Thursday, August 27, 2015

Museum Trip

Son and DIL were taking oldest grandson off to college so my wife and I had the other 2 grands as visitors over the weekend. She took one off to Thai food and cheese and I took the younger to the WW II Museum. I specifically wanted to see the "Road to Berlin" exhibit.

The exhibit sets are dressed to look like the area where the fighting took place. The upper is Italy and the lower is the Battle of the Bulge with a vintage Opel. Specifically, this set described "Task Force Baum", the team Patton sent to rescue his son in law from a POW camp.

Another great hall is the Boeing Pavilion where they have the large static displays.

The upper is a Sherman in working condition. They can drive it where they want it. The lower is a TBM Avenger similar to the one flown by Thomas Lupo, a local boy who flew in the Battle off Samar. His story is here. In the background is the Medal of Honor wall.

Comfort Food

I had an early morning medical procedure at the ambulatory surgical center the other day. Afterwards, my wife and I decided we needed some good old comfort food. I give you Mimosas and Shrimp and Grits......with Bacon. It makes a body feel good.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Praise for OtterBox

I appreciate good customer service and like to spread the word about companies that practice it. Amazon is one such company. Another is OtterBox.

OtterBox makes protective cases for cell phones. And they are good. I dropped previous phone on the drive way and the OtterBox did what it was supposed to do. It sacrificed itself but protected the phone. Even though it was technically out of warranty, Otterbox replaced it free of charge. Then the clip that held the phone in my holster broke. Since the case was now several years old, I ordered a replacement.but, as luck would have it, I ordered the wrong one. I called OtterBox and they cheerfully sent the correct of charge. And they did not want the other one back.

Last year I upgraded to a Galaxy 3 and bought an OtterBox case and holster for it. Yesterday the clip on the holster broke again. OtterBox has a place on their website where you can send them a picture of your damaged case and they will replace it under warranty. I did that this morning and within 10 minutes I had an email back that a replacement was on the way.

I know it's only a cell phone case, but I wish more companies had the same dedication to customer service that they do.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Where's My Flying Car?

Remember back when we all thought we would have flying personal vehicles? Well, here's the answer.

Monday, August 10, 2015

What Goes Around.......

This email was caught in the spam filter yesterday.

Dear Sir/Madam
I am Mr. Hyo Keun Lee citizen of South Korea. A resident of Syria due tothe present political unrest and instability in Syria affecting foreign investors. I decided to relocate to your country. I got your contacts through my personal research and out of desperation. I dealon crude oil I decided to reach you through this medium.
I have US $56,000.000 (fifty Six Million United States Dollars) for investment purpose. I want you to receive this fund on my behalf and invest on a profitable business venture on an agreed terms. If you are interested I will offer you 25% of US $56,000.000 Million United States Dollars. please get back to me as soon as possible through my private email address:(  for us to discuss further. The business transaction must be kept top secret for security reasons.
Mr. Hyo Keun Lee

I haven't seen this scam for several years but I guess you can't keep an old con down.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Head Count

Murder and drugs will cause you to loose your head in Saudi Arabia. Last month, probably because of Ramadan, the count was lower than usual. Only 5 people were beheaded. The year to date total now stands at an even 100.

Cleaning Paris

Paris is an extremely clean city. You see the "Guys in Green" at work 7 days a week. Here's alittle video about what it takes to keep Montmatre and Sacre Coeur clean.
Montmartre propre tous les matins
Tous les matins, quand Paris dort encore, une équipe de nettoyeurs de la mairie de Paris se déploie dans les rues de Montmartre. Au total une centaine de sacs poubelles sont remplis tous les jours.
Posted by PARIS on Monday, August 3, 2015