Terlingua Dreams

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A day of running errands

Woke up early and brought in the rest of the plants that I did not get to yesterday.  It kept on getting colder by the minute and had to go inside and bundle up.

Needed to run several errands in town the most important being gassing up dad's car.  I was afraid I was not going to make it to the new Stripes so stopped at the first gas station I came to.  A couple of weeks ago I spotted people airing up their tires for free.  I asked the clerk about it and she told me while it is free...I needed to get the hose from the back and hook it up...too much trouble!

When was the last time I came to the post office?  Our P.O. Box was overflowing!

After the fiasco that was Wal-Mart's Thursday pre-Black Friday sale...I went online and found a better deal on SD cards.  Today I went to pick them using their site to store delivery.  I was probably about the fourth person in line...so much better than that day!  Think I have learned my lesson...no more pre-Black Friday or any kind of after Thanksgiving sales.

Had to go to Home Depot to purchase more light bulbs.  For some reason I think I must have gotten a bad batch of the new Energy Saver mini twisters that claim to last 9.1 years.  I did not even get a year out of them.

The going gasoline price in Del Rio, Texas today.  I am having some problems uploading photos this evening but will try to get it resolved hopefully tonight.

On my way back home the price had gone
down .02 vents
Reason why Exxon and HEB went down in their prices

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. When I moved to Bemidji Minnesota in '97 all the gas stations in town were the same price, from one end to the other. It was like they all sat down together for breakfast every morning and decided what gas was going to cost in the town.
    Then Walmart came in. Gas was cheaper overnight and it was different at different station in the town.
    I saw $3.05 & $3.07 in Rockport yesterday...

    1. That story pretty much repeated itself in Del Rio as well Rob.

      For a long time it was a fight between HEB and Walmart as they were the big fish in town. Stripes is playing an active role as well now...which is OK by me as the consumers benefit. Free enterprise at its best :-)

  2. When I have considered energy saving bulbs, the cost of buying them and the actual short life expectancy of them made ordinary bulbs much cheaper. How much it costs me over all is my criteria. I will not spend an extra $20 to save $4 in electricity over the life of the bulb. LED lights for RVs are the same way.

    1. That is just it Barney...they claim to last 9.1 years and save electricity at the same time. I did not expect to have to replace them so soon.

  3. I still like the old bulbs but they are getting hard to find. I use them for heat. Throw a tarp over the well pump and pressure tank (which just sits on a cement slab) and then put a trouble light with the old style bulb under the tarp. Keeps things from freezing. Of course where I live, some years I don't need it while others, like the way this year is starting out, I do.

    1. I think this season you just might have to perform that old light bulb trick several times.

    2. In December 2007, the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains maximum wattage requirements for all general service incandescent lamps producing from 310–2600 lumens of light.
      The efficiency standards will start with 100-watt bulbs and end with 40-watt bulbs. The timeline for these standards was to start in January 2012, but on 16 December 2011, the U.S. House passed the final 2012 budget legislation, which effectively delayed the implementation until October 2012.

      However, you Texacans have exerted your independence from said Federal Law - MAYBE.
      "Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that would permit the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the state of Texas, thus circumnavigating a federal law banning their use by 2012.
      So, unless and until the law is overturned in the courts, it will still be legal for Texans to buy traditional incandescent light bulbs in lieu of the more energy efficient, but also much more expensive and environmentally hazardous florescent light bulbs. That is at least in theory. Tungsten, an element in incandescent light bulbs, is not mined in Texas. If it is imported from out of state, a court might suggest that it makes the home grown manufacture of light bulbs interstate commerce and thus subject to the federal ban."

      Those of you living along the border may also have the opportunity to smuggle incandescent bulbs in from Mexico. That might become as lucrative as drugs. HA

  4. Those bulbs are a rip off. Won't last longer than most normal ones

    1. So I am not an isolated case? Darn, did not know it was a common occurrence!


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