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Saturday, January 29, 2005
Smoke from fires burning in Mexico Posted by Hello 
Cactus con nieve Posted by Hello 
Orange tree with snow Posted by Hello 
Agave in snow Posted by Hello 
White (kinda) back yard Posted by Hello 
Our Christmas snow Posted by Hello 
Looking West after Sunset on December 11 Posted by Hello 
  Hey, you probably thought that you lost me...I'm still here. I have been very busy the last 8 or so weeks. I still love my job & the people that I work with are still great. There is a lot of work whipping an office (and a boss) into shape. I think that my boss would like to have things go more quickly; the problem is, she is really the bottleneck in all of our processes. For example: She has been using "Quick Books" accounting software. The problem is that nothing had been reconciled since October of 2003! For about the past week, there has been a hold-up in the process. Peggy (my boss) had entered in one "lump-sum" debit in March 2004, however, of the 4 checks that made up the large debit, only 2 cleared in March...because Ruby & I are new to Quick Books, we keep trying to get Peggy to fix it, so we can get the remainder of the statements reconciled...bt Peggy is never around. She did not even come into work on Friday...

OK, let's just leave it at work is a challenge, and move on...

To get everyone up to date on what has been going on...

We had a "White" Christmas. Probably the first ever for South Texas. We didn't get much here (not even an inch) but it was nice.

I flew up to Kansas City on December 31, I got to visit friends & relatives. It was a really great trip. I got out as the weather was starting to turn bad on the 4th (an ice storm was starting).

Let's see what else...at work I am working on updating our website www.zapatausa.com
(check it out) I am going to try to use some of my pictures on the site. Maybe some of my Dad's too.

Well, I just thought I'd update this. I need to start dinner so I will leave it at this. I will add a few pictures.

Until next time,

Be good everybody

Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Inside of Nuestra Senora del Refugio Church in San Ygnacio. Posted by Hello 
San Ygnacio is the only town in the county, over 100 years old, that is not submerged under Falcon Reservoir. Posted by Hello 
San Ygnacio Texas. Posted by Hello 
Santa about to talk to one the children who lined up to see him. Posted by Hello 
Zapata High School Football Team's float  Posted by Hello 
Santa getting a ride through town before the parade courtesy of the Zapata County Fire Department Posted by Hello 
  Hello everyone,
Well the Christmas Parade was a hit! I estimated about 3,000 people attended the parade and the plaza lighting ceremony. I was working on the "line-up" of the floats before the parade where I was interviewed by KGNS-TV (Laredo) Anchor Tim Gutierrez. When I got home afterwards, I watched the news. I looked like a total tool. But they did a nice story on the parade & festivities.
The County Fire Chief J.J. Meza said that it was the best parade ever (this was the 10th one).
I will put up some pictures from the parade.

On Sunday, I went to San Ygnacio for their "Historical Home Tours". It was very nice. I have some pictures from that too.

Anyway, I really enjoy my job. It's different every day.

I am trying to work trip back up to KC over New Years...We'll see what I can work out.

Enjoy these pictures

Be good everybody

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Hello everybody

I can't belive it's been over 3 weeks since I last updated my Blog. I guess I've been busy. Actually, I'm updating it from work. I'm hanging around to help out decorating the building, and to help out with the "Pictures With Santa" booth that we're going to have.

Our Christmas Parade is tomorrow night & I've been really busing working on getting it put together. This morning, I ran all over town (and to San Ygnacio, about 15 miles north of here) delivering packets to all of those schools & businesses who are either participating in the parade, or having a booth in the Plaza afterwards.

The town of San Ygnacio is interesting, interesting mainly because it's about the only town around here, older than 50 years, that is not underneath Falcon Reservoir. Every year, they have a holiday homes tour & that will be taking place this Sunday. I was kind of halfway thinking about coming, then I talked to Ms. Villarreal, who is the principal at A.L.Benavides Elementary school in San Ygnacio. I think I will probably go. (although, I have to contend with the Chargers-Broncos game on Sunday...) Anyway, I will plan on taking lots of pictures (I'll try to take lots of pictures tomorrow night at the parade too). I think that it's important for me to know more about the area & it's history & it's people.

So...the San Diego Chargers are in first place in the AFC West! I'm pretty darn excited.

What else...I mowed the yard Friday afternoon, and Saturday. That's something.

I invited Barry, my neighbor, over for Thanksgiving dinner. I baked some chicken breasts (with diced onions & pineapple over them), had mashed potatoes (real ones), sweet potatoes (with marshmallows), stuffing, gravy, green beans and apple pie (Mrs. Smith's).

Tomorrow is going to be a pretty long day, I'm hoping to go home for a while in the afternoon, before coming back to town to get ready for the parade.

Anyway, I'd better go

Be good everybody

Monday, November 08, 2004
Another picture of the "destruction". I know it will grow back, but it really eliminated a nice path for the birds to travel from the river. Posted by Hello 
You can see where they cleared out lots of brush...leaving things kinda open. Posted by Hello 
Not a great picture--another butterly called a "White Peacock" on a Castor Bean pod Posted by Hello 
A butterfly called a "Tropical Leafwing" Posted by Hello 
Trail at Zapata City Park (they did a great job of clearing it out--there were downed trees & it was hard to walk through there) Posted by Hello 
Picture of the Moon from the eclipse a couple of weeks back Posted by Hello 
  Hello, well I am still working, still liking my job too. I have been trying to build a Microsoft Access database for the office. I hope to have it "fully loaded for bear" and running by the end of the week.

