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Dec 26, 201207:38 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Barefoot Christmas

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Last Saturday, Marathon was not spared the foul weather that affected most of the northern states. It was blustery and cold, the closest we've been to needing coats or jackets since Halloween in Cape Coral. Had we needed a "coat," we would be SOL. We no longer even own what would be called a coat.

In the photo above, Rosie is posing with Holly at the tiki hut at the City Marina. We took the dinghy over to listen to some live music provided by one of the harbor residents. The chill took hold as the sun went down, and we braved the frigid mid-60 temperatures for about an hour and then headed for the barn before we could be inflicted with yet another Christmas song.

The weather turned better on Sunday, and we dressed in our Sunday finest and rode over to the Sunset Grille, just east of the Seven Mile Bridge. There was a DJ playing reggae music, and the outside bars eventually filled up with vacationers catching their favorite football teams on the numerous TVs. We kept up with our St. Louis Rams in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the iPhone because the game was not worthy of national coverage.

We were seated adjacent to the outside grill, where huge hamburgers, hot dogs and other various special menu items were being expertly prepared by two "chefs." I noticed an interesting item being grilled at one point and went over to ask what was, and was told they were grilling some bacon-wrapped scallops. They were giant scallops, and anything that has bacon wrapped around it is good anyway. One order to share, coming up.

We were at a table by ourselves, but had plenty of company throughout the day as Holly kept attracting visitors. Some of them she met with courtesy, and some she treated with downright disdain. I think she learned that from me. We met a nice couple down on vacation, and like the couple we met at Lazy Days last week, all they could talk about was how horrible their children were and how those adult children still lived at home and were preventing them from leading their "dream life," such as we were leading. Almost makes us feel guilty. At any rate, we had a fun time until the sun dropped below the horizon and we knew we had better make the dinghy ride while we could still find our way.

On Christmas Eve, we took a long dinghy ride after reading our books some in the morning. We traded Facebook comments with a lot of our friends, saying hello and planning their Christmas social activities. I did feel some sadness when reading about some friends that were feeling low, whether they were missing a deceased loved one or they were alone for the holiday. It's not always easy to cope for some folks when everyone around them is at least pretending to be having so much fun. The photo above reflects the introspective mood I found myself in as the day ended.

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