Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Valentine's Day

St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, Florida

St. Armands is a high-end residential area on the beach in Sarasota. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the prices of homes here this morning. The top price was 10 million and the most humble abode was $500,000. Even so we parked on a street near the circle where every house on the block had a for sale sign out front. The owners may all be in a state of denial about prices. I'm not exactly sure what was in my salad, but it had a flower, avocado, bacon bits, chicken and corn.

This is Valentines Day number 42 for us, if you disregard the years we lived together in sin in the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury district during the Summer of Love.

They had a Ferrari show with about 50 Ferraris and other classic exotics today. This is a Lamborghini that parked near our table. We ate on the sidewalk. La Europa. has always been our favorite restaurant. In 1985 I used a credit card to buy a Mustang convertible and the credit card company asked me the name of this restaurant to verify my identity before they approved the purchase.

You don't see many Cheetahs on the street. This one was manufactured in the 60s, built here in Sarasota using Corvette parts.

My favorite was this new Dodge Challenger with the 6.1 liter V-8 hemi. I discuss buying one to tow behind the RV, but Mrs. Phred doesn't want to ruin the lines by adding a tow bar to the grill.

This is a lovely older model with clean lines that has held up well over the years. The car in the background, incidentally, is a 57 Thunderbird that has been restored with some attention to detail.

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