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Gig em Aggies wrote:are we talking about Jr or Sr's museum?

I was kind of wondering the same thing.

Little Thranduil wrote:Good question Buddy, thank you. I have both museums listed:

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum = Sr
Changed to:
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum = Jr

There should be no confusion now. My apologies.

Your Buddy Verner

Thank you.

Texans, what are some of your favorite songs about Summer?

Trecdom2 wrote:Texans, what are some of your favorite songs about Summer?

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr0tTbTbmVA

Keith Urban - Long Hot Summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dtfBxUTXRY

Max

History is not there to sooth anyone's feelings. History is there for us to learn from.

Issues Test Bed wrote:History is not there to sooth anyone's feelings. History is there for us to learn from.

yeah but I guess some people want to do a YouTube rewind but for actual life

Hello, Texas! I just posted a new topic on the forum for trading with Grand Quebecois. We will trade cheese, automobiles, timber, fish, gold and metal. The link will bring you to the forum. Trade away, I look forward to doing business with the many great nations here.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=487564

Trecdom2 wrote:Texans, what are some of your favorite songs about Summer?

Nyah ha ha ha!:

Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69 (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjjO_lhf9c

5 Seconds of Summer - Hey Everybody! (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPGbvv4IhNU

The Drifters - "Under the Boardwalk"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpyJS7mLOe0

Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XAFMh6R_7s

Issues Test Bed wrote:History is not there to sooth anyone's feelings. History is there for us to learn from.

Indeed Buddy.

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Hydration Day

Quotes of the Day:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” - Martin Luther King Jr

“Do not pray for an easier life, pray to be a stronger man.” - John F. Kennedy

“If you’re praying about it. God is working on it.” - Unknown

“A man of courage is also full of faith.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Music of the Day:

Artists for Grenfell - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O1CcwYf79I

On This Day In History:
2000 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event

2009 Akio Toyoda is confirmed as the new President of the Toyota Motor Corporation

2014 Claude Monet's Water Lilies is sold at auction for US$54 million

2016 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict

2016 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union

2017 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" single organized by Simon Cowell for those affected by Grenfell tower fire reaches No. 1 in UK charts
(https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3848227/grenfell-tower-song-charity-single-who-sings/)

2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed from book award by US Association for Library Service to Children, becuase of author's racist views and language

2018 12 boys and their coach are stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand by monsoon flooding, prompting an international rescue effort when they are discovered 9 days later

2019 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, with estimated 250,000 in Letna Plain park

2019 Turkey's ruling AK party lose the re-run of Istanbul's mayoral election to Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party

National Hydration Day

Each June 23, the U.S. celebrates National Hydration Day. Proper hydration is vital to living a healthy life, but it’s often overlooked. It’s easy to forget to carry a water bottle on a hot day outside, but skipping out on H2O can lead to major health risks. National Hydration Day was created in honor of late football coach Victor Hawkins, who invented a special hydrating mouthguard to keep his players healthy on the field. SafeTGard, the company that now sells his invention, launched the holiday after Hawkins’ passing to honor his legacy and to encourage others to stay hydrated. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a casual exerciser, or someone who simply loves to spend time outside in the sun, drinking water is key to avoiding heat stroke, dehydration, and other dangerous issues. Celebrating National Hydration Day is a great way to raise awareness!

NATIONAL HYDRATION DAY ACTIVITIES

Set reminders to regularly hydrate during the day
Write out reminders on post-it notes or type them into your phone. You can even download apps that remind you to drink a set amount of water each day. After following these reminders for a while, they’ll likely become a habit that you’ll practice without even thinking about it.

Tell everyone you know to stay hydrated
Remind your loved ones that it’s important to drink lots of water each day, especially when they’re outdoors in the summer or are exercising. People often forget to prioritize hydration, but being prompted by a friend or family member who cares can stand as a great reminder.

Make some tasty infused water
If you avoid drinking water because you find the taste a little bland, infuse a pitcher of water with mix-ins like lemon wedges, cucumber slices, strawberries, cantaloupe, mint, or other refreshing produce. Sometimes, simply having a tasty beverage on hand can make all the difference. You can even take things a step further by filling up grab-and-go bottles of infused water at the beginning of each week, or filling up a special pitcher for your desk at work.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL HYDRATION DAY

It encourages healthy physical activity
We all know how great exercise can be for our health, but working out while dehydrated is anything but healthy. Water provides your body with the power and fuel it needs to get you through a workout or a busy afternoon outside. When you’re properly hydrated, you’re able to exercise in a happy, healthy way—and that makes your mind and body happy.

It inspires people to make other positive choices
When you’re properly hydrated, you may find that you feel a lot better than you do when your body is short on water. (After all, dehydration can cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and feelings of exhaustion.) Getting into the habit of drinking water more often can feel like a victory, and that may inspire you to build other healthy habits into your life. The sky’s the limit!

