A Beach, A Bar, A Puerto Rico Moment

OK, we’re checking out places to view the (potential) space shuttle launch (thanks for the tips!). Along the way “gotta eat!”…

Chase’s On The Beach

First up is a Bar on a Beach. At New Smyrna Florida, we stopped at this bar along the frontage road. “Chase’s On The Beach”. Doesn’t look like a whole lot from the front. Some garish bright paint and a sign. Modest parking (but with a ‘free valet parking sign’. But we were hungry and a mite thirsty, so in we went… Up a dual circular grand stairway to the entrance.

Images from their web site at:

http://www.chasesonthebeach.com/

View from the front of Chase's On The Beach

View from the front of Chase's On The Beach

It was a very fun place. Reasonable music in a sort of a jazz meets caribbean with some modern mixed in. An indoor bar, and an outdoor patio (with cover) where we sat. From there, we noticed the add ons… There is a remote small bar on a raised platform further out in the sun (we had a nice beach view, and that sun patio view is great, but having no sunscreen on we opted for shade). There is a sort of a ‘patio’ down a flight. A half dozen ‘tables for 6 or 8’ or so with grass umbrellas, and some ‘chairs at a counter’ for a dozen or two. All with a sand floor…

Tiki Tables at Chase's On The Beach

Tiki Tables at Chase's On The Beach

Then we noticed the pool. Yes, an outdoor pool on the 1 1/2 floor, with bar service. (The beach access is easy, but it’s ‘no alcohol on the beach’ so if you simply MUST be in the water while drinking, they accommodate!)

Our waitress was a very nice looking redhead named “Michele” who somehow managed to not be sunburned even in the tropical sun. A charming person with a quick smile and a cool wit. She was fairly young, so who knows if it’s a temporary gig for her or not, but service was great and great fun too.

We made a major error in our food order. We thought we ought to order extra as things would likely be small portions… I ordered a Caesar Salad for about $7 and added a fried Calamari topper for about $3.50? Something like that. Decided to add a bowl of soup for about $4. Wasn’t paying really close attention.

The salad that came was in a 9 inch diameter bowl. The Calamari on it would be 1/2 a meal by itself. (There were a variety of other toppers you could add to any salad). This salad would have been a very filling meal on it’s own. (And I’m a big guy…) The Crab Bisque was a touch salty (but I like salty…) and very rich. Wonderfully made, savory and just a touch of spice (but not too much at all). A large bowl (the cup would have been better with the salad…).

My friend had the spinach salad with a raspberry dressing of some kind and the clam chowder. He, too, could not finish it all. I tried some of his chowder and it was great. I’m picky about my chowder (and yes, to be chowder it MUST have milk in it… that New York stuff is just tomato soup with clams added ;-) I’d be hard pressed to say which one I liked better; the bisque or the chowder. Next time I’ll have the chowder, just to be sure ;-)

I guess it’s off season? I don’t know, it’s great weather. But “Happy Hour” ran from 11 AM to 7 PM. So we were there during “happy hour”. Beer was $2 / 10 oz or so plastic glass. We had a Sam Adams Coastal Wheat that was crisp and pleasant with a hint of citrus flavors.

It took a couple of hours of beach watching to finish everything and we never did get to the Key Lime Pie that was on the menu (and listed exactly who’s key lime juice was used…) So we must go back… but we’ll bring swim suits next time.

Then, at the end, came an added surprise (I’d not noticed, but there was a sign where we entered). We were informed that for some reason ( I think it was “because it’s Wednesday”) one entrĂ© was 1/2 off. Buy one, get one 1/2 price.

All in all, a great place to spend a bit of time.

You can drive on the beach, there, and some folks had set up car, lounge chairs, etc. on the beach near the stairs up to the bar. I can think of little more pleasant that spending a day on the beach WITHOUT the need to unpack everything from the car and lug it to the beach… and with a pool, music, bar, and great lunch just waiting for the right moment…

Beach View of Chase's On The Beach

Beach View of Chase's On The Beach

We were under the left edge of that blue canopy… The higher and nearer roof is the sun patio bar with the patio in front of it. At the top of the stairs is a shower for rinsing sand off your feet before lunch… FWIW, they had a lot of other things on the menu that also looked good. Some far more expensive (a variety of steaks and sea foods, for instance). So it’s not just a soup and salad place. Also burgers, sandwiches, kids plates. A lot of choices.

