Great Weekend

What a great weekend – and not just because it was Father’s day. And to think it followed the Thursday from hell – see Tow Squared report.

Simon spent the weekend with us and we had a blast. He and I fished our little hearts out and we did some nice eating! To top it off, we joined the rest of the family including Joey and Mark, at a Tourist event in Orlando, Arabian Nights on Sunday night.

It started Friday morning when Joey and Mark came up to the Lake and did a job I had been dreading – going up into the attic to run the generator cable. It went smoothly and in just a few hours we were cranking up the generator and verifying that all the wiring was correct and that the house would actually run! I count that as a great Father’s day gift.

We picked up Simon at a halfway point Friday afternoon about 3:30, came home for some grub and then out on the lake with the Kayaks to clash with the lake’s fish. Naturally I expect to outfish Simon because, of course, I do have home court advantage – but it soon became obvious that this wasn’t going to be quite so easy. In the kayak, he could position himself exactly as he wanted and could make the most of his casts. He was using his Christmas tackle, which is first class stuff, and he was using it like he’d been fishing for 100 years. Perfect casts and excellent lure control. I knew I was in for it. We went out each morning and evening and I can summarize by saying I won by a razor’s edge and I can honestly say it was pure luck on my part rather than superior skills. I predict that if he comes back a few more times this summer, he’ll clean my clock big time on one of these outings.

On Saturday we headed over to Port Orange to one of our favorite spots, DJ’s under the bridge. Nancy had lusted after a guy’s meal when we were there last time and only her strong self control kept her from moving over to his table and abandoning me. It was the steamed clams. Not big for me but when Simon was there, we ordered the bucket – 3 1/2 dozen. That along with two bowls of the best fish gumbo I’ve eaten – spicy and loaded with chuncks of fish, shrimp, scallops and who knows what else. Simon and I topped it off with buffalo shrimp sandwiches so that Nancy could work on the clams. At DJ’s you sit about 5′ from the Halifax River and watch the mullet jump, the pelicans dive, and the fishermen on the nearby pier catch trout and crabs. Certainly nothing fancy but a most relaxing lunch for sure.

Sunday morning we concluded the fishing with some great action, polished off a gourmet breakfast, and then just hung out for a few hours listening to jazz and working Sudoku puzzles. Simon and I each had our own books and he was working out the puzzles by himself and in fairly good time. I managed to dunk one labeled “ Beware – very challenging”. About 3 we packed up Simon and headed to Lake Mary where we hooked up with Tom and his brood. Then off to the Arabian Nights in Kissimme. That was a fun dinner show featuring mostly horses and trick riding. The food passed muster and the wine flowed freely so it capped off a great weekend. For the record, the Arabian Nights event was part of our Christmas present from Joey and Mark along with the Mystery Dinner Theater last month. It’s totally happenstance that they end up being celebrated on Mother’s day and Father’s day.

Closing on Father’s day – really got some nice things. The aforementioned attic job; two great books from Chris; and a Bass Pro Shop Gift from the Lake Mary Carbone’s.

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