It reminds us of how important our health is.
Heat stroke or dehydration can happen to anyone, no matter how healthy they may seem on the surface. Symptoms can sneak up on you, and nobody is immune to the risks of not staying hydrated enough. Hydration awareness is an important reminder that no matter how young, agile, or fit we may feel, our bodies need water, and health isn’t something to mess around with.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-hydration-day/

Live updates: Seattle to end CHOP zone; funeral to be held for Rayshard Brooks; Trump vows order after Andrew Jackson statue targeted
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/23/rayshard-brooks-funeral-seattle-end-chop-jackson-statue-updates/3238070001/

Biden campaign commits to three debates, rejects Trump team's call for more as 'distraction'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/23/biden-campaign-commits-three-debates/3240938001/

Trump vows to issue executive order protecting statues, says it would 'reinforce' current law
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/23/confederate-statues-trump-issue-order-protecting-federal-monuments/3241036001/

Bruce Springsteen, Howard Stern and the rise of radio resistance to Donald Trump
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/06/23/bruce-springsteen-howard-stern-and-radio-resistance-donald-trump/3241251001/

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Let us continue the Texas Museums BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Museum to strike off is: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners:

Kyletana wrote:
Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner:

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winners:

BINGO Round in Progress

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

NS Coding Reference: The Complete List of NSCodes

Read factbook

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

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Edit:

Ack! I have just received the “Feeling Down” Issue and it reminded me of what happened to Germanwings Flight 9525:

Tragedy struck when commercial airline pilot Justin Hall deliberately crashed his airplane into a mountain, causing the death of the 416 passengers and 12 crew on board. Afterwards, a medical report was leaked to the press revealing that the pilot had been declared “unfit for work” and suicidal by his doctor, but had failed to report this information to his employer.

As an Armchair Accident Investigator, this issue reminded me of what happened to Germanwings Flight 9525 where the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies and declared "unfit to work" by his doctor, locked the cockpit door while the captain was out of the cockpit and initiated a controlled descent that continued until the aircraft impacted a mountainside. Needless to say, everyone on board the plane died. :(

May the crew and passengers of Germanwings Flight 9525 Rest In Peace. Amen.

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<<Fort Verden's vote for "Commend The Salaxalans" has been noted.>>

Big Tex's Favorite Summer Songs

Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies 1957
https://youtu.be/TK_z73tVbgU

Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful 1966
https://youtu.be/rts7Qdew3HE

Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald 1968
https://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU

In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry 1970
https://youtu.be/wvUQcnfwUUM

Summertime Blues - The Who 1970
https://youtu.be/yQpiv2vNmV8

Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft 1972
https://youtu.be/MsW8rXPcnM0

Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks 1974
https://youtu.be/-tPcc1ftj8E

🤠

Summer Samba - Samba de Verão

Marcos Valle, Stacey Kent
https://youtu.be/0OSHbfQxeyU

Cover version Caetano Veloso
https://youtu.be/uxBtQTUPbHM

Cover version English and Portuguese language Eliane Elias
https://youtu.be/_DAIbV7ft0I

Hello Texas! Due to an increasingly busy IRL schedule I am being forced to step back as Ambassador from XKI. I'm searching for a replacement right now, but I'm hoping it won't take too long :).

NewTexas wrote:Big Tex's Favorite Summer Songs

Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies 1957
https://youtu.be/TK_z73tVbgU

Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful 1966
https://youtu.be/rts7Qdew3HE

Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald 1968
https://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU

In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry 1970
https://youtu.be/wvUQcnfwUUM

Summertime Blues - The Who 1970
https://youtu.be/yQpiv2vNmV8

Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft 1972
https://youtu.be/MsW8rXPcnM0

Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks 1974
https://youtu.be/-tPcc1ftj8E

🤠

damn BigTex your old. lol

I was thinking of a "Summer Songs" poll. I think we'll have to do 2 or 3 polls.

Trecdom2 wrote:I was thinking of a "Summer Songs" poll. I think we'll have to do 2 or 3 polls.

Good idea, Trec Buddy! :)

Kuriko wrote:Hello Texas! Due to an increasingly busy IRL schedule I am being forced to step back as Ambassador from XKI. I'm searching for a replacement right now, but I'm hoping it won't take too long :).

I am very sorry to hear that Kuriko. You were an awesome and outstanding Ambassador and I am sure that most of us in Texas, myself included will remember your tenure as Ambassador from XKI fondly.

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Midsummer

Quotes of the Day:
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” - Socrates

“My life is perfect even when it’s not.” - Ellen DeGeneres

“In teaching others we teach ourselves.” - Unknown

“Maturity comes with experience, not age.” - Unknown

Music of the Day:

Nickelback - Rockstar [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeUuoxyt_E

On This Day In History:
1997 USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

2004 Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York

2011 Italian economist Mario Draghi is confirmed as new President of the European Central Bank

2017 UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases, with 1,300 deaths. Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.

Midsummer

Midsummer is celebrated on June 24 and it’s a day that’s meant for us to appreciate all the gifts that nature gives us. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and that lands on June 20, but because the old Julian calendar marked it differently, the date for Midsummer Day remains June 24. The holiday originates from Sweden, but it’s celebrated all over the world and many use the weekend closest to the date for traditional festivities.

HISTORY OF MIDSUMMER
Midsummer started as a pagan ritual for fertility and a successful harvest during the Stone Age. The pagans believed that plants had healing properties during the summer solstice and they honored the day showing reverence to nature with rituals. They danced around maypoles, fashioned garnets, and herbs were picked on Midsummer’s Eve and bonfires were used to keep away any evil spirits. It was said that spirits were free to roam the earth when the sun was turning towards the southern hemisphere.

In the fourth century, the holiday was changed to fit into Christian beliefs that honored St. John the Baptist called St. John’s Day. In the Gospel of Luke, Saint John’s birthday is said to be six months before the birth of Jesus, which would put his birthday in June. It was celebrated by bathing in water the night before for purification, a feast, and prayer on the holiday, but despite the name change, some of the customs from Midsummer remained.

In the Middle Ages, Germany had its own Midsummer rituals which would eventually be adopted by Sweden and others. Germanic neopagans called their summer solstice festival Litha. In their rituals, the Maypole was decorated with leaves and raised on May 1, which is where the name comes from. It was hard to find green leaves during that time, and the holiday was moved to Midsummer.