There is a load more info on their web site, including pictures of their “Bikini Contests” and live band events…

Puerto Rico on a Budget

Yesterday we were doing some running around closer to home and I saw one of those roadside places that just, somehow, says “character” and “stop here”. So we did.

The name? “Puerto Rico’s Cafe” in Kissimmee Florida ( a reasonable number of miles down the road from Disney World toward the space coast, and worth the drive).

http://www.puertoricocafe.com/

In a not very interesting area off a run of the mill urban road. The kind of location we would never have ‘sought out’, but that happened to be on our way “from here to there”.

As soon as we walked in the door, we knew we had a major winner.

Why?

It was about 1:30 or 2 pm and we were having a ‘late lunch’. The place was still 3/4 full and every table was folks looking Puerto Rican and speaking Spanish. These folks were here for a touch of home… No tourist trap this…

I overheard our host talking to another table and saying that had been in Florida for something like 20 years, but had had a restaurant in Puerto Rico for 20+ years before that…

OK, it WILL help if you speak Spanish, but it’s not needed. The guy who seated us did speak English, and our waitress could handled some English, but to get things clearly communicated you will need Spanish or pointing at the bilingual menu (that does not help with the ‘daily specials’ on the board).

We were standing at the specials board when the host showed up to seat us and I asked “what’s this” and then “what’s that”. For each thing a description was given. And when we expressed some interest (but in that “don’t know what I’m getting into” way) the host said “I’ll get you a taste if you like”. The upshot is that we started off with a complementary platter with modest servings each of “Stringy Beef”, “Pulled Pork”, and a chicken stew of some sort. The full serving was a few cents under $6. I’ve spent that much at a fast food place.

All three were great. I really wanted to have the chicken stew, but I’ve had a lot of chicken lately. It took a while to decide.

The “Stringy beef” is seasoned beef in a wonderful rich sauce. Tender, with the “stringy” meaning more a ‘pulled apart bits in sauce’ rather than any real texture comment. The Chicken Stew had slow cooked chicken with potatoes and other vegetables in a wonderful (and mild but flavorful seasonings) stew gravy / sauce.

We both had the “Pulled Pork”. But that name does not do justice. It’s more of a slow caribbean roast pork with onions, seasoning, and “something”.

Just a bit of heaven on a plate.

The surface was clearly spice rubbed with a rub including salt. Some bits of surface skin were a bit on the salty side (but like I said, I like salt… and I’d not change a thing). There were succulent bits, and meaty chunks. And, I’m almost embarrassed to say it, some of my favorite bits: they included some of the surface fat layer, where you get that ‘cracklings’ finish on some of the fat. I’m sorry, but you just can’t have a proper delicious roast or steak without the fat. Not big globs of it, but some. And this was just about right.

Rich. Savory. Onions and “something” tropical. Not hot and fire like Mexican, more a Caribbean meets Spain. Served with a generous portion of white rice and a bowl of black beans. (You get your choice of several sides, including several kinds of beans, these are what we chose). Oh, and two plantain slices… At first I thought the beans a bit “soupy”… then I realized that it was an ideal seasoned sauce to put on the pork or rice. A design feature.

I ordered the “Maria Sangria” that comes in a generous painted clay “personal pitcher” with a straw. Maybe 1/2 liter?. (The founder is named “Maria”…). It was nice and flavorful and went well with the food, but waaayyy too easy to drink. Watch it or you will end up with two of these and a bit tipsy….

They had a variety of desserts, including a “Tres Leches” (three milks) which is a cake soaked in three kinds of sweet, condensed, and regular milk (IIRC) with sugars. It was nice (though not spectacular – some times it can have a nearly custard finish, this was more like cake with sweet milk soaked in it). But it somehow reminded me of “home”. It had that familiar character of something your Mom would have made. Not all frills and pomp like a Chef would do, but more “comfort food”. I’ll have it again, but only after I try a couple of other deserts on the menu. (Mostly because they had a lot of interesting things for choosing…) You can get to the desert menu by picking “menu” from the left side of their web page under “contents”. Or this link gets the PDF:

http://www.puertoricocafefl.com/SMMenu%204-23-05.pdf

At the end of it all, we were out about $28 (of which $12 was the meals proper). There’s also a couple of cokes and 2 “Maria Sangria”s in that price along with 2 desserts.

