Tuesday, March 14, 2006


First let me say, I love my family, my home, and Nebraska!
Next let me say, we had a very exciting time.
Jen and I got home last night at 8:30pm after a four hour delay at the San Antonio airport. So we got the whole “airplane experience”, delays and all. Jen ordered a bloody Mary on the plane just to see what it tasted like but I am pretty sure that it wasn’t alcoholic. It still tasted terrible though. Our plane had about fifty seats and went up to 37,000 feet so we could see the ground for almost the whole way there and back. Neither of us got airsick and we each had a window both ways.

Here’s what I think about Texas:
The land is a bit ugly because of all the brush; and every Texas plant has thorns. It’s dry and hot. It must have got up to 90 at least once while we were there. And here in NE it’s 30! It was a bit of a shock coming home to such cold weather. It was very interesting to see all the wild cactus- it grows like a weed all over people’s yards, and everywhere else too. But I’m not saying it was a bad experience to see this different country; it was educational, and therefore fun, right? Everywhere we went there were lots of dirty Mexican restaurants, tons of Hispanics and heaps of Air Force men and women in uniform.

We visited:
The Alamo: Because the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo was that weekend, there were re-enactments, displays and demonstrations, and many many people.
The riverwalk: We went on a boat tour; it was just beautiful. Very pretty.
Lackland AFB: The museums there were not to good- they were small and not quite finished- but we got our pictures taken by an airplane.
Ft. Sam Houston: The Medical museum was very nice, big and informative. Some of the medical tools made us cringe though. The leech container comes to mind.
The four missions: San Juan, San Jose, Concepcion, and I forget the other one. These neat buildings are about 250 years old. Jen and I liked San Jose the best.
Institute of Texas cultures museum: Was so big and had so much info there as no way you could read it all. It was interesting to see all the other cultures that came to Texas early on before it was overrun by Hispanics!
Assembly of God church on Sunday: Grandma and Grandpa helped build it. The church service was very different from what I’m used to. That was the first time I’d ever heard anyone speak in tongues.

We probably could have gone to more places but Grandma and Grandpa got a nasty case of the 24 hour flu, and then Jen got it too. We were staying with Grandma and Grandpa in their RV at the Teen Challenge San Antonio camp- Teen Challenge is a 13 month religious program that helps drug addicts and criminals start a new life. G&G have been there all winter helping to build a women’s dormitory and a all-purpose building.

I am still trying to catch up on everything that accumulated while we were gone. Mercy! So much to do. Jen and I were so tired last night after that stressful delay (The United employees told us first that our flight left at 1:11pm, then 2:40pm, then 3:15pm, then 2:40pm, which made us panic, then finally 5pm.) we just slept like rocks. Anyway….the only souvenirs we bought were three matching “Mexican” skirts for Mom and us girls. Otherwise souvenirs were too expensive. Plastic bowie knives were $6! Jen brought the boys some hot sauce(They had some for breakfast this morning) and I gingerly broke off a piece of cactus and brought it home as well.
What happened in the news while I was gone?


One Salient Oversight said...

Slobodan Milosevic, the former dictator of Yugoslavia, died of a heart attack.

Claude Allen, one of the President's advisors, was charged with stealing from shops.

The greatest game of one-day cricket was played between Australia and South Africa.

Lillian, my daughter, is about 1-2 weeks away from walking.

(No guesses as to what the most important news was to me! It was the cricket!)

Frazzledsister said...

I have to admit I have no idea how a person plays cricket. I don't even know how many innings a baseball game has. I don't care much about sports! Good riddance to Milosevic. He should have been put to death anyway.

Woody said...

no news! Did you stay in a hotel, or were you with family/friends while there?

I hope you had some fun whyile there, I always like it when it rains!

Glad your back, BRING ON THE POETRY!!!

mOSTLY. eNGAGED. by gOD. said...

well then...you had a very eventful trip. I get to go on a trip this thursday. Yay for Nebraska. I used to hate it, but now I love it!

Frazzledsister said...

Are you coming to visit?

MVB said...

Baseball games have nine innings!! ( Unless the game remains tied, in which case the game is played on and on into the night. Up to 28 innings)

Welcome home!

mOSTLY. eNGAGED. by gOD. said...

well probably not this trip, but I have not worked all the issues about my next trip. things keep getting changed and such. so sometime i will come visit.