Happy Anniversary & a Longhorn Saturday, Aug 9 2008 

5 August 2008
Happy Anniversary, baby!
13 sensationally marvelous years.
Because of the hours I’ve been working lately, and the vagaries & uncertainties of non-rev travel, I did not plan anything overtly special for our anniversary figuring that if she did indeed get home from afar that just being together would be enough. Turns out I was right. ­čÖé
With only one car at home, she took me to work this morning and picked me up when the day was done. We immediately headed into downtown Ft. Worth knowing that we could find a variety of things to do in Sundance Square. We did. First, though, as we walked around the area, I saw this topiary longhorn. Just seeing it rattled a branch in the far-flung tree of my memory and I took it’s photo for comparison:
Topiary Longhorn
Back in January, I was in downtown Ft. Worth with a vendor from out of town, and he marvelled at the sight of the topiary wrapped in burlap to protect against the angry elements of a Texas "winter." Being from Denver, CO, I’m guessing topiary longhorns are a rarity.
Anyway, from this bush beast, we descended on a bar we didn’t know was there, Durty Murphy’s. Nice place even if it is a smoker’s haven and the decoration-only bartender has NO clue how to build a proper Guinness. One pint of Guinness, part of a Zon (from Boulevard Brewing) and a shot of Forty Creek (complements of the Republic Liquors representative) later, we departed and headed for food. We settled on Cabo Grande where the wee wife discovered fish tacos. She really liked them. After that, it was back home to a relaxing evening in the house with the wife & dogs. Nothing special turned into very special. It was a lovely day and the best 13th wedding Anniversary I have ever had.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 8 August 2008 )

Listening to:
Oh What a Lovely War by Brother
from The Terrain Around Here is Far Too Dangerous

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Mr. Steer the Mummy? Friday, Jan 25 2008 

23 January 2008
Out of town vendor's in town for work. We took him to downtown Ft. Worth because he'd never been and wanted to. Sadly, Terrill was unable to join us. So, Lou, Eric & I went and had a great time. We parked in the parking garage and started our tour of Sundance Square with me as the tour-guide (hah! that's a laugh) wending our way toward a billiard hall. I was telling Lou & Eric of the topiary "statues" scattered throughout the downtown area when we came across one. Little did I know that they had dressed the cow up as though he were an extra in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I giggled and giggled when I saw this. It looks so bovinely ridiculous.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Cow?

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 January 2008)

Listening to:
4 Twenty by Hanging on the Floorboards

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The King Thursday, Jan 3 2008 

1 January 2008
The day after. What a mess, but tradition dictates a day at the zoo nonetheless. So, even though we got to bed around 0500, we were up and guzzling coffee at 1000(ish) awaiting the Digital Simian to join us. He arrived approximately 1030 and we said our sad goodbyes to Lisa who needed to begin her long journey home to Colorado (having her with us for Hogmanay was an absolute highlight of my year – thank you, Lisa!). Off then we trundled to the Fort Worth Zoo to meet with friends sometime before noon. Dan and Burt gave us their wonderful stories as we moved through the park – if you’ve not experienced their tour you really should try to go one year. It’s amazing. I didn’t take as many photos as I perhaps should have, but frankly I didn’t want to take my hands out of my pockets – it was a little chilly, even for me. However, out came the camera when we approached the lion enclosure. How could I not when faced with such a majestic creature?
Gazing
As you’ve likely gleaned from the 2007 diary entries, we will not be in the U.S. for the (year away) upcoming holiday experience. That also, sadly, means that we will miss the annual Fort Worth Zoo trip. Perhaps we’ll go to the Edinburgh zoo instead. ­čÖé
Cheers.

~KR (Posted on: 3 January 2008)

 Listening to:
<em>West Coast</em> by Coconut Records

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Rahr Brewery with Friends Thursday, Dec 27 2007 

22 December 2007
If you've not gleaned this yet, you're not paying attention: I like beer. I like beer of most sorts, but free beer really gets my attention. So, on Saturday's when Rahr Brewery, just south of downtown Ft. Worth gives away free beer for 2 hours, I'm quite likely to attend. This past Saturday we did attend, taking with us 2 great dogs and 5 great friends. More were invited, but we take what we can get. In this photo, we have Mary tossing back the rest of her Winter Warmer so that she can run grab a top-up before last call.

Mary's Winter Warmer
Notice the dainty method involved with draining that pint glass to its very last drop.
Cheers.

