Urinals as Far as the Eye can See!

Off on another busy day, we headed out about 9:30 this morning with the first stop at the Chinese Consulate near downtown Houston. Based on my experience last Wednesday when I dropped off the applications, I was expecting another “Lost in Translation” situation today, but it actually went very smoothly. I waited in line for about 10 minutes, handed the young lady my claim slip and my credit card, and about two minutes later, was heading out the door. All told, I was only in there about 20 minutes.

Like last Wednesday, we couldn’t pass up another chance to have lunch at Katz’s Deli today. I had my usual Rueben, but Jan went with a Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich this time, which she said was delicious. And this was all topped off with a delicious cupcake.

Then it was off to another client about 35 miles south. They were having trouble coordinating their email between their laptop, their iPhones, and their iPad. I of course blame the Apple stuff.

We’ve known Tom & Lyn since 1979 just a short time after we moved to Houston, and always enjoy getting together.

As we were coming down the Interstate before turning off on FM517 on our way to Tom & Lyn’s, we noticed that a big Buc-ee’s billboard that previously just said 2014, now said “NOW OPEN”.

So after leaving their house we went a few miles further south on I-45 to check out the new Buc-ee’s.

Buc-ee's Giant Beaver


Buc-ee’s are the world’s largest convenience stores, and this new one is no different. It’s the new ‘largest’. But it’s a split victory.

Previously, the largest Buc-ee’s was the one that opened on I-35 in New Braunfels, TX in 2012. With 68,000 square feet of store and 120, yes, 120 gas pumps, it’s a small city.

But this new one is a little larger, at 69,000 square feet, but a little smaller, with only 56 pumps.

And as it turned out, the new place just opened at 6am this morning. There were TV remote trucks all over.

Buc-ee's Texas City 1

Buc-ee's Texas City 2


You walk into one end of the place, and you literally can not see the other end.

Buc-ee's Texas City 3


And what other convenience store has a big fresh produce section.

Buc-ee's Texas City 4

When you go in the Men’s Restroom, it’s urinals as far as the eye can see. There are more than 30 of them. Buc-ee’s is known for their large, clean restrooms.

And of course we can’t visit a Buc-ee’s without stocking up on their Cranberry muffins.

Leaving Buc-ee’s and heading back up to Clear Lake to make two more client stops. The second one was to convert two Canon printers from wired USB connections to wireless connections.

I had set these up like that previously, but they had recently changed Internet providers from Comcast to Verizon, and that necessitated a new Wi-Fi router. And that meant setting up a new connection.

Finishing up there, it was time to head over to Ichibon in Kemah. This is a place that does the hibachi grill cooking, like Benihana.

It’s been a number of years since we’ve been to one, but we always enjoy the show . . . and the food. We were getting together her to celebrate Chris’ birthday, which is not for a couple of weeks, but we thought we’d do it early since we’re still here.

Here the chef tries to teach our granddaughter Piper how to flip a spatula around a large meat fork.

Ichibon 1

Ichibon 2

Ichibon 3

All she managed to do was send the spatula flying my way. You can see it bouncing off the grill and heading for my head in the above photo.

I told Piper she needs to stick with medicine.

And here’s a shot of the every-popular onion volcano.

Ichibon 4
And how better to finish up with three pretty women.

Ichibon 5

After a great meal, a good time, and a lot of hugs, we headed back to Lake Conroe, finally getting home about 8pm.

Hopefully tomorrow will be less busy.


Thought for the Day:

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. – H. L. Mencken



6 Responses

  1. I have such a hard time making my two Apple gadgets play nice!!! iTunes is giving me fits lately–I would never depend on an Apple product for my only computer. Jan–will be thinking about you tomorrow.

  2. We are heading from Katy to Galveston on Sunday – when we go for a week to keep our 2 grandsons for a week while their parents are on a crruise. Looks like we’ll have to make a stop a Buc-cees on our way back to Katy. If y’all are in our area next week, let us know and maybe we can have a visit before y’all head north.

  3. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Janna.

  4. Judy,

    As it stands right now, we plan on heading north on Saturday or Sunday from here at Lake Conroe.

  5. I was looking forward to seeing all those urinals. Usually when I visit a convenience store, I am lucky to find even one clean working one. 🙂

  6. The ONE who sees all…is looking!!! Too bad more folks don’t know that…might make life easier for us all…this is in response to the quote today…you do find some interesting ones.

    And of course, FOOD…my…seems you COULD also be some kind of food critic for money…you do find the yummiest sounding places!!

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