Friday, May 29, 2015


Full Disclosure:
We were not home for the flooding and extremely stormy weather the past week or so. I have nothing to complain about, but why should I let that stop me?

One of the FYI facts that should be given to all those moving to the Gulf Coast of Texas is, either the big faucet in the sky is ON or OFF. There is no moderation in the weather here. Most years there is a rainy period followed by drought conditions. This year, as you may already know, we have had terrible flooding, and there could be more on the way. Today it is sunny, with only one thunderstorm in the wee hours. Tomorrow and the rest of the coming week, most days are to include thunderstorms somewhere, at some time.

Our dog Bear has developed thunder anxiety, and he scans the skies (well, the ceilings) worriedly when he hears rain or thunder. We got him a ThunderShirt, which is supposed to help, and maybe it is starting to ease the anxiety somewhat. He hides behind and under furniture and shakes uncontrollably, so it is hard to witness. I also bought a homeopathic remedy for him in case the vest does not do the whole job. Poor old Bear!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Galveston Adventure

OK, Saturday May 9, I went to Galveston to pick up my daughter and niece, who had been on a cruise to the Yucatan. They told me the disembarkation would be at 8:30AM. There were several doubts in my mind even at the time I was told this would be the time to pick them up:

  • there were over 2,000 people on the ship; getting all of them off would take a long, long time
  • it was hard to believe that they would shove people off the ship without breakfast etc.

But, I assumed (more fool me) that they knew what they were talking about. I headed off to Galveston around 8AM. I was thankful it was early because traffic headed to Galveston Island on Saturday is hellish in the extreme, and it only gets worse as the day wears on.

I drove the 20 minutes to I-45, the freeway to Galveston, and then had to pull over because I got a text from my daughter saying their disembarkation time would be 11:30. She advised me to turn around. Instead I drove down to Galveston anyway, to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic I knew would happen shortly.

I drove around the island, which is quite picturesque, and took some short video clips of the surf on the seawall. It was very breezy and pleasant. I also bought a windsock at a kite emporium.

By the time I got back to the cruise ship terminal it was after 11, so I got in line, thinking it could take  an hour or more just to get up to the curb where I would pick them up. It was a very slow trip, but they had not made it out of the ship. They sent me a text saying they had not even gotten to customs yet. I was informed I could not park and wait for them, because, like at the airport, security does not allow people to wait, so I had to drive around and kill time until I heard from them.

There was a LOT going on that day in Galveston; another cruise ship was loading at the same time theirs was unloading; there was a festival on one of the piers, which was belching out dopey pedestrians by the hundreds. All this made driving pretty crazy and slow. On top of that there were the usual beachgoers. There is only parking for a fee, which is frustrating.

When they were liberated from the ship, we drove home; I swore I would never do this again (at least never on a Saturday!).

I had a good time in spite of being frustrated and irritated by the situations I described. What can I say? I was impatient and expected to be home around midday.

Do Newer Cars Lack Turn Signals?

More and more people seem to assume I will know what they are about to do, especially when it comes to turning or changing lanes. What on earth do they think those signals are for?

I have to assume a lot of them are on the phone, handheld, and have only one hand free. However, I can put on a turn signal with the hand I use to steer, without losing control of my vehicle. Am I a freak of nature or what?

Turn signals are SAFETY FEATURES for f**k's sake! This is an unnerving trend. Along with texting while driving, and driving while eating and drinking, as well as drunk driving, there are a lot of ways people can drive poorly. The rest of us are just trying to make it to our destination intact.

The Husband says new cars are built without turn signals. I am beginning to think he may be right.

My sainted father told me, "drive as if every other driver was out to kill you, because they are." That advice has served me well. They may not be conscious of their murderous ways, but that does not negate the facts.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015



I take the dogs for a walk in my neighborhood, which is definitely quieter than some other places in the world, and I hear:
prop planes
leaf blowers
string weed thingies
air conditioners


OK now I will shut up for a spell.

Thank you for listening.