Today, it’s still a celebrated holiday and it’s incredibly popular. In Sweden, it comes only second to Christmas and people travel from all over the world to experience it themselves. During the time of the Summer Solstice, inhabitants of the British Isles and Scandinavia have nearly a full day of sunlight, making it easy for them to imagine how the Pagans once lived and they reenact the traditions of old.

MIDSUMMER TIMELINE

21st Century
Past is Present

People celebrate the ancient day by dancing, eating, bonfires, and festivals.

5th Century
German Remix

Germany celebrates with customized rituals like maypoles decorated with leaves.

4th Century
Renamed

Midsummer is co-opted by Christianity and called St. John’s Day.

8700 B.C.
Ancient Origins

Pagans hold festivities and rituals honoring nature, fertility, and a successful harvest.

MIDSUMMER FAQS
Why is Midsummer called Midsummer?

The summer-solstice is considered to be “mid-summer” because it’s believed to be the longest day of the year.

What is Swedish midsummer?
Sweden’s “Midsommar” is a summer celebration many Scandinavian countries look forward to after their long and dark winters.

How do you celebrate Midsummer?
Midsummer is usually celebrated with a traditional feast, incense, a bonfire, maypoles, and connecting with nature.

MIDSUMMER ACTIVITIES

Midsommar
Visit Sweden and experience Midsommar where the pagans once did. Travel to the countryside where you can attend festivities, make flower garlands, drink traditional drinks like nubbe, and dance around maypoles. You can also learn ancient history firsthand from Swedes who know what they're talking about.

Eat like the pagans
Celebrate the day by preparing traditional foods. Pagans would eat foods that consisted of fresh garden fruits and vegetables in a variety of dishes in honor of their deities. Use recipes for pickled herring to make sill, potatoes for potatis, cured salmon for gravlax, crispy bread for Knäckebröd, and more. If they’re too complicated, simple salads and vegetables will do just fine.

Nature hike
Experience nature in a new way by going on a hike by yourself or with friends. Midsummer is about connecting with nature, so explore a new trail that you've never taken before and really notice your surroundings. Pay attention to all the different trees and flowers and give appreciation for the wonder that is nature.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT MIDSUMMER

Empty cities
During Midsummer, cities are left practically vacant as residents leave for the countryside.

Sweet dreams
There's a tradition where people pick seven different species of flowers and place them under their pillows to dream of their future spouse.

Folklore
Many people wear a traditional folk dress called folkdrekten and make their own flower crowns called krans.

Feel the spirit
People drink a spirit called aquavit that's distilled from potatoes or grains and flavored with either caraway or dill seed.

Hopping mad
There are songs sung about frogs and people hop around the maypole like they're frogs themselves.

WHY WE LOVE MIDSUMMER

Respecting tradition
It’s impressive that the spirit of Midsummer is still celebrated today when it could have easily been forgotten. The passage of time and the attempts to change the holiday weren’t enough to get rid of it, and its perseverance deserves respect simply for withstanding the obstacles in its way. Its longevity and the love that people have for it is proof enough that the holiday is here to stay.

Loving nature
Midsummer reminds us that we should be appreciative of nature. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to survive. There’s a direct correlation between people and plants with every breath we take. Stopping to smell the flowers and being one with nature is something that we should all do more often.

Thinking of others
It helps us think of our fellow humans. It's always good to be kind to our family and friends, but we should extend ourselves to everyone. Midsummer is about being appreciative of the day itself and offering selfless gifts with the hopes of bettering others. There can never be too many reminders to be charitable.

https://nationaltoday.com/midsummer/

Coronavirus updates: Fauci warns of 'disturbing surge'; Texas hits all-time high for cases; Europe may bar US travelers
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/06/24/coronavirus-florida-texas-record-daily-cases-fauci-surge-trump/3246657001/

Protest updates: Louisville officer fired; Wisc. protesters take down 2 statues; calls for justice renewed over Elijah McClain's death
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/24/george-floyd-death-murder-trump-rally-unlawful-assembly/3246861001/

'Athlete A' tells part of the Larry Nassar investigation. This is the story you didn't see
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2020/06/24/larry-nassar-usa-gymnastics-netflix-athlete-a-indystar-reporter-talks/3248514001/

AOC’s blowout win, last-minute voting in Kentucky and other key takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/23/june-23-primary-aoc-wins-charles-booker-amy-mcgrath-results-delayed/3235505001/

Madison Cawthorn, 24, defeats Trump pick in North Carolina GOP congressional primary
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/23/madison-cawthorn-president-donald-trump-north-carolina-primary/3247894001/

ALERT: A dozen states now part of outbreak linked to salad mixes sold at Jewel-Osco, Hy-Vee and Aldi
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2020/06/23/jewel-osco-aldi-hy-vee-salad-linked-expanded-cyclospora-outbreak/3246529001/

Too long? Here’s the important part:
Health officials are expanding a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections "potentially linked" to certain store brands of garden salad mixes.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new safety alerts Tuesday recalling more select salads sold at Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco stores in a dozen states.

The CDC and FDA recommend that supermarkets, shoppers and restaurants do not sell, eat or serve these products:

* Aldi Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad, sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

* Hy-Vee brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

* Jewel-Osco Signature Farms brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

All three supermarkets have recalled the salad mixes. Consumers should discard or return the product to the grocer where it was purchased.

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Harrowing video shows Ikea 'anchored' bookcase falling onto climbing twin toddlers
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/06/24/video-shows-anchored-ikea-bookcase-crashing-onto-twins/3234329001/

Too long? Here’s the important part:

While virtually all dressers can tip, Ikea’s have proven to be particularly dangerous, causing five deaths since 2014. The company recalled 17.3 million dressers in 2016 and at the time acknowledged most of its bureaus did not meet the furniture industry’s stability test, which is meant to ensure that a dresser remains upright when pulled on by children. Last year, the company for 16 weeks sold another dresser that did not meet the voluntary stability standard. That dresser was recalled in March.

