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Sunday, February 10, 2008

How do You Show Your Friends Tallahassee in Four Hours?

I had visitors on Friday. I love having visitors and wish more people would visit me. It gives me a chance to do things I normally wouldn't do by myself.

So on Friday afternoon my college pal Val (who lives in Buffalo, NY) and her new boyfriend, Rob (who lives in Seminole, FL), stopped in Tallahassee on their way from Panama City to Gainesville. (I'd tell you more but I don't want to complicate things.) Their pit stop was four hours and I had to figure out the best way to maximize our time.

We met at Lake Ella and it was a fabulous day (sorry to those of you who had to work Friday). We grabbed a quick beverage at the Black Dog Cafe. It's been a long time since I've visited the Black Dog and realized how much I love that place. Then it was off for lunch. I originally wanted to have lunch at the train caboose restaurant at Railroad Square but it was about 3 p.m. now and figured it'd be closed. So, parked downtown in an hour parking spot and headed into Jasmine.

"We don't like sushi."

*GASP!* I actually have friends who don't like sushi. OK, change in the spontaneous plans. We walked up to Monroe and I'd hoped something would slap me in the face and say, "eat here."

I spotted the Po' Boys sign and figured that'd be a safe bet. Turned out to be a good call and we were outta there just barely under an hour. It's just after 4 p.m. and headed to the Old Capitol. I missed the turn for the easy parking area (I'm not an aggressive driver) so by the time we go into the Old Capitol, it was 4:20 and we had 10 minutes to see it all. We ran from one end to the other, upstairs, then down and out. (BTW - the American flag was at half staff, anyone know why?)

Drove through some of the FSU campus, Railroad Square and back to Lake Ella along Meridian so they could see some of Tallahassee's famous canopy roads. Arrived at Lake Ella at 5:30, in time for ice cream from Barb's Brittles. I love her brittle and purchased a couple of bags for Val and Rob (original and chocolate pecan - can't get anymore southern than that!). It was the first time I had her homemade ice cream - a scoop of "Whatever" and another of "Sunflower" something. I loved the Sunflower.

We sat at Lake Ella enjoying the beautiful day and watching the ducks begging for a taste of our creamy treat. And then, it was time for them to hit the road for Gainesville. I think I did pretty good in giving them a taste of Tally. My parents are visiting at the end of this month, hope I get to do at least twice as much!

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