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Old 12-06-2013, 06:24 AM   #15
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Thanks for the URL, it looks like a top notch park. The posts were some of the best ever.

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Old 12-07-2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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Dateline...Saturday evening, December 7, 2013.

Your intrepid captain has only a few items to report...

Friday, December 6th... Armed with a beaker of well fermented cactus squeezins, the darling bride and Intrepid Captain (hereinafter the IC) took the now trusty golf cart to the weekly Friday Pelican Lake Happy Hour. Given the season, it was lightly attended, but afforded us a great opportunity to meet maybe 15 denizens of Pelican Lakes. We were hungry so we stayed only a couple of hours and returned to the coach for grilled (outside) hot dogs. Turns out we missed a gambling game called LEFT, RIGHT CENTER. One of our neighbors won $85 dollars last evening playing this game. Clearly, I must master this new endeavor, and thereby gather the monies necessary to replenish my coach-ravaged retirement fund.

Saturday morning, rode bike 11 miles...Lance Armstrong watch out! Later, darling bride and IC checked out a few other Naples RV Resorts, then went bar hopping. Here is where it gets interesting...at Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland, FL we walked into the bar and were greeted by an incredible Jack Russell Terrier perched upon a corner bar stool which afforded him an unobstructed view of an excellent country music band. I took pictures, (but again, can't figure out how to post them here.)

The pup's name is Wilson, and he is known far and wide around these parts as a party animal. His will be 12 years old in two weeks and a party in his honor will be held at the bar. IC and bride were fortunate enough to snag an invitation to this A List event and will attend carrying gifts appropriate for Jack Russell Terriers.

Well, friends, surprised as we were at this well mannered pup's demeanor in the noisy pub, imagine our shock when this little showman began to SING with the band! YOU HAD TO BE THERE! I remarked to the bar owner ( Steve) what an amazing sight Wilson was while attempting to harmonize. He matter-of-fact told me "You ain't seen nothing yet". Turns out that Wilson's absolute favorite entertainer is a fellow named Billy Pritchard. We are told that Wilson actually joins Mr Pritchard on the bandstand and "brings the house down" with his vocal stylings. Billy Pritchard is due to entertain there around December 27th. You may rest easy in the knowledge that IC and bride will be there to ascertain if we agree with Wilson's taste in entertainers.

Did I mention that unlike ANY of the other regulars at this fabulous establishment, the are TWO nearly life size portraits of Wilson over the bar? Here again, I took a photo which I am unable to share
Now on to the next bit of good news...Tomorrow I will fly back to the northern tundra which some call the Peoples Republic of Maryland to drive our convertible back to Naples. (To all concerned readers and critics of the IC...the car is equipped with Run-Flat 285/30ZR19 99Y tires tested and rated for sustained speeds of OVER 186 mph.). Despite the car's speed capability, I can coax over 28 mpg at 70+ mph on interstate highways. I will not utilize either the car or the tires' full capability for this next 1200 mile trip, but will indeed test the capabilities of our Escort Radar Detector. I will skip Cat Scale weigh ins but will double-check the PSI in each tire prior to departure. I want to return to this Pelican Lake paradise ASAP. During my hopefully short stay in MD, I will meet with a shipper who will ship our motorcycles door to door for only $275 apiece!

Inasmuch as your IC has a 4AM wake up to catch the Ft Meyers flight to MD., I will sign off for now and look forward to catching up next week when the convertible, the motorcycles and me are back in Naples where we can continue this wonderful adventure.

For those inclined to follow these ramblings of a happy newbie settling into the life of a motorcoach vagabond, the inventory here in Naples will soon be as follows:

American Coach Heritage 45E
Jeep Commander Limited... Hemi engine (horrible fuel economy, but great truck)
Golf cart ( can't remember brand...its a white one...goes EXACTLY 15 mph)
2 21 speed bicycles
Mercedes SL 550 twin turbo 429hp
Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive
Suzuki Burgman 400
Rocky Westie terrier
Murphy Westie terrier
Opie Westie terrier
Absolutely beautiful Captain's bride...we call her the COMMODORABLE
Intrepid Captain Stan.

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Old 12-08-2013, 06:26 AM   #18
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Great reading......keep em coming!!!!!!
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I hope you are saving your posts...be great reading in the years ahead.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #22
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Great read, Stan!

Pelican Is a wonderful resort, not that I know first hand, but I did tour it a couple of years ago while we wintered at Signature resort, just around the corner from you or should I say many hundreds of thousands of $$ just east of you.

Signature is where we drink the gold Tequila and now that you're an upscale resident you will have to change to the Silver version.

It's fun to read of your adventures. Be safe on your trip, watch for those Volvos (should see fewer, the further you get from the Republic) and share your trip with us when you return.

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Old 12-08-2013, 05:04 PM   #23
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great read , your living the dream that's for sure
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #24
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More from Newbie:

Sunday, december 8th. Caught 6:30 AM flight from Ft Meyers to Salisbury, MD. Apparently, the US Air pilots were not as drowsy as I, and accordingly, landed us safely and on time in Salisbury. Friend and sometimes ship mate Joey picked me up and took me to Ocean City's annual chili cook-off. During this gastronomical assault, we watched the incredible Ravens/Vikings game during which FIVE touchdowns were scored in the final TWO MINUTES! Ravens won. Yea!
Monday, December 9th:

Icy, rainy, temperatures in the low 30s. (Why on earth do I live here?) At any rate, the motorcycle haulers arrive around noon, towing an ancient low-boy trailer which is already carrying two Harley full dressers and the frame from a Ford F-150 pick up truck. (Sometimes my narratives will contain non-essential factoids, but in this case, I felt that mention of the rusty truck frame would prove invaluable in helping the reader envision the circumstances into which I was thrusting our heretofore immaculate scooters) Wasting no time, the hauler and his assistant loaded our two Suzukis, promised to deliver them to Naples by early Wednesday morning, and drove off.

