I just watched the Shuttle Enterprise take off from Dulles strapped to the back of the 747. It never gets old. I was excited for all the folks in Northern Virginia that happened to be in the right place at the right time. I have had the pleasure to see three flyovers here in the Bay Area. Incredible. And in about an hour the City of New York will get a treat when she flys past the Statue of Liberty. This is me getting goose bumps. I think her final berth will be next to the U.S.S. Intrepid. CV 11. That was my first ship all those years ago. Somewhere in the crews quarters is my old dress blue uniform. I donated it to the museum back in the 80's. I guess that makes me officially old. My clothes are in a museum. Still no word on the mock up Explorer that will be coming here via barge. Last word is still mid July.
I'm in a much better mood this morning. Thanks for asking. But I need to get this out there. I keep reading statements that go something like "we have the Civic Club back" and it makes me wince. The Club never went anywhere. Some of the faces may have changed but a lot of them are still there. Like Helle and Pam and Mike and a score of other folks who keep the whole thing moving. Myself, I haven't been to a meeting in months and when I was able to attend it was few and far between. That doesn't mean I was out of touch. I would email the different Presidents with my 2 cents when I thought it was appropriate. Like so many others, life got in the way and I get that. What with PTA, Band, Soccer, Karate and that whole work thing I just couldn't drag my butt to a Club meeting. The life blood of the Civic Club is not the membership so much as the members who attend. I promise you I will be leaning on a lot of you to boost attendance. That's where the ideas come from. You. When a good one comes along it can absolutely light up the Club House. Ask any regular. You can feel it. It's hard to sustain if the faces stay the same though. Burn out can happen pretty quick when that happens and then the enthusiasm goes in to a slow death spiral. It's up to us. I believe the Civic Club is pretty much a mini me of our fair city as a whole. Lets make the best of it. And the next time you see Helle or Pam or Mike or a Club board member tell them thanks.
Kudos to Amanda for walking the walk.
Shuttle update, neighbor Jeff is in Newark and just took a pic of Enterprise on a flyby. How freakin' cool is that!
Fresh from the Galveston County Jail, here's my official mug shot. Looks like time for some Grecian Formula....
Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab