March 23, 2013 Anyone within driving distance of Aggieland should attend the Museum of the American GI’s battle reenactments. They are spectacular events made possible by people who are passionate about preserving and sharing this pivotal moment in world history. Saturday afternoon, Glenn, Kyle and I attended the largest military vehicle rally and battle reenactment [...]
March 17, 2013 So, this year, since St. Patty’s day fell on a Sunday we thought our green-day would be rather tame. We were wrong. After church, we headed to Northgate with Manny to grab a drink and some irish-food for lunch. That was the plan…but the drinks kept coming, along with the friends, and [...]
I’ve always admired the craftsmanship of handmade quilts but have never owned one until now. Glenn told his mom (who happens to be a quilt-maker) that I wanted one, so she proceeded to make one for me. The quilt-making gene runs in their family. Starting with an unfinished (perfectly preserved) quilt that Glenn’s grandmother began working on in the 60s, Glenn’s mom created a one-of-a-kind quilt that I’ll always cherish.
It’s been a long time since I’ve spent any quality time with Robbie and Martin. A few years ago, they decided to abandon the urban lifestyle and move to the country. They became a modern-day version of the TV-show, Green Acres. Seriously, they bought a place far from town and then populated the place with all types of farm animals. I never would have imaged them doing it, but they really seem to enjoy the country life. In the middle of the month, Glenn and I met Robbie, Martin, and a few of their friends for a little fun and BBQ in the country.
After 8 years of faithful service, my grill died. I looked into repairing it, but the parts alone cost more that than a new grill. So thanks to a Lowe’s gift card from my parents and a Christmas gift from Glenn, I got a new grill. “The grill is dead. Long live the grill!” During the holiday break Ruben and I decided to start watching “The Walking Dead” on HULU with our friend, Manny. We got hooked and (thanks to HULU) we turned our obsession into a two-day marathon. We watched every episode from the first two seasons. Now we have to figure out how we’re going to get caught up on the current, third season. Besides watching zombies on television, I had a productive break (I made a to-do list). As the end of the year approached, it was time to get ready to celebrate. On New Year’s Eve, Ruben, Manny and I headed down to Houston to party with Elsa, Travis, Liz and Vann. The seven of us made our way to a nightclub called South Beach where we danced, laughed and counted down the final seconds of 2012.
This year, Ruben and I have mixed emotions about no longer shooting the giant panoramic photos of every home Aggie football game. Texas A&M is now part of the SEC and the popularity of the transition to this conference has brought about a lot of changes, including an almost non-existent relationship between my department and the athletic department. *sigh* Oh well, things change. Looking on the bright side, now Ruben and I have more free-time during the fall weekends. On this particular weekend, we hosted an informal gathering of friends to celebrate Glenn’s birthday. We had a lot of laughs, plenty of food and watched the Aggies play South Carolina State.
July 4, 2012 The drought last summer was horrible, the worst I had ever seen. It destroyed crops, wild vegetation and lots of trees. It also put a damper on most 4th of July celebrations with a near state-wide fireworks ban. This year, the rains returned and so did the traditional fireworks. On the 4th, [...]
For years, I’ve wanted to capture a solar eclipse (even a partial one) but every time this rare opportunity occurred during my lifetime I was either in the wrong place at the wrong time, or mother nature blocked the view. Sunday evening, shortly before sunset, Glenn met Ruben and me at Tower Point, the highest area in South College Station. From that vantage point, I set-up my camera and finally captured an image of an eclipse.