Monday, May 31, 2010
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Checking in at San Jose. Actually, I was already checked in, but I wasn't sure if my bag was small enough to carry on. My flight attendant, Kenny Rogers, assured me that it was.
Stage one: San Jose to Phoenix.
About two hours later I arrived in Phoenix. This was about all I saw of the city.
An exciting picture of a concourse from just about any airport you've ever been in. Again, it seemed exciting at the time.
It's not a good sign when you ask the flight attendant at your gate in Atlanta where your connecting flight is, and she looks at your ticket, and says "oh, you have to hurry!" I was told to go down an escalator roughly a mile away, go past the baggage claim, and take the train to concourse D. Yes, they have a train. I went and ran the whole way, and got to the gate to catch this plane just as they began boarding.
Let's go to the evidence...
Tune in again soon for our next edition of Kramer sighting! Pictures of a secret trip to Florida reveals some suprising facts!
Friday, May 28, 2010
Rain? Seriously?!? In May? Does the Weather Man know that this is May, and we are not supposed to get rain? Afternoon in the Salinas Valley, May 26th, 2010
24 little hours later...
Afternoon of May 27th, 2010. Zmudowski State Beach. Named after Mary Zmudowski, a Watsonville School teacher who donated the land for the Beach and the State Park. Must be nice to be a teacher I guess.
A view from the Beach of the mouth of the Salinas Valley, with Mount Toro in the center.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Although it was very foggy and sort of cold in the Golden Gate area, just to the north about 20 miles away, it was 25 degrees warmer and sunny!
Welcome to sunny California!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Right outside of Sacred Heart, Salinas recently after the Monday Latin Mass, we were surprised to see the old vehicle that used to belong to the Kramers.
Let's take a look!
Well, it looks like their old SUV, and it even seems to be the correct colour.
Believability Rating: 6%. While it was the right colour, this vehicle was a Chevy Suburban and not a GMC Yukon. It also took off around the corner while squealing its tires. Not typical behaviour. It also seems like the driver was a tiny little Filipino Woman. Neither of the Kramer adults is a tiny little Filipino Woman.
We're pretty sure about that.
Tune in again soon, for another edition of...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
So one of the first places Juan tells me to go eat at is Randy White's BBQ.
Then my hosts ask each other, "Hey, didn't that place close last year?" It did. Here is the shell of a once fine BBQ joint.
Nearby is the town of Paris, Texas. As you can guess...
It has it's own Eiffel Tower, complete with a cowboy hat to top it off.