Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, June 14, 2017

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, June 14, 2017
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, June 14, 2017

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Birthday, A Theft, A Concert, Walks, Movies, An Award, and a Baseball Game - Sunday, August 23, 2015

OR...How much stuff can I cram into one blog?

Let me begin by saying: Our life is not boring! Over the past two weeks, we have been busy doing a variety of fun stuff, in addition to our usual walks.

But before I tell you about what we've been doing, here's a birthday message I want to send: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my son, Michael, who turned 36 today. Michael, the day you entered our lives we were so thrilled. Throughout the years you have exceeded our expectations and we are very proud of you. I hope you're having a wonderful celebration today in Oregon. Play some laser tag for me, okay?

In my last blog, I forgot to mention we went with our friends Lisa and Joe to see the San Antonio Missions play baseball on Wednesday night, August 5. It was a beautiful evening at the ballpark and we had a relaxing time watching the game.

The last time I wrote, Sunday. August 9, we had walked the south part of the downtown River Walk. On Tuesday, August 11, I wanted to see the movie "I'll See You In My Dreams" with Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. It had some pretty good reviews and I liked both of the main actors. The movie wasn't what I expected. It started out with the death of her beloved dog. It was obvious she hadn't done much with her life since her husband died 20 years earlier; her life was very routine, nothing exciting happened. She played cards with her friends who lived in a senior community. They wanted her to move there, but she wanted to stay in her house. Her dog dying was a wake-up call for her to get on with her life.

One day, while she was in a drug store checking out vitamins, Sam Elliott walked up to her and said, "You don't need those, you look fine just the way you are," then walked away. She was smitten. The rest of the movie deals with issues of growing older, coming to terms with what's happening in your life, and making plans for fun events in the future. This would be good for a Netflix rental, but don't expect too much from it. In the end, it disappointed me, even though the critics seemed to like it.

Bob took Tuesday afternoon off work and met me at the theater to see "San Andreas." Now that's an exciting summer blockbuster! We were on the edge of our seats through the whole movie. It's about a big earthquake hitting the Hoover Dam/Las Vegas area and setting off an even larger magnitude quake along the San Andreas Fault in California. Wow! Quite the movie thrill ride!

After the movie, I hopped in my car and drove home. It took Bob quite a while to get home. He had left me a voice mail because my phone was still turned off from the movie so I didn't hear it ring. While we were in the theater, his truck was broken into. They stole his radio, his briefcase with his computer, and his gym bag with his sweaty gym clothes in it. (He had just bought his brand new briefcase a few days earlier.) That really sucks. This is the second time in three years his truck has been broken into.

Wednesday through Saturday, I worked my usual days at the RV park. On Saturday and Sunday our managers at Travelers World RV Park, Brenda and Terry, went to the Texas RV Association (TRVA) annual meeting. While I was working on Saturday, an email was sent out from one of our Carefree RV Park associates who was also at the TRVA annual meeting. She announced that Travelers World RV Park just received the 2015 Texas Small RV Park of the Year Award! How cool is that? This is a nice way to be honored.

Our plaque (hanging on the wall)
Office team: Brenda, Delia, Susan, Terry
Maintenance and housekeeping team: Terry, Bob,
Felix, Dan, Lee, Tom, Larry, Brenda
On Sunday, August 15, Susan, Bob and I walked Salado Creek Greenway (10k) out and back from Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio. Again, temperatures were in the mid-80's when we started walking at 8 am, with humidity in the 80s. Ugh. But I'm glad we got out for some air and exercise.

Start point of today's 10k Volksmarch

Salado Creek Greenway
We chose this walk because it's mostly shady!


Bamboo
Walk over, time to eat breakfast. The Magnolia Pancake House sounded pretty good; however, it's VERY popular on Sunday mornings...as in 65-75-minute-wait popular. We were too hungry to wait, so we decided to drive to IHOP down the road. We were seated within ten minutes and soon had food in front of us.

Bob's Double-Stuffed French Toast breakfast
My Tuscan Scramble breakfast
It felt good to have a 10k walk and breakfast all finished up by 11 am. We went home and slept for a couple of hours after that.

