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March 5-9, 1997
A Trip to Florida


As we have done for some years now, Fred and I took an early Spring trip down to Fort Lauderdale. Fred wanted to take three days and a weekend off, so we left on Tuesday evening, getting into Fort Lauderdale late at night, rented a car and drove over to the condominium. We planned to stay through Sunday, getting back to Dallas in the evening. The flight was nice, as usual, and the condo was in good order when we arrived. It was too late to check in with Ty and Scott, so we just hit the hay.


Our First Visit to Ty and Scott

Ty and Scott have lived in a few places here since I've been coming down to visit them; at the moment, they are in a highrise building on the barrier island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

The next day, we had breakfast at the Floridian, and then decided that we would have a nice walk over to the condo that Ty and Scott have on Birchcrest Road on the east side of the Intracoastal waterway. So we walked from the condo up a block to Las Olas and then turned east. After about a half-mile, we cross a small bridge over the first of many canals that have been built to create an area of artificial islands and waterways. This first bridge leaves the area that is actually the mainland, and so the contour of this first waterway (#1 on the map below) follows the natural shoreline on the west and the first of the artificial isles on the east.

From this first bridge all the way to the Intracoastal Waterway, this area of Fort Lauderdale is comprised of these artificial islands. Most folks refer to the area as Las Olas Isles, although there are (as you can see from the map at left) actually four different neighborhoods. You can also see that the islands are connected to Las Olas Boulevard or to each other with a series of low bridges.

One set of islands run from Las Olas Boulevard to the north; these are the Nurmi Isles. These islands have a mixture of homes on them. There are some quite large, single-family homes, but also older apartments and some mid-rise condominium buildings. It is an eclectic neighborhood. East of the Nurmi Isles are some islands whose orientation is east west, and all seven of these islands are reached from a single bridge from Las Olas Boulevard. This neighborhood is, appropriately, called Seven Isles, and is exclusively single-family homes. All of them are very upscale, with those at the eastern end of each island, bordering on the Intracoastal Waterway almost mini-estates. On the south side of Las Olas from Seven Isles is a neighborhood called Idlewyld, part of which also borders the Intracoastal Waterway. The homes along the waterway are uniformly huge, multi-million-dollar structures, although towards the interior of the neighborhood are more modest, yet still very expensive homes, and even a couple of high-rise condos near Las Olas Boulevard. The largest and most expensive homes not actually on the Intracoastal Waterway are in Las Olas Isles, the area to the south of Las Olas Boulevard, across from Nurmi Isles. The south end of each of the islands actually fronts on the New River. Most of the homes here would be a couple of million dollars and up, with the homes at the river end of the islands being three or four times that much. A few years ago, I was jogging down one of these islands, and found a vacant lot at the south end of one of them that was marked for sale. Out of curiosity, I called the Realtor and found that the bare lot was $2 million. (I can only imagine, then, what that same lot, with a big house on it, would cost as I write this in 2015!)

As you can see, there is a canal between each pair of islands, which allows the residents on both sides of the street that usually runs right down the middle of each island to have water access at the rear of the property. These canals vary in width, up to about a hundred feet wide- wide enough so that even quite large yachts can be parallel parked along both sides of each canal, and still leave enough room for them to get in and out from the Intracoastal Waterway- to which all of the canals connect. The area was so constructed that every single boat can get out to the Intracoastal (and from there to the ocean) without going under a fixed bridge, and so even sailboats with very tall masts will be found berthed in these canals.

It is interesting that there are many smaller boat docks as well, and these small boats can be parked in parallel. I would guess that just this small area of Fort Lauderdale is home to somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand boats of varying sizes and varying types!

The picture at right was taken from Idlewyld, at a spot along the street that fronts the Intracoastal (#2 on the map above). The view looks generally north; the swimming Hall of Fame is across the Intracoastal, and the Las Olas drawbridge is out of the picture to the upper left.

We continued our walk to Ty and Scott’s apartment, crossing the Las Olas bridge to the barrier island between the Intracoastal and the ocean. Right after you cross the Las Olas bridge, you loop around under the bridge to get on Birchcrest Road. Here by the bridge they are redoing the docks that are rented out by the city, and they are doing a nice job. There is a new little clubhouse for the people renting the docks and some new parking and landscaping. We’ve walked out on one of the docks, and in the picture below, left, you can see the Las Olas bridge, raised, behind Fred.

