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Point Udall
By Socko July 27th, 2015

Point Udall

Point Udall - If you want to be the first person in the USA to see the sunrise, head to the easternmost point of St Croix called Point Udall. The point was named for former Secretary of the Interior, who served under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. The Millennium Monument was built for the year 2000's New Year's celebration and marks the azimuth of the first U.S. sunrise that year. It is actually a giant sundial created using two giant letter "M"s, signifying the Roman Numeral M, which means 1000. And because there are a two, it means the year 2000. Fancy right? It is a great roadside attraction and a wonderful place to ponder existence while staring out to sea.

 

 

 

 

 



St Croix
By Socko July 24th, 2015

St Croix

Made it to St Croix. The US Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of St Croix, St John, and St Thomas and the only one I have left to see is St John. Well, I saw it one time from St Thomas, but it is still on the list. Anyway, St Croix is cute and I will add a few pictures in the coming days/weeks.



Out of this World Joke
By Socko July 21st, 2015

Q. How did the astronaut break up with his girlfriend?

A. He said he needed space.



Rocky Mountain National Park
By Socko July 18th, 2015

Rocky Mountains

Ok, last photo of the Colorado trip. I have to admit, this is one state I could see living in. I love Texas, but it sure is beautiful in Colorado.



Quotes by 14th Dalai Lama
By Socko July 15th, 2015

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Sleep is the best meditation.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.



Fly Fishing
By Socko July 13th, 2015

Fly Fishing

One of these days I'm going to try fly fishing, it looks so relaxing.



Elk
By Socko July 10th, 2015

Elk

Colorado is one of the best places to see - up close - extraordinary wildlife. While driving through the Rockies we saw elk, bighorn sheep, fox and all the little critters too.



Independence Day Jokes
By Socko July 7th, 2015

What was the most popular dance in 1776?
Indepen-dance.

Why did the duck say bang?
Because he was a firequacker.
 
What's the difference between a duck and George Washington?
One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill
 
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!
 
What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved.


Happy 4th of July!!
By Socko July 4th, 2015

Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!! This fireworks photo was taken at Eagle Colorado.



Inside the Gold Room
By Socko July 1st, 2015

Stanley Inside

Here's the Gold Room where Jack Torrance met Lloyd in "The Shining". You could get a Bourbon like old Jack got, but I opted for a Bloody Mary which had a piece of bacon as a stir stick.



The Shining Quotes
By Socko June 27th, 2015

Wendy, baby... I think you hurt my head real bad. I'm dizzy. I think I need a doctor.

Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. [Silence and a pause] Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chins? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.

Heeere's Johnny!

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Danny! I'm coming! You can't get away! I'm right behind you!

Redrum … Redrum … Redrum …

(Telepathically to Danny) How'd you like some ice cream, Doc?



The Stanley
By Socko June 24th, 2015

Stanley Outside

One of my favorite Stephen King novels, well movies, is “The Shining”. Mr. King was inspired to write the book while staying in room 217 at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Prior to the movie coming out, King asked that the film be shot at The Stanley Hotel, but Stanley Kubrick (the film’s director) shot the outside scenes at the Timberline Hotel in Mt Hood, Oregon and the interior shots in a studio in England. Kubrick also deviated from the storyline, which irked the author. Eventually King filmed “The Shining” miniseries at the hotel. And you know, I’ve never seen it. Think I will put it on my movie bucket list.

Here are a couple of photos of The Stanley Hotel – the outside and the inside. Here’s an exchange between Lloyd and Jack:

Lloyd: Women: can't live with them, can't live without them.

Jack Torrance: Words of wisdom, Lloyd my man. Words of wisdom.



Summer Solstice
By Socko June 21st, 2015

Summer solstice time again - the solstice marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, conversely the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere. It gets pretty hot here in Dallas the next few months so I will be a sweaty monkey until around September or the Autumnal Equinox.



Estes Park
By Socko June 18th, 2015

Estes Sign

Visited Estes Park, Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains this week. It is a cute little touristy town with plenty of t-shirt, ice-cream, souvenir and popcorn shops. Of course I’ve never visited in winter, so it may not be so cute in winter…but maybe it is. If I ever go in winter I will let you know.



Kennedy Room
By Socko June 15th, 2015

Kennedy Room

Here is my favorite place in Dallas to unwind – the Kennedy Room. Not necessarily to get anything other than a soda, but the great thing about this place is that you can bring a few monkey friends and talk without yelling. And it’s like being in your den at home, only they bring you free potato chips.



Airplane Joke
By Socko June 12th, 2015

On a recent flight, an elderly passenger kept peering out the window.

Since it was totally dark, all she could see was the blinking wing-tip light.

Finally, she rang for the flight attendant.

"I'm sorry to bother you," she said, "but I think you should inform the pilot that his left-turn indicator is on and has been for some time."



Dallas Summer Block Party
By Socko June 8th, 2015

Modern Art

Went to the Dallas Summer Block Party this year and it was really nice. All the museums are free to enter, including the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. On the streets are gourmet food trucks (about 30 or 40), live local music, activity tables, and social media scavenger hunts. The photo above was taken at the Nasher Sculpture Center.



100 Trillion Dollars
By Socko June 5th, 2015

One Hundred Trillion

Ever wonder what 100 Trillion Dollars looks like? Well here it is. Zimbabwe is going through a little hyper-inflation and is printing bank notes with astoundingly high denominations. They are only worth about $5 US Dollars, but are fun to have around.



Getting All Political
By Socko June 2nd, 2015

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it is just the opposite."

--John Kenneth Galbraith



Biloxi Lighthouse
By Socko May 29th, 2015

 
Visited Biloxi, Mississippi and stopped by a few of their landmarks. Probably the most recognizable of all of these is the Biloxi Lighthouse. Construction on this little gem began in 1848, and you can still tour it today.


Jefferson Davis Presidential Library
By Socko May 26th, 2015

Jefferson Davis
 
Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) had his home in Biloxi (Beauvior) and it is here where he lived and wrote the book “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government”. Jefferson Davis was the first and only President of the Confederacy and his Presidential Library is now located on the property. He isn’t buried here though – his body is in Richmond, Virginia in the Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond was the capital of the confederacy). Here is an interesting fact: Jefferson was the youngest of 10 children. His mother was tired of having children, so she gave Jefferson the middle name “Finis” meaning last.


Biloxi Beaches
By Socko May 23rd, 2015

Biloxi Beach
 
The beaches in Biloxi are great - plenty of soft white sand and one of my favorite things, beach beds. You can also rent jet skis and all sorts of other water equipment.  Once you tire of the beach (if that is possible), you can head to one of a dozen or so casinos.


More Bad Puns
By Socko May 20th, 2015

A dog gave birth to puppies near the side of the road and was cited for littering.
 
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it was only an optical Aleutian.
 
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
 
A chicken crossing a road is poultry in motion.
 
A butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.


Sockonaut
By Socko May 17th, 2015

Sockonaut
 
Dropped by the NASA Infinity Science Center, which is near Slidell, Louisiana. There are lots of cool exhibits in the two story complex – including the space suit I have on.  After touring the science center you can take a bus ride around the area to see where the rockets are test fired. 


Funny Sign
By Socko May 14th, 2015

Funny Sign
 
You can never trust those goats!!


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