August 27, 2023

A Moment on Cocoa Beach


A Moment on Cocoa Beach
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for August 27, 2023

I was in Orlando for about 36 hours this week.  I had dinner with one client and lunch with another.  I also stayed on Cocoa Beach so I had to sneak down to the beach to see the ocean.  I only could stay down there about 15 minutes, but it was beautiful none the less.

I tried to go down to the beach the previous evening, but it was pretty scary navigating through this path in the pitch black of night.  I psyched myself up to do it, and when I was about halfway down, a bunny jumped out of the bushes and nearly pushed my heart over the edge.  At least I'm pretty sure it was a bunny.  I did get down to the beach for a few minutes, but the pictures at night turned out lousy.

On Thursday night we went to the Mall of America for a belated celebration of Miss Sheri's birthday.  

We took her to the black light mini golf course which was pretty unique.  They have all sorts of brightly colored holes and play various music genres organized by decade throughout the course.  We had a bunch of fun.  Even if we did have orange skin for most of the evening.

On Friday night, we headed to our Fantasy Football draft hosted by the awesome commissioner, Steven "Cuds" Cuddihy and our fantastic auctioneer, Curtis Schmillen.  They run a first class operation all the way.

Luke was able to join the league a couple of years ago and Avery is still on the waiting list.  We had a player not able to attend and Avery was able to fill-in and do his draft for him.  It was a pretty crazy evening and a lot of shenanigans took place.  Plus, I'm happy with my team for a change so I'm definitely ready for some football!!

We have a very fun group who take this way more seriously than we probably should.  Regardless I still think it's going to be my year to win the Super Bowl!!

On Saturday night, we went to Mystic Lake Casino to watch an event called In Conversation with the Sopranos.   It was a unique event where cast members Steve Schirripa (Bobby Bacala), Vincent Pastore (Salvatore Bonpensiero) and Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) took the stage to share stories, memories and slides of their favorite Sopranos moments.  I was a huge Sopranos fan so jumped at the chance to go.  My buddy Orlando is Italian so I figured he may want to join me.  Turns out he was also a big fan so it worked out great for us to go together.

Unfortunately they had a silly rule about no pictures during the show which makes about zero sense to me.  I did sneak a couple at the end, though.  Pretty fun experience!

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