fyreline wrote:Years before we bought the condo, we used to spend the winters in Treasure Island, just over the drawbridge (and right down Gulf Boulevard from Indian Rocks Beach). Just love the area, and looking forward already to heading down there in January. We take the AutoTrain both ways - one of our three sons lives about 45 minutes from the AutoTrain's northern terminus station in Lorton, Virginia, so we go down and spend a few days with them, get up in the morning to get on the train, and wake up the next morning in Florida. I made that New York-to-Florida drive so many times over the years that I swear I knew every blade of grass along the way. No thanks. I would like to go down earlier, say around Thanksgiving, but the wife still wants to be here in NY over the holidays because of the grandchildren. I say send 'em all plane tickets for Christmas - we have room! Oh, well. And you're definitely right about Syracuse winter weather - tons of snow and usually below zero for long stretches. I did that for over 40 years on the Syracuse Fire Department . . . no more, thank you. I'll be on the beach - or by the pool - or on the back porch with a nice single-malt scotch and a fine cigar (my happy place). Life is good.
A coupla places we used to go to... The Frog Pond, and Sweet Sage Cafe. If you haven't been to either place, try it, I'm sure you'll like it. The owner of Sweet Sage Cafe owns 59 1959 Cadillacs and a trove of other cars... I went in there one day with a Corvette T on and he walking over to me and asked me if I own a Corvette. I told him I had 2, a 99 FRC and an 09 Z06. He said, I'll be right back, I have something I'd like to show you. He brought back about 6 pr 7 big white photo binders, just full of pictures of all the cars he had from the past to the present. He's something of a Jay Leno... He told me he had a very large shop with up to 25 people working for him that would be restoring or working on cars for him. Then he told me he got out of it because it was becoming a job and not much fun anymore, so he sold most of his collection, but kept the Caddy's and a few here and there. He said he used to lease cars to Film producers in Hollywood for pictures for certain era's since his cars were period correct.