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toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:36:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
just heard the eastern half of canada and the states are without power, may explain why it quite everywhere and some sites can,t be opened.

~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 15:39:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

God blessed Texas!
There are three power grids in the country.
The north east power grid which is the one that is experiencing trouble now.
The western power grid which is the one that California is in and experiences brown outs frequently.
Then there is the TEXAS power grid which is "like an island" and rarely ever has problems;
for which I am thankful!
As hot as it gets here, it would be unbearable.
I love Texas

ret    Posted 08-14-2003 at 16:29:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am asking this in a serious tone, but just what is so great about Tx? I have lived in the west , the midwest and now the southeast but have no inclination to live in Tx. No hard feelings, but have spent time there, it gets so d**n hot there in the summer and it seems like the weather is really awful on a regular basis. I am glad you like it, hate to live somewhere that I really didn't like. I will say, most of my time was in the DFW area, you couldn't give me that place to live in.

~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 21:02:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
ret, I am so glad you asked, "just what is so great about Tx?"

When you're from Texas people that you meet ask you questions like, "do you have any cows?" It's nice to be able to say yes.

They ask you, "do you have horses?" Yup.

Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh? Of course.

They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Yes you have. Look at Texas for me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at It they know what it is.It's Texas.

Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt, and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You'll get it maybe after a second, but who else would? Even if you do does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this little rock the Good Lord put us on, there is somewhere in them a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride in a pickup. Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, "Wow... so you're from Ok-la-homa. Cool. Tell me about it"?

There is some bit of Texas in everyone. Do you know why? Because Texas is Texas. Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves but stayed. We send our kids to schools named

William B. Travis and Bowie and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is Texas. Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Anna at San Jacinto.

Texas is Juneteenth and Texas Independence Day.

Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National

Texas is breathtaking mountains in Big Bend.

Texas is shiny skyscrapers in Houston.

Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.

Texas is mexican food like nowhere in the world, even Mexico.

Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly, Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan, Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey, Lyndon Johnson and George Bush.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer and Compaq.

Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.

Texas is skies blackened with doves and leases full of deer.

Texas is the best Bar-b-que anywhere.

Texas is a place where cities shut down for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football and the streets are deserted during church.

Texas is beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies.

If it isn't in Texas, you don't need it.

No one does anything bigger or better. By federal law Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag
at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, or California, or Maine, and your state flag, whatever the heck it is, goes at 17. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at 20 feet. Do you know why? Because we place being a Texan as high as being an American down here.

Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in D.C.
We signed those in as part of the deal when we came into the union.
That's the best part right there. When we came in, Texas was its own country.
The Republic of Texas.
All of that makes me proud to be a Texan.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-15-2003 at 05:02:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see that you are very proud of Texas...

But...I could wax just as poetic about Vermont...

We were a Republic too...

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and Ió
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference"...Robert Frost


~Lenore    Posted 08-15-2003 at 07:18:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Salmoneye, I think that is great!
I love learning about things like that.
You can "wax poetic" all you like about Vermont.
I have not been there but I have seen beautiful photos of it.
I just could not resist the opportunity 'ret' gave me by asking that question.
It is unlady like not to answer
a challenging question like the one he asked me.

...and dont knock that beautiful glass of iced coffee if you've not tried it. LOL
I love it hot, too, but down here in beautiful tropical Texas something cold to drink is also welcome. So why not my favorite drink, coffee?

Tried one once...    Posted 08-15-2003 at 08:22:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just could not get it down...So I filtered out the ice, put it in a mug and tossed it in the microwave LOL


Well.....    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:09:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
if the power stays off overnight we'll see the end results in 9 months... :^)

Sooner than that I fear..    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The looting after dark will be epic...


Well yabbut,,,,    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wuz thinkin activity... :^)

Wm.    Posted 08-15-2003 at 02:31:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in NC, we don't have to have a power failure to start the "fun activity".

Any reason....    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
given for the power failure??

~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
No one knows the cause.

Yet another good reason..    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:09:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
To not live in a major metro area in the East...

Salmoneye, whose power comes mostly from high priced Hydro-Quebec...

Les    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, when I went to Montreal last week, they were putting up towers for yet another monstrous transmission line along route 10. They sure got a mess of them there.
No power outage here. Wouldn't be a big deal if there was. We were out a couple hours Monday evening. What's the big deal?

We used to expect it...    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:37:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
But since I moved to this side of town and am only 400 yards from the switching station, I have been spoiled...Longest it has been off since I got here was the ice storm...2nd longest was a few hours before I realized it was just my house...Line boyz came out and found the trouble within an hour...

Turns out that a squirrel commited suicide when it attempted to go from one of my lines to the other...They were bare and on glass insulators back then...


Les    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:42:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
We murder hundreds of squirrels every year. Usually it happens when they get on top of a transformer and touch the primary lead in wire. We now use covered wire and we've put out thousands of squirrel guards on the transformers but they still manage to commit suicide and cause trouble.

F'in Tree Rats...nt...    Posted 08-14-2003 at 18:42:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

If these electric....    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:11:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
rates go much higher a good diesel engine with a generator might just be the way ta go....

toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:06:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
they are saying something about a power company back east in canada having problems and also too many people using air conditioners , and they keep saying its not a terrorist attack, but they are checking and still trying to figure it all out.guess those people stuck in subway trains will be glad , especially when they can get out.

~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:53:13       [Reply]  [No Email]

Well when was.....    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:54:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
the last time the "media" got anything right in this country....bunch of overpaid clowns....

Huh....    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:50:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe the power companies have worms of their own this week.... :^(

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