More on three days of travel.

Doing my last packing before I hit The Road. I am looking forward to three days of travel. Hotels and eating dinner out are always good things… Let’s face it they are fun.  However, I am also looking forward to the fresh-start of a new town when I get to Virginia. In a new town you are a new person. When you stay in an old town too long, the people there start to think of you as a weak little cartoon character who never changes.  Garfeild HAS to have too much food, Charlie Brown will never be able to kick the football, and Hagar HAS to be horrible.  What if you are MORE than the cartoon they have made of you?  In a new town your lines are still un-drawn.

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Review of MapMyRide App.

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Review of MapMyRide Fitness App.

I was using my Tony Little Gazelle Elliptical, and a fitness bike.  Now it is packed into boxes for the new house, and I can only use the bike.  I miss the Elliptical! Gazelle Elliptical, plus Slendertone belt, plus fitness bike warm-up works REALLY well at causing results. (All available on Amazon.com) I have asthma so I am a bit of an extreme cardio wimp, and I have to hunt down the things that work around the slowness. The Elliptical will be one of the first things I unpack and use. Until then I will make due with just the bike.  This month I started using the MapMyRide phone and Internet fitness app.  I was using the Endomondo app to post to Facebook when I had a really brag worthy workout day.  Yet that app started refusing to do any Facebook posts.  Then I saw a few old friends on Facebook had started to post using MapMyRide, and gave it a try.  It is pretty fun! Accurate re-posts, and a thriving online friend community. It uses the Fitbit step counter, and I recommend it as an app.

I somehow managed to bike 2.2 miles today.  Yet my house was half flooded by the Memorial Day Weekend floods in Austin, TX.  Also, I am moving to Richmond, VA.  Some weeks it is hard to squeeze in a little bit of recreation.

More on the Super-Flood that Hit Austin this weekend.

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The Austin, TX area got a super-flood this weekend, and my house was covered ankle deep in water. Twice!  My dogs were not amused at swimming around the floor to get out the door this morning.  The flood started, then ended, and then swung around to hit again the next day!  It filled the house with water twice!  At least a tree did not fall on the roof or anything like that issue.  I am lucky compared to the many that died, went missing, or lost their house entirely.  This was a really ugly level of natural disaster in the region.  Now I know why the Bible used floods so often as acts of God.  There is something really primal and scary about escaping a flood as it hits your house.  I was already busy trying to move houses; I did not need this problem to pile on top of all the stress.

From Facebook:

  • Andrea Menzies Now I know why the Bible used floods so often as acts of God. There is something really primal and scary about escaping a flood as it hits your house. I was already busy trying to move houses; I did not need this problem to pile on top of all the stress.
    • Rob Lloyd Stress is rarely welcome.

      Gods seem to reflect the environment. I’m told that the Indus River Valley gods were fickle, harsh and unpredictable. The Egyptian gods were calm and orderly by comparison. Both areas flooded, but I think the Nile was more cyclical and predictable.

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  • Christopher Colton Ingersoll Everyone’s okay? And you got most of your things moved already?
  • Andrea Menzies Yea, lucky for us much of our household was already on the moving truck by the time the flood hit.
    No global warming here…. NOT. Global warming causes extremes at ALL ends of the weather grid. This is epic global warming super-weather.

More on Memorial Day 2015 and the Vietnam War.

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Memorial Day we remember passed on armed forces, and I remember my father Lieutenant Colonel Neil Menzies death from the Vietnam War.  Yes I am the little baby in this photo.

It was a hard war that left many children without fathers from all the death, violence, and social conflict.  Even with her many degrees and a PHD, my mother struggled hard to take care of her many children as a war widowed single mother. She could never replace the income of a career military father, and we had to lose our home and much of our belongings after his death. Many people have begun to think of Memorial Day as BBQ day, or three day weekend day, and have forgotten the meaning of the holiday.  Yet death from war has many shock waves in people’s lives that stretch far into the future, and that is the true memorial of the day.

Wikipedia may have flaws, but it does condense basic meaning well. “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

“The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War,[36] and also known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America (Vietnamese: Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war[37] that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955[A 1] to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War (1946–54) and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies.[38] The Viet Cong (also known as the National Liberation Front, or NLF), a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The People’s Army of Vietnam (also known as the North Vietnamese Army) engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units to battle.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War

Move to the Dark House.

We put the pet deposits down on the new house today. I am starting to really care about the move.

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Too sick to go out.

I got a flu shot this year, but am still so sick today I can not go out tonight. Oh well.

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My visit to New Orleans at the end of May.

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I am going to be eating lunch in New Orleans as we drive to Virginia in May. It will be good to see the old town.

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Road trips to New Orleans always make me re-play Moon Over Bourbon St. on Youtube.

Sometimes it seems like a million years since I lived four years in New Orleans, and sometimes it seems like just a day.  When I left Austin to live in New Orleans in 1996 and 1997, and stayed until year 2000, my life became wrath of GOD better in just a few months.  It went from boring to a wonderland with that simple move to a new town.   I am hoping Virginia will be the NEW – New Orleans in my life.

More on Poe.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the Edgar Allan Poe museum some more times this year.

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The one in Virginia has a great gift-shop filled with Poe themed fun.

More on Mother’s Day 2015

I got this image as a gift from my daughter Alexandria on Mother’s Day in 2013. It is the weekend of Mother’s Day.  My mom is on the road to Virginia, but I gave her a call.

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Here was her 2014 work of art.

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Details on the Moving Truck Day.

Bubble Wrap Packing day May 2015

Packing bubble wrap as I leave Texas for Virginia. The moving truck took the boxes today. Ahhh the pop-y goodness as the bubbles pop.  It is soothing after last night’s packing frenzy.  No matter how long the “moving truck” date sits on the calendar, it is still somehow a surprise when the realization hits that the truck is going to be here “In a couple of hours!” and “Accck how could I have packed so few boxes” hits your brain like a sledge hammer.  With much sweat at broken finger-nails packing was done. The truck service took the boxes, but I still do not feel re-assured that the boxes will get there.  Moving services are far easier compared to packing yourself.  Yet they could be playing hockey with my boxes right now for all I know!  The boxes are gone.  I however am staying here until the end of the month to clean things up.  Hard to believe “someday” is becoming “now” on this level.

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