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Happy Birthday, Papi

Today as my Papi’s birthday.

He’s been 35 for the past 44 years.

Here is a picture of him today and the one below is from 1971 or 1972.

Happy Birthday!


Road trip — South Padre Island

This weekend was a good weekend. I had a free hotel night stay to use. I was trying to figure out where should I go for that free night.

The winning city was South Padre Island, Texas. A place that I’ve never been to.

I stayed at the Pearl South Padre.

What a night nice hotel. I stayed on the 9th floor and had a nice view of the beach.

When I got to the hotel on Saturday afternoon, I decided to take a walk on the beach. It was 82° and sunny out. The breeze from the Gulf of Mexico made it just right for a walk on the beach.

Before I went through get dinner, I decided to take a drive to the end of South Padre Island. I had no idea what was going to be at the end of the road, but I was like looking for a place to see the sunset. And boy, did I find a perfect place to watch the sunset.

I found some sand dunes and stopped there to catch the sunset.

WOW! I was able to get some pretty nice pictures of the sunset. And that was the first time I’ve climbed the sun dunes anywhere.

After that, I went to Dirty Al’s for dinner. I had shrimp and onion rings. It was pretty good. I wanted to go to a place whete the locals eat.

Went back to the hotel and had a this night sleep.

Sunday morning, I woke up and decided to take a walk on the beach before I checked out of the hotel.

Again, WOW! It was so refreshing to feel the wind and hear the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Usually I see cows, donkeys and roadkill on my morning drive to work. Today I saw seagulls, pelicans and a jellyfish (water roadkill.)

I left SPI around noon and was heading to one of my favorite places… Port Aransas, Texas. It was about a 2.5 hour drive, but I needed to go. I haven’t been there since it was hit by the hurricane last year.

I started driving on the beach at Marker 92 and drive all the way to Marker 1. I love driving on the beach there. Radio off, windows down and sun shining. It was a perfect drive.

I stopped at Pizzeria A to pick up some lunch. I found a spot on the beach to eat my lunch. I love eating lunch on the beach.

After resting for an hour, I headed back home. I drove through Port A and you can still see some of the damage from the storm. Hopefully Port A will be stronger and better than ever soon.

At the ferry, I saw these huge offshore rigs being worked on. They were huge!

Like all my trips to Port Aransas and Corpus Christi, I have to stop to see the USS Lexington, “The Blue Ghost.”

The ship is amazing to look at. The next time I’m there, I will take the tour of the Lexington again.

I finally got home after 8 hours and over 300 miles. I was a great weekend. Just what I needed. I’m already planning my next road trip there.

1-year Surgiversary

I haven’t really posted about this in the past year. Little bits, here and there.

But I wanted to post it here to always remember this special day.

Feb 14th — 1-year Surgiversary — Gastric Sleeve
Here are my numbers
Started journey August 2016
Lost 78 lbs on my own
Since Feb 14, 2017 — I’ve lost 82 lbs
Total since August 2016 — 160 lbs

More impressed with how I feel health wise… feeling pretty good. Both physically and mentally.

It’s been a life style change, there have been some hard times, but totally worth it.

Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Picture – Left side from May 2016, Right side Feb 14, 2018.


Happy Fat Tuesday

Here’s a holiday that I like.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!)

Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. (From Wikipedia)

Make it a great day.


Time of My Life

I wasn’t really into watching the Super Bowl this year. But I watched it and this was by far my favorite commercial.

My nephew, Brad and niece, Pam did this dance at each other’s wedding last year.

And who knew Eli Manning could dance?


Barry Manilow in Concert

Here’s another concert to check of my Concert Bucket List.

He was playing at The Majestic Theater in San Antonio tonight.

I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to spend the money in a ticket to see him. But I thought, what the heck? I’ve never seen him and I’ve always liked his music. I mean, how could you not love “Copacabana?”

Here are some pictures from the concert.


February 1st

OMG!! I cannot believe it’s February already! Where did January go? And why does it seem like time is going by so fast?

Here are some Monthly Holidays that are happening in February.

  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Declutter For A Cause Month
  • American Heart Month
  • National African American History Month
  • Black History Month
  • National Cat Day
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Friendship Month
  • Avocado and Banana Month
  • Celebration of Chocolate Month
  • International Friendship Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month


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