Thursday, December 31, 2015
Fog, a Crown Roast and a Courthouse
We are almost done here in Florida. Getting close.
Yesterday Dave and I were up early and headed back to Bradenton. First we picked up my friend Sue, our party co-host, who needed a lift to her weekend place on Anna Maria Island. It was the least we could do, given all her help the day before! We stopped for my essential morning coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts drive-through, and drove down without any trouble despite fog that blanketed the Sunshine Skyway and made a kitesurfer in the bay seem like an apparition of a prehistoric bird.
After dropping Sue off, Dave and I met his family at the Cortez Cafe for breakfast. Then it was a day of cooking and chatting at their house. I didn't get outside once because it was too bloody hot. It really is like summer around here. It's ridiculous, although apparently a cold snap is due in a few days.
I talked with Dave's sister Chris, who lives in South Dakota and who I'd never met before this week. Meanwhile Dave and his sister Dawn made a pork crown roast, the kind that stands in a circle with little paper booties on all the bone-ends. Our booties were the colors of SweeTarts.
We left his parents with a boatload of leftover wine from the party, as well as some food. We hit the road last night and came back to Tampa, and now we're at Le Meridien, a hotel in the old downtown federal courthouse. I wrote about it briefly when I visited back in February, but I've never had a chance to stay here before now. It's really different. A bit institutional with its marble hallways and high ceilings, but that's the whole point -- I love the fact that so much of the old building was preserved.
This morning I have got to get out for some exercise. My head is spinning from all the socializing, so I could use some alone time, too.
Happy New Year, everybody! I'll report back tomorrow, in 2016!
(Photo: A pelican in Bradenton.)