Here we go with a quick chance to catch up on all the things going on out here. First and foremost, now that we are already in January, please take down your freakin' Christmas lights! I promise to walk out into the yard today and remove my Christmas balls that Eva so lovingly hung from the tree. Go ahead and giggle, the neighbors do.
That aside, this is the ugliest time of year, in my opinion. I simply love October in south central Texas. The 100+ degree days leave us, there is an occasional cool crisp breeze, but for the most part, we are transformed into one of those places you want to visit like Orlando (unless you have ever been to Orlando, and realize, no thanks, I'll stay in Texas), but the point is, the weather is just wonderful, high 70's or low 80's. But by mid November and December, without any benefit of snow, the entire place just turns gray. It was as if one day, someone flipped a switch and my yard went brown, the trees lost all color and everything looks dead and dreary. Not unlike any day in England.
Nice segue, right? As you may know, I have been scanning in photos for years, trying to catalog all the pictures I have taken before the digital age, and now, I have several boxes of old photo albums from my parents house that I am digging through. For the record, Eva hates this. Not important; I have to have a hobby when I retire in a decade or so, so these pictures will be around for a while. Anyway, in 1984 while I was stationed in England, my grandparents and parents came for a visit. They stayed in London (at the Waldorf) for part of the trip, and in Bedford, closer to my base for a few days.
Westminster Abbey (maybe, I can't recall).
Ralph Gower, with me and the matching hats we bought from a small shop in SoHo. Are we not two hip cats?
Lone Star Cafe. Just a few notes. Our group had six, and the wait was brief - maybe 15-20 minutes, which given some wait times at places we walked by on the way was fantastic. We were seated at a table overlooking the Riverwalk and our server was very quick with menus, taking the orders and refills. Gottta love that.
Overall, good service, some good food, some not as good. It is worth a try if you are looking for something beyond the usual places on the Riverwalk. Just be pretty specific when you order about how you want your steak cooked and the freshness of the onion rings. I know, you shouldn't have to...
remember the golfing incident?) gets the autographed Dallas Cowboys football stuck in the very highest part of the tree. So, we have another cheap football, and in an effort to throw it at the first stuck football, it gets stuck.
And we didn't have to wait long.
like last time.
But Christmas day was not a bust, regardless of the wind. In fact, all the good boys and girls got to enjoy of visit from Santa (following his recovery from the aforementioned nephew laying on his lap), and I am happy to report that no tears were shed, nobody had any accidents, and aside from Santa nearly having a uniform induced stroke, it was all good.
We did spend New Years Eve at home, watched a few movies before sitting in the office to scan pictures and look out the windows as nearby residents blew off hundreds of dollars worth of fireworks. I have to admit, some of the displays were quite impressive. And with a slight sprinkling, I was not even concerned about some stray bottle rocket landing in my yard and burning all our trees down. And with all of that holiday business behind us, we can get on to 2013 and a fresh beginning of new adventures.