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Jul. 16th, 2011

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Only in Texas

My small town is building a bypass loop. The loop is close enough to my house that I can hear the construction. To be honest, I don't even mind the noise. Anything to cut down on traffic, but the cattle pasture behind the house has lost the neighborly steer and cows that would wander by once and awhile. The land awaits more houses and I don't know where the cows have gone. Most of the bovines were brown, and of an unknown breed to me. However, there was a black cow with large curling horns and a white mask that looked like she had walked off of an ancient Egyptian tomb painting. I wish I had thought to take her picture. What was she doing with the plain cows? I like to think that she was their leader.
I did see one last cow earlier this week. He was a young steer, and must have been disturbed by the construction. He was on someone's front yard, looking around with puzzled eyes. The yard was several streets away from my edge of town house, and was well into the city proper. A neighbor seemed to be dealing with him, and was waving cars away that stopped to look at him. I had to go to work, so I didn't get see if he got back to his herd, but I hope he did.

Jun. 18th, 2011


Automotive Fabric

I am a beginning sewer, so I doubt I could make a decent shirt or pair of pants right now. But when I do, I want to make something out of this fabric:

Available at www.equilter.com. There is also a yellow background. Ooo! At the risk of being either kitchsy, what about curtains in an rv or VW bus? Yes. Now to get that VW Westphalia or Microbus.

Jun. 16th, 2011


We'll never get the parts.

What do auto tech students do when they are bored? Call various parts stores and ask for a flux capacitor. For a 1985 Delorean, of course. No, I didn't crank call, but I got to hear the guys as they called. First call ended up with a female receptionist who went to ask her boss. She then hung up. Two other calls ended in hang ups as well. The last place had a specialist who who laughed and then hung up.

If I end up working in a parts store, and it happens to me, I think I'll tell them I can order it for them. After all, here it is: www.thinkgeek.com/clearance/on-sale/9fc6/