Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas at the Park

Here's a little slide show of Christmas Eve and Christmas day festivities at Rockport 35 RV Park.

Rain Report for December 30

Here's the "official" rainfall report for Rockport 35 RV park as of the rain which ended this morning.

A Plug for Pepitos

Pat and I tried Pepitos for lunch today and found it quite satisfying.

Pepito's is the little yellow Mexican restaurant on the extreme northern edge of Aransas Pass, on the west side of Business 35.

They offer four versions of a Senior Plate Special for $4.95. We tried two of them and both were very good, and certainly adequate in quantity.

When we arrived, about 12:30, it was fairly busy—and noisy! But that sometimes adds to the ambiance, right? Before we left, most of the lunch crowd had left and it was much quieter.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Intelligent Transportation

Near to far:

Not so smart, Smart, Really smart

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Movie "Avatar"

Have you seen it?

I'm interested in the 3D technology, but the story doesn't excite me at all.

Should I see it or not???

Mystery Digger Strikes Again!

Photo of mystery diggerEach of the last two Mondays, a "mystery digger" has attacked the water lines here at Rockport 35 RV Park. This week's event was down near the office, adjacent to the dog run.

This week's leak required a smaller "mess" but was more challenging than last week's. But the Mystery Digger, Tony's trusty John Deere, and able helpers were able to complete the task today to the point of getting the water turned back on.

There was plenty of encouragement from every passer-by, without which we might still be waterless.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gordon's Completed Carving

Photo of Gordon with carving.You probably recall that we have some talented wood carvers here at Rockport 35 RV park.

Gordon is one of them, shown here with a completed relief carving which he worked on most of last year. He did a great job!

He credits John, professional-grade carver currently parked next to the entrance gate, with giving some suggestions for the finishing touches!

Belt Sander Races TODAY!

Belt sander races will be held at 3PM today at the Rusty Pelican.

In case this is a new cultural event for you, check it out here:

Friday, December 18, 2009

How Much Rain Did We Get?

Photo of Keith's rain gauge. Title=

New Water Line

Sunday Pat discovered a water leak in our front yard. Monday, the work crew got right on it!

Water to the entire park was off only a couple of hours and water to those of us affected (west side of north Third Street) was back on late in the afternoon.

The new line provides two benefits to park residents:
  • Increased water pressure to those using the new line, because of the greater diameter of the new pipe, and

  • More flexibility in turning off water to parts of the park instead of the entire park because new shut-off valves were installed.
These changes have now been made to about half the water lines in the park.

Good job, Tony and crew!

Is it deep enough?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Computers on Tuesday!

Tomorrow, December 15, we'll start a weekly "computer help session" at 2PM in the Club House.

This isn't a formal class with a set course of study. Instead, it is an opportunity for those with computer questions or desires to come, state their problem or desire, and see if I or another attendee can help them.

Usually, the list of "problems" includes one or more topics which can be turned into a mini lesson on that subject.

If there is interest, in coming weeks I'll hold one or more computer classes covering specific subjects. At the Tuesday session, we can discuss potential subjects.

Bring your computer, and power supply if needed, and come Tuesday! (Computer NOT required.)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

January 25 is the Day

This season's version of the patriotic concert put on by the Rockport-Fulton High School Music Department will be held January 25 at the wonderful HS auditorium.

The stage is filled by about 200 musicians who make up the band and several choirs. They present several familiar patriotic songs and each year a few which we have not heard before. They do a superb job!

The concert is free, but a free-will offering is accepted as the audience leaves. Funds are used by the music department to participate in events they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Pat and I and Tom and Dianne consider this a don't-miss event each year. If you want to hear some good music and see young citizens at their finest, put it on your to-do list for January 25.

See you there!

Naturalists Take Note

Do you ever check out the news articles over in the right-hand margin? Sometimes there are articles which I find rather interesting.

Right now, there's an article about the loss of whooping cranes up at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. That's only a bit over 20 miles north of us.

If you're at all interested in the environment, click on the article and read it. I learned a lot about the area by doing so.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"We're Glad We're Here!"

Two Iowa ladies discuss how glad they are to be at Rockport 35 RV park instead of back in Iowa!

Photo of Pat and Linda
Pat (left) and Keith arrived today, having left Cedar Rapids a week ago. Linda (right) and Terry have been here for a few weeks already.

Friends back home have reported about a foot of snow in the last two days. Winds gusting to 37 mph have blown it around and caused numerous closings.

We're glad we're here!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Special Day at the Pickle Factory

Saturday, December 5, is Christmas in Taft.

A "special feature" of the town's celebration of the coming of Christmas will be an Open House at the Pickle Factory!

If you've not been there before, this would be a good time to go! Make sure you meet David Smith, the "picklesmith," as he's an interesting person.

Take a few bucks; you just might end up wanting to take some of their good tasting products home or mail some to friends.

We had a great tour of the Pickle Factory last season. If you wish, you can go back into the archives on his site and see a slide show of the visit. See it here: