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Particularly in a small town, many complain there's nothing to do. I heard that lament often while growing up in Topeka, Kan. However, Victoria is ideal for me.

Consider my weekend:

-- I spent Saturday morning playing with the friendly folks in the Victoria Tennis Association at the Victoria College courts. This was a special event, but we play every Saturday morning on the Memorial High School courts. (Hope you'll join us.)

-- My wife worked at UHV's graduation Saturday, so we didn't have time to make it to the builders' Parade of Homes tour or Warriors Weekend, which also were this weekend. We did make it to "Star Trek" Saturday night, and I give the film two enthusiastic thumbs-up.

-- On Sunday, we went to the barbecue benefit at Mumphord's. What a deal to get lunch at the best barbecue place in Victoria and benefit the African-American Chamber of Commerce.

-- Also Sunday, we marveled at the beauty on the annual Garden Tour. If you didn't make it out to the Garden Tour, Warriors Weekend or the Parade of Homes, you can see both via the videos I linked above.

I just can't get done everything I'd like to in and around little ol' Victoria. On another weekend, we'll have to go to the beach or visit one of our surrounding metropolitan cities. As a birthday present for me, we bought tickets for the family to see the traveling Broadway production of "Wicked" in Austin this summer.

I've lived in quite a few places and always made it point to explore and enjoy my surroundings. I find that quite easy to do here, although the natives grumble as much here as everywhere else about the lack of amenities. Human nature, I suppose, but I feel blessed to live in Victoria.

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I hope you saw this amazing backyard on the Garden Tour in Old Victoria.

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