I had planned to start back to Florida on Wednesday, but given the horrible (and getting worse) weather, I decided to quickly gather up my meager travel essentials and start immediately back to Naples...some 1200 miles away. By 1 PM the Mercedes was "in the wind". I'll dispense with details here and simply say that around 1AM I pulled in to a disreputable looking roadside inn in Baldwin, FL (west of Jacksonville) for a short night's rest. The check-in procedure involved me standing outside a bullet-proof window with one of those sliding trays they use to feed prisoners in max security jails, passing my credit card to a bored and sleepy looking night clerk.

The room was ok. The crime tape had been removed, the chalk outline on the floor barely visible, and the dark stains in the carpet were at least dry. I slept well.

At 7AM the next day, (Tuesday) got under way for the remaining miles to Naples. Put the top down and enjoyed passing thru Florida's hilly horse country around Ocala. This place looks not even remotely like the rest of Florida, but is beautiful in its own way.

Around mid-day stopped in Cape Coral to get the car washed at a really good car wash I knew of. Pulled into Pelican Lake around 2PM. Took darling bride to a fun BBQ joint named Cracklin' Jack's for dinner. I truly believe that no one has ever eaten ALL of the food they serve you. We took doggie bags full of Jack's vittles with us when we departed.

Wednesday around mid morning, the scooters arrived looking rather like WWII military surplus rejects, having been drug through miles and miles of ice storms, rain and lord knows what else. That said, there was no damage to them at all. Afternoon cleaned and polished both scoots and took mine for a ride into Marco Island.

Did I mention that my bicycling is now up to 12 miles per day, averaging 11.5 mph?. Today I burned 1220 calories during my ride. (That should make a small dent in my Cracklin' Jack's caloric orgy!!!).

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Career opportunity in the exciting field of FLEET MANAGEMENT. Charming, handsome Intrepid Captain seeks fleet manager to manage modest, but growing fleet of fun vehicles. Applicants are encouraged to lie regarding their relevant experience, since IC wouldn't know the difference anyway. Attractive women with questionable moral code given priority in the hiring process. Possession of the recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine definately a plus!

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This afternoon, we did our semi-daily pilgrimage to Walmart. ( I'm beginnin' to think that the pictures I see on the internet of the Walmart shoppers are all a hoax! The people I see look positively NORMAL! OK, they MAY look a bit more tanned than is either normal or healthy, but all-in-all, they look like everyday folks, with nary a carnival side show star among them.

Back at the coach we arrive to discover that our forward air conditioner has decided that we needed no more cool air. This is, as far as I'm concerned, an erroneous assumption, and further, I don't appreciate such decisions being made for me!! Defying the wishes of said A/C, I poked around a bit and have come to believe that the traitorous unit has a faulty "start capacitor". Why do I think that you ask? Simple. I surfed the internet, discarded the answers I didn't like and chose "start capacitor" as the likely culprit. Tomorrow will involve your intrepid captain taking his over large body up on the roof to test his hypothesis.

Did I tell you about my first experience with a locally produced beverage called Apple Pie Moonshine? It is sinfully delicious, but plays tricks on your memory. It is well over 100 proof and, as nearly as I can discern, highly explosive! Thankfully, I quit smoking several months ago or I would be a simple vapor trail by now...

We continue to meet our neighbors and so far all have been nice folks. Most have a dog or two, so my golf cart, bicycle and scooter all are well stocked with tasty puppy treats (pigs in a blanket, to be precise). The pups like me. Not yet sure about the people.

More to follow...

Sweating in the forward section of the coach,
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:38 AM   #25
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Also checkout Foxboro's Tuesday 1/2 price pizza and 2 for 1 drinks, The Sand Bar behind Walker Marine on the island (locals hangout), The Little Bar behind Stans( say HI to Rhonda), Breakfast Palace on the island, Everglade City (try to get reservation at Everglade Isle for the Seafood Festival early Feb)....I'm gonna miss it this winter!
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:32 AM   #26
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This is a fun read!! How about enlightening us on the apple pie moonshine!
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:08 AM   #27
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I love your style! It is so much fun to read! Keep it up as I need the smiles on a regular basis to maintain my healthy state of mind. I just tried out some cherry moonshine last night, haven't had apple pie- yet. Cherry was so good it went down like soda and left me wondering what happened to the time - it skipped about three hours! Look forward to your next installment!!
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:01 PM   #28
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I absolutely WILL check out each of your recommendations! I really need to talk to you about your stacker trailer...why aren't you bringing that new rig down here?? It appears that an exodus has occurred from Michigan, since nearly everyone I meet here holds up their hand, with fingers close together, and points out their home on the "mitten shaped" hand. At first I thought they were speaking American Sign Language (ASL), 'til the Commodorable 'splained it to me. I find myself now attempting to hold my hand in the shape of Maryland, trying to point out Ocean City to no avail...

Regarding the Boss Hogs...I shall show no fear since our Suzuki "Uppity Piglets" are a viable foe.

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