Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where's that arrow pointing?
Originally uploaded by seanclaes

Kyle Elementary School is a member of the Abitibi Paper Retriever® program.

What is it? Well.. glad you asked. (I looked it up at (http://papermq.contentactive.com)

The Abitibi Paper Retriever® program has been recognized nationally for its successful recovery rate. Abitibi-Consolidated Recycling Division is committed to providing this program since we are an end user of the paper we collect. Recovered paper is directed to processing centers where it is sorted into various grades and prepared for shipment. It is then routed to our de-inking facilities and mills where it is used to manufacture recycled content newsprint. By diverting this paper from the waste stream, we estimate that over 2.2 million cubic yards of landfill space is saved each year. In addition, by eliminating our groundwood and kraft pulping operations at certain newsprint mills, Abitibi-Consolidatedreduced air emissions and wastewater discharges.

What do they collect?
* Magazines
* Shopping catalogs
* Newspaper
* Office & School Papers
* Mail

What do they NOT collect?
* Plastic
* Glass
* Metal
* Trash

Link to the location of the bin: http://papermq.contentactive.com/mapquest/advantage.asp?template=map&transaction=locMap&recordId=8145

Monday, April 28, 2008

Art or Electricial system?

Art or Electricial system?
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
These are all the pieces and parts behind the Kyle Library. Made for an interesting shot... I thought. I see the phone... and electrical... gas...

Heck.. looks dangerous...AND artsy.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Welcome Tree.

The Welcome Tree.
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Welcome to Kyle.... says the green sign along Center St.

THAT'S how you know we mean it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nacho Wiener T-Shirt
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Self-photo time!
I'm standing here in Kyle modeling the official T-shirt from the 2008 Buda Wiener Dog Races. Hooray Me. I take a good photo, don't I?

The theme this year is the play off of Nacho Libre... that Jack Black movie from a year or so ago. The races are this weekend. AND if you go to Youtube and search for "Nacho Wiener" you can hear the ad... and actually hear my voice. I'm the first voice you hear on the ad... and as long as you don't tell anyone, I'll let you know... I AM NACHO WIENER. ES VERDAD.

Now, this shirt is mine...

So, If you're not going to be in Buda this weekend... you can still own one for yourself... but you have to buy it yourself

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Originally uploaded by seanclaes
What kind of "quat" is this thing?

OK...I'll answer my own question. I heart Google.

(From: http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com/fruitproducts_gl.htm)
Common name: Loquat, Japanese Plum
Botanical name: Eriobotrya japonica
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: China
Avg. Height X Width: 15' x 15'
Season: January to April
Damage temp: 22 F

Comments: Loquats are shaped like Christmas trees, but they have large fuzzy leaves that are green on top and silver underneath. The fruit tastes like a combination of peach and apricot. They are most often eaten fresh, in jellies and in wines. The trees will begin fruiting at just one to two years of age.

Oooh and from my favorite source, WIKIPEDIA:

The loquat is comparable to the apple in many aspects, with a high sugar, acid and pectin content. It is eaten as a fresh fruit and mixes well with other fruits in fresh fruit salads or fruit cups. Firm, slightly immature fruits are best for making pies or tarts. The fruits are also commonly used to make jam, jelly, and chutney, and are delicious poached in light syrup.

A type of loquat syrup is used in Chinese medicine for soothing the throat like a cough drop. Combined with other ingredients and known as pipa gao (枇杷膏; pinyin: pípágāo; literally "loquat paste"), it acts as a demulcent and an expectorant, as well as to soothe the digestive and respiratory systems. Loquats can also be used to make wine.

Like most related plants, the seeds (pips) and young leaves of the plant are slightly poisonous, containing small amounts of cyanogenetic glycocides which release cyanide when digested, though the low concentration and bitter flavour normally prevents enough being eaten to cause harm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This opossum found religion.

This opossum found religion.
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This is a baby opossum that was hanging out behind my church. It's since been taken to a wildlife rescue.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The sign at Lucky Cup

The sign at Lucky Cup
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I'm having a cup of coffee right now... so I thought I'd post this shot.
I caught wind of this interesting promotional effort of an independent jeweler in Beaumont, Texas by the name of Alter's Gem Jewelry. Apparently this company has decided to put out a cookbook this December. Wait a second, a jewelry company putting out a cookbook? Yes, I typed that correctly.

Here's the deal. Brian Alter, owner of Alter's, sent a letter to almost 3,000 folk in the Beaumont area, over 1,000 jewelry vendors, as well as over 1,200 celebrities and politicians in order to collect a few hundred recipes for the "First Ever Alter's Gem Jewelry Cookbook."

Last time I talked to Mr. Alter, he explained that he had gotten recipes from the likes of Jimmy Carter and Jeff Foxworthy and declines from folks like Reba McIntyre, George Lucas and Martha Stewart. The funny thing is, not too many local folks had responded, obviously thinking it must be some kind of a hoax.... but it's very real.

What a neat idea.
So... I bring it to you... I'm going to submit a couple of recipes... Want to join me?

Here's the letter that he sent out. Want to be in a cookbook?

Dear "this could be your name here",

We’re cooking up a new product here at Alter’s Gem Jewelry, and for this one we need your help. We’re creating the First Ever Alter’s Gem Jewelry Cookbook. Why is a jewelry store publishing a cookbook of your recipes? Simple. It’s to thank you.

