Monday, June 17, 2024

Spain At High Speeds

The train we took in Spain from Madrid to Valencia.  What a quick and easy trip!


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2010: Are You Ready For Some Football?!
2009: Hangin’ In The Sea Cave
2008: Weekend In Wyoming
2007: Ready For Nautical Knots
2006: Australia Isn’t Far Enough Away For These Bitches To Hide
2005: Texas Suicide

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Torre De Lujo

 

On our last night in Madrid, we stayed at the Eurostars Madrid Tower because it was close to the neighborhood where my friend Catalina lived and we were planning to meet them for dinner.  They took us to Lateral Caleido, which was fantastic - when Madrileños themselves eat there, you've gotta assume it's good!

Upon arriving at the hotel, the tower's exterior was just impressive. Shiny, reflecting the light, nothing but sky behind it.  Just stunning.  The interior was just as beautiful. Very modern and luxurious, from the lobby to the restaurants to the rooms. 

All of the rooms have a panoramic view of the city and ours, on the 28th floor, did not disappoint.  We had a spectacular view!  The sun was setting, the lights of the city just coming on, and the distance we were able to see from the wall of windows in our room was amazing.  

The amenities in the room were top-notch, the shower was incredible, and the bed, well, it was insanely comfortable. And one of the room amenities that I really loved was the valet garment steamer.  I want one for my house!

We did not experience the restaurant for dinner since we went out but we did have the breakfast buffet the next morning and the spread was mouthwatering - fruits, cheeses, meats, eggs, pastries, rolls, toast, waffles, juices, oatmeal, coffee, and tea.  

We spent most of our week in Madrid at the Hilton property, because it was close to everything we wanted to see, but I would definitely stay at this Eurostars property again and would even consider checking them out in other countries.  That's how nice this experience was.

I cannot wait to go back to Spain!



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2014: Pillows Of Deliciousness
2013: Staring Me Down On Dad's Day
2012: Load Check
2011: Hotel Special Effects In An Instant
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2009: The First Glimpse Of The People’s Coast
2008: Ohhhh, So This Is How It Works
2007: Can You Hear Me Stereotyping Now?
2006: In The Kitchen With Eddie
2005: Top Ten

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Texas 'Cue

 

A few years ago when we were in Texas and visiting with Ed's family, we went to a place at the Fort Worth Stockyards called Cooper's BBQ.  It came highly recommended and several of his family members had been there before, so we all decided to try it.

Ed never passes a BBQ joint in Texas.  He even knows the ones that have truck parking so we can get BBQ while on the road.  I didn't grow up with this kind of BBQ - brisket, tri-tip, sausage, pulled pork.  In New York when we said we were going to have a barbeque, it meant we'd be putting hot dogs and hamburgers, steak or chicken, on the grill.

Cooper's serves up true Texan BBQ.  And whenever we go anywhere for BBQ, we overindulge, leaving the place full as a tick.  At Cooper's we tried the brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw, mac & cheese, and green beans.  And, of course, peach cobbler.

Yum!



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2015: I Have Turned Into My Mother
2014: Ed Drops A Bomb
2013: Guarding The Life Of My Eddie
2012: Crash Test Dummy
2011: No Fudd Found Near This Fountain
2010: The Very Thoughtful Man
2009: SPAM: Not The E-mail Kind
2008: How Casting A Memory Begins With A Fish
2007: A Weekend At The End Of The Rainbow
2006: If I Were In People Magazine
2005: Free Mudflap

Friday, June 14, 2024

A Paragon Of Nobility And Opulence

This is the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas in Valencia, Spain.

It currently houses the National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts "González Martí".

We did not visit the museum when we were in Valencia but hope to have another opportunity to do so. 

 You can see a virtual tour in English or Spanish here or a YouTube tour here

The building exterior is absolutely breathtaking, from every angle.  The detail is stunning.  And, according to the photo of it shown in the Wikipedia page from 1870, it looks the same.



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2015: It's Peony Season
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2013: The Power Is Everywhere
2012: A Patchwork Of Farms
2011: Dwarfed
2010: Kansas Needs A Few Other Representatives
2009: Something’s Afoot
2008: The Color Of Aging
2007: Ahhhhhntipasto
2006: The Great Equalizer
2005: Almost My Town

Thursday, June 13, 2024

In New Braunfels Ist Das Leben Schön

 

The last time we were in New Braunfels, Texas we stopped at Krause's Cafe & Biergarten for lunch.


And a beer.


And a giant Bavarian pretzel.


The beer was cold, the Weiner Schnitzel was excellent, and the music on the patio area was very lively.  


This is a place we'd definitely visit again.  I'm a big fan of Schnitzel and pretzels!






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2013: The Midday Bird Got The Worm
2012: Keeping Time In A Place That Goes From Salty To Sweet In Less Than A Mile
2011: Pride Of The United States Air Force
2010: The Dinosaur Rears Its Ugly Head
2009: Kidnapping Is Obviously Not Their Forte
2008: Eddie Friday On Ice
2007: Having Influence Where It Matters
2006: MacGyver To The Rescue
2005: The Weekend

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Giving Serious Side-Eye

 

Fish mural in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



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2012: I’m Too Thrifty For My Shirt, Too Thrifty For My Shirt, So Thrifty It Hurts
2011: Except It’s Not Four, It’s ONE
2010: A Few Pictures And Less Than A Thousand Words
2009: Explosions Of Color And Flavor
2008: A Big Gay Case Of Mistaken Identity
2007: Gilding The Shopping Lily
2006: Dog Day Afternoon
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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Low And Slow

 

Some cool decor in the bar area of Smoky Rose in Dallas. 