The Brimnes bookcase that tipped onto the Oka twins is part of a line that includes three dressers that were included in the 2016 recall. The tall, slim unit has two drawers at the bottom and four shelves.

I own an Ikea dresser. Now what?
Was my dresser part of the recall?

If you own a Malm dresser sold between 2002 and mid-2016, there is a good chance it was recalled. But more than 100 other lines of Ikea dressers are included as well. A full list of products, along with steps for taking part in the recall, is available at ikea-usa.com/saferhomestogether.

I own a recalled dresser. Should I keep it or get rid of it?

If it is not anchored, first make sure it cannot be reached by children.

The recall allows people to keep or return the item, but safety advocates recommend that the dressers be removed from homes because of the concern that they will not be anchored or they will later be used by someone unaware of the recall. Many of the recalled dressers can be returned for a full refund. Consumers can bring the dresser to any Ikea retailer, or Ikea will come pick it up from your home, free of charge.

I want to keep my Ikea dresser. What are my options?

You should anchor it to the wall. You can request a free wall anchoring kit from Ikea and install it yourself, or Ikea will send someone to your home to attach it for you free of charge.

Do I need a receipt to take part in the recall?

Typically a receipt is not required, but Ikea says it can request a receipt based on the total number of dressers being returned by one customer.

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Let us continue the Texas Museums BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Museum to strike off is: LBJ Presidential Library,

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners:

Kyletana wrote:
Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner:

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winners:

BINGO Round in Progress

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

How to tell the Hero of any action show. When there's a SWAT/Strike team, they're leading the group despite having the least amount of gear.

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Work From Home Day. Nyah ha ha ha! :)
Global Beatles Day
International Day of the Seafarer
Bourdain Day

Quotes of the Day:
“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…” - Lennon-McCartney (1969)

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” - Anthony Bourdain

“Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.” – Unknown

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”- Paul Boese

“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” - Eckhart Tolle

Music of the Day:

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand - Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/9/64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs

On This Day In History:
1977 Roy C Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for 7th time!
(https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2008/07/shenandoah-national-park-ranger-roy-sullivan-set-world-record-being-hit-lightning) Ack!

1978 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco

1981 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional

1981 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington

1985 Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favor of Tracey Thurman, 1st woman to sue a police department for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband)

1990 Supreme Court rules family members cannot end lives of comatose relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known

1990 African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets with President George H. W. Bush at the White House

1998 In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional

2014 The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order

2015 Obamacare subsidies in The Affordable Care Act preserved by US Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell 6-3

2019 San Francisco is the first major US city to ban e-cigarettes

Global Beatles Day

“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…”
— Lennon-McCartney (1969)

Music lovers worldwide come together to celebrate Global Beatles Day on June 25. The occasion pays tribute to the Beatles and the impact they had on both music history and pop culture. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison first recorded together as a foursome in 1962 — after producer George Martin fired original drummer Pete Best. The band’s work throughout the decade remains unparalleled in pop music.

The Beatles’ first U.S. performance took place in 1964 at the Washington (D.C.) Coliseum — just 48 hours after their live television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Global Beatles Day started as a way to honor the band’s contribution to several genres of music, as well as their platform of peace, positivity, and enthusiasm. June 25 date marks the date in 1967 when an estimated television audience of 350 million watched The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” as part of the unprecedented Our World satellite broadcast.

GLOBAL BEATLES DAY ACTIVITIES

Listen to a Beatles album
Press play on your favorite Beatles album and have a dance party. Jam out to songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."

Go see a Beatles tribute band
Beatles tribute concerts are held regularly all over the world, and many are uncannily similar to the original musicians. Some famous groups, like The Fab Four and Rain, have the Beatles’ mannerisms and voices down to a science. If you’re looking for a Beatles-inspired show that takes some more creative liberties, there’s even a "Cirque du Soleil" production based on the Beatles catalogue!

Visit a famous Beatles location like Abbey Road Studios or Strawberry Fields
If you’re in a city where the Beatles spent a lot of time, pay a visit to some of the sites most heavily associated with the band. Abbey Road Studios in London, and its famous nearby crosswalk, is a popular place for Beatles fans to visit. You can also stop by London’s 3 Savile Row, which served as the headquarters for the band’s record label and the location of their final live performance, on the building’s rooftop.

In Liverpool, check out The Beatles Story museum and stop by the real Penny Lane, band members’ childhood homes, and other local haunts immortalized in their music.

If you’re in New York City, you can stop by Strawberry Fields, a beautiful corner of Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. There, you can find a serene grassy meadow and the famed “Imagine” mosaic, where fans leave flowers, play music, and reflect on Lennon’s legacy.

WHY WE LOVE GLOBAL BEATLES DAY

They have one of the catchiest musical catalogues out there
The Beatles have a diverse, upbeat, and complex musical collection. From their early release of "Meet The Beatles," to "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," to "Let It Be," the Beatles’ musical collection offers a stunning variety of styles and themes.

They were each special in their own way
Everyone has a favorite Beatle, and there’s no wrong choice. John Lennon was known as the cheeky one, Paul McCartney as the cute one, George Harrison as the quiet one, and Ringo as the quirky one, but they were each so much more than their stereotypes and each have powerful legacies that live on in their music.

They encouraged a loving, joyful message
The Beatles are known for encouraging their fans to love those around them, to express positivity, and to advocate for peace. They also played a part in shaping worldwide fashion trends and cultural attitudes.

https://nationaltoday.com/global-beatles-day/

Bourdain Day

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
— Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain backed up his words with action — all the while urging us to do a lot more than simply try new foods in exotic places filled with fascinating strangers. He desperately wanted us to break out of our comfort zones and see the world (in person) through the eyes of people we would never otherwise meet. Watching his TV shows — first “No Reservations,” and then “Parts Unknown” — enabled us to spend time with a real-life explorer who trotted around the world in search of, well, the things that make us all human. Food, yes. But also love, spirit, and passion.

