I am a fan on Facebook of the Red Fox and friends with the owner, Linda Stewart, so when I received an online notification that her restaurant - The Red Fox on Texas Avenue was sending out reservation invites for a romantic dinner on Valentines Day, I jumped at the chance to do something, well... right.
I'm a romantic at heart, but somewhere out there, I just have trouble implementing my feelings. All week long I kept telling myself I would stop and buy a card on my way home from work and since I was working six-12's, I kept putting it off, thinking I would do it the next day.
My bride and I have been married non-stop going on 35 years and she still sends me - to work real often and I love her more than I probably realize, so I want her to know this, but alas, the card slipped out of my mind and I clean forgot about it until I awoke Valentines Day and there in front of the coffee pot is her card and a box of chocolates for me (that's a long sentence but it's 3am). I stood there in my Nomex® uniform, the doggies jumping up and down at my feet, in utter horror. "Drat!" I exclaimed and my Papillon doggie began to growl, thinking I said "cat". My ShihTzu looked at me with knowing eyes - yes, I had messed up royally - again.
I poured me a cup of delicious French Market chicory coffee which was as black as my current mood and looking to the heavens, I thanked the man upstairs for saving me - and The Red Fox! She will forgive me for my blunder because of my awesomely romantic pre-planning I somehow had pulled off. Grinning like a used car salesman, I sauntered back to the Orbiting Command Ship Central, known by my friends as the OCSC and my computer room, and I deftly grabbed a sheet of printer paper and wrote her a note as I sipped the hot black morning tonic.
"Yea. That may just do it." I said and standing up, I stepped on a squeaky toy, causing my jumpy Papillon to growl and look out the window for the kitty cat she was sure was there.
About 8:30am I called my bride and we exchanged endearing words and she assured me I was in the clear, the restaurant holding me "up there" with guys like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, or Andy Rooney, I can't seem to remember which is which.
Our reservation was for 5:30pm and this gave me just enough time to come in, shower, spray some masculine pheromone-laced foo-foo on, don the clothes my bride had meticulously put together from my extensive collection of "Sunday go to meeting" clothes and sit and wait. I looked pretty snazzy and she looked gorgeous, as always.
|Elizabeth Caldwell in her favorite place.|
Her name is Alektra.
|Chef Leslie preparing our food.|
As we headed west in the direction of the old Sears store (toward the college), we noticed Dauber's Gallery of Heroes was still open and dropped in to see Ken "The Dauber" Pridgeon. My Bride and I met Arlington native, Jerry Smith and his Baytonian brother. Jerry lost his heavily decorated Marine Corps son in Afghanistan 10 months ago on his 4th tour and Ken and him met after Ken was asked by Jerry's ex-wife to immortalize the Staff Sergeant for Ken's Gallery of Heroes. I told Jerry he now belonged to the Club no one wants to join and thanked him for his wonderful son's service. Unfortunately my wife and I also belong to this club.
|Jerry Smith & Ken Pridgeon|
Gee whiz. I wonder where I can take my Bride next year for Valentines Day?
The Red Fox is located at 214 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas 77520 281-838-8408
Ken Pridgeon "the Dauber" is located at Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery 308 West Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas 77520 832-514-1452
Ken Pridgeon's Facebook http://www.daubersheroes.org/ http://ourbaytown.com/baytown_dauber.htm