Thursday, July 28, 2011

Old Bones

With tropical storm Don making landfall in less than twenty-four hours, mas o menos, my big brother took to the heights of the tallest mesquite to give it a trim job for safety's sake. Not bad for a guy who has 23,473 days worth of mileage on his bones.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I love the smell of...

A dear friend and her husband have operated a raspa stand in Benavides, Texas for 19 years. It has become a commercial icon in our pueblito. I read her post on Facebook today and felt a little ashamed that her gift for writing had escaped me all these years. She wrote...

"I love to stand in front of the raspa stand window when the pool is open. I love the sights and sounds of the pool......​..but most of all I LOVE when a little breeze blows and.... hmmmm.....​ I LOVE the smell of chlorine and suntan lotion."

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

How Small the World Is

In my former life, I taught school to high school kids. Mario Viera, an ex-student, graduated in 2006. Today, he serves our country and is stationed in Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki, Japan. Young Mario wears a United States Navy uniform aboard the USS Avenger. It's a minesweeper. Once in a while we chat via Facebook. At 10:01 a.m. Saturday my time, and 12:01 a.m. Sunday his time, we began a conversation separated by over 6000 miles of time and space.

[Mario Viera]
how r u sir
[Me]
Baking hot in Benavides, Mr. Viera. It's SUMMERTIME in the dry and dusty brush country.
[Mario Viera]

i dont miss that one bit
[Me]
We could use a cool sea breeze about now.
How goes the personal physical training?

[Mario Viera]
it going ok just gettin back from deployment
[Me]
Mario Viera.... Defender of the American Way and other good things...........
[Mario Viera]
lol
[Me]
My wife and I drove (DROVE!!!) to Florida last week to see the final launch of the Shuttle. It was fantastic.
[Mario Viera]
sounds like a real good time
wats new in benavides
[Me]
The dog population is up and the people is down.
[Mario Viera]
lol wow thats no good
[Me]
No... no... many of the dogs are much nicer.
[Mario Viera]
lol
[Me]
Do you have a Kindle, or a Kindle app on your smart phone?
The Kindle app is free.
[Mario Viera]
no i dont, i dont read books because i spend most of my work day doing paper work and reading instruction
[Me]
You are a busy man. If and when you do, buy this ebook. It's only $1.99. I wrote it.

 www.amazon.com/Nobody-Reads-the-Backs-of-Cereal-Boxes-Anymore
[Mario Viera]
ok ill check it out
when did you write it
[Me]
A couple of months ago. It's fiction, but you may recognize some of the characters. Only people from Benavides would be able to.
[Mario Viera]
lol im sure its some good reading
[Me]
Well... it may help you go to sleep faster.
[Mario Viera]
lol
[Me]
Bueno, Mario.... ya no te quito tiempo. It's always good to hear from you.
[Mario Viera]
im not busy right now sir, im out at sea as we speak so i got plenty of time
[Me]
Wow! Out at sea! I love technology. What time is it for you on that side of the globe? Midnight?
[Mario Viera]
1222 am
[Me]
Night shift work or free time?
[Mario Viera]
free time at night
well our day changes every day, it depends on what watch we have
[Me]
Too bad the Navy doesn't allow pet dogs onboard. They could help pass the time and be fun companions.
[Mario Viera]
ya that would be nice
so what made u write a book?
[Me]
The Marines on your ship don't have any?
[Mario Viera]
i dont have no marines on my ship
and them clowns r like pets
[Me]
Hahahahaaaaaaaaaa...........
You ever seen an old movie called "V for Vendetta"?
I am watching it now. Good story. Blood and action and drama.

[Mario Viera]
hows ur family
[Me]
All healthy and content. Our mother turns 85 in three weeks and is as strong as ever.
[Mario Viera]
wow thats awesome
my mom just turned 44 on the 14th
[Me]
And.... and... and..... we each (her and I) have a couple of cold Budweisers on the porch every Sunday afternoon.
[Mario Viera]
lol
[Me]
44... I used to be 44... 14 years ago.
[Mario Viera]
lol
thats a while back
[Me]
Like yesterday for me. As you, sir, grow older and wiser... the passage of days will speed up like a rocket to the moon, and you will ask yourself every morning... "where is the time going."
[Mario Viera]
i feel it already
it dont feel like it but its been 3 yrs in the service for me
[Me]
"Three Years," is like the blink of an eye.
[Mario Viera]
yeah it is but its been fun
[Me]
You have so many more winks to go, sir.
[Mario Viera]
yup i sure do
[Me]
So when your Navy days are behind you, what employable skills will you walk away with?
[Mario Viera]
right now i got electrical technician, and small arms instructor
[Me]
I see in the crystal ball a Border Patrol electrician wiring up a 10,000 volt fence along the TEX MEX border.
[Mario Viera]
lol that's a possibility
[Me]
By the time you get out of the service the new war front will be the Rio Grande.
[Mario Viera]
ya i hear the border war is gettin out of hand
[Me]
The news people talk about "sleeper cells" of Muslim terrorists lying in wait in all fifty states. That's not the problem for us. The Mexican cartels already have their own "sleeper cells" in operation among us. (Don't I sound scary!)
[Mario Viera]
ya its a scary thing to think about but its out there and people dont realize it
[Me]
The wife and I will one day move north to a place that has no check points or Border Patrol cruisers.
[Mario Viera]
that would be a great idea benavides is doing no good for anyone
[Me]
My idea for Benavides is to make it the 8-Liner Capitol of Texas. That would bring new life to the town. New life and new people and better breeds of dogs.
[Mario Viera]
well sir im gonna go catch a few zzzzz it was great talkin to u and i will read ur book and tell u wat i think bout it take care and tell ur family i said hi
[Me]
Buenas noches, joven. God bless you and thanks for the chat.