You can see that after we crossed, the bridge went up. It has a bridge tender, and it is raised whenever there is a boat waiting to pass under that is too tall (it is a high bridge, and all but the largest yachts and most sailboats can pass under it easily). Then we continued walking north along Birchcrest Road to the high-rise where Ty and Scott live. We didn't take any pictures in their condo, but I have clipped out an aerial view so you can see what it looks like:

We ended up having lunch with them over by the beach before we walked back to the condo.


At Riverview Gardens Condominium

Of course, when we are down here, we spend quite a bit of time in the condo and around the Riverview Gardens property. Being right on the New River, and right downtown, there is always a lot to see and do, and we always take some pictures of the boat traffic on the river. I should tell you a little bit about the condo and the area, in case this is the first Florida Trip photo album page you have visited.

Below, left, is a current (2015) aerial view of the condo complex. It is getting harder, as I work my way back in my photos, to account for the passage of time, but you will see in some of the photos coming up that things didn't look the same in 1997 as they do now. I'll point out some of these changes in a bit.

First, let me place the location of Riverview Gardens. At left is a high-level map of Fort Lauderdale. The actual downtown core is located just southwest of the intersection of Florida 842 (Broward Boulevard) and US 1 (Federal Highway). Las Olas Boulevard, the "Rodeo Drive" of Fort Lauderdale, extends from downtown all the way east to the beach. Federal Highway is three short blocks west of the condo, so you can see that we are right downtown. The New River winds through downtown (it used to be the southern border of downtown, but in recent years, development has crossed the river) and goes two or three miles to the west past Interstate 95.

Riverview Gardens, which is, of course, right on the New River, is just one block south of Las Olas; it is a prime location- right on the river, a short walk downtown or a rather longer walk, although quite doable, to the beach. In recent years, eight or ten high-rise condominiums and apartments (some reaching 40 stories, have been build west of us along the New River, and so now the river goes through a veritable canyon of buildings on its way west. About the only place we can't walk to is the area across the river from us- Rio Vista. I have a college friend who lives just three blocks directly south of me as the crow flies. The only way to get there is to go over to Federal Highway and walk through the Kinney Tunnel, which takes that road under the river- not a particularly pleasant way to go.

Now let's zero in on Riverview Gardens. At right is an aerial view; Las Olas Boulevard is out of the view one block to the north. We are actually located between SE 4th Street and the river (Las Olas could be thought of as 3rd street). Built in around 1960 as apartments, Riverview became the first condo complex right on the River in the early 1980s. The wings of the buildings enclose a lush, tropical garden with a swimming pool. Of course, the main attraction is the fact that it is right on the New River.

Our unit is at the northwest corner of the complex on the second floor, and the living room window has views of downtown and the New River as it heads west. We have an excellent view of the boat traffic on the river. The kitchen and bathroom windows look north over to Las Olas. As it happens, the parking space that came with my unit is also visible directly out the big picture window. Grant chose well when he got this unit. It has an even better river view that the units that face the river; their view is compromised by the wall that runs around the walkway outside, while we look right over it, being on the second floor.

We have been able to watch the development of downtown and the rise of the condos built along the river, and if you take a look at the album pages for our Florida trips in the years following this one, you'll be able to do the same.

For now, here are some of the pictures we took around the condo on this trip. Click on any of the thumbnails to see the full-size picture:

Some boat traffic on the New River. We spent some time visiting Ty and Scott this afternoon, and made plans to meet for dinner at Acapulco Lindo, our favorite Mexican restaurant. Fred and I went to the beach for a while, and then to Holiday Park to do a bit of jogging. We returned to the condo, and, before we left for dinner, were able to get this shot of some boat traffic on the river right by the condo. We had a nice dinner with Ty and Scott, and then, later, went out for a while.

Fred and I dockside at the condo; another nice feature of this complex is the long dock- a very nice place to sit and have a drink and watch the boats go by. This picture was taken on Friday- a beautiful day. We had a bit of breakfast in the condo, and for our first outing decided to walk up the new Riverwalk towards the Performing Arts Center; you'll see some pictures from that walk below. Just as we were leaving the condo, we heard the whistle of the Jungle Queen, probably the most familiar sight on the River. From the first days that Grant and I had the condo, the Jungle Queen has been a fixture, going up and down the river three or four times a day. As we are at a bend in the river, the boat always toots her horn, and that sound and the sight of the boat have not changed in almost ten years. The people on the boat, almost exclusively tourists, always wave as they go by.

This view looks upriver from the condo, and you can see the Jungle Queen rounding the bend as it heads on up the New River. I have ridden it a couple of times (everyone should do it at least once). It goes all the way up to a marina on the west side of I-95, where on most trips it turns around and comes back down the river to its dock over on the Intracoastal. On its evening trip, which is billed a a dinner cruise, it goes up to an area a bit further west where riders get off at a little island where they have dinner and watch alligator wrestling (at least I think they still have the wrestling).

Here is Fred beside the New River at the condo in Fort Lauderdale. The Jungle Queen is out of view, now, and some other boat traffic has taken its place. That’s a great thing about the condo; there are always boats going up and down the river, so there is always something to watch.

This is me on the balcony just out the front door of the condo. There is a walkway that runs all around the building, and most unit doors open out onto it. This view looks northwest towards downtown Fort Lauderdale. Since I have owned the condo, there have been a number of new buildings put up, but Ty tells me that the construction is really beginning in earnest, and that in the next few years, there are lots of renovations of old buildings and large new ones in the works. He tells me that the Riverside Hotel, the seven-story white building that you can see midway between me and the left edge of the picture, has announced that they will be expanding the building significantly in about three years’ time, and they are having some sort of audition of various design ideas for the new hotel. The Riverwalk is also undergoing massive expansion, and a new shopping complex will be going up right on the river, across from Shirttail Charlie’s. I am certainly in a prime location, as residents can walk to anywhere. If only the Association would allow seasonal rentals, I could make a killing.

Here I am dockside at the condo. This shot looks downriver towards the Intracoastal Waterway. We have four dock slips here (not “slips,” actually), and they are always spoken for. I had one myself some years ago when I still had the small boat that Grant and I got.


On the Riverwalk

Fort Lauderdale has just begun work on what will be called the Riverwalk. City planners have figured out that there will be a lot of new downtown living in the coming years, and want to begin now working on an attraction to bring people downtown to visit and to live. Right now, the only part of the Riverwalk that is close to ready is a small section near the recently-opened Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at a bend in the river west of downtown. Also near that bend is a small park and the Science Museum and IMAX theatre. I would like to have shown you an aerial view of the Riverwalk as it existed in 1997 (remember, I am creating these web pages in 2015), but obviously, Google Maps has current aerial views only. So on the aerial view below, which is from 2015, I'll mark the section of the Riverwalk that is done, and try to mark also the buildings that don't exist yet:

In the view above, that's US 1 (Federal Highway) at the extreme right, and the condo is three blocks east of that. Federal highway goes under the river at that point. I might point out that this particular aerial view (found at Bing Maps) seems to be circa 2012, for there are a few more highrises that have been completed in the last few years that don't appear on the map. (Another one, the Icon Las Olas, is currently going up in the marked spot.)

We walked along Las Olas, past the place where the Icon Las Olas is supposed to be (a Sales Center is on the site, but there is a court case ongoing brought by the Stranahan House which has delayed the actual construction), and then around by the river. We passed the site where a new entertainment complex, Riverfront Center and up to an area known as "Old Fort Lauderdale" that has some of the original houses from the turn of the century. Beyond that is River Bend where the Riverwalk has been completed. Here are the pictures we took up there; again just click on the thumbnail to see the full-size picture:

This is the Jungle Queen and some other boats negotiating the New River at River Bend. On our walk over here, we could see that when it is completed the Riverwalk will be a major attraction for the area, and will undoubtedly engender a lot of commercial expansion next to the river, becoming something like the San Antonio Riverwalk is there. Here at the Arts Center (the barrel-vaulted building in the background), the river makes a sharp left turn to go under the Third Avenue Bridge, and boats often have to be careful at the turn.

Here is the Jungle Queen at River Bend. This new walkway area by the river is part of the new development of the Riverwalk itself. The Science Museum and IMAX theatre are behind us, and Shirttail Charlie’s is across the river behind the Jungle Queen. We decided to stop in to the Museum and look at the current IMAX film which, I think, was about Mt. Everest.

