Hanging Out In Mission

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112015

This week we’re hanging out at Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission, Texas with our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel and Jim Lewis. We’re keeping busy not doing much at all, because with good friends you don’t have to be doing something to have a good time. Just being together can be enough.

We did leave the park for a little while yesterday to go to lunch at a place called Wallbangers in nearby McAllen. Ron and Brenda have been telling us how good their burgers were and they did not exaggerate. I’ve always thought Fuddrucker’s served great burgers, and they do. I know, because I’ve eaten in them all over the country. But this place put Fudd’s to shame. Everything about their food is excellent, from the quality of beef, cheese, and other ingredients, to the freshness of the buns. We were all stuffed when we waddled out the door, and I don’t think I was the only one on the ride home thinking a nap would be a good idea when we got there.

Here’s something cool about McAllen, Texas. A few years ago when a new WalMart was built, the city turned the old store building into what is probably the largest single story library in the country, if not the world. It includes 16 public meeting spaces, 14 public study rooms, 64 computer labs, ten children’s computer labs, and two genealogy computer labs, along with a pizza restaurant, coffee shop, and farmer’s market. Here’s an interesting story about the McAllen Library, with pictures.


I didn’t get a nap, but back at home Miss Terry gave me a much needed haircut. It was about time because my eyebrow hairs were starting to tickle my eyeballs. What’s this thing with hair as I’m getting older, anyway? I’ve been bald since I was 30, but a decade or so ago all the hair that left the top of my head returned in other places. If I go a couple of weeks untrimmed I could braid my eyebrows, and I’ve got hair growing out of my ears that gets tangled in my beard!

Later on I helped Jimmy download some free apps to his Samsung Galaxy 5, and tried to transfer a couple of my favorite ringtones to his phone from mine, even with a call to Greg White for guidance. Don’t you hate it when smart phones are smarter than you are?

I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening working my way through a backlog of e-mail and writing. I only have a couple of pages to go to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal finished and hope to wrap it up by the weekend to upload it to our printer.

If you’re looking for a good book, I just finished one called Emails from Heaven, by Sam Neumann, that I enjoyed. It’s about a guy named David Grasso, who is every one of us at some point in our lives. Just going through the motions day to day. Frustrated with the way things are going, unhappy in his job, unfulfilled, lonely, but too lazy or too overwhelmed to change anything. Maybe tomorrow, or next week, or next year. But for today, let’s not rock the boat. Then one day he gets an unexpected e-mail. From his brother. Who is dead. That changes everything.

Thought For The Day – Be careful your knight in shining armor doesn’t turn out to be a fool in tin foil.

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  3 Responses to “Hanging Out In Mission”

  1. See, you were always too busy to come to our, “Are you smarter than your Smart Phone” session. Cool Judy and I could have helped. ????

  2. Another good place to eat something different in the RGV is Willie’s BB

  3. Continueing from the above comment. Willie’s BBQ is in Alamo – 1-1/2 blocks off bus. 83. They have huge stuffed baked potatoes. We always like the chopped brisket. Unfortunately, we are not down there to enjoy it this year but it is a place frequented by locals and Winter Texans.

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