I’d rate it a major bargain.

(Though you can get things as low as $4 for a ham and cheese sandwich or as high as $22 for the Lobster dishes.)

They had a long list of things called “Mofongo” that I’d not heard of, but doing some research, it looks like something I’m putting on my ‘must try’ list for the next visit…

I asked for a business card, and got one that lists the address as 507 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, Florida. 34741. Phone is 407 847-6399 and the owner is listed as Maria Cordero.

Decore was tasteful, and with things to remind folks of Puerto Rico. Very genuine. There was CNN on a TV in the corner, but quiet enough as to not be an ‘issue’. And it curiously added to the effect. Like being in a little bit of Puerto Rico and being reminded of America “up north” somewhere… important in a distant kind of way, but not pertinent at the moment…

I didn’t catch our server’s name. A vivacious and charming Puerto Rican lady of small stature and large energy. A quick smile and a charming demeanor. Flashing eyes and a bounce in her step. We each fell all over each other with trying to speak the others language. Me speaking mediocre Spanish and her speaking tolerable English. Each halting at times and having the other offer suggestions. Both smiling at the mutual effort. Calling on the host to translate the “specials” board.

I’ll go back. Several times if possible. There are so many things on that menu to try… The roast chicken. The chicken stew. The dozen or so other things. (Click on the words like “steak” and “chicken” in their web site and you get the menu with prices) All the sides (with both green and ripe plantains as you like it…). The plantains we got as just part of the “special” were very nice. Sort of a mild fried banana slice with a more delicate flavor. And now that I know the flavors are more Caribbean than Mexican Hot, I’m going to work my way down the seafood menu too… ( I like hot food, but I can’t taste the character of delicate sea foods when spiced so much. So I usually avoid “hot seafood”. But the Caribbean treatments are a delight. So I suspect that Puerto Rico’s treatments will also be very nice…)

Don’t know how we managed to ‘luck out’ two days in a row, but both these places are well worth driving a ways to visit.

Along the way we also found 3 very good and secluded places to watch the launch. I’ll post about them… just AFTER the launch ;-)

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16 Responses to A Beach, A Bar, A Puerto Rico Moment

  1. GregO says:

    Chiefio,

    Man, you know how to live!

  2. LarryOldtimer says:

    If there weren’t so many “bugs” in FL.

    Don’t know how it is as of now, but Key West used to be a delightful place to visit.

  3. Pascvaks says:

    The most interesting things in life are the people you meet and the things they eat. Mucho gusto!

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @All: Out again today looking for a new adventure… And yes, I do know how to live. (Just wish I could afford more of it ;-)

    People, shared meals, music, and learning; followed closely by creation based on the understandings. That’s pretty much what matters in life.

  5. Dave Funk says:

    The ‘Stringy Beef’ is called Ropa Vieja or ‘Old Cloths’ because it is supposed to look like frayed cloth. It is good.
    The Black Beans probably were soupy, it is a Cuban speciality called Black Bean Soup. Personally, I’m addicted. And yes, they go on the rice. You messed up on passing on the Carne Frita. Fried pork chunks. you woudda loved it.

  6. bulaman says:

    Great travellogue. Had to have a look on G-earth and amazed to see the empty development behind the beach. Someone has spent a fortune manufacturing house sites and waterways for folk that never came..

  7. Bruce Ryan says:

    bulaman, that is the rub, there are “developments” all over the once desirable parts of the country. What was once worth millions, isn’t.
    I work in construction for a small company in the Pacific Northwest. Business was so busy, and everyone was building, that it was a constant refrain: wish I could bottle this up and meter it out.
    If you have a lot of disposable money, buy it up, on the other side of “heck” its worth will have inflated.

    EM, sounds like a little heaven.

  8. j ferguson says:

    That isn’t failed development behind the barrier island at New Smyrna Beach – assuming this is what you are referring to.

    The channels were cut to allow fish to get at the mosquito larvae.

    I need to find the reference to support this unlikely claim which I heard from a local on our pass through the place a couple of weeks ago. If you get a clear shot at the scale of these “improvements” you’ll see that the land parcels are too small to be built on.

