Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Make new friends and keep the old

Later this week, I am going to Florida for a few days, and for the first time in many years, I am not going to Sanibel Island! I feel almost unfaithful, as though I owe the island the fidelity of all my vacation time. But an old law school friend, someone I haven’t seen in over 20 years, has repeatedly invited me to her cottage in Cocoa Beach and, on impulse, this year I decided to go. From the photos she’s sent, this is clearly not a shelling beach, and I wonder how much we will have to say to one another since we’ve kept up to date by email. In law school, our bond was formed because we were both older than the other students and we both had little kids at home. The highlight of the trip might well be that we will each sit and marvel at how old the other has gotten.

6 comments:

Snowbird said...

Well shoot, I was hoping you would say you were coming to Sanibel and we could finally meet. Oh well, maybe another time. Have a great time. That side of the world/Florida does have a few shells but nothing like Sanibel. I guess that just leaves time to bask, relax, and go to lots of great restaurants!

gpc said...

You're right, I could have used the same caption! I look forward to meeting you someday, I am fairly sure I will be in Sanibel again soon (the sooner the better! :) ) I don't have any illusions about this being a shelling trip, Sanibel is unique in that and so many other ways.

Neptunesmuse said...

Hi Gail,
While in Cocoa Beach, be sure to make a trip to Taco City (on A1A heading south -before Patrick AFB). It is not fancy, but has great Tex-Mex food and they have wine margaritas. In my early twenties I rented between Cocoa Beach and Titusville and lived on 6th Street South in Cocoa Beach for many of those years. You are right, Cocoa Beach is not a shelling beach, but is is still much warmer and sunnier than Michagan. That alone will improve your outlook.
Check out the SunSeed Co-Op for environmental friendly food and wares.
The east coast is not like the west coast - but still warm and sunny.

gpc said...

Thank you, Neptunesmuse! My friend told me to do a little research and think of things I'd like to do but I ran out of time. Now I can impress her with my great ideas! You're right, sunshine and warmth sound wonderful right now, even if it isn't Sanibel!

Neptunesmuse said...

I'll check out the Friday newspaper and see if there are any art shows or free concerts in the near future and I will post tomorrow afternoon.
Delorezo's Pizza in Cape Canaveral makes the best Philly Cheese steak subs and New York style pizza.
Down at the Port (where the cruise ships are) - there is an outside bar/restaurant called Grills. Pretty tasty. Fishlips is also another casual outside cafe with good seafood.
Venture north to the big city "Titusville"and have lunch or dinner at Dixie CrossRoads- home of the famous Rock Shrimp. These little shrimp taste just like Maine Lobster. They are caught locally and processed at Dixie Cross Roads. Another very casual restuarant.

Neptunesmuse said...

Couple more fun things from the Today Newspaper:
The Cape Canaveral Library is holding an art show.
There is an ECO-Fest at Kiwanis Park from 11am to 3pm. That's in Merritt Island about 5 minutes west of Cocoa Beach. The Grant Seafood Fest is going on all weekend. Biggest seafood festival in all of Florida. Grant is about 40 miles south of Cocoa Beach. The Surfside Players are doing 45 Seconds from Broadway through the 29th of Feb. Last but not least is the Greek Festival is Melbourne- wonderful food there.
Have tons of fun and enjoy yourself.