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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Strange Cave.

There is a mine in Chihuahua, Mexico, where lead, zinc, and silver are mined.  While digging in this mine, a cave was discovered that held some mighty strange crystals.  In fact, this mine (Naica Mine), is best known, not for its lead, zinc, and silver, but for its extraordinary selenite crystals.  These are not small crystals, but very huge, impressive ones.  They can be as large as 3 to 4 feet in diameter and 45 or so feet long.  Don't believe me?  I got some pictures.

Now, that is what I call huge crystals.  I wonder how many eons it took them to form?  I have heard of them before and they are really awesome.  What do you think?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Outlaws of the Old West.

There were just so many outlaws in the old west that there is now way that I want to list all of them on my blog.  Instead, I am just going to randomly pick a few.  Some you have heard of and maybe some you have never heard of.  If you want to add any information on the following, please feel free to do so.

OK, if you have seen any Wyatt Earp TV shows or movies, like the Gun Fight at the OK Coral, I am sure you have heard about this first one:

William B. "Curly Bill" Brocious (1845-1882) - An outlaw leader of the Clanton Gang of Arizona, Curly Bill was a vicious, drunken gunman, cattle rustler and murderer  After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Brocious attempted to kill Virgil Earp and succeeded in assassinating Morgan Earp.  Wyatt soon caught up with him and killed him on March 24th of 1882. 

Seaborn Barnes, aka: "Nubbin's Colt" (1849-1878) - Barnes joined the Sam Bass Gang in 1878.  He was killed with Bass at Round Rock, Texas in 1878.

Samuel "Sam" Bass (1851-1878) - The leader of the Sam Bass Gang, Bass robbed stages in South Dakota and trains in Texas.  He and another gang member, Seaborn Barnes, were killed at Round Rock, Texas in 1878.

Charles E. Bolton, aka: Black Bart, Charles E. Boles, T.Z. Spalding (1830-1917?) - Best known as Black Bart, this old west outlaw was noted for his poetic messages left after his robberies.  He was a gentleman bandit, and one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in and around Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Butch Cassidy, aka: Robert Leroy Parker, Hiram Bebee (1867-?) - Leader of the Wild Bunch, the gang robbed trains and banks in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and other states.  He and Harry Longbaugh, the Sundance Kid, were allegedly killed in Bolivia or Argentina in 1908.

James "Jim" Younger (1848-1902) - Member of the James-Younger Gang, was sent to prison and killed himself shortly after paroled.

Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger (1844-1916) - Member of the James-Younger Gang, he was sent to prison, paroled, and spent the rest of his life as an honest man.

See, a leopard can change his spots. . .

OK, the famous outlaws of the old west were not all men.  Some were women.  Here are a couple of examples:

 Anne Basset (1878-1956) - The daughter of ranch owners at Brown's Hole, near the Wyoming, Colorado and Utah border, Basset became a "member" of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

Ellen Watson, dubbed by local newspapers in the late 1880's, as "Cattle Kate," has long been thought of as an outlaw.  Watson along with James Averell were hanged by vigilantes near the Sweetwater River in Wyoming on July 20, 1889 for the accused crime of cattle rustling.  However, there is a mystery surrounding the hangings and it appears that their deaths were unjustified, perpetrated by powerful land and cattle owners of the time.

All of the above information came from: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-outlawindex.html

Now, I will put on my ten gallon hat and ride off into the sunset. . . have a great evening, you hear?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

An Old Western.

I love to watch the old western shows on TV.  You know, the ones that are in black and white.  There are a lot of them, even Gunmoke was on TV in black and white before color took over the TV networks.  Some others that I like are Wagon Train, The Tall Man, Tombstone Territory, Restless Gun, and a lot more.  This all brings me to the one old western show that I am going to talk about, it was called Whispering Smith.

Whispering Smith was a western that starred the WW2 hero turned actor, Audie Murphy.  Do any of you remember that show?  Here are some pictures of that show that may refresh your memory.


