Cabs in Houston…

Cabbies are idiots in Houston. Not meaning how they drive, but that is a big issue, but more how the cab system in Houston works.

I was getting a cab back from the airport last night, and I checked the traffic on the way home (yes, using geeky iPhone to check traffic while on the road). Sure enough there was some traffic near the exit that we would take to get me home. That got me thinking that my fare may be higher as in most places the fare is based on either distance or on time, so if you are stuck in traffic, the fare still goes up based on the amount of time spent in the cab.

Well, Houston does not do that from what I can tell. You can be stuck in traffic for hours, and it should not cost you a dime. They do have a $20 charge per hour to wait for you, but if you are in the cab, I doubt they can charge that… so if you want to piss a Houston cabbie off… get in and head off in rush hour traffic in the most congested parts of town!

Family Games…

As part of the wedding week, I managed to get my uncle Albert out to play golf. My other uncle (Neal) also joined us, but only to walk the course, not to try and hack the ground up like we were.

I really thought I was being played when Albert hit a birdie on the first hole, but as I got stronger later in the round (back finally loosened up), he started to fade… with me eventually beating him!

And yes… I DID hit a BIRDIE… only one, but better than none!

Memorial Park – 8th Nov 2007
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN Tot
Par 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 36 72
Score 7 4 8 5 6 5 4 5 6 50 5 5 5 5 6 2 7 5 4 44 94
Stableford (22 Handicap) 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 3 2 16 2 1 3 3 1 4 1 2 3 21 37

Life back to normal?

Nearly three weeks on, the house is getting back to normal, as is our lives. More posts on the wedding to come, just need to get my head around how to post all of that.

I have also been travelling most of this week, so have been unable to do anything on the website front, including filtering through and starting to upload the wedding photos (which I currently have 2,262 of). Several people still have photos they want to get to me, but overall we have some great shots, and most of them not from the official photographer (that will be covered in a different post).

Several posts will be coming over the next couple of days, if I get my shit into order… some wedding, some not.

Oh, and I do plan to get the website set-up so that Mum Mum can post and so that you will be able to see her posts as being separate from mine, and yes, that will probably require an overall redesign of how the site will look… or at least the content on it.

Good News, Bad News, and Lots of Fire Ants…

Bad news first… Mitul, Tammy and Ethan will not be able to make the wedding due to a family emergency. You guys will be missed, but we understand the situation completely… and are here if you need anything.

Good news now… finished a full round at Wildcat, same course as last week, but played a lot better… although at one point I did manage to step on an ant hill, fire ants, only realising about 30 seconds later when I started to feel the bites… they were all over both my legs. That being said, I managed a 44 on the front nine and 49 on the back, for a 93… not bad for me, on that course!

Wildcat – Highlands – 28th Oct 2007
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN Tot
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Score 5 5 3 6 5 3 6 4 7 44 4 4 7 7 5 7 3 6 6 49 93
Stableford (22 Handicap) 3 1 3 1 1 0 3 1 2 15 2 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 9 24

The Wheel of Time turns…

… and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, and Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
Opening paragraph from The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series
Although there may be no end to the Wheel of Time, we have come to an end. James Oliver Rigney, Jr. , more commonly known as Robert Jordan, the author or The Wheel of Time books passed away on the 16th September 2007. It was only on one of my semi-rountine checks on progress on books that I am waiting to see published, that I saw he had passed away frm complications from the illeness he was fighting (cardiac amyloidosis). It is my understanding that he passed away without pain, leaving a familiy and legion of fans greiving behind him.

For those of you waiting for the publication of A Memory of Light the 13th and final book in the series, I understand that he had made copious notes and dictations surrounding every plot line and that between his publisher and close friend Tom Doherty and his wife Harriett, that the final book will get published… how or when is still to be seen. Robert jordan was expecting it to be a single volume weighing in at over 1,500 pages!