Days 2-3: Chillin’ in Ft.Laud

At the Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale
Originally uploaded by Jason Archer.

Thursday and Friday we hung out in our hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Since we got the vacay from a time share jimmy-jam, we had to go to the talk on Thursday. 90 minutes, max. Guess how long we were there. No… Guess… Really….FIVE AND A HALF FREAKING HOURS! Truthfully, I almost bought the thing at the end, but a gentle squeeze under the table from Micki and we were out. For the fun and long story of the time share experience, you’ll have to ask us. We’ll be happy to tell you about Margarita and Joey Bag-a-dognuts.

So, with our Thursday being shot, we decided to drive around Ft. Lauderdale a bit and enjoy the good weather. We stopped at the Burrito Factory for dinner. A transplanted New Yorker started it 28 years ago and he was the guy serving us. I had the worst burrito I’ve ever had, but Micki and Grace shared a good one.

Friday we got up late and went to the Swap Shop, one of my favorite places on planet Earth. It’s literally many miles of tarps, tents, and makeshift buildings with tons of deals. We did some shopping there for some Christmas presents as well as some Florida merch to bring home to our family and friends. The big disappointment was that the circus, which was in the middle of the Swap Shop, had shut down. Mick and I had seen it before and were excited to show Grace. Oh well.

Later that night we went to a place called Picadilly’s. It was a weird Pondarosa/Big Boy kind of place. Nothing to write home about. Except for their carrot pudding. It is a secret recipe that they use carrots to make something that tastes like sweet potatoe cassarole. It was amazing. We wanted to get the recipe, and as Micki was talking to the cashier, she told Mick she would send it to her. We still haven’t seen it yet, but it was a cool gesture.

Friday night we packed up and prepared for our Christmas cruise. An adventure we would not soon forget!






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