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Well I just got back from the famous Texas Renaissance Festival north of Houston, at Todd Mission. As usual there were acres of costumes, some strange, some great, and some best left in the dumpster. Had a great time with the kids (who both forgot their costumes), I went as a grumpy old dude with a Nikon. My brother and his wife were there, and we had a great time, Last year they estimate over 670,000 attendees over the course of the Festival. Spent too d@mn much money, but the kids and I had a great time. But it is good to be home. Lupe had to go to a wedding of a niece so she could not go, bummer. But she got the 45th anniversary T-shirt! We have been taking the kids there since they were toddlers, and they have T-shirts from each trip. Well now they are 19 and 21 and decided that they would get kilts and scarves to go with their T-shirts.
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"Spent too d@mn much money, but the kids and I had a great time."
Memories are the main thing, I bet ya'll did have fun.
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A good time was had by all.
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Sounds like the only thing that did not have a good time was your wallet! :D Nice to hear that everyone had fun.
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Well I made the trip to Boerne to the Black Rifle Coffee Company, coffee shop. The latte is ok, not as good as from my local place the Cibolo Coffee Haus, but decent. Lots of Swag, lots of people, worth the trip. Now off to San Antonio to the Tandoor Palace for the best Indian food in this area!
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I am crushed, I just found out that my favorite coffee shop is closing for good on the 14th of December since their landlord jacked the rent, and they cannot afford to relocate. This sucks, this sucks rocks. I wish I could get everyone here a cup of their coffee so you could taste how good it is. Man, that just sucks.
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Beat the system: buy a simple coffee grinder, buy a fresh bag of your favourite coffee beans, and brew your own by hand. The secret is to grind only the beans you need for one brew: that way, you always have freshly ground beans. Which is essential for the aroma.

It's what I do; nothing beats my own coffee. :mrgreen:
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Pjotr wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:21 pm
Beat the system: buy a simple coffee grinder, buy a fresh bag of your favourite coffee beans, and brew your own by hand. The secret is to grind only the beans you need for one brew: that way, you always have freshly ground beans. Which is essential for the aroma.

It's what I do; nothing beats my own coffee. :mrgreen:
Agreed! 100%
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Pjotr wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:21 pm
Beat the system: buy a simple coffee grinder, buy a fresh bag of your favourite coffee beans, and brew your own by hand. The secret is to grind only the beans you need for one brew: that way, you always have freshly ground beans. Which is essential for the aroma.

It's what I do; nothing beats my own coffee. :mrgreen:
This can be done, but it does not solve the simple problem that more and more small service providers are having to give up because of excessive, simply unaffordable rents.
Companies like Amazon or eBay have also been blamed for this small business death: it certainly doesn't make survival any easier for small businesses, but the main problem is unspeakable rents that can never be earned above normal turnover.
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Cibolo Coffee Haus is a small family owned place, the people who work there know me, know my order, make incredibly good coffee, have great customer service, spend time chatting with you, it is not a big assembly line impersonal place. They open early in the morning, close around 4 pm, and just a good place to go and sit and have a cuppa.
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absque fenestris wrote:
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This can be done, but it does not solve the simple problem that more and more small service providers are having to give up because of excessive, simply unaffordable rents.
Sadly in this global economy we are going to see fewer and fewer small businesses. They cannot compete with the purchasing power of the big players, nor can they survive the ongoing costs of running a small business these days. Rent and Electricity are a major part of that, but also the costs of compliance in this litigious world.
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Ok, I know I live in Texas, but at times I get tired of the three seasons we have here: Summer, Still Summer, and About to be Summer. Just once I would really like four real seasons, with cold weather for more than two days a year. Also I just cannot get into Thanksgiving and Christmas spirit when your mornings are in the 50's and then the afternoons are in the 80's! I really dislike wearing shorts and T-shirt on Christmas.
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MurphCID wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:55 am
Ok, I know I live in Texas, but at times I get tired of the three seasons we have here: Summer, Still Summer, and About to be Summer.
You forgot about tornado season! Although October is not normally tornado season, I did get hit in the Dallas tornado a couple of weeks ago. I just had some roof damage and broken tree branches, but the next street over had major damage to houses and trees. I had no power for three days and no cable internet for a week.

Here are some pictures I took around the neighborhood, all within 2 blocks of my house:
https://postimg.cc/gallery/1tozziz00/

and here's some drone footage of my neighborhood:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/08 ... 224af1689c
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Glad you are ok, it was a bad deal. A good buddy watched it from across the street.
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You start your day off wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and end it in long pants, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and windbreaker. It went from 80F to 30F (real feel 20F) by 2100 hours last night. Right now 34F (real feel 20F) with sleet and ice incoming. In Texas if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!
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I've added a few more pics of the tornado damage to the twin office buildings a block from my house. One building has major damage, the other building, no more than 100 meters away, has no visible damage!
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I lived with Cyclones, I now live with the risk of fire and flood. All of those, at least, give you some warning of impending doom. From my understanding, Tornadoes are far less "predictable", I trust you all stay safe.
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Cold, hot, Cold, Hot, typical Texas weather. Groan. Now Mountain Cedar is coming in, and so my allergies are killing me...
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