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Posts published in “Day: April 16, 2009

Driving on

Dear Davy Baby,

For the first time since we parted ways earlier this year, I realized I’ve been doing pretty good without you. True, our years of history meaningful memories I will never replace. True, your sleek physique is still unmatchable. And true, I still haven’t quite figured out how to parallel park Diego, your replacement, as perfectly as I could with you. But you know what? That’s okay.

Do you remember when we officially got together? I drove you to my friend’s house after Dad handed you down to me, and my friend’s mom commented, “You must have done something good.” Yes, I didn’t deserve you, but you never complained—not even after in my first accident. (I’m still sorry about that, but it’s all ancient history now right?)

Actually you were around for a lot of firsts. You were my first car. You were there during my first kiss and my first love—and you stayed for my first heartbreak. You cheered me on at my first lacrosse game, even though I wasn’t very good. You were sitting quietly with me when I got my first ticket. You also were the one to take me to first experiences at many amazing restaurants, shops and scenic views.

When I had to give you up, I was devastated. Where would all my firsts go? Who would I depend on now to take me places? Would I ever feel as comfortable again? I’m sure you were worried about me too, since we knew each other for 12 years and were together for 8. So I want to assure you that Diego is great. It wasn’t love at first sight, but he’s patient and has many wonderful qualities. Plus he’s got ultra low emissions.

I actually took him Downtown for his first time this semester. Usually I’m too timid to show him around, but it was time. And after 30 minutes of navigating him around inebriated pedestrians, constantly braking at the world’s shortest light, and making who knows how many sharp turns, nothing happened. That’s right, nothing bad happened. In fact, I found a spot where I didn’t even have to parallel park him.

Even in leaving, you taught me something about life. It’s all about driving on and progressing. It’s not just firsts that matter, but also seconds, and thirds, and fourths, as long as you’re growing with every experience. Change is not only inevitable but also beneficial.

It’s also about never forgetting who helped get you where you are and gave you strength to keep going. Even if that “who” is just a car.

Davy Baby, we had an amazing relationship, but I think I’m ready to progress.

Love always from your ex-driver,

Mulloy donates to Highlands Rotary

HIGHLANDS – Members of the Highlands and Northshore Rotary Clubs were present at the club’s luncheon last Tuesday, as Mark Mulloy, a Rotarian and CEO/Vice Chairman of the Crosby State Bank, announced a major personal donation to the Highlands club of $50,000.

In making the presentation to club president Patricia Scott, Mulloy reminisced about his roots in Highlands, and his relationship to the Highlands Rotary Club after being recruited by then Rotarian Charlie Farrar to join. He acknowledged the importance that Rotary had become to him, after learning about it in Highlands. Later he joined the Northshore Rotary, and worked his way through the offices until he became president of that club.

During that time, he was in charge of the major fund raiser of the club, the Fish Fry and Raffle. He was able to increase the fund-raising goal from $100,000 to $300,000 during his tenure, and the club has maintained the proceeds in that area ever since, he said.

Mulloy has always had roots in the Highlands community, starting with his ownership of Highlands State Bank, and later Woodforest Bank and Crosby State Bank. Recently he sold Crosby Bank to Beaumont’s CommunityBank of Texas, which will become the new name of all ten Crosby Bank branches in October of this year. The Crosby State Bank tradition goes back to it’s founding in 1913. Mulloy has grown the bank from 2 locations when he became CEO, to the current ten locations.

Mulloy’s philanthropy continues a tradition of the last few years, as he has been a benefactor of the Highlands and Northshore Rotary Clubs, the Houston District, and the Rotary International Foundation.

Amazing! The Wonder of Electronics

by Bettye Rosser

Am I the only one who finds all this electric age amazing? My daughter has a cell phone that provides more information than just numbers for phone calls! It will scan bar codes to tell the product, the maker, and what the price range is at different stores. It can tell you the heavenly constellations of where you are standing outside. It is a small hand held computer.

Hello! Foolish me, I thought you used a phone to call people. My own cell phone has a camera. If you know how to use it (all my grand kids do!) you can take pictures and send them to another cell phone. I suppose that could be handy if you want to show someone something in the store. I have never done this, but I might take lessons from the Jr. High grands and learn. They can program their phones to have the picture of who’s calling when it rings or they have certain songs that play when someone calls. My phone must really be boring… it just plays one song for everyone.

The reason I purchased a cell phone was if I am out alone and have a problem, I could call for help. I discovered that it allows people to track you down no matter where you are. What was I thinking? I use to pray a lot in my car (eyes open of course!) because I was truly alone and it was quiet. I still pray but it is the traffic and construction that motivates me now.

One thing that has provided electric good news is e-mail. My grandson is on a ship and I can write him and it is there in a matter of minutes. The Navy has provided a great way to stay in touch with family by having this service.

My niece in California can stay in touch without writing a letter sent by snail mail (that’s postal service). She is not a letter writer and never has any stamps. My sister and I use to write each other all the time. We could not afford long distant phone calls and it was always a delightful event to find a letter in the mailbox. I could read them over and over and I did! I wish I had kept them. She is gone now, but it would be like having a little visit with her.

