Poolside in Bradenton

Charlie, we were thinking of you.

This blog entry is 1,223 words long. The photo at right constitutes a thousand of those.

As I type this, Al is working on our schedule for the week, which I’ll post tomorrow. That’s the only day we won’t be watching baseball. Instead, we’ll be locating Ed Smith Stadium and McKechnie Field, as well as a place for us to play. Our most important task, however, will be supervising the waves at Siesta Key beach. We have to make sure thatthey reach the white sand in an efficient and timely manner.

As for today’s trip, we were quite impressed by the wide range of flowers blooming here in Florida as well as the wide range of barbecue places at which to eat. In fact, we ate at Dianne’s Old Time Barbecue for lunch and at Sonny’s Barbecue for dinner. Hey, we like barbecue.

We passed palmetto trees and trees with Spanish moss, we crossed rivers and swamps and we saw two billboards for Pro-Vas a medical practice specializing in vasectomies. According to the billboards, they have performed over 17,000 successfully. It’s kind of like McDonald’s only . . . oh, never mind. Yesterday, we passed a billboard advertising hysterectomies. I’m not making this up. You can’t.

We’re very glad that so many of you have joined us on our trip. We’ll supervise some waves for you tomorrow.

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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4 Responses to Poolside in Bradenton

  1. Preston Douglas says:


    If I remember correctly, Siesta Key used to be the “topless” beach there in the Sarasota area. I worked for the White Sox for 4 years, and we worked out of the Ed Smith Complex that you are looking for. There is a famous restaurant over there on the beach…but, I cannot remember what it is now. It is where a lot of the players used to hang out…like the one I mentioned in Clearwater Beach for the Phillies…

    I am sure you guys can find many games to get to and things to get into down there… LOL Hey, you guys look tan already…or is that red like the lobster???


  2. charlie says:

    Those smiles on your faces say it all. Al, I bet you have not stopped smiling for awhile now. Good thing you are down in the warm air so your face is not too sore from grinning all the time!


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