Back home

We had a pretty good time the last two days. I don’t know what it is, but even when I am off work, I am up by 6-6:30 every morning (hell, that’s two hours later than I get up on work days), even when I have been up till 2am or later, as in Wednesday morning. That can make for a pretty shitty day.
As usual, I was up about about six this morning. It does have it’s benefits, because I managed to get a bit of free time without the kids underfoot. Went down to the lobby, got some coffee, and hit the beach. Very peaceful. It was already in the low 80’s at that point. I wrote the prior post at that point. I tried to connect with the ipaq, but couldn’t. It pisses me off, because I was able to get in for like 10 minutes the first morning, paid $9.95 for access for the day, and couldn’t connect again after that. I know I am going to have to fight with someone over that, and force a charge-back, even if it is only $10, it’s my fucking $10. Panama City can kiss my ass if they think they get $10 free. Oh well, I will deal with that in the morning.
We all at a little breakfast, then headed to the pool. After last night, the beach (at least the ocean part :> ) was still closed and I know that Ruth is less than enthusiastic about swimming in the ocean. She loves the swimming pool, but you can’t get her in the water at the beach. We hung out there for a couple of hours, then checked out of the hotel. Once we got the van loaded we went and hung out at an arcade for awhile, went and ate lunch, and took the kids for putt-putt. It was pretty fucking hot, but we all had a good time.
It took a bit longer to get home (around six hours) due to VERY heavy rain through parts of Alabama. We got here about 10:15 or so. Had some problems with the pond. One of my damn pumps is acting up again, and there was only about 6-8 inches of water in the bottom of the pond. Very weird. I refilled the pond and will have to look at it tommorow. I had thought about driving down to Savannah or Hilton Head tommorow, but I don’t think so now. I may take some of the money that I would spend there and work on my gardens this weekend while I am still on vacation. Need to brick in a couple of areas where I have that crappy plastic border, and need to build up a couple of brick borders a bit higher in the back yard.
Didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I will post some later. I think that Stephanie already has posted a couple, at least one. Well, time to surf awhile, then crash. I am pretty damn tired, although she did all of the driving on this trip.
One cool (geeky computer nerd thing) that I did was to use the ipaq for music on the drive back. Last year when we had an ice storm, I had to pick up a 400 watt power inverter for work. Of course the thing came home with me, because I will use it more, and if it snows again this year, it will go back with me. Any way, I hooked up the ipaq to that so as not to kill the batteries, then hooked up an el cheapo belkin FM transmitter, in combination with a 1 GB SD card full of mp3s. Hell yeah, better than a damn case full of CDs. Stephanie and the kids think that it is a pain in the ass when I start playing with my toys, but when they work well, they kick ass.

2 throughts on "Back home"

  1. Its good yall were able to get away for a little bit. I’ve not been to the beach in 9 years. I’d say I’m due.

    I like the ponds you made too bad its acting up on you. I have thought of doing one too. If I can ever get to it I’m gonna use you for some tips.

  2. I’ve been to Hilton Head Island several times over the last few years, but it has been several years since I have been anywhere on the Gulf.

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