  9. bulaman says:

    Thanks for that, fish vs mossie is hopefully better than DDT vs mossie. Still looks like an excavtor spent a LOT of time on the job!
    cheers

  10. j ferguson says:

    bulaman,

    There may be other unbuilt developments around the state. I used to see them when I was still flying in the ’80s – Acres of streets and culs-de-sac and no houses – mostly miles west of the beach and in the northern part of the state.

    When we moved to Chicago in 1952, large sections of Skokie, a nearby suburb had streets, curbs, curb cuts, sidewalks, fire hydrants and lights – but no houses. These were developments which must have been ready to go in 1930. They’re all built out now.

    There was a sizeable development of small Levitt early post-war size houses in Paducah Ky finished but couldn’t be sold. They’d built on top of easements before getting the subdivision completed. Without the provisions for the easements (they’d built houses on them) the individual lots could not be created and the houses not sold. I thought it was very sad – in the sense that the place should have been prospering with young families and kids all over and instead a few dozen of the houses were rented and the rest vacant.

    but this takes away from the Glorious Visit of our host to Florida.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @David Funk: Thanks for the names… After two of the Maria Sangria I was having a bit of difficulty remembering the Spanish names…

    I do love the Mexican version of pork “Carnitas” so figured I’d like the Puerto Rican version, but it’s what I always order at Mexican places… and wanted to stray from my usual. Besides, we’re going back. Again and again and… ;-)

    So faced with a menu with a dozen things I want to try, but a stomach that can only hold one at a time, choices must be made. I’d assert that a pleasurable choice is never ‘messing up’, it’s only a step on the road to greater happiness… So next I’ll probably try one or two of the “mofongo” dishes, then the roast chicken, and I’ll work my way back to the Carne Frita… then…

    @All:

    FWIW, Thursday was rainy. The spouse tells me it’s 40% odds of a launch Friday, 60% on Saturday (so that’s a 100% total, right? ;-) so we’re hoping the weather clears.

    As I understand it, if they don’t launch by Sunday, they scrub until December. So the window is closing. I hope we skip the 1/4 odds of a complete scrub. But if we don’t, well, just more ‘road time’ later.

    FWIW, the friend I’m staying with is a very long time friend, so I can come out whenever a reschedule happens. Worse case is we go fishing and hit Disneyworld. While at the coast, there were 6 inch to 9 inch sized fish jumping in the waters of Mosquito Bay all over the place. Those were the “bait fish”… something bigger was scaring them out of the water. Decisions decisions… We found a place that rents boats and fishing gear near Titusville, so that’s an option.

    FWIW, last time I was here I saw a “development” south of here, down near Davenport, Florida, that was a collection of roads, road signs, and ONE house. With boat launch ramps into the water / lake and all. If I can find the coordinates on Google I’ll post them for folks to look at a real ghost development.

    Today was not very exciting. Mostly doing ‘side work’. Finding out that the Mercedes Dealers in Orlando have not seen a 1979 car with carburetor and points in a couple of decades (but did have the name of a guy who can tune them up… seems to be the computer jockey whiz kids of today don’t know how to tune up a car without a computer port and scanner… And even though I brought a dwell meter with the car, just in case, only the old guy manager in the shop knows how to use one.) But they did say they can order parts from the “Classic Division”… Ah, the joys of travel in a “classic” car.

    (I’ve done the tune up myself by the side of a road in New Mexico once. Just not real keen on it. Though inside a garage would be much more comfortable.)

    BTW, part of what I’m doing while here is an economic assessment. Comparison of Florida to California. So discussions of what’s dead and what’s not are not ‘taking away’ at all. The fact is, I like the Dismal Science which is why I got a degree in Economics… so to me it IS recreation to look at things like patterns of development and activity. I know, sick puppy ;-)

    At any rate: While California has a dead commute hour and lots of empty industrial space; the Florida roads are full and the place is hopping. Park attendance seems good (but I have a source for better numbers I haven’t checked yet…) and restaurant traffic is high. We visited a mall near the southern Orlando Mercedes dealership and it was packed. The Apple Store was wall to wall folks drooling and wanting to throw their wallets at the staff (who where all hustling, even though it was a large staff). My take on it all being that there is NO slowdown in Apple sales at all, and “travel and leisure” is not missing a beat. No idea if the folks are all from the USA or a load of Europeans over on the cheap dollar, but it doesn’t matter. (Though the language sample had the usual Orlando mix – i.e. a broad set; but with a load of American in the crowd).

