Well, I’ve returned from my weekend get-away in San Antonio. All in all, it was a fairly pleasant weekend. SeaWorld was enjoyable, great barbecue was devoured and slight progress was made on the wedding plans.
On the return trip to Dallas, my fiancee and I, along with the couple we car-pooled with, took a slight detour. As a military history buff, I have visited several Civil War battlefields. Obviously, these explorations were several years after the actual conflict. Today, with our little side jaunt, I was able to walk on a battlefield as the conflict was unfolding — Crawford, Texas. The conflict of ideas between surrender and support continues, as the circus around Cindy Sheehan’s vigil to annoy the president and impair our nation’s international efforts limps onwards towards its fifteenth minute.
I plan on photoblogging what I witnessed tomorrow, but tonight I wanted to post breaking news: Camp Casey has received the gift of a new piece of art. As we were leaving Camp Casey, a pickup truck arrived hauling a sizable stone artifact. Below can be found the first photo taken of the sculpture after its arrival in Crawford (click to enlarge).
I spoke very briefly with the artist, Ron. I apologize for not catching Ron’s last name. Ron professed to being so inspired by the saga of Cindy that he carved the sandstone piece in just over three days and toted it down from his home in Green County, Pa. Ron, below, estimated the sculpture to weigh between 800 and 900 pounds.
Ron had no idea what will be done with his weighty work of, well, whatever. Who cares? Crank up the nutfest, there’s something to pay homage to besides politically-motivated crosses and flag-draped fake caskets.
UPDATE: Planned photoblogging of my Crawford visit is here.