Saturday, July 10, 2010
I got up about 5:50 this morning, and did my first walk with a little head start. I took a little longer today because my right foot hurt and I thought I might have pounded the cement too hard yesterday. The sun was just coming up when I got home, and the dogs were perfectly happy to see it when it did show over the trees. It was still 76 degrees when we got home.
After breakfast and reading the paper and collecting three pairs of binoculars (but forgetting the camera) the BW was ready to go by 10:00, and we took the fast way to the Tampa Convention Center - across the Courtney-Campbell Causeway and up I275 to the Ashley exit, then down Tampa to the waterfront and straight into the parking garage. We jaywalked across Channelside Drive and so didn't have to walk around three sides of the Center to get there, and were able to see the Gloria, the first ship, just coming in sight at 11:00AM which was the start of the arrival celebration. There were sailors standing on all the cross pieces (yard-arms?) on the front two masts, and one at the top of each of the manned masts. They played stirring music, and it came all the way in and tied up along baywalk, right in front of the convention center. The first hawser was ashore at 11:50, so it took nearly an hour just to get there and touch the dock.
The second ship showed up (could be seen in the distance) at 12:00. It was the US ship, the Eagle, owned by the coast guard, and it just came in to the basin, let the tugs do a three point turn with it, and then left again. I think it was the one that will tie up beyond the Florida Aquarium and the American Victory. By 1:15 we both had had enough sitting on stone steps, and the BW was willing to head for home. Neither of us was willing to wait for the third ship to show. They weren't sailing, but using their auxiliary engines for propulsion, and tugs for maneuvering. They (all three) have steel hulls, radars, and a lot of modern conveniences in addition to sails.
We took a shortcut home, but I don't think it saved us much time. It was only 28 miles back, but I just went a couple of blocks north from the water, picked up route 60, and came across the bottom of Tampa to the causeway. There were lights all the way to the causeway, but we hit most of them green and we didn't have to drive through downtown Tampa that way. We were home a little after three because on the way out we walked the legal (long) way and passed a Starbucks where the BW wanted a caramel frappachino. She also wanted to rest in the air conditioning for a while, and it felt good to me too.
All in all, it was a good Saturday with no rain. But tomorrow I need to cut the grass again.
Friday, July 09, 2010
I managed to get my walks in this morning, go to Home Depot and stock up, and go on down to the Pier for lunch with Chuck McIntyre. We both had Cubans and two beers. When I came home, I managed to succeed in putting together all the plumbing mess to reconnect the toilet and bidet without a leak, and to fix everything in place. I did have to grind a flat on a 1/2 inch fender washer, which I used on top of the new plastic fixture to both replace the nylon washer I removed and hold everything together. The BW is very happy with the result, but I didn't try to install the second one in the other bathroom.
I did take most of the stuff I bought at Home Depot back, and got most of my money returned. They're super good about returns, but I rarely take anything back and always feel guilty when I do.
Then I bought some chicken breasts at Sweetbay and made Italian Country Chicken Soup for supper. I thought it was OK, but the BW didn't like the peas in her chicken soup. That's bad, because I have nearly a gallon of soup left. I guess I'll be eating it for a while.
Tomorrow is our big day for seeing the tall ships sail into the area behind the Convention Center in Tampa. I hope we manage to get there successfully. Since I don't care whether I see them or not, I'm not too stressed out. I'll just go with the flow.
PS. I was only up 2 1/2 pounds last night, still in leeway, and back to normal this morning. Then today I was within my calorie allowance for the day, but I'm not sure how healthy the Cuban was.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Last night was a great meeting - in the Dockside Bar and Grill. It's in the Lake Tarpon Resort facing US 19, and the water comes right up to the embankment for 19. The resort is actually built over the canal with pylons and big decorative footings coming up out of the water. There are a lot of boats moored along both sides of the canal, and you can actually rent a pontoon boat to go explore a large fresh-water lake. I didn't ask if you need to be a guest there in order to rent a boat.
We had a private room with one glass wall overlooking the water, and a door that seemed to be soundproof. At the end of the meeting (which lasted 2 1/2 hours) I walked out into the bar and was almost knocked down by the noise. I guess they worked on the soundproofing.
Unfortunately, they have good food there. I had a Ruben, and it wasn't like the Rubens at Grant's Brewpub. This was not your "healthy" Ruben - it was soaked in butter. I felt bad about using up two of their napkins wiping my hands, but they have to wash them anyhow and I suppose the grease will come out. To help them go down I had two Yuenlings, from the oldest continuously operating brewery in the US, which were also great, and I ate all the french fries, which were actually like English "chips" - thicker than you usually see. Then I came home, with my inhibitions relaxed, and had two ice cream cones, and a frozen apple fritter that I had bought for the BW on Sunday. She told me that she was saving it for Friday, but offered it. I took it.
Then I got up this morning, and I was four pounds heavier than I was Wednesday morning. I also get to weigh in this evening, and to make up for yesterday I had a big breakfast and bigger lunch. I guess I'm suffering from a death wish. I have two hours left before I have to go get weighed, and I'm chicken to get on the scales and see where I am now.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I had an annual appointment with my urologist today, then walked the dogs and helped the BW roll out the hedge trimmer and weed eater. She trimmed to suit herself, and I dragged the dumpster around and raked and picked up all the trimmings. She also went crazy and pruned the camphor tree a little more. I had to stop her from pruning the avocado tree - I had already trimmed it enough to suit me.
The sun comes and goes. There are cumulus clouds scattered all over the sky, and I went from sun to shade four times in a one mile walk with the dogs. It was after 10 in the morning, and they were both panting away by the time we got half way through a short walk, and I was sweating OK by the time we got home. It seemed relatively cool in the shade, but if you move just a little bit you get nice and warm.
I'm going to a meeting of the Tarpon Springs Kiwanis tonight - the Palm Harbor Kiwanis plan to merge with them by 1 October, and we need to get to know each other sooner rather than later. They meet twice a month, once in the morning and once in the evening. We meet every Tuesday morning, and it will be interesting to see how it all works out. It would be nice if we could agree to meet at just one place instead of two, but I don't think it will make a significant difference to the vitality of the future organization.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
For the first time in a few days, the sun is showing. I rolled out at 6 today, went to my Kiwanis meeting, then didn't walk the dogs or myself. I see the urologist tomorrow, and I'll probably skip the walk then unless I just take the dogs out, so maybe I'll walk them later today. I think it's time to work on the frame for the big mirror in the master bathroom, so maybe I'll hit that after lunch, and getting a frame for my PE certificate.
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