Memorial Day posted by on May 27, 2011

We hope that all of our readers have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Please remember all those that served in the Armed Forces in the past and the present. My Father was a lifer in the US Army and served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. He was a Major when he retired and is buried in the Punch Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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Many of us are auto racing fans and this is a big weekend for that sport. The Indy 500, The 600 mile NASCAR race, and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.  So I thought that I would post a few of my own pictures taken at the Chicagoland Speedway driving a NASCAR stock car. This track is a 1.5-mile, D-shaped, tri-oval speedway. I’m a total car nut and this was a dream come true for me.

The grandstands from the pits

Here I am in my drivers suit ready to go…….


Here my pit crew is strapping me in, the steering wheel is still on the roof…..

Window net is up and I’m ready for my laps

At speed on the main straight-a-way……….

Here is a short video …………I’m the second car going by

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Coming back into the pits…….

Average speed = 135 mph over the 1.5  mile oval

 

JC Capitan, Cancun….. restaurant review posted by on May 24, 2011

This was our second visit to JC Capitan. It’s one of those restaurants in Cancun that has a special charm and  it is always worth going back to have a good dinner in a very special location. They specialize in Shellfish Fusion & flavors of the region. They are open for lunch and dinner as well as for special occasions.They have a perfect location to view the sunset in all it’s glory. You can even dock your boat at their pier if it’s 25′ or less.

JC Capitan is located near the beginning of the Hotel Zone as you’re coming from the Airport. It is on the lagoon side and features open air dining in a romantic setting. They have a “T” shaped pier going out into the lagoon. There are tables on the stem of the “T” as it extends from the shore. At it’s end  there are 2  palapa covered semi private areas where 4 to 6 can be seated comfortably while enjoying their dinners and the view.

This is the sign as you approach going toward the airport…………..adjacent to it is a gravel parking lot. No valet service is offered or needed.

After parking your car or leaving your taxi,  you proceed down this stone stairway to the entrance of the restaurant……

Immediately upon entering on the left is a rack with the wines currently being offered…….

Here  is our table at the end of the pier. That night we were with our friends Al & Louise…..

Our view………


During the daytime this is what our cozy dining area looks like……….

The menu cover ………….

Several pages of selections……..

The table-side purse tree is available for those who brought a purse, no need to put it over your chair, on the table, or floor. This  nice touch is offered at most of the restaurants in these parts…..

Creamed Bean Soup……w/goat cheese, tortilla sticks, and fresh coriander

A starter, Scallops Kisin style marinated with herbs, w/shrimp sauce on a bed of spinach

Rainbow Salad w/ cucumber, carrot, jicama, beetroot and dressing…..

Spicy noodle soup w/ avocado, cream, and melted cheese……

Shrimp Coconut served in half a coconut……….one of my favorites……..295 p

Shrimp fusion, sauted shrimp in a sweet n’ sour tamarind sauce, with rice…………….245 p

Al’s Steak Turban……..295 p

The Seafood Special steamed  in a foil wrap………….yummy!………295p

JC Capitan is located at: Kukulkan Blvd. Kilometer 19.5 , Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Their phone number is: +52 998 885 3126 ‎
They have a web site at:     www.jcapitan.com

We enjoyed both of our visits and plan to have many more. The food is beautifully presented and served by the very  attentive, professional wait staff. Everyone enjoyed the food which we found to be fresh, properly cooked and very tasty. The entrees cost about 295 p per person plus beverages etc. so it’s a bit more expensive than some but well worth it.

 

 

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More from my Art Class, pt.5……. posted by on May 19, 2011

My art class continues but now also with Suzie joining me, here are our latest efforts………

My painting of a customized ’55 Chevy Bel Air 2 door hardtop…….

Doorway to the garden in the Saint Bearnadio Convent/Church in Vallodolid, Mexico……

This is what’s on my easel now………..

Suzie working on her first ever oil painting, since finished. It came out really good.

Stay tuned for more soon………