Greetings from South Padre Island again!

Monello

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We are having a 'wind event' today. Every 3-4 days the wind down this way kicks up. Much like it did when we were in the Florida Keys. Temps are in the 70s and getting up into the 80s in a few days. All this wind would be welcomed in the hot summer months.
 

vraiblonde

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The weather here is, um, whimsical. Storm clouds abruptly give way to clear sunny skies, and vice versa. Currently it is 72*, breezy and sunny.

But I want to talk about recreation.

The campground has a vigorous activities program, not just bingo and game nights. Tonight, for example, is Taco Tuesday - we'll gather for tacos and fixins in the Commons. Tomorrow is a game day with croquet, badminton, etc, tournaments. Thursday there will be hula girls on the sunset deck. The pool is heated and the fitness room is well-equipped. You could be confined to this campground and not be bored.

The state park is about a half mile away, easy walking distance, and there you can bike, hit the beach, or bird watch.

SPI is surrounded by water - the Gulf on one side, Laguna Madre on the other. People fish and boat year round.

Bar hopping is made easy by everything being along the strip, or go a block off to the Laguna shore for waterfront eating, drinking, music, and conviviality.

When Bann gets here we will go horseback riding on the beach, and we'll do another dinner cruise.
 

vraiblonde

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So I guess you'll be moving on before the spring breakers descend?
Yep. But we've been in Panama City Beach during not only Spring Break, but Bike Week at the same time, and it was fine. Get in the hullaballoo if you want, otherwise there are plenty of quiet places to be.

I have been assured that I don't want to be in SPI for the summer season because the tourists suck. Although that's what all vacation resorts say.... Winter Texans are older and have been coming to the same spot for years, they know the drill and take some form of ownership. Vacationers, on the other hand, tend to be slobs and think it's the cleaning person's job to flush the toilet for them. They also don't want to deal with their kids, so the little cherubs run wild and act like hooligans under the guise of "having fun".

From here we head back to Maryland, via Branson, MO and maybe Gatlinburg.
 

vraiblonde

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We've been bar hopping and eating in restaurants since Bann got here because we have to cram a lot of SPI into a short week. :jet: Over the weekend there was an artisan fair at Isla Blanca park, which is right on the Gulf, with crafts and Mexican stuff to buy and food trucks. After that we came back and went do dinner, then for an early evening swim.

Today we're going on a horseback ride on the beach, which I'm really looking forward to! 🐎
 

Bann

Doris Day meets Lady Gaga
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We've been bar hopping and eating in restaurants since Bann got here because we have to cram a lot of SPI into a short week. :jet: Over the weekend there was an artisan fair at Isla Blanca park, which is right on the Gulf, with crafts and Mexican stuff to buy and food trucks. After that we came back and went do dinner, then for an early evening swim.

Today we're going on a horseback ride on the beach, which I'm really looking forward to! 🐎
I'm definitely having fun with my margarita tour, that's for sure! :bann:
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vraiblonde

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I'm definitely having fun with my margarita tour, that's for sure! :bann:
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:lol:

Well I am worse for the wear after those three margaritas yesterday. Up all night, bleah this morning, it's ugly. And it's not like I was slamming them or doing tequila shots. I just can't drink anymore, which is sad because those waterfront bars beg to be utilized for their intended purpose.

You and Monello can drink, I'll drive the drunk bus. :yay:
 

Bann

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:lol:

Well I am worse for the wear after those three margaritas yesterday. Up all night, bleah this morning, it's ugly. And it's not like I was slamming them or doing tequila shots. I just can't drink anymore, which is sad because those waterfront bars beg to be utilized for their intended purpose.

You and Monello can drink, I'll drive the drunk bus. :yay:
:huggy:
 

Bann

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They do make some really good margaritas here in these parts. I mean, so close to Mexico, so of course they do! 🍹
 

vraiblonde

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I've been trying to eat low carb for awhile now. My problem is tortillas.

