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Trip Report A glimpse of my future? and a few extra stops

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It was time for a visit to MIL in her Miami nursing home and since DW is from Cuba, she has relatives who live in the area. We took two days driving down from Maryland with a stop in Kingsland, GA - one of those towns that seems to exist for I-95 travelers. Read, lots of motels and fast food. The Kings Bay submarine base is in nearby St. Mary's and we noted that town for a possible quick stopover or overnight on the way back.
In Fl, we stayed in MIL's condo that is in one of those over 55 giant God's waiting room communities, mainly because I am paying the maintenance on it since it is neither saleable nor rentable in this economy, I might as well get some benefit from the place.

There is an old joke that characterizes these communities for me: Three women are sitting by the pool and notice a new man - an event, since women seem to outnumber men 3 to 1 in these places. One woman is delegated to go over and strike up a conversation.
"Hello, are you new here?"
"Yes, I just moved in a few days ago."
"Where did you move from?"
"To be honest, I was in prison the past 25 years."
"In prison! For what?"
"Well, first I'll tell you I was innocent. I was up on the roof with my first wife and she fell off. I was charged with murder, but not convicted. My second wife was electrocuted when a radio fell into the bathtub. I was charged with murder, but not convicted. My third wife was killed when her car hit a tree. The police found the brake lines were cut. I was charged with murder and got 25 years."
The woman returns to her friends
"Good news girls, he's single.

In short, I don't care for these communities. They may be for others, but not for me.

As nursing homes go, MIL is in a really good one that really cares about its residents - you won't find people sitting in wheelchairs in the hallways sedated into a stupor. Rather, they have activities run by by occupational therapists and the folks living there get involved. MIL is a Jingo/Bingo shark - to her, it's a business. For those not in the nursing home know, Jingo is like Bingo but it uses pictures. The caller gives a fact about the picture and the player has to find the one that matches the fact - it somewhat exercises the mind.

We spent most of everyday for a week in the home. When we arrived, they had a group of 8 residents rehearsing for a bell ringing concert for the holidays. Each bell was numbered and played a note of the scale. The therapist called out the numbers and thus a tune was played. Bell number four ringer was out so I was recruited to take her place - it was then that it struck me that I am older than some of the residents of the place and an outside observer would see me as a natural part of the group. Wow! If that doesn't bring a dose of reality, nothing will. However, since I play in two community orchestras, I was well prepared to play my part and it may be the first rehearsal that I have ever played without hitting a wrong note.

Other than visiting other relatives, evenings were spent satisfying our Cuban food jones in the small nearby restaurants and walking on the Hollywood "Broadwalk." Hollywood, FL has come a long way from its really non-descript days to its present sorta non-descript days of mostly low priced beach motels and vacation apartments mixed in with a few of the larger hotel chains and mid to uber upper scale beachfront condo buildings. It is kind of a funky and fun place that is really popular with visiting Canadians, Gemans and Russians. The beach itself is pretty nice too. We took one day off for an afternoon in the Everglades, returning to a spot where when last there, I was able to get a lot of really good bird photos. This time, there was hardly a bird to be seen - still, it was a nice walk.

One thing that made this trip attractive was our plan for our first visit to Hilton Head Island, SC on the way back with a bonus visist to Beufort. I'll describe that next with a great restaurant find.

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