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Love the horns! They're huge! Who made them? Also, where is Fayette County? I work also, and have so many vacation days a year. Since I'll be taking off 7 working days next month for my cruise I didn't want to use up another 3 (Wed-Fri) for the cruise to nowhere. It was tempting tho. But, since I like port calls, and didn't want to use 3 days vacation, plus the cruise would have been $200 (single) for me as well, I passed it up. If the 3 days were over a weekend I think I probably would have done it. I probably could find someone to go with me to share the cabin.


Yes, I know hurricanes are hard to predict, especially long-term. But I had no idea Ike would change so drastically in just a days time from eastern FL and then to the western gulf. We'll just keep an eye on him.



Fayette County is west...if you run IH10 Weest and get to Schulenburg, you are just inside of Fayette County (SE Corner) and if you run up Hwy77 my ranch is about half way to La Grange. Takes about 1:15 from home to the ranch...longer of course during a hurricane evac.


As for now looks like Corpus Christi is in the cross hairs, perhaps it will give us rain...good and bad...I plan to go castrate, vaccinate, and brand cattle on Saturday morning so rain can put a serious damper on those plans...but we could really use rain out there to refill the ponds.


The horns are big about 145 feet across and roughly 20 feet tall in the middle and taller at the tips...they weigh a bit as well around 600-650 deflated and packed...then there are 3 air blowers that together add on another 100 or so pounds... They do weigh less than my prize bull who checks in around a ton or more right now. His horns are a bit shorter as well but he can swing them around when he needs to do so... Stop by the ranch sometime and say hoook 'em!!!

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Margaritaville in T & C was a very nice place


What happen to Margaritaville in T & C we were just there on the 28th of August

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What happen to Margaritaville in T & C we were just there on the 28th of August


Grand Turk Cruise Center Scheduled to Re-Open in Early October



MIAMI, Sept. 11

The Grand Turk Cruise Center, which is operated by Miami-based

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), and located on

the island of Grand Turk, has scheduled an Oct. 8, 2008 re-opening

date, following the passage of Hurricane Ike.



An engineering survey has confirmed that no damage was sustained to

the cruise ship pier, which can accommodate up to two ships at one

time. Minimal damage occurred to the facility's retail and restaurant




"We believe we can complete repairs to the cruise center within a

30-day period and bring cruise ships back to Grand Turk," said Giora

Israel, Carnival's vice president of strategic planning and port

development. "We will be able to provide many of the wonderful, beach,

snorkeling and watersports experiences that Grand Turk is famous for,

along with the oversized pool and food and shopping opportunities at

the cruise center, including the extremely popular Margaritaville




Israel added that returning cruise ships quickly will provide

important economic benefits to Grand Turk while the island moves

forward with its recovery efforts. In addition to its existing staff

on the island, Carnival Corp. & plc will bring in a number of

additional skilled workers who will be housed and fed by the company.

Those individuals will not only repair the cruise center complex, but

also assist in the repair of some of the island's key attractions.



"We will be investing millions of dollars in the coming months to help

Grand Turk quickly re-build its cruise-focused tourism. Bringing

tourists back to the island as quickly as possible will play a major

role in driving the island's overall recovery," said Israel.



The Grand Turk Cruise Center is the largest private employer on the

island and the cruise center staff, combined with shore excursion

operators, comprises approximately 80 percent of non-government jobs

in Grand Turk.



Carnival Corporation & plc will also be providing financial and

logistical assistance to shore excursion operators to enable them to

resume their businesses. Cruise passengers and crew members will be

provided the opportunity to participate in volunteer-oriented

excursions for those who wish to assist in the island's recovery




The Grand Turk Cruise Center, which opened in 2006, has become one of

the cruise industry's most popular Caribbean cruise destinations. The

$60 million, 13-acre complex features an 800-foot-long private beach,

swimming pool and FlowRider attraction, which offers body boarding and

stand-up board surfing, in addition to multiple retail outlets. The

FlowRider, which was not damaged, will re-open pending the status of

power supply on the island. The cruise center's lush landscaping, much

of which was lost as a result of the storm, will be replaced on a

gradual basis over the next several months.



The Grand Turk Cruise Center serves as a gateway to the pristine

island of Grand Turk, which is world-renowned as a diving and

snorkeling jewel, and also features magnificent beaches, striking

aqua-blue waters, and a variety of fishing and watersports activities.



The first cruise ship scheduled to call at Grand Turk will be Carnival

Cruise Lines' Carnival Destiny on Oct. 8. Carnival Cruise Lines is the

largest cruise-line user of the Grand Turk facility. Several other

cruise lines, both from within the Carnival Corp. & plc family of

brands and from other cruise operators, also regularly call at Grand




Additional information on the Grand Turk Cruise Center can be viewed

at http://www.grandturkcc.com

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Weather is rapidly getting worse around here. The power is shaky at this point, I suppose it likely has to do with some of the linee on poles around here. We unplugged most stuff we wouldn't want damaged by spikes, even with surge protectors...


I hope in 12 hours we are all in one piece here and that I can pop on and report all is well. So far phone, internet (DSL), our sat TV are all still working. Have a generator to power TV and internet as well as deep freezer and refrigerator as needed...


To all my fellow Houston and Galveston area residents best to you all!!!

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