Muffins and . . . well, more Muffins

Well, it was another early morning today. Up at 7:45, out the door at 8:30 (sans coffee), and at the clients at 9.

This was supposed to be my wrap-up visit with this client, but it didn’t quite work out that way. One of the things I was supposed to do was hook his external harddrive to his old desktop computer and backup all his old data and prepare the unit to be given away. But the computer, not used since this summer, had developed a problem. It would no longer read a keyboard. I tried two different ones,using both the PS2 keyboard socket and two different USB ports, all with no luck.

Since the computer is no longer operational I’m just going to take the HD out and put it in a external HD case and that will be his backup. I brought the computer home with me and I ordered a case from Amazon which will be here tomorrow. But it still means another trip back there to drop it off.

Coming home, I made a hardware store stop for some more screws to fasten the metal trim down around the pedal area under the dashboard. I want to try to get that finished up before we leave here on Monday, but I may run out of time.

Last up was a stop at Buc-ee’s for some of their delicious Cranberry Nut Muffins. Not only are they delicious, they’re big enough for a meal. Besides breakfast, we often have one with coffee for dinner.

Buc-ee's Cranberry Muffins

They’re that good.

But no muffins for us tonight. Our original dinner plans fell through, so it was time for some Hooter’s. You can never have enough Hooter’s.

Coming home we stopped off for gas at Wal-Mart and found the price has jumped 15 cents in the last week or so. Where’s the Keystone pipeline when we need it?


For some reason we’re seeing a lot of white pelicans around this year, along with the usual brown ones.  It must be caused by Global Warming.

White Pelican

Pelicans are one of those animals that are so ugly they’re beautiful.


Thought for the Day:

"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them." — P. J. O’Rourke



3 Responses

  1. I know you are probably kidding, but the Keystone pipeline will not reduce the retail price of gasoline, and may even cause it to rise.

  2. IF Keystone gets built it will benefit Canada, China and the Saudi refineries. The United States would get the environmental risk. I’d just as soon NOT see it go through a mile or a little more from my house.

  3. Linda,

    Not sure how China and Saudi refineries would benefit. Here’s what CNNMoney says:

    *************************************************************** Reducing dependence on foreign oil

    It’s true that the 830,000 barrels a day the pipeline is slated to carry would probably replace some of the 2 million barrels a day of heavy oil currently imported to the Gulf Coast. It’s generally cheaper to transport oil by pipeline than by ship, so refiners would likely opt for the Canadian crude.

    “They want the additional Canadian barrels to displace higher cost barrels from Venezuela, Mexico or Saudi Arabia,” said Allen Good, an oil company stock analyst at Morningstar.

    The energy boom in both the United States and Canada is already reducing imports. In 2008 the United States imported 9.8 million barrels of oil a day, according to the Energy Information Administration. By 2012 that number had fallen to 8.5 million barrels a day.


    Looks like we will be importing less oil from there, not more.

    You probably already have a dozen pipelines near your house. They’re all over the place. There are over 2.3 million miles of pipelines in the US.

    Plus over 3/4 of the Keystone’s route is along already-existing pipeline corridors. The Keystone oil will be coming to the US one or the other, either by pipeline, truck, or railway. Here is the sum total of pipeline explosions in the US in the last 15 years:

    1999 June 19, 1999 a gasoline pipeline ruptured, resulting in 3 deaths, a fly fisherman and two 10 year old boys. 2010 September 9 6:11 PM,San Bruno, California. 30-inch Natural Gas line exploded, killing 8. 2013 (20 August) Explosion of a natural gas pipeline near Kiowa southwest of Oklahoma City [16] 2013 (8 October) Explosion of a natural gas pipeline near Rosston, Oklahoma.[17] Note the 11 unfortunate deaths.

    But just one railroad tank car explosion this past September on the US/Canadian border killed almost 50 people.

    Plus we see on the news all the time about a truck tanker crashing and catching fire.

    Do you remember all the doom and gloom prophecies about the Alaskan Pipeline when it was built in the 1970’s? How it would contaminate the environment for hundreds of miles and kill thousands of animals? Well, I’ve driven along several hundred miles of the Alaskan Pipeline and you find plants and animals in abundance all along it with no problems. But it was supposed to destroy Alaska’s environment.

    There are always going to be accidents, but if we want fuel for our cars, and oil and gas to heat our homes and make our electricity, then pipelines are the safest way to transport it.

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