Odd couple

On Wednesday evening I walked down to the Seattle waterfront, in search of some non-finger food. Unfortunately most (all?) of the shops and restaurants in Pike Place Market had already closed for the day.

I eventually found a Tully’s coffee shop that was still open. Bought a turkey & cranberry sandwich on wheat, and a Diet Coke. The sandwich was a fabulous change from the finger food I’ve been eating at each of the evening events all week long.

I had a nice hike back up the hill to my hotel, and afterwards was immediately in need of a sugar fix. Popped into the gift shop and found a my favorite: a PayDay bar. Gigantic, though. 470 calories for the entire bar.

OK. I’ll only eat half now… half tomorrow.

Yeah, right.

After slowly savoring the first half I just couldn’t stop. At least I quenched my thirst with the rest of my Diet Coke.

coke and payday

Bushed at the Garden

Pam and I went to Busch Gardens yesterday. Met up with the kids, with their girlfriend, boyfriend, and his sister.

We hadn’t been there in a while, so it was fun going. But, it was outrageously hot, with little-to-no breeze blowing.

Our first stop: the Hospitality House for a free Bud. Ahh, refreshing… but we were still hot.

The kids called us – they were hanging out at the Tidal Wave. And getting soaked.

Now there’s an idea!

We stood in line forever, but it was worth it. The ride was slow paced, lazily meandering through the backwoods of Africa. Then up the hill and over the top, to speed down to the bottom and land with a huge splash!

Now we were soaked too. And cool.

Even folks not on the ride had a chance to get soaked:

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Now that’s refreshing.


While I was off this week I went on a 4-hour joyride in my little boat.

I started at the boat ramp just south of Hwy 694 in Indian Shores. I cruised up the ICW, checking out the million dollar homes and almost getting stuck on a sandbar in spite of my GPS.

Along the way I saw the most amazing Holiday Inn ever. The boat slips at the waters’ edge were full of ritzy large yachts. As I came up to it I figured it was some very expensive, posh resort hotel. Then as I sailed on past, I looked back to see the Holiday Inn sign. Still pretty impressive.

holiday inn


I headed north past the Causeway Blvd bridge in Dunedin then circled back down and out the pass south of Honeymoon Island and into the Gulf.

I made the long run all the way back down to the pass at Madeira Beach on the outside (in the Gulf) and was able to make pretty good time. (Didn’t have to slow down for all the “no wake” zones that are rampant in the ICW.)

And I beat a storm that was brewing to the east.



4 hours. 48 miles of fun.  Good times.

Click on the picture below to see a few more photos from the road trip…

green buoy

Marley & Me

I’m reading Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog. It’s a bit of a change of pace – lately I’ve been reading Stewart Woods books. His Stone Barrington novels are quick, fun reads.

Marley & Me? It’s a touching story and very entertaining. Very well written. I don’t want it to end.

I never had a pet growing up other than the occasional turtle or parakeet.

After we left Florida just before I entered the first grade I spent the next 20 years in apartments. Not the best atmosphere for a dog.

But once Alix and Zach came along Pam and I decided to take the plunge and get a dog. And we’ve had dogs ever since. Some were lovable  one was completely neurotic (yet lovable , and a couple were just plain stupid.

Gizmo and Ginger have been filling our lives with pleasure and goofiness for a few years now. Dogs are my kind of people.

(Not to say that I don’t like cats – we’ve had a couple of ’em pretty much all the time we’ve had dogs. Booney thinks he’s the master of the house. He’s almost dog-like; a very aloof dog-like cat.)