Headlines 1

Newspaper Headlines 2

And finally, I leave you with quotes that were on the walls in the theater room. There was a film showing survivors talking of their ordeal. It was very hard to watch, I can't even begin to believe that I understand what they went through. So let's us all remember these quotes and pray that these things don't happen anymore but if they do pray that we have the courage and the desire to stand up to it!

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ranger's Baseball in Arlington, Texas

Last weekend we were invited to go with some friends from church to a Texas Ranger's baseball game in Arlington, Texas. We of course said yes! It was pretty much get on I-35 and head north for five hours.

We left after church on Sunday morning and one thing to keep in mind is this was on July 5th and there were a bazillion people also going I-35 north. This five hour drive turned into six and half hours and we are still not sure why. There was rain around Waco and I know that Texas is in a drought so we thought maybe everyone was slowing down some coming to a complete stop to admire it??

Of course, there is a lot to see on I-35 and in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Here are a few things that I was able to snap pictures of:

Taco Bell Billboard
Hot sauce anyone?

Italian cars! Varooom!

Italy, Texas
Speaking of Italian things...how about a Texas town called Italy!

Megachurch 1
Not only was there one but there was.....

Megachurch 2
...TWO mega-churches not even five miles from each other.

Then we arrived in Arlington and the stadium. But the Ranger's stadium took a backseat for a moment when we all saw the new Dallas Cowboy's stadium.

New Cowboy Statium

It cost $1.1 billion to build and it seats 80,000 people but can expand to seat almost 100,000. The cheapest tickets will be $590 for 10 games and the most expensive will be $3,400 for 10 games plus $150,000 seat option. Seat option means that the seat you pick can be yours for 30 years. Hey! They will even finance that for you. They will not have single ticket options so the only people who get to go will be the ones who have season tickets. I just don't understand that.

In all reality I was more excited to see this than the Cowboy's stadium.

Green Grass

We are in a drought in south Texas and haven't seen green grass in awhile. Finally, after all this we made it into the Ranger's ballpark to see the game we came to see.

Ranger Ballpark

Let me tell you about the seats we had that should put the Cowboys to shame with how much they charge. We paid $25 each to sit in the All-You-Can-Eat-Seats. They were in the middle level out of three levels, so not too close and not too far.

Ranger Field

The price included all you could eat hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, and soda. According to ballpark prices, where a hot dog was $4.50!!, Frankie determined that between the two of us it would have worked out to be $84 just in food!!

Ballpark Peanuts

The Rangers did win the game, but someone's heart was won there as well. I didn't think people really did this but if you will please turn to the screen.

Major League Proposal

Awwwwhh....We didn't hear the answer but let's all assume it was yes.

We all had a good time and hope to do it again sometime! Thank you to our friends for inviting us!

Friends at Ranger's Game

We had a great time!

At the Ranger's Game

Friday, July 3, 2009

This Is Serious Business

Recently seen at a thrift store.

What ever you do....


Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Cat Has Pica

Pica is a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, according to Wikipedia. Examples include eating clay, coal, soil, feces, chalk, paper, soap, mucus, ash, gum, or in my cat's case string, thread, and hair.

He is OBSESSED with string, thread, and hair! He goes through the house looking for loose threads and he usually finds them on the couch or on the bed. I have woken up many times to him eating my hair!

Here is another case in point:

There was a hair on the couch. I picked it up to throw it away. Pan, the cat, saw this hair. He ran and jumped on the couch and instantly started batting at it to get it in his paws to put it in his mouth. He got too rambunctious and mutilated my face!

Pan Hurt Me
No, that is not a pimple! It my battle wounds!

Here a video to further prove the diagnosis of pica for my cat.

So, do you agree with me that my cat has pica??

There is definitely SOMETHING wrong with him!