Friday, February 20, 2009

2-20-09, update on Donna Texas

Our first few days in the Rio Grand Valley have been pretty uneventful. We have eaten very well and cheaply at a place that is right next door to this park, Martha’s Taqueira Del Sol. It is a small family-run restaurant that has great hamburgers and home style Mexican food.

We went to a luncheon that was sponsored by Heartland for rig owners. Wow, what a turnout! We had an official count of 62 people at the Furrs Fine Food buffet in McAllen. There were a lot of people from wisconsin and a surprising number from Canada. It was very nice of Heartland to host this event in these trying financial times. We saw a lot of old friends and met some new owners, one of which signed up with me to come to the rally in April. He is a retired Detroit Mi. Police Officer, so we have that in common.

We have received several calls from folks back in Houston and some from our friends at Rayford Crossing. Jim called to tell me that I have been elected to the committee that plans the activities in the park. There are five people on this committee and I am looking forward to serving on it.

My wrist watch quit working about our second day here, but we took it to a jeweler to have the battery replaced, thinking that would do it. It worked for a couple of hours and stopped again. We went back to the jeweler and found out that there is something more seriously wrong with it and it should be sent back the factory to be repaired. I will wait until we get back to Houston to send it off. I went to Wal Mart and bought a cheap watch so I have something on my wrist now that keeps time and tells me the day and date.

We went to a concert last night in the rally hall. The entertainer, Sara Getto is a marvel. She was born with a cleft palate and cleft lip, is blind and numerous other medical problems, but man, can she sing! She finished public schools with straight A’s and just graduated from college with a degree in music education. Her parents gave her help and support in her show, with her dad playing and introducing her and her mother sold her CD’s. We also learned that she wasn’t able to find her college books in Braille and that her mother read her the books so she could study.

Today (Friday) we are going to a buffet lunch and a jam session in the rally hall. The “jammers” sign up to play and sing. It should be fun. Tom and Judy are active in this, Tom with setting up and working the sound equipment and Judy with serving.

Ted and Donna arrive tomorrow. They plan to leave this morning about 10 and stay overnight in Victoria, arriving here about noon tomorrow.

So long for now….

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