People I know personally usually ask me, “how do you decide what to write every day or whenever you write your bloggey thing you do?”
I have to answer honestly like a good Floridian. “I don’t bloggy know.”
Well, I do — sort of know. It depends on what type of week WE – uh that means husband, Scott and yo the bloggette here and an over loud and very active Beagle — have HAD DURING THE WEEK. This means just how stressed we are.
The weather in Central Florida also determines Everything . In the summer, we like to go to any cold cold spring. It is 90 degrees out with 120 percent humidity. Hey read this slowly because it is true. No one in their right mind who has REAL fLORIDA DRIVER’S LICENSE WOULD BE CAUGHT DEAD ON THE BEACH. TOO HOT. O yeah, we go in the morning or in the sunset hour when it is not raining every day. But, there is so much traffic on northbound I -75 with dozens of Tampa plate holders with SUV’s filled to the brim with families and couples heading north to the north Florida springs to escape the heat. The trip back is usually in the rain and a thunderstorm. I usually pack a very light sweatshirt to fight the AC in the car after the cold cold spring. Most stink even more after swimming in one but it is usually colder than the AC is at home. It lasts for at least 3 weeks. Your whole body is chilled for at least a month or more after swimming in one.
They usually don’t tell anyone where their fab fav spring is. Many of the super natives have their own on a river or private property. I don’t even know where that is. They are not not not talking. I am not not not not asking. Forget it. Florida ground is like swiss cheese limestone and well it is the reason there are no basements. Spring water that is cold flows up through it.
So, in the summer the West coast beach is totally out of the q. East coast is better, especially south Florida. Hate to tell all this, but those $1,000 a night rooms go for 80 bucks a stinking sweaty night. Not sorry, folks, it is OURS.
We are telling few where we go in the winter. We have AAA Auto Club. So, it is cheaper. They give discount rates for AAA and Florida residents. As a general rule, I go on Kayak or Priceline to get that rate down to a reasonable cheapie manage point where I do not have to pay interest. I use a debit Visa card and don’t have to pay for it after the fact.
In other words, we have a severe budget. The weather is nice and not hot and we like to enjoy the END OF TOURIST SEASON ON OUR OWN TERMS.
And by severe budget, we mean we don’t go over a total budget of 170 for a whole weekend, including the gas to get there. $180 is tops for a weekend jaunt.
For a severe severe cheapie deepie, we go to Publix for sandwiches that they make there and bring a cooler and eat those sandwiches all weekend. You can eat for $50 for two people for a whole weekend.
I think the rule of the sensible Florida resident thumb is this: don’t do anything that you would regret spring spending when you get back. Don’t do anything you would fight about when you get back and make sure that it is all and totally paid for upon returning. Save on everything and have a “na na na boo boo you spent too much on your vacation, mine is paid for tude when you get home.”
As a general rule, we don’t take long long vacations and beaches are not New Jersey shore blowouts drunken vacations. Our beaches are deserted and we like it that way. Our highway patrol will stop you all. Don’t complain. You will end up spending an extra month to pick up trash on the road for that “just one more.” We mean it.
So, as another compass rule. we just get to Thursday afternoon and look at each other to see how we feel. Or it sneaks up on us. We get to Friday morning and say, “WE need to get out of Dodge here.” Then, we book it. We go on Kayak or priceline and search for two hours. We don’t over pack and depending where it is, we take Alfie the Beagle with us. We have a boarder we use that we can drop him off if we really need a break.
We don’t go away more than every at most, 3.5 weeks. For other times we travel no more than 2 hours away.
But then, you forget we live here. And that is why we live here. We are not just work and home and we do stuff after work beyond work and doing the yard on the weekend. We hire people to do that for us. Or we do it at night during the week, so to enjoy the weather on the weekend.
Remember, we live here. It is our Sunshine State. Remember, bitch and moan and we give you a courtesy drop off at the airport and make you like it. I tis just how we roll. We don’t bitch and moan about it not being perfect and NEITHER SHOULD YOU.
We make no apologies for how we do it. TSA will be glad to send you on your way after you wait in line and after you have overspent and still have to pay for showing off. TSA folks will be glad to X ray you for how you really look with your clothes off. We all see through EVERYTHING YOU HIGH AND MIGHTY WE DO IT BETTER.
Meanwhile, we will be going on our own way without you. We are smiling that we can do it again and again — every single sweaty stinky month that you are not with us because it is tooooooo hooooooooouuuuuuuut.
REad the fine print: I have said this before. OK?
We live here and we do it all last minute because we can. That is how we decide.