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    Greetings from Corpus Christi!

    Nevermind the nervous breakdown I had on the way. Had to pull over in Seguin and cry for a few minutes. But it's all good now. It's been a stressful week and I just needed to melt down temporarily.

    But here we are! Palm trees and Gulf waters!

    Our campground is about a half mile from the causeway, which took us to Doc's for dinner. This is our kind of place. We sat outside and ate Cobb salads with blackened shrimp and Board Mommy snarfed a couple of much needed Shiners. After, we went next door to Snoopy's and got a couple more drinks on the pier. Both places got us started on the right foot and are contenders for the CC happy place.

    The campground is tight - not in the good way but in the "where are we going to put our stuff??" way. Small spaces. But it will work. We always think we need to spread out more than we really do. Tomorrow we'll explore a bit, both the campground and the immediate area.

    For my birthday I made Monello get us tickets to see Three Dog Night tomorrow. Not gonna lie, when it looked like we weren't going to get there I was disappointed, but whaddaya gonna do? Things happen. Then the gods smiled on me and it all worked out (because I keep my karma clean by being considerate and picking up Apollo's poop). I saw TDN in Lincoln when I was 17 and it was the best concert I've ever been to, no lie. I can't wait!

    I think we're going to like it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Nevermind the nervous breakdown I had on the way. Had to pull over in Seguin and cry for a few minutes.


    Glad it's all good now. Pics look great!

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    Take a deep breath, calm down and apply a few glasses of wine!! Glad you're less stressed, would love to see TDN, always one of my favorite bands, Corpus Christi looks amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Nevermind the nervous breakdown I had on the way. Had to pull over in Seguin and cry for a few minutes. But it's all good now. It's been a stressful week and I just needed to melt down temporarily.

    But here we are! Palm trees and Gulf waters!

    Our campground is about a half mile from the causeway, which took us to Doc's for dinner. This is our kind of place. We sat outside and ate Cobb salads with blackened shrimp and Board Mommy snarfed a couple of much needed Shiners. After, we went next door to Snoopy's and got a couple more drinks on the pier. Both places got us started on the right foot and are contenders for the CC happy place.

    The campground is tight - not in the good way but in the "where are we going to put our stuff??" way. Small spaces. But it will work. We always think we need to spread out more than we really do. Tomorrow we'll explore a bit, both the campground and the immediate area.

    For my birthday I made Monello get us tickets to see Three Dog Night tomorrow. Not gonna lie, when it looked like we weren't going to get there I was disappointed, but whaddaya gonna do? Things happen. Then the gods smiled on me and it all worked out (because I keep my karma clean by being considerate and picking up Apollo's poop). I saw TDN in Lincoln when I was 17 and it was the best concert I've ever been to, no lie. I can't wait!

    I think we're going to like it here.

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    So glad to hear you made it safe & sound. Some relaxing and chilling is definitely in order!
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    Three Dog Night - these guys are older than God and still bringing it. They don't play instruments anymore because, you know, arthritis, but they can still belt out their songs. What's weird about these fossil rock bands is that Danny Hutton introduced "One" by saying it was the song that got things started for them...in 1969. I was a 1st grader. But TDN is timeless, like Queen and the Beatles. My grandson sings along to "Jeremiah was a bullfrog...." You never remember how many great songs they had until they start playing them, and then you go, "Oh yeah!"

    The venue was great - American Bank Center. Easy to get to, plenty of parking, they manage their crowds nicely. Monello and I are over jostling with throngs of humanity in these enormous arenas - Jesus himself could be appearing somewhere like that and we'd stay home and watch Modern Family. It was an older crowd, as you might imagine, so concert sh*t headery was nonexistent. They let us bring our drinks into the auditorium because they can trust us not to start throwing them.

    After, we went to the Alibi Bar, which is a no kidding dive. I'm trying to think of what to compare it to in SoMD and not coming up with anything divey enough. Up in Cascade, MD there used to be, maybe still is, a bar called Chocolate Park that was right outside Ft. Richie - that's what it reminded me of. But we like places like that. The uninitiated might think they were drug bars, but they are completely opposite. When the bar maid can beat your ass, you will not be dealing drugs in her bar. They are filled with professional alcoholics, not amateurs, so things stay mellow.

