Tuesday, March 04, 2008

That's All I Can Stands

That's it. I've had it! We're under another winter storm warning here in southeast Michigan today with sleet, freezing rain and up to six inches of snow headed our way. I'm tired of shoveling. My snow shovel is so battered by scraping ice, snow and concrete that it resembles some medieval weapon that's weathered a war or two. I'm tired of slipping on the ice. I'm tired of wet socks. I'm tired of rubbing my hands together for warmth at work or at home.

So come this weekend, we're headed south. Daytona Beach is our first destination, but I've also reserved tickets for a Detroit Tiger spring training game in Lakeland. Our decision to do this came suddenly though effortlessly after a winter that has delivered as much snow as we've gotten in 15 years. When I told my boss the week I wanted off he replied, "That's coming up pretty quick."

You betcha! This time next week I'll be mingling with the spring break crowd on the Florida beaches. So this week I'm beating my spare tire into six-pack abs, dyeing my hair dishwater surfer blond and re-learning the lingo so I won't look out of place if the cameras from M-TV catch me poolside. "Party on, dudes. Catch my groovy wheels over there."

And . . . no dog either!! Yes, my wife and I plan to sleep through the night instead of taking turns letting the dog out at 2 a.m. for his potty break. I know that come this weekend our pet chin-pooh will be sitting next to our luggage in the front room, looking expectant and moony-eyed at us as we start loading up the car.

"Doogie dog can't go. They don't ALLOW Doogie dogs in Florida. You can't go. No." That's always my line to him when we leave him home: they don't ALLOW Doogie dogs in restaurants, malls, grocery stores, etc. I think they probably DO allow dogs in Florida, but he don't know that. A little white lie won't hurt a dog.

Next week my son Greg can throw on a coat and boots to hurry out into sub-freezing temperatures in the middle of the night when our dog starts barking up a fit like he did last night when he thought he spotted a stranger in the yard (it was a partially built snowman). Bub-BYE. Later!

Yes, next week I'll be riding manatee, feeding gators, wrestling octupi, counting seagulls--whatever Floridians do to pass the time in the winter. Catch me on the next installment of "Geezers Gone Wild."


Anonymous Simon said...

You can BELIEVE he will be sleeping the whole night. If not, I will straighten him out. It's his choice.

12:53 PM  
Blogger jan said...

The last time I went to the southern California version of Spring Break "Where the boys are" there were more geezers than kids hanging out. So you can skip the bit where you don't exhale for the whole day

1:43 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I'm envious, as I sit here at the window watching the torrential rains start to freeze as the temperature "heads south." The massive flooding should create a pretty substantial city-wide ice skating rink just in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour. Enough, already!

You're wise to escape. Have fun with all those wild college kids!


2:59 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

And not before time Dave, I don't know how you survive that winter climate, happy seagull counting.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Nankin said...

We had our first snow of the year over night, and I'm already tired of it. Enjoy Florida, I'll be thinking of you.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

I'll tell you what geezers do in Florida. We stay up as long as we want, sleep in as late as we want, look at the never ending blue skies, white sand and sunshine and smile a lot! We go out to eat an obscene number of times each week and get thrilled by seeing miles and miles of water.
We have a ton of spring-breakers out at Ft. Myers Beach already and the merchants are looking forward to even more. "The Season" has been pretty much of a bust because of the gasoline prices. I am so happy to hear that we are going to take all that money away from Big Dave and Michigan.
You mentioned all the snow and ice this winter ---uh, you call that global warming? I have a son and two grandsons trying to get home on the Ohio Turnpike right now and I hear that only one lane is clear. So, another thing geezers do in Florida is worry about yall' up there in the snow.
Dave, you're gonna love the sunshine down here!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

warm up the sand for me Dave-okay I'm leaving from Ft Lauderdale and I'm in sunshine most of the time, but I'm still looking forward to getting "out of Dodge" in April. Something about Spring break that puts one back in your step!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your going to need more then a week to turn that spare tire into a six-pack, maybe a Forty might be in reach. A week won't be enough.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

SIMON--Simon and his family better be exceptionally good to Doogie. Do you think that was just an ordinary light fixture I installed this past weekend? Think spycam.

