Thursday, August 2, 2012

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go

New Smyrna BeachWell, not quite. We’ve got everything laid out, but Ken, the Master Packer (hush your mouth) still needs to get the suitcases loaded. And we aren’t leaving on a jet plane...since I stopped working, we’ve been driving down to Florida rather than flying. ROAD TRIP! Unfortunately, we can’t really take our time getting down there, so it will be Interstate travel. On the way back, we’ll probably get a little off the beaten path, and that is always fun and often an adventure!

It’s our annual trip to our timeshare at New Smyrna Beach, and I look forward to it every year. Some wonder why we go to Florida in the summer, but we like the hot weather and a warm ocean, and our timeshare is right on the beach, so we get a very brisk ocean breeze. We’re looking forward to seeing my Aunt June and Cousin Greg, who live in Daytona Beach and are coming down to have dinner with us. (Unfortunately, Greg’s son Russell is off doing military training as he prepares for his last year of aviation school at Embry-Riddle, so we won’t get to see him. An amazing and super smart young man!) Other than that, we have no real plans for our time in Florida other than our usual ‘vegecation’: reading, ocean, beer, sun, and visits to some of our favorite restaurants. (Mmm...a walk down the beach for a burger at Breakers! My mouth is already watering! And real Key Lime Pie!) Of course, this year, we’ll also be watching the Olympics in the evening. I think that’s a first for our Florida trip. In fact, I’m sure of it.

As for my reading, I’ve been struggling a little bit with Of Human Bondage. I’m enjoying it, but I’m not tearing through it, so I think I want to set it aside on this vacation and read something a little more fun. I’ve chosen The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe, about the 2008 Obama run for the presidency. Yes, I know I’m a little bit insane, but I started reading it today, and I’m already loving it! I’m getting fired up about this fall, so I’m happy with my book choice. My Kindle is well-loaded and ready for bear, so I may choose a fun book after that...maybe an Egyptian mystery or something like that.

On our way back, we’ll be making a stop in Charleston (I’ve never been there, so I’m looking forward to seeing if it’s a place we might want to revisit, like Memphis.), and then a couple of nights in Raleigh. I’m super excited about that, because we get to meet our long-time blogger and Facebook friend, the fabulous Ms. Sheria! She is a total peach, and I am so excited to meet her. Lucy and Ethel, baby! I guess that would make Ken Ricky...?

We’ll be taking our laptops and blogging from Florida, although I’m not sure if it will be every day. But there will be pictures!

First Amendment2Before I go, just a quick commentary on the Chick-Fil-A brouhaha. (And yes, I WILL be paying attention to politics while we’re on vacation! You have been warned.) This cartoon says it perfectly for me. I don’t dispute the right of Dan Cathy to spew whatever bigotry he wants to spew, and I don’t disagree with his right to contribute his money to whatever hate groups to which he wants to contribute. But rest assured: if you are the owner of a company and you come out with your thoughts on social issues, there are going to be people who disagree. And you know what? We have every right to push back, protest, and voice our disagreement. The First Amendment works both ways. I don’t believe anyone is suggesting that Dan Cathy should shut up and not voice his feelings about marriage equality. But I’m also not going to shut up about my opposition to that viewpoint, and I am going to continue to support the right for everyone to have the same rights as the rest of us. This is constantly being framed as a religious issue, but it is not. It is a human rights issue. Dan Cathy, you put it out there. Don’t cry ‘foul’ when people push back. Welcome to the jungle, baby!

For a couple of great reads about it, I recommend this recent entry from Hemant Mehta, as well as my friend Mark Olmsted’s blog post. I approve of these viewpoints.

Catch ya soon!


  1. Hey Beth and Ken, have a wonderful time. You will LOVE Charleston! If you're into walking go directly to the Welcome Center (Easy to find and good parking)and pick up a walking tour map of the vast and gorgeous historic district.

    Free shuttle buses meander around the District and you can pick them at several locations if you're either not up to walking or just don't have time. (Or it's too hot--we've only gone in early spring so I forgot about the heat!)

    There are also guided tours but we like to do our own thing so we've never taken one.

  2. Shee-oot! You might run into KT and Nixxie if you and Sheria stop off at the Crabtree Mall!!

    I agree with Ramona about Charleston. It is a great town, but that is to visit. Don't know about living there :0)

    Safe travels and enjoy your trip!!

  3. I am SO excited that you get to meet Sheria, yet I am also INSANELY jealous that I can't be there too! Maybe we can rectify that next February! Watch my blog for more deets!

  4. Only one night in Raleigh, but two planned meetings with Sheria :o)

  5. Enjoy the drive, the touring, the weather, the beach, the relaxation, the reading, and the meeting of friends and family!

  6. Timeshares are an okay option for travelers. However, timeshares have gain a bad reputation for several reasons, some salespeople´s lack of ethics, rental and resale companies offering profits for marketing timeshares and, believe it or not, companies offering relief for unwanted timeshares by cancelling them.

    The timeshare industry must perform a deep cleaning otherwise the industry will be severely affected because of the lack of trust. There are timeshre scam and timeshare cancellation stories of people who trusted their prayers would be answered.

    There are good articles on how to use timeshares propertly.


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