Terlingua Dreams

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I am becoming a habitual law breaker :-(

Well, folks, it happened again!  In the past six months, I have been pulled over three times, twice by the Val Verde County Sheriff's Department and once by DPS (Department of Public Safety) in Terlingua.

About four years ago I was pulled over by the Del Rio City Police for an expired inspection sticker, that marked my downfall.  It had been about twenty years since I had been stopped and living in Houston, Texas none the less.

We have had beefed up patrols for which I am very thankful for as people speed like crazy here in the county.  I just did not figure to be part of those people.  I was pulled over for going 32 in a 25 mph zone.

He was a young and very pleasant officer who after quickly eyeballing the inside of my vehicle inquired where I was headed.  I guess because I have yet to unload my car from our trip to San Antonio.  Thankfully, I only received a warning.

Have I learned from all of this?  You bet I have.  The time I was stopped for presumably not coming to a complete stop, what we commonly refer to in Texas as "A New York stop"...I now count to ten...then I proceed, no matter how many cars are in the back of me honking. That time I also escaped with a warning.

When I was pulled over for allegedly speeding on my second trip to the Chili Cook-Off this past November and given a hefty fine...I also learned my lesson.  I now arrive in San Antonio the day before, book a hotel room and go the speed limit or five miles lower.

My question is how many warning does one get before they write me a citation?  Did not think it would be prudent to ask this young officer, so will have to find out on my own.

Now for a complete change of topic.  I had been wanting to purchase a Yeti tumbler in order to keep my beverages warmer or colder on my multiple trips out-of-town.  Since I am frugal (actually Billy Bob told me I squeak, lol) I decided to purchase a Walmart Ozark Trail 30 oz tumbler which is much cheaper.

I have mainly used it for hot drinks like coffee but I had the opportunity to use it to pour the beer I purchased when we were in San Antonio as I was getting ready to watch a Spurs game.  Yes, I know it is silly for a middle age woman to sneak a beer in a tumbler so her mother won't yell at her...but you don't know my mother!

Well, this motel did not have Fox Sports Southwest nor Telemundo so I did not get to watch the game or my soap opera but I sure enjoyed a very cold beverage as I watched CNN.  On our way back home I decided to fill up my tumbler with ice cubes just to see how long they would last.  I forgot about it and it wasn't until I was stopped that I happen to remember my experiment.  Would you believe I still had unmelted ice cubes?  It was 93 when we arrived and yesterday it was in the 80's.  It earned the Terlingua Dreams seal of approval.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. I had heard that the Walmart copy of the Yeti cup was just as good at a far less price. After your unsolicited testimony I'll take it as gospel! Thank you!

    I have no advice on what to tell you about staying out of the sights of law enforcement.
    Just remember that doing good doesn't have an end point and every warm body locked up in the USA gets someone $36,000 a year (average) in taxpayers money.
    Could be why we're #1 in the world in warm bodies locked up....

    Be careful out there!

    1. Now Rob, don't go lock me up in jail just yet...jajajaja! I think before that happens they will take my drivers license away. Just in case told mother she was going to have to start driving in town again but she ignored me, so I guess not.

      Glad you found my unsolicited testimony useful.

  2. Years ago when I narrowly missed being in an accident I decided to only drive the speed limit. Now once in a while i might go over a few mph, but not often. I also come to a complete stop at stop signs. I hate to get pulled over at my age - they would probably decide I shouldn't be driving (which is a bunch of you-know-what). Oh, I also never tailgate the person in front of me but a lot of people pass me to fill in the space I'm trying to leave for safety.

    Beer in a tumbler. What we won't do to avoid our Mothers' wrath, no matter how old we get!

    1. I too leave plenty of space in front of me as a buffer zone but for some reason people in big cities always want to squeeze into it.

      I will do anything to avoid mother's "evils of drinking speech", I guess in her mind I am still an underage teenager.

  3. Back in my drinking days, you would be surprised what all I drank beer and bourbon out of.

    1. There you have it DIzzy, that would be a good topic for your blog.

  4. Love my Ozark Trail tumbler!!!! Have a Yeti too and did the ice cube test - same performance - ice cubes still there 24 hrs later!

    1. I was afraid if I bought the Yeti I would end up misplacing it like I do so many of my things. At one third the price and with just as good results I think I will stick to my Ozark Trail tumbler. I even bought the 40 oz one online.

    2. Excellent! SPURS whupped the Pinche Lakers in LA.today too. What a wonderful day.

    3. I used to hate the Lakers but ever since Kobe Bryant retired or actually since they became a second rate team, I no longer consider them a worthy opponent.

      Don't get me wrong, I will not cut them any slack...glad we won :)

  5. Can't help you on the ticket thing.

    I have a couple of mugs from Starbucks and they are great too, but yes pricey.

    But I have a question about your tent in your header, is it only supported but the center pole and of course then by guide ties at each corner? I'm looking for something easy as my truck is really small and for rainy times I want something to be able to sit in with room. This tent look great for what I want. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi JO!

      For some reason I have been receiving a lot of e-mails regarding my Kodiak Canvas tent since I used it as a header picture.

      I know you are new to my blog and since other readers are also interested I am going to dedicate a post to this tent and hopefully answer your questions.

      Thank you for commenting.


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