The RV Chronicles — My own ‘Old Yeller’ story

Emotions are a fickle thing around these parts lately. I’m told such is the norm after going through a catastrophic event like Hurricane Harvey. But my mind is comparing the loss the Jimmy Rockford — a travel trailer — with ‘Old Yeller,’ and that might just take the melodramatic cake. If you’re among my 19 […]

Confession No. 147 — Beef jerky says a lot about a person

One never truly knows when he might be reduced to questioning his own scruples. Such self-conviction was rare for me … until Hurricane Harvey virtually destroyed our home.  A co-worker — the same guy who hung pictures in my office after a year of seeing them stacked on the counter — approached me this past […]

Confession No. 146 — Blessed are the helpers … and pure in heart

It’s been at least 10 years since I first heard the phrase ‘Do not rob someone of a blessing.’ My wife said these words to me when my father gave me $800 to buy a set of tires. ‘But Catherine, I asked for a $400 loan — for two days — so we wouldn’t have […]

Confession No. 145 — Bleach, pork and beans, and an overflow of tears

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Strawberry fields really are forever. And it was here that I cried today over a gallon of bleach, a couple cans of pork and beans — and a slew of wonderful people. Catherine and I were headed to the grocery store to find some food and cleaning supplies when she diverted our trip. ‘A lot […]

Confession No. 144 — The flood water is just the beginning

Mario and me after a(nother) exhausting day.

Our days and nights have become a blur. We overdrew our energy supply a couple days ago and are operating on adrenaline fumes and combustive emotion. I’m so exhausted that I had to double-check with my wife about today’s day and date. Such, as I’m learning, is just one of the many effects of the […]

Confession No. 142 — The human condition is alive and well

Yours truly, with Mario ~ Easter Sunday, 2017

So long as you believe everything you see, read and hear these days, the human race is going to hell in a hand basket. We care nothing about anything. Except maybe ourselves. I held similar beliefs … until a few days ago. My family and I are residents of the greater Houston area. My 19 […]

The RV Chronicles — Opening Day ain’t so bad at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Brick Chili)

Brick Chili —

If baseball is America’s pastime, why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? I mean, our friends in Washington have set aside Columbus Day and Presidents Day as official days off. And then there’s Thanksgiving, which was an on-and-off celebration for the first 100 years of our nation’s history. Before you go thinking that I’m starting […]

The RV Chronicles — I’m better than my Instagram alter ego (Recipe: Buttery Roasted Shrimp & Asparagus)

Buttery Roasted Shrimp & Asparagus —

My Instagram followers see a little more than the 20 of you who come here on a regular basis. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you, rather I’ve just not figured out a … presentable way to show you random pictures of me frying okra or drinking Scotch. And maybe that’s a […]

The RV Chronicles — No regrets at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: BLT Salad)

BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl

If you’re among my 20 loyal readers, you’ve seen a lot of back-and-forth from my tiny confines over the past 19 months. I uprooted myself to further my career and help improve our quality of life. I was excited. But it didn’t take long to realize that my nights were lonely. My lover was 200 […]

The RV Chronicles — Hopefully not fake news at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce)

Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce

My first entry in The RV Chronicles came on August 6, 2015. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but we’ve discovered almost 1,300 planets since then. If all goes as planned, my final dispatch from the Jimmy Rockford will happen in the coming weeks — hopefully before we see any more 50-point headlines […]