Monday, April 2, 2018

A Bit of a Twist for Easter this year....

Well - we broke our Easter Tradition again this year.  Even as a kid it was
dressing up for Church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ..... and for as long as I can remember it was followed with the traditional Easter Dinner with family or friends.  It was preparing the dinner feast..the smell of ham and sweet potato casserole.......everyone sitting around the dinner table........a variety of favorite beverages, and desserts, Easter baskets, candy and very often the flower bouquet.  

The very first, and ONLY time we broke from tradition was Easter Sunday 2014, when we went to Golden Corral for dinner with our friends Nick and Tonyia.  Traditional in that we enjoyed our flowers and Easter baskets and spent the day with people we loved........but it was our first time ever, that we did not prepare our celebrate with dinner in the home.  And now Easter Sunday 2018 is our second time. 

On Friday before Easter - we had made no plans. We had talked about inviting friends.....but just never got around to it. It was later in the afternoon, while just sitting on the back lanai that Rich mentioned going to Danial for Jai-Alai!  We had not been there in several years, and so I searched and found that indeed they were still playing at the newly constructed Fronton in the Casino @ Dania Beach.  So I booked a hotel room for Saturday evening! 

Packed our bags, loaded the car and we were on the road early Saturday morning.  Two and a half hours +/- to Dania Beach, Fl.   About 15 minutes on the road, Rich realized that he was still wearing his old t-shirt and had forgotten his pullover shirt he had planned on wearing.......long story!!!  So about half way there we stopped in Clewiston at McDonald's to grab a quick breakfast.  Located in the same plaza was a Bealls Outlet - where we proceeded to go after eating and where Rich found himself a shirt to wear!!!! 

From then on - it was just a fun filled day.................The Casino is beautiful......  Neither of us are gamblers, so all of our time was spent in the Jai-Alai Fronton. 

This is such an exciting game to watch.  Betting on the game is much like betting on the horses.  Win, Place, Show, Aquiline, Exacta, Trifecta........  National Anthem at the start of the performance.........and believe it or not.... NOT ONE player took a knee.  A few of the players are from the US, but the majority of them are from Spain, France, Cuba or Mexico. 

We stayed for the afternoon performance ( 12 games) then went to check into the hotel and grab some dinner before returning for the evening performance which started at 7:00 pm. 

The evening performance did not end until well after midnight!  Lights out about 1:30.   And then it was the drive home on Easter Sunday.  All said and done - we had a fabulous time, and Rich did very well betting ( I don't bet!). Total out of pocket cost after all of our winnings............about $57.  That included hotel, meals,  drinks and gas for the trip!  

Most people who have not visited Florida, or even those who have been here just to vacation, think of sunshine, ocean beaches, palm trees and Disney World when they think of our State.  Well here is a look at the scenery on our drive back home, for about 100 miles on US 27 N.  Looks like we're out for a country ride. 

After a long night and a long drive home............there was NO fancy Easter Dinner!

   We fixed left over Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and carrots!    The Easter Bunny had left a huge decorated Chocolate Chip Cookie for Rich...... a piece of which was enjoyed for dessert! 


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