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Move over, Lance Armstrong, I don’t think this is your kind of tour.

OK, so it wasn’t the Tour de France, but there were a lot of bikes. Bottles of water? This tour had bottles of beer. Now this is the kind of tour I like. And I didn’t have to wear a tight yellow shirt or get helmet hair.

J and I hit up the annual Tour de Bar in Palm Beach County this year. What rock have I been under?! I had never heard of this event, yet it was in its 30th or something year! It was awesome to check out local watering holes we’ve never been to; we hit up everything from a classic dive in the ghetto to a fancy marina bar on the waterfront. And nothing says ‘tour’ like a crowd, beer and police!

When you haven’t gone anywhere in awhile, you forget how awesome it is to go away.  To travel.  To see someplace new.  To see someplace old.  To taste new things.  To do something different.

And so it was, we got to escape the humdrum of homeownership last weekend.  We headed south to Key West to celebrate JP turning 30.  (We’ve almost known each other for half our lives.  Strange, and wonderful.)  So Key West was a very good time for us.  Good food.  Good margaritas.  Good wine.  Maybe too much good.  Nah, no such thing as too much good!  Liquid goods aside, we managed to sneak in some touristy things.  Rented scooters.  Snorkeled.  Walked up and down Duval.  Took pictures of roosters.

Some things you probably already knew about Key West:

The Southernmost point.  The crazy cat guy.  The sunsets at Mallory Square.

Some things you might not have known about Key West:

The true southernmost point.  An African cemetery.  The original Sloppy Joe’s.

1. Bachelorette parties.  While I love any opportunity that unites friends and alcohol, I’m not quite sure about the bachelorette party yet.  Unless you are royalty, i.e. Queen of England or such, I’m not quite sure the tiara goes with any outfit.  However, kudos to the ladies who get their monkey on to ensure a phallic-shaped cake is part of the party.

2. Dry entertaining.  I heard this term recently, and honestly, I wasn’t sure what it meant.  Entertaining out of the pool vs. in the pool?  Entertaining with a dry sense of humor?  When I found out it was meant to mean ‘alcohol-free’ entertaining, well, I figured there’s another one to add to the oxymoron list.  Jumbo shrimp, indeed.

3. Mac vs. PC.  This debate is surely going down in the books next to “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”  I’ve been having Mac issues, particularly with Entourage, at work the past couple of days.  And, it just makes me want to run home to my Dell.

It’s true.  We’re addicted to music.  And, I love when we get to see it LIVE. 


We headed South to Revolution a couple of weeks ago to tune into some sweet reggae plus some.  Opening acts were local faves The Resolvers as well as Zaki Ibrahim who belted out neo-soul, which was a nice surprise.  But, the main course was Mishka and he sounded as sweet and melodic as he does on our stereo at home!

This weekend we stayed closer to home stopping by Respectables Street Cafe on Clematis.  (Clematis was in full effect as O’Sheas closed the street down to celebrate their 15th Anniversary!)  Respectables was bringing in some local talent, Spread the Dub, who did a great dub rendition of Men at Work’s The Land Down Under 😉  And, the main talent was reggae master – straight from Jamaica – Yellowman.  It’s funny, you watch the opening act, then you watch the main – and there’s no denying why the order is the way it is.  There’s no denying a professional!

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