Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fun in the Sun in Florida

On Tuesday was the last day in Florida and lucky for Holly and I we had the whole day off. Our flight did not leave til 6:15 pm so we hurry and got out of bed took our baggae to the bagge holding area and went off to actually enjoy some Florida Sun!

 We met up with some coworkers and headed down to the sand since it was just right there. The water is so blue..everyone kept saying how warm it was but I think it was still too cold.
 The beach is So clean here..We laid out for a little bit on some beach chaise's which were 12 bucks to rent. Our co worker paid for Holly and My chairs and we laid out.
 Holly and I had a plan to go to lunch and check out this awesome spot to eat from a travel channel called LE TUB so off we went
 Self portrait on the beach..who knew I was getting sun burned at this moment
 One last shot of the ocean. We met up with a couple of our local Vespa dealership guys  and they wanted to come with Holly and I to lunch so all 4 of us jumped into the cab to Le Tub
 This place is so COOL!
 Inside it was just a very large somewhat of a labyringth of weather wood deck/Patios filled with plants growing out of Bath Tubs, Toilets,Sinks, Fixtures of Kitchen and bathrooms really.
 Lots of old tin sides..It reminded me of the Swamps or Bijou' was So very cool. I felt like I was in New Orleans ..instead of water pictures you serve yourself in the big Thermos sitting out on the deck
 There was TONS of these little birds that Sounded like parrots..At one point it even light rained while we were sitting out but the rain drops would melt right off your skin the moment it would touch you..with the birds, the humidty, the rain and all the plants we all felt like we were in a rain forest.
 My view from my seat..right along the harbor
 Holly's view
 They had these weird Long skinny fish in the ocean..You probably have to click on the picture to get a better don't see those in Cali!
 More plants
 They gave us our paper menu's and I had to ask the waitress .."Ok..What is the item that everyone must try here?" and she said the Burger so we all ended up getting the burger...IT WAS HUGE but a little rare for my taste but still good..just wish I could have finished it all. We also ordered a large fry for all of us to share. They cook their fries in Peanut oil.
 The waitress told us as she was taking our plates from the table..OK YOU GUYS READY FOR SOME KEY LIME PIE?? 
 How could you refuse Key Lime Pie in Florida?? You would be crazy not to order it. We all shared one. It was tasty!
 A local man was walking around selling Cigars..I was like what Kind and I asked do you have any cubans?? and he did. So I bought some to take home to my husband and dad. Who knows if they are really real cubans.
 Holly and I left while the guys hung back for the rest of their co workers to show up that were going to take them to the airport. We saw these toilets near the exit so of course we had to pose on the toilets. Holly ofcourse got the red one!
 and I sat in the Blue one. We were going to call a cab back to the hotel but we decided to walk back to the hotel down the beach/boardwalk in hopes of finding some cool places to shop
 Interesting Butler Monkey
 The boardwalk
 We walked almost 3 miles. We stopped here for a rest
 Taking photos of my self sitting down
 Wind kept blowing my hair all over the place
 Looks like a Corona Commercial
 Cool Mid Century Apartments
 How could I not take a picture of IRIS TERRACE
 It's like a Big soveniour coin
 Lots of retirement condo's...Lots of old folks laying out in the sun...when they are not playing Shuffleboard apparently
 We ran out of sidewalk/boardwalk so it was on the sand we walked..
 Holly saw this and said SEE IRIS the beaches here are dirty too is a condom ...upon closer inspection and trying to find a stick or trash which was impossible we found a dried up seaweed root and poked around at this what we thought was a water filled condom and notices it had tentacles...WATCH OUT FOR JELLY FISH!!!
Another Jelly Fish...they were ALL OVER the place!! I got away from the water and walked further up the sand..we finally got back to the hotel and lounged for a bit with co workers before it was time to head over to the airport where we got there way early and hung out at chili's charging our phones then it was back to home sweet home Cali. We arrived about 5 after 10pm.
All in All Florida was a wonderful trip and I really want to go back to the beaches but next time for a real vacation with my family!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Main Event..Florida

Monday was our main day at the Piaggio Dealer Convention. I started with breakfast in one of the ballrooms and talked with some fellow colleagues as well as some of our dealers. Afterwards it was straight to work from 11-4.

 After I believe breakfast a group of us gals took a picture of how beautiful of a day it was. It was super windy but it was a warm breeze.
 Migena, Alma, Priscilla, TJ, ME, and Holly
 Look how beautiful!! Too bad we were stuck inside pretty much all day but we still got some sunlight. After the work day we had about 2 hours to dress up and head over to the Main Ballroom for the big presentation.
 We were so excited to have Roberto Collanino join us for the meeting. He is the MAIN Piaggio CEO of the world..The factory in Italy..he IS the TOP GUY!
 They had some Italian American actress as the host..I never heard of her..I don't even remember her name but she was AWFUL!
 They presented some Prototypes...this is the Vespa ...cute huh!
 They even brought up Max Biaggi who is like a world Superbike champion! He races our Aprilia..and also Eugene Laverty ..who is also a Aprilia racer.
 Doing a little interview
 Talking about the Prototypes
 They gave awards to out best dealers. They were crystal Tiffany and co plaques.
the Vespa
 The Moto Guzzi California
 I love this bike
Aprilia  RSV4
 The Aprilia Caponord
 Afterward the presentation it was off to the dinner Gala. Of course open bar for the first hour..I got some Cosmos and found a table
 For Dinner Filet Mignon with carrot and asparagus with a fancy little potato..can you believe that this plate was over 100.00 per person I heard. It was so could cut the steak with a butter knife. Did not seem like it would fill you up but it did for me..I ate every last bite!
 Then Dessert was this dark chocolate covered cheesecake..Delicious but it was too rich for me. I had 2 bites and was done!
A picture of us when we were having our salads..i stole this from one of the girls from NY.  After dinner it was off to the main bar where we drank with everyone ALL NIGHT LONG! We were allowed to cut loose since we did not have to work the next day and BOY did we. What a FUN NIGHT! I didn't do any pictures cause I didn't want to walk around with anything..not even my phone. A few of our co workers took a cab to Miami to party the night away but I just stayed local with a bunch of the dealers and more co workers..I wish there was more hours in the day so I could have went there as well.