30 March 2011

Quick cabin trip.&.zapped by the Border Patrol X-RAY

Pics from the last 2 trips to Brewster Co during March. Sunset over Agua Fria Mtn
The front porch (with plenty of lumber clutter)
Caren painting the bedroom...just OSB w/ Kilz oil primer, and then latex final coat.
Caren and her folks down for their first cabin visit (he's from upstate NY)
Pic of some distant and sparse rain a couple weeks ago to the SW. (never hit us)

We made another trip back last Friday for a short 3 day visit, mainly to get Caren's car from the Alpine mechanic with the rebuilt tranny, but also to spend some more time in this wonderful part of the world.

Weather was perfect with 55-60 degree mornings, and 85 highs...some breeze and at times windy (normal stuff, huh?)

Got to see David Tffnguy, John W. TFL, spent some time at the legion,etc.

Caren painted like a fiend, and I got a little more OSB installed.

I pulled a smallish trailer down behind the towncar to get some OSB from Alpine (McCoys)...did not bring it back, so now I have 2 small trailers sitting at the cabin now.

Big news is we were "chosen" at the border patrol checkpoint to assist with their "training" with the backscatter X-Ray truck. They asked a few more questions than usual, then asked if we would pull up to the side of the waiting X-ray truck and step out while they checked it. We did so and they stopped Caren from taking any pics with her cell phone (It might "mess up the X-ray efforts" said the guard....BS!)

She snapped a couple anyway and once we figure out how to get the images off her phone and onto the internet I'll post same. After the X-ray session they wanted to get into the trunk to check out something that looked "suspect". They checked and decided our half a loaf of wheat bread was okay. Had 2 pistolas in the car, but nothing was said about them (not illegal).

After about a 10 minute delay we were on our way. (I hate this creeping Big Brother Govt invasion of our privacy, and we ain't seen nothin' yet)

Not sure which is worse...getting zapped by the Border Patrol's new high tech, military-industro toys, or body surfing at Fukushima.

Picked up Caren's car at the mechanic's in Alpine and after being told she had a tread splitting we stopped at the only tire store in town and bought a new Michelin...only one in stock. Another $145 spent after $750 at the mech shop for the tranny swap. (Jeeze...I'm gonna hafta sell a Packard soon)

Heading back to DFW area, the temps around Big Spring and Sweetwater dropped off to mid-high 40's with north wind, under thick clouds and fine misty drizzle. I had to turn on the heater since I was in short sleeves and shorts. It was 74 when we left Alpine that morning...and sunny.

Home now to 2 pregnant previously feral kittens we befriended here last winter. Anybody want a kitten??? or three?


tffnguy said...

Bill, you forgot to say that Caren fixed an awesom supper and I got to try it out. Man was it ever good!

I think you're right about not seeing anything yet. First the Backscatter and now the TerraHawk thingie mabob. Hopefully the wind will make it usless down here!

frann said...

It will be 105 here on Sunday they say! Glad you had a good visit. Did you know you were "sniffed" with that backscatter..It is supposed to smell drugs and bomb making materials. My next trip to alpine I May get some muratic acid and pool chlorine...Let's see what they got!

Anonymous said...

WOW, I complained about no post then you lay some of the best bloggin Ive seen in a while! THANKS

You have a kick butt porch I cant wait to try out! yer cabin is comming along real good too.

Hope to see u guys soon. and congrats on a year being married by the way.