Eight hours of driving yesterday brought my short trip to Florida to a close. It was good to see my mom, because at some point in time it will be the last time I see her. I have seen the future and all is not good (this is a general observation, not necessarily something specific to her).
Today’s post will have a couple of more photos than usual, not as many as I’d like because I didn’t take all that many and I didn’t get a chance to process most of the shots last night either. Also missing from the collection are any of my mother because she was too vain and didn’t want her photo taken because she hadn’t had her hair done in a while. True story.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
In order to see I have to be willing to be seen.
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
In Many Ways Four Days Was An Eternity, In Others A Split-Second
I love my mother dearly, but the ideal visiting period is no more than three days. This is especially true when the weather doesn’t cooperate and my photographic opportunities tend toward zero and I am left sitting in the house watching television — I have to admit to becoming somewhat hooked on Monk but I think it’s mostly because of Traylor Howard.
Mornings in Florida were mostly overcast, which is good for cycling but notsomuch for photography, with rain storms rolling through mid-morning/afternoon. Once the rain would stop the weather would become hot and extremely humid. I know, this is actually normal for Florida summers, but it was disappointing regardless.
Mom and I got along well, until the topic turned to politics. Luckily, as things started to get heated the phone rang and the argument was abated.
When In Doubt, Find A Brewery
Long after I moved away from Florida the craft beer brewing movement began. As I drove around I saw that a section of road cleanup was sponsored by Dunedin Brewery. On Friday I needed to get out of the house for a while so I started my mission to find it — which was actually very close to my mom’s and not hard to find at all.
At the brewery I ordered up a sample platter of beer and consumed another pint of their finest. Since the brewery only sold their bottles cold and I was planning on transporting some ITP I sought out a local liquor store and stocked up with a case and a half of beer. I know that you know that it won’t go to waste. 😉
ITP Flickr Pics
In some ways it felt as if I had never left Atlanta
This is the Tampa Bay edition of Creative Loafing.
Let me remind you of Saturday’s cycling goal
This route is approximately twenty-five miles long.
Proof that I get no more photogenic after an hour and twenty minutes of bike riding
I too am in front of Tropicana Field but my noggin obscures it, and I couldn’t figure out how to get my head and the background evenly exposed.
And finally, proof that I love my mother.
On Saturday night I passed up the opportunity to go to a baseball game and played bingo at the local VFW hall with my mom instead; bingo is my mother’s favorite hobby. I came close to winning two games but never did. I seriously think I was the youngest person, except for one woman perhaps, by at least twenty years.
Even Though I Am Not A Braves Fan I Will Miss Skip Caray
Like many my age the Harry and Skip Caray were voices associated with baseball. In the days before cable tv Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson, Ralph Kiner (Mets announcers), and Phil Rizzuto (Yankees announcer) were my baseball voices, but since getting WGN and TBS I’ve watched more Cubs and Braves games than I can count.
Yesterday’s loss of Skip Caray, age 68, was another blow to my past and another reminder that we all need to live for today.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay but somewhat uneasy
Current Music – nothing, there has been a snafu with my music setup at work
Website Of The Day – Every time I try to do photography I learn that I have a lot to learn. Expect me to be visiting Short Courses a lot in the near future.
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday – cycling, 50 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 50 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds (huh, all that riding and I still added weight)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
1) Run/Walk no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 150 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least two books
5) Make my bed every day