Bourdain, who suffered from depression, took his own life in 2018 at the age of 61. “Anthony was my best friend,” tweeted French chef and close friend Eric Ripert at the time. “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous.” Ripert, along with another longtime friend, José Andrés, declared June 25 (Bourdain’s birthday) Bourdain Day in 2019.

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BOURDAIN DAY TIMELINE

2019
Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship created

This will provide grant money to one or more Culinary Institute of America students per year to study abroad. Bourdain attended the school’s Hyde Park, New York, campus in the late '70s.

2013
"Parts Unknown"

His CNN show focused on food as well as culture and politics. President Obama made an appearance during an episode shot in Vietnam. Bourdain had left his Travel Channel show "No Reservations" in 2012 after a fight with the network.

2006
A narrow escape

War between Israel and Lebanon broke out while Bourdain was shooting "No Reservations" in Beirut. He and his crew managed to escape the country with help from the U.S. Marine Corps.

2000
Bestselling book

Bourdain published his most famous book — "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." The book wound up a New York Times bestseller and would change Bourdain's career forever. This followed a series of both fiction and nonfiction works.

1998
Executive chef

Bourdain became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. He stayed there for many years — eventually becoming what the restaurant called its "chef at large."

HOW TO OBSERVE BOURDAIN DAY

Travel
Perhaps it's best to spend discretionary income on experiences rather than objects. Amazing things can happen when you're in faraway places. Start packing, if you can.

Catch up on "Parts Unknown"
Bourdain's most recent TV series took him all over the world including Berlin, Vietnam, and Antarctica. He's one of the most compelling personalities you'll ever see on television. If you really can't travel, this is the next best thing.

Consider living in a foreign country
An estimated 9 million Americans live abroad. Those include retirees as well as a growing number of so-called "digital nomads" who, thanks to increasingly reliable WiFi in many countries, can work from anywhere. Living overseas, even temporarily, can alter your outlook on everything.

5 "PARTS UNKNOWN" EPISODES YOU NEED TO WATCH IMMEDIATELY

"Rome" (2016)
Bourdain met his future girlfriend Asia Argento during this episode. At one point, they wind up at a boxing match and dine on spaghetti during the fight.

"Kenya" (2018)
TV host W. Kamau Bell joined Bourdain for this one. This was the first episode to air following Bourdain's death. Said Bell during the episode: "The idea that I’m sitting here with you doing this now, knowing where my life and career have come, it’s pretty cool."

"Peru" (2013)
Bourdain and close friend Eric Ripert playfully explore the country — eventually winding up in the Andes where they visit farmers who harvest the cocoa used in the duo’s gourmet chocolate bars. The experience seemed to leave Bourdain somewhat disillusioned about the chocolate business.

"Iran" (2014)
Bourdain met with married journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi. Both were imprisoned following the episode. While captors released Salehi after a few months, Rezaian, who wrote for the "Washington Post," remained jailed until 2016.

"Hanoi" (2016)
Undoubtedly one of the show's all-time highlights, this episode featured President Obama just six weeks before the 2016 election. They shared a tiny table while eating the pork and noodle dish "bun cha."

WHY BOURDAIN DAY IS IMPORTANT

Inspiration
Bourdain gave us the blueprint for a more courageous life. He wanted everyone, especially Americans, to see the world and experience other cultures firsthand. Google Maps only takes you so far.

Struggle
All the success and fame in the world couldn't save Bourdain in the end. It's well known that he battled substance abuse early in his career. He also suffered from depression. Bourdain's death came just three days after New York City designer Kate Spade took her life as well. Mental health issues deserve our full attention.

Hope
Bourdain started out as a restaurant line cook who could barely make the rent. He wound up a celebrity chef, author and television host with mass appeal and a worldwide following. Through it all he achieved a measure happiness — though it unfortunately wouldn't last.

https://nationaltoday.com/bourdain-day/

National Work From Home Day

On the last Thursday in June we celebrate National Work From Home Day, this year it is June 25. It’s a chance to recognize the technological and cultural evolutions that allow us as a work culture to be as productive anywhere in the world as we are in the office. For years, working at home had been the purview of certain types of jobs, or saved as a bonus to reward employees while the rest of us battled with the daily commute. Now, however, the tools exist so that nearly any office job can be done at home without a loss of productivity. Today, we celebrate those achievements and do so in our pajamas.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY

The history of working from home should probably be called the history of working, because for most of human history work was done primarily in and around the home. From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the home-based shops of medieval Europe, working from home was more the norm than the exception. It wasn’t until the Renaissance when mixed use storefronts gave way to more centralized administrative buildings for government, schools, that the idea of an office to go to for work even entered the lexicon.

However, it was the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century that changed the way we work in profound ways. The advent of factories with sophisticated and heavy machinery for producing goods such as textiles meant that people were unable to do their work within the confines of their own homes. This created the working outside of the home model consisting of skilled workers that would eventually evolve into our own familiar office-style work model.

Throughout most of the 20th century work from home was relegated to certain professions, the most notably being creative arts — painters, musicians, writers, etc. — and multi-level marketing jobs that became popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

However, in the background, the technology was slowly evolving to the point where working from home was as technologically sophisticated and productive as working in an office. From roughly the 1980s until today, technology has opened the door bit by bit to more and more remote work options. The personal computer, the fax machine, mobile phones, the internet, video chat, collaborative documents, have all collaborated to changes in remote work culture and capability.

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on remote work is analyzed in the coming months, many of the cultural barriers to remote work may be weakened or removed, revealing a renaissance in remote work professions (pants options, of course).

NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY TIMELINE

March 2020
COVID Creates New Paradigm

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic forces millions of workers to become fully remote.

2010s
Videoconferencing Becomes Widespread

Though the technology had been evolving since the 1930s, it wasn't until the 2010s that it became powerful enough to deploy worldwide.

19th Century
Industrial Revolution Puts Work From Home on Hiatus

With the advent of factories and the basic work model they created, most people throughout the 19th and 20th centuries would work away from home.

1500s
Centralized work spaces start to form

The Renaissance brought about a change in the way governments functioned, making them more centralized, creating what we would now consider to be offices.

NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY FAQS

How Common is Working from Home?
Right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is far more common than ever. According to the U.S. census, though, about 5.2% of American workers worked at home in 2017.

How Can I Stay Connected When Working From Home?
The best way to stay connected is to utilize one or more of the many collaborative work tools available like Zoom, Slack, Basecamp, or Google Docs.

How Can I Effectively Work from Home?
Set up a routine and stick to it is the first tip for effectively working from home. Balance your work and home spaces, responsibilities, and relationships as if you were still in the office. And be clear about what hours you are working, including to yourself.

NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY ACTIVITIES

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem
Assuming you've already chosen to celebrate National Work From Home Day by actually working from home, why not take it step further and completely eschew that office dress code. Want to type away in cut-off jean shorts and an old band t-shirt? Go for it. Pajamas more your style, who are we to judge. Get comfy, cause you're already home.

My That Couch Looks Comfy
Sure, your home office may be the latest in ergonomic work chairs from Sweden but they don't hold a candle to your couch. Prop your laptop on a throw pillow on your lap and get workin.'

Make a Gourmet Homemade Lunch
When we're in the office, lunch often exists of greasy takeout or a limp sandwich eaten at your desk. But when you're home you have access to all sorts of foods and cooking materials. Why not make the most of them? Spend a little time (breaks are healthy) and prepare a nice meal from scratch. You'll feel much better about your culinary choices and come back to your desk refreshed and ready.

FIVE WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF WORKING FROM HOME

Have a Routine
It doesn't really matter what it is as long as you stick to it. Routines make us more productive and reduce anxieties about never leaving work.

Maintain Relationships With Your Coworkers
We may have never felt so remote in our lives, but that's no excuse for allowing those work relationships to go fallow. Set up a virtual happy hour, have treats or lunches delivered, maintain watercooler chat on Slack or Basecamp, and celebrate personal and professional wins.

Boundaries Make Good Workers
Sure, your office may be your kitchen table but that's no reason to let the office takeover your home. As with a routine, it is important to set boundaries for your work life and your home life. When the work day is done, put the laptop away, leave your home office, and maybe mute your slack messages.

Make Accommodations For Your Kids
When you're working in an office and the kids are in school it is easy to forget how tough it is to balance both at the same time. Now that everyone is home (and those kids are probably bored) creating rules and routines for your children will help to reduce the number and frequency of interruptions

Make your Breaks Meaningful
It's easy to overlook the importance just chatting with your desk mate can have on resetting your brain's productivity capabilities. When working from home, especially solo, take meaningful breaks. Go for a walk, do some light exercise, pick up a book and read for a few minutes. Do things that help to give your brain the break it needs to maintain high productivity.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY

It Feels Almost Like a Staycation
We may be working, but when you don't have to worry about beating the traffic to the office and instead ease into the day with a cup of coffee on the porch, it can almost feel like having the day off — almost.

Video Calls Can Be Fun
Don't throw that tomato at the screen, you know they have their moments. Video calls are a fact of life now but they don't have to drab, annoying, and fruitless conversations. Spice them up with a clever background, or start each meeting by screen sharing a fun game that everyone on the call can play. Video calls are what you make them, so make them fun.

The Relative Freedom
Of course we are still expected to work our usual hours and be as productive as we are in the office, but when you're working from home there's a bit more freedom to control your day than there is when you're under the microscope in the office. Take advantage of that freedom, it can be recuperative.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-work-home-day/

Coronavirus updates: US daily cases hit record levels since April; Kentucky Derby will have fans; nearly 1.5M new jobless claims
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/06/25/coronavirus-update-record-new-cases-florida-california-texas-trump/3254119001/

Protests updates: House set to take up police reform bill; Colorado may look into Elijah McClain case; Tucson police chief resigns
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/25/house-police-reform-bill-emancipation-statue-targeted-protest-updates/3255076001/

Vince Carter announces retirement after 22-year NBA career: 'I'm officially done'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2020/06/25/vince-carter-retires-after-22-year-nba-career/3256519001/

Race car driver Jessi Combs awarded world speed record after fatal crash
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2020/06/25/jessi-combs-awarded-world-land-speed-record-after-fatal-crash/3256167001/

Congratulations to the late Jessi Combs.

Chuck E. Cheese, Peter Piper Pizza company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid pandemic closings
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/06/25/chuck-e-cheese-files-bankruptcy-peter-piper-pizza-chapter-11/3256152001/

That sucks. GREATLY.

NASA to name DC headquarters after 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson, its first Black female engineer
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/25/hidden-figure-nasa-names-headquarters-1st-black-woman-engineer/3256066001/

Good move NASA.

IRS sent stimulus checks to more than 1 million dead people, government watchdog agency says
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/25/coronavirus-irs-sent-stimulus-checks-1-million-dead-people/3256793001/

Ack!

