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Santa's Computer Experience
Posted on Dec 20th, 2014 Comments (0)
T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the shop,
The computers were whirring; they never do stop.
The power was on and the temperature right,
In hopes that the input would feed back that night.
The system was ready, the program was coded,
And memory drums had been carefully loaded;
While adding a Christmasy glow to the scene,
The lights on the console, flashed red, white and green.

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
The programmer ran to see what was the matter.
Away to the hallway he flew like a flash,
Forgetting his key in his curious dash.
He stood in the hallway and looked all about,
When the door slammed behind him, and he was locked out.
Then, in the computer room what should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer;
And a little old man, who with scarcely a pause,
Chuckled: "My name is Santa...the last name is Claus."
The computer was startled, confused by the name,
Then it buzzed as it heard the old fellow exclaim:
"This is Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
And Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen." 
With all these odd names, it was puzzled anew;
It hummed and it clanked, and a main circuit blew.
It searched in its memory core, trying to "think"; 

<< Floating Christmas trees on the river between the FM 521 and FM 2611 bridges, courtesy Ken Wright.

Then the multi-line printer went out on the blink.
Unable to do its electronic job,
It said in a voice that was almost a sob:
"Your eyes - how they twinkle - your dimples so merry,
Your cheeks so like roses, your nose like a cherry,
Your smile - all these things, I've been programmed to know,
And at data - recall, I am more than so - so;
But your name and your address (computers can't lie),
Are things that I just cannot identify.
You've a jolly old face and a little round belly,
That shakes when you laugh like a bowlful of jelly;
My scanners can see you, but still I insist,
Since you're not in my program, you cannot exist!"
Old Santa just chuckled a merry "ho, ho",
And sat down to type out a quick word or so.

The keyboard clack-clattered, its sound sharp and clean,
As Santa fed this "data" to the machine:
"Kids everywhere know me; I come every year;
The presents I bring add to everyone's cheer;
But you won't get anything - that's plain to see;
Too bad your programmers forgot about me.”

Then he faced the machine and said with a shrug,
" Merry Christmas to All " as he pulled out the plug!
Editor's Note: The FOR Webmaster has pulled the plug also until after Christmas - Merry Christmas to All and to all a Good Night!
Barges on the River
Posted on Dec 18th, 2014 Comments (0)
The last shipment by barge of large loop reactor equipment for the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. expansion was seen this morning, Dec 21, heading up river for unloading at Pierce landing. Two twoboats, the Capt Leroy and the Jenny W. were pushing the barge.
It was followed shortly thereafter by a Phillips 66 towboat, the Kyle Shaw, pushing an empty barge to the Phillips 66 terminal. Both terminals are located approximately a mile downriver from the FM 522 bridge. Recreational boaters use caution when approaching the barges.
December Meeting Reports
Posted on Dec 17th, 2014 Comments (0)
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. Please contact FOR if you are interested. (Select Volunteer on the "Contact Us" drop down list.)
  • Dec 6, Breakfast on the Bernard, Dido's Restaurant​
Thirty breakfast attendees were at the regular first-Saturday-of-the-month breakfast, hosted by FOR San Bernard, where mostly unimportant items were discussed. The publc, living on or off the river, is welcome to join in a great breakfast. 
  • Dec 13, Viewing of 28th annual Boat Parade, FOR Community Center, San Bernard
FOR President Tom & Ange Ronayne and Community Center Chairman Ken & Linda Wright hosted the event at the center. Approximately 100 adults and children attended and consumed fifty-five cups of hot chocolate and coffee along with 120 cookies. It was a fun time on the river!
December Water Quality Test on San Bernard
Posted on Dec 17th, 2014 Comments (0)
Valroy Mauldin, FOR Director and citizen scientist monitor takes water samples each month midway between the FM 521 bridge and the FM 2611 bridge for the Texas Stream Team program. Read Dec report. Learn more about the Texas Stream Team.
Christmas Boat Parade & Home Decorating Winners
Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 Comments (0)
Thirteen gaily decorated boats lit up the San Bernard River as they traveled down river to the cheers of onlookers during the 28th Annual Christmas Boat Parade, Saturday Dec 13. The night before, eight homes turned on their Christmas lights for judging of the home decorating contest.
The judges have spoken and here are the results...
First place home decorating entry 100' and under Tim Morrison
Houses 100' and under river frontage:
  • First Place Tim Morrison 
  • Second Place Benny & Rachel Sanders
  • Third Place Duane & Gina Favorite
First place home decorating entry 100' and over Mickey & Brenda Goolsby 
Houses 100' and over river frontage: 
  • First Place Mickey & Brenda Goolsby 
  • Second Place Bob & Susan Bailey
  • Third Place Ed  & Karyn Kadera
First place 20' and under winning entry Chet Davidson and crew
Boats 20' and under: 
  • First Place Chet Davidson and crew 
  • Second Place Marilyn Shockley and crew
  • Third Place Steve Holderness and crew
First place 21' - 30' winning entry Kim and Tammy Wegner and crew
Boats 21 - 30’:
  • First Place Kim and Tammy Wegner and crew
  • Second Place Gerald Hartley and crew
  • Third Place Paul Stinnett and crew
Second place  31' and over winning entry Russell York and crew
Boats 31’ and over:  
  • First Place Dido's Paddlewheel
  • Second Place Russell York 

Parade Chairman
Vanessa Taylor and
First Place winner 100' and under house
Tim Morrison
Susan and Bob Bailey
Second Place winner 100 ' house and over

Marilyn Shockley and crew 
Second Place winner Boat 20' and under

Steve Holderness
Third Place winner 20' and under

Chet Davidson and crew
First Place winner Boat 20' and under
Kim and Tammy Wegner
First Place Winner Boat 21’-30'
Gerald Hartley and crew
Second Place winner Boat 21’ - 30'

Russell York
Second Place winner Boat 31' and over

Photos courtesy: Tom Folger
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Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pick Up
Posted on Dec 11th, 2014 Comments (0)
Fred Kanter, left, Mike Pudlo, Susan Bailey and Ken Wright joined Adopt-a-Highway Chairman Brian Jones and spouse Jerri Mills on November 8th in picking up trash along FM 2611 before and after the Churchill bridge. A total twenty bags of tossed-out-the-window trash was collected. It's a thankless task but not here -- THANKS!
Past Web Articles
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2013 Comments (0)
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