Wrapping things up – Almost . . .

Today we started wrapping up our time here in the Houston area. So Jan and I headed out about noon down to the Clear Lake area.  Our first stop was Monterey’s Little Mexico, down in Dickinson. No way could we come through the area without getting a big bowl of their Chicken Tortilla Soup. the soup that all others are compared to.

And it’s always nice to see Julie, our favorite waitress, who still remembers what we order, and how we want it. Even the young man who brings the chips and salsa to our table remembered we always want two salsas instead of the normal one salsa and one green sauce.

Finishing up at Monterey’s and telling them we’ll be back in November, we headed up I-45 to Academy Sports. I was looking for a canopy for our gate guarding sojourn.

Based on our experiences last year, we wanted a canopy that has an air vent at the top, and has a UV coating to shield out some of the sun. But after looking at Academy, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart with no luck, I’ll probably order this one from Amazon

Coleman Canopy

Coleman 13 x 13 Canopy

It’s Amazon Prime so two-day shipping is free, but what may be the only downside is the fact that at 13 x 13 feet, it’s 69 square feet larger than the 10 x 10 one we had last year.

Our next stop was to check in with one of my clients for a few minutes before making a stop at Half-Price Books so Jan could stock on Gate books.

Then, after a another stop at our storage room to pick up some gate-related things we had stored away last year. Then it was on to Chris’ to kill some time before we met  Piper for dinner at Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, our favorite local Cajun place.

Gooood Gumbo!

It was really nice to have Piper all to ourselves and be able to catch up on what’s going on in her life. It’s really hard to believe she’ll be 20 next month. It seems like only yesterday she looked like this.


or like this.


Yep, she started on computers early.

Tomorrow we’ll wrap things up here in Houston, and then have dinner with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon tomorrow night.


Thought for the Day:

People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.



3 Responses

  1. Greg,

    You can buy spray on UV protection. Amazon carries some and shows links to other sources. But it is prices and then you have one more thing to do. On the other hand, the larger canopy will give you more protection.

  2. That canopy interested me. I am a ham radio operator in California and hams work a lot of events out in the hot sun here in ‘Paradise.’ That looks like something worth checking out. Some of the folks have things they can hang on one or more sides of an easy-up to help with keeping sun out. I did see that Coleman listed it at over $200 and saw some listings on Amazon for less.

  3. Rosalind,

    We have large pieces of solar screen that we hang off the sides to block the sun in the morning and afternoons, and it works great.

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