Places where real Mexicans live and enjoy an appreciative audience have the best flour tortillas in the universe. They are light, thin, tasty, and grill up into the most sublime culinary treat imaginable. At restaurants they are made fresh, and you have never - ever - eaten anything better in your life.

Low carb tortillas come from the factory and have a shelf life of like 8 years. They are an acceptable substitute and a decent breakfast taco holder, and when I don't eat a real tortilla for awhile I'm happy with them.

But when I DO eat a real tortilla.....

When I'm in Maryland or Florida or, you know, Montreal I don't even think about it because those places don't have an audience for good fresh made Mexican food. Texas, on the other hand, does. And how. In fact, it's mandatory - just like good BBQ is mandatory. If your BBQ or Mexican restaurant is merely good, you will go out of business within a few weeks because Texas is not playing when it comes to food.

The thing is that I'm pretty sure that if I were in a horrible accident, my dying thought would be, "Damn it! I should have had the real tortilla!!"

So that's what I'm thinking about as I sit here guiltily munching on my egg and sausage taco made with a real flour tortilla that I only have because they were out of the low carb ones when I went to the grocery store.

:ohwell:
 

vraiblonde

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Today we had lunch with a friend of my Mom's that is down here from Lincoln for a couple of weeks. My Mom has been bothering me about getting together with her since about a month before she even got here.

Mom: I'm going to have D call you.
Me: Okay.
Mom: You'll really like her.
Me: No doubt.
Mom: She'll be calling you. You'll really like her.
Me: Looking forward to it.
Mom: Did I tell you that my friend D is going to be down there?
Me: You sure did.
Mom: You'll really like her.

My mom says, "She's about your age." This could really mean anything because my mother doesn't have an awareness of how old I am. This person could be 20 or she could be 65 and my mom would say she was about my age because anyone younger than her is about my age.

Apparently she has been bothering D nonstop as well. :lol:

So today we had lunch and she was about my age and I really liked her. :lol: We went to Shrimp Haus and I had a blackened shrimp BLT that was one of the best things I've ever eaten. She's going to tell my mom that I showed up drunk and smoked at the table. :jet:
 

Bann

Doris Day meets Lady Gaga
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So today we had lunch and she was about my age and I really liked her. :lol: We went to Shrimp Haus and I had a blackened shrimp BLT that was one of the best things I've ever eaten. She's going to tell my mom that I showed up drunk and smoked at the table. :jet:
:roflmao:
 

lucky_bee

RBF expert
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I've been trying to eat low carb for awhile now. My problem is tortillas.

Places where real Mexicans live and enjoy an appreciative audience have the best flour tortillas in the universe. They are light, thin, tasty, and grill up into the most sublime culinary treat imaginable. At restaurants they are made fresh, and you have never - ever - eaten anything better in your life.

Low carb tortillas come from the factory and have a shelf life of like 8 years. They are an acceptable substitute and a decent breakfast taco holder, and when I don't eat a real tortilla for awhile I'm happy with them.

But when I DO eat a real tortilla.....

When I'm in Maryland or Florida or, you know, Montreal I don't even think about it because those places don't have an audience for good fresh made Mexican food. Texas, on the other hand, does. And how. In fact, it's mandatory - just like good BBQ is mandatory. If your BBQ or Mexican restaurant is merely good, you will go out of business within a few weeks because Texas is not playing when it comes to food.

The thing is that I'm pretty sure that if I were in a horrible accident, my dying thought would be, "Damn it! I should have had the real tortilla!!"

So that's what I'm thinking about as I sit here guiltily munching on my egg and sausage taco made with a real flour tortilla that I only have because they were out of the low carb ones when I went to the grocery store.

:ohwell:
I could live off of fresh tortillas alone :ohwell: I know your pain. I blame my mom, we were stationed in Corpus when I was a toddler and she used fresh hot tortillas from the stand outside the HEB to amuse/placate me while she grocery shopped every week :lol: Seriously nothing better!
 
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