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I grew up in a family of Southern storytellers. Back in 2004, I started Whole Bean to continue the tradition in a new medium. Over the years, I've written about families and friends, peculiar situations, extended road trips, recalcitrant home appliances, and many things for which I'm truly grateful. I hope you enjoy your time here.
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I am a college parent. Yikes! Well, it went smoothly, I must say. After moving almost three cars full of stuff into half a dorm room, connecting to the Georgia Tech wicked fast fiber network, and finding a nice little wi-fi cafe built in a converted warehouse, we all declared Sarah's move a success. She's been there a week this past Thursday, and she seems to be loving it. College is very different now from my Northwestern days in the Seventies, but campus life is still a great experience, and I'm glad she's getting to be a part of it. We miss her, but this is the next chapter, so full speed ahead, I say!


Ah, technology. Instead of my usual perch at Brooks Central, I'm sitting in the AutoIndulgence car wash center (The Ultimate Car Care Experience) at 12:45 PM on a Sunday, making the post-vacation blog entry. We just returned from a week in Sanibel Island, Florida. And my, what a week it was.

We took a family vacation to celebrate Karen's parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Last weekend's Tropical Storm Alex churned up a lot of activity down our way, so much so that we often watched as rain blow horizontally outside the windows of our beachfront condos. Not to be deterred, we became regular patrons of Island Bean Coffee, where I sampled my first Caffe Cubano (quite appropriate, seeing as how we were in south Florida and all).

There were several mornings where the weather allowed us to recline on the beach, soaking up the sun and listening to a nice mix of iPod tunes. And after a first failed attempt Wednesday evening at a champagne dolphin watch cruise, we tried again with success the following afternoon and were able to spot quite a number of the docile creatures in the bay which separates Sanibel from the mainland. (See the picture gallery for some samples.)

All in all, a nice time, but it's also good to be home, where the weather is about thirty degrees cooler, and the humidity is off the low end of the scale. Thursday, we move Sarah into her dorm at Georgia Tech, so here's to you, kids!

Manana.