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January/Feb. 2003

winter texans rule!

2/22/03 Getting Ready to Say Goodbye

Last weekend - just before the latest cold front rolled through - your humble web-wiz, her dad and her sweetie headed down to the beach at the Royale for a "Winter Texans Rule" sand castle party... a sort of 'last hurrah" before the "Spring Breakers Rule" Season.

We would like to wish all of our Winter Texan friends "Happy Trails!" and hope to see you all back here safe and sound next year....

the sculptors

bird sculpture

Ruby-Throated "Franken-birds"

Winter Texan wood carver Frank Salisbury of Laguna Vista took these past few days of beautiful weather to finish this masterpiece.

Photo/Report courtesy of Fred Mallett

bird sculpture

2/14/03 - As Reported by "Dad Feets"

"A few seconds after this photo was snapped a couple walked down the beach to observe the sand scoulpting efforts of Sandy Feet and her dad . . . nothing unusual about that. What was unusual was that the guy went down to one knee and supposedly waited for an answer to the question we lovingly carved in the sand.. From our observation, at a discreet distance the answer was positive and the moment tender . . so tender that it brought tears to Sandy Feet. Don remembers making the same gesture, not in the sand, but in Ginny's living room . . 50 years ago on the same date...."

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face off

Face off At Royale - 1/3/03

"Big Band Phil, the guy who really played in the Big Band era also plays tennis. . . very well. He and three cohorts challenged our Royale foursome. The match was over in an hour, we simply didn't win very many games, but we had a good time and our egos were back to normal the next day!
We are asking for a re-match . . . . and shaking up our team!

Be sure to catch the Big Band Sound at the Bahia Mar, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9"

Photo and report by Don Wierenga

texas treasure

Casino Ship Returning to SPI...?

We have it on very good authority that the "Texas Treasure 2" will soon be running gambling cruises out of Port Isabel. This is great news and we thank our friend Mike Santos for sharing it with us.

Read more about this ship on Mike's web site

music man

Music Man

Amazin' Walter hosts "Open Mic" at Schlitterbahn's Rio Beach Restaurant on monday evenings.
Got a guitar, a singing voice or something else that makes music (other than the radio) and want a place to play? Amazin'Walter has got the place for you ...... All you have to do is show up!

(photo and report by Dennis Barrett)

cool costume

Happy 60th, Troy!

Troy Giles is an Island Alderman, Real Estate Guru and a big supporter of the local animal shelter. He recently celebrated his 60th birthday by throwing a party for a couple hundred of his closest friends (3 of whom are pictured with him above.) In lieu of gifts, Troy asked that donations be made to the shelter. We hear that over $1500 was raised, as well as a truck-load of supplies collected... and three of the shelters residents found new homes that night.

Photo by Fred Mallett


Look Who's Having a Birthday!

The BONGODOG'S own "Dancing Bass Player", David Cassady, will be celebrating his 44th birthday when the BONGODOGS play the weekend of January 3rd and 4th at LOUIE'S BACKYARD on South Padre Island. The BONGODOGS are the originators of CALICHE MUSIC, an infectious blend of rock, reggae, jazz, latin and carribean styles that has made them a Valley favorite for years. Come and join the party! Shows will start around 9:30 pm both nights.


Butterfly-Friendly 1/4/03

My backyard honeysuckle is a favorite gathering spot for all kinds of critters, including at least two kinds of butterflys and 3-4 kinds of bees when this picture was shot.

Only a true grouch (or windsurfing fanatic) could take issue with our current weather pattern: warm days, cool nights, no wind no clouds no rain.

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