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 🙂 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 😉 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

First time at Okemo in Vermont


I have always loved Vermont and fortunately was able to go up this past weekend with my buddy Tony. We went to Okemo, first time for both of us, and we both liked it. Definitely a cool place and one of the largest places I have been to on the East Coast! Tony also broke out his helmet cam, pic below, and video coming soon. I have to get one of those! I’m in orange.

JP

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On the road again… Snowmass Colorado part 2

On the road again… Snowmass Colorado

Well, here I am on the road again. I have spent the last week with the National Brotherhood of Skiers in Colorado for the annual Summit which is being held in Snowmass, CO.

It has been an awesome week of snowboarding, meeting new people, partying, and just plain having a great time!! I highly recommend any trip organized by a local chapter of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. There were a total of roughly 1200 people of African decent, including a large club from London.

I came on this trip as a member of the “Black Ski” club out of Washington, DC.

The club brought with it roughly 40 members, plus another maybe 60 or so that met us here in Snowmass. I chose to ride with the group – definitely a good deal.

While on this trip, I had 2 roommates, neither of whom I had met before, but awesome guys- James and Preston. We all had a blast, worked our bits on the slopes, and parties them off at our favorite spot “Liquid Sky.” All this with only one table broken in the process- ok, I guess that was partially my fault 😉

I also competed in my first snowboarding race – definitely cool. Not truly sure how I placed, but I had fun and reduced my time on the second run by a second and half!! Most importantly, by racing I earned points to let our team win the team competition.

Anyway, I will take away some great memories, which I thought I would share. Oh yes, and truly awesome my friend Courtney Scott was here. Our mothers grew up together, and so did we- almost the same distance apart even after our mothers moved to the big city of Atlanta.

Oh yeah, and there was also this guy Dan who wore a Kilt and telemark skied everyday – he wasn’t with us, but cool nonethe less.

Where to next?? Who knows??

JP