Month: July 2014

Work at the Rio Grande

This week I’m working a media event shoot for Australian Public TV. Today we are in McAllen and Rio Grande City, Texas.




Bicycle fix


Today I had a little time to sit down and work on my bicycle. Last week 2 miles into a 22 mile ride I lost the function of my two smalleat chainrings. This sucked. It took my 24 speed and made it an 8. My middle chainring was bent and I had to be replaced.

I had an assistant today.


Benjamin helped turn the wrench and straighten my ring. Now that my chainring set is back in order I find my derailer has a bent screw. I now have a 16 speed bike and Benjamin knows how to disassemble a crank and chainring setup.

Off to ride

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Love sign with Kendra and Derrick

Kendra & Derrick & Love

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The serious kid


Benjamin posing for a quick shot this morning.

This is the end production of how it always works out. I grab the camera because one of the kids are pulling off something super cute or adorable. Once the camera app opens and I try to get the get the shot, the supet cute left the kid. So here you have cute without the super.

Enjoy your Sunday

Dream House

Well there is a house forsale on Lakeview drive. Lakeview drive happens to sit next to Lakeview park but not one person can find the lake.


This is one of 2 homes for sale today. This one sits on 1.5 acres and is a total dump. Looking inside you can see the owner looked to flip the house but it looks like they flopped.


The hardwood flooring and the open floor plan is the only thing this place has going for it.


The asking price is a negotiable $159,000. A bit high if you ask me. I would love to have the big yard that comes with this property.


Almost forgot about the garage workshop outbuilding. Sure its ugly but its a great thing going for this lot.

Mama needs a new tube

Old rim needs new tube.
After a few weeks with my new bike I got interested in an old bike I left out at my folks house. The bike is a Trek 800 mountain bike. I bought it from a Corpus Christi pawn shop back in 2005. It was a bargain at $65. Well that was the case till I found out it needed a $35 tuneup and it had a slightly bent rim. The folks at The Pedal Bicycle Shop also laughed at me when I professed it was indeed my bike. I asked why and that started my first leson on bicycles frame size. I rode it for a few paychecks and then upgraded to a Specialized Hardrock Comp Disk 26er.

Kendra had a bike for a while and it hurt her knee to ride. After a size check it we determined it was a bad fit. So that bike was donated to the neighbor’s house. Years back Kendra rode the Trek and loved how it made her leg feel. We did nothing but store it at my folks lake house. With the kids starting their bike ridding adventure I pulled the Terk out of its dusty grave and will be tuning it up today. One major issue is a valve wont close on one of the tubes. This is no surprise. The tubes are 9 years old.
Well off to buy some new tubes and get Kendra out riding with me and the boys. Bicycle-  trek 800 sport

Viva Selena

May 1995 put me in San Antonio, Texas. I was there as a sophomore in high school participating in the annual Spanish club convention. Sure it was a bit different than my typical after school activity, but it was a day away from school and some cash for lunch each day.
Our bus had arrived at the historic Emily Morgan Hotel. Its a fancy place for a 17 year old kid. I recommend you stopping by sometime.
So one of the nights the kids were running around with a buzz containing “Selena” and a shooting. I was the person at the convention with the least amount of knowledge when it came to the Tejano Pop Princess.
The mood turned from buzz to bummer when the news hit she had passed away from the gunshot. We soon found out the shot came from her own fan club manager. If that lady’s job was to get more fans and make Selena popular then she needs a bonus for a job well done.
As the convention concludes all the kids got back home with a modern day “I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot”

It’s always a tragedy when someone passes away before their time.

Selena painting

Selena wall mural in Corpus Christi Texas

Many times folks ask “Why did this story come up” So here is the background of this post. The last two days I have been shooting video at a location next to the worst painting that was ever done of Selena. Once inside and setup for today’s video shoots we come across a lady who was pumped up about a trip this weekend to the Emily Morgan in San Antonio. So there are where the two lines crossed and pulled up the story from my high-school years.

If you are ever in Corpus Christi you can stop by her statue and her grave to take photos.

Depositions Today

When shooting video in a small market variety is a good thing. Deposition video setup
We were blessed to have a day and a half of legal depositions on the books today.

Law work today and a big wedding this weekend.

New glasses

On the 4th of July weekend I dumped my old glasses in Lake Corpus Christi. They did not float when they splashed.

New Glasses on Derrick Perrin

Derrick Perrin – Glasses

Lost some and got some new ones. I started to go to Stanton Optical and had a bad result. The optometrist in the complex was great. The lab was broken and could not make lenses today. I hopped over to Visionworks because they were able to take care of me before. They did a good job and got it done today.

Thanks vision folks.

Steve Jobs never had a Leapfrog growing up

Lets teach our kids to think with the tools that great leaders and thinkers grew-up with.
Each year children are inundated with cheep electronic toys that promise to teach then how to read and be smart little boys and girls. You feel like if you surround your kid with leepfrog toys your kid will increase their IQ and find an acceptance letter to MIT in the box. I have always been one for simpler times when it comes to educating kiddos.
Right before graduating highschool I went to my grandfathers house to type a letter on his computer. This letter was going off to a college basketball coach and I wanted to make it good. After taking a look at, it my simple 1 room school house educated grandfather from the 1930’s, tore it a new one. I know I was young and dumb at 18 but I was blown away by his English editing capabilities. The man made me sound smart and I was proud to have him there.
Years later after having children of my own I start to reflect on the best way to raise them up right. Education seems to have splintered into electronics, electronics, and more electronics. I don’t like this. Looking back on the folks who raised and educate me I find folks that didn’t learn from electronics and they were brilliant.
So I reflect back on my title “Steve Jobs never had a Leapfrog growing up” neither did Michael Dell, Bill Gates or Barack Obama. So the last guy has a smart label and we are waiting to see his legacy in time. Lets look back and figure out what basic tools some of the bright minds of our time had when they were growing up. Those toys they had are the ones I want in my kids life’s. We don’t need no stinking leepfrog readers or iPads to fuel creativity and enlightenment.