    Road construction seems to be doing well too 8-0

    With roads from highway 50 in the north to some other thing we were on south of the 408 all a mess… But we did find a store that sells Pilsner Urquell over near where hwy 50 crosses the I-4. Head east about 2 miles on “Colonial drive” on the right. Giant place full of all kinds of wines and beers. Just across the street from “Coytown”. If I can find the receipt I’ll post the name ;-) For some reason, while good Czech beer is sold in grocery stores in Silicon Valley, it’s hard to find in Orlando. But this place even had Czechvar and a couple of others. (I’m hard pressed to choose a favorite between those two…)

    So while the roads along the New Smyna beach were not packed with cars / crowded and the beaches were only modestly in use, the Orlando ‘tourist destinations’ look busy. About what I’d expect for this time of year. The water is a bit on the cool side for some folks (though I thought it was OK). But most folks don’t like the idea of a ‘beach vacation’ in the rain… and forget that it clears often.

  12. j ferguson says:

    E.M.
    While you are out this way, visit one of the larger Publix supermarkets and inspect the beer offerings.

    New Smyrna is an interesting place. We’ve been considering it strongly as the place we might want to live if we ever go to ground – as an intermediate stop on the way to a CCRC.

    It hasn’t been “discovered.” It isn’t a “destination.” We were hoping for a water-adjacent town with a university or at least a serious college. None at New Smyrna, but Stetson is in DeLand bout 30 miles west and there is some sort of operation in Daytona that may do more than teach typing.

    The town of New Smyrna (on the mainland) includes many ’20s bungalows which can be had for quite reasonable amounts and have detached garages for housing part of the Benz collection. Proximity to Daytona means when you go into an auto supply store with some goofy idea on how to do something other than the way the manufacturer intended you get real understanding. These places support a lot of race-car operations and seem to have counter guys who get their hands dirty on their own time. The aviation business around here is the same.

    The beauty of this area is that the condo mid -rises on the barrier island house a lot of fairly witty people – not “vacationers” as you call them. What this means is that the area supports a theater that mounts interesting plays. We have four friends who live in the immediate area, all navigators, and all seemingly enjoying the absence of crowds.

    The tourons seem not to prefer this place.

    E.M. it is a bit early for the “season” down here, though.

  13. j ferguson says:

    E.M.
    Maybe this is a bit OT, but.. Lakeland FL is the home of Publix Supermarket chain. Publix has stores in the Southeast US as far north as Beaufort SC and I think into Alabama.

    It is a closely held company which I believe was founded and still owned by Mormons. When I was still doing architecture I helped negotiate a contract to do the construction drawings for the updating of existing stores – a cyclical but continuous process. They were an intelligent, very thoughtful customer who we found to be as interested in the continuing viability of our company as theirs. We understand they treat all their suppliers this way. How rare.

    One of their requirements was that they did not want us to become captive by our contract with them, that it should not become more than 30% of our work.

    They also employ mentally challenged folks as bag stuffers in many of their stores – what a wonderful idea and they really do make it work.

    It’s very instructive to visit one of their stores and then have a look at one of their competitors.

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    My host buys all his groceries at a Publix. Nice places. Surprisingly good ‘hardware’ section too. They had a nice selection of beers, but just not the Pilsner I’d been raving about and had promised to buy for my host (back when I thought of it as in every supermarket… )

    I’m working on the ‘way to get here’. Though if I did, not all the cars would come. I have 3 wagons now. One too many. And as much as I like the old SLC, climbing “up” to get out is good for about 2 x per day max. It will go to the son should he ever want it ( or the daughter if she outgrows her fixation with hot blue Hondas… ;-)

    We’ll keep the Diesel Wagon as my “truck” and that means I likely don’t need the 240 D (but would keep it as my ‘alternate’ for when something was in the shop). We’ll keep the newer gas wagon. Beyond that, don’t see the reason to keep them as my ability to use them fades. I’m probably good for a “marathon drive” about 4 more years… when it’s ‘groceries and home’ then, well, not much needed.

    Thanks for the info about the housing there. Liked the place. I’d love to get a job teaching computer stuff at a local Community College ( I’ve got a lifetime credential from California that ought to be recognized most places). Haven’t looked around much, though. My host says the CCs are busy, but the local unemployment rate makes me worry it would be hard to get a gig… We’ll see.

