Top ten

Another road trip, to Florida for Christmas. Here’s my top ten, in reverse chronological order. This is a blog, after all.

1) Strolling through an open air craft market in Tampa’s historic “Ybor City”:http://www.ybor.org with my daughter “Meg”:http://www.mintchaos.com/meg/. We went there to get a “cuban sandwich”:http://www.vikingrange.com/recipes/cuban_sandwiches.html while waiting for her plane.

2) Florida, generally. Nautical stuff especially. anchorweb.jpg

2)Dinner on Christmas day, at my sister Toy’s new house.

3)Pilgrim’s Christmas hair-do: spikes with colors, dyes a gift from Meg.

3) New holiday tradition: opening British style holiday “crackers”:http://www.britshoppe.com/britchris.html on Christmas eve.

4)Riding around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve.

5) Going to the beach on Christmas eve. A white Christmas. Katie napped on Christian and Ann’s new beach mat while the rest of us looked for sharke’s teeth at the Blind Pass park on “Manasota Key”:http://www.drelocation.com/florida/charlotteco/manasotakey.htm.

6) Watching the kids enjoy their own apartment at “Buchan’s Landing”:http://www.buchans.com next to mom’s house. Video games, movies, all night do what you want.

7) Sunsets daily, no charge. sunsetweb.jpg

8) Seeing Katie, who had already been here a week taking care of mom.

9) Bar-b-que, at “Woody’s”:http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m3190/42_36/93318937/p1/article.jhtml, south of Atlanta. It’s tradition.

10) An evening alone in Chattanooga on the way down while our friends the Hargraves took Michael, Pilgrim and Tina to a midnight showing of the final Lord of the Rings release.

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About wally metts

Wally Metts is the daysman. He is director of graduate studies in communication at Spring Arbor University and is a pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, MI. The father of four adult children, he and his wife Katie raise barn cats and Christmas trees in Michigan. His grandchildren call him Santa.

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