Terlingua Dreams

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Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A weekend in review

The 4th of July and New Year's Eve are probably the worst holidays for me. I do not like fireworks, have never cared for them especially when it is the drunken neighbor doing the popping. Geeze...why don't you just take your kids and grand kids to the local park where fireworks are done by professionals?

The neighbors stopped shooting them off by 1:30 a.m. but further down the street some idiot kept on popping them until 3:45 a.m.  The recent rains have made everything green so I did not have to worry about the weeds catching on fire but I had the hose handy just the same.

I knew we would be in for some rowdy times by the neighbor's step-son. He started early Saturday afternoon...what I did not know is that the neighbor in front of mom's house was also going to throw a party of his own as well as the neighbor down the street.

Had three different types of music at full blast...talk about going crazy!  If that wasn't enough I noticed there was a white truck that had been parked for some time by mother's down fence as well as one in front of the house.  I could only see the tops.

Wondered how many people had come to the respective parties?  Decided to go outside and check...nope just two trucks.  It was close to 10:00 p.m when I remembered I had left my t-shirt on the clothesline...headed to the back of the house. Just then two men came out of nowhere and shone their flashlights on my face!

I was startled...then I realized they were Border Patrol agents...they asked me if I lived there and I said I did  They said they had received a call of some men running and jumping the fence into our yard when another neighbor questioned them about being on their property.

They asked permission to check out the yard and I gave it to them...it's not like they need it...they can come into your property anytime, just like they had done so.  I was not too worried, between the parties and the neighborhood dogs barking the people they were chasing were not going to stick around.

For some reason I just could not go to sleep on Saturday night or should I say Sunday morning? I finally fell asleep around 6:00 a.m.

This afternoon at 2:45 p.m. out of the blue the electricity went out   During the summer this happens quite a lot, was surprised it had not occurred recently.  By 5:00 p.m. it was getting rather warm in the house so I asked my mom if she wanted to go to the store with me but she declined.

On the way to town the firemen were blocking the main road into the sub-division and detouring traffic.  I could see the power company was working on something. The pole looked to be bent but I have no idea if it was from an accident or if they were changing it out.  Five hours later power was restored.

On a side note I thought landlines especially when used with a corded non-electric telephone were supposed to work during power outages.  They have for me in the past both here and in Houston. For some reason our telephone also went out...odd :(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. maybe the phone lines and the electric lines were on the same pole that went down.

  2. I would have been really angry at the Border Patrol agents, to just walk in your yard and startle you like that. I'm always glad when the fireworks-type holidays are over and done with. They are usually just an excuse for a whole lot of people to act crazy, and with the fireworks, potentially dangerous.

    1. To be honest I didn't even have time to react as it all happened so quickly. They were just doing their job but it would have been nice if they had let us know after all I had the front gate open.

      The truck had been out there for a long time at least the one I could see almost to the end of the street but the cinder block fence was blocking the border patrol logo. The truck being so far from the parties struck me as odd so I figured there must be a lot of cars for them to have chosen to park there.

      I feel the same way you do about fireworks on these type of holidays...actually I wish they would ban them...grrrrrrr!!!

  3. I think I would have been even more angry at some men running and jumping the fence into my yard than I would have been at the Border Patrol. But Ms Belinda saw the agents and didn't see any men running through her yard so any anger is probably rightly directed at the Border Patrol.

    1. Ed, there was no anger in my part...I was just startled to have flashlights shining on my face and two men emerging from the dark backyard. Read my reply to Gypsy.

  4. In Texas, after dark you can shoot anyone trespassing on your property. They were putting their lives in danger.

    1. Border Patrol agents put their lives in danger every single day.

      I don't normally carry a gun with me and especially not to go get my laundry. Actually I feel very safe here at least more so than in Houston.

      Only time I would shoot someone is if they broke into my house and I happened to be inside...and I wouldn't much care what time of the day it is.


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