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Let us continue the Texas Museums BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners:

Kyletana wrote:
Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner:

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winners:

BINGO Round in Progress

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

NS Coding Reference: The Complete List of NSCodes

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/06/25/dodging-covid-19-navy-ships-break-record-for-staying-at-sea/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=Socialflow+NAV&fbclid=IwAR0Ioreb7v8HOcbiK60PJ-tscoXbxMNIekU0cpG4yvRMlaCA1-Nh0BroVnE

Two US Navy ships have unintentionally broke the Navy record for most days at sea.

Fort Verden wrote: IRS sent stimulus checks to more than 1 million dead people, government watchdog agency says
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/25/coronavirus-irs-sent-stimulus-checks-1-million-dead-people/3256793001/

You didn't think those Democrat voters were going to be deprived of their hand out, did you?

Trecdom2 wrote:Two US Navy ships have unintentionally broke the Navy record for most days at sea.

So many ways to make snarky, not family friendly jokes, so little time and so much discretion....

All joking aside, it is a sure bet their tenders have been to shore. For one thing, Jet-A is a little scarce out at sea.

Question how do you get on the Texan map?

The Tejas Regency wrote:Question how do you get on the Texan map?

well you just tg the Regional Cartographer to be put on the map, but we haven't had someone step up and do that job for a while now. Now if your up to the task I'm sure if you TG NewTexas about it he'll help you out.

don't know if I want the responsibility but ok thanks

don't know if I want the responsibility but ok thanks

The first Summer Tunes poll is up. From the suggestions of Texans, and the internet at large, I created a list of 20 songs. That list was randomized three times.

hey Trec maybe next poll Summertime by NKOTB could be put on there as well as some tunes from Grease.

Issues Test Bed wrote:You didn't think those Democrat voters were going to be deprived of their hand out, did you?

Oh God Buddy! I am torn between laughing and facepalming.

Nyah ha ha ha! <<Facepalm>>

Issues Test Bed wrote:So many ways to make snarky, not family friendly jokes, so little time and so much discretion....

All joking aside, it is a sure bet their tenders have been to shore. For one thing, Jet-A is a little scarce out at sea.

Nyah ha ha ha! :)

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Chocolate Pudding Day
National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Every novel is a mystery novel if you never finish it.” - Unknown

“Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.” - George Carlin

“I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.” - Steve Martin

Music of the Day:

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass PARODY! Key of Awesome #92
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsPb9Y9EW40

On This Day In History:
1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1st book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is published

2003 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

2008 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

2015 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states

2018 US Supreme Court upholds President Trump's travel ban against mostly Muslim countries

2018 Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled by the West Japan Railway

2018 Polio outbreak confirmed in New Guinea by WHO, 18 years after it was declared free of the disease

National Take Your Dog to Work Day

National Take Your Dog to Work Day, celebrated annually on the Friday following Father’s Day (June 26), honors one of our most beloved pets. Wouldn’t you agree, the hardest part of the day is leaving our four-legged fur babies behind as we head to the office? So, when Pet Sitters International (PSI) pitched the idea of taking them with us, how could we resist? Dogs brighten up even the best days so it’s pretty obvious they will up the fun factor at work exponentially. As you run out the door, don’t forget your briefcase and a doggie bag. We’ll see you at the office!

But if you receive the green light from your company, this holiday is a great way to show off your dog to your coworkers. National Take Your Dog to Work Day began in 1999 as a way to celebrate companion dogs and to encourage adoptions. Having your dog at work with you all day may make it a little tough to get all of your tasks done. But having the dog with you may allow you to interact with your coworkers in a whole new way, as the dog is a great icebreaker. Pitch that idea of promoting better communication and teamwork to your boss, and you may convince him or her to allow you to have Fido sitting next to your desk, celebrating this holiday.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

Recognized for the first time in 1999, National Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates our immense love for dogs. But our adoration of man’s best friend wasn’t the only reason PSI suggested the holiday. National Take Your Dog to Work Day is also intended to cleverly promote pet adoptions. Through these work events, non-pet owners witness the special bond their co-workers have with their pets and, hopefully, find themselves swayed to adopt a new best friend of their own.

Cue the local animal shelters and rescue groups. With almost 4 million dogs entering shelters across the US every year, animal rescue has become an important cause among Americans. Companies care about what their employees care about and, it’s clear, we care about dogs. So, companies benefit by getting involved from a community outreach perspective and from an enhanced employee engagement point of view.

Around 300 businesses hosted a National Take Your Dog to Work Day event in 1999 and the popularity of the holiday has grown steadily since. Twenty years later, over 63 million US households own at least one dog and the pet industry is estimated to have brought in over $70 billion in 2019. Our dogs (and cats) are family and we spoil them as much as any other child. In response, we now see companies who are dog-friendly, not limiting the number of days an employee can bring Buddy to work to just one.

So, raise the WOOF and get ready to host a National Take Your Dog to Work Day event where you work with these great ideas and resources.

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY TIMELINE

2019
We’ve got them covered

Today, there are over 2 million insured pets in the US with 15% of American companies offering pet insurance as a benefit to their employees.

1999
Let’s Get This Paw-ty Started!

Pet Sitter’s International introduces National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Mid-1700s
Man’s Best Friend

The first reference to the saying “man’s best friend” was supposedly made by Frederick, King of Prussia in the mid-1700s while he was speaking of one of his Italian Greyhounds.

15,000 Years Ago
Dogs on the hunt

The domestication of dogs is believed to have started over 15,000 years ago through the critical relationships between dogs and hunters.

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY FAQS

Why do dogs dislike rain?
Dogs have keen hearing abilities and rain amplifies sounds which can be upsetting to some.

Why does my dog sniff the air?
Dogs sniff the air when they smell something out of place; it could be an unfamiliar person or prey.