E-mails are usually short and I suppose you could print them out. When you write daily, there is just not a whole lot to talk about. A good letter could be three or four pages or in my case, six or eight. I had six children and there was plenty of news! My husband says I always have something to say or write. Is that a complaint or compliment? I’ll take it as a positive remark.

Some changes have made life easier for us with the advance of the electric age. I love having a washer and dryer. The dishwasher is so nice! The kitchen is full of time saving devices to blend, chop and beat. Heating and air-conditioning are great too.

I hope we still remember how to sit in the yard and talk to our neighbors. No electricity required, just time. Use some of those minutes you saved to visit family or friends.

“Does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice?” Proverbs 8:1

Let me encourage you to learn what you can about this amazing time we live in and understand that nothing lasts forever.

Crosby ISD to honor Victor

BARRETT STATION — A longtime supporter of Crosby ISD and a former member of the school board was laid to rest this week.

John Victor, age 73 of Barrett Station, passed Monday, April 6, 2009. He was born March 13, 1936 in Opelousas, Louisiana to the late Ethel Thomas Adam and Joseph Victor.

A celebration in honor of John Victor is to be held at Riley Chamber/Barrett Community Centers from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 17. The public is invited to this celebration of a life of dedication.

His family moved to Baytown, Texas when John was 5 years old and later moved to Barrett Station in 1951, where he graduated from Charles R. Drew High School. He was employed by Harris County Constable Department, Precinct #3 for over 25 years and was forced to retire due to his failed health.

John was a “Crosby Cougar” fan, and loved all sports. He served several years as a CISD School Board Trustee where he held various positions.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and brothers, Curtis Windfont and Howard Thomas Jr.

John is survived by his lovely wife of 53 years, Dorothy Singleton-Victor; three sons, Donald A. Victor (Marilyn), Vincent Victor (Natalie) and Patrick Payne; one daughter, Cecelia Gail Williams; grandchildren, Kelsey Victor, Donald A. Victor II (Michelle), John Tristan Victor, Crystal Williams, Krizia Victor, Ryan Victor, Patrice Freeman, Khallia Payne-Coleman (Craig), Patrice Payne and Patrick Payne II (Desiree); 10 great grandchildren; two uncles, Vincent Thomas, Sr. of Opelousas, Louisiana and Lawrence Victor of Dallas, Texas; god-children, Craig Windfont, Kenya Thomas, Tony Tezino, Glenn Yarbrough and Danielle Walker; 10 sisters-in-law; 8 brothers-in-law; special brother, Robert (RP) Brown; Papa’s Special Love, Claudia Godfrey; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at on Monday, April 13, 2009 at St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church, in Barrett Station. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 734 FM 1942, Barrett Station, Texas 77532, (281) 328-2801.

Reconnecting with an old friend

Ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in about five years several days ago. Once again I found Stephen Jackson, in a Crosby restaurant. Had many fine breakfast conversations with Stephen in another area restaurant the first two or three years we were spending our winters in Crosby. Then he disappeared from my view.

This guy Jackson is one easy man to know. He strikes up a conversation with those around him as easily as sipping his coffee or eating his breakfast or dinner.

The retired City of Baytown employee said things have been going o. k. for him since we last met and I think that is the truth because he still had that great smile and is never lost for words. He must know most everyone in town as he is constantly giving a big smile and “hello” to those going into and out of whatever restaurant he finds himself.

We spent only a few minutes updating ourselves and then went on our way again. I will look forward to seeing this Barrett Station resident again next year as our paths continue to cross.

Newport Paving

We arrived in Newport last January amongst the orange and white construction barrels and left with the same barrels in place. There has been, and still is, a lot of paving going on in Newport. When we arrived, new curbing was the thing and several streets were getting this kind of upgrading. South Diamondhead was full of the barrels protecting cars and drivers from ditching.

With all of the curbing activity completed the removing of old pavement and re-paving began. I had never paid much attention to the pavement removal equipment until I found myself in the midst of this activity several times. It is very efficient. Won’t be long the roads I saw being worked on — South Diamond Head, Gulf Club and Country Club Roads — will be completed and it will be smooth driving again.

Driving Home

The 1,240 mile drive back home was rather uneventful this time. Got an early start out of Crosby and ended up in Batesville, Mississippi (50 miles south of Memphis) the first night. Was wearing a short-sleeve shirt that first day and that changed as soon as I got out of the car at Batesville.

Next morning we decided to try for the final 650 miles in one day as we were between two storms. It was colder but dry when we pulled out of Batesville and that remained until we got 100 or 150 miles into Tennessee. From that point on it was rain and cold wind accompanying us. Got home safely and woke up the next morning to snow. Wasn’t happy about that and was ready to head back south.

That snowstorm brought frost and a light freeze and many of our blossoming trees have suffered. They will not be as pretty this year as they were last.

Such are the people, places and things that touch my life in my home!