THE CRYSTAL COWPILE

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TRANSPORTATION OF THE FUTURE IN VAN ZANDT COUNTY

 

I had the honor to represent Van Zandt County at the 11th Annual Transportation Forum in Austin. We can be proud of the Texas Department of Transportation folks in this county. I 20 and the State roads 110, 19, 17, 64, , and more are getting better. Our TxDot and their contractors have done a fantastic job on tight budgets and horrible weather, tornados, and floods. I heard this from officials from different regions of the state. Next time you slow down or stop because they are fixing something, be sure to give a “thumbs up” to the Best of the Best.

Propositions 1 and 7, and House Bill 20 will now put dollars directly into Texas roads.  The voters made it clear that Sales Tax Gasoline tax is to stay in road work and not a political grab bag.  The federal government got the same message loud and clear. Both parties quickly passed the bill and the President signed it. $105 Billion Dollars is to come to the states for fixing up the Interstate roads, but they do not get the money unless the project is “SHOVEL READY”.

The Councils of Government,Metropolition Planning Organizations,Regional Mobilitiy Authorities , Ecomomic Develoment Officials, Construction Contractors, Rail Experts, and Engineering Firms have been burning the midnight oil to be ready for 2016.

Here are just a few projects ready to roll. I- 69 is starting construction from Houston to the North East Corner of Texas. This will give a boost to chemical and other Gulf Coast industry, relieve congestion and increase employment opportunities in East Texas

 A 400 foot plus high bridge over the Port of Corpus Christi is a go. This will allow for the BIG BOATS when the Panama Canal get dredged deeper. The big boats will a give tremendous boost to the economy. We have 11 deep water ports in Texas. An ocean going tanker came out of Aransas Pass this month with Texas oil heading overseas. Congress cleared the way this year for the US to export oil for the first time since the 1970s.

Texas Department of Transportation is studied by Other States and Nations. They were there taking notes. TxDot allocates the dollars smartly. They plan what goes where and when. TxDot has three bosses, the customer (that’s us), the tax payer, and the legislators. They serve us all well.

We have the best and brightest minds planning ahead. Rail will double by 2040. We have 195,000 miles of state maintained roads. That amounts to over two trillion dollars of assets. There are 53,000 bridges, 10,000 miles of rail, and the largest air transportation in the US with DFW and Bush as the anchors.

If Texas were a country, it would be the 14th largest economy in the world.

The next five years are a game changer. Cars will be safer. There will be driverless cars on the road this year. We will drive less and rideshare more, work remotely more. The Millennials will outnumber all people over thirty-five. There will be more walking and riding bicycles to work in the large cities. Oh yes. We will figure out how to fix our county roads.

It is a great time to live in North East Texas.

GET UP RUNNING

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PROTEIN TO GET THE DAY GOING GOOD

 

– Plenty of lean protein gets the day started with a “zipadeedoda”.

Get out of the sack, do your bathroom business, make a power shake with a dab of  protein.  I use a protein powder, water, frozen pineapple and blueberries, a bit of banana, and ice cubes in the blender.

My Smart Phone loses its oomph and needs to recharge. Our body loses its oomph so we need to recharge it first thing every morning. Don’t get ”
nerdy”. just do it. No big deal.

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Fruits and Veggies

Have fun and mix your own power drink.

TRANSPORTATION IN TEXAS

 

 

I had the honor to represent Van Zandt County at the 11th Annual Transportation Forum in Austin. We can be proud of the Texas Department of Transportation . Our TxDot and their contractors have done a fantastic job on tight budgets and horrible weather, tornados, and floods.  Next time you slow down or stop because they are fixing Texas Roads, be sure to give a “thumbs up” to the Best of the Best.

Propositions 1 and 7, and House Bill 20 will now put dollars directly into Texas roads.  The voters made it clear that Sales Tax and Gasoline tax is to stay in road work and not a political grab bag.  The federal government got the same message loud and clear. Both parties in Congress quickly passed the bill and the President signed it. $105 Billion Dollars is to come to the states for fixing up the Interstate roads, but they do not get the money unless the project is “SHOVEL READY”.

The Councils of Government,Metropolitan Planning Organizations,Regional Mobility Authorities , Economic Development Officials, Construction Contractors, Rail Experts, and Engineering Firms have been burning the midnight oil to be ready for 2016.

Here are just a few projects ready to roll. Interstate 69 is starting construction from Houston to the North East Corner of Texas. This will give a boost to chemical and other Gulf Coast industries, relieve congestion and increase growth and job opportunities in East Texas

A 400 foot plus high bridge over the Port of Corpus Christi is a go. This will allow for the BIG BOATS when the Panama Canal gets dredged deeper. The big boats will a give tremendous boost to the economy. We have 11 deep water ports in Texas. A ocean going tanker came out of Aransas Pass this month with Texas oil heading overseas. Congress cleared the way this year for the US to export oil for the first time since the 1970s.

Texas Department of Transportation is studied by Other States and Nations. They were there taking notes. TxDot allocates the dollars smartly. They plan what goes where and when. TxDot has three bosses, the customer (that’s us), the tax payer, and the legislators. They serve us all well.

We have the best and brightest mind planning ahead. Rail will double by 2040. We have 195,000 miles of state maintained road. That amounts to over two trillion dollars of assets. There are 53,000 bridges, 10,000 miles of rail, and the largest air transportation system in the US with DFW and Bush as the anchors.

If Texas were a country, it would be the 14th largest economy in the world,

The next five years are a game changer. Cars will be safer. There will be driverless cars on the road this year. We will drive less and rideshare more, work remotely more. The Millennials will outnumber all people over thirty-five. There will be more walking and riding bicycles to work in the large cities. Oh yes. We will figure out how to fix our county roads.

It is a great time to live in North East Texas in Van Zandt County.

 

CARBS ARE A GOOD THING

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Fruits and Veggies

 

Eat at least five fresh or frozen fruits and veggies every day. Carbohydrates  give us energy. I lay low on dairy,bread,and pasta,but really go for fruits and veggies. Read the lables.  A lot of the added stuff is to keep the product on the shelf in case you don’t buy it right now.  If you put old stuff in your belly and it does not burn out or flush out you might get hemorrhoids , heartburn, or heart attack or worse. You will get fat and unhealthy, so eat fresh or frozen  fruits and veggies.

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Hello-Here I am

I am 83 years old, but the body is better right now than 61 years ago when Uncle Sam drafted me into the US Army. I once weighed 254 and my blood pressure was at 204 /105. I moved to East Texas  to die. I changed my mind on June 12, 2oo6 and I chose to do 4 things.I call it WAFOWASL. which stands for WATER, FOOD,WALK,and SLEEP. Theses are the four keys to getting health and changing your life.

 

 

Me now                                                 Old Me 2014

 

Since that day I have been walking. I mean BRISK WALKING .  I walk  20 to 40 minutes and work to stay under a 20 minute mile. Big Deal? You better dang well believe it. Since that day in 2006 I have walked over 26,700,000 steps and mostly at a brisk pace. So What. Well, I have never been sick. My blood pressure at last Medicare physical was 95/56 and the weight is between 157 and 165. Enough for now. If I can get healthy , so can you.

Come back and visit. I talk about WAFOWASL and as an extra added feature I will share what I see in the CRYSTAL COWPILE.  Now that is another story.  Bring your freinds too.