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The Captains Brother Hits The Bars

My brother turned 21 on Tuesday and today I finally got to hit the bars with him!  Here’s a Friday 5 full of photos.

 

Top 5 Photos From My Brothers First Bar Nite

 

1.  Happy hour at 2865 Brewhouse.  His first legal beer was only $1.25!

 

P & J Bar

 

2.  Tallboys down by the river

 P & J River

 

Hanging out with my cousin Jimmy in town from Florida.  I remember coming home from Florida on vacation wanting to see river

Had Paul grab a few tall beers, threw rocks in the Missouri.

Paul thought the geese were funny.  I told him to try and kick one.  His dumbass started chasing them and slipped on the wet grass.  It was hilarious.

 

3.  Improv Night

We took a break to head to a student improv night being hosted by my other brother at his high school.  Here’s Paul with Charlie right when the show started.

 

Improv Night

 

4.  This actually is his first rodeo

 

Cowboy Paul

 

After the show we went and hit up the local Casino.  I had Paul pose like the giant cowboy for obvious reasons.

5.  Adding to the club

 21 Club

 

I have another male relative in his twenties to go out with!  And I have another one coming soon!

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains And His Cousin Are Floridian

I’ve got a week full of events so I’ll be putting off the recap of The Cabin Trip.  Instead, let me tell the story of the beginning of another trip as I continue on #WaybackWednesday with Year On The Road.

Here’s me with my cousin Jessica at Clearwater Beach on April 24, 2003.

 

jess beach

 

Ten years ago today is the first time I ever spent a day hanging out with my cousin.  As the only cousin I had on my father’s side, I hadn’t had much of a chance to get to know her.  Like me, she was born in the northeast and then moved away when her parents spilt.  Whereas I went to Missouri, she went to the Florida.  Looking back after having lived in Florida I can see it must’ve been a tough place to grow up.  Kids are second class citizens, and seniors are first.

This week in 2003 I was heading down to Tampa after a pitstop in Nashville.  I was just beginning what was to be a massive month long trip.  The first leg was in Tampa at the wedding of my Aunt Carol, my dad’s younger sister.  Since I was driving down past Jessica’s town on my way I volunteered to give her a ride down to the big city.  I remember her space cadet mother insisted that I come inside the house and see her pet tarantula.  That now strikes me as very Floridian.

We arrived down in Tampa on the 24th, and Jess and I headed straight to Clearwater beach.  The weather was nice and we were both anxious to work on our tans.  Also very Floridian.

Since my sister bailed on the wedding so she could finish finals and graduate on time, that left me and Jess and as the only folks to fill in the 15-30 bracket.  A couple of kids in a room full of adults for a whole weekend; I was grateful to have a partner.

I’m hoping to see Jess on the #EastCoastTrip in June, but she’s a busy girl as of late.  I keep track of her at @ScorpioQueen_1 and you should too; that girl tweets LIKE A BOSS.  Right now she’s in Egypt buying fabric for when she starts fashion school in New York this fall.

 

jess

 

Girl has got her shit together!  Hope to see her soon.

 

 

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains Pleads The Fifth

October 13, 2007 was the best day of my life.  Not only did I marry the woman I love, I then celebrated it with family and friends.  I had planned on writing several days worth of thoughts on the occasion of my fifth anniversary, but I decided to keep that between Megan and I for a change.  Plus, I already wrote a ton about it right after it happened.  So feel free to relive it here at Captains Quarters, I’m planning on reliving it with the beautiful woman that I was lucky enough to marry.

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captains X-Mas Vacation In Florida

I’ve been back from Florida for ten days now and I’ve been putting off writing about it since.  The trip down to the Sunshine State for X-Mas was quite an undertaking, more so than I imagined.  There was several bits of family drama that were fairly difficult to manage, but I made it through relatively unscathed.  But there were also lost of great parts to the trip, and I’m going to highlight them in a cheery Friday 5.

Top 5 Florida X-Mas Vacation 2011

1.  The Beach

The best part of any trip to Florida is always the beach and me being on it. 

This time the beach in question was Treasure Island in St. Petersburg.   My family rented a beach house right by the water

That provided amazing views like this.

 

It was cooler when we first arrived1 so we went on long walks to enjoy the views

And the sunsets.

When the sun was out it was warm enough to enjoy the sand and the waves, and that’s exactly what I did. 

Everyday at the beach is a good day, and I had four in a row.  This is what vacation means to me.

2.  The Dali Museum

Staying in St. Petersburg made it a foregone conclusion that we would finally get to visit the Dali Museum.  The entire 2 years we lived in Florida the Salvador Dali Museum was undergoing a massive renovation process.  The museum finally opened its doors on 1/1/11, and the sight of the building makes it instantly apparent what took so long.

The renovated building on the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg is an astounding sight.  From the gorgeous views from the glass balcony

To the spiral staircase

To the gorgeous grounds

 

Everything about the Dali Museum was impressive.  I especially liked writing a wish on my an armband with Meg and tying to the tree in the garden.

Everyone should see this impressive little gem now that it’s available.

3.  Seafood

Whenever I’m near the ocean I go seafood crazy!  I had several good pieces of fish, but the highlight was the steamed bucket at my family’s favorite restaurant, Crabby Bills!

Check out the aftermath of my seafood wrath!  Delicious!

4.  Boating

We spent New Year’s weekend in Sarasota with our friends Julie and Amir.  And when I’m in Sarasota, the Captain comes out full force.  Luckily Amir has this dazzling deck boat

And was nice enough to take Meg and I out for a pleasure cruise along the bay.  The weather was a comfortable 75° and the water was calm and beautiful.  Spending a couple of hours on the boat was the highlight of the trip for me.  Going boating with Amir is probably the thing I miss most about Florida.  Nothing beats Captaining.

5.  New Years Eve

As has been our tradition for a few years now, we walked to downtown Sarasota for New Year’s Eve.  This year we went to Meg’s favorite restaurant downtown, Selva Grill.  We met some new friends seen here,  including Nate and Lisa Patrick’s fiancé Linley.

And we ate an incredible meal, which was reflected in the bill.

We rang in the New Year at Amir’s condo, which is always a blast. 

It was a fantastic way to end our trip, and to end one hell of a year. 

Ciao,

The Captain

1.  Cooler meaing a high in the sixties. I’d kill for it to be that temperature here in St. Louie…

The Captain Is Down On One Knee

I’m just going to come out and say it – I’m a fan of Tim Tebow.  When I lived in Florida he was the Quarterback that took the Gators to the BCS Championship.  I actually got to see a game he started at The Swamp back in 2007, which was a hell of an experience.  Now Tim is all grown up and winning football games in Denver.  On Sunday he defeated one of my least favorite teams, the Steelers, in a dramatic overtime playoff win.  And now he’s going up against my most hated team in football, the Patriots, and golden boy quarterback Tom Brady.  Can mine and god’s man Tebow defeat the New England juggernaut?  Maybe with some help from John Parr.

If John Parr re-recording his only hit as a love letter to Tim Tebow isn’t a sign from the almighty, then I don’t know what is.  You can beat the Patriots, Tim.  I believe in Tebow.

Ciao,

The Captain

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