Last month I traveled to Lake Charles to interview an engineer for a job at L&W. He lived in Lake Charles so he set up a lunch meeting for us at Pujo St. Cafe, in downtown Lake Charles.
Now in my 40+ years of running the roads between New Orleans, Lafayette, and Houston I have traveled through Lake Charles at least 100 times and never ventured into the downtown area. What a pleasant surprise I found in downtown Lake Charles at the Pujo St. Cafe. The food, atmosphere, and service at Pujo's is worth the drive. If you are passing through anyway and its around lunch or dinner, skip the fast food places on I-10 and venture downtown for a great experience.
901 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, La. 70601
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
In late July of 1945, the Japanese Submarine, I-58, sank USS Indianapolis (CA 35), northeast of Leyte. 316 of her crew of 1199 survived. The USS Indianapolis, was on her way on a super secret mission, a high speed transit from California to Tinian Island to deliver atomic bomb parts.
I first learned of the Indianapolis and its mission from the movie Jaws. Mr. Quinn, the shark hunter tells the story one night on the Orca, while hunting for the big shark! From that I found the book Abandon Ship, a very painful but poignant story about the Indianapolis tragedy.
Please remember our veterans and their contribution to the wonderful world we live in today. Where would the World be, without the unselfish commitment of United States of America? And all we have ever asked in return is a simple thanks and a place to bury our dead!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On This Day In The Navy:
1942: USS Terror (CM 5), the first minelayer built as such, is commissioned. During World War II she participates in Operation Torch, the Battle for Iwo Jima, and the Okinawa Invasion, where she is struck by a kamikaze on May 1, 1945.
|Builder:||Philadelphia Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||3 September 1940|
|Launched:||6 June 1941|
|Commissioned:||15 July 1942|
|Decommissioned:||6 August 1956|
|Reclassified:||MM-5, 7 February 1955|
MMF-5, October 1955
|Struck:||1 November 1970|
|4 battle stars (WWII)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 1971|
|Displacement:||5,875 long tons (5,969 t)|
|Length:||454 ft 10 in (138.63 m)|
|Beam:||60 ft 2 in (18.34 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Electric double-reduction geared steam turbines, 2 shafts, 22,000 shp (16,405 kW)|
|Speed:||20.3 knots (37.6 km/h; 23.4 mph)|
|Armament:||• 4 × 5"/38 caliber guns|
• 4 × quad 1.1 in (28 mm) guns (replaced by 4 × quad 40 mm guns in May 1943)
• 14 × 20 mm guns
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A history lesson for those who still believe that the 2012 Congressional give away of $20 billion dollars worth of spectrum to the Public Safety community to create and deploy a nationwide Federal Government owned and operated First Responder LTE network by 2023 is remotely possible. Keep in mind rebanding was a privately funded 3 year project by Nextel to reband/reconfigure (not build from scratch) an existing network.
Ten years later, 800 MHz rebanding proves to be an enlightening exercise
“I don’t know whether thisthing will work or not, but I can guarantee you this: There’s no way this is going to be finished in three years. There’s just too much to do.”
This quote was uttered to me in early 2005 by a public-safety official who was standing in line for food during a break taken at a meeting being conducted in the Tomorrowland Hotel at Walt Disney World, where the ambitious three-year schedule for 800 MHz reconfiguration had just been unveiled.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:
1. Everything that you don’t spend during each day
would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time by just saying “Game Over!". It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
My guess is that you would buy anything and everything you wantedright? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
*ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL ... YES, each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it!
The PRIZE is *TIME*
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a
gift of life.
3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds today?
Allegedly this was found in Bear Bryant’s papers when he died. Whether it was or was not found there is irrelevant. This is great story! Enjoy! - Marc
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict.
Recently many around the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the landings, of tourists soaking up the sun on Normandy's beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion.
Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Boudreaux suddenly quit drinking, took a bath, quit chasing women, quit his poker games and stopped laying around. He started cutting the grass around the church, even painted it and was faithful to be first to attend on Sundays!
Father Thibodeaux asked him what about dis wonderful change that had done overtook him.
Boudreaux explained, "I heard "Crisis in the Gulf" and if He’s dat close, I wanna to be good to go!