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

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Second Childhood?

Sarasota, Florida

The sand volleyball with the grizzled old guys for two hours this morning was fun. They rag a lot on each other but generally encouraged me as a newbie and gave me some pointers on serving..

I admit to hoping sometimes that they wouldn't hit the ball to me, but I think that feeling will go away in time. I didn't embarrass myself, but it reminded me of being eight and standing in right field hoping the ball would go the other way...

I spent the afternoon at the pool, reading the new Steven King book about the impenetrable dome that mysteriously appears over a small Maine town...kind of a "Lord of the Flies" for adults in the Twilight Zone...The big pool and the park are still fairly empty although the weather is really nice this time of year in Florida. It might be the best month other than April. I had a "belly buster" hot dog with fries for lunch.

In the evening we cranked up the round robin social doubles tennis. Mrs. Phred has just had my racket  restrung and a new wrap on the handle. It feels very sweet.when I whack the ball.

Hopefully, I'll be able to schedule something more blogable soon... maybe a SCUBA trip in the Gulf Stream or an overnight fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico?


  1. What no pictures of your "loaded" dog and fries?

  2. love the sunset photos...were those taken where you are now....sil

  3. They have pretty sunsets here, especially because the beaches are looking west...sometime I feel guilty about not hitting the beach here more often...

  4. Wow. Beautiful sunset photos indeed!

  5. Hi Colm,

    Nice to hear from you. Are you walking for charity again this year? I get a kick out of contributing pounds (or is it Euros?) for a change...