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               Thursday, September 5 2002 

Haste makes waste

Since beginning bemoaning my lack of time to work on my tour pages and accomplish my daily commitments here and to Xnmp, it seems I've been hit by one setback after another. Last night I diligently created the daily postcard, turned to work on the tour site, and promptly forgot all about sending the postcard. A faithful subscriber asked about it this morning, so I quickly sent it from work, using Yahoo. Yahoo stripped off everything but the text, and that in one unreadable paragraph, which you on the list probably noticed. So after panicking for several hours I came up with the idea of trying to send it through Hotmail. Microsoft (Hotmail's parent) to the rescue...so subscribers should have received it in fairly normal form by 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, depending on what time zone they're in.

Undaunted, I'm sending another mostly visual postcard again today. Click it to scroll through the other 29 pictures in today's gallery.

Fun facts to go with today's postcard: "Beefeater" (like the central figure in the attached photo) originated like many nicknames and even church denominational names like Methodist, Quaker, and Lutheran, as a term of derision by poor people jealous of the better tables the royal palace military staff got to eat at, visualizing they were always getting beef while the common folk had to get by with mutton and chicken.

The Tower Bridge, in another photo, we were told, is the most photographed bridge in the world. The Golden Gate must be a close second. It's hard, with a camera in hand, to resist the call to snap either one of them when they loom into view.

Besides the bus tour in today's photos and the separate expensive (but worthwhile) tour of the Tower castle and palaces, where we saw but weren't allowed to photograph the crown jewels along with the items shown, we joined a walking tour that evening. On that tour the guide told anecdotes about ghostly tales related to houses and public buildings around central London. Though the lore wasn't much of a lure, the walk in a group was a highlight of our visit to London...an excuse to see such sites on foot and up close. That's how we came to notice the Benjamin Franklin residence and other points of interest following it in this gallery.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Entering Texas (last of series)

  •   Colleges? Try Texas Tech, A&M, Abilene Christian. They come outa there with an education and a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come home for the holidays.
  • We have more Navy, Army, Marines, and Air Force than any other state, so, "Don't Mess With Texas." If you do, you will get your butt kicked by the best!

  • Our military is only used as a back up. Per capita, each man, woman, and child owns at least two firearms and has taken an NRA-Certified Shooter Education Course.

  • Also, remember what Governor Sam Houston once said: "Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can't make it without Texas.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.

— Don Delillo

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