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March 27, 2009


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Great dog shots, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Terrific travels.

Please more beagle scampering photos....

WHY no Janis sites???

Enjoying the blog. Just had to send another shout out for Pappasitos. My wife is heading to San Antonio for work next month and that's the only place she'll eat.

While I realize the need for the break, I think my days are going to be a little less chipper without the blog next weekend. I really do look forward to reading the daily posts. What will we all do when you guys actually make it back home for good?

Jim/Joan, I am honored to receive a shout-out and even happier that Gaido's is still open and as good as it ever was.

My grandfather lived through of the Great Hurricane in 1900. His family lived 15 blocks from the beach, but since there was no seawall, the water rushed in and flooded the streets fast. He was 8 years old, and a man who worked for his family took him up to the roof of the house before the flood waters swept him away. True story.

My aunt was injured in the great explosion in TX City in 1947. Shrapnel to the head, etc. She was lucky to survive.

All in all, not a great place to live in those days, if you valued your life!

when you arrive in Phoenix, hightail it to Pizzeria Bianco, some of the best pizza you will ever have in your life...KOD money back guarantee if it disappoints.

ZZTop is singing about a brothel in that song? Really?

I second the comment that my days will be a little less bright without my FHMA fix. However, being married to a baseball nut, I understand that this is an addiction that cannot be denied. Enjoy your "break"!

When you get to Phoenix, be sure to check out Taliesin West (http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Taliesin_West.html) ... even if you do have laundry to do. Phoenix is one of my favorite places to be in spring, and in Phoenix, Taliesn and the Desert Botanical Garden (www.dbg.org) are at the top of my list of things to do. Have fun!

I, too, will miss the blog but understand the need--my entire family are baseball (heck, sports) nuts!

More pics of the playing beagles. I wanted to run and jump with them!

I don't know, Jim, but your trip to Virginia seems a little Thoreau-ish (with him leaving Walden Pond to join civilization on Saturday nights) ... maybe it'd be a good idea to bring home the laundry, too! I think Thoreau did his in town. We're enjoying your blog! Safe Travels - love, Pam, Jack, Boys and Dogs

I'm sure you'll remember Biga on the Banks if you're in San Antonio around dinner time.

I think Joan already may have suggested this, so I don't want to take credit for it, but it seems that "Loads of Laundry" should be added to the Quick Facts.

OK, so I am right there with you in Dweeb-land, as I am in a lot of fantasy leagues...but why would you need to fly across the country for a draft? They have this funny thing called the internet. You may have heard of it.

I have been loving your blog. I shall miss you while you are away. Just so you know, my husband and 5 year old son are in a fantasy baseball league...I had to do the draft on the computer... I do not think you are a dweeb!!!!! Have a safe flight.

Around Big Bend National Park -- I'd recommend the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas (it's actually the only hotel in Marathon, Texas). Try not to be bothered by the trains that pass through every 45 minutes. There are some nice restaurants in Marathon.

Also, Fort Davis, Texas is quite interesting and home to the McDonald Observatory, where they record "Stardate" for NPR. If the weather is clear, they do nightly observing right after dark.

Not sure if you went through Marfa on your last trip, but you can try and spot the Marfa lights. They have a huge rest stop dedicated to it. My dad and I watched for an hour and saw nothing but UFOs made by Ford.

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