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MadDog & Muscles – Texas Process Servers with Attitude!

by on Mar.14, 2011, under Life in General

TX Process Servers

On the left is Loretta Fussell from Frisco –

She has been a person trainer for nearly 15 years and decided to get together with her sister, MadDog and start serving papers for attorneys. You can see why she is called Muscles!

On the right is Martha Decker from Kemp –

She retired from more than 15 years of law enforcement as the assistant chief of police. MadDog got her name after years of law enforcement because if it was tough, difficult and mean – she could get the job done.

Both are certified by the Texas Supreme court. MadDog can serve anywhere in Texas. There is no serve too difficult for MadDog & Muscles. Pricing varies.

MadDog can be reached at or 903-340-7405

Muscles can be reached at or 214-803-3057

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Terrell Heritage Jubilee and Festival

by on May.04, 2010, under Life in General

I recently attended the Heritage Jubilee in Terrell Texas. This is an annual event that is HUGE. I have plenty to blog about from this event. Stay tuned for photos of David Cline and is really cool motorcycle “Big Slick.’ I will also talk about his CD that is full of Texas Hold Em songs. Just try listening to that if you’re from the DFW area while you are headed east into LA for the gambling boats. There is a historical train car at the park in Terrell. I’ll have information about it with pictures. There will also be other posts about a very interesting “charming home for elegant senior ladies” in Terrell called Jefferson Manor. So be sure to come back and see the posts. If you see yourself in any of the photos be sure to leave your info in the comments section………….

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MarDeck presents The Power of a Quickie by craftyGAgal

by on Jan.30, 2010, under Life in General

Monday, February 1, 2010
The Power of a Quickie
Posted by craftyGAgal “Meredith”

Not that kind of QUICKIE… a crafting quickie. All you crafting junkies know exactly what I am talking about. That quick crafting fix… just something you can SEE pretty quick.
I have been missing due to personal circumstances such as moving and a few other things….but no more. I am back, back online and back creating.

I had stopped making jewelry and stopped crocheting due to having to move and pack up all my supplies and stash… but recently I went digging and found enough to get my creative juices flowing. I started a new project of a pattern I made up for iPhone cases that are super cute. They are cool, bright and funky colors with neat matching buttons and some I put silver word plates on- you will see. I love them and they were the best kind of craft project… one that you can start and finish in a few hours giving that instant creative gratification! I made a dozen in a matter of a couple days. After that I got the bead itch and got out my goodies and made a necklace that is so awesome I am seriously debating even selling it- it has a big silver circle pendant that says on it “Be True to Yourself”… and I paired it with my favorite color- GREEN! It turned out super!

Another “Quickie”…. crafting bliss! It is almost like an addiction… just needed a ‘fix’ to get my craft mojo flowing and get that satisfied feeling- AHHH.

Be back soon… promise. I am back to stay and continue on my way…. Watch out! I am super motivated and super happy to be back blogging and networking.


To see more of her blog use the link above. Meredith is one of the “craftiest” people I know. She makes the coolest jewelry and sells it on Esty.

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Frank Zappa & MarDeck Chillin Before Memphis Concert 72 or 73

by on Jul.19, 2009, under Life in General, Photos

Very old color pic & mostly faded

Very old color pic & mostly faded

How I wish older small color photographs would never fade. I was 18 when I shot the photograph of Frank Zappa. You can see be in the dressing room mirror – well sort of. If you could only see the color of my short sleeve sweater and the bright green and yellow floppy flower on the front. I imagine someone would have to pick you up off the floor because you were laughig so hard.

Here is the story of my photographing Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention during his Memphis concert:

I was keen on photography ever since I can remember, like 4-5 years old and started with my mother’s old Brownie camera. The cameras continued to upgrade until my grandfather gave me the best gift ever. He knew I was into photography and gave me his Leica35mm camera. How I wish I had that camera now. It vanashed years ago. Anyway, the camera was very heavy and difficult to hold still while taking a photo without a tripod. I persevered and got comfortable holding the heavy camera and taking low light photographs. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was to be my first rock band to shoot.

Frank Zappa

I made friends, or so I thought, with an individual in Memphis. His name was Jimmy. He was tall, thin and had very long blonde hair. In fact, he was my first gay friend. We hit it off. He had a friend who got us hooked up with Mid South Productions and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was their very first rock concert. BTW – I checked and Mid South Productions is still around in Memphis after all these years. The plan was that I would shoot the concert and then Jimmy would have the film developed. Being 18 I was rather naive and didn’t think to ask what happens after I give him the film.

