Flordia: Day 7

Friday, March 18, 2011

Today is our last day. :( Knowing that, I made sure to get up in time for breakfast to enjoy it one last time. Only Mom and I made it this morning.

The beach was beautiful, as usual, and the weather was perfect. We saw a lizard on the steps leading to the beach. His name is Geico, even though he's not a gecko.

Once we were all cooled off, clean, and ready for dinner, we went to The Village Grille down by the pier where the St. Patrick's Day Festival was. It was probably the best place we ate on our whole trip. Our waitress was from New Jersey. Dad could tell by her accent, so he asked her where she was from. When he said he used to live in New Jersey, her face lit up. Turns out she's only been in Florida for 6 weeks. I bet meeting someone from New Jersey made her feel less homesick. She and Dad talked for about 5 minutes, literally. It seems like everyone down here is nice. Well, the waitresses at least.

After dinner, we went to Best Buy to get a power inverter for the car so I can use my laptop to do homework on our 2-day trip home. That's definitely going to come in handy.

Later, we went to some shops, and I really had to use the restroom. I think it's tacky when people go into a restaurant just to use their restroom, so I was hesitant, but the only other option at the moment was to wet myself. So, while I was in the restroom, I heard a huge thud. When I went exit the restaurant, there was a guy on his back on the floor, bleeding from his head a little bit. It looked like he was sitting at a counter and fell backwards off his stool. He was lying in the middle of my pathway to get out of the restaurant. After I knew someone had called 911, and he was conscious, I had to step over him to get out of the restaurant. I felt so bad for him that I couldn't go on shopping without picturing him laying there. So, I stayed near the restaurant, watching and listening for the ambulance to come. Once the paramedics arrived, I knew he was in good hands.

Once the ambulance left, I found Amy and we bought some shirts to commemorate our trip. Mine says "No Shirt. No Shoes. No Problem. Ft. Lauderdale, FL." Amy's says "Blonde's T-shirt" with arrows pointing "left arm goes here, right arm goes here, head goes here, tuck in here." It's funny, too, because she's not actually blond now.

It's our last night here, and it's definitely bittersweet. I'm sad to leave Florida, but super excited to get home and see Howie, Cody, and Sophie. Our neighbor has been watching them, so they've been in good hands. It was nice not to have to worry about putting them in a kennel, and they're in their own home without other strange dogs.

I took my final bath in the jacuzzi tonight--until next year that is. It's been fun. Tomorrow we'll begin our journey home.
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