Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024
Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bob - Wed., December 24

This will be the last year that Bob is in his 50s. Next year we are planning an adventure trip to celebrate his 60th, but it won't be at Christmas time! We may wait until January or February. In other words, it's not written in stone yet.

For his birthday present from me, he received two tickets to the Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers exhibition game in March. He loves the L.A. Dodgers! Because Bob is crazy about the Dodgers, I had to spill the beans about his birthday present earlier than his birthday. He was online getting ready to buy tickets, so I had to tell him a few days early. At least I know I gave him something he really wanted.

Both of us worked a half day on Christmas Eve Day. Randall joined us after work and we drove the Escape Pod to League City, Texas (between Houston and Galveston). The 5th wheel and kitties stayed in San Antonio (just one night). We stayed in a Candlewood Suites Inn and had a very nice room. We got one suite for $76 (because it was booked a week early) and one for $81 (senior rate) plus tax.

Christmas Eve, we went to dinner at Landry's in Galveston to celebrate Bob's birthday, and his brother and sister-in-law's anniversary. I doubt we would return to Landry's. We had five in our party. They brought us a big bowl half-filled with salad to share between the five of us and were told we could not have another bowl of salad. Seriously? We were practically counting the lettuce leaves to divide it up evenly. They did load us up with bread, however. Two of the orders were wrong, which they fixed pretty quickly.

The birthday boy
Tom and Rosemarie, anniversary couple
Randall and I (not in that order!)
Decorations at Landry's
Christmas decor at Landry's
When it came time for dessert, the birthday and anniversary celebratees were offered the shot-glass-sized dessert. The only problem was, for the anniversary couple, only one complimentary shot-glass-sized dessert could be ordered for two people. One part of the couple said, "Wait a minute, it takes two people to be a couple." Then decided not to fight with them. She told the waitress, "Forget it. It's not worth it."

After dinner, Randall, Bob and I drove around Galveston to try to show Randall the sights, but it was pretty dark! On Christmas Day we would be back in Galveston for brunch, so we decided to show him around then.

We headed back to Candlewood Suites.

Travel Bug out.


  1. Happy Belated Birthday to Bob! FYI, we've had similar experiences anytime we've tried eating out on Christmas Eve. Not sure why that is. I think people generally tip well on holidays so you'd think the "good" waitstaff would want to work. However, dinner out on that day has rarely lived up to my expectations. Lucky you had good company to share the experience with, and a story to tell that may make you laugh in a few years.

    1. I think we're going back to the family tradition of homemade spaghetti for Bob's birthday (Christmas eve)! We all love spaghetti. That was his favorite dish as a kid and every year the family had spaghetti. For 31 years we've eaten spaghetti at least 90% of the time on Christmas Eve.

  2. Happy Birthday Bob! Next time you are in Galveston, go to Fishtales...the food is fabulous!

    1. Fishtales is on our list of eateries to try in Galveston. Don't think it was open Christmas Eve, though.


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