OUR ALL-DAY JUNKET INTO CORPUS CHRISTI, PART 2: Navigating the USS Lexington Museum


USS Lexington Museum

Corpus Christi, Tx

June 28, 2017

Having browsed the amazing Texas State Aquarium with its amazing marine life, breathtaking decor, lively  dolphins, fascinating wildlife and hands-on, multimedia exhibits, we check it off our list of “places to visit” and step outside where I see the USS Lexington moored, nearby. It looks almost close enough to touch.

“Oh, good,” I say, nudging Jeff. “There’s the ship over there. Let’s just walk.”

He chuckles.

“Think again, babe. It’s farther away than it looks.”

So, after a longer drive than we had expected, we pull into the Lexington parking lot, and hop onto a shuttle that  the admission booth. As we have come to expect, the cost for two senior tickets is short of $13, but, hey, even that price doesn’t seem too steep for peak tourist season on Corpus Christi’s North Beach. And, just as I was eager to visit the aquarium, Jeff has been hankering to see the Lexington Museum.

Upon entrance to the ship, Jeff and I study the map that we picked up at the admission booth and find that the hangar deck is divided into three areas: Bay 1, including the foc’sle and the Joe Jessel 3D Mega Theater, in the bow end of the ship. Bay 2 containing virtual battle stations and a stage. Bay 3, located toward the fantail, encompassing a souvenir shop called “Ship’s Store” and a flight simulator. Both of these areas we find on the starboard, or right side. On the fantail end, or the stern, is the mess deck where we share a cinnamon roll and an iced tea before time for the 3D film at the Joe Jessel 3D Mega Theater for films of the USS Lexington in action during World War II, showing airplanes from all branches of the Armed Services, submarines, and lots of bombs exploding in the ocean. It was spectacular!

Yes, the USS Lexington is now a museum, but let us never forget that it is still an actual U.S. Navy ship in every way,  with stairs at right angles with the floor and portals that can really trip you up if you don’t step lively.  And when I say “you”, I mean me. Especially me. As I hug the rails on the way downstairs, I marvel at the young, agile sailors who once clambered up and down those same stairs, back then. As Jeff and I wander from one section to the next — the chapel, the galleys, the medical and dental bays, the bunks, and the library — my screenwriter’s vision imagines a slapstick-chase scene in which two bumble-brains trip, stumble, and tumble up and down those stairs and over one portal after another as they scramble up and down those narrow death-defying stairs in hot pursuit of each other.

Last, we wander out on the flight deck together to see planes from the Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Army on display. As I sit on a bench and rest, Jeff waves at me from the upper decks.

As we straggle off the ship, my last words, “Thank God for the shuttle” come back to bite me as someone tells us that the shuttle has stopped running for the rest of the night. Thankfully, we have only a street to cross before we return to the parking lot and the comfort of our Ford F350 pickup. On our way off the parking lot, Jeff slips the required token into the box, and soon we are on our way back to Aransas Pass by way of Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant where Stephen brings Jeff a frosty beer and me, a satisfying ‘one-and-you’re-done’-sized frozen margarita and zesty enchiladas that satisfy our craving for Mexican food.

Now, on July 31, a little more than a month later, here we are in the country town of Comfort — near the heart of Texas Hill Country.  Although we are heading westward after we leave here, we keep a running list of places we want to return to: The Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington Museum, and Pepito’s Restaurant are definitely on our list.

So, loyal readers, what is one of the greatest adventures you have ever taken? Please share it with us! Who knows — we might even see you there, again. We love positive comments, so feel free to leave yours in the “Leave a Reply” box at the end of this post.

Next up: some of our favorite places in the Hill Country. No telling where we, the ‘Vintage Honeymooners’ will wind up, but one thing’s for sure –wherever we go, fun is sure to follow.

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HUMOROUS HOW-TO’S, Part 15: “Busted And Proud Of It!”


English: Guy sagging his pants in public.
English: Guy sagging his pants in public. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

09-06-2012

If you’re in high school and bad… I mean, really, really baaaaaaad, then Derrick has a how-to just for you.

HOW TO GET EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL

There many ways to get in trouble at school, you probably know most of them because the teachers are always telling you what not to do. It’s probably easier to try to get in trouble than to try to stay out of trouble. But do you want to know how to get into big trouble? I’m talking about trouble bigger than being sent to the principal’s office or being suspended for a few weeks or days. It is going to take someone with a lot of guts or stupidity. Someone who doesn’t care about getting in trouble with their parents, possibly not getting a high-school diploma, and the embarrassment they might face. Someone who doesn’t mind being sent to jail, or receiving some injuries. If you don’t mind any of the punishments or situations that come with it, then you’re the right person to tell how to get expelled from school.

You need to start your day off bad. Go to school out of dress code. Sagging pants, boxers showing and everything. If a teacher tells you to pull up your pants keep walking like you didn’t hear them. If they actually stops you, listen to them and pull up your pants, but do it with an attitude. You don’t want to get in trouble just yet, you want to get in bigger trouble. Being out of dress code could be warm-up before you do what you really want to do.

When you get to your classroom be real loud slam you backpack on your desk. People might stare and when you see them starring yell “What y’all lookin at?” angrily. When the teacher starts to teach the class act like you fell asleep. Put your head down on the desk and start making loud snoring noises. The teacher might wake you up and give you a warning if she does act like you fell asleep again until she sends you to the principal’s office. When she sends you to the principal’s office act mad and slam the door on your way out even if the door was already opened. After leaving the classroom, run to the principal’s office! Because the teacher might walk out the classroom and try to stop you. If they’re yelling for you run faster. If they’re a former all-state track star and start chasing you, you’ve got a problem, create diversions. Throw stuff in their way like your backpack and desks or chairs that might be in the hallway. If they were hurdle runners then your plans of getting to the principal’s office is probably ruined.

When you’re at your principal’s, the principle will tell you to sit down and tell you to tell them what happened. Tell them calmly how you fell asleep in class and use a lot of curse words while explaining. Then out of nowhere jump out of your seat onto the principal’s desk and start stomping on the desk, then pull down your pants and take a poop on their desk. If you’re principal was an all-state linebacker in high-school, then your outta luck. Be prepared to be thrown across the room and sustaining some injuries. If not run out of the office and start yelling down the hallways kicking teacher’s doors and causing mayhem. Run outside, start stripping, and run around the parking lot naked. You’ll probably cause a crowd and get a lot of attention. Be prepared to be taken down by a police officer or your schools football coach.

Getting expelled from school will take a lot of bravery or lack of common sense. If you are trying to get expelled on purpose think about the consequences. Not many people try to get expelled from school on purpose. I’m not trying to support getting expelled from school. But if you ever wondered how to get expelled from school then this is one way of doing it out of many. Good luck and I hope you don’t end up on jail or get any serious injuries.