Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Recap of the Past Four Days - Wed., Sept. 4

Continuing Saturday, August 31...
Bob had a good time volunteering at the car show. He sold scrip tickets for food and drinks and registered the car show exhibitors. Here are a few photos (taken with an iphone...not high res). Thank you to my step-son, Randall, for taking these.
Face painting
Bob at the volunteer table with another volunteer.
Live music.
Beer garden
Car show.
Car show

Sunday: For the first time in weeks, we slept in on a weekend! Yeah, baby, yeah. Love it. For breakfast, I made gluten-free pancakes which are usually pretty good and cake-like; however today they seemed undercooked and like lead. Yuck. I must have made a mistake in proportions. 

In the afternoon, we went to see "In a World..." a movie about voice-over artists who make a living doing voice-overs on movie trailers, etc. What an excellent movie. It's not only about voice-over work, but also about relationships, voice work as art, and the pride the artists take in sounding unique. It's not a movie like any other we've seen. It is surprising when something new and unique plays at the movie theater. The critics loved this movie too with an average score of 80 out of 100. Worth seeing.

Monday: Both of us were out the door early - Bob went running for 10 miles on the RiverWalk bike/walk path into downtown San Antonio. I drove to Braun Station neighborhood and did a 10K (6.2 mile) Volksmarch by myself through nice neighborhoods. It took me two hours, including stopping for photos.

Braun Station Volksmarch photos. If anyone can help identify the birds below, I'd be most grateful. (Judy?)

Yellow warbler? Anyone know?

Blue jay
Lesser goldfinch??
Blue jay.

Many streets in Braun Station have to do with the Middle Ages: Knighthood, Dragon, Chivalry, Heraldry, Tourney, Kingsway, Beowulf, Queen Heights, Pendragon, Brigadoon, Honiley (as in Puff the Magic Dragon, I think). The sign below made me think of a knight slaying a dragon (especially with "Dead End" on the Dragon sign). 

Light and lines - trees as art.
The trees are awesome - they're like art.

Rough-legged hawk?
A rough-legged hawk?

Look at the spines on this edges of this cacti!
Beautiful flowers.
Yard art (?)
Sunday afternoon, "The Lone Ranger" was on our list for a 12:30 showing at the cheap theater in San Antonio. Ummmm....no. We got there at 12:28 and three blockbuster, 2nd run movies, had "Sold Out" signs on them: The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim and Turbo. Really, sold out? I guess $1.25 for a movie on Labor Day with outdoor temperatures at 101 degrees was too much to resist. We bought tickets for the 3:30 show. 

To kill time we had lunch at Wendy's, then Bob wanted to shop for Skechers Shape-Up shoes. There was a Skechers store down the street. Unfortunately, according to the salesperson, Skechers no longer makes Shape-Ups. Bob was devastated. They're his favorite shoes and his foot doctor in Hawaii recommended he wear them to help his Achilles tendon. Since that was a bust, we found a shopping mall where Bob searched for Skechers Shape-Ups that might still be on the shelves. No luck.

At 2:50 p.m. we headed back to the theater. What a zoo. The lobby was about as crowded as Grand Central Station at rush hour. The building has 13 theaters in it and it seemed like half of San Antonio was waiting for one movie or another. Wow. That's the most crowded I've seen a theater lobby in forever.

Bob enjoyed "The Lone Ranger" way more than I did. He said it was a good escape. I thought it was okay and laughed in a few places. It seemed like the movie relied on Johnny Depp's facial expressions to carry the plot along. While I like Johnny Depp, this just didn't appeal to me much.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Snelling placed me at the insurance company as receptionist again for two days at the request of the owner. What a great place to work. And because I'm traveling to and from work in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic, the commute (even though it's 20 miles each way) is a breeze.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I'll be working in the RV park office. Normally I don't work Saturday, but the park manager who works Saturdays is on vacation for a couple of weeks.

Whew. We sure have been busy. 

And, our refrigerator still isn't working right. It's been five or six weeks since a new thermistor was installed. However, we have a big crack in our gasket which we've been trying to get our mobile repairman to fix. He's very uncommunicative. The interior temperature of our refrigerator is 50-60 degrees. We can't really keep anything in there, so we've been eating out a lot.

Welcome to new follower, Eileen, who writes the blog A Journey to Health - One Step at a Time. She is a mom to four daughters, and a grandma to 10 grandchildren, who loves to explore the world. 

Travel Bug out.


  1. Susan, your first mystery bird is a female lesser goldfinch. It looks a lot like the female American goldfinch, but the black beak is the give away. As for mystery bird #2, it is definitely not a rough-legged hawk. Rough-legged hawks in your neck of the woods would have birders from all over coming to see it. If one were ever in your area, it would be in the dead of winter.

    I can't see enough detail on that bird (like length of tail) to make a positive ID, but would guess it's either a young red-shouldered hawk or a young Cooper's hawk. It's most likely a red-shoulder.

  2. It's hard to believe that Bob can have any health issues at all considering all the exercise you two do.

    Those trees are interesting. You're right...they are very much like a artwork.

    Frustrating about your fridge. UGH!!! I rely on refrigeration for just about everything I eat. Hope you get that worked out soon.


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