    Before the show we had dinner at a Filipino place that is right up the street from our campground. We had lumpia and rice pancit, and Monello had one of those filled bun things. It's unfortunate that this place is literally within walking distance to us because I know I'm going to want lumpia every day. That's what's to love about a Navy town: where there is a Navy base, there are Filipina wives; and where there are Filipina wives, there will be a Filipino restaurant. People in Lincoln, NE don't know what lumpia or sinigang is.

    Tomorrow after I get my work done we'll head out to see what's what.
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    Today we went on base and played golf. The course is all chopped up and pretty rough, but we had fun anyway. We stink at golf - although Monello shot a birdie today - but we enjoy it. This course was nowhere near as nice as Pax; it wasn't even as nice as Chesapeake Hills.

    Saturday we went on walkabout to Port Aransas. It's a cute fishing/vacation village with a nice beach and lots of shops/restaurants/marinas. It's pretty much off the beaten path, about 20 miles from Corpus Christi. People drive out *on* the beach, park, and spend the day - even when it's too cold to swim. There were probably 25 or so cars out there yesterday.

    We're not in love with our campground. The site is small with a cement pad, but the rest of it is gravel instead of grass and it's unappealing (this is a "premium" site, btw, so the regular sites must really suck). We also have a telephone pole on our site and it looks pretty trashy. But it's not *horrible* so we'll be okay for a month. If we came back to CC, though, we wouldn't stay here. The people seem nice and there's a potluck Wednesday that we'll go to. The pool is open but NOT heated! WTH??? That's where Florida RV resorts have TX beat - they heat the pools because the snowbirds expect to swim all winter long.

    Monello made chicken Tikka Masala in the Instant Pot for dinner. The trailer will reek for days, but it was delish!
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    So Corpus Christi - no. If you want to be in that general area you'd go to Port Aransas. Much nicer, more touristy things (but not Ripley's style tourism) and more amenable to vacationers and relaxing. Next time we'll know, if there is a next time.

    Today after work we set out to find good coffee beans, which turned out to be at Hester's in the ghet-o. German chocolate and cinnamon chocolate almond. Then we headed toward Portland to see the RV park I thought I should have chosen, which was a big enough #### hole that our #### hole was nicer. Then on to take the ferry over to Port Aransas - this is one of those small pleasures that I enjoy so much.

    While in Port A we went through an RV park - very nice - and struck up a conversation with another traveling couple at a bar who raved about their RV park in Port A. It happens that they are leaving Monday for South Padre Island, so we'll see them when we get there. They gave us some great tips for when we head west.

    There is a surprising amount of ghetto in CC. Like, falling down homes with crap all over the place, or obvious drug tenements. I thought CC would be more middle class, but they have a large crap population dotted around the city. But this is one of the things I love most about being a homeless vagabond: if you're not thrilled with where you are, somewhere else is only a couple weeks away.
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    A few thoughts on Corpus Christi:

    There is a lot of water around here. Saltwater specifically. There are several bait & tackle shops with piers. The water is around 58 degrees right now. Not exactly where it needs to be to go fishing.

    There are a bunch of bays & lagoons around. The water isn't very deep though. Driving around we see a lot of trucks that park along the water access areas. I'm not sure if they are having any luck.

    The base here flies a lot of prop trainers. I'm not sure of the training pipeline they are for. Maybe 1 of the navy people on here know more about the bases' mission. The base is only a small part of the local economy

    People from our neighborhood are called bluff rats. Other areas use it as a sort of derogatory term but the locals have embraced it. Now it's a title of honor.

    Compared to Florida, Texas' coast is underdeveloped and under utilized. Why that is, I'm not sure. They do have a bunch of petrochemical industry which seems to be lacking in Florida. With San Antonio about 2 hours away, I figured this area would be their beach playground.

    Campgrounds in this part of Texas aren't embarrassed to jam pack people in their campgrounds. In a normal campground where you would find 3 camping rigs, here they pack 5 rigs in the same sized spot.

    Many of the kitchy businesses you find in places like Myrtle Beach & Panama City Beach are missing from this area. Things like the pancake houses, mini golf, arcades and the oddity museums are non existent here.

