May 18th, 2010

Stargate in Distance

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Below are some more photos from my Galveston trip. I'm really glad we went. Last year we spent all year waiting to take a hypothetical vacation which we never ended up taking because when we found out Troyce was going to be laid off, we couldn't afford it. This year we decided to take a short cheap vacation now, while we could.

Post-Ike, more of the stores and restaurants are back. Some of the chain outfits didn't return, but one of the store owners told us she thinks this is actually helping the local merchants. We went down to the beach house we stayed at right before Ike, and noticed the beautiful beach grass had grown back. It's all mixed in with wildflowers, and harbors a lot of insects, frogs, etc. Murdock's Pier, which has been on that spot for 100 years this year, has been completely rebuilt. (After Ike it was a pile of rubble and wood in the middle of Seawall Boulevard.) Gaidos Restaurant, which was originally built on Murdock's Pier, but is now on the Seawall a little further down from it, is 99 years old this year.

The historic Balinese Room, famed in song and story and the annals of law enforcement, favorite of the Rat Pack, raided multiple times by the Texas Rangers, is still dead. There are only a few pilings left and a marker to show where it was.

We also ate at Rudi and Paco for the first time. It's next to the Opera House, and has seafood and South American-style dishes in a lovely Art Deco dining room. It was good. Like, very good. Like, "sweet mystery of life, now I've found you" good.

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