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Friday, October 18, 2019

"Ain't Done Yet," on independent living @ Madison Estates

“Ain’t done yet!”
By Steve Walker

For over nine years I have been writing, “Just a Thought” and “Ask the Judge.” I will be adding a new dimension, columns that focus on “Ain’t done yet.”

In talking to La Prensa Texas VP Yvette Tello, she suggested I write about living at Madison Estates where I am now a resident. That sounded good to me.

Having been a resident for over two months, I have seen a lot, heard a lot, an experienced a lot, which has been interesting. When my wife, Linda informed me were moving to Fredericksburg Road at Madison Estates, I reacted like many who moved in long before me. “Moving to an old-folks home?  Well first they say it is not an “old-folks home,” but an “Independent Senior Living” facility. Ok I will go with that. But I must point out that many people like myself, don’t see the difference.

Madison Estates is a beautiful compound with five floors and many amenities. Walk down any corridor and the walls are tastefully decorated with beautiful pictures of scenery and historical significance. Tenants are encouraged to display some of their personal artwork.

What has amazed me is how many different activities are offered at my residence. Of course there is bingo, arts and crafts, entertainers performing, and the like. Every Sunday they have an Ice Cream social. Boy does that bring out people to include younger family members.

Movies most nights are shown in the vestibule in front of the dining room where many activities are held every night to include clowns, impersonators, singers and healthcare providers. Every Friday morning the driver on call takes those who signed up to various field trips. I went on one of those trips to the Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston, because I had served in the Army on a short tour there. Granted it has changed a lot I still had fond memories of my service at Fort Sam in the 70s.

Recently I had a fall in my apartment and the EMS had to come and take me to the VA’s Audie Murphy emergency room. As luck would have it, Madison Estates was only a few blocks away. 12 hours later I was back in my apartment with a few bumps.

Then there is the dining facility where we are served three meals a day with good wholesome food. My wife doesn’t have to cook but she does on occasion. It is her choice. In fact she has been recruited to participate in a chili cook off. She says she plans to win the cook off!

I almost forgot we have a king size pool for residents and grandchildren and other family as well. We have church services on Sunday, Bible studies, cleaning services once a week, transportation for residents who need to go to doctor’s appointments or anywhere they need to go to include the grocery. You can’t do better than that if you ask me.

By the way, don’t forget, moving to Madison Estates is a positive decision because we “ain’t done yet!”

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran, former Journalist and Justice of the Peace 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Democratic Presidential Debate featuring 12 candidates, 10 15

Saturday, October 12, 2019

OctoberFest @ Madison Estates on Fredricksburg Road, 10-12

Saturday, October 05, 2019

In the history of 9-11. many notable events happened as well

Left-Right: Song writer Stephen Foster & writer O. Henry, Married couple Walker Report Publisher Linda Hartman Walker & Walker Report Editor, & former Judge Steve Walker

1. 1609: In an attempt to find a northeast passage to the Spice Islands, explorer Henry Hudson first sailed into the upper bay and observed an island which would be later be known as Manhattan in 1609. Hudson would have seen trees and lush greens, while sailing into a river that would one day be named for him. With the European discovery of Manhattan, the groundbreaking of the Pentagon.

2. 1941: September 11th, 1941, was an important day in American history, because it offered two very different visions of what America would become, not only in the immediate, but also the far-flung future.  In Arlington, Virginia, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the building that would become known as the Pentagon.  However, on the exact same day in Des Moines, Iowa, heroic aviator Charles Lindbergh delivered a speech arguing against involvement in WWII.   

3. 1982: June 6th, 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon in an attempt to retaliate against the Palestinian Liberation Organization.  Palestinian refugees stayed in camps, which were seen as safe havens.  In order to protect the refugees, a multinational force was dispatched in 1982.  The multi-nation force left on September 11th, 1982.
4, 1972: September 11th, 1972, in Los Angeles California, Max Fleisher died of heart failure.  Fleisher was an innovative animator, as well as a rival of Walt Disney that Mickey’s father actually feared.  Max Fleisher created the rotoscope (used by Disney as well as others), which allows animators to animate over live action frames.  Fleisher and his studio were famous for birthing such characters as Betty Boop, Popeye The Sailor, as well as the first silver-screen adaptation of Superman.  Much of what we have today as modern animation, is a direct result of what Max Fleisher did.

5. 1985: Between phrases like “lifetime ban” and "gambling,"people tend to forget what made Pete Rose great in the first place.  On September 11th, 1985, after playing in the major leagues for 22 years, Pete Rose hit his 4,192nd base hit, breaking the record by all-time hits leader Ty Cobb.  In the ensuing 27 years, no hitter has even approached 4,000 hits.  In order to accomplish this, Rose averaged over 157 games a season for twenty years. 

6. 1862: September 11th, 1862, William Sydney Porter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Porter is better known as famed American short story writer O. Henry.  His stories would celebrate the lives of middle class and lower middle class New Yorkers.  They have become staples for reading in elementary schools, as well as scholarly study in universities.  The stories would often feature life lessons, as well as ironic endings. Two of the most famous O. Henry stories would be The Gift of the Magi and The Randsom of Red Chief.

7. 1961: These days we tend to equate September 11 with a horrific level of destruction.  There are some that made that same correlation, forty years before that fateful day.  Texans, near Galveston and Corpus Christi, still talk about the fear and devastation caused by the landfall of the Category 4 Hurricane Carla.  Half a million Texans fled the storm and 43 people died.  The majority of Carla’s damage, though, was caused by a record number of tornadoes that came after the breakup of the hurricane.  There were nearly 30 reported tornadoes that moved through Texas after Carla was officially done.

8. 1792: In 1792, during the early days of the French revolution, six bandits broke into the store room of King Louis XVI and stole (among other items) the blue diamond that would come to be known as the Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond was part of Marie Antoinette’s crown jewels.  The Diamond, as well as Antoinette, would come to be seen as cursed.  The curse would ironically extend to the day in which the thieves decided to make the theft…September 11th.

9. 1847: September 11th is a day now steeped in American lore.  When you think of the top ten American songs of the nineteenth century (which may one day appear on this site), you cannot ignore Stephen Foster’s Oh Susanna.  Oh Susanna became a song of hope, as well as the unofficial theme of the California Gold Rush.  Foster’s song was first sung and debuted on September 11th, 1847, at Andrew’s Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

10. 1970: September 6th 1970, the world was gripped by the Dawson’s Field Hijackings.  On a single day, five planes were hijacked, and a sixth was successfully defended by passengers and crew.  The planes were kept at Dawson's Field.  Dawson’s Field  is a remote airstrip near Zarka, Jordan.  On September 11th, 1970, all non-Jewish passengers were released by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  The empty planes were destroyed on September 12th.  By September 30th, the remaining hostages were released.

11. 2015: September 11th, Walker Report Editor, judicial candidate & former Judge Steve Walker re-married Walker Report Publisher Linda Hartman Walker. (A day that will live in infamy in 2015!!)