Not much news today.
We are winding down to truly become snow birds by leaving for Toronto tomorrow. So today I was a chauffeur as Elizabeth did
some last minute shopping and then I dropped her off at our Pied de Terre on the sea so she could spend the last afternoon
on the beach. In my case I had errands to do. I had to return the rented bicycles, have the van washed, pick up boxes to hold
all the additional items we had bought, gas up the van and meet her later. I joined her on the beach and wrote a few pages
on my book about Yorkville. As you will see in the pictures my editor arrived and started pecking at my notes. It worried
me as he scurried about and not telling me what he thought. Soon many others gathered and behaved in a lunatic manner as if
the moon was full.
This afternoon friends
of mine came down from Toronto. Irv and Andy Goldberg and we said we would join them for supper. We wanted to go to a Greek
restaurant but couldn't get into the parking lot and the lineup had 20 plus people in it. We settled for Umberto an Italian
restaurant up the street. They had something on the menu that I seldom see but enjoy when I have it. It is called fungilli.
These are large sea snails and they are sliced thin on top of spagehitti. It is as all things an acquired taste.
We returned home and
began packing. I am not looking forward to getting up at 6 or 7 a.m. to load the van and start for home and yet I am. There
is no place like home as Dorthy would say.
One last story on the history of Florida. If you have visited the
Miami area you know of Broward County. It is named after a larger than life former Governor with the moniker Napoleon Bonaparte
Broward. Here are a few of the jobs, careers and adventures he was involved with. He had been a logger, a farmhand, a steamboat
crew member, a Newfoundland cod fisherman, a lumberman, a phosphate mine developer, sheriff of Duval County and a boat pilot.
In his last capacity, he ran a mail and passenger steamboat service, in a celebrated seagoing tugboat called the Three Friends.
In the 1890's he ran the Spanish blockade on Cuba to bring contraband guns to revolutionaries. He had 8 daughters and
one son. The son being the last born.