JAN--More geezers than kids hanging out on the beach on spring break? That's good. I guess. *sigh*

BETTY--You should have seen my son fishtailing to work in his lighter than air pickup truck this morning on our ice rinks, a.k.a. roads.

PETER--Can we Michiganders all move to Australia? We eat light.

NANKIN--Snow in Texas? That doesn't make me optimistic that I'll be able to get a tan down south.

KACEY--The roads in Ohio look like they're going to be dicey this weekend too. I'm going to have to white knuckle it.

CARINE--What do you mean, "Warm up the sand." It better be warm already when I get there or else the Florida Tourism Bureau is going to hear about it. I'm tired of warming things up, a la electric blankets, thermostats, car heater, etc.

11:42 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Some quick decisions are better than others. This is one of those.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Well it's raining like crazy in Florida right now, I just looked at the radar. TF's parents live in Vero Beach so I always look at Florida's weather. I hope it warms up enough for you down there in Florida, it's pretty cool right now.

My two sisters and brother are going to Florida this summer, to camp out at an RV park on the beaches of Destin. We usually go to Galveston but decided to go to Florida instead this year. I guess we should watch the gasoline prices before we make that final decision.

My daughter left today for Italy for her spring break. She had frequent flyer miles and she will be staying in hostels to save money. I really hope she has a good time.

Ok Dave, I want to see pictures of you and Wendy in bathing suits when you get back. Hopefully doggie, will forgive you for leaving him at home. Have a good time!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hmmm . . . manatee-riding. That's not a speed one could "yee-haw" to.

Oh yeah, I'm back. ;)

4:08 AM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

Have a great time.

And don't forget to take lots of pictures.


8:12 AM  
Anonymous Deb said...

Geezer? Oh please! You and your sweet wife will be "forever young." Have a great trip!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now you're down here in the Sunshine State and it's YOU that I can blame for this COLD weather we're having this weekend. Cripe, Dave, didn't ya know enough to leave those low temps back in Michigan? We're barely touching 60 here today.
And uh oh...too late, Duncan and Brie already put the word out to Doogie....dogs are MOST welcome here in Florida.
Hope you both have a great holiday and warm up a bit. Look forward to your report when you return.

9:18 AM  
Blogger MSU gal said...

i am SO Jealous!

Remember the rest of us stuck back here in the frozen zone when you "Geezers" are having your umbrella drinks!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

You should visit Vicki and introduce yourself this time.

Did you read that T. J. Duckett was signed by the Seahawks? Fantasy football becomes reality for some of us!

Geezer is English slang for someone who is respected by you and you like alot. Yo sup geezer hows it going?

10:33 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

HOSS-We made another quick decision. Knowing that the Ohio valley was about to be hit by a blizzard we started our vacation a day early so we could miss it. Thank goodness we did.

LUCY--I thought about you down here because I saw a night-time shuttle launch from the beach by Daytona. I remember your saying that your daughter came over here to see a shuttle launch too.

CASSIE--My pictures never come out. But I'll try.

TIM--I dunno now. I saw a sign at a rest area about all the poisonous snakes they have here, even in the water. I hate snakes. So I'll only ride a manatee so long as I don't have to get wet or anything like that.

DEB--Maybe young at heart, but we were going to bed between 9 and 10, even on vacation. That doesn't sound like young otherwise, does it.

TERRI--The temperatures were cold when we first got here, but they're mid-70s now. I just have to figure out how to pack this weather up so we can bring it back.

MSU GAL/BABETTE--We went on a brewery tour with about a dozen other folks here in Tampa today, and I couldn't believe that one fellow tourist, a young man, was wearing a Michigan State University cap. I guess MSU students will travel to the ends of the earth for free beer.

I thought about Vickie, since we're spending the night in Clearwater which is close by her, but we also have relatives vacationing nearby too. We don't have time to visit them either.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Poor Doogie! You know dog anxiety and separation can be a serious thing. So fight the guilt and get out there with the warm weather and have a wonderful time.

Looking forward to hearing all about your Floriday adventure

7:54 PM  
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