Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Rod brought deer salami. Mmm good stuff. Think I'll go shoot me one.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sister Mindi and Ashley.
Signing the legal documents. The preacher on the right. Were they laughing at one my funny stories? Uh, no.
Dave and Lisa Makeever. Dear friends, and charter Tiki night members from Chambers Street days. Yeah, Dave, its fun now, but wait for those bills to roll in.
Dave and Jeremy Main doing some singing and air guitar. That strange laugh in the background is from one of Jeremy's friends and may be the most demoniacal one I've ever heard.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Best view in BFE. Forget the towering views from the cliffs of BFE, or the majestic city skyline, or even the bustling commerce of business and traffic downtown: the best view from BFE is in the Recreation Center with the town's coldest beer.
We drove North up to Reynolds and had a cold one at Jeronimo's and then over to Sherrard to the Office. Haven't seen too many urinals with ice in it.
A little taste of home at the Office. Notice the palm trees painted on the wall and the sand toward the road. Everything a St. Peterite needs to feel at home.
We had saved a couple expensive cigars Carrie bought in North or South Carolina and brought them along. Nice weather, a couple Macanudos, a beer and peanuts made for a great afternoon.
The ride was nice and enjoyed being back in the saddle again. I am storing the Kawi up here for awhile: St. Pete isn't the best place for bike riding. I'll either ship it down at some point, leave it here in storage (don't worry Tim, I have a place that will store it long-term) or sell it.
Saturday night we went to Beer-Bellies in Aledo with Mark and Holly and had a great time. This is Nancy and her back up singer, Kathy, along with the music director working on a number. Credit should also go to Kris Salmon up on the stage singing pretty well.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Drat! We missed breakfast by 15 minutes so had to settle for lunch. I had a tenderloin but it was the usual frozen variety that is thrown in a deep fat fryer. It was OK, but a nice "real" one would have been better.
And a Dutch Apple Pie that is heading over to Aledo for Mark and Holly.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Take off. I don't worry much when flying anymore. I don't know if that's because I do it more than ever before or what, but I find it the best way to travel. By the way, we fly Allegiant non-stop to Peoria and bought our tickets for $19.99. Imagine flying round trip, 2 people for $80.00!
It's always good to return to Illinois, an opinion not shared by my travel companion (too cold). Once we land, a quick stop at Enterprise rental and on to Burgess with a brief stop at Neighbor Tim's for a beer or two. We will be staying with Marvin and Janine while back. Lots to do, with hopefully a good weekend for some bike riding.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Quite a few people we have seen do this along the beach. Not sure what they call it but it's kind of a beach-based surfing. My observation is that it is a lot of work for very little payoff. Guess the waves aren't strong enough for surfing, so this is the next best thing. What would you call it? Sand surfing? Shore boarding? Anyway. these guys are enjoying the last days of really great warm Gulf water. Soon the water will get just a little bit cooler and by November, damn too cold to enter. There is, however, a small contingent of Northern transplants down here that make it a point to take a short exhilarating swim on Christmas. Much like our Polar Bear dips up north. Brave and hearty souls.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Strange sights like this woman with a parrot or some such thing on her shoulder. Arrgh, matey.
Lots of boats out on the water today.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that I am apparently "in the game." Drew and Brendan purchased pellet air pistols. I decided I'd like one, too so I bought one. The game has few rules: hit a fellow gamer when least expecting it. Or, even when they expect it. These little pistols pack quite a little punch for $6.95. Drew has a welt under his ear and Brendan got one pretty darn close to his ear. When I said I wanted out I was told you can never get out once you are in. So now I'm jumpy as a whore in church. We are having a cookout at Drew's and all the players will be there. I'm bound to get shot several times and lack of weapon does not excuse you from the action.
Brendan and Drew buying their air pistols and ammo.
Drew fires and Brendan takes the shot.
Damn, and now I have to get involved in this stuff. Well, alright, Pilgrims, listen and listen tight. First son-of-a-bitch hits me below the belt is gonna get a good education from the 'Old Professor', got it?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Man, what it would be like to have something like this on a lazy day down here. Of course the old saying is the 2nd best day of your life is when you sell your boat. Maybe, but there's got to be some fun in between buying and selling.
You see a lot of these around the beaches. Its almost a standing kayak sort of thing. They make it look easy and tempting - bet it's not.
See that little speck in the middle?
Yup, that's some guy walking around out there. In some places its no more than 3 inches deep.
This is "The Real Thing" and makes me wonder what I'd name my boat. I remember seeing a trailored boat along I-74 years ago when I was cruising in one of my old cars named "Almost Satisfied." When I worked at the Mary at certain times I'd hear up in the front office "Break time!" Maybe that would make a nice name. But it might also be "Yo Quierro" which means "I need/want" in Spansih.
This poor video captures two dolphins early on then my camera couldn't find them again.