Daily Archives: May 22, 2020

A Lot of Pent Up . . . Well, Something

Going into the Memorial Day Weekend, traffic coming home was pretty much back to the pre-Wu normal. And maybe a little more, since the traffic was heavy heading down toward Galveston for the weekend.

But the real indication that things were finally opening up, was that the Heartbreaker’s Gentlemen’s Club right along the Interstate was open again. And it was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it. Not only was the huge parking lot full, but people were parking out along the feeder.

Like I said, a lot of pent up . . . something.

One thing funny about this club is that every few years some do-gooder in League City decides to shut this den of iniquity down. But that only lasts until the first City Council meeting when they present their petition. And then they’re told that their taxes would more than double, since that club is the largest single tax-paying business in the city, by a wide margin. And then it all fades away until next time.

This past Tuesday we once again have lunch at Saltgrass Steakhouse, the second time since they reopened. And then yesterday we had supper at Los Ramirez Mexican Restaurant, our local favorite, and where we last ate back in March the day before everything shut down.

Every other table was taped off, and the waitstaff were all wearing masks, but the food was as delicious as always. And like a look of places, they used their dine-in downtime to repaint the place. Really nice.

Now they tell us.

CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ on surfaces.

So what do we do with all the Lysol spray and wipes.

And now he tells us.

Dr. Fauci now warns that stay-at-home orders could cause “irreparable damage” if they are imposed for too long.


Another in our Where We Were XX Years Today Series.

May 22, 2010

Bloody Marys and Northern Exposures

Be sure and check out yesterday’s post which I didn’t get posted until this afternoon due to a bad Internet connection in Westport, WA

Also forget to mention in yesterday’s post about the Bloody Marys that Al and I had at The Half Moon Bay restaurant last night

First off, they use peppered Stoli Vodka so it’s really hot and spicy. And they also include all the 5 basic food groups. In addition to the normal stalk of celery, we got a piece of Slim Jim, a piece of cheese, two steamed green beans, a pearl onion, a green olive, a cherry tomato, a boiled shrimp, and a lemon slice. By the time you finish the drink, you’re almost too full for supper.


We left the American Sunset RV in Westport, WA about 9 am after saying our goodbyes to our good friends, Al and Adrienne Cox. We first met them in Fairbanks, AK two years ago and have kept in touch ever since.

We only went about a quarter mile down the road where we stopped and got diesel at a local Chevron station. The station canopy said the height was 12’ 4”.  Since the coach is 12’ high, I didn’t want to take a chance on scrapping it,  so I dumped the air bags which dropped the coach height about 6”.

The only real problem I had is one I’ve had before. Slow fuel pumps. It took about 20 minutes to take on 115 gallons.

Finally we got back on the road and headed toward Cle Elum, WA, 195 miles away, our stop for the night.

About 11:30 am we stopped for lunch at the Super Buffet Chinese Buffet in Du Pont, WA, about 15 miles west of Tacoma. We saw their sign along the Interstate and decided to give it a try. We were just hoping we would be able find a place to park the rig. And we lucked up. We found a place right beside the restaurant.

And the buffet was really good. Maybe the best one since Yuma.

About 40 miles before Cle Elum we started seeing the mountains of Snoqualmie Pass, complete with a lot of snow.


We got into Whispering Pines RV Park in Cle Elum about 2:30 pm and got set up.

Well, everything got set up, except the satellite dish. There were a lot of trees and I just couldn’t get a good sight line.

So I gave up for a while, and about 3:45 pm we headed about 5 miles away to Roslyn, WA. .

Roslyn’s claim to fame is that it was the town of Cicely, AK in TV’s Northern Exposure.

And it’s all still there.

Ruth Anne’s store is still a store.


Dr. Joel Fleischman’s office is now a gift shop. We came here because Jan wanted to replace some of her Northern Exposure T-shirts that she wore out since we were here two years ago, in 2008.


And the iconic Roslyn Cafe is…still a cafe.


And of course, Chris’ KBHR studio, which still seems to be a TV show set.


And the Brick is still the Brick, although it looks completely different inside from what it did on the show.


Northern Exposure Inside The Brick

We got back to the site about 4:45 and I started working on the satellite again. Finally I found a place about 50 feet out in front of the coach where I could get a signal through the trees.

Now Jan’s happy, so all’s right with the world.

Tomorrow we will head out for Coeur d” Alene, ID for a couple of days.

Thought For The Day:

If masks work, why don’t we just give masks to prisoners instead of releasing them.


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