Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sorry for my absence, but I've been out of town.  In Biloxi, MS to be specific.  It was lovely there - 95 or 96 compared to 105 here.  And even with the higher humidity, the sea breeze made it feel much cooler than this hellhole that is DFW in the summer.  Did you know that so far we are 2nd in the records of having the most consecutive days where the temp was over 100?  The first was the summer of 1980, the year my daughter was born and it was MISERABLE.  They even made t-shirts that said "I survived the summer of 1980"  From Wikipedia - In Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, high temperatures exceeded 100 °F (38 °C) a total of 69 times, including a record 42 consecutive days from June 23 to August 3. Dallas/Fort Worth reached an all-time high when the temperature hit 113 °F (45 °C) for three consecutive days on June 26-28. In all, the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw 29 days in which the previous record high temperature was either broken or tied. Seymour, Texas, would hit 119 °F (48 °C), a record for Texas at the time and still the second-highest temperature ever recorded in the state. Ironically, Seymour also holds the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in Texas (-12).

So it was nice to escape to the gulf coast.  We had some lovely raw oysters that were so good we went back a second day.

I've got a ton more pictures to post, but here are some random ones.

Our hotel

And here's me on the awesome boardwalk from our hotel to the beach.

Oh, and the beach itself

And finally, the shrimp boats all docked behind the Hard Rock Hotel.

 I'll post more tomorrow - I'm still recovering from the trip (hotels - especially ones with casinos and cigarette smoke - tend to make me a touch ill).  But I had a great time and I'm glad to be home, if I could just get rid of the awful heat!  Give me ocean heat and humidity over this furnace any time!

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