Friday, October 29, 2010

 

Dudley Bought A New Camera Today Online ...


going to the store in an hour or so to pick it up. Also going to get a memory card for it. Hope I can get home and read the manual and get proficient with it so I can take some good photos at the World Series. Also plan on using this camera to take some good photos of trains. It is a point and shoot camera and should work well for what I want to do. Won't be able to do everything I could do with my old Canon AE-1 film camera I used for years. Hope the Rangers can figure out a way to sweep the Series here at home. I can see them winning one of two out in SF but not both games 6 and 7. It is going to be an uphill battle, but they have climbed some big hills to get this far. Go Rangers!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

 

The Rangers Did Not Get It Done Last Night ...

but am not worried yet. The Rangers have been bouncing back all season. Thought it was going to be the pitching duel to end all pitching duels. Never would have guessed there would be a total of 18 runs scored by the games end. Hopefully C.J. Wilson will have his stuff tonight. Dudley is waiting on an electrician to come out this afternoon. There is a light out in the kitchen and in Frank's room. Used to get my father in law to do all of my electrical work for free. He lives too far away and is getting on up there in years. Dudley has a healthy respect for electricity. Handled more than one electrocution death claim in my many years in the Insurance Claims Business. Hope the Rangers offense will light up the Giants pitching tonight. Go Rangers!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

 

It's High Time We Made It To The World Series, Go Rangers ...



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

 

Jack Visits His Parents ...


 

Dudley Was On A Mission Today ...



to find a New Era Official On Field Texas Rangers World Series Cap in red(they also come in blue.) I could not believe they did not have any at the gift shop at the ballpark. Checked with a couple of local sporting goods stores and they did not have any. Called this morning and finally found one in a specialty cap store at the mall. I went over there this afternoon and bought one in 7 5/8." I paid extra to have some deer antlers embroidered on the back. There were two young guys in the store and one of them said he had standing room only tickets to the game on Sunday. I told him when my son saw my cap, he would probably be down there to buy him one. The guy gave me a twenty percent off card for future purchases. When I got home, Frank was at the house. I walked in and told him he had been "Out Whataburgered" once again. He just called from the mall and said they did not have his size in blue. He is on the way to the other mall across town to see if the store there has one. Can't wait for Wednesday night and the start of the World Series. Go Rangers!

Monday, October 25, 2010

 

Dudley And Daughter Went To The Ballpark This Morning ...




to the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop. They were doing a brisk business. We bought some new ALCS shirts to wear to the World Series game. Drove by the Cowboys Stadium. Saw the television trucks setting up for Monday Night Football. Wish we had tickets to go to the game. Jerry Jones has pretty well priced us out of enjoying a Cowboy game in person. One of these days I may break down and buy tickets. The way they have been playing it is not worth the price of admission. Will suffer through watching tonight on the television. Can't wait until Wednesday when The Texas Rangers and Cliff Lee take on the San Francisco Giants in game one of the World Series. Go Rangers!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

 

Bring On The San Francisco Giants ...


Dudley is ready and the Rangers are ready. Dudley's sister has converted the Yankee Voo Doo doll over to the Giants. Dudley finally received his World Series tickets in the mail yesterday. Can't wait for the first game of the World Series on Wednesday night. Dudley was hoping the Giants would beat the Phillies. Dudley wants to see Josh Hamilton hit a home run out of the ballpark in San Francisco out into the bay. It is going to be a great series. Dudley predicts the Rangers will win it in six. Go Rangers!

