Random Wednesday thoughts.
--I went to visit a friend in Waxahachie (by-Gawd) Texas the last couple of days. We wondered around the Ellis Courthouse on the square. That's a beautiful courthouse, and I'm picky. Every time that I go to a Texas county that I've never visited before, I try to get a size-up of their courthouse. There are 254 Texas counties (many of which are ~30 miles square, but not all), and most of them have a courthouse, many of which are over 100 years old and still in service. Some have retired their old courthouses but still keep them for other uses. Some counties share their judicial district with another local county, and thus use their that county's courthouse.
I enjoyed the detail of the stonework over the porticos at the entrances:
Forgive my poor photography. I was using a crappy not-Smart phone at dusk.
--I'm still liking Sallie Ford And Sound Outside. They've got a rough retro sound that I enjoy.
--I went to a pub last night to get a (wife-approved*) pint with an old friend from high school. I enjoyed our chat. She's extremely liberal. I'm a bit right of center. We disagreed about gun control. We're still really good friends. It's not all about politics, friends.
--Pubs are nice places to get a drink and chat. I've hardly ever done that. However, at 9:00PM, the place basically turned into a club, and the music went all doosh-doosh-doosh-dooshdooshdoosh, doosh-doosh-doosh, making us old people find it hard to hear each other. These kids, with their techno music, these days. . .
--This past weekend, I borrowed a flatbed trailer and picked up 3 cubic yards of enriched compost humus dirt. They said that it was about 1900 lbs when I picked it up.
--We filled Mom's raised bed frame and her front yard flower beds with the stuff, too.
--After all that rain, there seem to be some ruts in my yard from where I backed the trailer onto the soft dirt, and then back out. At least I didn't get the van stuck. This time. I need a yard roller.
--I go in tonight to see how I did on my Homeland Security test in grad school. I'm not enthusiastic. Then again, I'm not really enthusiastic about the state of our nation's homeland security, either.
--I had my daughters do without TV or computer for two days. Given the results, I think I'm going to do this some more.
--My chickens are back to laying about an egg a day. Two of them are laying eggs the size of duck eggs.
--I got to take the weekend off from fire training. It was the first weekend off this year. It was very nice to have the weekend off from training, because I worked at my paying job all weekend. This stuff makes you tired, when you don't get any sleep on top of it.
*You think that "wife approved" part is silly? Not me. I'm in this thing for the long haul, friends.