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April 24, 2010 / dcwisdom

Driving, Texting, and Eating BK

Perot Theatre in Texarkana, Texas (my camera)

I had to work my paying job tonight.  I do like my job. 

I’m posting a couple of small pictures taken with my cell phone so you can – kinda – see what I do.  The photos are not very clear, but you can see to the left the outline of my camera. 

Tonight, we videoed a dance recital.  I love the talent shows and recitals, watching kids sing and dance; they are so cute and funny.  And I love the Perot Theatre 

Perot Theatre in Texarkana, Texas (looking outside from the vestibule)

The Perot (pronounced per-oh) Theatre is a beautiful old building that has an underground tunnel (now blocked) to the near-by old Grimm Hotel, now a run-down, empty, non-operative building.  The Perot Theatre opened in 1924 as the Saenger Theatre, built in Italian Renaissance design.  In the 1970’s, H. Ross Perot and his sister, Bette Perot, saved and restored the fine arts building which now lists on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

Interior shot of the Perot Theatre, Texarkana, Texas

Well, I have digressed a bit, so I’ll go on. 

Whenever we video programs there, Bill sets up a video/sound booth in the orchestra pit.  We videographers wear head sets to communicate back and forth with Bill and each other.  I love the lingo of photography:  Shoot her feet; get the wide shot; tighten up on that shot; get the girl on the end; etc.  Sounds like we’re having target practice. 

So in the midst of shooting, even with headphones on, I heard a huge thunder-rumble and a *BOOM.*  I ask the guys if they heard the thunder; I could see some anxious movement in front of me.  Then, I heard Bill talking on his cell phone.   He immediately relayed to us that one of our photographers was in her car and was caught in a hail storm with tornadic winds.  We later heard she was fine. 

We completed the job without any problems around 9:30, and when I stepped outside, I noticed that a good rain had fallen during the recital.  Lightning zig-zagged all through the sky illuminating some very mean-looking clouds. 

I ran to my car.  Kid #3 Jeremiah had left me two messages, wondering where I was.  So I texted back:  Im off now and leaving downtown 

Jere:  Ok well you know there’s supposed to be tornadoes coming through this evening, right? 

No, I hadn’t checked the weather today.  Lightning flashed everywhere. 

Jere:  What time do you get off? 

Me:  Im off now and am hungry (lots of lightning) 

Jere:   Oh well i wish i would’ve known you were eating at this time earlier so I could’ve waited to eat. 

I called Kid #5 Mary:  What’s the weather like there? 

Mary:  There was a big storm that went through; we talked to (a friend) on Facebook.  She said a tornado came by her house.    (Oh, goody.) 

Me:  Well, I might grab a bite here and stay with Jere until things settle down if it looks bad there. 

Mary:  No, I think it’s ok now. 

Me:  Ok, I’ll call you back when I decide what to do. 

Me to Jere:  I am at the b k in l e   (I’m at the Burger King south of town.)  “Bring something to eat?  

Jere:  Thank you though.  I bought groceries the other day so i’m good. 

Me:  Do I need to come oter there?   (I wasn’t wearing my glasses and typed it like that.  I took a bite.) 

Jere:  No it’s fine i think i’m gonna go to bed.  (lightning)  (bite) 

I headed toward home and called Mary:  (bite) I’m coming home.  Should be there in a little while.  (lightning) 

Me to Jere:  K sleep well see you tomorrow night  loute you 

Jere:  Love you too. Be careful driving. 

Me:  K xo    (ok  kiss hug)  (lightning) (bite) (lightning) (bite) (and bite bite bite all the way home) 

Well, as you can see, I made it.  It was an eventful night.  I don’t understand why some kids want to text everything.  Sure would make it easier on Mom if they’d just answer the phone and talk, especially while we’re driving. 

Night night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. 



  1. jeanette / Apr 26 2010 12:47 AM

    Debbie, the conversations you talked about in this post sound so much like my children and I it’s scary. You and Brin really should collaborate on a book – what a hoot that would be!

  2. Vickie / Apr 25 2010 4:01 AM

    My niece had texter’s thumb, too. DON’T BE TEXTING AND DRIVING AT THE SAME TIME!!! Tsk, Tsk, Tsk – shakes finger!!! I’m sorry to say that I do it, too, sometimes. When my kids text me, I just call them back. First of all, I can’t SEE to text, and I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, so why bother to try to text and drive?

    Glad you made it home safe and sound and all your little chicks are ok, too. The storms missed us JUST, and went north and east of us. I heard Yazoo City got wiped out. Bad spring weather. It’s just Texas… only in the South…

  3. Jill / Apr 25 2010 12:03 AM

    Hey, I’m in Georgia and I know who Ross Perot is and how to pronounce his name!

    Please tell me you were NOT texting and driving….!!!

    I’m with you, I don’t get why the kids can’t just answer the phone & talk – it’s alot faster.

    By the way, I love your blog and totally agree with Love Is a Wild Assault being at the top of the book list!

  4. nola at alamo north / Apr 24 2010 6:31 PM

    I’ve lived in Texas and known of H Ross and family all my life, so it was amusing to see that you had to show people how to pronounce their last name! Haha, only in Texas, huh?
    Guess I’m so over the hill I don’t understand the texting phenom; why text when you can talk? A friend of mine’s daughter is having a problem with her thumbs; took her to a specialist who says she has “texter’s thumbs”. Something new every day!

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