AHHHH….The SOUTH

March 11th, 2008 by Terry

Viv and I just got back from a trip to Savannah, GA with a sidetrip to St Augustine, FLA. We had to go…the weather has been so bad this winter that I either had to get out of here for a while, or just poke out my eyes with a pointed stick. Either/or. So we chose to go south. Flew from Milwaukee to Cincinnati to Savannah. Was raining like stink in Savannah, so the next day we drove the rental car south until we got to the sun…fairly long way to St Augustine. But the weather there was warm, a bit of sun, and the old city was really neat. Pretty good eating…lots of oysters and seafood and stuff. A couple of days there, until the weather cleared up north, and then up to Savannah.

Savannah was the city featured in that best-seller…Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil….survived the Civil War, and the historic district still has 21 squares, surrounded by gorgeous old mansions…..beaucoup history, lots of Live Oaks with hanging Spanish moss, a brilliant place to walk around aimlessly. We loved it, and of course ate well. Best place had oysters with cilantro-Lime vinaigrette, crispy duck and other delights. Viv had lobster tail, poached pear salad, and braised lamb ribs. A good D’Arenberg Footbolt shiraz, some dessert. Wow. Worth the cost.

Flew back via Atlanta, dodging tornadoes, but we got here. Now planning our next trip….possibly sea kayaking on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Sound good?

For those of you not following Brady’s sporadic missives on his blog….he has thus far survived a Siberian winter but only by the skin of his psyche. Work is crappy, his boss in an old bureaucrat in the true Soviet style (do nothing new), both his camera and computer have broken, the people are generally nasty, he’s had diarrhea lots of times, the Peace Corps bureaucracy is pathetic, they just took away all of their in-country leave summarily etc etc…on the good side, he’s eaten horse, been propositioned by a lonely 35 year old woman who clearly wanted one thing (money), dunked in the river at 20 below C for religious reasons, seen the mighty Rudnyy Miners play hockey etc etc AND he has a great host family (The last ones robbed him).

Tim continues to do fine at St Cloud State…where its often colder than Calgary, Saskatoon or Rudnyy. He has applied to U Wisconsin at Madison for next year. Surprisingly, its not for the academic challenge (tho’ he had the gall to think we’d believe that), but cuz his girlfriend has applied there. To her dismay, St Cloud is NOT the center of cellodom. Though the Lump made Dean’s List last term, he’s not too likely to get into Madison. So strange things may occur….

One Response to “AHHHH….The SOUTH”

  1. Ian Says:

    Good post Terry!

    THE big GPS tradeshow is in Savannah each September for the next three years, so I’m hoping to go to at LEAST one of them. Shelley would, of course, tag along. I’ve never been that far south on the east coast, so it’ll be different.

    And I will note that, in keeping with your French city reviews, the focus is on FOOD! Heh heh.

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