Two Weeks from Today . . .

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Our son Chris and his wife Linda posted this selfie from the Burnet / Inks Lake area today.

Smile, Chris.

Chris and Linda at Inks Lake


And our niece Christina sent over this photo of her older brother Jason and our daughter Brandi with Santa. We’re pretty sure this was Christmas 1976 when we lived in Montgomery, AL.

Brandi and Jason Christmas 1976


Then everybody went and grew up. Here’s Brandi with her husband Lowell.

Brandi and Lowell at Kirby's Steakhouse


And here’s Jason with his wife Laura, along with Avery Jane, Ella, and Annisten.

Jason and Laura Robinson


Around 3:30 Jan and I drove down to the Woodland’s to have dinner at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. On the way we dropped off a prescription at Sam’s Club that we’ll pick up on the way home.

This is the 2nd time we’ve eaten at this Grimaldi’s, as well as the Grimaldi’s in Katy, TX, San Antonio, Tucson, Apache Junction, and probably several others we’ve forgotten. And we also ate at the original one in New York in 2009. And it’s always great.

I’ve already talked about how they duplicate New York City water, use the same Pennsylvania coal in all their coal-fired pizza ovens. In fact the same guy goes around the country to build the brick ovens in every store.

And it shows in the quality of the pizza.

Unlike many of their shopping center locations, the Woodland’s Grimaldi’s is really picturesque.

Grimaldi's Woodlands 1

Grimaldi's Woodlands 2

Grimaldi's Woodlands 3


One thing to remember at Grimaldi’s is that the small $6 house salad is enough for 2 or 3 people. Jan and I shared one and couldn’t finish it all.

Grimaldi's Woodlands 4


After all we had to save room for this: A large (18”) with mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and meatballs.

Grimaldi's Woodlands 5

Jan and I can only eat half of a large one, so we always have plenty to take home for later. After our meal we talked to the manager, Keith, and he said this location is the busiest one in the country.

Leaving Grimaldi’s we drove over to a nearby Randall’s to pick up one of their fantastic fresh-baked coconut cream pies. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any, so we got a couple of slices of their Tres Leches, as well as a few other things before heading toward Sam’s. Stopping there, we picked up the prescription as well as a couple of other things, before heading back to the rig.

Passing through the gate, I asked the guard on what site Wednesday night’s shooting took place. She just smiled and said they weren’t able to discuss that.

Oh well.

Our hitch itch needs scratching, so two weeks from today we’ll finally be heading north, planning to be up in Goshen, IN for the 54th Escapade that starts the12th of May, where Jan and I will be giving our Gate Guarding for Fun? and Profit seminar.

See you there. 

Thought for the Day:

“We grow too soon old and too late smart” – old Dutch saying



4 Responses

  1. Here’s hoping we’ll have a chance to meet up at the Escapade.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  2. I can’t believe how huge and beautiful Woodlands is. We lived off of Rayford Road fro 1970-74. They had the first shovel ceremony for the building of “The Woodlands” when we lived there. WOW.

  3. Rick,

    Looking forward to it.

  4. Donna,

    We moved to Houston in 1978 and still can’t believe how much the area has grown up here.

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