After the movie and our walk, we returned to the condo in time to get yet another shot of the Jungle Queen, this time heading back downriver to its berth at Bahia Mar Marina down on the Intracoastal. This evening, I’m cooking dinner for Ty and Scott at the condo. When we saw them on Wednesday, Ty and Scott had been hinting that they had something new, and I could tell that they meant a new boat (they go through boats like many people go through cars). They invited us for an outing on it the next day (Saturday).


An Outing on Ty and Scott's Boat

Ty and Scott's new boat, the Lady Bug, is docked behind an apartment building just off Las Olas at the northwest corner of the area of artificial islands called Idlewyld, and so we drove the car over there to meet them. From there, they took us on a trip up the New River, past the condo, through downtown and way past River Bend. Here is the route we covered:

Ty and Scott have their boat docked behind a small guesthouse on the first of the finger islands you reach after you cross the small bridge past the Floridian on Las Olas heading towards the beach. To get out to open water, they just go to the left down the canal to reach the New River. The boat seems to be a very nice one. It is smaller than some they’ve had, but they find it quite comfortable, they say. They don’t live on it, though; it’s not quite big enough.

I'm standing on the dock while Scott and Ty are getting the boat ready for us to board. They are meticulous boaters, not the yahoos you usually see on Texas lakes. They are very precise about the preparations they go through whenever they take their boat out, and that’s good. They really take care of things, and almost always improve them. They’ve bought and sold numerous boats and dwellings, and have yet to lose money on any of them. Unfortunately, you see many examples around Fort Lauderdale of people who let things go downhill. Grant and Ty were soulmates in this respect.

Once we got on board, we headed off down the canal to the New River, and then headed upriver. The boat is very, very nice. It has a large stateroom below, a good-sized head, and comfortable seating all around. Ty and Scott are taking very good care of it, and Fred and I are enjoying their hospitality. Click on the thumbnails below to see a couple of pictures we took starting out:

Scott and Ty are proud of their new acquisition, and with good reason. They’ve always enjoyed boating, and I am glad to see them able to indulge themselves again. We continued up the New River towards downtown. The river is quite wide down by the Intracoastal, but it narrows rapidly to the first bend in the Waterway, which is actually the start of the river proper. Ty and Scott dock their boat less than a mile from where my condo is.

We continued upriver, eventually going past Riverview Gardens Condominium. I had to wait a bit on our way past the condo to get the entire building in the picture. My own unit is on the second floor, exactly at the bottom right corner of the blue, starred portion of the American flag. The first windows are those in the living room, then, to the right of that, the window by the door and the door itself. It is rare that I get to see the condo from this vantage point, not having a boat of my own anymore. You can see the dock where we take many of our pictures.

Click on the thumbnails below for a couple of views along the river between Riverview Gardens and downtown:

Almost to the Performing Arts Center now, we are passing the Chart House Restaurant. When the Riverwalk is completed, there will be a broad walkway right by the restaurant (which I imagine will increase their business). We have never eaten here, although we might splurge sometime and do so. More often, we eat at Shirttail Charlie’s, which is right behind me. We'll have a look at that restaurant as we come back downriver.

We continued up the New River to a point where it branches into the North and South forks. The north fork goes into an area of homes and narrow canals, while it is the south fork the is the main river channel; that's the route we took.

As we continue upriver towards River Reach, that bay I talked about underneath I-95, we pass one canal after another, all of them lined with boats. Some of the boats belong the people whose houses line the canals, but a surprising number of these homeowners do not themselves have boats, so they rent out the dock space to actual boat owners, making quite a bit of money in the process. All they have to do is allow the owner access to his boat, typically through their side yard or some other way. That’s what Ty and Scott are doing when they dock at the guesthouse- they just walk from the street where they park their car, through the guesthouse property and by the pool, to their dock.

On this canal, Fred was particularly interested in the older wooden boat. You don’t see many of these any more, but they are very, very classy. It’s the kind of boat Grant would have liked had he been able to afford one. That boat is probably thirty or forty years old, and has been very, very well kept up. We continued upriver for a while, just looking at the scenery, and then turned around at the Dania Boulevard Bridge to head back downstream.

