This past Wednesday we went to our first block party here in the park. Residents who live within loosely-defined areas (blocks) periodically get together at one place and get to know each other and snack on finger food. Sort of like what we call in the RV community a happy hour. We met some new friends and had a great time. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
Our friends Vi and Kevin moved in behind us on Friday. We met them several years ago in North Carolina, and they've been full timers for almost two years. They were staying down in Okeechobee and decided to come here for a change of scenery. They'll be here through the winter.
We had a very busy weekend. On Saturday we drove to the Amalie Center in Tampa to see a concert by the Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO).
This is the arena about a half hour before showtime.
TSO is one of our favorite musical groups. They combine classical and rock music into a bombastic sound and light show that's an assault on your senses. The show is partly a narrated Christmas story based on one of their several Christmas albums, interspersed with many stand-alone songs, all very loud and bright.
Our first stop in Miami was for lunch at the Versailles restaurant in the Little Havana district. Versailles is one of the most famous Cuban restaurants in Miami, but how it got a French name I'll never know. During lunch I took the opportunity to get a picture of Mike and Terri.
This one was really spectacular. A quick check of its name on Google (Attessa IV) revealed that it's owned by a billionaire named Dennis Washington.
It's 332 feet long and is worth about $250 million. And notice it has a helicopter on the deck. Wow!
Another thing you'll see in the Miami area is fancy cars. We saw several Ferraris and Rolls Royces, but this Lamborghini was a real eye opener. Is is really gold plated?
Probably not, but it sure is a shiny gold paint job!
We couldn't visit Miami Beach without putting our feet in some sand.
It was time to make our way back to the mainland to the American Airlines Arena.
We got there early enough to enjoy all the pregame warm-ups and festivities.
Finally, the game was on.
The experience of watching a live NBA game was great, but the game itself wasn't the best. The Bulls beat the Heat pretty handily 93-75, making Mike happy. (Jim, not so much.) :)
The game ended around 8:30, and after about a 30-minute delay getting our of our parking lot, we were back on the road for the trip home. US 27 is one dark road at night! We said goodbye to Mike and Terri in Clewiston, got in our car and made it back home right at midnight.
It was a wonderful, action-filled weekend! Thanks Mike and Terri for joining us and making the weekend very special. We'll see you again soon.
And to our readers, see you in a few days.