Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(Photo above - Fanning US 66 Outpost)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Check out Meramec Caverns at www.AmericasCave.com
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Fritz's Frozen Custard is located just south of Hwy. 141 and Big Bend www.fritzsfrozencustard.com since 1983. In addition to the rich, creamy custard made with highest quality standards, there are special events such as Annual Car Hop Night with live music, a dance contest for kids and prizes. When you stop by Fritz, be sure to tell them that Benjamin sends you!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I saw this sign at Fanning US 66 Outpost Souveniers shop, http://www.fanning66outpost.com/. (More about the shop in future posts). I don't have any more photos of dry cleaners with funny names and even though I don't exactly know what the sign was about other than "Men from Mars, Women from Venus" humor, I thought the sign would suffice for this week Humor of the Week post.
Now on a new feature - Three Questions (randomly selected from the Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph. D.)
Question #80 - Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80? Assume that most of the last 30 years would be good ones.
Answer from TOTA: How about 30 good years starting at the age of 50 without any friends, then live alone and at 80 die peacefully. I would rather be alone, no friends with 30 good years and without the painful part. I am not fond of pains. What can I say, I am a loner! What would be your choice?
Questions #31 - If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would you do?
Question #32 - Would you accept 20 years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of the period?
Answer from TOTA: Depends on when these 20 years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment begins. At the age of 20 - I would accept the offer with hesitation because after only 20 good years I would die too young at the age of 40. I would definitely accept the offer when I was 40 because these were prime years physically and mentally. Not sure about after 50 since the body started to break down but 20 good years still would be a good offer. I would definitely accept these 20 years if I was offered "this deal of a lifetime" at the age of 30. I would rather lived a short life with extraordinary happiness and fulfillment than to live to be 100 yet boring and sad.
So, my adoring fans and faithful readers, your turn. What would be your answers?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
We started with Blue Smoke Cornbread, two pieces at a cost of $4.50 (I commented to CH that for $4.50 I could get a box of cornbread mix and made us a whole large pan of cornbread). I selected Kansas City Spareribs ($19.95) with no side item. CH decided on the Memphis Baby Back Ribs, also with no side item. For drinks, I asked for a glass of clean water and ice while CH ordered a house beer.
While waiting for our dinner, we talked about the plans to visit Viet Nam, mostly when and what CH would like to do there. Just like in 1989 when I broke my promise to CH that after we graduated from college we would travel around Europe for a few months, I ran off and got married instead. This time it is because of the economic downturn and personal issues, I again would not be able to go to Viet Nam as we previous discussed earlier this year. We did not talk about our workplaces because we did not want to waste precious time talking about the environment that suffocate our spirits and about co-workers that continued to receive lavish bonus not doing any work and management for some reasons tolerate these employees who spent most of the time socializing and doing personal stuff. We talked about the places we visited, (my favorite is Alaska but CH could not decide between Scottland and Switzerland) about some long lost friends and a few that still connected, and about my plans to drive along Route 66 from California to Chicago.
The conversation stopped while we enjoyed the spareribs and babyback ribs. We did not have desserts after dinner. Overall the food was good, but it was nothing special and I would not recommend it as the place to be if you were in NYC. I looked at my watch; it was 9:30 p.m. I said to CH that it was almost my bedtime. We talked about plans for Mother's Day while waiting for the check. I did not ask CH whether she was dating anyone and she did not ask about my marriage. We talked about the changes at Hunter College and NYU since our graduation 20 years ago, how time flies!
When we were leaving Blue Smoke, there was a long line of people waiting to get into the Jazz Club. The subway ride was quiet as I was a bit tired. CH watched the late night news while I was ready to fall asleep on the sofa. It was a good day spending quality time with my sister.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
A favorite pastime while we are in Hermann would be watching the trains going by from the bridge at the end of town while enjoying the nice weather and a bag of kettle korn. Life is good when you slow down to be in the moment!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Look closely (center of photo) and you will see a statue of Kissing Dutch Boy & Girl. Photos above and below (a pair of beautiful flowers) were taken on May 2, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York.
Bronze statue of Boy & Girl "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" in front of Community Center in West St. Louis County, Missouri.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
(Photo taken on Thursday, May 8, 2009)