As we came back down river and went around River Bend, we got a good view of the Fort Lauderdale Science Museum and Blockbuster IMAX Theater. In that last view, the Performing Arts Center was to the left out of the picture. We’ve been to this museum a number of times, and always enjoy the new IMAX movies we see here. Now we make a right turn to continue down river.

As we passed Old Fort Lauderdale, Fred saw this bride getting off the water taxi. We could not quite make out all that was going on, but it looked as if someone was waiting for her and, in this shot, that someone is taking her picture. Whether it was for some commercial purpose or whether she was actually getting married this afternoon, we couldn’t say. I tend to the former, as I think if it had been an actual wedding, there would have been lots more people around and it would have been fairly obvious. Anyway, it was certainly an interesting picture leading to interesting speculation.

Pretty soon, we could see one of the two downtown bridges across the river- the 3rd Avenue bridge. The other carries Andrews Avenue over the river, and is actually the first of the two you go under going downriver. Both of these bridges go up and down on a set schedule on weekdays, and on an as needed basis on weekends. Contrast this with the Las Olas Bridge, for example, which only opens when it needs to allow a boat too tall to go under it. I think these two open every half hour or so on weekdays. From this point on up the river, there are few commercial establishments, except for the boatyards far up the river near I-95.

When you near the Andrews Avenue bridge, you will find Shirttail Charlie's off to your right. This is one of our favorite spots for lunch, and is a twenty-minute walk from the condo. Shirttail Charlie’s has been here for many years; there is a casual dockside restaurant, a more formal upstairs indoor restaurant, a small marina, and a boat storage facility. When I had my boat, I kept it here- dry and out of the water. When you want to use your boat, you just call ahead and they take it down out of storage and set it in the water. Very convenient, though it costs money. At least you don’t have to clean the bottom of the boat so often. We come here frequently at lunchtime for the great burgers. Lots of people also dock here temporarily while they, themselves, have lunch.

Here are two more pictures taken on our way down the river. The first is an apartment building, some yachts and some bougainvillea just up the New River from my condo in Fort Lauderdale. The second is a view looking back at Riverview Gardens just after we have passed it going downriver:

Our boat ride came to an end when we motored up the canal on which Ty and Scott keep their boat. That picture was taken as we approached their dock, and looks back towards the river. Ty and Scott certainly have a picturesque setting for keeping their boat. It has gotten late now, and we’ve made plans to meet Ty and Scott a bit later for cocktails and dinner- probably at Peter Pan, one of our favorite restaurants here.


A Walk in the Park

One morning while we were here, I took Fred over to Colee Hammock Park. There are some nice views from there, and I wanted him to have a look.

We could easily have walked, but since there were other things we wanted to do the same day, we took the car over from the condo. The park is about a mile away, but since there is a canal in the way, we had to go along SE 4th Street up to Las Olas, across a bridge, and then down the first street that runs diagonally southeast directly to the park.

We parked the car right across from the park, just in front of a new building, and then walked across into the park and down to the water's edge. I am not sure if the building behind me was a condominium or something else, but I am pretty sure it was not a hotel of any kind as there would have been signs. But Fred liked the architecture of the building and the contrasting colors.

In the picture at right (taken with Fred's camera on the tripod we'd brought along), we are standing at the water's edge, and the view looks southeast towards the Intracoastal Waterway. It is just past Colee Hammock Park that the New River opens up as you head east, and becomes less of a river and more an extension of the Intracoastal. A "hammock," incidentally, ia "a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil".

On this little outing, Fred found some plants and wildlife to photograph; click on the thumbnails below to see some of the pictures that he took (a bird-of-paradise, an ixora and a lizard):


A Outing to the Beach

One of the main attractions of Fort Lauderdale is, of course, the beach. We made a couple of trips over there, including one on Sunday afternoon. We took the backgammon game and sat on the sea wall at the Sebastian Street beach (about a half mile north of where Las Olas dead-ends into A1A, the road along the shore) playing and watching the passersby. It’s kind of cool, today, and that’s why there aren’t many people out on the beach- plus it was quite windy. Anyway, we are just enjoying the scenery and wishing that we didn’t have to go home. Here are pictures of each of us here at the beach:


A Walk Around our Neighborhood

On our last day here, in addition to going over to the beach, we just took a walk around our neighborhood and along Las Olas Boulevard. The pictures we took today were fairly random, but I want to include some of them here.

