Once the game ended I headed straight home to put the car on the trailer and finalize some last minute packing. Then it was off to Florida by 5PM. 19 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours for fueling, eating, and some rest had me in Ft Lauderdale by 6 PM Monday. I was beat, but hoping to get to meet Ricky Williams as his show is Monday night broadcasted live across the street from where we stay when here. Those hopes were dashed as I learned around 5PM that he wasn't doing his show due to the short week. It was all for the best as I had little energy.
Being back here never gets old for me. The beach, good restuarants, Dolphins on the radio & TV, and the shopping (Dolphins gear). Nothing charges the batteries like getting some new gear. I know, I know....I need more stuff like I need a hole in my head. Out with the old and in with the new. What I'm tired of I give away to the Fanclub back home, so it gives me another reason to by more gear. And the thing about shopping here is the overwhelming choices and (if one searches ) the bargains ! Sawgrass Mills Mall has everything. My 1st stop, The Sports Authority. There I found a sweet white on white hat. Priced at $22, I was able 20% off due a little dirt on the inside. At $18 I thought it was a steal.
From there we ventured into Marshalls just to see what they had. If you needed a 4X orange JT or,.....aqua John Offerdahl (?????) they had it. 4X is large,.....very large, but priced to move at $30. I declined on those. However, I saw a real nice pullover ( Wifey's size) for a mere $20. Knowing she had one already I showed it to her anyways ( more to make the point about what good deals can be found down here ). To my surprise, she said she loved it and was looking for a new one. What ???? She explained that her current one is just a liitle to big for her and she could donate it to the fanclub as all the gear they give away is sized for men with little for the ladies. Damn,....I love this woman !!!!
We continued on to "Sportsville". Here we stocked up some more. No deals, but great selection. A new aqua T-shirt for me. And for my Queen,....one of those shirts that is half T-shirt, half see through nylon complete with a Dolphin rhinestone logo !!! Prime-time game this Thursday and we are putting our best foot forward as we cheer on our Dolphins to VICTORY !!!!!!!!!
Lest I forget to mention, all the while I was texting back & forth with our own Zero13 who is coming in noon tomorrow for the game from, of all places, Chicago. Yet another meeting with a fellow Phinsider (from the Midwest) is in the works !!!!
White line fever is cured. Time to let the good times roll !!!!!
On a side note, I just missed out on an awesome opportunity. Once I got home from shopping & dinner I saw a post from Mark "Super" Duper on Facebook. He is heading to Coral Gables tonight for a grand opening of another Shula's restaurant, in which he indicated that Don was going to be there !!!! Talk about bad timing,....had I known sooner I would have made the trip. Oh well,....life is good and the next few days are going to be incredible !
Ft Myers for the Winter means 3 more home games for us. And that is only 2 hours from here making the commute alot better than the 4 hours from Tampa I did the last 3 seasons.