Tampa Saturday..

The current (one of the) joke around our home is to say to the other person “How about we go to the Farmer’s Market in Ybor City on Saturday?” This is a good line to make the other person smile if they are having a particularly bad day.  Just don’t over use it! So you can guess that the Saturday when we were in Tampa we went to the Farmer’s Market in Ybor City. It is like most farmer’s markets, except that this one is in Florida.

We headed out of our room into the fog (second day in a row) and headed across Tampa to Ybor City. Ybor City is the Cuban and Latin quarter of Tampa. They used to have factories producing cigars in Ybor City. Then most of the industry left and the area went to hell. Over the last ten or 20 years the area has been revitalized.

This particular Saturday also was the Annul Ybor City Flan Festival. In addition to the farmer’s market they closed the streets and the food vendors and such came out to hawk their wares. We happened upon the Flan Festival last year. This year we planned to be in Tampa the same weekend as the Flan Festival. What is Flan?  Here is a Wiki link that should explain it.  We skipped the flan but we collected beads and some of the local foods.  It rained for about ten minutes. Typical Florida weather, the rain starts and stops whenever.

Here is a link to the Drop Box folder containing all the pictures from Ybor City.

Here are a few highlights from the morning

Thanks for reading

Namaste

 

 

Summer time is garden time..

Tomatoes and cucumbers are the main crop again this summer. We had two yellow squash and then some insect that boars into the stem killed the squash plants. They also killed two of the pumpkin plants. The melon plants, no fruit so far again this year.  They never seem to produce in my yard.  The tomatoes have been ground up and frozen for the most part. The cucumbers have been pickled, eaten raw and given away.  I need to go out and pick tomatoes again tonight or tomorrow. There are lots of red “things” mixed in with the green leaves in the garden.

Other summer happenings include my DW and I going to the Tuckahoe Inn in Beasley’s Point, NJ to see Scott Kirby play. Scott is one of our favorites. We try to catch his shows when he is on the road in the summer time. During the winter he can be found at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon in Key West, Florida.  Here is a link to the pictures I shot last night. I also shot a video of one of the songs and posted that song on You Tube.  We had great time even getting up to dance to two songs. We probably would have danced more, but I was concerned about leaving my camera at the table unattended. He will be back in New Jersey in August.  We are already planning on going to that show.

DS1 continues to work. He has found some friends that he is supposed to be moving into an apartment with in mid September. The apartment is closer to his current job and closer to Philadelphia (should he be looking to change jobs).  DS2 has returned from his week’s vacation in North Carolina with his girl friend’s family. He had a good time and learned how challenging a ten-year old child can be. DS3 is continuing to work in the landscaping business this summer. The  two college boys are looking forward to returning to school (and getting out of the house..).

Saturday we are planning to go to Annapolis for the day to see the Chesapeake Bayhawks  professional lacrosse game.  There is too much going on to stay the night (and the extra cost).

Here are a few pictures from the last week.  Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Namaste

Doing the Time Warp..

Not the dance, just an abbreviated overview of Days 6, 7 and 8. These were all lacrosse days. The reason, or excuse for traveling to Florida each January is to play in the Florida Lacrosse Classic.  I play on the OWU Men’s 45 plus team. This tournament has three age levels, 45 plus, 50 plus and 60 plus.  The 60 plus guys had two games this year. Most years they only play in one game. I guess there are more active players reaching the 60 plus bracket.

Friday, January 18 was Day 6. The 45 plus team played in four games that morning. Each game was 18 minute running time halves. We played at  8 am, 9 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Wow!  So, you wanted to play lacrosse in Florida.  Welcome home, as it were. The 50 plus team played later in the day at 2 pm and 3:30 pm. I primarily played on the 45 plus team, but I did play some of the 50 plus games when the older guys needed a break.  The 45 plus team went 2 wins and 2 losses on Friday. The 50 plus team lost both of their games.  After we played there was a huge tailgate with red solo cups and much laughter.

Saturday, January 19 was Day 7.  The 50 plus team had a game in the morning that they lost. The 45 plus team played 2 games in the afternoon that we lost both of.  After the second 45 plus game/loss of the afternoon there was another lively tailgate in the parking lot.

Sunday, January 20 was Day 8 and the last day of the tournament.  The 45 plus team played at 9 am, winner would be in third place for the weekend. Looser, not really sure. We won a very close and spirited game against a team that had beat us on Saturday in a close game loss.  The 50 plus team’s final game was won by forfeit. The other team went home.. So, we got our entire team together, along with DS3 and some players from other teams and had a pick up game Sunday afternoon. DS3 was really happy to be able to play since he watched the old guys play all weekend.  Sunday night was the team dinner at the Carolina Ale House where we watched New England lose their football game.

There you go, three-days in 400 or so words.  The daily schedule for those three days was something like this: get up, breakfast was a sandwich from McDonald’s. Play lacrosse. Come home to timeshare, make a real breakfast. Take a nap, get up, play lacrosse, tailgate, cook dinner (or eat out) and go to bed. Repeat until the weekend is over.  All in all, for the weekend I played in 11 lacrosse games.  My DW and DS3 shot pictures of all the games, the tailgates and the sidelines. There are about 3000 pictures on my computer from the weekend. I will continue to go through them for content and clarity and then post them to the web.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend of lacrosse. Enjoy!

Namaste