Day 10: The Long Day in Victoria

After ten excruciating hours at the dealership getting Sparkle worked on, we’re back on the road with a vengeance.  My stomach is slowly but surely getting better.  Only eating small nibbles of things for now.  I didn’t post anything to Flickr tonight but I didn’t want to let my loyal blog readers down.  So I did sneak in some quick shots on the three hours-ish trip down to Corpus Christi.  The van ran flawlessly so I’m psyched to get back to work here.  And I hear it should be gorgeous tomorrow.   Here then are my meager offerings for the night.

My pre-trip fantasy was to eat burritos every day I was in Texas.  So far I haven’t had one.  And I think I’d better wait awhile yet considering my tender tummy.   I love humanized food signs!  And note the entirely perfect blue skies that I missed today.  I really felt like crying.  This guy is in Refugio:


The former Rialto Theatre in Sinton.  At least that big-assed truck isn’t covering much.  In fact, it’s and improvement and not bad contrast in this case.  Maybe I can sell some of my shots from this trip to truck manufacturers for their advertising?


I’ve been following the saga of the Rockport crab for years now — and finally got to meet him.  Sort of.  This guy is not the real vintage deal — but a replica.  Hey, a piece of history kept alive through tribute is better than nothing!  And this guy is wonderfully homely in his own way — not the generic giant fiberglass crab:

And yes, that’s the WATER in the background — insert insane barking & shrieking sounds here — my ears are still ringing.  Newcomers to my blog & dogs might want a peek at this quickie video — only it’s gotten about 100 times worse and all 4 are participating now.  The smell or sight of any watery body sets them off — far worse than cows or squirrels.

Just minutes after this crab photo, I got these dogs some beach time.  The wind was fierce so the waves were bashing Nik about like mad.  But he did not care.  It only made getting his ball more fun and challenging. Maniac.  The girls have far more sense.


A little Streamline Moderne from Rockport – sunset coming on:


I’m feeling better already seeing this! (also Rockport)  Yes, tomorrow’s gonna be a great day!


More Streamliney goodness from… uh-oh.  This was south of Rockport — might have been Aransas Pass.  Maybe someday I’ll join all you GPS-ers out there.  Right now, I’m just a really, really good notetaker.  Usually.


Score of the day (well, a very short day of driving).  Looks this was probably a drive-in restaurant sign originally.  In Aransas Pass – I’m sure of it.

Remember that old Jimmy Cliff song…  “it’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright sun shiney day…. I think I can make it now the pain is gone… nothing but blue skies…”  Pardon my optimism, I’m just on a beach high with the dogs tonight, palms swaying in the breeze (sorry to rub it in Northern pals) and happy to have escaped from that dealership waiting room prison.

14 thoughts on “Day 10: The Long Day in Victoria

  1. Great photos today! Happy to hear Sparkle is off and running again, and that you’re feeling somewhat better. Get yourself a burrito soon, you deserve it!

  2. Hooray for escape to the beach! And for feeling better! And for dogs in the water! And for gorgeous Shell World of Texas! xx

  3. wow. haven’t had a chance to check in with your blog due to AWESOME situation at home (not!) and it sounds like stuff sort of went to hell in a handbasket! why am i not surprised there are still loads of awesome pics?!? 🙂

    so sorry to hear you have been barfing and other stuff debra jane. i know how healthy you usually are. this must be so gosh darned frustrating. glad to hear you and sparkle are doing better. you work too hard to make these marathon trips for this stuff to happen. really really sorry.

    so what exactly was wrong with sparkle? and did they fix the A/C or will you do that with your trusted mechanic in bklyn?

    take it easy with your stomach. trust whatever seems like you can keep it down will be okay. i’d try some light broths and soda crackers just so you have something in your stomach. and if it’s coming out the ick way immodium will ahem allow you to be in the driver’s seat and control that a little more.

    ugh, sending loads of encouragement, support, and good vibes for this to be a distant memory in a couple days. take it easy okay?



    • Yeah, things really went to crap for awhile (and literally). But I plowed through. And you were right hon’ — a spark plug thing. A wire. But cars have changed since your El Camino. They have to take out every piece of the vehicle just to get to a spark plug. What kind of lame engineering is that? Shouldn’t they be making cars EASIER to work on as time goes on? Immodium not a bad idea today as what’s left of whatever is racing through me. It actually feels good like my body is saying “enough is enough, let’s get this crap outta here”. I don’t take even aspirin for a headache which I get once every 3 years. I like to let things sort out naturally. The pain and discomfort seems important to pay attention to and not mask. But I feel physically strong & rested & PSYCHED to see the sun nearly up with not a cloud ANYwhere.

      • wow. that’s dumb. spark plugs should be an in and out thing. crazy. at least spark plugs and a wire sounds cheaper than a major part.

        R.I.P. my El Camino — still have my license plates….. (must de-clutter, must de-clutter!) by the time the nimrods at my mechanics figured out it was my spark plugs on my El Camino i had replaced a lot of major parts. they took me for a ride pretty good for sure. when i sold my El Camino back to the folks i bought it from in Nebraska they laughed at how clean the engine was cause i had replaced / “fixed” so much stuff. grrr. will send good vibes to the Sparkle gods for you.

        as far as the digestive issues, please just be careful what with the racing through you and the heat and running around i’m sure you are doing that you don’t get dehydrated. glad things are improving slowly but surely.

        so glad to be following your journey debra jane! keep it on the road! loving the pics here and on flickr!


      • I remember back in California in the 1970s changing the spark plugs in my MG myself. They were right on top of the engine block, right under the hood. They would get fouled every few months — talk about a poorly designed car! But they were so much fun. To get to the spark plugs in Sparkle, they have to de-assemble the interior box below the dash and even then, not easy access, working on their backs and by touch rather than eye. Ridiculous!

        My half-a-burrito is so far behaving in my system nearly 12 hours later. It wasn’t that hot yesterday. And I have the AC ready!

  4. Deb – you are a hero of mine. Glad to see you’re out traveling again. You’re doing a great service documenting these pieces of history, it is very inspiring to me. Keep up the good work!


    • Oh, Joey. I’m a big fan of yours, too. Though you shoot mostly people (not at all my subject since I hate people – ha!), we both are obviously passionate about what we do. And all your photos are museum quality in composition and lighting. Even though you rarely shoot roadside stuff, I look at every photo you post.

  5. Glad that Sparkle is healthy now & you seem well past the worst part of “The Miseries”. You still managed to capture some great photos while rasslin’ witth it!

    Just please take it a little slower until your’re feeling close to 100%.

    O.K., if it makes you happy, we forgive your optimism.

    • Me, slow down? I fell like I’ve got some catching up to do now! Not a cloud in the sky this morning. I’m ecstatic though my lower half… still not right.

    • Things are on the up and up. The AC has a leak and they can’t tell from where. So they put dye in and when the AC stops working, I’m supposed to pull in somewhere and with blacklight, they’ll know where the leak is. Kinda clever. Just hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon or waste another day someplace. I’ll be using the AC when necessary just in case. Though I don’t know if the leak will just happen while just driving and NOT using it or while only using it.

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