Well, almost off. I was supposed to be running in today’s 26th Annual Austin Marathon, but I overslept and missed the entire race! I am soooo annoyed. I hate to admit it, but this is the 26th time that I have overslept and missed the dang race! What the heck is wrong with me? (Not enough time to go into that!) I was hoping to participate so that I could get in shape for my upcoming appearance on “Dancing With The Stairs.” (A new show that offers you a chance to “get up in the world.”) Speaking of getting up in the world, did you know that one of my brothers was an orphan? My brother Ron was born during an elevator strike. He had nobody to bring him up. Very sad.
I would actually be a good dancer except for two things. My feet. I simply lack the muscular coordination to glide effortlessly around the dance floor. Of course, that has not stopped me from trying. My grand-daddy told me that I should enjoy dancing and dance as if nobody was watching… because in my case, they weren’t!
Since we are on the subject of “effortless movement,” allow me to address a number of inquiries about my last voyage to the sun-drenched Caribbean. A rather large number of my blog followers have asked me to write more about my travels, since they love the topic or might be planning their own adventure. Your wish is my command! Shall we start with Turks & Caicos? Lovely little islands, almost always warm and sunny. Not much to do if you don’t swim, snorkel, or scuba dive. I enjoy all three activities, and the water in this part of the world is G-R-E-A-T! They have 2 or 3 beaches that are worth a visit, and all of the beaches are open to the public. (You may have to rent a chair & umbrella on some beaches.) No food worth dreaming about, but the locals are sweet and gracious, and they do have some very good rum.
The Turks & Caicos are actually a group of about 40 islands clustered together. The Caicos are the larger islands, and the Turks the smaller ones. Population somewhere around 33,000 (depending on Hurricanes!) If you’re a water rat like me, you should seek out the island of Providenciales (known as Provo). Here you will find an incredible 14-mile-long barrier reef filled with every imaginable fish, and if you’re lucky, you might find some pirate treasure!
I love this spot for several reasons, and if you want to learn more about the area, you should read my second “Adam Gold mystery,” titled, THE PIRATE PATH. We actually handled a fascinating insurance claim in the Bahamas, so if you want to learn more, check out the book. Most of it is true. (Like my life!)
So what else is new? Well, congratulations to the gorgeous owner of the COVE BOUTIQUE on Congress Avenue. (Downtown Austin) I understand that the lovely establishment was recently named as “the best new clothing store in Austin,” and also posted its most profitable day since opening! Wow, quite impressive for a store that has only been open for one year. (I wish the owner would buy me a condo in Hawaii!) Hey, is that too much to ask of my own daughter? I think not.
By the way, several of my astute blog followers have asked about the poker tournaments on my last voyage. (They probably want to borrow some money) Well, I got lucky. Very lucky. I won the first big tournament (with a pair of deuces!) and came in 4th in the second tournament. The pay-out was fairly substantial, and covered most of my trip expenses. (If you work for the IRS, please disregard this entire blog!)
In closing, I would like to thank my friends at the Broken Spoke for a most entertaining evening. After my last beer-fest, I told myself that I was drinking too much. Then I thought about it and realized that I was being foolish. Why should I listen to a guy who gets drunk and talks to himself? (Just saying.)
Finally, I would like to send some special thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Margaret Bell, a VERY dear friend and one of the most remarkable and lovely ladies I have ever met. Get well soon, Miss Margaret. I miss my margarita buddy!
Well, time to run. I am spending this afternoon in deep contemplation, trying to figure out how those little insects manage to get inside a sealed light bulb. Very puzzling. Nevertheless, I wish you well, and hope you have a safe and pleasant week! Love to all…..
P.S. The winner of last week’s trivia contest (and a $200 gift card) was Gianmario Sanguineti of Milan, Italy. Well done, sir!