Monday, June 19, 2006

It is raining on our parade today . . . How Juneteenth began

How Juneteenth began Houston group aims to save Freedman's Town

Juneteenth is an official Texas State holiday. I celebrated the first one with a huge BBQ picnic near NASA in the 60s before it became a regular holiday in 1979.

Interesting in this article is the following (read more of the article, then search on juneteenth for more Houston activities in celebration of this historic holiday):

Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, the day that slaves in Texas learned President Abraham Lincoln had freed them two years earlier.

Rain on the parade
"As much as 10.5 inches of rain was reported by the heart of the morning commute Monday, said Rusty Cornelius, administrative coordinator for Harris County Emergency Management." (link)

The parade was scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM. All that is on the Houston TV this morning is about the rain and flooding. I changed to Channel 3, the CBS station from Bryan College Station, so I'm missing out on the weather related events and non-events.

That's what we had to do too when hurricane Rita disrupted Houston. We are north of Houston and Channel 3 is our strongest over-the-air station. It isn't raining there or here and we will stay out of Houston today.

I know Tim and Jenna are affected, they live in Deer Park. Jenna is taking a summer college class (English) at San Jacinto College in Pasadena. I did hear before I switched channels that San Jac is closed today for day classes.

Jenna is enrolled as a freshman in the University of Houston for this fall. The U of H is my alma mater, I have two degrees from U/H. Sometimes they have good sports teams. I hope they do this year.

Our combination Mothers Day/Fathers Day
Family Get-together Yesterday

The picture today is the one I could get Blogger to upload this morning. It is the less populated end of the table, we had all seventeen who were in town at Niko Nikos Greek restaurant (link) in Houston. [I'm sure the street in front is full of water this morning, I hope it doesn't get into the restaurant.]

Thanks guys, for the presents and cards.

Pictured above are daughter-in-law Carmen, granddaughter Jenna and her steady friend Justin, son Tim, Mema, and Mrs. Jim.

The other end of the table will be on another post IF Blogger will upload soon.


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