Jo and I went back home to Texas. I set my mom up on a new iMac and we hooked up DSL for her. Now she can check e-mail and browse the web in style and a hell of a lot faster than dial up speeds.

We also got to hang out with Brad and Melissa, and his dog Duke. Jo went down to visit her parents for a few days and Brad, being the good friend he is, couldn’t let me leave Texas without eating at Saltgrass Steak House. We also got to See John and Dyanne before we left.

Jo and I went to Miami South Beach to celebrate our birthdays. We meet her brother James and her sister Mary and to our surprise, her sister Melissa came out as well. We had a blast. Jo’s sister Mary has a favorite hotel she stays at when she is in Miami. The Sherbrooke hotel was perfect. The owner Mitch and the lady of the hotel, Maggie were gracious and welcoming hosts. We did most of our dining a few blocks down from the hotel at News Cafe. It was a great time, eat, sleep, beach, drink, and enjoy the scenery. Oh and we can not forget Chabookas. If you don’t know what Chabookas are, you’ll have to ask. It’s kind of an odd story.

The Sherbrooke Hotel where we stayed in Miami

Jo, Melissa, and Mary about to have lunch at the News Cafe.

More photos from News Cafe

Some of the hotels while out for the evening on Miami’s South Beach

Views at the beach.

This is Jo, James, and Melissa one evening when we actually didn’t eat at News Cafe. We had a great dinner at Barolos, an Italian restaurant, further down South Beach. The dinner was great, the wine was better, and the conversation was exceptional.

Well, I went back to Texas and spent a week with my parents and friends. It was good to see everyone. Here are a few photos.

This is my friend John’s wife Dyanne and their daughter Laura on Brad’s deck.

So my friend Brad probably has one of the best decks for hanging out, drinking, and cooking out. It does help that Brad is one of the best grill cooks I’ve known. Here is John and Brad.