Well, this was my first rodeo!

Yep,

This was my first rodeo, and I was totally loving it.

I went with Davi, Christy, and Sabrina. ย Eventually meeting up with Jenn and Greg!

Americana at its best… fried oreos, mutton races, Brama Bulls, big belt buckles, big hats, and jeans, and I’m not just talking about what I was wearing.

Check out the podcast – chuck wagon races and John Legend, what more can you ask for.

BT
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JP

Bakesale Betty

Well, it’s been some time since I have written a post, and I am actually working on one to summarize some of the things that have been going on.  So, in the interim, I just thought I would post up this link to my favortist sandwich shop in the world.

Bakesale Betty – 2 locations to serve you, well, I guess that is if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area!  If you are in the Bay Area, you probably already know  ๐Ÿ˜‰  If you are visiting the Bay Area, then you have to go!

http://www.bakesalebetty.com/

Oh yeah, check out the theme song too…

http://www.bakesalebetty.com/jingle.php

I miss you Bakesale Betty – can someone please bring me a sandwich to Houston!!

JP

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Texas

Texas.
So, really what more is there to say. It was great to visit and truly see my new “home.”

I went to Texas this past long weekend to attend my cousin Scott’s wedding. Scott married my new cousin Dameria. I wish both of them the very best and a lifetime of happiness together. Welcome to the family!

While in Texas I was able to see so many of my cousins, not all of them, but a big chunk of the Houston crowd. I stayed with my cousins Jennifer and Greg and their son Nathan took me around town to check out places to live and to just give me a lay of the land. I really appreciated Nate for taking me around the city, it was a great tour. I really like Houston, it definitely has so much more to offer than I would have ever imagined.

Also, while in Houston I was able to see my Aunt Grace – I so love my Aunt Grace, she connects me to my father and is a true connection for all of us as family. My mom stayed with Aunt Grace. It was great for them to be able to spend sometime together. They always have a great time. Momma really enjoyed herself, and always does, in Texas. I miss u already momma. See you in a few weeks!

My cousins all really made an effort to show me Houston. Hana, Lisa (congratulations to the newest JD in the family ๐Ÿ™‚ It was great to hang out with them all – lounges, clubs, and other spots! Simone was there too, Nate’s sis.

Doug and I also got to hang out and saw the Hangover II, ridiculous. Doug, momma, and I also went to Galveston to check out the location of my new ship. Cool. We really spent a lot more time there than we had planned, as the base OOD turned out to be an old shipmate from my last unit. The OOD was called by the watch stander of my new ship- we were taking pictures on the pier in front of the ship, and I guess he thought we were terrorists! In the end the watch stander took pictures for us ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wonder what he will think when I show up in two months – hmmm.

I also was able to check out my cousin’s church. Greg is a deacon at the church. Nathan and I went to the late service – 1 PM. Wow! Kinda cool time to go to church. That was the last service of the day, but it was packed. The guest pastor actually grew up in the church! How cool was that. His first sermon ever, he was only 26. Really great message too. I can’t wait to go back, hopefully he will guest preach more in the future. I wonder what the normal pastor is like. Also, I will have to check out some of their classes and groups when I get there.

Things to do… I need to get back involved with Habitat for Humanity. I really enjoyed working with them in the past. It was really great to help other and to be able to give back. I definitely need to do something – way more than what I am doing. I am also toying with the idea of going to flight school…hmm, I think that would be a fun thing to do over the next few years to work toward earning my pilots license. Just a thought for now.

Till next time.

JP

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Dylan, Aunt Grace, me, and Momma

November

November 2010

Well, it has truly been an interesting few months leading up to this month of Thanksgiving.

I think that I have worked harder in the last few weeks than I have worked in my current job… Wow it has been trying to get things accomplished. You know, I think that all that work was successful. It was mostly successful, because of the work of others. In fact, I truly could not have accomplished anything without the help and assistance of others. I’m not the one that actually turns the wrenches, so truly it is by the blood, sweat, and labors of others that so much was accomplished – thank you crew!

Edison Pena – wow. In Chile 33 miners were trapped underground for over two months. These miners not only survived, but persevered through this unimaginable torture – both physical and mental, to return to the world as “free men.”. Mr. Pena trained while he was underground for the New York marathon, because as he said “running makes you free… (and) you’re looking at a free man.” What an inspirational man to recognize the gift of life that he was given for the second time in his life. He honored his life, and that is a lesson that I will never forget. Thank you.

I was also able to go home this month to visit my mother and friends, and I can’t forget little Brady the dog too. While I was home I was also able to visit with my Aunt Ora. She is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. This truly horrible disease has a dreadful impact on my Aunt, Uncle, my mother, myself, and so many others. My Aunt is my mother’s college roommate. They met nearly 60 years ago at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and they have always been there for each other. Friendship. Truly this is what they have founded on mutual respect and love. My Aunt remembers my mother. She doesn’t remember many others. Their love for each other has overcome this tragic disease. This is love. This is life. This is a lesson that I will never forget!

So many lessons- I just have to not forget them and recognize most importantly that I should never lose faith, nor belief that things will work out for the best.

JP

Amuse bouche

So, I am writing this while flying from San Diego to Washington, DC – via Atlanta.

This morning was really crazy and hectic at the last minute. I eke up early this morning, but probably should have gotten up a little earlier. Oh well… I fortunately had some great help from getting me logged in to an account, sending out some emails, setting my out of office, and even just getting a ride to the airport. Everything did come together, gotta really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night was a truly enjoyable dining extravaganza! Great friends and food! And two bottles of wine to boot. I even was able to have some Black Cod (sable fish) marinated in a miso sauce, something that I had not had since was last in Kodiak, AK last year.

A few more busy weeks ahead and then it is off to do the King’s cheap steel toe cap boots from WBN business, but until then- live life to the lees!
I’m out…

JP

BT
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…and if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility…

Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see…

The song of a sailor. The life of a sailor. I am a sailor bound for a life of travels and adventure. Will I settle down and stay in one place or would that mean I am settle-ing. I wonder.

I think that sometimes life throws us a card or two to help us win our hand… we just have to know when the right time is to play that hand. Do you play that hand, do you fold, or do you just walk away? What would you do? What is the situation in which you would walk away? Well, you know, as I live these days of my life I realize that if you don’t play your hand, even if you know you will probably lose, then you are just taking the easy way out of life. Now what fun would that be. It might be easy and it might be safe, but it’s not me. I’ve never taken the easy road or the safe road, so why start now. Why start ever!

When do I play my hand?

I almost started this paragraph with I guess, but truly I know…