Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Panama City Beach, FL and catch up news

  Our daughter, her friend and I got home about 2:00 today, my husband flew back to Baltimore yesterday from PCB's airport--it's not much bigger than the old one, but way out in West Bay---about 6 miles past my aunt's house, instead of making a hard right after West Bay bridge to her house, you make a soft right to the airport....

The girls jet skied twice, 5-hr deep sea fished (and each caught "a brown" one), Goofy golfed--I won a free game and the lady at the counter would not let me give the ticket to the next group of people--she told me it was good "forever" and that it would make me come back! The girls shopped at Pier Park, we laid on umbrella chairs at the beach and lounged by the pool--did absolutely nothing! Drank many Corona's and I had a "hurricane day" at the pool--won't do that again any time soon!!! Ate out a couple of times--Capt. Anderson's food was so good!! but we still haven't found a good, reasonably priced restaurant--it's disappointing!

The condo was a downer---several maintenance issues on arrival, enough that the owner himself came by (lives in TX) to help---even the 2 smoke detectors were not hooked up..just sitting in separate drawers, one was beeping! A patio chair was broken off it's legs and just laying on the balcony, the pantry door did not close, light bulbs were out, and the arm of the front door closing mechanism was not attached to the door, resulting in a gouged out area on the wall--did the cleaning people not see these things?? I sent an email to the management folks (who are not associated with the condo complex) and response was slow--took 1 1/2 days to get someone there----anyway, things were workable....

We stayed at Shores of Panama, a 4-yr old property on Thomas Drive, 23 stories tall with a "parking garage" that was 11 stories tall--but you could not fit 2 cars in the turns, only 1/2 the elevators were working at any one time (we were on the 21st floor--so walking was not an option!), the paint on the outside looked good and the lobby was nice--with the salt water aquarium...the pool was the best I've been in in PCB...the building is shaped like a horseshoe with all the room balconies facing in and the pool is in the center of the horseshoe...one weird thing that happened during a rain/lightning storm is that the cooped-up vacationers began hooping and hollering off the balconies, blowing horns or just screaming and ooohing and ahhhing at the lightening strikes on the water---people are strange!!!

Saw a couple pods of dolphins feeding at the 2nd sand bar...and a baby hammerhead shark, about 2 feet long, just swimming with us in the Gulf!!! The water was beautiful until the day after the storm--as usual it filled with that snotty seaweed and changed the color to tan instead of gorgeous turquoise...but that was the day before we left, so I spent the last day at the pool taking in those last rays...

We hosted (even tho we weren't home) a successful realtor open house this past Friday resulting in 1 showing on Saturday. Sunday--about 6 couples showed up during the 2 hour public open house..our agent is following up with 2 of the couples and will let us know...no showings since Sunday.

Our daughter heads to Pittsburgh, PA Friday morning for a quick visit with family and friends and returns on Monday afternoon--then drug testing that evening and on to Navy basic training on the 19th--actually she goes to a Nashville hotel that night and gets sworn in, and then to Chicago on the 20th. I still don't have her graduation date yet--but will let you know---

Haven't told the kids this yet, but---my husband's company has been awarded the contract for Nashville's convention center---currently beams are standing in concrete and the parking garage is almost finished---as of last week he will be transferred to that job effective September--kinda puts a kink in our plans, but will only delay us for about 9 months...we still plan to sell the house and move to an apartment....

Central America isn't going anywhere----