I spent the past several days with Scott and his family. His parents drove from Louisiana, his sister and I flew into Orlando and we headed to Cocoa Beach for a few days of sun and sand. I may have gotten the splotchiest tan ever.
We rented a condo on the beach. There was a lot of lounging, drinking, eating and playing games.You know, vacation stuff.
We even managed to stumble upon a BBQ festival in the town of Cocoa as we were leaving. Literally, fall off the bone tender.
As you know, all good things must come to an end. And end they did. On the way back to Gainesville we ran into a bit of serious car trouble. Something about spark plugs, arcing and thingy-ma-jigs. There was a futile search for a repair shop in the tiny town of Minneola, many hours spent at a Shell station, a tow truck called and 5 full sized adults in a Honda Civic plus all of their beach gear.
Let’s just say it wasn’t an ideal situation. But I was impressed with how calm and collected everybody stayed throughout the entire ordeal. You can imagine how being stranded in the middle of rural Florida in 90+ degree heat with a broken car might make tempers flare. But flare they did not. How one deals in the face of adversity says a lot about one’s character. I say Scott and his family are a good bunch.
Despite the car troubles, it was great to take a few days off and spend time in the company of loved ones.