Wednesday, February 20, 2013

So, I Was Just Riding Along...

When I came to this:

Had I been on my cross bike, it wouldn't have been end of the trail, by any means!  This was my first ever ride in my new hometown.  It's about 40 miles of paved trail - the Pinellas Trail.  It's quite fun...the trail meanders though several quaint, cool towns.  However, it's not really designed for a speedy 60-100 miles.  It's better for a leisurely ride.

This is a view from the SPBC's (St. Pete Bike Club) start.  That's Tampa Bay in the background.  How cool is that?  There's something about a cool morning and the smell of salt in the air.  It's a nice way to wake up and spin out some miles.

Sunday Funday

I finally made it to the beach!  With the exception of the past few days, we've been having unseasonably warm weather - so I've been told.  It was overcast by the time we made it to the beach, but no matter.  It was a good time. 

After adequate lounging time, we made our way to Hurricane Restaurant to take in the view from above.

The view was pretty amazing.  As the sun descended beyond the horizon, I notice a dorsal fin...then another, then another.  EEEEEEKKKK.  After a longer look, we all noticed that the dorsal fins were rounding in and out of the water.  Dolphins.  Not sharks.  Whew!  There were about 5 that we saw, coming toward the shore to feed. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Discovering My New Neighborhood and Fringing My Jeans

I grew up in a "big small town."  When it was founded, it was small; the river was the heartbeat of the city, so city mapping didn't extend too far from the riverfront.  However, it grew, but the layout of the roads really didn't accommodate the growth very well.  What do I mean?  Well, the layout is pretty "jacked up."  Streets dead end and pick up several blocks away.  It makes absolutely NO sense, but it was what I knew.
Fast forward to two months ago.  I'm walking downtown in my new city and stumble upon 3rd & 3rd.  Yep, that's right.  What's even more confusing is that there are four of them!  There's a 3rd Ave. N, 3rd Ave. S., 3rd St. N., and 3rd St. S.  Thank goodness for gps.  However, my gps navigator (I named her Roberta, 'cuz she sounds like a robot) seems to like to mess with me.  I'll just be driving along on the route that she suggests, then out of the blue, she'll say, in a demanding tone, "make u-turn and turn right onto 22nd Ave N."  I'll scream at her..."but I AM on 22nd Ave. N."  Then, I remember that I'm yelling at my phone, like a crazy person and just proceed.  But I digress.  Now, that I know that streets run north & south, I'm able to find my way around town.
The Dali museum is only about a mile away!  This was my favorite part of the Dali museum.  The art was cool, too.  There were a couple of pieces that I could stare at all day, but overall, it's not my style of art.  No doubt, he was a creative visionary, though!

View of the bay from the Dali Museum.
While visiting the Dali, I noticed that Marissa Tomei worked there.  Who knew?


Couldn't help taking this picture of what's going on.  Yes, those are fringed jeans...not cut off capris...FRINGED!  New fashion trend? 

I haven't yet made it to this museum, but can't wait!  Chihuly!  I love, love, love his stuff.  One day, I aspire to own a piece.  One of those gnarly chandeliers would be an amazing addition to my crib!


This is a place downtown.  I'm all for supporting women getting off the streets, but I don't know about this.  I kid...but I must find out the story behind the name.  I hear they have wonderful tea.  I have yet to try it out, but will give you a full report once I do.

At the famous, Jannis Landing, an ACDC cover band shook me all night long. 


Just a gorgeous scene near Beach Drive.  I can't believe it's winter!

Anybody know what kind of tree this is?  At first, I thought it was covered in Spanish Moss.  However, those tendrils aren't moss, they're root type growths...very odd, yet quite lovely. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Holiday Recap

Shortly after moving, I met up with one of my college friends, and sorority sisters.  We had dinner in my, soon to be new 'hood, in my new city.  Although, it was 70 degrees, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the waterfront.  Warm temperatures didn't stop the locals from "ice skating."  Really, it was less like ice and more like particle board.  And...the skating was less like skating and more like tip toeing on ice skates.  No matter.  It was a testament to creative thinking, but mostly, it was hilarious to witness.

One of my sisters from another mister and me in "Santa's village" or whatever it was.

NYE, my friends and I found ourselves at this really cool jazz club.  An old 80yrs a puffy starter jacket and sideways baseball cap was there and wouldn't let any girl dance alone.  He was a riot...wish I had a picture of him in action.  James Blount was there, too.  He took a break from entertaining us long enough for a picture.  I love the guy in the background who's trying to photo-bomb us.

OK...ok...his name was Matt (I think), but he looks like James Blount, no?