Monday, February 22, 2010

Need a New Rig?

Don't you wish you could park your rig like that?

This is a 1974 video, apparently. I've never heard of it, so can only assume that it was not a business success.

But it is a great idea!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Play the Piano?

Here's a great opportunity for someone familiar with electronic pianos to help a fellow resident and probably have a little fun. Here's a note I received today:

Help! Have a new electronic Yamaha piano and need help getting started, used to play the accordion 50 years ago, willing to pay for lessons, Lot 138. Or call 906-984-4115
Carolyn Eger

Pat has an electronic piano at home. Actually, it is a computer which has been packaged to look like a piano. It's amazing what those instruments will do! We also have a computer which looks like a Ford F-350. Everything is a computer these days! 'Spose that's why no one can fix 'em?

On Pat's computer/piano, you can push a button and hear the Whop Whop Whop sound of a helicopter! We use that at home, to remind us of the helicopters here at Rockport 35 RV Park!

Valentine's Day Dinner

Last Saturday, we had a great Valentine's Day dinner in the clubhouse!

Chef Tony, aided by Allison and chef-in-training Bob, provided a delicious meal. And a talented jazz pianist provided great background music for the evening.

I tried to get pictures of all attendees, but missed at least one couple—for which I apologize. You can see all the pictures at this Picasa site:
I suggest that you click on "Slideshow" just above the upper left picture. Then it will run through all the pictures automatically.

Photos, 4 x 6 size, are available for each couple pictured. They'll be available for you to pick up (no charge) at the wine tasting Wednesday, the friendship dinner Thursday, or in the office.

Most pictures are pretty good. However, I thought the one of Walter and Ruth did a great job of showing the charm which this couple exhibits so chose it to post.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Woodcarver's Had Successful Show

Last weekend, the Coastal Bend Woodcarvers held their first show. It was a resounding success!

Carvers from Rockport 35 RV Park were well represented and well supported by their friends and neighbors from the park.

Gordon received a blue ribbon for his relief carving, shown at the right. J.W. received a red and a yellow ribbon on two of his projects. And John's elephant (photo at top) received a blue ribbon.

Judging was on a points system. Judging at this show was extremely tight, according to experienced exhibitors. Great projects which have garnered high scores at other shows scored significantly lower at this show. This makes those who received ribbons even more thrilled with the results, as they were harder to achieve.

Gordon and Janet helped with the arrangements for the show, as did J.W. and Anne. J.W. took photos of all entries which were awarded ribbons.

Next Thursday at the Thursday evening Friendship Dinner and again at the Saturday morning breakfast there will be "show and tell." I suspect some, if not all, of the prize-winning entries will be displayed there.

"Official" Rainfall Report

My trusty John Deere Weather Station, the "official" weather reporting site for Rockport 35 RV Park (well, at least for Site 80 at said park) shows 1.4 inches of rain this week.

No snow was recorded.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Another Picasa Class---

---is scheduled for Monday,
February 15, 9:30 to 12:00.

If you missed the last class, here's your chance! (Probably the last chance this year.)

Picasa is a FREE but very capable program, provided by Google, for managing, modifying, and sharing your photos.

It has a very favorable balance of ease of use vs. capability. I've been using it for one year now and find that I only need to revert to other programs for very specialized tasks, creating a panoramic photo being one of them.

Please have Picasa 3.6 loaded on your computer before class. You can download it here:
or get it from my USB drive before Monday.

I know that Linda, Shinja, and Bonnie are planning to attend. If you are interested, please let me know.

Tell your friends, please.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Woodcarver's Weekend!

Photo of John Martin, WoodcarverBill Jensen, Mayor Emeritus of Fifth Street, is an avid and skilled woodcarver. The last two years, he's chosen to spend the winters at home, just north of Minneapolis. The skills he taught at Rockport 35 RV Park are still evident and being improved upon.

We are especially pleased to have John Martin, woodcarver extraordinaire, with us this year. His utility trailer makes a fine woodcarving studio. John, right, is gracious in showing visitors his work and in passing along tips to our carvers.

Photo of John and Ruth
This weekend, carvers from hundreds of miles around will gather in Port Aransas for a woodcarving show at the Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave. Hours of the show are:
  • Saturday 10:00 to 4:00
  • Sunday 10:00 to 3:30
Admission is $2 per person.

Our long-time carvers, JW and Gordon, will join John as exhibitors at the show. Gordon and JW's carvings were featured in articles on this site last year.

Photo of woodcarving of elephant by John MartinIf you've never visited a woodcarving show in Southern Texas, go! Be prepared to be amazed at the fine work on exhibit.

The photo at the right is of John's elephant. You'll marvel at the detail in John's carvings!

Photos were provided by Bob Bolthouse; Thanks, Bob!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How Much Rain???

At least one local TV weatherman has reported that we have had "seven hundredths of an inch of rain." If he was referring to the total for the last few days, all I can say is, "He's all wet!"

Here's the official John Deere Weather Station Report: 1.45 inches for the week (so far.)

If you're from Canada, it rained a lot more: about 3.9 cm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Computer Talk: Storage Devices

At the Tuesday computer session, we had a discussion regarding storage devices, including "thumb drives" and hard drives.

Today while at Wal*Mart I checked to see what they had.

Thumb drives:
  • 1GB for about $9
  • 2GB for $12.88
  • 4GB for $24.88
  • 8GB for a bit under $50, as I recall.
A large photo is about 1MB, or 0.001GB. Therefore, one could store about 2000 large photos on a 2GB drive. (I don't believe thumb drives are recommended for long-term, permanent, storage, but they are great for short-term storage.)

Hard drives (all USB hard drives, and very small)
  • 320, 350, and even 500GB for $79.
This is about the same capacity that their laptop computers have.

Now we each have a cast: I had a cast of eight delightful characters last week, for the dinner theater. And now Pat has her own colorful cast.

Hers is a "long arm" cast to prevent her wrist from rotating, following the small fracture she incurred during a fall last Sunday. (Or, as I call it, "Pat's most recent trip.")

She had her choice of decorator colors; chose blue!

Her broken toe(s) are expected to heal "by themselves" —especially if she keeps from bending them.

She has another appointment with Dr. Tucker in three weeks, at which time they expect to remove the long-arm cast and replace it with a much shorter one.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dinner Theater a Success!

No one will argue that the first Murder Mystery Dinner Theater put on at Rockport 35 RV park was a success!

It really all began last Fall, in Lime Springs, Iowa—Keith's hometown. There, Annette Rubin directed the same play and performed it in the local Community Center.

Keith called her, discussed the play, and asked if it would "play," not in Peoria, but in an RV park. Her answer: "Of course! It would be great!"

Keith suggested to Linda that a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater might be a good event for the park. She agreed, got Keith to volunteer to direct the play, rallied a cadre of kitchen professionals, and made it happen.

Annette served as a consultant and even supplied the recipe for the delicious tira misu dessert which we all enjoyed! Now that's the kind of consultant one can really appreciate!

A full house of 96 enjoyed the evening. Once I get time, I'll publish some pictures of the event.

And now you know the rest of the story.

Great time, thanks for the great effort on the part of the cast. Wonderful meal.

Joe & Carolyn Eger