Posts Tagged With: high school

Ivoryton, Connecticut – Day 9

The motorhome is parked at my son’s home where I’m expected to remain until July 17th visiting with my family.

Mary has finally returned to her home in California. She has a tentative return-to-me-date of July 16th.

Yesterday my only grandson Eric, stopped by to visit. He will be 16 on August 11. He is an avid baseball player and aspires to be a catcher in the major leagues of baseball.

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…

In these photos he is showing me his $400 professional-model catchers mitt. He has a very generous mom and dad. He’s very serious about his baseball, hence no smile…




He puts a baseball into the mitt and then wraps it tightly with a belt to help the mitt keep the proper shape…


He stores the mitt in his 2015 high school year graduation bag…


On this particular day I gave him a ride to the baseball field where he was to umpire a little league play-off game. He’s been umpiring for the last three years. He’s a sophomore in high school and at 5’11”, he’s the tallest person in the family…


Way to go, Eric!

Enjoying visiting family is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Connecticut. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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Another cold, wet and rainy day. I wanted to see some art and Selena’s memorial. Selena was a young Texas girl who was destined to become the Hispanic Madonna;  beautiful voice, talent, an already star-studded singing career at age 23 when she was gunned down by her fan club president. There is a brief story of her life at this link:

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I’m not even familiar with her music, but there is a sample of it at the Wikipedia link. I just remember the anguished messages I would read on passing cars after her death,  signs painted on their windows. Justice for Selina. We love you Selena. Selena lives.  Her fans were heartbroken. I promised myself I will download some of her music someday soon.

The shoreline drive was grey and wet and we stopped into the Art Center of Corpus Christi with their clever  motto being: Life Is Short, Art Is Long.

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They have several galleries featuring local artists, a nice lunch spot and the  exhibits change every month. Quality work, here.  One artist, Ty Heintze stood out from the rest. A small charcoal drawing sells for $5,000. He has won many awards.  (No pictures allowed in the galleries.)

You can photograph in the student rooms,  a huge area featuring middle school and high school artists. I found the most interesting, three portraits made by different students,  using a disciplined method of rendering the whole drawing with a finger pressed in ink.

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The portraits themselves are quite compelling, but the method is unique, and great practice for students.

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Much harder than it looks, as you can imagine.

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The art center clay studio was closed this day, but the frame around the gallery was also a treat. Eight inch tiles, each about an inch thick, formed the trim around the door. Each tile done by a different student.DSC04462 (Copy)

Surprisingly innovative and three dimensional. The Art Center suggests to me that there is a very vibrant arts community in Corpus Christi.

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We moved on to The Texas Surf Museum out of curiosity.

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It is mostly walls and walls of various surfboards. Various types and styles from the past and present.

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I found that surf boards can be as personal as their owners.

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The museum is a combination shop and museum about people who love, love, love their sport. There are tender messages, and eulogies to those notables who inspired others  and passed.Autographed boards, many,many pictures and three different videos to watch.

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The only place you are likely to see a surf board dressed in a shirt and outfitted with a video player. There are three places to watch surfing adventures on video.

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This is a meeting,or class, surfboard style.

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Surfing can be individual or competitive or just part of a social club.

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But the most endearing photos were of disabled and blind adults and kids being guided through the joys of surfing by club members.

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The sheer joy on their faces tells the tale.

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Avid surfers will enjoy this museum much more than we did. It is a special community. But, the joy in these photos warmed me.

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It was a great way to wait out the rain.

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And, the shop owner recommended Kikos Mexican restaurant as a family owned, distinctive and delicious place to eat. And, it was. My order was chicken enchildadas with chili gravy, (raw onions came on the side) and a guacamole cup. The chips and salsa were superior, no salt on the chips and the salsa distinctively different, and good. It is located on Everhart St. just blocks off San Padre Island Drive.

You won’t be disappointed.

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The Sonora Elks Lodge I’ve joined has an organ/piano player, Lenny. At our meeting last night he played Christmas Carols while the rest of us sat around and chatted and sipped pre-dinner cocktails.

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I enjoyed the sing-along, something I hadn’t had an opportunity to do in years. In high school I relished high school choir, the recitals, the camaraderie, the whole process was so enjoyable that when it came to church choir, I would attend two masses each Sunday so I could sing twice. Fellow Elk member, Judy Roberts, (in pink) told me that she recently attended a community Christmas Party where many young people attended. At a community sing, they were lost. It is something they’ve missed along the way and they didn’t know the words or tunes to the most common of Christmas Carols. She sighed, feeling sorry for them. I hadn’t realized that our Christmas Culture is generational. As children, we caroled on the street from house to house with our school teacher leading the way. At our last stop, (my house one year) my mother had hot chocolate ready for our weary voices and a fire to warm cold hands and feet. I  guess we are turning into old fogies and caroling isn’t hep anymore. Their loss is our loss too.

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