From 2010 to 2011 - A New Road

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, January 03, 2011

Hey all...thanks for coming back and taking your seats on The Couch. Looking to get back to a 5 day a week posting schedule, so I hope you join me...2011 has some obstacles, but at the same time it promises to bring some new interesting achievements...I am not one for New Year's Resolutions. Personally, I do not believe in them. If you want to do something, you just do it. You do not wait until one special day to change your life.

I am looking to do that every day moving forward. Getting back in some sort of shape is on the list of goals. I am also looking forward to growing my relationship with Nancy. I hope that the brand for Music On The Couch continues to grow further. It would be nice if I could rope off time to finish all the video transfers from Matt's youth which is on VHS at the moment. Speaking of Matt, it is planned that he come down and spend some time with us this summer. Something to look forward to indeed.

Before we do all that, I want to reflect on the last few weeks...because they have been special, even though I was a bad partner.

You see, on December 29th, we celebrated:

As I drove from Boynton Beach, FL to Cordele, GA, Nancy got to answer all the wishes sent to her via email and Facebook, sitting in the passenger seat. We then went to dinner at a nice place called The Olde Inn on Blackshear Lake, just outside of Cordele.

The next day, we finished the drive home and spent a relaxing New Years Eve watching "Sherlock Homes" and "Blind Side" and eating all sorts of little noshes.

But before that, on December 22nd, Nancy and I did the 14.5-hour drive straight through. 3 stops for gas/rest room/ driver change breaks. I did the first 5.5 hours, Nancy did 6.5 hours and then I did the last 2.5 hours. At the end I had to promise no more than 12 hours in any one day ever again! LOL

The time with Mom Joan and Dad Vince was great. They and Nancy got to spend some quality time getting to know each other better. I tried to help dad with his multiple address books and getting them to the iPad. I did not do so good with that based upon his desires, so he is rebuilding it all. OOPS.

Nancy and I got to go to the ocean ... but only one day, because it was 40 degrees the whole time we were there and the wind was blowing so was COLD!

When we first got there, it did not seem cold...

But all the chairs were up to block the wind...

The OCEAN!!!


Thank goodness for the sweater in the car!

Toes in the sand!


Oh, and we ATE! So much food over the course of the week. Some great Fish and Chips on the beach at John G's...some excellent Italian at Portobello Restorante...fantastic tenderloin on Christmas day with just the four of us...and of course, Christmas Eve was the 7-Fishes dinner.

A spread made with anchovies (1) prior to dinner
Fish salad with Scungelli (2), Calamari (3), Scallops (4), and Shrimp (5)
Linguini with Clam sauce and Littleneck Clams (6)
Mussels Fra Diavolo (7)
Baked Calamari
Fried Shrimp
Fried Fillet of Sole (8 - bonus fish!)

We spent the night with two special couples, friends of mom and dads. Ann Marie and Joe and Al and Nancy. The eight of us ate until we almost burst. We took some time after the Linguini to sit and watch the rough cut of the DVD I put together from all the pictures taken on our Family Cruise.
Hors d'Ĺ“uvre
Fish Salad

Fish Salad Plated

 Mussels Fra Diavolo

Wow..could have made this two posts! LOL

Off to Los Angeles (already there when you read this) for 11 days on business...

12 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. I would say, "Welcome back", but you're already gone again. So, continue to travel safely and we'll see you upon your return.
    Glad the holidays were filled with those things you love, family, loved ones and good food.

  3. Happy New Year to you and Nancy. Looks like you had a great time over the Christmas holiday with your mom and dad - would've loved to know how that birthday cake tasted. Like you, I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but I do believe this year holds lots of promise. . . I'm glad you decided to continue your blog. Enjoy L.A.

  4. BeckEye Says:
  5. Happy New Year!

  6. Jay Says:
  7. Welcome back Vinsterino!

    Glad you had an excellent Christmas vacation. Have fun in LA.

  8. DRILLER: Thank you Sir. Hope your holidays were special also

    KATHY: Was a great rip and visit. Promise..yup 2011 is all about promise

    BECKEYE: And to you also!

    JAY: Thanks bud! I will try and have some fun indeed.

  9. That sounds like a wonderful week, Vinny. And those food pics. NOM! Pretty much my entire To Do list for my March ATL trip involves eating. And one Shakespeare play. Gotta toss in a few high brow thangs :P

  10. Travis Cody Says:
  11. Belated Happy Birthday to Nancy!

    Safe travels throughout the rest of your business. I know this is a particular hectic time of year for you.

  12. Ken Says:
  13. Wow! First, I love saying "Portobello" at any time of the year and a 7-Fishes dinner is a new thing to me, but I feel I should get to enjoy it every year from now on!

    Glad you guys had such a wonderfull time and if I can give any advise at all, it is to never drive more than 9 or 10 hours in a day on a road trip. We're not that young anymore, get a room.

  14. I don't care if I have to wear a COAT at the beach, I'm smiling. I LIVE for the beach, and I can't wait to see it again. I'm so glad you made the trip down to spend the holiday with your parents. I sure hope they continue to have good health.

    That food, though, makes me so envious. Nothing better than seafood, especially when you know it didn't travel very far from source to table. That was one of the greatest things about living in SoFL.

  15. LAC Says:
  16. Happy new year, and happy birthday, Nancy!

    Welcome back, and enjoy safe travels in LA.

    See you again soon.

  17. STARR: Eating is always a good thing!

    TRAVIS: Nancy says thanks...

    MICKEY: It is a cool word come to Memphis next year and I will cook it for you! LOL...I know we are not that young

    SONGBIRD: OH I know..the salt air was immediately invigorating..the sand in my toes, sublime...The food, nothing better

    LISA: Thanks and hope you had a fantastic holiday

  18. TopChamp Says:
  19. Food sounds amazing! And the beach must have been lovely. We also got to see the sea over Christmas as my folks have moved home to Wales (a very beautiful place - unspoilt).

    I like to make a resolution or two. I don't mind if they're broken (one was to put away all washing up before embarking on more but I've failed today). Sorry I'm a bit behind with my comment but it's tax time.


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