End of the Trip

March 3, 2018

Well, the truck is mostly loaded, last minute packing and cleaning wrapping up…. Will hate to go. Met some nice people down here (Ron and Brenda, Rick, Kash and others…), met up with an old face (Don), and generally had such a relaxing time with lovely weather that returning home is hard.

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Had our last tuna dinner at Patches (yes, the vegan broke down and had some).

 

 

 

 

Spent some time on the beach. Did I mention that several hundred Portugese Man O’ Wars washed up on the beach? Pretty but painful.

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Here’s the last shot of the building at night, the full moon rising above.

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See you all soon! Love you!

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Starting to Wind Down…

February 28, 2018

Can’t believe this month has gone by so fast. Cathy is coming down to make sure I come home — we leave Saturday morning. I’ve already started using up the stuff in the fridge and freezer (tonight’s specialty of the condo was chicken breasts sprinkled with basil, garlic salt, and some other dried green stuff, poached in Heineken and served topped with medium salsa and garlic hummus. Yum!) Cannot complain about the weather at all. The average high temperature here in February is 66. Since I have arrived, we’ve only had 2 days below that (and one was the day I arrived), and have had 15 straight days in the 70s and almost no rain. Supposed to be above 70 until the day after we leave. That’s why I can take pictures from the gulf like this:

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In other news…

IMG_20180227_173750342_HDR-02Spring breakers are starting to arrive, which means beer cans on the beach and idiots shouting off the balconies. I did find out, however, that the guys who put the chairs out on this part of the beach are seriously anal retentive. I watched them lay these chairs out using a string to make sure they were lined up and a level to make sure they were flat. One guy was even arguing that they had to line up between the posts of Pineapple Willy’s pier. That’s dedication at $10.50 an hour.

Here’s  gratuitous semi-scary sunset from the pool at the condo. Did I say yet how much I like this place?

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Shark! Or Orca!

February 24, 2018

We had our first shark sighting today! Or maybe it was a killer whale! Whatever! Because this brave young lad wrestled the dangerous beast to shore! Well done, brave young lad, well done!

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Notta Lotta

February 23, 2018

Sorry, not much new to talk about. I haven’t needed to drive anywhere for a week now — nice self-contained little area I’m at now.

I have had the chance to go out and enjoy the sun. Here’s where I spent lunch yesterday (after a quick dip in the gulf):

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Unfortunately, the shore being the shore, here’s the view at dinner time yesterday:

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The beach walks are great, though. Sunset was nice tonight, and I have proof I was there to see it!

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That’s all I got. I’ll try to go out and do something bad (or at least interesting) this weekend. Love you all.

Time to Catch Up!

February 21, 2018

Been awhile, I know (and have been reminded), since my last post.Not a lot, really, to report. With the exception of my evening walks, I’ve been pretty much staying in. Haven’t been to anyplace other than Walmart for groceries and Walgreens for prescriptions (both within walking distance) since Friday. I hope the truck starts.

 

IMG_20180220_204046677Here’s one of the reasons why: The certification test for Project Manager Professional is a little over a month and I’m only on Chapter 3. Its a very good chapter, considering I’m having trouble sleeping. Once I get the certification, I can start managing projects again, which I hated so much 25 years ago that I decided to be a consultant and do technical work.

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Here’s my view at night off the balcony when I decide whether I want to hit the hot tub (right upper corner of the picture). I usually don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

Storms were going on off-shore somewhere today, leading to the “if you chose to swim, the first help you’ll get is when the Coast Guard pulls your bloated, half-chewed-by-sharks body from the gulf maybe tomorrow maybe the day after” red flag. I didn’t swim.

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I did catch the Daytona 500 Sunday. Great race. I have decided to switch my favorite driver to Ryan Blaney, and my multiple rooting interests sticking with the Penske team. (If Kyle Larson hadn’t lost the Target sponsorship right after I paid $15 for the Target hat, he’d still be in the running. But we vote with our wallets. Good luck, Kyle, it was nice while it lasted…) The Penske guys are all dudes that are good for the sport. Logano won’t put up with bullies, and having been bullied quite a bit as a child, that makes him a hero in my book. Keselowski might be a bit too aggressive as a competitor, but he’s one of the leading voices among drivers who lobby for changes so everyone has a chance. From a competition standpoint, he knows that the sport is better when one manufacturer has no clear advantage over the others, and his stance on driver safety is nothing to sneeze at either. And Blaney realizes the importance of connecting with fans of all ages. For example, a mom tweeted that her son was in the area and wanted to know where he would be doing an appearance so he could meet him. Blaney tweeted her back with the name of the restaurant where he was eating and invited her to bring her son to drop by for a visit, which she did. Who else on the circuit would do that? My guess is no one. Here he is in the garage capturing a fan for life:

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Here’s the extended forecast for PCB. Can’t remember having more than 3 days of 70+ temps in any February that I’ve been coming down here. I’m hoping the forecast holds true.

One of those stay in days — temperature is nice (slider open at almost 8 at night), but damp and foggy — so it was a stay-in day. That doesn’t keep me from looking back at warmer days and give you an idea what the place is like.

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I’ve likely said it before, but this is my first time staying at a large resort-y kind of place. But given that its only about 20% full, has an outdoor hot tub, and I’m one of the youngest people here, well, its not half-bad. The outdoor speakers at ground level play classic rock all day, not exactly my thing, but the stuff is mostly harmless and not your typical fare — heard Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” while sticking my head over the balcony today. Here’s what it looks like at ground level.

The room is high up. Here’s the view from the end of the hallway. Those rooftops are on a 14 story building.

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That’s about it for today. I need to get back to my 5-day old chicken salad…