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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Monday Mumblings

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Back home from the weekend trip. As usual, it's taking me a little time to get pictures together and get caught up - not to mention face up to the inevitable mountain of laundry.

I'm going to try a photoblogging entry today. This will replace the picture o' the day, obviously!

As noted before, we stayed at a hotel in The Woodlands. It was across the street from a large shopping center called Portofino. Only in an area like this could the lowly strip mall be elevated to such proportions. This is not a church, unless you plan on bowing before the gods of commerce:

Shopping Center

This is ground level, at the fountain in front of the facade:


No pictures of the hotel, but here is a bit of a flowering bush near the pool:


Saturday found us in Huntsville. I'm sure the city is desperate to shed its image as home of several state prison facilites. Before Old Sparky (the electric chair) took up residence, it was known as the final home of Sam Houston. Houston has the distinction of being the only person to serve as governor of two states - Tennessee and Texas. He also served as a US senator and president of the Republic of Texas. He's a larger-than-life figure here in Texas, and we tend to grow 'em large. Don't belive me? Take a look at this - thirty tons of steel and concrete visible from over six miles away:

Sam Houston

If you're interested in seeing more about the statue, visit the web site.

So there ya go. Part of how I spent my weekend. Much of the rest was spent sitting in crowded bowling centers, watching Chris throw a ball down the lanes. He didn't do well on Saturday, but made up for it yesterday. His cousin, on the other hand, bowled our of her brain. I'll be surprised if she doesn't place when the dust settles.

Well, I've got to look into fixing these hit counters, and then get busy on other stuff. More later...

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6/5/2006 2:18:02 PM
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