Friday, October 22, 2010

 

One Of These Days Dudley Is Going To Go On A Trophy Hunt In South Texas ...

video

Thursday, October 21, 2010

 

Amtrak Saginaw TX 10-21-2010


 

I Took These Photos Last Week While I Was ...


out watching trains. I don't usually like seeing graffiti on railroad cars or anything else for that matter. I did however get a kick out of this graffiti on a rail car that only a die hard deer hunter could approve of. Speaking of die hard deer hunters. My friend who I hunted with in Arkansas, J.T. back in 2007 was deer hunting last Sunday with a friend of his, Ronald. He is about my age and owns some land and takes J.T. hunting every year. He enjoys taking disabled hunters like J.T. out and helping them get a deer. Ronald and J.T. were out hunting and Ronald was in his stand and started having chest pains. He walked to his truck and left J.T. out hunting in another stand. He went home and a family member talked him into going to the hospital. Too make a long story short, he had a heart attack on Sunday morning, had heart surgery on Monday, was released from the hospital on Tuesday and went home. Ronald went out this evening and climbed into his deer stand and killed a six point buck with his muzzleloader! Now that is a dedicated deer hunter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

 

YANKEES SUCK SONG


 

The Rangers Are One Win Away From Going To The World Series ...



Monday, October 18, 2010

 

Dudley Went And Watched Trains Again Last Week ...






Sunday, October 17, 2010

 

Frank And Jeff Went Down To The Farm ...


yesterday with Frank's grandfather and set up the new deer stand Jeff is going to hunt out of. It looks pretty good and I hope he has some good luck and gets a deer out of it this year. Frank called me this morning, he and Jeff were on their way to the lumbar yard to buy some PVC pipe. They are going to make some gravity flow corn feeders to put on a few trees in sight of the new deer stand. They must be pretty serious about hunting to miss watching the Ranger game yesterday and the Cowboy game today. The Rangers won yesterday and the series with the Yankees is tied at one game each. After the Rangers strong showing yesterday, Dudley is still hopeful the Rangers will find a way to get past the Yankees. After losing game one subsequent to blowing a five run lead late in the game, Dudley was getting worried. After yesterdays game, Dudley's dream of attending a World Series game is still very much alive.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

 

Damn Yankees ...



Friday, October 15, 2010

 

Photo Of The Texas Rangers Welcome Home Party At DFW Airport ...


Thursday, October 14, 2010

 

Dudley Was Disappointed Yesterday When He ...


received an email from the Texas Rangers that my entry into the Lottery to be able to buy tickets early was not selected. That meant that Dudley would have to try and get tickets Sunday morning at 9:00 AM either online or by calling (good luck getting through) or go try to wait in a mile long line at the ticket office. Dudley has an idea the tickets to the World Series will sell out pretty quickly. Dudley knows if he is going to have any chance to go to the game he will have to buy the tickets at the gate price and not the inflated prices the ticket outlets charge. Dudley was sitting in his truck this afternoon watching trains when his cell phone rang. Dudley answered it and a sweet sounding young lady said she was with the Texas Rangers ticket office and said they had received my lottery application and that I could purchase tickets to the World Series if I was still interested. I told her YES and told her she had made my day! I told her I would need to buy the lower priced tickets and would need one wheelchair seat for myself and at least one companion seat. I told her the other three seats could be in a different area if need be. She did split the seats into two groups. Frank and I are going to be sitting in the handicapped seating area in the Center Field Bleacher area. Dudley's sister, wife and daughter are going to be sitting up in the third deck on the third base side. Dudley has dreamed of going to the World Series since he was a little boy. Dudley called everybody and told them I had scored tickets to the series. Dudley's sister was driving home from work and she was so excited it is a wonder she did not run off the road. It is going to be an uphill battle to beat the Yankees but the Rangers have the best team they have ever had in their 39 years in Texas. I hope the Rangers can play at their best and win the ALCS. If the Rangers advance to the World Series, Dudley will be there!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

 

Here Are Some Photos Of The Deer Stand Frank and Jeff Are Building ...






they got the majority of it built a few weekends ago. Since then, Dudley's father in law has enclosed the end and installed a door and put on a tin roof. He also sealed and painted the wood. The only thing left to do is put some carpet on the floor. They are going back to East TX this weekend to load it onto a trailer and take it down to the farm and set it up. There was a great baseball game on last night with the Rangers beating the Rays 5 to 1. The Rangers are now going to play the Yankees in the ALCS. Dudley has been a Ranger fan for 39 years. Frank and Jeff drove up to DFW airport this morning and were there at 2:45 AM when the Rangers jet landed. They were there to cheer on the team along with about 2000 other fans. Frank said they watched the owners, managers, coaches and all the players disembark the plane. He got to high five Vlad Guerrero who was one of the heroes of last nights game scoring one of the five runs. He did not get home till almost five this morning and slept a couple of hours and then went to work and is mowing yards all day. Dudley was tempted to go with him and cheer on the team but Dudley is getting too old for those kind of adventures. Better to leave that to the 21 year olds.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

