I have returned back home again safe and sound. I officially walked in to my home at 9:06 PM EST on this Saturday night. I haven’t seen daylight here in America’s Riviera since before the sun went down on Monday the 23RD of February.
February was a crazy month for me. During this past month I was transported in 5 states – Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas – and one foreign country – Mexico – via my own car, my parents’ car, my brother’s car, my brother’s wife’s minivan, a friend’s minivan, several taxicabs (two en Cozumel Mexico y one in Jacksonville Florida), a ferry (across the Mississippi River in New Orleans), a Carnival cruise ship (down the Mississippi River and across the Gulf Of Mexico), a couple of shuttle buses (en Progreso Mexico), a tour bus (in New Orleans), and 3 American Airlines jets.
It is now time to settle down and chill for a few months, so hopefully I can do just that starting tomorrow to kickoff the month of March.
In the meantime I present to you for your ‘Retro’ review this appropriate transportation-themed track. It’s the International pop smash “Joyride” from Roxette from 1991. It’s one of my all-time favourite songs ever, and it’s a family favourite for my Mom and my Brother. C’Mon Join The Joyride !
It’s just after 4:30 AM CST / 5:30 AM EST, and I’m wide awake on this Saturday morning. I can’t wait to get back in my own bed tonight for the first time since 5 nights ago (Monday). During the month of February I have slept in my own bed with my own blanket and my own pillow a grand total of 16 out of 27 nights. Tonight will be the 17TH night. Even more revealing is the fact that I’ve only been at work for 8.5 work days (out of a possible 19).
It all returns back to a normal routine starting tomorrow – appropriately the First of March. I’m looking forward to it. February has been way too hectic for me.
Today’s trek back home to Homestead involves my brother’s car to the airport (DFW), an American Airlines MD-80 jet from Dallas to Jacksonville, a random taxicab at the airport, and then finally my own car from Florida’s First Coast down to America’s Riviera.
Depending on how everything goes and how I feel tonight after this long trek back home again I’ll post a fresh new ‘Saturday Night Retro’ tonight. If I don’t do so then I must have gone to sleep immediately upon arrival of my own bed with my own blanket and my own pillow – or I never made it home.
Please pray for my safe return back home again.
Get ready – Winter weather is returning to America’s Riviera on Sunday afternoon as a strong polar cold front plows through.
On Monday morning you can expect actual air temperatures in and around Homestead down into the upper-40s with wind chills slightly below that in the mid-40s. On Tuesday morning you’ll wake up to temperatures barely above 40°F with wind chills as low as the mid-30s ! We’ll have one final cold morning on Wednesday with temperatures in the mid-to-upper-40s for a few hours. Monday and Tuesday will be cold days, as we’ll struggle to reach the upper-60s !
This is how March comes in like a lion for our subtropical paradise at 25.5°N latitude. Roll with it. You’ll be missing it by the time hurricane season rolls around.
What’s happenin’ my blogging friends ? !
– I am now in Allen Texas.
– It’s a northeastern suburb of Dallas.
– It’s where my brother and his wife and their dog call home.
– It’s in the mid-80s outside right now.
– This is North Texas in February, so that will soon change.
– Tomorrow it will only be in the mid-50s here.
– On Saturday when I board a plane for Florida wind chills will be near freezing.
– I’m looking forward to returning home after this long road trip.
– Allow me to briefly explain this road trip.
– I left Homestead Florida shortly before 4:30 AM on Tuesday morning.
– I drove about 375 miles up to Clay County (near Orange Park).
– I then picked up my parents, and we drove about 345 miles westward.
– That’s about 720 miles of driving for me in one day !
– We stopped for the night in Milton Florida (just east of Pensacola).
– We ate Dinner at a fancy Mexican restaurant called La Hacienda.
– We got back on the road again on Wednesday morning.
– We made it another 415 miles – straight into the heart of Louisiana.
