Another day in Paradise
I am currently in Cozumel, Mexico. I know. I said after my last trip to California that my traveling days were over, but I’m here as a granny nanny while Michael and Lisa scuba EVERY day. Emphasis on the every because from looking at all work they have to do and gear they have to haul, I have decided that scuba is as exhausting as skiing. Not because of the actual sport, but because of all you have to do to get ready for the actual sport. Flying downhill on a couple of sticks is easy as is floating through the water weightless. The real work is getting all the gear to the point of departure for the sport. And in our family, we’ve always had this rule that you have to haul your own gear if you want to play.
I thought I was being hauled along to take care of the kids exclusively, but my kids hired another nanny in Mexico to look after the kids part of the day so I could have a vacation also. We took an excursion to the grocery store yesterday and I think my children secretly hired the nanny to look after me as she helped immeasurably navigate the stores aisles with Carter and Jack. We walked over but we took a taxi back.
The guys in our group have rented scooters to join with the thousands of others who run the streets in Cozumel. The island is small, the streets are narrow, the four gas stations on the island charge a lot, and automobiles are out of sight for most workers. The scooters are a great form of transportation. It’s not unusual to see families of four on one tiny scooter.
By the way, for those of you concerned about our property, we will be home by the time you read this.
Sunday, we stood on our balcony and watched a demonstration which started at city hall across the street. We found out later that there were demonstrations all over Mexico at the same time, as many as 90,000 in Mexico City.
Some people are angry with the president they newly elected. Sounds about like the ole U.S.A. doesn’t it? Except in the U.S.A. the people demonstrating are the House of Representatives. Anyway, what tickled me was the fact that the person with the microphone here was calling for people to get mad and join the march in both Spanish and English! Wonder what that was all about?
Anyway, it brings me to free elections and right here in Fort Bend we are having one. All over Fort Bend and the rest of Texas we are having a runoff for our Senator between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. In District 26 in Fort Bend County which covers Sugar Creek, a lot of First Colony, Telfair, New Territory, Pecan Grove, Greatwood and half of Richmond as we are having an even more important runoff because it affects us more. That’s not all the subdivisions but it’s the big ones. Look on your voter’s registration card and it will tell you if you are in District 26.
The District 26 runoff between Jacquie Chaumette and Rick Miller (whose real name is Dana Fontaine Miller) for state representative is more important to Fort Bend because it directly affects us here. Our former state rep. listened to such a narrow constituency for so many years. It left most of the county out as far as any innovative ideas. The same could easily exist if we make the wrong choice during the runoff. Jacquie Chaumette with all her community activities clearly would represent Fort Bend better. Jacquie has spent the past 18 years involved in community activities. Rick Miller, who has lived in Fort Bend the past 12 years, has been involved in politics only.
Over the years in Fort Bend, Jacquie has worked for the Fort Bend Education Foundation (gala chair), Texas CASA, Past President of the YMCA, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, Fort Bend Boys Choir, and a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club, Sugar Land Rotary, and Texas Dragon Boat Races, and other organizations too numerous to mention.
She has received about every award available including ABC 13 Women of Distinction, UH Alumnus of the Year, Outstanding Young American by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Women on the Move by the Texas Executive Woman and Fort Bend Entrepreneur of the Year.
She’s also been involved in the Republican Party, receiving a statewide appointment from Gov. Perry, a former precinct chair, several boards including candidates committee chair, and VP of the Fort Bend Republican Women’s PAC. She’s worked on campaigns for Gov. Perry, Senators Hutchison, and Cornyn and former Congressman Jack Fields. There’s no comparison between Chaumette and her opponent.
And remember, Jacquie Chaumette received her Master’s Degree from U of H in the same public policy that the state legislature deals with.
But supporting Jacquie and getting yourself to the ballot box are two different animals. Early voting is ongoing now and you can vote early for Jacquie if you voted for her before, if you voted for someone else in the Republican primary, or if you didn’t vote in ANY primary. Every vote is important.
My favorite analogy is to close your eyes and picture the state legislature. All those grey suits, and black and brown. Then picture Jacquie there. She is a flower and will bring much distinction to Fort Bend.