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MG’s Come to Waco

  It's been some 6 weeks or so since "Cedric" our 1959 MGA roadster joined our garage.  Emboldened by first place finishes in two British car show entries, we decided to branch out a bit and join in the semi-annual Texas MG Registry "GoF" (gathering of the faithful). The event is held at different locations each year, but this session was in the little city of Waco, perched serenely on the banks of the Brazos River (and, not inconsequentially, home of my Alma Mater, Baylor University).  Oh, and lest we forget, home of the Branch Davidian "massacre" a few years ...
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The Mortgage Crisis

Note:  This musing was written well before the Lehman/AIG/, etc crisis hit the fan.  I guess most of my insights are considered pretty obvious at this point, following the aftermath of the near collapse of the market and subsequent sinking of the McCain electoral ship.  Nevertheless, I leave the original thoughts here for history's sake! I believe the so-called mortgage crisis has been created as a result of 4 inter-related factors: The failure of Federal Banking regulators, most of whom are ex-banking industry executives, to police the industry.  The intent of banking regulations, setup after the devasting economic crash of '29, ...
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Bringing Cedric Home

Along about mid-August, I approached a nearby neighbor about the possibility of using her extra garage to store one of my vehicles.  She was very agreeable to the idea, so the following week Nigel, our '59 Jaguar, made its way to its new home down the street. Nigel's transfer created an empty space in our own garage.  Of course nature abhors a vacuum, so I dutifully set about arranging for a new occupant for that beckoning space! Many years ago, I had owned an old MG TD roadster and had found those old British cars held some allure for me.  I'm not ...
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Balloons over Lake Travis

On Saturday, Aug 2, Dorothee and I got up at 5:00 AM to watch the launching of some 20 hot air balloons at the Mansfield Dam of Lake Travis.  Absolutely beautiful! It is so cool to watch these balloons rise majestically, and silently into the air, and then glide off into the distance.  Most had 2 or 3 people on board.  CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of some other shots of this outing of the Central Texas Ballooning Association!  (PS.. it's worth it to load the free Flashplayer when requested by the slideshow program) ...
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United Kingdom – July 2008

WARNING... Contents of this blog may induce serious drowsiness... do not operate a moving vehicle while reading this post!  Many of the comments I've made here were primarily to remind Dorothee and I of our trip when we look at this again next year, so it is filled with serious minutia.  Proceed at your own risk! That said, for several years now, Dorothee and I have talked about a trip to the UK.  Our reasons were fourfold: See a part of Europe we hadn't previously traveled Visit past Hawaii neighbors of ours who now live in their native Edinburgh, Scotland ...
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