May 19, 2005

The Usual Suspects Do the Sunshine State.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:17 pm

Usual Suspects Small.jpgYes, it’s true.

Tomorrow several of the Usual Suspects will convene in the Sunshine State. The Original Bill and the Quietly Sinister Linda have been in a different part of Florida for a week already, and they were joined on Wednesday by my friend and bodyguard, Ken, and The Deckmistress. I have already received a few only moderately coherent phone calls from them, one of which was from a place called “Bongo’s,” the selling feature of which is that it is crawling walking distance from where they are staying on the Gulf.

The foregoing four will meet us (Mrs. Parkway, Pat[ricia], the svelte, single Usual Suspect, and Yours Truly) at the Fort Myers Airport, and we will proceed to the place where we all have timeshares in Fort Myers Beach after the obligatory stop at Publix supermarket and the nearby liquor store for critical supplies. I believe that the guy in the liquor store where we make our annual stop has a wing on his house dedicated to the Jersey Vulgarians.

On Saturday, we will be joined by Usual Suspects Jeff (da Chef a da Future and one of the barkeeps at the Jersey Blogmeet) and his boss wife, Ms. Adie, the resolute non-flyer. Because Adie will not set foot in a plane, she and Jeff will be driving down from Jersey. The bonus is that Jeff has graciously agreed to transport my guitar in his car, sparing me from having to lug it onto the plane. By the time they arrive on Saturday afternoon, we will most certainly be well oiled, so I probably will should put off the guitar playing for at least a day.

We will also re-unite with other timeshare folks we have come to know and who come in from various places, including Indiana, Illinois and Washington State. It’s always great to see them and catch up.

By and large, we plan on doing loads of sitting around, drinking, swimming, drinking, bullshitting, drinking, ball breaking, drinking, overeating, drinking, and not much else. My kind of vacation.

So, dear hearts, I will be computerless and, therefore, blogless for a week, but I will see you again some time next weekend. In the meantime, behave yourselves. But, if you can’t behave yourselves, at least be careful.


  1. Have a GREAT time!

    Comment by Kate — May 19, 2005 @ 10:13 pm

  2. The Jersey Vulgarians. I may never become a Usual Suspect, but I aspire to the JV.

    Have fun. Enjoy. If you pass out, do it in the shade.

    Comment by Sluggo — May 19, 2005 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Have fun and please be safe, Cat

    Comment by Catfish — May 20, 2005 @ 12:38 am

  4. Sounds like decadent fun in the sun. Enjoy yourself! I like the “New Jersey Vulgarians” bit, too. Heh.


    Comment by Margi — May 20, 2005 @ 1:29 am

  5. If you make it near Tampa, give me a shout.

    Comment by Jeff — May 20, 2005 @ 4:26 am

  6. Have a good trip!!

    Whatever will do about my “Rest Stop” withdrawals??

    ; )

    Comment by Christina — May 20, 2005 @ 8:30 am

  7. Enjoy! Don’t let the hurricanes bite… *G* Hope you all have a great time.

    Comment by Laughing Wolf — May 20, 2005 @ 10:07 am

  8. .. knock back a few for me, Jimbo…

    Comment by Eric — May 20, 2005 @ 11:56 am

  9. Dude, my mom lives in Fort Myers. If I’d known you folks would be down there…I would have had her come here for a visit.

    Well, hell…I’m not letting my dear mother get corrupted by the likes of you, Jim. I’ve met you in person.


    Have a great time!

    Comment by zonker — May 21, 2005 @ 1:48 am

  10. Fort Myers has the shittiest water I ever tasted. I actually bought bottled water there. Don’t drink that shit. Stick to alcohol.

    Comment by Acidman — May 22, 2005 @ 10:41 am

  11. I’m thinking that by now you are well on your way to a 3rd day of inebriated bliss. Hope you’re all having a terrific time!

    Comment by Teresa — May 23, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

  12. Hope that you’re having a wonderful, relaxing time. Cheers!

    Comment by moos — May 24, 2005 @ 11:41 am

  13. Jim Have a great time and e-mail me that address again were leaving for Albany Thursday 26 then heading towards maine hope we can see ya later in the month if we don’t get lost but you know that I’m computer illerate worse than Rob. I lost the e-mail and address I could have sworn i saved it. And tah’s all I got to say on the matter. lolga and rick

    Comment by ga — May 25, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

  14. Have a great time. Watch out for gators.

    Comment by Dash — May 26, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

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