Flashback Friday - "The Damn Kids" in the Retirement Community (again)

February 26, 2010

About 10 years ago my parents sold their house in the metropolitan DC area and purchased a second home near Orlando, Florida. Since they already had the lake house in Bumpass, Va. they were going to become "snow birds" and split their year between homes.
Tim and Deb at the tiki bar in FloridaShortly after they moved into their 55+ retirement community, my Mom took one final trip for work to Prague for a month. Tim and I were in need of our own trip so we drove to Florida to see the new house and visit with my Dad.

We also were were worried he'd starve to death and shift to a "liquid diet" without my Mom there to cook for him.
Jack missing June in FloridaIt's no exaggeration that we stuck out in the large community of retired people for a few reasons. Tim and I learned a few things that are not acceptable and for some reason frowned upon:

  1. Cruisin' through the neighborhood with the windows down and music blaring after 4 p.m.
  2. Being first in line for "free" beer during the Oktoberfest dinner.
  3. Throwing ice from our mimosas into the pond where the baby alligators were sleeping.
  4. Driving your golf cart up on the green.
  5. While playing the back nine, grabbing oranges from the trees and tossing them at each other on the course.
  6. Asking the bartender during happy hour at the clubhouse to just make your drink a double instead of getting buy one get one free drinks.
  7. After several of these large drinks, knocking your then-boyfriend off his chair while your Dad is meeting new people in the community.
  8. Calling Dad's new friends "Damn Yankees" after they said they retired and moved down from Michigan, Ohio and New York.
  9. Referring to the state of Florida as Heaven's Waiting Room in a retirement community.
  10. Speaking too loudly.
  11. Not speaking loudly enough.
  12. Sleeping in past 6 a.m.
  13. Riding your bike on the wrong side of the road.
  14. Doing cannonballs into the community pool.
We have made two other trips to my parents' house in Florida.
We are still referred to as The Damn Kids.
Deb and Tim at the tiki bar in Florida
I think it's good we made such a memorable impression.
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6 Comment:

Cathy February 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

This is my favorite! You guys sure know how to cause trouble;) Love the pic of your dad with the booze!

Check out my 2nd birthday!

Chantel February 26, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

I love it..lol..Those Damn Kids..lol..


Brahm February 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

Hee hee hee - that is awesome! Gonna learn from this for next time visit the folks in retirement ville in Florida... we are going to be The Damn Kids too!

Shannon O February 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

This post made me laugh out loud!

Thanks for sharing, - Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife

Kat March 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

Ha ha ha I remember visiting my grandparents in their Florida community. We were always getting 'the look'!

Laurie from GA March 3, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

Oh my gosh, is there really a town called "Bumpass"?!?! I clearly visualize the looks you got in the retirement community!!!

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