Author Archives: John Blanton

About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.

Captain Morgan’s Retreat

A Fabulous Getaway As mentioned elsewhere. we were having dinner, we both agreed we needed to get out of the house. Barbara Jean is master of this sort of thing, and a couple of hours later she had us booked … Continue reading

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Coco Beach Lunch

The Great Lunch Expedition The night we arrived at Captain Morgan’s Retreat we had dinner at their restaurant, and it was most grand. For lunch the next day we figured there must be something besides. The literature we had showed … Continue reading

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Captain Morgan’s Revenge

Also remembered as Gulliver’s Travails I remember Captain Morgan as a notorious pirate from the 17th century: Sir Henry Morgan (Welsh: Harri Morgan, c. 1635 – 25 August 1688) was a Welsh privateer, landowner and, later, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. From his base in Port Royal, Jamaica, … Continue reading

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Flat Out

This is from 1969—49 years ago. Back when I lived in Austin there was a lot of motorcycle activity going on. Near Manor, Texas, a horse race track named Manor Downs doubled as a flat track venue. One of the … Continue reading

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Fifty Years

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Fifty years ago we all went to Houston for the first indoor national championship race. The venue was the Astrodome, opened just three years before as the first … Continue reading

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Rounding Out 2017

The good news is we made it (nearly) through another year. The bad news is we didn’t get to see all our great friends during 2017. People have gone to the many winds, and we haven’t been keeping up. Hopefully that … Continue reading

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Southern Exposure

John Grisham conceived his first novel after watching the testimony of a 12-year-old girl who had been raped. A Time to Kill was a long time finding a publisher and was not initially successful. Other of his works found greater … Continue reading

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