    Texans, Nebraskans & Alaskans are very proud of where they are from. A lot of the other places that we run around at, people are ambivalent of their homes.

    1 of the most popular names for a Mexican restaurant around here contains the word Jalisco in it.

    Last year locally they got 8 inches of snow in 1 storm. You can find a lot of pictures in businesses of the snow. Of course it was gone in a day.

    Bars in Corpus Christi use a washcloth in place of a coaster in bars. They are locally consistent. The first time I saw it, it appeared odd. Now I sort of expect to see them. I have never seen this anywhere else in the country.

    The gold course on base is by far the worst place we have ever hit golf balls. It's not like we are great golfers but the lack of grooming shows. There were small mounds of dirt that we weren't sure if they were from critters digging or how they got there. OTOH I got my first ever birdie on a par 3.

    We get some great future travel tips when we least expect them. Chatting with a bartender another couple overheard our conversation. Turns out they also RV travel and gave us some ideas for when we head out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monello View Post
    A few thoughts on Corpus Christi:

    There is a lot of water around here. Saltwater specifically. There are several bait & tackle shops with piers. The water is around 58 degrees right now. Not exactly where it needs to be to go fishing.

    There are a bunch of bays & lagoons around. The water isn't very deep though. Driving around we see a lot of trucks that park along the water access areas. I'm not sure if they are having any luck.

    The base here flies a lot of prop trainers. I'm not sure of the training pipeline they are for. Maybe 1 of the navy people on here know more about the bases' mission. The base is only a small part of the local economy

    People from our neighborhood are called bluff rats. Other areas use it as a sort of derogatory term but the locals have embraced it. Now it's a title of honor.

    Compared to Florida, Texas' coast is underdeveloped and under utilized. Why that is, I'm not sure. They do have a bunch of petrochemical industry which seems to be lacking in Florida. With San Antonio about 2 hours away, I figured this area would be their beach playground.

    Campgrounds in this part of Texas aren't embarrassed to jam pack people in their campgrounds. In a normal campground where you would find 3 camping rigs, here they pack 5 rigs in the same sized spot.

    Many of the kitchy businesses you find in places like Myrtle Beach & Panama City Beach are missing from this area. Things like the pancake houses, mini golf, arcades and the oddity museums are non existent here.

    Texans, Nebraskans & Alaskans are very proud of where they are from. A lot of the other places that we run around at, people are ambivalent of their homes.

    1 of the most popular names for a Mexican restaurant around here contains the word Jalisco in it.

    Last year locally they got 8 inches of snow in 1 storm. You can find a lot of pictures in businesses of the snow. Of course it was gone in a day.

    Bars in Corpus Christi use a washcloth in place of a coaster in bars. They are locally consistent. The first time I saw it, it appeared odd. Now I sort of expect to see them. I have never seen this anywhere else in the country.

    The gold course on base is by far the worst place we have ever hit golf balls. It's not like we are great golfers but the lack of grooming shows. There were small mounds of dirt that we weren't sure if they were from critters digging or how they got there. OTOH I got my first ever birdie on a par 3.

    We get some great future travel tips when we least expect them. Chatting with a bartender another couple overheard our conversation. Turns out they also RV travel and gave us some ideas for when we head out west.

    Cold, rainy weather days are the laziest days.
    This all surprises me. But maybe it's changed THAT much since the late 80s/early 90s. Dad was stationed there I think '88 to '90 or '91. My parents loved it. And they're similar to you guys in that they look for the off-beaten path, the kitchy restaurants and shops, the locals' places, etc. I know we lived out in town, we never did base housing but I can't remember the neighborhood. We went back at some point...2001? Honestly I don't remember it being particularly remarkable but I was 14 and had my nose in a book the entire trip, avoiding mostly everything and everyone.

    And my dad is actually from Texas (Brownsville). He was a pilot and I believe most of CC is dedicated for flight training. He was moving from rotor wing to fixed wing aircraft so I think that's why he was there. Most of the old navy guys I know ran in the same career circles as dad so they all were in CC at some point and all enjoyed it, however they were all there before the '00s. I do know a few former midshipmen that ended up there and they did NOT like it but I figured because it wasn't catered to young bro guys like Annapolis is.
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