Florida

Well I’m still alive, for those of you who were concerned. The trip is proceeding with mixed results. I had a great time in Pensacola with my buddy Larry, visiting the naval aviation museum and polishing off a few bottles of wine. Although driving there from Miami was a drag: the panhandle is almost as long as the peninsula and just as boring. Driving back was even worse. I stopped in Orlando for the bluegrass jam and found it rained off, and despite a promising start the Russian didn’t work out as I’d hoped. Tomorrow we have my brother’s 50th birthday party which I hope will be good. And I had a job interview by Skype this morning which has the potential to see me change country again. I’ll be sure to let you know where if it comes off.

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16 thoughts on “Florida

  1. You drove from Miami to Pensacola????

    And back again.

    Fly, dude, fly.

    It looked closer on the map!

  2. Never seen the panhandle.
    Drove the peninsula.
    LOVED every mile of it. So much country there I want for my personal ranch. So scenic, so beautiful, etc etc.
    I’d be prepared to kill to own a decent sized ranch there.

    And the peninsula is as flat as a billiard table, which is quite something.
    (Also I couldn’t understand ANY of the ladies working in the couple of roadhouses I stopped at – it was like they’d just come down from mars & were babbling in an alien mumble)

  3. “(Also I couldn’t understand ANY of the ladies working in the couple of roadhouses I stopped at – it was like they’d just come down from mars & were babbling in an alien mumble)”

    I think Americans say the same thing when they go to Nottingham or Glasgow. 🙂

  4. You drove from Pensacola to Miami? Heh. Florida, farthest tip to farthest tip is well over 800 miles. Ah, but of course you likely know this…now. I-10 is one of the most boring drives. I presume when you got to the peninsula you drove down the west coast at least. We once, 20 years ago, drove US 98 through the panhandle area as an option to the boring I-10 drive to get to Destin. I knew it would be slower but we were meeting family who were expected to arrive later so speed wasn’t an issue. While at least you pass through a few small towns, my God what a dull drive. Miles and miles and miles of the same kinds of pine trees. And then a town. Then more trees. But the small, old Florida towns were nice. And the oysters from that area are excellent.

  5. I think Americans say the same thing when they go to Nottingham or Glasgow.

    Or certain pubs in London.

  6. Tim,
    I hope you enjoyed your visit to The Sunshine State – and I’m glad to hear the ‘gators didn’t get you!

  7. Good luck with the job. I hope for all* our sakes that it is located somewhere suitably random and vibrant.

    *possibly not yours…

  8. “hope for all* our sakes that it is located somewhere suitably random and vibrant.”

    PNG Gas with Total? Not to worry about the Russian Sheila either as there are plenty of well educated local lasses named after the various Queens of England up there that would more than love to meet you.

    All the best with the job prospect, I always knew that you had it in you to step up to the challenge of a senior Document Controller role.

    Just as long as you can squeeze in an Ashes write up before you start.

    ………………………………………………………….

    Papua LNG, which is a joint venture between French oil major Total, Exxon Mobil Corp and Oil Search, is part of a $US13 billion ($19 billion) project to develop gas fields off PNG’s shores and double the country’s exports of LNG.

  9. “meeting a mysterious Russian woman”

    “the Russian didn’t work out as I’d hoped.”

    You’d think he’d learn.

    Then again, maybe it was just research for the next book.

  10. You would, wouldn’t you?

    When I know rationally that what I’m doing or considering doing is daft, but for whatever reason I haven’t accepted this and realise I’m ignoring my better judgment, I find it useful to go and talk things over with a particularly outspoken mate. After being told in no uncertain terms what a pillock I’m being, it tends to sink in after that.

    Personally I wouldn’t be too keen to substitute “the judgment of an outspoken friend” with “The Interwebs”, but different strokes for different folks…

  11. “Connor and I kept our relationship on the down-low due to the polyamorous nature of it…”

    Ahahahahaha!

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