How much play time does my dog need?
While it varies by breed, age and other factors, most dogs need 30 – 60 minutes of exercise per day; active breeds need 30 minutes of intense play each day.

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY ACTIVITIES

Support a local shelter
A key aspect of the holiday is the philanthropic efforts to support local animal shelters and rescue dogs through adoption. Ask employees to “pay” to bring their dog to work with money or donated items. Invite a representative from a local shelter to participate in your event to showcase their mission, share success stories and provide details of dogs available for adoption.

Find a New Job
So, your employer isn’t dog-friendly? It may be time to move on to greener dog parks. Well, if not now, definitely the next time you happen to look. These companies were considered dog-friendliest in 2019 where everyday is National Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Learn Over Lunch
If your employer nixes the idea of dogs at work, convince them to participate through animal education. Take Your Cat to Work Day is Monday of this same week (also known as Take Your Pet to Work Week) so all animal lovers would appreciate an engaging discussion about pet care or pet trends over lunch.

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY EVENT FABULOUS

Puppy-proof the office
Put away things dogs may chew or eat that could be harmful to them or damaging to the office (chocolate, poisonous plants, electrical wires or equipment)

Get the “all clear”
Nine percent of the population suffers from cynophobia – the irrational fear of dogs; acknowledge people who are allergic to or afraid of dogs and explain how the day can be fun even for them.

Pack doggie bags
No party is complete without a giveaway; give every pup a doggie bag of treats and small toys

Vote for the top dog
Give out fun prizes for best outfit, coolest dog trick, smallest dog, tallest dog and other fun categories.

Strut Your Mutt
Plan time during your National Take Your Dog to Work Day for a pet parade; a great way for everyone to mingle and strut their mutt.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

Dogs set a paws-itive mood
Many people love their dog more than they love other humans. Dogs provide unconditional love and companionship. They not only brighten our day but lower our blood pressure at the end of a stressful one. Get a head start on reigning in that work stress by taking them to work.

We love having fun at work
People who have fun at work are more likely to stay at work longer, be more devoted to their employer and give their best consistently to their work. This holiday is a win-win!

Dogs enjoy working too
Our relationship with dogs began out of a work relationship - they helped the hunter. Their resume is pretty impressive – herder, protector, guide, service provider, sniff detector. Maybe they should be paid for going into work with you!

https://nationaltoday.com/national-take-dog-work-day/

Coronavirus updates: New US cases hit single-day record; Texas, Florida pause reopening; younger people are a factor in surge in cases
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/06/25/coronavirus-updates-texas-florida-report-rise-covid-19-cases/3258599001/

Protest updates: Minneapolis council to vote on abolishing police; some not leaving Seattle's CHOP; Emancipation Memorial stands
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/26/protest-updates-seattle-chop-emancipation-memorial-chokehold-ban/3261666001/

'No final victory': Five years after same-sex marriage ruling, advocates focus on trans rights, housing discrimination
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/26/lgbtq-rights-five-years-after-marriage-ruling-advocates-look-forward/3246356001/

Trump administration urges Supreme Court to end Affordable Care Act amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/25/trump-administration-supreme-court-affordable-care-act-obamacare/3262289001/

U.S. doctor shortage worsens as efforts to recruit Black and Latino students stall
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/06/26/u-s-doctor-shortage-worsens-especially-black-and-latino-groups/3262561001/

Coronavirus In Texas: He removed labels that said “medical use prohibited,” then tried to sell thousands of masks to officials who distribute to hospitals: Using TaskRabbit and Venmo, a Silicon Valley investor and his business partner had workers repackage nonmedical KN95 masks so he could sell them to Texas emergency workers.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/25/face-masks-coronavirus-texas/

Texas reports nearly 6,000 new coronavirus cases, another record high
https://apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/texas-coronavirus-cases-map/

Gov. Greg Abbott pauses Texas’ reopening, bans elective surgeries in four counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/25/texas-elective-surgeries-coronavirus-greg-abbott/

Coronavirus In Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/26/texas-bars-restaurants-coronavirus-greg-abbott/

Texas 2020 Elections: Early voting starts Monday for the primary runoff in Texas. Here’s what you need to know: Texans will be voting in the middle of a pandemic on congressional, legislative and state board seats.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/26/early-voting-texas-primary-runoff/

Marching in solidarity: This year’s Texas Pride events highlight Black queer and trans people. LGBTQ Texans are getting back to Pride’s protest roots while standing alongside Black and brown people in their community, who are still fighting for equality on two fronts.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/26/texas-pride-lgbtq-black-queer-trans/

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Welcome To Texas!:
The Federation of Noon Ambassador to Texas

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Let us continue the Texas Museums BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Museum to strike off is: Pioneer Museum,

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners:

Kyletana wrote:
Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner:

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winners:

BINGO Round in Progress

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

**Blinks at the poll, rolls eyes and mumbles something about youngsters...**

"Summertime" by George Gershwin, written as part of "Porgy and Bess" in the 1930's. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong did a really good job of reproducing the original. Far better than more recent "Italian operaized" versions of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnXLVTi_m_M

Some of you young'uns might recognize the tune from Darci Lynn's cover of "Summertime" on her way to winning America's Got Talent in 2017.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_qLtk0m2c

So... Good old fashioned blues not your thing? I edited some road video together using Joe Satriani's "Summer Song." (Not this YouTube video.) That kind of sums up summer on the road for me. In my mind it is probably one of the best summer songs out there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJ_nzOckOQ (The video for this music could have been a lot better.)

A really good second place is Joe Bonamassa's "Palm Trees, Helicopters and Gasoline." But it doesn't have summer in the title.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I4LU-Ncrfo

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