~KR (22 December 2007)

Listening to:
Breeze by Genki Rockets

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Pitcher and Pint Thursday, Dec 27 2007 

20 December 2007
A vacation day. I worked at home all day on A Wardrobe in Time, then followed it up with a trip to Rob’s for a retirement party for a good man. We will sorely miss him – he cared about his job.
There were a bunch of us that descended on Rob’s , a local pool hall, to shoot pool and shoot the shit with the man who was leaving our company and companionship.
Drinks at Rob's
Take care, Denny.

**UPDATE**
Well, as it turns out, I didn’t take that photo I posted above. Marita Beth took it with my camera while I was off playing pool. So, while the rest of the wording above remains true, the photo will be switched to this:
Driving Home.
A glorious photo I took while driving home.
Cheers.

~KR (20 December 2007)

Listening to:
Just Like Pat Benetar by Super Secret Handshake

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Lone Tree Hill Sunday, Dec 23 2007 

17 December 2007
The Lone Tree Hill. This is one of Marita Beth's favourite photos that I've taken in recent times. I like it, too, but not so much as I think she does. The tree stands directly behind Our Garden of Angels on the hill overlooking the Arlington Bottoms. In a different framing you could potentially see the Ft. Worth city skyline just to the right of the tree itself. I didn't choose to post that photo as MB preferred this one.
Lone Tree Hill

Cheers.

~KR (17 December 2007)

Watching: Ghost Rider

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Trees from Above Sunday, Dec 23 2007 

14 December 2007
Friday, the 14th of December woke cold, damp and foggy. Many of my peers had taken the day off; in fact it seemed that much of the Dallas – Ft. Worth metropolitan area had taken the day off. The traffic was blissfully quiet and the drive was quick – for a change. I took the opportunity of a quiet office to walk down to my boss's corner and snap a few shots of the Bradford Pear trees under his window. Aside from their horrendous rotting meat smell for about a week in the early spring, these are lovely trees. They cause my allergies to a go a little nuts (at the same time they smell like rotting meat), but it's a short-lived irritant. The rest of the year, they're simply beautiful.
Bradford Pear Trees from Above

Cheers.

~KR (14 December 2007)

Listening to:
Super Mario's Sleigh Ride by the One Ups

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Cubicle Hall Tuesday, Sep 18 2007 

17 September 2007
As you've likely gleaned, I work in Corporate America. I'm not always happy about it, but it does (kind of) pay the bills. And for the greater part I'm proud to be part of the company I work for. I work at the Headquarters of one of the largest (if not the largest) employer in North Texas. This photo is of the hall formed by the mass of cubicles directly outside of my cube.
Cube Hall
I've no idea who that is that walked through the photo just as I pressed the shutter, but it speaks well. The headless, nameless almost etheral personage is pretty much the way most corporations see their employees. We're more a number than a name and are easily (and sometimes frequently) replaced. Ahh, the cubicle hall that is also my cubicle hell.
Cheers.

~KR (17 September 2007)

Listening to:
Blue Monday by Tanghetto
on La Mujer de Mi Hermano

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Stumble, You Might Fall Monday, Sep 17 2007 

13 September 2007
I had the opportunity to take a Business Ethics class today. It’s all common sense you know, and anyone who can’t understand the legal pitfalls created by ignoring ethical behaviour really shouldn’t have a job in corporate America. But, nonetheless we’re required to take the class every┬áfive years or so. Today was my day. It afforded me the opportunity to walk halls and pathways in the overly large work complex that I don’t normally traverse. That’s where this photo came from. I found myself in a deserted stairwell with a little bit of time to kill; so, voila!
Taking the Stairs
There’s a series of┬ástair photos,┬ábut I liked this one best (even if it is a little fuzzy).
Cheers.

~KR (13 September 2007)

Listening to:
Flashdance…What a Feeling by Irene Cara
on Billboard Top 100 of 1983

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Shuffleboard Friday, Aug 31 2007 

29 August 2007
A better day at work, if only a little. However, it did wrap up nicely. A batch of co-workers, as stressed as myself, and I went to Rob’s Billiards for some pool & beer. That’s always great fun, but this time was a bit special; my friend Joseph, down from Wisconsin for a useability seminar (or some such), joined us for beer. He didn’t play pool with us, but when we switched to shuffleboard, the man stepped right up. He and I knocked our competition for a right loop.
Shuffleboard 
If you look closely, you can see both my camera and myself reflected in the weight.
Cheers.

~KR (29 August 2007)

Listening to:
As Long As It Matters by Gin Blossoms
on Congratulations I’m Sorry

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