First, let me put up front that there is no charge for submission. We are compiling, designing, printing, and publishing a hard-back cookbook to be available at Alter’s Gem Jewelry by December 2008. We’d love to have your recipe.

Everyone who has a recipe is welcome to submit one. We’d love to have your secret recipe for pecan tarts, but we’d also like to have your son’s recipe for chili-tater-tots. If there’s a great story that goes along with the recipe, we’d love to hear it. Have a photo? Send it in. Who knows, we may just publish it as well.

Just for fun, we’re also contacting celebrities to get their recipes. We’re going to ask local personalities as well as national stars to submit as well. So, if you’ve got a great recipe please e-mail us with the information below in Microsoft Word or in the body of the e-mail to recipes@hellodiamonds.com.

Please include the following information to be considered for the first ever Alter’s Gem Jewelry Cookbook:
Full Name:
Recipe: (Please be as specific as possible)
Story about recipe: (Please be as specific as possible)
Contact information:

Of course, by sending us the recipe you are agreeing to the fine print… which is:
I certify that I am the author of the material I am submitting to Alter’s Gem Jewelry. Alter’s Gem Jewelry and its licensees may reproduce, publish, display, edit, modify, and otherwise use the material in a cookbook or other media.


Until next time...
- Sean

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Yup. On Friday had lunch at one of the newest restaurants in town (I think they've been open a couple of months) called Manna From Heaven.

I had the enchilada/taco combo and it was yummy. The BIG bonus came after lunch when I learned that you get free sherbet.

Double yum.

Friday, April 18, 2008


If you don't believe me... just read the banner:
Free Music at the Lucky Cup!

Tonight is Marc Utter and the Blackland. It'll be a great show.

The sign at Lucky Cup

Useless Triva: The owner of Lucky Cup, a man names Aaron, once told me that he commissioned a tattoo artist to make this sign/logo. It was the same artist that did the cover of Cory Morrow's Nothing Left To Hide."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hays Swim Team

Hays Swim Team
Originally uploaded by seanclaes

My friend is the swim coach. It's a pretty amazing league.

Hays Swim Club currently has four year-round competitive teams practicing throughout the week, Monday thru Fridays at three pools in Kyle, Buda, and San Marcos.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Buda Weiner Dog Races

Buda Weiner Dog Races
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This year's theme - "Nacho Weiner."
I wrote the radio ad that accompanies this... if you live in the Austin area... you may hear it.

Es Verdad.

I know... it's not a Kyle photo... but I'm from Kyle and I wrote the ad... and this is my page.. so good enough.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Need some work done in Kyle?

How much does an oil change cost in your neck of the woods? 31.95 is the full-service oil change at Kyle's Express Care.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Kyle Express Care

Kyle Express Care
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Kyle Express Care
(512) 262-1933
6170 Fm-2770, Kyle, TX 78640

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fragrance & Vacuum

Fragrance & Vacuum
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Two things I never thought I'd see together.. but apparently at the self-serve car-wash its the way to go.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Say Hello to my little friend

Say Hello to my little friend
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Look closely.. there's a bird directly in the center of this photo.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I think I'd hire someone...

I think I'd hire someone...
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
If I had a car this nice, I'd either hire someone to wash it professionally... or I'd wash it in my driveway...of my fantastic home.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Where to park?

Where to park?
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
No Parking baby.... No Parking on the dance floor.

Curse you Midnight Star (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Star) for making that stick in my head.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Sands of Harper
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
My little girl... AFTER playing in one of those water/sand boxes.
It's hard to believe she'll be 1 on the 18th of this month.

Now for something comletely different... a pitch...

For those who aren't in the know, I'm a member of the Kyle United Methodist Church. We're currently raising money in several different ways to pay for our New Life Center that is currently under construction. If you know me... call me up and I'll tell you the whole saga that has transpired while the building of the New Life Center has been occuring.

I've been documenting the building in photos... you can see it here: Kyle United Methodist Church's New Life Center - #12 in the series.

But.... let's talk about you having a fantastic time helping us raise funds while potentially making money for yourself...


Click here to download the Registration Form.

2008 Kyle United Methodist Washers Tournament @ Front Porch Days

KUMC will host a Washers Tournament at Front Porch Days at Fergus Park in the Plum Creek Neighborhood on Sunday, May 4, 2008. Forms and entry frees are due by 12PM on May 4th with Players Meeting at 12:40PM.

The tournament begins at 1PM. The fee is $30 per 2-person team. Half ($15) of each $30 entry fee is a donation to the Kyle United Methodist Church (KUMC) Building Fund. The remaining half of the $30 entry fee will be spilt among the top winners.&

The prize pool will award 35% to First Place and 15% to Second Place. Third Place will receive a non-monetary prize.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Brown via email at amandabrown89@gmail.com or call 512-801-9072. Early registration is appreciated.

Click here to download the Registration Form.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Don't ask... it's FBI

Don't ask... it's FBI
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I always wondered where the FBI stored their old oil filters... Apparently it's behind the Express Care in Kyle.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

East is south... or West is North

Sometimes we get confused with our signs....

Just kidding.... these signs are located at the Kyle Parkway Bridge... where it's actually directing people to I-35 North at the other side of the bridge.

I just thought it was funny.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Do you need a Mat?

Do you need a Mat?
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Apparently, this is where you store Mats.

I haven't been around for a few day.. it was my boss' 50th birthday on Saturday and I was running around taking care of things... then cleaning up... but I can tell you... I saw a Mat(t) and I took a video and here it is:

Matt The Electrician does "Milo"


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