Today is our last day here. We were out late last night, so slept in a bit, and now are heading off to the Floridian for some lunch. Ty and Scott are on some real estate appointments, so we won’t see them until later today. The space enclosed between our buildings at Riverview Gardens is a lush tropical garden, and we walked through it on the way up to Las Olas. There used to be balconies on all these apartments, but most of the owners have enclosed them to add more real living space to their apartments. There is a pool in this inner courtyard as well. I took one picture of Fred in the courtyard.

From Riverview Gardens, we walked across the parking lot and the open area where the water taxi stops to the house next door. I am pretty sure it is no longer a private home, for we have seen all kinds of parties going on there, from weddings to fundraisers to corporate dinners and so on, so we think it is now a rented venue. Fred liked the look that they’d achieved for the entry to their garden.

From the venue next door, we headed west along SE 4th Street. A block down, it makes a turn to the north to meet up with Las Olas Boulevard. At that turn, there is the entrance to a small gated community of three or four luxurious homes that all have river frontage.

As we walked towards the beach and the Floridian along Las Olas, we cross this bridge over a small canal. To the right there is a boat chandler where they do some minor repairs. It is an old building and has been there forever. There are always lots of boats parked there. Small boats can go under the bridge to the left in the picture and into the Victoria Park area. The combination of the flowers and the palms made a nice shot. To the right, the canal connects with the New River, and the boats you see here, while they cannot get under the bridge Fred is standing on, can turn and head out to the Intracoastal and the ocean.

Here are clickable thumbnails for a couple of additional pictures we took here on this bridge, including one of me that looks back west along Las Olas towards downtown Fort Lauderdale. Las Olas is usually very busy, but it’s early and the season is changing, with a few of the winter residents having already left:

I can't resist point out that just a couple of years after these pictures were taken, the chandlery was demolished and a new building put on the spot. It was a mixed-use complex with some commercial space on the ground floor and townhouse-type residences above; there was also an underground parking area. So now, where the chandlery was is a very upscale Asian restaurant called Bao, and it has patio dining upstairs and at water level. Most of those boats are no longer docked where you see them.

As we continued walking east to the Floridian, we pass an open area to our right, which lies in the triangle formed by Las Olas and the street that angles off southeast. Why nothing has been built here, I am not sure, but a nearby church has its marker here, and there are some beautiful plantings. The palm trees must not have been there very long, as they are still staked. Palms have very shallow roots, and, until they are well-established, must be supported when they are planted. This is also why hurricanes do such damage to them. You’d think they would have evolved deeper and stronger root systems over time. The park we were at a couple of days ago is down the street to the right.

After our lunch at the Floridian, we walked back down Las Olas towards the condo, but this time went all the way down to US 1 and then back. At the corner of SE 9th Avenue and Las Olas (SE 9th is the north-south street just to the west of Riverview Gardens) a new building was put up recently, and between it and the commercial space to the west they put in a nice walkway that has some fountains.

This is the first time we’ve walked through the passageway beside it that leads from Las Olas alongside this building to the parking lots that are across the street from us. They have done quite a nice job with the marble sculptures and water features.

There is a beautiful set of wrought iron and wood doors at both ends of the passage, but they are rarely closed. I wanted to get a good picture of them, so I closed the ones at the end of the passage nearest the parking lots and then had Fred pose there.

Along the west wall of the passage are five fountains, each with its own seahorse sculpture and each lit at night with a different color. They are quite nice and the water sound very restful. By the parking area there was an interesting pineapple sculpture; Fred likes all manner of concrete sculptures, and has been acquiring a few for use at his house. And right by the parking area there was a very pretty cycad- a female plant, I think, with the cone still developing. I’ve always thought these plants were very pretty, and I understand that they are throwbacks to prehistoric ones. Here are clickable thumbnails for our pictures of some of these features of this very pretty passageway:

We’ve come to the end of yet another fun trip, but one that was all too short. Ty and Scott came by to see us off, and we left for the airport about six for our 7PM departure for Dallas. I think that Fred wonders continually whether, when I retire, I will move down here and leave him by himself in Dallas. That won’t happen, I don’t think, but it would be nice to spend much more time down here than we do.

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