Houston, TX
December 11, 2007

Paul Ridenour

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My brother David Ridenour and I visited my dad in Houston on 12/11/2007.  He is there for his prostate cancer treatments at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Proton Therapy Center.  We met the doctor, nurses, etc., and some of the other patients.  When your treatments are over, you get to make a speech and ring the gong.  Today, Lanny Rominger of Albuquerque, NM, rang the gong.  My dad will ring the gong on 12/27/2007, but he is no speechmaker.

Afterwards, we visited the Sculpturworx Studio and Beer Can House.  We picked up my sister-in-law Rand Doyen from Memorial Hermann Hospital and took her to lunch.  She took us around all of the hospitals near and including MD Anderson and other buildings.  We took her back to work and went on to visit the San Jacinto Monument, Battleship Texas, and Kemah.  David and I had the Ultimate Seafood Platter at The Flying Dutchman.

Jim Smith, Lanny Rominger, Robert Ridenour (dad), and Jerry Coma

Dad and Rick Campo

Brandi, Sharon McGehee, Greg, dad, and Stephanie

Stephanie, Brandi, Greg, Lanny Rominger, and Sharon McGehee ["ring my gong"]

Evangeline Hubbard, dad, and Tai Ly

Sculpturworx Studio, 2500 Summer Street, Houston, TX

36-foot Beatles' statues [Artist David Adickes, who sculpted the 67-foot Sam Houston statue in Huntsville, TX]

"When the rain comes, I run and hide my head"   

Beer Can House - 220 Malone

Dad and brother David

Lunch with my sister-in-law Rand Doyen at The Black Walnut in Rice Village near Rice University

Rand at the meeting house of the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughter's of the Republic of Texas [she will join soon]

Largest menorah in Houston

St. Luke's, one of the many hospitals that make up the Texas Medical Center area (Memorial Hermann [where Rand works], MD Anderson, etc.)

Hermann Professional Building

San Jacinto Battlefield and monument/memorial

Battleship Texas

Kemah Boardwalk - The Flying Dutchman Restaurant

Dad and me

Pappadeaux's from Kemah

Kemah at night - The Aquarium on left and the bridge in back (light blue lights)