Corpus Christi Texas
In Latin, Corpus Christi means Body of Christ. It was on the Feast day of Corpus Christi that this coastal city was discovered by Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, the Spanish explorer, and cartographer.
The city of Corpus Christi is located on the beautiful Texas gulf coast. It is the 8th most populous city in Texas. The city has a port and an international airport. The Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th-largest in America. Corpus Christi International Airport is located in Nueces County. The airport is often used by Southwest Airlines and United Express as a diversion station when Houston has weather problems.
Word on the street is, bad weather or not, the airlines may have to avoid unscheduled stops in Corpus. When travelers arrive in Corpus Christi, they never want to leave. 🙂
The city of Corpus Christi is a popular tourist destination. The city is also known as the ‘Sparkling City by the Sea’, as well as the ‘Texas Riviera’.
The Boys in the Lotto Lab are HUGE Corpus Christi fans. To learn why, have a look at any of the pristine beaches. Astute readers will quickly realize that they’re covered with bikini clad cuties.
This has led The Boys to conclude that Corpus may well be the best place to search for a candidate for their new high powered Lotto Lab position. The Lotto Lab has been looking for a Female CEO for many years. While The Boys have interviewed thousands of applicants and have offered the position to more than 98% of those that have applied, they’ve yet to fill the position. As quickly as the ladies learn the details, they suddenly remember they need to be somewhere else.
The Boys got very, very close to making a hire back in 2003. The young lady interviewed with The Boys. After the interview The Boys offered her the position. Inexplicably, she accepted. She reported to the Lotto Lair for her first day on the job at the appointed time. She seemed a little nervous at first, but quickly settled in. Then… there was a particularly disturbing rumbling noise coming from the Lotto Loo.
In unison, The Boys stood up and shouted:
“I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!!”
She left for a Latte and never came back. Ladies, the position is still available. 🙂
Like everyone in Corpus, The Boys are feeling lucky. There are so many qualified candidates to choose from, they’re certain they’ll be able to find their new CEO in no time at all. If they don’t, no problem, they’re enjoying the interview process. 🙂
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The city was founded by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney in 1839, as Kinney’s Ranch/Kinney’s Trading Post. It was named Corpus Christi in 1847, and incorporated in 1852. Corpus was part of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. It was home to both treacherous Yankee sympathizers and Confederate States of America patriots. During the Battle of Corpus Christi, fought between the 12th and the 18th of August 1862, the Yankee Navy bombarded the city. The Confederate ships operating in the area were defeated by the Union forces; however, the Yankees were beat back into the sea when they tried to take the city. It was in 1926 that the Port of Corpus Christi was opened, and in 1941, the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was commissioned.
The city has a seawall. It was built after the 1919 storm, which killed hundreds and devastated the entire city. The city also suffered the wrath of Hurricane Celia in 1970, Hurricane Allen in 1980, and Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Believe me, hurricanes, floods, death and doom mean nothing when you live in Corpus. Living here makes it all worthwhile. 🙂
A good percentage of the economy of Corpus Christi is driven by the petrochemicals and oil industry, and tourism. The majority of the city’s population is employed in government sectors, retail and wholesale trades, and in the services (about 6200 civilian employees in the Naval Air Station). The top employer in the city is the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. The Port of Corpus Christi, ranked as the world’s 47th-largest in terms of cargo tonnage, is the 5th-largest in the United States. It also holds the position as the Gulf of Mexico’s deepest inshore port. The port mostly handles agricultural and oil products. The largest facility engaged in the repair of helicopters is located in Corpus Christi as well. In the year 2005, Corpus Christi started providing free W-Fi all over the city, and thus became the first prominent city to offer such a service. However, the free service was stopped in 2007 after Earthlink purchased the network.
Many in Corpus broke out their old citizen band radios and never missed a beat. 🙂
Parts of some of the top Hollywood movies were filmed in Corpus Christi, movies such as Pearl Harbor, The King, The Open Road, Knight Rider 2000, Selena, Target, Tilt, and The Legend of Billie Jean. The ‘USS Lexington’, built during World War II for the US Navy, now serves as a floating museum in the harbor. The ship was featured in the movie Pearl Harbor. A few other attractions located at the museum district include:
- The Harbor Playhouse Theater
- The South Texas Institute for the Arts
- The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
- The Museum of Asian Cultures
- The Heritage Park
The city is home to the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) as well. The TSA is a nonprofit aquarium dedicated to the rehabilitation of Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife, and the promotion of environmental conservation. Corpus Christi is famous for the gardening shows/programs conducted at the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge located on Oso Bay is ideal for watching seabirds. One of the largest ranches in the world, the King Ranch, is located in Corpus Christi. The Midget Ocean Racing Fleet (MORF), engaged in the promotion of sailing in the Coastal Bend is in Corpus Christi as well.
Fishing is one of the popular recreational activities in Corpus Christi. There are a number of piers located around Corpus Christi Bay. If you’re into wade fishing, Oso Bay is the place to be. The city is also a popular destination for kite flyers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders. The Windsurfing World Championship was hosted by the city in 1990. The city has a skating park. The city is an ideal destination for bird watchers as well.
Corpus’ climate is humid subtropical. The city experiences mild winters that are short (November through February), and long hot summers. The city is located 130 miles southeast of San Antonio. According to 2014 census, Corpus Christi has over 300,000 of the world’s most beautiful people. Some of the top universities/colleges in Corpus Christi include:
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- Saint Leo University-Corpus Christi
- Del Mar College
- Vogue Cosmetology School
The city has 2 major bridges, John F. Kennedy Causeway and the Harbor Bridge. The city is served by Interstate 37 and Corpus Christi International Airport.
Corpus Christi cuisine is worth exploring. The city is famous for its seafood platters and enchilada specials. The city is home to a number of award-winning chefs, food-truckers, and mixologists. You’ll also enjoy coastal interpretations of Thai, Japanese, French, and Italian cuisines. The city features a number of nightclubs and bars as well. Texas is famous for its mouthwatering steaks and BBQ, Corpus Christi is no exception. The city has a number of ‘Tex-Mex’ restaurants as well, where you can get authentic Mexican food.
Corpus Christi is THE Spring Break and vacation destination throughout Texas and beyond. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself in Corpus. Don’t leave Texas without visiting.
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