 

Dudley Went And Watched Trains Again The Other Day ...






for a few hours. Saw three freight trains and an Amtrak passenger train. The freights were all grain trains with two locomotives on the front and a single locomotive on the rear with I would guess over one hundred covered hopper cars in between. Two of the freights were on the BNSF line and the third on the UP line. One of the BNSF freights had a Canadian Pacific locomotive on the front, it was a long way from home. The UP had and old Southern Pacific "Black Widow" paint scheme locomotive which are always neat to see. It was a nice way to spend a few hours. Also went to the A&W Root Beer Stand and got a root beer. It does not get much better than that. The Rangers are playing the Rays tonight in gave five. It is do or die time and with Cliff Lee pitching, the Rangers stand a good chance of winning and moving on to the ALCS against the Yankees. Go Rangers!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

 

Woodchucks ...


Friday, October 8, 2010

 

Dudley Went And Watched Trains Again The Other Day ...






for a while. Saw a couple of unusual trains in addition to the usual freight traffic. The first was a BNSF locomotive pulling five or six old stainless steel passenger cars from the glory era of rail travel. You can see part of this train in the first two photos above. I guess they were moving these cars for some reason. I don't think they had any passengers on board but am not absolutely certain of that. I talked to a rail fan that arrived later and told him about the train and he wished he had been there to see it. He said it sounded like passenger cars used for railroad executives to travel on and for special excursion passenger trains. The second interesting train was a BNSF track renewal train. It was just heading in for the evening. There were three workers riding on this train but it looked like they were through working for the day. I saw a video on You Tube of one of these trains in operation. It is a sight to see as it picks up the rail as it moves along and has claw arms that reach down and pull out the old railroad ties and sets them aside and then replaces them with brand new ties and then sets the rails back down. It must drive new spikes in as well to hold the rails in place. Dudley is excited to see the Rangers win the first two games of the series with Tampa Bay. Frank has tickets to the games on Saturday and Sunday if needed. Go Rangers! It looks like the AL Championship series may be the Rangers vs the Yankees. The Yankees have won the first two games against the Twins. I think the Rangers may very well be able to beat the Yankees this time around. If so the Rangers will be in the World Series for the first time. Dudley signed up today for a lottery to have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the World Series if the Rangers make it. For Dudley to be able to attend a World Series game with the Rangers playing would be a dream come true. Dudley and a lot of Ranger fans have been waiting for a very long time.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

 

The Texas Rangers Are Going All The Way ...


 

Go Rangers ...



Monday, October 4, 2010

 

Dudley Went And Watched Trains For A Few Hours ...






this afternoon. He went up to Saginaw, TX and parked in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce. It is located in an old depot that was moved up here and restored. Dudley saw an Amtrak passenger train first and then a freight train came through. The freight train had six big army tanks on flat cars painted in desert colors. They were probably headed somewhere in the middle east. Dudley tried to take a photo as they rolled by but Dudley's camera locked up and it flashed a message the memory was full. What bad timing, by the time Dudley cleared it, the tanks were out of sight. Oh well, Dudley plans on going back. It is not all that far from where Dudley lives and it is a great place to spend a few hours.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

 

Dudley Got His Truck Back From The Body Shop Today ...





and it sure is nice to have wheels again. The truck looks and drives great. They Rhinolined the whole truck bed and washed and waxed the truck. Dudley went by the bank and the convenience store to by some Lottery tickets. Dudley is home alone today, Dudley's wife and daughter are at a party and Frank went with Jeff to East Texas to build a deer stand down at the farm. Dudley is going to watch the Texas OU football game this afternoon. Dudley is pissed the TCU game is not being televised. Will probably watch the Rangers tonight. They lost a close a close game yesterday.

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