For Austin Deep in the Heart of Austin Texas-
From JRP, Iligan City, Philippines - Hi Raoul! When I
was in Austin in 1957 it was a small town. I was even interviewed by a local
newspaper & remember telling him our family is in the fishpond business.
A Mexican brick layer in the lime plant I observed for a week took me to his
houseboat in a lake near Austin & we had steak & beer while we fish.
I thought the guy's lifestyle is better than the millionaire I stayed with in
Salt Lake city.
For Italian Profiling -
From Pia Hugo, La Crescenta, CA - Hi Raoul! I came here
to make reservations for our Sta. Barbara trip and decided to read the Italian
jokes because. I have a few from my church. Very funny! Give Mike my thanks!
And the illustrations are, as always, very creative! Thanks for the laughs :)
From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - Always a treat
and lift of the spirits whenever I see your cartoons. More power!
From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - First of all,
that cartoon of the lady reindeer and Sta Claus had me laughing loud. You really
have imagination, lots. Original too. Congrats. But I really have to thank you
for that X'mas story. It touches the heart. May I use the story for my own column
in "Mindanao Scoop"? With your name and the "Traveling Boy"
properly acknowledged of course. It says below "All Rights Reserved".
Does this mean I can't reprint your article even if I acknowledge authorship?
From Nina of Quezon City, Philippines - Your Big Bear
adventure sure looks cool. Most of my friends in San Diego only go there during
winter probably because that's the best place to experience snow in Southern
California but I didn't know that summer in Big Bear is a good treat as well.
From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - We've been to Big Bear
for several anniversary week-ends and enjoyed kayaking on the lake. But we didn't
know the history of the place and we didn't know the owners of the fabulous
homes on the lake. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. You make us want to jump
in the car and go this weekend.
From J.B. of Virginia - Nice [Big Bear Lake article]
... isn't [the pleasure of taking a vacation] why we are fighting wars, sacrificing,
staying up long hours, suffering?.Isn't it for our freedom of self determination
... for our right to live our lives the way we want to and for the ones we care
From Tom of Pasadena, CA - Great Big Bear story Raoul.
You definitely caught the essence of the place and remind me when my Mom and
Dad and 5 brothers and sisters went there to camp in a 14 foot trailer and fish
from a 10 foot boat with a 5 horse power Johnson Motor on it.One Summer I caught
a 6 pound trout and got my picture in the paper. I was stoked as an 11 year
old kid.Many happy memories came flooding back into my cranium regarding the
great times enjoyed at Big Bear Lake.Thanks for your sharing them with me.
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So glad you enjoyed the article Tom. Your childhood must
have been fun. A 6 pound trout? Wow!! That must have been delicious. --- Raoul
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It was delicious but the fame of catching it was tough to take
with all the paparazzi hanging around. Ha! You have a real gift for writing,
I thought I was right there with you in that article. --- Tom
From Mike & Trish Marzell of Lucky Bear Fishing Charters,
Big Bear Lake, CA - Hi Raoul, You wrote such a wonderful article on summer
in Big Bear! Nice website. Thank you for coming out fishing with us - we had
so much fun with Josh, you and Dan. We're thinking up good legends and "UFO"
is priceless! Please tell us whenever you come up the mountain; we would love
to take you and your family out again. You are a great writer (kept us interested).
We are going to read your other articles. Thank you again.
Some responses from my Lake Tahoe Adventure
From RV of Covina, CA - I enjoyed reading your Lake Tahoe
blog. It brings back memories when I brought my mom & dad
to Tahoe in 1999. My dad loved the place so much that when my
brother arrived two weeks later, we drove up to Tahoe again. I'm
sure you had a wonderful time with Danny, Edwin and their families.
Those are golden moments, including the snow chain malfunction,
which you won't get tired of re-telling over and over again.
From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - Thanks for your story about
the blizzard. It made our day to see how God protected you guys.
Otto remembered your bear story--same result; exciting adventure
and no one got hurt; but now you have another marvelous God adventure
From Kathleen of Massachusetts- Just read your mini-blog
and let me tell you, you guys are very blessed. I won't say, lucky,
I'll say blessed. Those slippery ice/snow scenarios are really
dangerous. Glad God sent you the snow plow!
We don't get that much snow where we live, but in blizzards,
we don't go out. It's too scary. One time we were retrieving our
daughter Mercy from Providence, a 25 minute trip in regular weather.
It took us 3 hours to get home, driving on the highway in blinding
snow. Blinding. We couldn't see a foot in front of us, and if
we pulled over there was a chance of getting plowed in to. Never
That stuff is pretty, but it's deadly on the highway and for
From Cindi of Connecticut - A great story and your family
has an everlasting memory. There is nothing like home, especially
when home is in So CA!
From Terry os Santa Monica, CA - Wow, what a compelling
story about snowy Lake Tahoe and the tire chains!
I remember driving my van up to Mammoth to go skiing in my much
younger days and having similar episodes with chains. One time
a rear chain came loose and wrapped itself completely around the
axle. It took two of us, on our backs in the icy slush, in the
dark, without wire cutters, hours to untangle that dang chain.
It still seems like yesterday. So I empathize with your plight,
and glory in your release.
From Ding of Vancouver, BC- Wow, brave souls, glad you
got home safely ;-) Thanks for the TGIF, as always!
From Maria of San Antonio, CA (the email that my article
was based on) - Only nuts and daredevils went to Lake Tahoe
last weekend. The lat time we went up to the mountains in spite
of the blizzard warning, we got snowed in. We just stayed home
and watched our own leaks.