We’re packing up the family truckster (i.e., 2011 VW Jetta) for a weekend of fun & sun on the Alabama gulf coast tomorrow. We’re headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama which is located smack dab in the middle of the Redneck Riviera (Urban Dictionary).
Our days will be spent on the beach, our evenings eating fresh seafood, and our nights sleeping at the Island Retreat RV Park (Gulf Shores’ newest!) in Alice’s mom and dad’s hotel on wheels (aka, the RV).
I’ll be honest. Coming from Miami, I had a built-in disdain for the Redneck Riviera. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice Destin, FL was a couple summers ago, and even more surprised at how nice the 30-A area of Florida was, despite last summer’s oil spill. I’ve been warned that Gulf Shores is a lot more rednecked up, but I’m still psyched to have a few days w/ Alice and Chance for a little redneck adventure.
For Easter dinner, we’re planning on going to The Flora-Bama, a honkytonk bar type place that I’ve heard is a site to be seen. Amen.
Chance got to participate in a really fun learning experience w/ his 3rd Grade class this week. The assignment was to research and ‘become’ a famous American for portrayal in a virtual wax museum. After some back and forth, Chance ended up choosing Arnold Schwarzenegger, who upon looking closely at his life, is truly a remarkable man and quite the embodiment of the ‘American Dream.’ From humble beginnings, he’s managed to govern one of the world’s most important and influential regions, California.
I got the txt message around 12pm today while I was in a meeting. I saw a couple of missed calls too. I knew something was up. Turns out Alice has come down with the flu. It’s been going around – her mom had it, her brother has it, lots of kids at Chance’s school have it. Yick!
I did the super husband thing and came right home, whipped up dinner and had the kitchen clean within an hour of me leaving work. Booyah!