Ed's niece took us here the last time we visited her house as it's one of the restaurants nearby.  The restaurant is beautiful.  Great decor, a charming patio area, and a wonderful menu.  Everything we had was fantastic.

If you're in the area, make time to stop.  The brisket tacos were the bomb!


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2012: Opening The Door To An Amazing Houzz
2011: Ed And His Wahini
2010: Beauty Vs. Practicality
2009: No Mussels Kneaded When Eating Homemade Bread
2008: Dog Day Afternoon
2007: A Prayer For Alberta
2006: Tassimo Time
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Monday, June 10, 2024

Alright, Alright, Alright

This burger joint in Austin, Texas is best known for its appearance in Dazed and Confused, one of Matthew McConaughey's first movies.



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The Geese Are Golden At This Place

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2013: Bonne Nuit Et Au Revoir Montréal
2012: Country Comes To The Windy City
2011: Avslappnande
2010: Fellagiarism: Stealing Fellatio Techniques
2009: The View From Cap Sante
2008: Highway 333 Fishing Shack
2007: Summer Lovin’
2006: Clowning Around
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Sunday, June 09, 2024

Glazed Address Of Distinction

This is the Adams Building in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.


It was built in 1928 and was originally a hotel.  It was built to attract businessmen who came to Tulsa for the first International Petroleum Exposition.  When it first opened, it advertised itself as the "Address of Distinction" and boasted 50 air-conditioned rooms.


The building has 13 stories with a full basement and penthouse. It is the 18th tallest building in the city.

Look at the beautiful detail.  The facade of the building is covered in glazed terra cotta tiles made by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company.


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2011: Puttin’ On The Ritz
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2006: Marlin Perkins Must Live In The Neighborhood
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Saturday, June 08, 2024

Peering Into The Yonic Wellhole

When we went to Valencia, Spain we stayed with our friends M & G who rented an apartment there for a month.  The building had an elevator and a set of stairs. I didn't mind going down the stairs, but I always used the elevator going up. 

The steps were marble and the stairwell was always empty - we never saw anyone in the building when we came or went.  The tile made everything echo and the entire stair chamber sounded hollow.

I took this photo on one of the days I was waiting at the top for everyone else to climb up to the apartment (since I was already there, having taken the elevator).  And yes, it looks like what you think it looks like.

But it's a cool picture, isn't it?


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2011: They’re Not As Loud When They’re Relaxing
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2008: Post-Tornado Sky
2007: Eddie Ooh Rah Friday
2006: The Human Jeweler
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Friday, June 07, 2024

Waiting For Mama

I captured these six ducklings waiting for their mama, who was nearby watching them closely.



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2012: The Perils Of Over-The-Road Trucking
2011: I Never Did Like The Feeling Of Hair In My Mouth
2010: The Highs Were High But The Lows Are Even Lower
2009: The Preferred Route For Geriatric Men In South Bend, Indiana
2008: I’m Glad The Great Spirit Was A Dirt Thief
2007: Polishing My Listening Skills
2006: The Protective Roommate
2005: Hottie 

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Just A Bunch Of Po Folk

 June 5

The Godfrey crew in Florida for a fun family reunion!



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2013: I Found A Place To Live In Montreal
2012: The Bronx Is Up And The Battery’s Down
2011: Where You Go When You Need To Buy Flowers For Your Ho
2010: Photo Ops Amid The Goat Poo
2009: Even The Goats Aren’t Up Early Enough To Beat The Buggy Rush
2008: Before The Locusts Come
2007: Venomous
2006: Sixty Percent Lesbian
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Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Reuniting In Florida

Just a quick drive-by photo of the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Not the greatest photo but the first one I took when we got there. 

We were on the way home when we got a phone call from our agent about a load heading to the Florida panhandle.  We were planning on going to the family reunion but then decided against it because Ed's dad wasn't really up to traveling.  But when we got the call for the load, Ed decided to take it since it was going to the exact area where the reunion being held.

Looks like there's going to be some fun on the horizon!



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2015: Oh, Viggo
2014: Art Appreciation
2013: Snip, Shop, Sip
2012: It’s Still Where The Magic Happens
2011: Shopping With Piggly-Wiggly (And Ed)
2010: T.G.I. What Day??
2009: A Cloudy Crescent Moon On An Overcast Day
2008: Show Her A Big One!
2007: Crazy. Yinty. Cool.
2006: Just Bring Chips
2005: Sorry, no post on this day.

Monday, June 03, 2024

Everyone I've Ever Loved

 

Photo taken in 2008 at the Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Something I read online recently:

I make my ramen the way a friend taught me in eleventh grade.  Every fall, I listen to a playlist made for me by a boy I drove across a border to hook up with.  I eat sushi because a girl who won't talk to me anymore made me try it, and Indian food because my best friend's parents ordered for me before I knew what I liked.  There are movies I love because someone I loved loved them first.  I am a mosaic of everyone I've ever loved, even for a heartbeat.

Although most of these things don't really apply to me, other things do.  And I love the idea of being a mosaic of everyone who has touched my life.



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2016: Cruel Summer
2015: The Big D
2014: Plug 'Em Up
2013: Following The Sound Of Beating Wings
2012: The Shoe Guy
2011: Sitting In Style In Shipshe
2010: An Artesian Well Of Material

2009: Asparagus Can Never Be Asparagi, But I Can Be Delicious
2008: Tis The Season To Be Lazy
2007: Go Brainiac.com
2006: Flowers And Hand Painted Art
2005: You Don’t Know What It’s Like