Friday night, I was grilling burgers outside, when I noticed a warped piece of wood on the house (I don't know what the piece is called, it's the top piece on the side, right underneath the roof--I know there's a name for it... Anyway) Yesterday I went up there to check it out, went to the hardware store & replaced the warped piece of wood. I was pretty proud of myself...as Red Green says (If the women don't find you handy, hope they find you handsome--well I'm neither).

Saturday, I went to Laredo and stopped at Target, Best Buy & H.E.B.. I'm not a big fan of going to Target on Saturdays. I will guarantee you that a minimum of 50% of the vehicles in the parking lot are from Mexico (I bet it's closer to 75%). Just more people wandering aimlessly through the store.

Sunday morning I went down to the City Park in town, looking for birds. They have really cleared out the area around the Golf Course that borders the park (I don't feel it's a good thing for birds).

I took some pictures of the goings on. I took some pictures of a couple of butterflies too.

I need to get to bed, so I'll post these pictures & get to sleep.

Be good everybody.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
  Greetings. Well, here I am, happily employed. I wish that I had something to complain about...But I don't.

This evening really summed things up for me. I started out on an evening run, it's 78 degrees. I stopped an talked to a couple that live at the entrance to Las Palmas (where I live). I haven't talked to them in 2 or 3 weeks, so I told them that I am finally employed. Bob asked me "are there pretty girls there?" I answered yes. He then asked "do you get free food?" I again answered yes (I've had a free lunch the last 2 days). He then asked if it could get any better than that...He was right. After I was done talking to them, I'm jogging down the road, the direction that sun had just disappeared, I could see the Sierra Madres about 80 miles to the west, blanketed by a scarlet sky(I keep thinking I'm going to bring my camera)...It's just funny how things can seem so bleak for you one day, and a week later things could seem so good (not perfect, far from perfect, but very, very good).

It's been very chilly the past couple of mornings (down in the 40's). I'm still running in shorts and a T-shirt (and a stocking cap). Today is the first day that I've run in the evening as well as the morning.

I don't have much else to say, I guess I'm glad that the elections are over.

I'll write again soon

Be good everybody
Monday, November 01, 2004
  Good morning! Well, I am writing this before I go to work, Yes, work. Actual work! Friday at about 4:45, I received a phone call offering me the position with the Chamber of Commerce. Of course I accepted, and I'm starting today!

It's been a good past few days, I subbed on Friday. Kids were in costume & doing silly things. I had 6 or 7 boys who came dressed in drag...Very funny to watch them play with their breasts.

Good day of NFL football yesterday...Cowboys won, my Chargers won (Broncos lost too, so the Chargers are tied for the lead in their division).

I really think that I'm going to enjoy this job. The way I am looking at it, is it took me over a year to get a job, so it must be a great one!

Still very hot down here (93 degrees yesterday), but we are supposed to be having a change tonight...Maybe some 70 & 60 degree high temperatures for the next few days.

Well, I'm going to need to get going here in the next few minutes. Maybe I'll be updating my Blog more often (how many times have I said that?)

Be good everybody
Monday, October 25, 2004
  Hello. Well, I am in agony...After my interview on Thursday, Peggy (The Director of the local Chamber of Commerce) told me that she'd call me the next morning. I waited & waited & I finally called about 3:30 & she was not in...So I agonized about the job all weekend. Early this afternoon, I get a call, asking me to come in at 3:30 (good news, I'm hoping). She just wanted to see what I could do in Word, Excel & Outlook. I don't think that I did so great in Word. She asked me to reformat some things...I did it, but not quite the way she wanted them to be. Then I was asked to create a cover sheet as if it was for a presentation, that went fine. She then asked me to create a table in Excel & do a "Sum" formula in one of the columns--no problem. Finally, she asked me to send an e-mail from Outlook (again no problem) & she asked me to set it up so that the little "reminder" in the lower right hand corner of the screen came on when she had new mail. It took me some hunting, but I figured it out (she thanked me for that). So again, she says that she will call me tomorrow...I really don't want to sound like too much of a drama que...umm king, but if I can get this job, this takes maybe not the whole world off my shoulders, but 5 continents & 4 oceans for sure...(Australia is on it's own)

95 degrees so far today, that's about 10 degrees above normal, it's only been getting down into the upper 70's at night, so we really can't open the windows. No changes on the horizon either...
high humidity makes it feel above 100 degrees.

Gramma received a birthday card from my cousin Gail (actually my Mom's cousin) back in Missouri, she sent a picture of Gramma, her 3 sisters &amp; one brother & her Mother from "back in the day" (I'd guess late 1930's, early 1940's). It's a nice picture. Her brother Virgil is holding a rooster (I just thought it was funny, holding a rooster) , but that's Missouri for ya'!

Don't know much else, I just hope I will be employed (or about to be employed) this time tomorrow...

Be good everybody

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