Monday, April 14, 2008

Back From Another Hell Like Work Trip to Florida

I would never imagine that this post 101 would take so long to happen. Yes, I am finally back from another hell like work trip to Florida. I have been down there in the past 2 weeks and worked at least 11 hours per day. I got so tired after work and most of days that I just had dinner and went to bed at night time after work. Never really got any time or energy to get on line. The worst part of the whole thing was that the weather was so nice/sunny/warm outside in Florida but I had to stay in a no-window room to work my ba**s off.

Of course, I was so busy that I even forgot my own birthday since I only had only 35-minute break including bathroom break and all meals time from 7am to 7pm that day (last Tuesday if you really want to know). And I did not find out that some of my blogger friends sent me birthday wishes that day until much later. Well, it is all over for now at least. And I am back to the cold damp Wisconsin to face the never ending winter. I just cannot believe that it is still only in 20s, cold and windy in mid-April! Okay, I need to calm down and not complain too much.

We did get to the St. Augustine for one day during my work trip down in Florida. I have not been there for a while and everything changes a lot there. It is always one of my favorite towns. It is very charming and nice. Lots of shops and restaurants and great beach. The weather was sunny, warm but a little bit too windy when we went to there one week ago. The tides were very high and lots of people were doing surfing while the fishermen on the pier kept telling them that there were sharks in the water. Guess some people just like to live on the edge. We walked on the beach and hanged around the pier for a while then headed off to the downtown area of the St. Augustine.

There were so many new hotels and restaurants that I almost did not recognize the place. We parked in the whole new parking structure after the information center and found a place close to the Fort Matanzas National Monument (or Castillo de San Marcos) for lunch. We could see the Fort from the lunch. the food was actually not that good but they did make good non-alcohol PiƱa Colada. After the lunch, we went into the Fort and just caught on the demonstrations of cannon shooting. It was very interesting to see the reenactment of the whole thing. And I really admire those guys who wore 3 layers of wool dress in a hot day (88'F) to demo the cannon shooting.

We then proceeded to walk around the downtown area and did some shopping and had some drinks until the pouring rain started. It was nice to at least get a day off during those 2 hell like week. Now it is time to go back out to the cold weather and do some exercise to get rid of those extra fat coming with all the restaurants food.


Michael said...

welcome back. Spring will be here soon enough!

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

Ice John's World said...


Thanks! It will nice to have this long nasty winter to go away! :)

DEREK said...

man I didn't realize it was your birthday, Happy late birthday, wish we could have got together while you were here. I love St. Augustine. It's a tourist trap but I love it.

Ice John's World said...

Thanks, Derek! It will be great to meet you in person eventually!