Saturday, January 26, 2013
Cedar Key - Day # 29 - Lovely Treasures
Thrice in as many weeks while meandering around the streets of Cedar Key I have found a small treasure in a yard sale. Found these lightly used clipless mountain bike pedals at a yard sale behind Island Pizza......new these babies sold for close to $85.....got them for $10. Nice to have an extra set of pedals in case I run into someone down the line who needs them......sweet! (By the way G.A.S.S. stands for Gravity Activated Spring System).
As is often the case, I get ahead of myself.....maybe I should just write this episode out of sequence, and stop trying to be so sequential......naaa.....my nature really likes things to be in order.....:D
Friday is the day when the empty sites here in paradise begin to fill up with short timers, and now our 5 pull site section is full. The daily highs are beginning to creep back into the high 70's, and the skies continue to be mostly clear, but it still cools off fast as the sun nears the western horizon.
We kind of puttered around until late morning when Forest and Cindy came by to see if we were going to walk into Kona Joe's for a late breakfast......sounds good to me! Within 30 minutes we were on our meandering way into town. At just about the half way mark, as we were passing "Island Pizza" we spied a yard sale underway. Not surprisingly, Krash and Karen were already there sifting through small treasures (Island Pizza is right across the street from their rental home). While everyone else chatted my eyes kept wandering from table to table in search of that one special thing I could not leave without......eventually they caught a glint of bright yellow.....I edged around the table to find the KORE G.A.S.S. pedals previously mentioned. Now, what am I going to get rid of so there is room for these pedals? No one else pulled the trigger on anything, although Forest came close, so we continued our amble toward Kona Joe's arriving there around 11. It's great to have Joe and Edie back from their cruise......it's been too long since my last cup of Kona Coffee! Eventually Karen and Krash appeared with their dog Pipa, and we all sat talking and laughing......all the while enjoying the great view of the back bay off the veranda of Kona Joe's.
After a wonderful interlude Forest and Cindy continued their walk into downtown, while TLE and I headed back to Sunset Isle......of course there was a stopover at Sandy's Produce to pick up some fresh eggs, and other produce items......Sandy said she had a fresh shipment of fish coming in later which would include swordfish......haven't had a good swordfish steak in a long time.....I think we'll have to return a little later for sure.
I spent some time putting a little polish on my yard sale acquisition for the week. Out of the blue I look up to see a 6'5" gentleman smiling at me and waving me over. Turns out his name is Joe, and he has been following our blog for a while. He and his wife live in Lake City and had driven into Cedar Key for dinner.....as they passed Sunset Isle he remembered we were probably staying there, so pulled in to say "Hi" and talk for a while.....cool.....a little more serendipity.
Just a little later TLE returned from her short shopping excursion with the aforementioned swordfish steaks.......it was about this time Chris (Technomadia) walked over looking for an extra set of hands to help repair his punctured Sea Eagle....turns out he and Cherie got to close to an oyster bed, took a hit to the bottom puncturing the bottom air chamber.....fortunately they were not far from their dock, so there were no casualties. I was glad to help, because I'm sure at some point I will suffer the same fate. To be sure the process for patching the Sea Eagle is much more complex than fixing a flat bike tire, so I paid close attention. Looks like she is fixed, but we won't know for sure until Saturday when it's time to apply air pressure again.
Medicinal chips and salsa for Chris and Cherie in the foregound
By this time the sun was getting precariously low in the horizon and it was time to head over to the Tiki Bar for some drinks, fellowship and our 29th sunset. We walked over with Forest and Cindy. I finally remembered to bring a California license plate from my small collection to add to Pat Bonish's massive collection lining the interior walls of the Tiki Bar. Forest and Pat are both avid photographers.....Pat is a professional, and immediately recognized the equipment Forest was carrying resulting in another one of those spontaneous conversations that happen so often here in Cedar Key. While they talked we walked into the Bar and got our beverages of choice and then headed over to the deck to be amazed again. Soon Chris and Cherie drifted in, and were joined in short order by Kyeli and Pace.....there was much ooohing and awwwing, of course.
We watched for close to an hour as the sun set, followed by the long, long after glow that just lights up the sky. Soon it was time to head home and get the BBQ out so we could dig into those two large swordfish steaks. TLE made some great sides.....green beans with a balsamic glaze, and a nice chopped salad. Of course Mr. Coppola was there to chase the great food!
This is so funny.....I sat down this morning to write about yesterday and was thinking...."not much really happened Friday....what am I going to write about?".....well, I guess I answered that question......sometimes not much is really a lot.
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