Yes, I watch that old show GET TV on the Western Channel and really enjoy it.  It was well done and all the actors did a great job.

OK, just in case you didn't know that Audie Murphy was a war hero, here is a picture of him in uniform with some of his medals:

 And of course his medals:

This just goes to show you that looks are deceiving.  This war hero, who may have single handedly killed more enemy soldiers than any other single foot soldier, was not real tall (5'-8").  He was not mean and scary looking, but soft spoken.  But yes, he was the most decorated American combat soldier of that war and received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army.  He also received French and Belgian awards for heroism.

He was only nineteen years old when he single-handedly held off a whole company of German soldiers for an hour, and then led a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.  Now if that doesn't make a person a hero, nothing will.  Audie didn't live a long life, though.  He passed away at the age of 46, but he sure did pack a lot living in those 46 years.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear? 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wondering, How did they do that?

Sometimes I come across some old pictures on the internet that make me ask, "How did they do that?" or even, "Why?".  For example, this next picture taken back in 1924:
"Witness the tower of booze. Unfortunately, this picture was taken in 1924, near the beginning of Prohibition. What followed could only be described as a crime against (drunk) humanity. The entire stash was set ablaze to rid the world of this alcoholic scourge."


This next picture is of Albert Einstein's desk the way he left it on his last day on earth.  He passed away that night.

He had to be a genius to remember where everything was. . . I have heard people say that a neat desk is the sign of sick mind, so the opposite must be true and if it is, he had a very, very healthy mind.  Of course, now we know that he did, for sure.

Now, you all have great day, you hear?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Our Great Grandson, etc.

My grandson and his wife posted a picture of our week old great grandson, Lane, on Facebook.  I copied the picture and pasted it in today's blog posting.  Ain't he cute??!!!  All dressed up in his Texas clothes.  And with such a happy face.  He will have to grow a little to fit into that cowboy hat, but the clothes fit just fine.  Did I mention just how cute he is?

Did I mention just how cute he is?  I just can't get over how cute he is.  Yes, I think I did mention that a time or two.

He will grow into quite a man someday.  Speaking of men, I found this (Things You'll Never Hear A Man Say...) on the internet, too.

I hope my great grandson's picture put a smile on your face and the above list helped you keep it there.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Update on Last Posting.

Remember my last blog posting back three days ago on August 9th when I told you to watch the sky on Thursday night?  Yes, I took my own advice but was really disappointed.  Two things were against me.  Clouds were moving in fast and a bright moon was peaking through the breaks in the clouds.  These first two pictures are what I was hoping to see:

But this is what I saw:
Yes, I found these pictures on the internet.  I did stay up real late to take a look.  I also got up in the wee hours of this morning, hoping it had cleared off enough to see some of the showers.  Nope, no luck this year and the Perseid meteor showers will not be back for another year and I don't know when, if ever, Jupiter will again interact with the Perseids' parent comment and send dust and debris in our direction.  Hope some of you had clear skies.  Now, have a great day, you hear? 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Watch The Sky Thursday Night.

I am posting this two days in advance so you can plan to be outside looking up on the night of Thursday (August 11).  Of course the best viewing will be in the early hours, sometime after 1 a.m. after the moon sets and the sky gets dark.  They are predicting up to 100 meteors per hour or maybe more this year, a lot more.

Why would there possibly be more this year?  Good question.  It could be much more this year because Jupiter's gravity has interacted with the Perseids' parent comet's debris stream, sending dust and particles towards earth.  It should be quite a show, but then again, it may be a flop.  I think that I will stay up and see what happens.  If any of you watch for it, let me know if you see them and how long you had to wait in between each one. There should be at least a couple every minute and I would think that sometimes they may come in bursts.

This is one of those times when stuff from way out there comes knocking on our door.  That doesn't happen very often, so I hope it isn't cloudy.  Now for today, you all have a great evening, you hear?