No Matter How Good Your Summer Was, It Could Never Top Baby Houseman’s

As summers go, this one was pretty nice.

I did manage an excellent vacation the first week of June in New Orleans, which kicked one item off my bucket list. I finished my third novel and it’s mere weeks away from your hot little hands. I spent lots of quality time with my granddaughters and even used the pool a few times.

However, since the year 1987, I’ve seen the movie “Dirty Dancing” about 100 hundred times. Every time I watch it, I imagine I’m Baby Houseman having the most amazing, awakening summer of my life and realize that no matter what I do, I won’t ever be able to top that movie.

Windows down, good book, not having to drive–talk about the start of great vacation. Even the annoying sister isn’t an issue.
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Wait, what’s this? A cool kids party?
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Wait what? Who me?
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Ummm…I don’t know this dance. Uh, okay what the heck, I’ll give it a try being that you’re like, the hottest guy in the room and I just spent three hours in a car and I’m like, wait–what was I saying again?
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Dance lessons for me? Whatever gave you that idea? Oh yeah…I guess you’re right. Hey, dance lessons are awesome. Rawr.
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I think I’m having the time of my life. I think there’s more going on here than dance lessons. Best. Summer. Ever.
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Yep. Definitely more than just dance lessons.
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Not that I’m complaining…
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I really did learn to dance…too.
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And I hit that lift!
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Yep. I’d say I’ve had a pretty great summer.
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Way better than this poor guy.
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Thank you Baby Houseman for giving me a summer I’ll never forget, even if I had to live it through you.
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New Orleans – Day One in the Big Easy

We boarded our flight–on time and had a fairly average flight until we were bounced around quite a bit as we approached New Orleans. Turbulence is a nightmare to people like me who hate to fly. We made it in one big blue piece although our landing was more like a base runner sliding into home plate and slamming into the catcher; we were safe but a little shaken up.











What I Did On My Summer Vacation

This is the first time in 6 years that we took an actual vacation.
Here are some highlights…in pictures.

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Esme the Red Baron!


Esme seeing herself for the first time in a carnival mirror

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Thrashers French Fries – For Three

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My son Zack entertaining us on the beach.

Lisa and I

Seeing a dear childhood friend

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Eating delicious food


Building sand castles

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My granddaughter’s recital


Seeing the hottest movie on the planet

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Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay