Tag: Florida

On the Gulf Coast 3

Posted January 14th, 2013
On the Gulf Coast 3

Manatees hang in the water at the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) in Apollo Beach, seemingly born by the currents of oblivion as little fish nibble at their skin and sharks school protectively around them. At a distance they are nothing but brown bumps, little islands. When one glides by, dappled with light that barely penetrates…

On the Gulf Coast 2

Posted January 12th, 2013
On the Gulf Coast 2

Our rental for this Florida vacation is a Kia Optima, a perfectly nice car, but not what I planned on. Dollar was offering a deal where I might get either a compact or an upgrade. Turns out that the upgrade was a Grand Caravan and there were no compacts. Backed into that automotive corner, I…

On the Gulf Coast 1

Posted January 11th, 2013
On the Gulf Coast 1

We updated the the Garmin Nuvi and lost Serena. Serena’s charming English diction tended to break down with the letter “r” but that was kinda fun, you know, the “what on earth did she just say?” giggle. With the update, the voice changed to something of slightly flattened affect, still distinctively English but something less…

Florida Shivers

Posted January 10th, 2010

It’s only hours until we depart Florida and we’ll be as cold when we leave as we will be when we get home. Not to complain, of course. We came here to have a week of comparative warmth and that it what we got. It was much worse in Maryland. How cold is it in…