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Monday, February 22, 2010

Almost forgot. A few Pictures from Sunday






















As promised, a few Pictures from Sunday.

Beach day.

More to come later.

Too tired.

Hello Kentucky. . . Ya'll

Julie and I made it to Williamsburg KY from Tampa FL in just about 11 hours today. We left my Dad's at around 9:30am and drove until 11:30pm. Stopped in at the top of Florida for lunch. Then took an hour break at a strip mall right outside of Atlanta for fear of hitting rush hour. Went through 2 rain storms, and 2 traffic jams. For dinner, we went to an Applebee's somewhere near the top of Tennessee. Had a strange exchange with the waitress.

Her: What'll ya'll have?
Me: Coffee, water. To eat I'll have the quesadilla burger.
Her: Alright then. Cream and sugar?
Me: No.
Her: Some french fries then?
Me: Sure.
Her: Pink or not pink?
Me: Ummm. I'm sorry, what?
Her: You want pink or no?
Me: I don't know what that means.
Her: How's it cooked?
Me: ...How's wha--
Her: The burger... Pink on the inside, or not?
Me: Oh. Pink.

Am I strange for never having heard of this? What happened to rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well done? When did they all get lumped into two categories, one being "pink", and one being "not pink"?

God damn confederates.

Anyhow. With luck Julie and I will be home tomorrow [Tuesday] before 5pm.

When I got in the rental this morning it was 72 and sunny. Going to bed, it's 43 and foggy. Tomorrow's forecast is pavement.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday/Sunday




Castle at night.








Fire Works








Spectro-something or another parade.








Mosaic.







God Damn Disney! [Magic Kingdom entrance]






Saturday was Julie's birthday [Happy Birthday!] and we went to Magic Kingdom. Wonderful day, weather wise. Beautiful outside. 70's and sunny out.


Ton of fun.


Rode rides. Ate below average food for outrageous prices. Ran around like we were 7 years old again. Saw a bunch of iconic stuff. Took pictures. Played Tourist and loved it.

All in all great day Saturday, all day.



Happy Birthday hat.









Tea cups.










Cindy's house.










Holy crap.





Here's a video of the tea cup ride.

video



So... Today, [Sunday] was a more lazy day. After getting home from Disney last night, Julie and I were both exhausted.

Woke up later than normal. Had coffee. Dad made breakfast. Spent some time on the back porch soaking up sun.

Went to the ocean. Well, Gulf of Mexico, but it's ocean to me. Dug in the sand. Walked the shore. Collected shells. Just had a nice easy day.
Also saw this sweet fort built in the early 1900's. Got pictures of all that too, but I figured I'd wait for those.

We leave tomorrow.

Kind of bummed.


Been having a great time though.

Awesome vacation.

Friday, February 19, 2010

58 - cool and windless

















Captions/explanations later.
Magic Kingdom tomorrow.

Fixes

Good morning.
Yesterday was our first full day in FL. We woke up at the hotel Thursday, hit the road by 9am, and made it to my [Shaun's] Dad's house by noon.

Dad took Julie and I [and his two dogs] to a nice little hidden beach area by a big bridge. Met some bums who lived there, as well as some dead fish. There was a whole week where the temperatures in Tampa were so cold it killed a ton a fish and they all washed up when the tide was high. It was strange to walk along the water and see all kinds of fish just dead on the beach. It was a really neat little area. My Dad's always been good about finding secluded, cool areas.

After that we dropped the dogs off, and went to this Pier park a few blocks from his house. Walked around the park and up and down the pier. We could see downtown Tampa across the bay. Really cool. Really terrible graffiti on the pier. Just random cuss words written everywhere. Very funny. "FUCK SHIT BITCH WHORE FUCKER" ... I mean, c'mon kids. Let's get creative.

After that we drove around Dad's neighborhood, looked at the town a bit. Came back to his house and sat in the sun room talking. Had a few beers, and watched Law and Order out in the sun. We waited for Sherry to come home so we could go out to dinner.

We went down to Michell's Fish Market where my step-sister manages the bar, and had a very nice dinner. Very, very nice restaurant. Great service. Wonderful fish. Live piano. The works. Talked with my step-sister for a while. She was working, so she couldn't sit with us the entire time, but we got some info back and forth.

Came back to the house, and took it easy for the rest of the night. All in all, a good first day.



Today is going to be more of the same...
Sun, fun, and relaxation.
Tentative plans for the day:

Shopping
See the ocean/manatee
Ybor City
maybe going to the Animal Shelter

We'll see.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunshine State

Back yard. Dad's house - FL





Next to the pier, few blocks from Dad's house. FL





By the water/Gandy Bridge - Tampa FL





Inside. Dad's house - FL.





Back yard by the pool. Dad's house - FL





On the road - final hours. FL




Paying attention to the road. FL




Distance left. FL




Getting ready for bed @ hotel. FL






Rental ride taking a rest after 1100 miles. FL




Couple of pictures from the last leg of our journey. Sorry about the strange order. Don't feel like figuring out how to put them in a chronological order right now.

More to come later. Off to dinner.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Uploading from FL Hotel

New Shades. GA.




Fire Works below Christmas Inn. KY.




The front of Shoney's menu. Brilliant. TN.




Sleep. KY.






Ice Mountain. KY.





God's Work in God country. KY.





Big Hills. KY.





Driving. Sleep Deprived. TN.



GEORIGA!

Hi everyone, it's Julie. It's 48 here in Georgia and really sunny :-D We drove through the mountains this morning, it was amazing, sooo beautiful. So far we have taken a nap in Kentucky, ate at a Shoney's in Tennessee for breakfast, I got a new pair of sun glasses when we got to Georgia.... they're alright... there wasn't a big selection at the gas station and we just ate at Arby's. We left last night at 10:30 after Lost, I love Lost <3 I'm glad we waited . Penny is at Shaun's grandma's house for the week, I miss her a lot :'-( I hope she doesn't think we abandoned her... Shaun says she will be fine.... I hope so. Well, I'm going to get off of here now, only about 6 more hours to go until we are in Florida!!!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here we come.


7:55pm

Julie is packing the last of her things up. I'm blogging and watching a public access Soul Train type show... Now Julie's dancing like the people on TV.

Soon Lost will be on. I'll pack up the rented car while the re-run airs at 8.

Fred and Ryan are supposed to be here for the party. I'm waiting on them.

Ready to go. Florida: Here we come.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Day After


Yesterday [Sunday] was Valentines Day. We didn't really celebrate. Instead, we went to Subway, visited Julie's parents, cleaned up messes after Penny, Chatrouletted, and watched Arrested Development.

We did our Valentines stuff the night before. I [Shaun] took Julie out to the mall to buy her a new bathing suit for our Florida trip, then to Cirilla's for her to pick out anything she wanted. Ended up that all that shopping was worth it. Although I have a hard time dealing with the public in large quantities, I had a lot of fun. Mostly because I was with Julie and we usually have fun together.

Today is Monday, and we leave tomorrow night. Today will be a day of packing and figuring out car renting and so on. Last I checked it was mid to high 60's in Tampa all this week, which will be perfect. Not too hot, but not cold by any means and perfect weather for exploring Tampa.

It's going to be like this.