I shot the concert. It was a blast having a stage pass that allowed me to go anywhere. Living in Memphis and down the street from Elvis, talking to Rufus Thomas and Issac Hayes on the phone made me feel that it was no big deal and I think I only have one of my stage passes. That one is around only because my sister took it out of the trash. One of my best friends babysat for the kids of the drummer for the Boxtops and Sam the Sham was about a mile away in Hernando’s Hideaway. Anyway after shooting the concert, I took photographs of Frank Zappa while he was in his dressing room. It was the only roll of color film I had and when I went to rewind and remove it broke in the camera. I went to a dark closet removed the film and kept it with me the rest of the night. It never made it to Jimmy.

Frank Zappa told me that he wanted to see the photographs when I got them back because he was working on a new album and might use some of the pictures on that album. Pretty exciting for an 18 year old.  I also remember being the only female backstage at Mid South Productions first concert. After the concert everyone, band & roadies, were going to a nightclub until it closed. Then they would return to the hotel for a longer party. I remember Frank Zappa had a very large and tall body guard with him that night. The two of them, the guy who set it up (can’t remember his name) and I walked out of the dressing room only to discover everyone – and I mean everyone – had left and gone to the club. Mid South Productions actually left Frank Zappa behind. What a hoot that was! The next decision was who had a ride nice enough for Frank Zappa to set in and get to the club. Well, I had a 1969 Ford Thunderbird with suicide doors. Frank Zappa rode with me of all people! I got him to the club but don’t remember how he got back to the hotel. I had a very interesting conversation with Frank Zappa while we were at the club. We went back to the hotel and I sat in a corner most of the night people watching. That was fascinating to me. Oh where was Annie Lebbowitz when I needed a mentor. I put the camera down way to soon at all the concerts I shot and there were quite a few. We are just talking about Frank Zappa this time, but I will tell you another person I was behind the scenes with was David Bowie. That’s for another post.

I continued to shoot photographs of bands brought to Memphis by Mid South Productions for a year before moving to another state. The only photographs I have to show for it are the ones from the broken roll of film taken in the dressing room of Frank Zappa and the one black and white photograph of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention rehearsing before the concert. Whenever I asked about the photographs I would get one excuse after another and I was young but should have known better. I should have talked to the father of one of my good friends. He was an assistant district attorney who probably could have helped. I got word that either Jimmy or a male friend of his was taking a portfolio of my photographs (the ones I never saw) around town claiming they were his and he was getting photo shoots from them. The big kick in the butt was that he didn’t even know how to load a camera. I decided that he would be found out sooner or later.  Instead I moved and got a lot smarter. The person who told me about my photographs being stolen and used is the person who gave me the black and white. I have decided to post it since it may fade in the future and I do not have the negative. At least if anyone should recognize it they will know the person who claimed to shoot it was a faker. Just call me the Almost Famous Photographer. If he were alive, Frank Zappa would now know why he never got a copy of my photographs…..

Is this a Coke ad or what?

Is this a Coke ad or what?

I forgot to mention that I’ve always gotten a kick out of the bottled Coke sitting on the stage floor. Hey Coca Cola wanna talk?

It’s funny the memories of youth that ring out when thinking about and reliving an event from our past.

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Spy Girl Receives New Training in Dallas Texas at Fair Park

by on Jul.09, 2009, under Good Causes, Life in General

New trick -disguises

New trick -disguises

Whitney and her Paw Paw spent the day on their own adventure in Dallas at the Museum of Nature & Science learning how to be a good spy. The CIA and MI-6 helped with the exhibit and training information. You can get tickets for the training online. They had a blast. The training covers the science of spying. This includes honing powers of observation, using a secret identityand completing a Secret Misson. Whitney took in all the training. Later in the evening she decided she was going to “become” her grandmother and gathered up several items her grandmother may wear or use.

AKA Granny Spy was born

Who IS this person?

Who IS this person?

 This new person, Granny Spy, wandered about the house unnoticed. That is until the spy began leaning in close to folks while emitting an odd “beep beep” sound from deep within the disguise.

 The day was a great learning experience I think any child would enjoy and the museum is not paying me to talk about the spy progam. The museum even has spy overnights for the kids this summer and mystery dinner events. Support the museum by attending an event or becoming a member.

During the day Ken and Whitney also visited the IMAX theater and went digging for dinosaur fossils inside the museum and not outside in the extreme heat.

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Steampotville discovered by Steve Ouch

by on Jul.07, 2009, under Life in General, Photos

Whitney enjoys a whimsical book

Whitney enjoys a whimsical book

I received this book from a friend and it’s written by someone I know – Steve Ouch.While I haven’t met him in person, I did find Steve Ouch on Twitter. My friend HeatherinBC sent the book to me several months ago. I thought it would be perfect for Whitney, it was. HeatherinBC has a very interesting blog which I enjoy reading. Whitney enjoys the photoraphs in the story. They are whimical and she discovers something new everytime she opens the book.
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