Thursday Evening, Home Office

Killing time, waiting for Sylvia to get home from her evening at the Bingo Hall with her cousin. Would be nice if she comes home with lots of cash, but the odds are against it. As I always tell her, the only guy who wins every night is the man who owns the place. As long as she has fun, that’s the main thing.

Listening right now to the Lars Larson Show on local AM radio, and watching a live webcam view of Biscayne Bay on the Roku’s PTZtv channel. And snapping a quick photo of the side desk to share with you all.

My day has been busy and productive, and the night is quiet and calm. Just the way I like it.

And the adventure continues.

A Fischer Random Win – you can start hating me now.

Okay, this is an experiment to see if I can save my chess games as animated gif files and post them on the blog. This is a correspondence club game I won last week.

Note the unorthodox opening position of the pieces. That makes it a FRC (Fischer Random Chess) game. Other than that, the game is played with standard rules. We each started with 30 days on our game clocks, and we gained an extra day with each move we made. That’s pretty standard for correspondence play in the club where this game was played.

Yes, I won by Queen-King checkmate with the white pieces.

If past performance is any guide, folks start hating me when I start posting my chess games. Ha! Now that I can post them in this animated format, they’ll probably be appearing here rather frequently. Ha! 🙂

And Now I’m a Council’s Advocate

At last night’s business meeting I was elected to the office of Advocate for my new council’s 2018-2019 fraternal term.

The duties and responsibilities of the Advocate of a Knights of Columbus Council are summarized as:


  • Acts as parliamentarian for the council
  • Should have a working knowledge of Robert’s
    Rules of Order, Charter, Constitution & Laws,
    council by-laws, and Method of Conducting
    Council Meetings (#10318)
  • When needed, will seek legal assistance from
    the state advocate

Having previously served as the Grand Knight of another Council, I’m already familiar with the Office of Advocate and I’m looking forward to this upcoming term.

A new K of C Council

So tonight I attend my first Council meeting of a new (to me) Knights of Columbus Council to which I’m transferring my membership.

Since joining the Knights back in the 1990s, this will be the third Council I’ve belonged to. I already know several of the men here, and I’ve been attending Mass at the Parish to which this Council is attached for some time. But most of the guys will be new to me.

I’ll be asked to stand and introduce myself and probably answer a few questions. But I’ve already completed the paperwork required for making the transfer. So after being voted in by the members at tonight’s meeting, whatever else may be needed will happen automatically. And a new chapter in my life with the Knights will have begun.

A Good Morning’s Work

At 08:30, shortly after Sylvia left for work, I found myself facing the monster bushes that have been creeping steadily across my back yard for at least the last five years. (It was five years ago when we moved here, and those bushes were a serious presence even then.)

Armed with a set of manual hedge clippers, a manual tree pruner, and a small hand saw, I went to work.

Three hours later I had cleared away those bushes that were pushing up against and in some places through  my neighbor’s wooden privacy fence. Now a path is clear (more or less) back to my fence bordering the alley.

Nearly Noon at the time of this second picture, our South Texas summer day  was heating up nicely. I decided it was time to call a halt to the yard work  and move indoors.