    While I’m thinking about it, the place we found the Czech beer was:

    Total Wine & More
    2712 E. Colonial Drive
    Orlando, Florida

    http://www.totalwine.com/

    Oh, and very nice to know about the racetrack mindset… Gives me lots of good ideas about what to do if in need of a tune up and looking for clueful folks who love ‘straight’ engines ;-)

    Looks like the launch is scrubbed for today. I’d love to ‘meet up’ but with us being on a ‘who knows when’ schedule, don’t know if it’s practical.

  15. j ferguson says:

    E.M.
    It would be nice to meet you. Boat is, as they say, on the hard and I’m living in it – in Stuart. Spouse went to visit mother in NJ which is better because she hates mess and the work under way is a real mess. It’s hot -except today – and i’m having some real problems with a couple of maintenance items. I can never make Occam work for me although the way I go about things tends to eliminate the most expensive possibilities first.

    And I think this is an interesting discovery. When I have a mechanical, I always imagine the worst it could possibly be and gird my loins, so to speak for the likely unbelievable cost. Owning airplanes was my training in this approach. As Occam would have it, the real problem is usually much less expensive to fix although not always easy. So I turn overcoming the threat of a really bad problem into some sort of escape from perdition

    You might take a pass through DeLand while you’re at it. Interesting older town that is trying to keep going, real businesses are starting to replace the candle and incense shops. And a really great Irish Pub, not to mention Stetson University – nice campus.

    Jacksonville is interesting, seemingly more BMW bikes per capita than I’ve seen anywhere else – for reasons unknown. I don’t trust their economy thought and it’s to cold in the winter for us.

    Winter Park is also very interesting – although likely much pricier. One thing you might want to discuss with your host is summer temperatures. You my have discovered this in your studies, but it can get REALLY hot in central Florida. And don’t take all the carping about humidity seriously. After you get used to it, you miss air you can chew when you go somewhere like Flagstaff.

    Miami gets up to about 94F every day in the Summer but cools down into the mid-80s at night. We lived in Coconut Grove in a 50s ranch house with concrete tlle roof for 7 years w/o air conditioning, but we were away during the day. just had Casablanca fans which worked great.

    john

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    I grew up in a place that was up to 110 F in the summer (one year, 117 F ) and don’t typically mind hot as long as I’ve got a month or so to work up to it. (The body gradually remembers the wisdom of years gone by. Relax ALL the muscles. Breath deep, but very slow. Cold beverage every hour or so. Do things requiring an active nature in the early morning or at night… )

    Living in the warm is a fine art… Be in touch with your lizard self…

    Looks like the launch has been moved out to near December. Now I’ve got a bind. Thanksgiving at home or watch launch? Or fly back and forth a few more times? Sigh.

    So it looks like I’ll be in the area for about 2 weeks (I’ll know for sure once I book the flight…) with not much to do. Next Monday / Tuesday are booked, then after that, nothing. So I’ll send you an email for details on how we can connect ( Or you can send contact info to: pub 4 all ATSIGN aol DOT com
    (with all the spaces removed)

    The economy all hinges on what the new congress does. There’s a lot of “crap” in the gears right now, and The Fed is trying desperately to fix the economy by preventing it from taking a ‘reboot’… so we’re in The Blue Screen Of Death land for a while. What a mess.

    Might make it, though… but only with a minor miracle…

    I know, could be a whole lot worse. “Stuck” in Orlando with a free room, satellite TV, Internet, pool, washer / drier, BBQ, …

    Today we saw a place that was VERY overgrown with trees shrubs et al (a privacy paradise IMHO). On the corner of the lot was a placard from someone like the Nature Conservancy that stated the place was “Certified” as a habitat sanctuary or some such as it provided water, food, cover, whatever for native life. So I smell a racket… Maybe I can make a business selling “I’m not a lazy bum, I’m a Nature Sanctuary” signs…

    Saw a zillion lakes and thought it might be fun to get a pontoon boat rigged for living on it, put it on a small lake and call it home… Friend has a truck, so when leaving town, could just pull it and store it. I liked it when I lived on my sailboat…

    Well, enough for now. I’ve got to figure out what NASA has done to the shuttle schedule this time…

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