– We stayed at a hotel in Alexandria – near their airport.
– Their airport used to be England Air Force Base for 50 years until 1992.
– We completed the long road trip into Allen Texas today.
– In all I’ve driven about 1,450 miles since Tuesday morning.
– Only the first 375 miles was done in my car.
– My car is still sitting in Florida in my parents’ former driveway.
– That’s right – former driveway.
– They are now residents of Texas.
– I moved them and their cat in their car.
– They lived in and around Jacksonville for over a dozen years.
– I fly back to Jacksonville International Airport on Saturday.
– I then take a taxi back to my car some 35 miles away.
– I then drive 375 miles back home to Homestead.
– I’ll be back at home late this Saturday night.
– Don’t worry I’ve still got your ‘Friday Night Blogroll Review’ tomorrow.
– I’ll also do a ‘Saturday Night Retro’ once I get back home.
– Most importantly I’ll see a lot of you at Life Pointe Church on Sunday.
– I have no trips planned for March, April, and May.
– That’s the way that it needs to be.
– I’ll be all tripped out come this Saturday night.
– It’s been a really crazy February for me.
– Perhaps the craziest of them all.
– I want March to be mundane.
– I can’t wait for it to start on Sunday.
– I can’t wait to go back to work again on Monday.
Let’s go GREEN !
There we go. I thought of this week’s countdown earlier today while eating my MASSIVE Chinese Food Lunch.
It’s my favourite green vegetables:
5. Lettuce – I can’t enjoy a MASSIVE half-pound swiss cheeseburger at Fuddruckers without lettuce – lots of it – shredded style. Perhaps I’ll be able to squeeze in a Lunch at Fuddruckers while in the northeast suburbs of Dallas Texas later this week. Danny ?
4. Celery – Give me a whole bunch of celery stalks and a bowl of french onion dip, and I’m good to go. I can’t eat just one. I’ve got to eat at least 21 !
3. Broccoli – It used to be my favourite green vegetable, but it’s slipped a couple of notches over time. If it’s not cooked properly then I don’t like it as much. It’s got to be cooked / steamed hard so that it’s soggy to the taste.
2. Spinach – I love to eat spinach. It makes me strong like Popeye The Sailor Man. If the spinach is creamed then it’s even tastier. A Thanksgiving Dinner is simply not complete without creamed spinach.
1. Collard Greens – Publix makes them pretty good, and so does Shiver’s in Naranja Lakes Florida (a local BBQ joint). This has recently climbed to the top spot because although my experiences with collard greens is admittingly limited I must state that the collard greens at Shiver’s is possibly tastier than anything else on the menu – including the sweet potato fries. In fact it may just be the most delicious food item that’s available for consumption on U.S. 1 in Miami-Dade County !
That’s how I rock and roll this week with your ‘Monday Night Countdown’. This blog is now going on a short two-day hiatus. I’ll be back on Thursday night to kick it into high gear with a fresh new ‘Thursday Night Mini Thoughts’. Until then – keep it real my vegan friends !
Here are my takeaways in 15 words or less:
– Alex did a bang-up job on the drums during Praise & Worship.
– The whole band totally rocked God’s house this morning.
– The band seems to be multiplying.
– I counted 9 of them up on stage.
– We didn’t sing just to hear ourselves sing.
– We sang so that God would clearly hear us.
– Pastor Mike B. presented the teaching this morning.
– It was all about Perseverance.
– I must follow God’s will for my Life despite the world around me.
– I must run the race that is marked out for me by God.
– I must be persistent in praying to Him.
– I must ask, seek, and knock – and never give up.
– God wants to give me Goodness.
– God wants to change my mind, heart, and soul.
– God chose me when I was a sinner.
– I must get up again after I get knocked down.
– Satan wants to keep me down and out for the count.
– God wants me to rise above it all and continue moving forward.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT, 2ND Ed.)
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever !
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.