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tonybtonyb Posts: 27,604
Back from a long weekend, really enjoyed the break too as we got to see relatives we don't see often, soak up some sunshine, eat and drink well. Stayed in Coral Springs with a relative, around University and Palm. Spent a lot of time in Deerfield beach, as the wedding was at the Deerfield country club anyway which btw the food and staff were outstanding there.

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Me and the wife are on the left closest to the sand. One thing that baffles me about Florida, no bugs. Sitting out by my relatives house by the pool, they have an open garbage can and I never saw so much as an ant in the 4 days I was there. Yeah, lizards may eat a lot of bugs, but that many ? Not even a fly. They don't freeze either so nothing dies off. On my deck, even if I spray bug spray around, they come back in 2 days and I certainly can't have an open garbage can, ever. Just doesn't make sense that Chicagoans should have more bugs than Florida, all things being equal.
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  • decaldecal Posts: 2,930
    Hate to bust your bubble but as a lifelong resident of the Sunshine State I can assure you, we have bugs,lots of them!!!!
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  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,251
    Florida has bugs, they just give them fancier names like "palmetto bugs'.
    As a matter of fact, Northrop Grumman based their design of the A10 Warthog off of the Florida mosquito.

    Nice looking bunch, btw. In fact ..... well .... I better just leave it at that. Nice looking bunch. B)


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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    So yes and no on the bugs... We have some really big bugs here in FL, but if you can catch a breeze they don't bother you. My pest control comes once a quarter to the house and have never seen a bug in the house. There are a lot of things here that eat bugs. As far as mosquitos go I used to get bit more in NJ in the summer, but if you go outside on a still evening they will find you... One of my date palms was flowering early this year and there were thousands of bees just going after the nectar it was AMAZING to see and then the next day they were gone.

    We rarely if ever get a freeze in SWFL and bugs like that.

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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    Or maybe @Lightman1 was there recently and they haven't recovered from the gas attack yet.
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  • charley95charley95 Posts: 526
    Looked like you had a good time. I love going to Florida. Went down in July, and it was so strange that there was a Red Lobster right on A1A. I could not believe that the place was packed every night. Who goes to Florida and eats Red Lobster?! Reminds me when I took my great aunt years ago to her podiatrist. His office was down a flight of stairs to the basement.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,595
    Or maybe @Lightman1 was there recently and they haven't recovered from the gas attack yet.

    No sir.....can't pin that on me. Up in NC however..... ;) Nary a bug, squirrel, chipmunk etc. was to be seen last weekend.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    charley95 wrote: »
    Looked like you had a good time. I love going to Florida. Went down in July, and it was so strange that there was a Red Lobster right on A1A. I could not believe that the place was packed every night. Who goes to Florida and eats Red Lobster?! Reminds me when I took my great aunt years ago to her podiatrist. His office was down a flight of stairs to the basement.

    And did you ever notice that you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway...
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Or maybe @Lightman1 was there recently and they haven't recovered from the gas attack yet.

    No sir.....can't pin that on me. Up in NC however..... ;) Nary a bug, squirrel, chipmunk etc. was to be seen last weekend.

    The wind was coming from the North.

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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,459
    Nice looking group, Tony. Glad you enjoyed your brief stay and dodged the bugs. Come back sometime when the "love bugs" are doing their thing. They'll spooge your car up in a heartbeat.
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  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,251
    Another good thing about Florida is that there aren't any chiggers.
    Chiggers don't play fair and definitely hit below the belt.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 477
    Another good thing about Florida is that there aren't any chiggers.

    I'm just gonna leave this one alone. :p
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,459
    Another good thing about Florida is that there aren't any chiggers.

    No chiggers? Didn't know that. Fire ants must have eaten them all.
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,812
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Or maybe @Lightman1 was there recently and they haven't recovered from the gas attack yet.

    No sir.....can't pin that on me. Up in NC however..... ;) Nary a bug, squirrel, chipmunk etc. was to be seen last weekend.

    There is no such thing as global warming... its just @lightman1 increasing his cigarette intake (and as such the chemicals added to the air) from 1 pack to 50 due to workload and that Iowa cold :smile:

    He's like the Chuck Norris of the Polk Forum. You always hear about him, rarely see him, and if you HAVE seen him and survived, you have battle scars, or dead shrubbery to prove it :wink:
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,595
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Or maybe @Lightman1 was there recently and they haven't recovered from the gas attack yet.

    No sir.....can't pin that on me. Up in NC however..... ;) Nary a bug, squirrel, chipmunk etc. was to be seen last weekend.

