Davin trip ’06

Sunday brlunch
’06 already? Man. So as you might have guessed, I had a great time having Davin down last week. We got up to a number of things besides South Beach/Miami and WMC. We explored Lido Key beach and St. Armand’s Circle and its circus wagonwheels; the Mote Marine Aquarium with the giant squid, sharks, rays you could touch, giant sea turtles and manatees that wouldn’t come out of their corner despite the best pleas of the volunteers; drove all over town looking for an HBO series, Da Ali G Show on DVD, which we find at Video Renaissance; also took in a couple of Firefly episodes. And how could I forget our trip to Busch Gardens? We started the day off right by getting soaked by one of the water rides: kept us just the perfect amount of cool. I think we rode seven coasters by days end, including a wooden one that I think bruised my brain. Seriously. Okay, not so much with the serious but man — you haven’t… er… experienced all there is to experience with coasters until you’ve ridden the Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa. Be prepared to be useless for about half an hour or so afterwards. Perfect time to hit the Hospitality House and pick up a complimentary beer or two, perhaps hit the Zambia Smokehouse while you’re at it and be sure to get their macaroni and cheese as a side. And finish the day by riding the Montu: pure high-tech fun, about as polar opposite from the Gwazi as you can get while still talking about coasters. Had so much fun we rode it twice — the second time in the front row šŸ™‚
That was Monday night, and as you might know Wednesday is when we drove to Miami; Tuesday day we toured the plant and Davin got to see where I work; afterwards drove out 20 minutes to the north gate of Myakka River State Park to discover it was closed and we’d have to drive around to the south gate instead, then, almost canoeing, except it was too windy. Which in retrospect was okay, given the ‘gators looked hungry that day. Shortly after arriving back home, chopped up a whole lot of onions, chicken, tomato and added Patak’s curry sauce and bam! Instant curry. Except I think I made it a little too hot for a few people. To the would-be complainers: they say spices are good for your immune system, you know! You should be paying me! šŸ™‚ Ha ha.
[insert WMC here]
Coming back from WMC, at 5:30am I set an alarm for 8:30, knowing that Melissa would likely call around that time to confirm the 9:30am breakfast plans we sketchily made while I was getting crushed at the Prodigy concert the night before. Not exactly sure what I was thinking, hah, but we changed plans and went for brlunch instead zipped directly from there to the airport.
Jam packed. But not enough time to go looking for shark’s teeth in Venice, or check out the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, or visit the Kennedy Space Center on the other coast. Or visit the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete. Or go scuba diving in the keys. Or check out Key West. Or go to a Lightning game. Yeah there were a few things we didn’t get to. All that means is he just has to come back šŸ™‚ Hee hee. All in all a great trip and my place felt eerily empty after he was gone, making me feel a little sad. But not for long, because now I know the power of TXTMSGING and can reach him whenever I want šŸ™‚