If Florida weren’t a land of sand and limestone I’d need oars to get home today.

I find it interesting how much of the four years I spent at the University of Florida that I can replay in my mind. Perhaps my brain was more fertile and receptive to remembering things at that time? I can replay situations that occurred here from 1987-1991 better than I can most of the life that I have experienced over the past twenty years. On Wednesday afternoon I took a walk and looked for the outdoor racquetball courts on which my friend Tom and I used to play. I retraced my steps from my time here only to encounter buildings which I don’t believe existed back then. I found an article placing the construction of the indoor basketball training facility, which sits where I recall the racquetball courts being, staring in 1999.

Sadly I didn’t get to wander campus as I wanted to do. The rain finally let up for an hour around 5:30pm. By that time I made it out to a brewery, ate a decent curry at a restaurant, and later started Night One of my “Making New Memories” tour. (details coming Monday)

You know life is weird, right? I am considering stopping to eat lunch at a Mennonite cafe in Montezuma GA on my drive home today. Why? Because it was mentioned in an email I received this week. I am fascinated by Mennonites (as well as the Amish), but more than that, the reviews of the cafe are really good.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was STONE.

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23 Responses to 2023-06-23

  1. Bob says:

    Safe travels back home, I’m leaving for Florida after lunch today so I’ll wave as I pass you on I-75.

  2. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5, starting with FOCUS. Why, who knows.

    I just looked to see where Montezuma is and that looks like a good excuse to ride a motorcycle.

    My doctors’ appointment yesterday was basically just a meet and greet. She reviewed my meds and refilled a script I’m out of and got me a T-dap shot scheduled. We’ll do the actual “turn your head and cough” in September.

    For fun last night, we cleaned a very overdue barn. With all the rain lately, the horses have trashed it. Maybe it will stay clean- for a day.

    Thinking about Wheelhopper on Sunday. Villa Rica is sorta my side of town.


  3. David says:

    Wordle in 3 starting with PEACE. I managed to defuse a distressing situation yesterday thanks to some excellent coaching from my therapist. I have really been at loose ends as of late.

    Today is a massage day. Tomorrow I’m doing Father’s Day with my kids, we’re hiking Fort Mountain State Park and doing the paddle-boats again. Hopefully the hawks will be out when we get to the overlook.

    I 100% recommend stopping for lunch at the Mennonite place. I once drove about 40 miles out of my way on a long road trip to visit a root beer stand that has been around since the 1950s. It is a treasured memory for my kids and me. Some of best parts of life are the little things like that in the margins.

    TGIF for sure! Safe travels back, Paulie.

  4. Barb says:

    We ate some Mennonite prepared food in Jessup, GA on BRAG at least twice. They annoy me, all the boys & men had store bought clothes, but all the women had home made ugly ass dresses. They also gave us religious pamphlets with our food – we did have some fun doing dramatic readings of those pamphlets at our circle of chairs.

    • Steve says:

      I went through an area of Mennonites when leaving the rally. There were signs on the road to be aware of buggy’s and I might have seen 15 or more. It was Sunday afternoon after lunch. Kinda cool.

    • Sally says:

      I was just going to say that Barb. It was the best grilled chicken and homemade peach ice cream though. Had a few brews at Schoolhouse last night. Working today and tomorrow. Pool party tomorrow afternoon and a GUTS run starting at Woody Gap on Sunday. Wordle in 4 starting with HOUSE.

  5. Barb says:

    Yesterday was the usual chaos around here with the parents.
    Decided to make brunch (since they don’t get up until very late morning) so had bacon & eggs at 1230pm.
    1st event of the reunion weekend was a roller skating party 0800-1000pm.
    Went to a bar 1st for happy hour – about 12 showed up there. I conveniently forgot to bring socks – so I couldn’t skate when we got to the rink. There was at least 25 classmates there (some with kids, grandkids & other relatives).
    We all joked we don’t heal like we used to -is skating a good idea?
    And – then – the organizer of this whole event fell & broke her wrist.
    We are guessing this was the 1st & last reunion skating party.

    But – a smaller gathering was fun – I feel like tonight & Saturday will be so many more people, I’ll talk to people & feel like I talked to no one.

    • Steve says:

      So, was roller skating something folks were doing in high school?

      • Barb says:

        We skated more in elementary & junior high (once people had cars it wasn’t a thing). But – since we all have known each other for the majority of our lives, she thought it would be fun, as we all have way too many memories of skating.

      • I was a roller skater in high school.

      • David says:

        Oops! Best laid plans on the skating party. I skated in high school as well, and also when I was in the Navy.

  6. Barb says:

    Grocery store (HyVee) outing this morning – they have the weirdest fuel points system. Random items have .03, .04, .05, etc. fuel cents off. Then an actual coupon for 50 cents off $50 purchase (that the cashier had scissors & cutout of the ad). Somehow we got .67 cents off.
    Aldi is much less confusing.

  7. Took the scenic route from south of Valdosta to Montezuma. Saw many real farms along the way. Hope this food is good because I am waiting in a long line to eat it.

  8. I have better cell coverage in Montezuma than I do in Atlanta.

  9. Home. Detoured when traffic on I75 got predictably bad. Good scare in McDonough when I feared someone ignoring a red light was going to t-bone me. Fortunately his/her brakes worked well.

  10. WLF had a major collapse of tomato plants, and unsurprisingly a lot of rodent damage to the fruit.

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