    There is no such thing as global warming... its just @lightman1 increasing his cigarette intake (and as such the chemicals added to the air) from 1 pack to 50 due to workload and that Iowa cold :smile:

    He's like the Chuck Norris of the Polk Forum. You always hear about him, rarely see him, and if you HAVE seen him and survived, you have battle scars, or dead shrubbery to prove it :wink:

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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 819
    Nice group photo. Glad you're having a good time. The gent in the blue shirt right front has to be your brother.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,330
    Glad you had a great time Tony, thought you were off sulking because Verlander stole your girlfriend :p


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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    Did you at least get to enjoy some STONE CRAB? Ts the season... yum i might just go for some right now.

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  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 5,768
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    Looks like a lot of fun Tony.
    Curious though, you had your back to the water?
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 8,736
    Such a great picture Tony. Not necessarily quality wise but what it really is, a picture of a family / friends having a great time .
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,866
    Good times to be had eh Tony? Only one issue with the photo...man you is UGLY! How does she survive lookin at you eh?



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  • halohalo Posts: 3,654
    Looks like a good time @tonyb :smile:
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 3,748
    That's funny about the bugs! My wife said the same thing at panama city beach! But my daughter lives in Tallahassee and I got bit up by her place. Maybe its just less closer to the water sides of the state? ?
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,604
    I dunno man, they tell me they have to have the exterminator come once a month to keep the place bug free. I don't know what they use down there, but we need some of it up here if it works that well. Almost seems like our bugs up north are immune to the crap they use.

    Plus, if your spraying that stuff inside and out once a month, can it be all that good for you or the pets ? Might explain a few things... :) :)

    Not my first time there, or at Deerfield beach, but I find it getting overly expensive for what you get to eat. 234 on the beach was disappointing compared to last time I visited. Heck, they don't even have a decanter for the nicer wines. Rocko's Taco's in Fort Lauderdale.....sucked, and it was packed. You'd think with the Latin population down there it might be better. Guac was excellent though. Compounded by a waiter who didn't know the menu himself. Started to wonder if he knew he even worked there.

    This bug thing just amazes me though, not even an ant....anywhere, outside by the pool, open garbage can.....nuthin' ? Little geckos everywhere, had a nice conversation with one at 4 a.m. as I took down the outside clock to turn back the time. Seems he didn't appreciate me waking up his old lady. I apologized and let them both sleep in. I'd offer them a bug too but ya know....there are none.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,804
    East Coast of FL is very expensive just like NYC. West coast is much more affordable. Not as built up as you would expect but we have everything here you would need. SW FL from Sarasota to Naples and Marco Island are growing right now so the time to get in affordably may be growing short.

    With regard to bugs, the stuff they use nowadays is much less toxic than the old poisons. I have no pesticides inside my home but get the perimeter and lawn treated quarterly. If you keep your house clean then that will be sufficient.



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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,604
    I wonder if inside anyway, it has to do with the lack of carpeting in most Florida homes, for the obvious reasons. Heck man, I didn't even see any sqeeters, anywhere, even by the beach or out on the streets.
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    was there a breeze?
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,459
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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 1,932
    Great timing of this thread Tony!

    Our clan will be leaving the cold temps of PA for the warmth of Florida in a little over a week. Looking forward to a little vacation. We'll be spending a few days at Disney (Daughter No. 1 is performing with her high school orchestra), then about a week at the beach in Sarasota, and stopping for a few days in Savannah, GA on the drive back north. Looks like Florida's west coast has become our new family Thanksgiving tradition. B)

    Mikey - Where would you recommend getting stone crabs? We'll be near St. Armand's staying on Lido Key.

    Mike - still working out details with the family on meeting up with you all again! Looking forward to it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,060
    Florida.
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,459
    scubalab wrote: »
    Mikey - Where would you recommend getting stone crabs? We'll be near St. Armand's staying on Lido Key.

    Mike - still working out details with the family on meeting up with you all again! Looking forward to it.

    Places we've tried and enjoyed stone crab in Sarasota in no particular ranking order:

    Owen's Fish Camp - Burns Lane (close to where you are staying on mainland)

    Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill - South Tamiami Trail

    Casey Key Fish House - Blackburn Point Rd.

    We've heard good things about Dry Dock Waterfront Grill up a bit north (from where you'll be) on Longboat Key, but have not had stone crab there.

    Joe's in Miami is the premier place for stone crab. I think they have other locations, but none near here.

    Let me know if you'd like to hit that music venue I sent you.
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