We have just returned from Texas and a visit with Megan in College Station. We missed Alex and the rest of the family this year, but it was time to spend Thanksgiving with our baby. When I tried to take pictures to post on the blog she complained that the only pictures I ever post of her are when her hair is a mess, she has no makeup on and she’s wearing pajamas. Why would she think that? Here is a picture of her hiding under the afghan . . . and her hair is a mess, she has no makeup on and she’s wearing her pajamas.
After she got dressed, we went to the Aggie tent sale. Actually, they have outgrown the tent and now have the sale in a warehouse.
I am still surprised at the variety of Aggie things available.
More Aggie stuff.
Still more Aggie stuff.
Megan thought our puppies needed these doggie bandanas.
Brandon (Megan’s boyfriend) gave us a tour of the Aerospace Engineering Lab where he works.
He showed us all the different equipment and experiments they are working on and explained the real world applications.
There is a specific purpose for each of these items. . .
. . . unfortunately I really don’t remember exactly what it is. I do understand that there is a high-speed and a low-speed wind tunnel and they work with lasers a lot. They do tests with grants from NASA, the Defense Department and civilian business; testing that has application for everything from motorcycles to helicopters to rockets. I suggest if you are really curious about any other details, you ask Brandon. He does a much better job of explaining it.
We had another first on our visit. Can anyone guess what this is on the plate next to the chicken tenders? A clue – it is deep fried.
If you said deep fried pickles you are correct. I must confess, deep fried pickles didn’t sound too appetizing to me. Megan assured me that I would love them since I like deep fried zucchini. She was right, they were really tasty – not healthy in any way, but tasty. A little more zing to them than the zucchini, served with ranch dressing, mmm good.
We stopped by a little farmer’s market and saw these clementines – grown in Bakersfield by our friend Don! A surprising sight in Texas. Those little things do get around.
On Thanksgiving Day, we had our dinner in the southern style, at lunch time. Then we were off to Kyle Field where the Aggies were playing the evil Texas Longhorns. It is a very old football rivalry that dates back to the 1800’s. Of course all opinions expressed here are completely biased towards A & M. I am not at all knowledgeable about football, but I can tell you that the Longhorns were ranked about 80 places higher than the Aggies and everyone was expecting a blowout. Here the evil Longhorn fans are very confident making their horn sign before the game started.
The Aggies actually played very well and made a close game out of it right up until the end. At halftime, both bands performed. Here is the Longhorn band – notice the lines.
And here is the Aggie band (made up of members of the Corps of Cadets) notice the lines. I believe the Aggie Band definitely won that competition.
While we were in Texas, we stayed with Megan in her apartment. We were reunited with Lucky, her completely spoiled rotten cat. Lucky got her name because Rick rescued her from the middle of a very busy intersection while driving home from the office one afternoon.
Lucky does not drink out of a bowl like a normal cat, she only drinks fresh running water from the faucet.
Megan’s roommate also has a cat, actually Eve is still a kitten.
Eve has big green eyes and a little “beauty mark” on her lip which reminds me of the old-time movie stars.
She was very curious about the grocery bags.
And just to prove Megan wrong, here is a picture of her with her hair fixed, makeup on, and not dressed in pajamas. Brandon is holding onto her so she doesn’t escape from the camera.
It was great to see Megan, meet more of her friends and see her new apartment. We are thankful for the opportunity to visit and looking forward to seeing her soon at Christmas.