Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Scrabble tournament I entered yesterday was a breast cancer fundraiser to benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure. It was a one-day tournament with 7 games. There were 10 players in my division and I was the number two seed. Statistically, I was only expected to win 4 games but I ended the day undefeated. Click on "statistically" to see what the playing field looks like. I went with Tom, a friend who comes to my home every Wednesday evening to play 5 "friendly" games. Tom also won his division (he played in the second division and I played in the fourth). But as soon as Tom received his prize money ($100) he immediately turned it over as a donation to Susan G Komen for the Cure in honor of his mother. It was a touching moment.
It was another day of seeing old friends and making new ones. There was also a "booby" prize for the best "boob" word. I really liked Nikki Scafa's "bustiest" play but, in the end, everyone's favorite was "survivor" played by Alexandra Gianikas. Tom and I headed to the nearby Mangrove Grill in Palmetto to have dinner and to celebrate our victories!
Posted by Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) at 10:09 AM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Gasparilla is Tampa's Mardi Gras. I have lived here 7-1/2 years without ever having any desire to attend. I hate crowds. I avoid the mall at Christmas like the plague. I won't say I wasn't curious though as to what it was all about and I got my chance yesterday. My first boat patrol (as a trainee) with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary was for Gasparilla.
This is The Jose Gaspar enroute to where it will eventually dock at the Tampa Convention Center which is where our mission was located. We worked with the Tampa Bay Police to keep the area around the Convention Center secure and free of boats. Jose Gaspar was supposedly a pirate who operated in southwest Florida. Each year since 1904 the pirates "invade" the city. It's just a big party with lots of beads and drinking.
I think each party boat tries to outdo the next.
An estimated 350,00 people attended Gasparilla this year. The picture to the left shows people lining up for the arrival of the ship. After the ship arrives there is a parade on Bayshore with floats of costumed pirates. Our exit from the hoopla was an easy one. We motored away from Hillsborough Bay to the Alafia River and disembarked at Williams Park in Riverview. Mission Accomplished.
Note to self: Keith Anderson, where have you been all my life?!? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlEsRtKR-mk
Posted by Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) at 9:20 AM