Open Wounds

Prussian Gulf or Sarasota Maul

We’re on vacation at a friend’s family condo in Sarasota, Florida – two families, one of my son’s friends. The two boys are laughing and giggling all the time (except when they are mad at each other which is not often). If I open the window I can hear the waves breaking on the beach. The balcony overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. I love the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t know why. The waves are small but the water is a different color than I’m used to. Long Island water is dark and cloudy and cold cold cold. The water here is lighter in color, turquoise, and chilly but swimable. It is beautiful.

I’ve slept until almost nine two mornings in a row. Normally I am up at 5:30am. The dogs are back home being boarded for the week playing with other dogs and wondering if we’ll come back for them (well one isn’t wondering – he’s probably too busy playing, but the younger one probably is). I miss those mongrels but I’m also glad I can sleep late.

It’s 70’s with a breeze and the sun just came out. It might have hit 81 but I’m not sure. I’m not wearing my watch.

This is my vacation. I’ve had a cold since the day before we left but it’s getting better. The sea air is doing it. That and some sleep.

I’ve been exhausted from my day job.

I’ve written two for two days of vacation – continuing my streak of three months. It is lovely writing from the balcony, listening to the ocean. We’re going to Disney one day, but only one day. Every other day is the pool, the beach, or the pool (there are two).

Here’s three words I wrote today:

  • maul
  • center
  • Prussian

5 responses

  1. Maul as a verb or maul as a noun? It’s a pretty cool word either way. Sounds lovely. Enjoy, Joe!

    February 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • Thanks, Matt. How did you read this so fast? Maul as in a rugby maul when a player is tackled and releases the ball but two players bind over him (like an informal scrummage). There’s just something about the term that is so… rugby.

      February 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  2. I just happened to be on Facebook when your link went up. Writing about Rugby must be awesome. I mean I’ve never really played, but it’s fun to watch, and such a noble game.

    February 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  3. This sounds so lovely–friends and family and down time and writing time. I’m sure the dogs are doing well; I have a terrible time leaving mine, but they are always forgiving and full of joy.
    I hope this is the best vacation ever.

    February 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

    • It’s been great. I’m even catching up on some sleep! – Joe

      February 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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