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Cubans mmmm....
02/04/2009, Fort Lauderdale, FL

After making blueberry/raspberry muffins for breakfast we decided to catch the bus into town to buy some last minute groceries before heading off to Miami tomorrow. The trolley that drops you in front of the Publix doesn't run except on Thursdays to Sundays so we had to take the bus that stops about a ΒΌ of a mile from the mall. This means - I'm not buying a lot of heavy items... I love the Publix store here - it's in the middle of a large outdoor shopping mall that has Boater's World, Wine World and a host of other stores with a fountain in the middle of the parking lot. I definitely bought another Cuban sandwich and we had that for lunch once we got back to the boat. Mmmmmmm... I love a good sandwich and this one gets high marks on my sandwich meter!

They're setting up a large tented area in the parking lot of the marina for a Bill Fish tournament this weekend and it takes up most of the parking lot. I guess this marina has sponsored the tournament for several years so it should be quite busy here this weekend. Hopefully they'll have good weather for it - another cold front is moving into the area tonight and there are freeze warnings up all over the state (are you paying attention Wendell LOL? I can hear Laura laughing too). I watched them assemble part of the tent while doing laundry. They have an awesome laundry facility here with plenty of washers and driers and large folding tables. They actually have very nice and secure facilities here. You'd expect that though since they cater to the mega-yachts.

Steaks, salad and French bread for dinner along with some TV news and reading before bed. I have time for a computer game or two too LOL.

Beach Walking/People Watching
02/03/2009, Ft Lauderdale, FL

We followed the wiring and cleaned the terminals to the wind instrument under the floor, in the bilge and to the instruments hoping to get it working again but to no avail. We still can't get it to give us a reading - frustrating... Then we went for a walk along the beach. They have a beautiful beach walkway here and I was taking pictures left and right. The weather is rather nice for walking and there were a lot of people taking advantage of the weather to lie out or sit about the beach area. You could pretty much tell who the tourists were though - the ones in the water and laying out in their swimsuits (or lack of swimsuits). The majority of the beach people were fully clothed with windbreakers or long pants/shirts. This is a great place to people watch - both sides of the street! Along the outdoor restaurants/bars people were sitting with the largest sized margaritas I've ever seen in an amazing array of colors too - We're talking fishbowl-sized drinks! And the smells of food - ribs, pizza, Greek food, Italian, seafood, such tantalizing smells that beckon you to come and sit - enjoy...

When we finally got back to the boat - it was tidying time. It's amazing how quickly things get put out of sorts on the boat but it's starting to look livable again. It's always a chore to get something because no matter what you look for it's always the thing buried the farthest, or packed the deepest. That means the boat becomes a shambles to get to anything until you're done with it and can put it away. I never realized what good packers we are until we had to unpack things to get to others .

Sweet Pea has a boat - or should I say Mega Yacht!
02/02/2009, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Wow - a 125 ft yacht came through the bridge called Sweet Pea! I got a pic of it - if Mom were still around she'd love it! Not the littlest Sweet Pea I've ever seen but very sweeeet! Glad I don't need to pay for the gas but whoever owns it I'm sure doesn't need to worry about such things.

Today is kind of interesting - we have a warm front coming in followed closely by a cold front. Time to pull the sweats out again - seems like we just packed them away too. I can't believe all the mega yachts they have here...

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