By RAY QUIROGA
South Padre Parade
This message goes out to Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga, Andy Hancock, Amazin Walter McDonald and that entire bunch: I’m convinced that you guys exist only to make my job as a dad that much harder.
Upon being awestruck by all those creations at Sandcastle Days, my seven-year-old turned to me and asked if I knew how to build something similar. What was I supposed to say? I couldn’t destroy his superhero image of me. So I told him it would be no sweat (I think I even ended the sentence with the words, “No problem”).
The next morning I awoke to the sound of clicking and clattering coming from the garage where I found my son donned in his swim trucks and gathering small buckets and gardening tools with a big ol’ smile on his face.
Luckily, by the time we arrived at Clayton’s for Sandcastle Days, the bouncers and waterslides were more than enough to distract him from the otherwise daunting (and ultimately disappointing) task at hand.
In truth, those artists and their work never fail to amaze me. I mean, we can post and publish a book worth of photographs of those spectacular creations, but you have to see them for yourself to get a true appreciation of those masterpieces.
With Sandcastle Days successfully behind us, October still has plenty to offer.
Next week, for example, one of my all-time favorite events, The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Fest will take place in San Benito. On the 27th, Port Isabel is hosting its always popular, and equally entertaining, Dia de los Muertos events with a lighthouse showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” on the 26th, to boot.
But that’s further on down the line. This is now and of course, we have an event that needs no introduction or explanation: SPI Bikefest held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre throughout this weekend.
I’ll be honest with you guys, my life was, has been, and forever will be ruled by women: first my mom, then my grandmother and now my wife and daughter and neither have allowed me to own a motorcycle. But the good news is that you don’t have to own a bike to enjoy Bikefest,so head out to the convention centre and be amazed at those mechanical wonders. And if you see me walking with my wife, please talk to her about the virtues of owning a motorcycle but stray away from horrible accident stories. That doesn’t help my cause.