So, sdocat, kt_kat and Whines/baktre went to Port Aransas, Texas's local beach, with one of the Silent Daves for a weekend of beachside fun.
Starting at 7:00 AM Saturday. Sdo, you're a cruel master.
Road trip largely uneventful, there and back. Got in some nice talk time with Whines, which was a treat, I haven't seen enough of him these last few. Packing a challenge, because, while everybody had a duffle bag and a pillow, Whines and I had a barbeque pit, electric wok, fried rice makings and hot dogs for ten, road munchies, and I also had a spare toothbrush. Ended up taking two cars for the extra cargo room.
Actual furry meet was a little bit of a downer--the one fellow that we didn't bring with us was this strange "good old boy" type, like the sheriff from "Dukes of Hazzard". But with a high, insincere laugh and a habit of spouting BS about stuff he didn't know. Bleah. Friendly enough, but not someone you'd want to, say, set your mother up with.
Time on the beach, fun fun. Sand dollars everywhere, you could reach down into the sand and pull up three of them in one handful of silt. That was nice. Managed to make my point quota for the month by grilling hot dogs on the beach without tongs, fork, any tools at all, or a shirt. That'll look good on the audit. (you listened to ABBA again, didn't you?)(grr...)Also managed to cook fried rice in a hotel room, using only an electric wok--the rice steamer broke. Very proud of this. The smell of burning sesame oil won't come out of that hotel room for two days :)
Most Amazing Thing of the month: Winton's Candies, exactly what you get if you took the candy shop from the very beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but set it in portside Aransas Pass, and had it run by Texas redneck republicans. Everywhere at waist level there were open bins of bulk candy, just perfect for a li'l child to run their hands through. The nice man, the shop owner, gave me a big (four bites or so) chunk of walnut caramel for a sample. Everything--jelly beans, chocolate covered coffee beans, brazil nuts, whatever--was $6 a pound, pretty reasonable. And there was a stuffed boar's head over the open bin of jawbreakers. Yay :)
Weirdest comment from Sdo: Slogging out of the ocean, trying to recover my vision from my wet glasses and hair--Sdo looms up, blocking the sunlight, and says "Jacob, you need to be spayed." (context--he said "spade," he'd found a toy shovel.)
Souvineers: A keychain with my sister Angelica's name on it, which is a bit hard to find; a baseball cap I was wearing all weekend with "Spot Sports" embroidered on the front (elected not to get something from the product line where all the hats said "Ambiguous" on the face), a tiny bottle with a picture of a lighthouse on the front, which I picked up because the price tag says it's a "painted vile."
Lots of photos, lots of junk food--diet starts Wednesday. Whew.
Wrapped up at home watching Ghostbusters II and eating burgers that somebody else cooked. This is a good thing :)