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January 29, 2009



I've found that Indian Rocks Beach, 90 minutes north of Sarasota, RULES. That's because it's "my" beach. We all have our beaches, or at least we should. And, um, Ellen, Sarasota is on the Gulf of Mexico, not the Atlantic, and on the West Coast of Florida, hence the sunsets. In Florida you have time to see the sunrise and sunset by driving across the narrow state, but why waste all that time and gas when you could be relaxing! I like to go to an area (like IRB and I'm sure Sarasota) that has good places to bicycle and kayak, and then I can easily be there for a week. If I golfed and fished, a week wouldn't be enough time!


Yes, it's the gulf, thanks. I thought gulf and wrote bay. But I do view gulfs and bays as part of the major oceans of the world, since they feed into them.
In this case, I was trying to convey the Atlantic side of the country vs. the Pacific and the fact that there's a West Coast on the East Coast.
But on the solo thing, even if I golfed and fished and biked and kayaked, it might be a bit too much alone time.
I'm good for about three days of independence max. Then I want people to talk with. Hence my choice of group trips or activities that are set up to give me people to talk with - for instance, a group kayak afternoon with double kayaks.

Ellen Perlman

Hm, in looking up whether to capitalize "gulf" if I use the word alone, I found this definition: "A large bay that is an arm of an ocean or sea."
Bay, gulf, ocean...they all begin to meld, don't they?


Ah, yes, I see about the Atlantic thing. As a former Floridian, I must say that when we here Atlantic, all we think is East Coast of Florida. Anytime you want to kayak, Ellen, come visit me at IRB. I have two singles, and I'll give you an awesome tour!

Ellen Perlman

You're on!


Hi My name is David, I am from England, I have spent a lot of time in Sarasota during the past few years, I am thinking of coming out again for a few months, and would like to get to know people out their so as not to feel alone in the most beautiful place I have ever known.
(I travelled quite a bit) does anyone have any ideas as to integrate smoothly,thankyou, David.


I hope it works out for you.

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