#Daytona Beach for a #SpringBreak at #BikeWeek

I had always heard about Daytona Bike Week…maybe warned is a better word. Well it was certainly wilder than my usual ventures, but I relished the glimpse of the fun, activity, and beach life in Daytona (and the sound of the motorcycles) during Spring Break and I am sharing some of it here. Bikes, bars, big-bootied babes…the whole deal.

The walk on the wild side was balanced, for me and my friend Val anyway, with white sand beach strolling and an overnight bed-and-breakfast stay in New Smyrna beach. I found the luxurious lodging on the way there for a sweet deal, with my Iphone and an Expedia application, and within minutes I received a call asking if broccoli, roasted tomato, pesto quiche would be acceptable for breakfast within the 3-story historic waterfront inn. We arrived at the Black Swan Bed and Breakfast, took a walk to town and were pleasantly surprised by an antique car show.  Then, it was off to Daytona and the photos will tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!

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A Few From St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s…a Slideshow

I love St. Pete’s #Beach in #Florida! It’s official. I can always rely on that place for a beautiful beach fix, live music, good and reasonable food and drink, and a good time. I attended their St. Patrick’s Day Festival for the first time on  Sunday and I am a fan! Here are a few images.

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Fat Tuesday in #Florida…a Slideshow Glimpse

My first visit to the town of Dunedin was for a Mardis Gras parade that went on for hours and drew thousands of people of all ages…on a Tuesday! I loved the flashes of color, smiles, positive vibe and the restaurants and art galleries. I will be back! I’m really liking Florida…

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Vintage Car Show at the Capitol Theatre Re-Opening

Although I missed the music and Jay Leno’s entrance, I still enjoyed a trip to Clearwater to view some of his amazing vintage cars. I also really loved munching on a tamale from a food truck that is dedicated to supporting America’s Disaster Relief.

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Valentine’s Day Two Years Ago, A Follow Up to Come

Two years ago I had the chance to publicize my thoughts on Valentine’s Day in print. I thought I would post them today, as I sit to write my feelings on the holiday in 2014. It is bittersweet because as crazy as my dating life was, that column turned out to be a Valentine for my dad, the last year he would celebrate the holiday on this earth. My mom told me he tore it out and would show it to people…that makes me smile.

Relay: Reliably And Consistently Yours

By Carrie Ann Salvi | February 15, 2012, The East Hampton Star

It’s Valentine’s Day as I am asked to write this “Relay,” and as I listen to “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson on my “love” playlist, chosen for inspiration, I assume today will be standard: Single female goes through the day trying not to be repulsed by those who get excited about a silly holiday.

No, I am not bitter about not being in a serious relationship at the moment. Even when I was, for example, when I was married for 13 years, I never comprehended the day. Why do people need a day to show each other how they feel and go out to dinner? I guess I was always fortunate to be involved with men with whom expressions of love and dinners out were a fairly regular event, without a calendar or Hallmark telling us how and when.

I will admit the holiday was fun when I was little. My dad would place four small heart-shaped boxes of chocolate on the dining room table, in front of me and my three sisters’ designated seats, with a big heart-shaped box at one end for my mother. It was reliable and consistent, as is his love and support. “The only guy a girl can depend on,” so they say. I don’t really believe that entirely, but my dad surely was always there when I needed him, and I can’t say that for many other men.

Back to present time though, or actually last night, when tales of dread were posted on Facebook about “V-Day.” I tried to help those in need and imagined today would be more of the same. This morning, however, when I checked in to the all-telling social media Web site, I found the inspiration I really needed. I was “invited” to a Share the Love fund-raiser at which those who attend choose a charity and donate to it.

Finally, someone is making sense of this holiday. I immediately went to wingsoverhaiti.org, donated through PayPal within seconds, and felt very satisfied. (Funny how Barry White came on as I wrote those last words — oh, the universe has such a great sense of humor.) Feeling grateful for the opportunity to use the day for good, I was then ready to start my regular Tuesday activities.

What I did not realize was that it was time to begin the receipt of several unexpected text messages and e-mails. The first was an offer to visit from a guy I met on vacation in Florida last month, complete with flight dates and numbers. I am not sure if this is what led to a slight loss of breath, or if it was my fear of commitment, or the fact that the e-mail was followed immediately by a series of texts from an ex-boyfriend who hopes I am “okay” and misses me. I had deleted him from my phone intentionally, so I was not aware of who was wishing me the happiest of silly days. I responded and then got caught up in his charm and his picture of his abs, which he said he had been working hard on at the gym.

I told him I hoped he was working on his brain as well and tried to salvage the joy of my morning ferry ride from Shelter Island, looking forward to arriving at work to go into my headphone-and-Mac writing escape world. Funny, the playlist shuffle just chose a song that he burned on a CD for me, back when we were dating, “They Got Nothing on You, Baby.” Oh, there were some good times.

Now it is starting to make sense why I’m excited about my evening’s Valentine’s Day plan of attending the Sag Harbor Village Board meeting and then writing about it. This plan is reliable and consistent, like my dad.

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Blasts from the Past…Shelter Island Coverage for North Fork Patch

While updating my #resume, I did a search of my name on North Fork Patch and enjoyed some of the photographs I took and stories I wrote about Shelter Island, NY. Maybe you will too.   http://northfork.patch.com/search?keywords=carrie+ann+salvi

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Florida Wildlife and a Hippo Too

I thoroughly enjoyed a walk through Florida’s Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park last weekend.  A large variety of beings are rehabilitated there and the viewing begins and ends with a serene boat ride and great hospitality. An entry fee funds the state park, and it is well worth the $15 admission for adults. Due to heavy rain upon my arrival, I was equipped only with my Iphone, but I will return with a zoom lens for sure, to capture the two black bears and cougar that I missed.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend’s walk through Florida’s Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.  A large variety of beings are rehabilitated there and the viewing begins and ends with a serene boat ride and great hospitality. An entry fee funds the state park, and it is well worth the $15 admission for adults. Due to rain upon my arrival, I was equipped only with my Iphone, but I will return with a zoom lens for sure, to capture the two black bear and cougar that I missed.

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Video…Voice of an #Unemployed #Haitian #Homeless Woman I Met in #NYC

I met Marie Nadine Pierre on the streets of #NewYorkCity while bringing gifts to those in need on behalf of #OperationSantaClaus. She appears to be a highly educated and qualified job applicant. A photograph of her scaled-down resume is below. (It looked immaculate when it was presented from a folder before it was folded up in my purse). Her last words to me were, “I just want to get off the streets.” The address belongs to a women’s shelter in Brooklyn. Thoughts are welcomed below. 

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AFTEE’s Nile Rodgers Vineyard Dance Party Raised $50K for Charities

Here’s a slideshow from the sold-out event at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island that featured Nile Rodgers and Chic along with special guests AVICII and Adam Lambert. All For The East End recently announced that the concert raised over $50,000 to be dispersed to not-for-profit organizations in Long Island’s East End towns.

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$5,000 went to WPPB Radio, the founding non-profit organizing entity. Additional funds are expected to be raised in the coming weeks through an auction of guitars signed by the concert performers and by Roger Waters, Sting, and Nile Rodgers.

The LICF expects to begin accepting grant applications from not-for-profits in the five East End towns in the first quarter of 2014.

 

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More Florida treasure seeking

I took a Christmas week ride with a Florida friend to the country, near Ocala. We visited with horses and also explored The Villages, planned communities that offer nightly live entertainment and an abundance of decorated golf carts.

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