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The Captain Prepares To Say Goodbye To The Sunshine State

It’s been 24 hours since I officially told everyone that I am moving back to Missouri, and I’m already questioning myself.  Apparently a blizzard hit St. Louis yesterday, which isn’t really what I had in mind when I decided to return home.  Snow in March?  Really?

I had to scrape ice off my windshield on Saturday before I left for the airport.  By the afternoon I was in shorts on the beach enjoying a beautiful day.  The temperature has been in the 70s since I returned to Florida; it’s like the state is trying to woo me back.  Waking up to this everyday makes it hard to say goodbye.

In spite of that, Megan and I spent the weekend saying plenty of goodbyes.  I flew into Sarasota on Saturday and got to spend some quality time with a couple of good friends.  Pat and I hit a beach resort for some afternoon drinks, and then headed over to Rob’s to enjoy more drinks and the beautiful view.

Eventually we made our way up to Tampa to meet the rest of the gang.  Megan drove down from Tally and met the rest of us for dinner at the amazing Bern’s Steak House .  After hearing such great things about this restaurant, I was sufficiently impressed.

Before dinner we took a tour of the kitchen and the wine cellar .  And what a wine cellar, it’s the largest in the world!

After dinner, we went upstairs to a private booth in the Dessert Room .  Amir and I enjoyed the perfect dessert, another cocktail.After dinner, we went upstairs to a private booth in the Dessert Room .  Amir and I enjoyed the perfect dessert, another cocktail.

On Sunday, Megan and I went for a walk on the beach before grabbing lunch with my family in St. Pete.  Saying goodbye was pretty difficult, especially to my Nana.  She’s an amazing lady and I will miss her terribly.  Luckily for her, Florida is a great place to visit and I’m sure I will be back soon.

Since then I have been enjoying the comforts of being back in my home.  Being away from my wife for almost a month sucked.  There truly is no place like home.  And very soon my home and my hometown will be one and the same.  Until then I will be here in Florida packing up the house, enjoying the weather, and trying to lose the 5 pounds I gained in St. Louis.

Ciao,

The Captain

1 Since I’m moving back to Missouri soon I had to be realistic.  St. Louis has plenty of good steak houses, not so much when it comes to seafood.

The Captain Says Ach, Ja and Nicht Nicht: Part Zwei

Seeing as this is my third post in three days, it seems apparent that I have a little extra time on my hands now that I am back in Florida.  As such, now seems like a great time to post another Ach, Ja and Nicht Nicht list.  Here is the original list in case you missed it.  So, without further ado…

Season Four of Lost – Ach, Ja

The best show on television just keeps getting better.  It is officially now better than the Sopranos in my book.  Tony Soprano has nothing on John Locke.

Bands in 2008 – Ach, Ja

It’s only March, and there is already a ton of good music in 2008.  The new albums from Vampire Weekend, Kate Nash, Magnetic Fields, Hot Chip, She and Him, Devotchka, and The Raveonettes are all fantastic.  Radiohead’s B-sides for In Rainbows are solid, not to mention the Conquest EP that the White Stripes recorded with Beck.  Bands are even making good music videos again!  Check out my new favorite from The Kills.1

The idiots who stole the tip jar at Starbucks – Nicht Nicht

This story is so bad that it made news here in Florida.  Why steal the Starbuck’s tip jar?  I’ve never seen more than a couple of bucks in loose change in any Starbucks tip jar.  Pouring a cup of coffee into a paper cup is not really a tip-worthy job.  And killing a guy while stealing pocket change?!?  I was worried that people in St. Louis were starting to become crazier than the loonies here in the South.  But then I read that the two suspects are from Atlanta and it all made sense.

Steven King – Ach, Ja

I just bought a copy of Cell, and I’m probably gonna end up buying Duma Key as well.  Even though I haven’t read them yet, I don’t remember being excited to read two new King books since I was a kid.  Hopefully he’s abandoned his ghost-writing tactics of the 90’s for good.

Lean Pockets – Nicht Nicht

I’ve complained for years about commercials for Lean Pockets.  The fact that they’re advertised as healthy Hot Pockets is crazy to me.  This is so absurdly untrue and yet it is perfectly legal to outright lie like this in commercials.  Now they are being advertised as “made with whole grains.”  This is even worse.  There is a series of parodies on YouTube that sum up this ridiculousness perfectly.

Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians – Ach, Ja

Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians is my new favorite website.  This area is ripe for parody.  Apparently one of the television writers got bored while he was on strike a couple of months ago and created this website to kill time.  Well done bored writer, well done.

Remakes Of 80’s Television – Nicht Nicht

The fact that semi-entertaining TV shows from the 80’s keep getting remade really shows the lack of original ideas on network television.  A Night Rider movie?  Really?  And how could NBC ever hope to compete with the awesomeness of the original American Gladiators?

Dexter – Ach, Ja

I was originally a little reluctant to watch this show.  The premise of Dexter sounded pretty flimsy and the acting seemed a little suspect.  My buddy Bill has been raving about the show for quite awhile, and he lent me the season one dvd while I was in St. Louis.  Now I’m hooked.  While I don’t really buy the entire story2, I would still highly recommend the show to anyone.

Dogs – Nicht Nicht

As I’ve mentioned previously, my lovely wife has wanted a dog for quite some time.  I am currently opposed to this idea.  While in St. Louis I had a chance to see several dogs owned by friends and family, such as my mother-in-law’s dog Dexter.3

Despite their cuteness, being around dogs confirmed my opinion that I do not want one.  As such, I’ve started a meter on the side of my blog to track my resistance to owning a dog.  When the meter hits 0%, I will officially embrace a dog in my life.  Hopefully this will never happen.

I Trusted You – Ach, Ja

A recently unearthed clip of Andy Kaufman makes me realize all over why he was such a funny guy.  His knack for making the simplest things hilarious is still unparalleled.

The Moldy Peaches – Nicht Nicht

Despite my overall happiness with music this year, I am quite disappointed in The Moldy Peaches.  Don’t get me wrong; I think both Kimya Dawson and Adam Green are awesome.  My hippie buddy Kevin from college gave me a copy of their self-titled disc years ago and I still rock out to it, especially “Jorge Regula.”  I was quite happy to see them included in Juno soundtrack.  I was hoping they might get back together, but not like this.  Of all the places to reunite, why would they choose The View?!?  I still love them, but what a disappointment.  Hopefully Adam Green’s new album will erase this from my memory.

And with that I will say auf weidersehen to Part Zwei.

Ciao,

The Captain

1  I don’t know why, but for some reason I have a thing for smeared lipstick.

2  Many elements of Dexter take a suspension of disbelief, but his cop father training him to kill as he grows up is just a bit too much for me.

3  No relation to the previously mentioned television show.  No one in their right mind would name a chihuahua after a serial killer.

The Captain Really Enjoys St. Louis

After a three-week hiatus, I am finally back.  My short visit to St. Louis at the beginning of February wound up being much longer than I anticipated.  All together I spent 24 days back in Missouri.  And since 24 is the highest number , the whole month now officially belongs to St. Louis.

And what a crummy month to visit the hometown.  St. Louis was much colder and snowier than the winters I remember.  Everyone seemed to be catching the flu, getting over the flu, or dealing with a bad case of the winter blahs.  Giving February to up to St. Louis also involved me not being able to share the two best parts of the month with my lovely new bride:  Valentine’s Day and the Oscars.1

Despite all the unpleasantness, I still managed to have a great time.  I spent lots of time catching up with old friends.  Wine with Timmy, darts with Jamie, music discussions with Dave are always a good time, but nothing beats drinking with D.

Being back in St. Louis really made me realize how much I miss all of my family and friends back home.  Megan and I know so many great people that we rarely get to see, and we are tired of it.  As such, I have a major announcement to make:  We are officially moving back to St. Louis!

Megan and I have been considering moving back to St. Louis for a little while now.  We’re not exactly in love with Tallahassee, and the public sector job market in Florida is taking a turn for the worse.  During my Missouri visit, I had two interviews with a local government in St. Louis County.  I accepted a job offer with this city on the last day of February, and I am currently in the process of hammering out all of the details.

I am super stoked about my new job and even more so about moving back to St. Louis.  I’m not exactly sure when Megan and I will be moving.  It will most likely be by the end of March.  I will post more moving information as it becomes available.  I look forward to seeing everyone back home again soon!2

Ciao,

The Captain

1  Megan still got flowers for V-Day, and I actually beat Megan for the first time in the Oscar Pool.  Still, it wasn’t nearly as fun without her.

2  And by that I mean come help me unload our U-Haul.

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