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I dropped some stuff off at a Thrift store, including a couple of packets of free Christmas cards that charities send you for a donation.  The attendant said to me, “We have so many cards. It is a shame, people don’t send Christmas cards anymore. They use on-line cards. It’s the young people. I miss real cards.” I told her I like “real” cards, too but explained I don’t send as many as I used to and I do the same on-line. Now, I’m ever more grateful I insanely kept every card that was ever sent to me, to my mother, and other family members. I picked up a box from 1992 and randomly looked through it. I found humorous cards depicting Santa as an ordinary guy with hobbies and a very “dad” like personality.

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Love the sunglasses and guitar.

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You would have never seen a Santa like this motorcycle dude in the 1950’s or 60’s.


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Or an upscale golfer, then, either. Things have changed. Santa has hobbies and reflects everything we do.

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And, of course his reindeer are his best buddies

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The whole gang jogs together, can’t forget the elves.

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They commiserate

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…they celebrate

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…and settle in for a bit of football and a nap. Just like dad.

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I couldn’t resist including this rapper themed card. I thought, has rap music been around that long? I guess so. I’m remembering a Santa flying in a helicopter, using a taxi, and riding a train. Don’t remember what year those cards came out. But, it is kind of fun to see Santa in personal pursuits after his job is done.  Tomorrow, I’ll post some traditional cards from my collection.

Merry Christmas everyone.



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Kerrville, Texas

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues. She had successful carotid artery surgery last Wednesday, returned home Thursday and is in the process of recuperation.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 100 miles from Brady to Kerrville, Texas.

The motorhome is parked at VFW Post #1480. I’ll depart later this morning.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

As always, I like to show the view from the dinette window…

I had hope to visit the Museum of Western Art while here. However I found out they are closed on Sunday (yesterday) and Monday (today), plus they do not allow photography. So much for that visit.

Yesterday about 5:00 PM I went into the VFW Post to say hello to the locals. The barmaid looked like she had lost something and did not come over to wait on me for the about 10 minutes I sat there. The place was really smokey and noisy as everyone else was involved in watching the Sunday afternoon football game on TV. I went back to the motorhome and continued reading the really thick book I bought on the life of Willie Nelson. So much for my visit to Kerrville, Texas. Such is life!

Enjoying lots of good books is another joy in the life of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

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Oh When The Saint, Came Marching Down The Street…

Yesterday was laundry day for us and it was also the day Opelousas, Louisiana celebrated its hometown hero, Devery Henderson, #19 who plays for the World Champion New Orleans Saints Football Team. No other members of the New Orleans Saints were in attendance the best we could tell.

As luck would have it, our laundromat was along the parade route so we planned the timing of our laundry so that we would be finished with that chore and we could set-up our folding chairs and have a front road seat. It was a perfect day for a parade with bright sun and a temperature of about 69 degrees.

It was like deja vue Mardi Gras complete with beads, candy, plastic cups and tiny football-throwings to the crowd lining the parade route! Leading the parade was Devery Henderson, #19, himself throwing beads to the crowd. He was followed by about a one-hour parade of marching bands, etc…


We were told he lives in a very nearby neighborhood not far from our campsite. Last evening in the lower part of our campground they held a party to celebrate their local hero. There was quite a crowd, but as always in our Southern Louisiana experiences, they were well behaved.

As an outsider looking in, it must be quite an achievement for a young man from a small Southern town to play for a World Champion ball team.

To top off the day, Mary ended up with more beads to add to her 25 pounds of beads she collected from our New Orleans Mardi Gras experience about four weeks ago. Just what she needed was more beads!

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We’re in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Mary and I arrived yesterday in New Orleans, Louisiana for a two-week stay during Mardi Gras.


Mary drove the motorhome for the first time yesterday, driving about 100 miles of the about 175 mile trip and did just fine.

We are safely parked in Louisiana’s Bayou Segnette State Park indicated by the BSSP Pin on the below Google Earth photo. We’re only seven miles from downtown New Orleans and intend to thoroughly explore the area while here.


Ever since arriving in Louisiana several days ago, just about everyone we talked with were very excited about their New Orleans Saints being in the Super Bowl. Earlier we had bought a bottle of Champagne to toast a special event…so yesterday we opened it, Mary cooked a delicious meal and then we popped some popcorn as we watched the game. It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve watched a Super Bowl game since I no longer care about sports, but I must admit it was a very interesting game. We have to go out to do some shopping and pickup some mail this morning and I expect the locals will still be celebrating and shouting “Who Dat!”

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