From Melbourne to Fort Lauderdale

February 10, 2010 10:25 – 10:25

Yesterday was a travel & cell phone day. We stopped at two art galleries in Melbourne—the Cuba! Gallery and LoPressionism. Both are commercial galleries. The first features only art from Cuba. The owner has a permit to travel to Cuba. So, she goes there to meet with artists, see art shows, etc. She buys Cuban works and brings them back to the U.S. The second features art from local artists, hence the “lo” in LoPressionism.

Karen’s new-every-two came due on February 7th, and she’s been eying the Motorola Droid. So, last night, we bopped into the local Costco, where she bought one. Not only does Costco honor the new-every-two, but their price was $20 cheaper than Verizon’s price, and they threw in a case and a mobile charger, as well. She’s playing with her Droid as I’m writing this… trying to get learn how to use it. She has 30 days to decide whether she wants to keep it. Her current challenge: when reading an email, how do you easily go to the next message without deleting the one you’re reading. The “forward” button doesn’t seem terribly pushable, and is mostly frustrating. Apparently, cursing the Droid doesn’t help. We’ve both tried that.

After Droiding, we went to Flanigan’s. It’s a local chain (by local, I mean Florida) featuring standard fare. While we thought they were going to be mostly seafood, their seafood offerings weren’t all that extensive. I had the baby back ribs and shrimp combo, and Karen had the surf & turf combo. Both were quite good, although the baby back half rack was the smallest half rack I’ve ever seen—not even enough meat for a small BBQ sandwich. Don’t go to Flanigan’s if you want to leave full. Fortunately, I wasn’t looking to get stuffed, so it worked out okay for me.

Today, the forecast is for the upper 60s, windy, and sunny, with a red flag warning for fire danger. Apparently, even though Florida is slightly more humid than the average steam bath, there are dry spots, and that means brush fires. A bit of rain came through yesterday, so it’s not all that dry, but the red flag warning is out nonetheless.

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