8/3/2012 7:48:44 PM
I just returned from a week in Tallahassee, FL visiting a relative. I can’t describe it as a vacation because I am retired, but it was the first time in 50 years that I have enjoyed the luxury of living a normal life without the trappings of hotels and fancy restaurants. No computers, no newspaper, just relaxation and fun. I had time to sit on the front porch swing with Ethelda and just relax.
The experience was absolutely wonderful and I was even introduced to a round of golf. When anticipating retirement I had constructed a 200 yard hole on my property with a putting green but this was the first time that I walked a course and experienced the difficulty of hitting that little ball. I am hooked now and plan to practice every day. Having spent my adult life in the cocoon of representing others, I developed a persona of being on stage when in public, never becoming anonymous in a crowd of strangers so the experience was refreshing.
I truly enjoyed the week that included a trip to Thomasville, Georgia and the Wakulla Spring Park to see alligators and manatee’s up close.