Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dinner at Saltgrass restaurant in San Antonio and the big storm

Yesterday the four of us met up with Ally and Paige for dinner at Saltgrass restaurant, There are several of them in the southwest and Linda and I ate at one here in San Antonio this past spring and the food was awesome. It was just as good last night. Everyone enjoyed their food and it was another great visit.


Saltgrass is known for their steaks, and the three men had rib eyes which were great. Linda had crab cakes, Ally had stuffed chicken and Bobbie had a crab stack.
It is about an hour drive from our campground and the trip home was slow with the tail end of rush our. We got back about 7:30-8:00 and shortly thereafter it started to rain. It was a major downpour that did not let up for about 8 hours. Linda and I were up until after 2am. We had water coming in thru 3 roof vents and one ceiling light! We had bowls under the water to catch it and kept wiping up the drips. Did not sleep even after turning off the lights and were up by 7:30 to do damage control. Went to Camping world and bought 4 vent covers and caulking and spent a couple of hours on the roof doing repairs. HOPEFULLY that will fix the leaks.
All four us commented that we have never seen rain coming down with such intensity for such a long period of time. Watching the radar the storm did not move. It just kept changing shape. And the wind and lightning and thunder were very impressive. Various local reports say that we had 12-15 inches of rain in about 8 hours!
Hope we never have to do that again.
Tomorrow off to Whitsett to see if we can get a gate guarding job.
love to all of ya
Jim and Linda

Sunday, October 27, 2013


We moved about two miles to the casino campground. Very nice resort. Paved sites with patios and tables. More gambling. For those of you not on facebook I have copied a post to here:

finally a great day at the casino!!!!!!! walked out with over $260, but won a lot more. Just gave it back. Senior breakfast, under 55...$15.95. You get $10 in free play if you play $20. If you stay here, or, men on Monday, Women on Tuesday, seniors on Wednesday and Thursday. Great place. Winstar casino in Thackerville, OK. 500,000 square foot casino. Loosest slots of any Indian casino I have ever been in......
Went back to casino again and wanted to play poker. They have a large number of tables and various price ranges. I wanted to play for $1-2 dollars. Played slots for a while breaking even and then went in they had an open seat in the 1-2 game. Cashed in $100 which made me the smallest stack at the table. Got in a good hand right away and won, than won another one a few minutes later bringing me up to $270. But the big stacks were raising too much. Finally just quit $123 up.
After the post on the casino I got a reply from old friend and ex boss Sam, saying he and another old friend were in Texas making customer calls. I called Sam and we made arrangements to meet him at his plant in Carrolton, TX.  Had a nice visit with Sam and Brian  and made plans to meet in Tennessee next spring at Sam's house.
Spent the nght somewhere about 150 miles down the road and moved on Friday to the Corp of Engineers (COE) park on Canyon lake called Potters Creek. They were full at 11am, but the lady on duty said that the park across the lake (2 miles as the crow flies) had sites available, but it was a 26 mile drive.
We are now at Cranes Mill COE and it is very very nice. New park with very large, paved sites with a paved patio and picnic shelter. Jim and Bobbie are next door. Linda called our niece Ally who lives, with her husband Paige, in San Antonio. They came up Saturday and we had a very nice visit with them. We made supper, and Bobbie made an apple pie.
We made plans to meet them at a restaurant in San Antonio one day this week.
May take a day trip to Fredericksburg, which is about 60 miles from here to see what is going on.
Will move to Whitsett on Friday and stay in the yard until we get an assignment.
Jim and Bobbie will move on to Alabama for a couple of months and meet us at Bettys February 6th for the month of Mardi Gras.
Take care, have a great week
Love to all of ya
Jim and Linda

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Winstar Casino

O .K.
We got to this passport America campground on Tuesday night. Met up with Jim and Bobbie. We are staying here because it is cheaper than the casino campground and is only about two miles from the casino.
Jim and I went over on Wednesday to check things out. Now this is one big, big casino...500,000 square feet. The largest one in Vegas is 125,000 sq. ft. We walked about 1/3 of it and both lost about $10. We did find out that they have a free senior breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday. $15.95 if you are under 55. So, we went on Thursday, somewhat skeptical about the quality, but were very pleasantly surprised. They served in the events area which is huge. Bobbie thought that there was seating for about 800. They have everything you would expect in a great breakfast buffet and it was all good. Regular plates and silverware and cloth napkins and waiter service included. They even had a live, very good, band playing 50's music.
After breakfast we wandered around the other 2/3 that Jim and I had not seen. This place just goes on and on. We had some luck on the slots. I think they have the slots set a little bit looser than most Indian casinos I have been too.
We have spent a lot of time visiting and eating with Jim and Bobbie, catching up and making plans. We will move from this campground to the casino campground on Tuesday morning and spend two or three nights there. If we stay three nights we can do the breakfast buffet twice!!!
From here on to a C.O.E, park about 60 miles NNE of San Antonio, until the 1st when we will head on down to Whitsett to start gate guarding
Have a great day today
Love to all of ya
Jim and Linda

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We are back on the road again!

Spent the summer hanging out with family. Our son Jeff and wife Lorie moved their business to a new larger building. We spent time watching the grandsons, Jamie and Jordan. We also spent time with my brother Tom, wife Peg and nephew Randall. Also helped with a 25th wedding anniversary party for Linda's brother Kelly and wife Debbie, hosted by their son Brandon.

We left South Bend, IN on Monday morning heading for Thackerville, OK where we would meet up with dear old friends Jim and Bobbie. Had planned on making the 960 mile trip in three days. First stop was supposed to be in East ST. Louis, IL at a casino, but it was closed for the winter, so we kept driving and driving. Finally ended up in Cuba, MO after a 442 day trip. I think this was a record or almost record driving day towing the trailer.
Tuesday we started out with plans to spend the night in the Tulsa, OK area, but had a hard time finding a place to stay, so moved on thinking of spending the night around Oklahoma City....finally said the hell with it....and kept on driving and driving and driving some more.
We ended up in Thackerville after driving 553.8 miles, shattering any previous record. We were warmly met by Jim and Bobbie and had a few cocktails in celebration of our reunion.
Today was a quiet day, with a 20 mile trip to Wal-Mart.

I picked Thackerville as they now have a 500,000 square foot casino with a campground. We had reservations at their campground, but Bobbie found another campground a couple of miles away that was cheaper, so we are staying there.

Jim and I went to the casino tonight to check it out and play a little slot. They have a free 55+ breakfast buffet on Wednesday and Thursday, so we will check it out tomorrow.
Plan is to stay here until next Monday. We have sent for mail, and hope it will arrive than.

Glad to be back on the road again. But not looking forward to two months of gate guarding. But the money will come in real helpful.
Take care
Love to all of ya
Jim and Linda