Monday morning, August 17, Susan and I were going to walk Salado Park Greenway again. I got up, drove to the park to meet her at 7 a.m., but no cars were in the parking lot. I wondered if she was stuck in traffic, so I checked my text messages. I should have checked at home before I left. She had sent me a message in the middle of the night saying she couldn't make it. Oh well, I was there, so I did a 5k (3.1 mile) Volksmarch by myself. The trail wasn't crowded. It was definitely warm and humid even at 7 a.m. (before the sun came up).

Debris pile from previous flood
Salado Park Greenway bike path
I finished walking by 8 a.m., then went home to do chores: vacuuming, laundry, washing dishes, cleaning the bathroom.

Tuesday morning the 18th, Susan and I walked the Brook Hollow neighborhood which has lots of shade. Doesn't make much difference when the humidity is high. Whenever we do this walk, we see lots of deer.

Adorable fawns
As we walked past, the doe was keeping her eye on us!
Pride of Barbados flower
The coffee shop where we start our walk
Tuesday evening, August 18, I had free tickets through AARP to see a free pre-screening of "Learning to Drive," a movie coming out in a couple of weeks. The movie stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley. I thought the movie was very good. It's about a middle-aged woman whose husband leaves her for a 30-something-year-old woman. She is devastated by the disintegration of her marriage, the ensuing divorce, and having to sell the house they shared for years in New York City. During her life she never learned to drive because either her husband drove her places or she took public transportation. A cabbie (Ben Kingsley) who drove her and her husband home after he had just confessed to his infidelity, heard her pleas for him to come back to her. One thing leads to another and we learn the cabbie is an Indian from the Punjab who is a Sikh. We learn about his culture, and that he teaches driving classes to supplement his income. She decides to learn how to drive. Tips about life are given during the driving lessons and the cabbie becomes her friend. This movie is so much better than "I'll See You In My Dreams." There's more depth and heart.

I have been wanting to see concerts at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio. So many good musicians are coming that we had to choose wisely which ones to see. On Wednesday, August 19, we chose to see Weird Al Yankovic. You know the crazy musician who parodies other musicians. He writes all the parodied lyrics himself and dresses in wild outfits that go with his songs. You may remember his song "Eat It," which is a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It." I can tell you we had a very fun time listening to and watching Weird Al and and his band. Plus the Majestic Theater is a place you should make it a point to see while you're in San Antonio. It's amazing. Two of the songs Weird Al sang that were my favorites besides "Eat it," were "Foil" which parodied Lorde's "Royals," and "Word Crimes." He is truly a musical genius.

Inside the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas
Majestic Theater interior
Majestic Theater
Us at the Weird Al Yankovic concert
Pretty ceiling
Weird Al Yankovic's photo on a screen before the show
Weird Al Yankovic singing
Yep, that's Weird Al in the octopus costume
parodying Lady Gaga's silly costumes
Weird Al's Star Wars encore
Thursday evening, August 20, we went to the Missions baseball game with Maureen and Gary, friends from Bob's previous workplace. Again, we had a pleasant evening watching the game. When we left in the 9th inning, the Missions were up by 3 points.

That pretty much covers the past two weeks. I'll get to today in my next blog...hopefully tomorrow.

Travel Bug out.

6 comments:

  1. Wow you have been really busy. DO sorry to hear about Bob's truck being robbed AGAIN. I guess they can see the things inside. Hope he didn't have personal info on the computer and reported the theft to the police. Thanks for the heads up on the movies and congrats on the awards.

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    1. Sherry, There was personal stuff on the computer. Bob did contact the police and our insurance company. He had covered the briefcase with a huge towel, but that didn't work.

      Last week, was super, super busy - even by our standards. No wonder I slept most of yesterday!

      The award is really awesome because Texas is a big state with lots of RV parks. It made all of us feel very proud.

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  2. Congratulations Travelers World RV Park! Great job.
    The Majestic Theater looks awesome. Glad you enjoyed the concert. He is one strange puppy...lol

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    1. The concert was surprisingly funny. He did loads of costume changes. During each costume change, his recorded music played in the theater, and he had funny videos on the big screen. It was hard to hear all the lyrics, though, so I will have to Google the songs we didn't know. We'll laugh all over again.

      I agree, he is one strange puppy, but a very, funny, intelligent puppy.

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  3. That's a bummer about the theft. Congrats on the award ... nice recognition for the park.

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    1. Yeah, it's awful to come out of a theater and find your truck broken into any everything missing.

      We were very honored by the award.

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