As many of you may already know, my ’05 Honda Accord was declared a ‘loss’ due to the hail damage. The insurance company took the car but gave me a very good price for it. I am going to miss that car for quite a long time. Other than the dents in the body THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT CAR! Sigh.

Anyway, taking the cash the insurance company gave me and adding some of the cash I had saved (for a PC that I won’t get for another couple of years now) I was able to get a 2012 Ford Focus SEL sedan. (Pics below.) Its a bit smaller than the Accord but gets great gas mileage, handles well and has some interesting electronics in it. My ‘complaints’ about it include cloth (not leather) seats and no XM/Sirius satellite radio. My biggest positive about the car? IT IS PAYED FOR, BABY! BOOYAA!

Nice ride

Front view of the new ride

Back view

Back end of the new car.

Left-Rear of 2012 Ford Focus SEL

Left-Rear view

Driver's side interior

Front seat view from driver’s side.


Console '12 Focus SEL

Console. Not a ‘touch’ screen as the top end models have.

Backseat of the car

Backseat of the car



Caught the exhibit this weekend.

Went to the Mississippi Museum of Art this weekend with the wife. We went to see the ‘Old Masters to Monet‘ exhibit. It was wonderful. Really loved the impressionist’s paintings. My only complaint is that I CANNOT find a list of all the paintings with an image of the painting. There was a painting of a town done with ‘points’ that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of, that I’d love to get a screenshot or print of it.I THINK it’s Hippolyte Petitjean’s ‘Country Village’ 1893, but I can’t find an image on the internet to confirm it.

The Van Gogh of course immediately draws the eye. His self portrait is a stand out even among stand-outs. I loved the Monet’s they had as well. Just go see it!

The exhibit has almost finished its run here in Mississippi, so even if you are only a LITTLE interested GO! GO NOW!

The Museum does have a YouTube series about the exhibit.

Pax East 2013 Statuary

I present my photo’s of Pax East 2013’s Statuary in no particular order:



Had a blast at Pax East 2013 and the photo’s never do it justice because I spend so much of my time DOING things instead of taking photo’s of the things I’m doing. Such is life.

If you get the chance, and you enjoy any sort of gaming, I really suggest you check out one of the many Pax out there. Worth it.  And you CAN do everything(except the panels/discussions) in one day if you stay focused.