Monthly Archives: March 2015

Record packing time!

We packed up to move from Pensacola to Gulfport, MS this morning. 

We decided to time ourselves this time for future reference. 

It took only 1 hour and 20 minutes to totally pack, clean up the house and drive away.  Awesome!!!!!!

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Pensacola has been good to us

So, we have a couple more days left here in Pensacola, Florida in the Lillian Highway house.  While the house needs some work, it has been a good stay.  We were able to have our long time friends come and stay for a few days.  We also got our license plates and drivers licenses done.

We’ve also had the opportunity to sight see and hit the beach a little.  The weather has been on the cold side for many of the days here.

We continue to learn what works and what doesn’t work with a mobile lifestyle.  One of the big changes we made while here is to trade in the jeep on a more travel friendly vehicle.  We’re both looking forward to traveling in a quite vehicle.  We both loved having the Jeep, but a soft top Jeep is just not fun on a long interstate drive.  The new vehicle also gives us more room.

So, that’s it for now.  We both have talked about needing to post more.  Hopefully we can do better with that.

Brodie

Pensacola: site of 1698 settlement near Fort B...

Pensacola: site of 1698 settlement near Fort Barrancas is marked “X” (above left end of Santa Rosa Island) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Time for an overdue update

Ok, I now need to admit that I have sucked recently at keeping this blog updated.  We’re still living the nomadic lifestyle.  There just hasn’t been much to say.

As of today we are officially Floridians.  I highly suggest making an appointment with the DMV for licenses and plates. It’s much easier that way.  Jodi got the appointment made and we went this morning and were out in less than an our with everything done.

We do have to wait a few more days to get vehicle plates.  Last weekend we decided after much debate that the Jeep Wrangler was not cutting it as a travel vehicle.  It’s a soft top and lacking some room.  So, we drove quite a ways to the nearest Carmax and traded it in.  That being said, the electronic paperwork had not made it into the DMV system yet.

The house we’re in is very comfortable.  We can tell it’s a fixer upper that is not completely fixer upd yet.  But, the interior finishes are nice and comfortable.  One of the downsides of this place is its location.  It’s outside of town on a highway.  So there are no walking areas and no where to walk to if you could.  But, on the positive side it has a very large yard, so getting the dogs a workout is easy.  P.S. the old portly beagle doesn’t really work out so much as find different sections of real estate to occupy.

Ok, that should bring everyone up to speed.  I’m going to do my best to get back on our regular blog schedule because I know that all of you hang on my every word.

Later Dudes.

Brodie

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Double fail at the Florida license branch

We finally headed to the license branch in Pensacola today to get our new drivers licenses and plates.  Jodi had tried to make an appointment online, but it wouldn’t work.  So we thought, how hard can it be?

We gathered up everything we thought we’d need and headed out.  We finally found the office we were looking for and found out that without an appointment we could only do our licenses.  But, even though we had every piece of identification we could think of, we were still missing one.

So, the gentleman at the giant desk said there is another branch a few miles away that doesn’t require appointments, but we would still need one more thing.  Minor setback we thought.  We drove back to the house, grabbed the last missing piece of paperwork and then drove to the other branch.

I guess nobody else in Florida had an appointment either because the line at this branch was out the door.  Ummm, no.  We also learned that as new residents, we also get to pay $400.00 for the privilege of paying for plates.  Yay.

So, we’re back to the drawing board.  I tried to get online to make an appointment, but the website just kept sending me in an endless loop which never made it to the “your appointment is confirmed part”.  Suck I say!  It was not an impressive trip to the pay me to pay me office.

Brodie

Official seal of Pensacola, Florida

Official seal of Pensacola, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Wave From It All -VRBO #661719 -Perdito Key, FL

Here is our first vacation home rental review. I know, it’s taken forever but I HAVE A JOB! Jeesh!

This is VRBO #661719 and is 3 BR/2 BA. This is the perfect little house for a family of 4-5, a girls weekend, or a couple’s weekend.

CLICK HERE for video of exterior

The house is just 5 houses from the water and right around the corner from a great boat launch and pier. Make sure to visit Hub Stacy’s for a great casual dining experience right on the water.

The house is decorated in cheery beach colors and casual furnishings. DOG FRIENDLY!! So friendly that the owners provided treats for our fur babies.

The home has 4 full size beds. This can be a bit of a challenge for a couple with 2 bed sleeping doggies. But, we slept in the large room with 2 double beds and it worked just fine.

The kitchen is simple but clean. We had everything we needed plus coffee and popcorn that was provided by the owner.

If you want a funky beach cottage, here ha go! This would be great for a week or a long weekend. This is not one of our long-term stay locations.

-Jodi

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Back to rain this week

Well, it looks like the nice weather yesterday was as good as it gets for a while.  Looking at the weather, and out the window, this morning it appears that we’re back to clouds and rain.  I’m not really complaining, just more of an observation.  On the bright side, it’s no longer 30 degrees in areas where it should be at least 50.

I would like to see just a bit more sun though, my brain works better.  It’ll be a good week for us to do some exciting things like go get our new drivers licenses and plates.  Ugh.

Rain, Rainy weather

Rain, Rainy weather (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pensacola Dog Beach

It’s a beautiful day in Pensacola, Florida so we decided to take the dogs to a dog beach.  Or at least a section of the beach that was designated for dogs.

We found what we were looking for, but it wasn’t the optimal place for dogs.  It was a very small section of the beach that was for dogs.  There were several people and dogs in the small space.  Unfortunately, the meaning of dog beach was different for several of the visitors.  About half of the people were there playing with their dogs.  Letting them run in the sand and water, etc.  Cool.

But, there were an equal number of people that took ‘dog beach’ to mean that it was for people, but you could bring a dog along and make them lay by you in the sand on a leash.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t found many younger dogs that are into getting a tan.  Most want to run.  As they should.

So, the dynamic at the dog beach seemed to be playing dogs that were driving the tied up dogs nuts and annoying the owners of said tied up dogs.  Oh well, we’ll try again on another day.  A sunny Sunday afternoon was probably not the best time to try out the dog beach.  It may be a better option during the week.

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I love being near military bases!

On two of our stays so far we’ve been near military bases.  The first was Parris Island and now we’re near Pensacola Naval Air base.  I don’t want to reenlist at this age, but I still feel at home around the bases and the service members.

Today, I found yet another reason to love it.  Barbershops.  I had forgotten what it was like to get a haircut from a barber that does thousands of them.  Jodi usually cuts my hair, but she’s out of town this week.  Plus, I can’t find our clippers.  Anyways, on the rare occasions that I have to go to a chain barber it takes me a while to explain how to cut my hair and then it usually ends up short of expectations.

But, not at a barber that deals with the military.  I barely have to say a word.  High fade, #2 or #3 on top, leave some bangs and skin tight at the bottom.  Done and done.  The barber I went to today in Pensacola even used hot shaving cream and a bic razor all around.  Fantastic!

As always, I find places using Yelp.  The reviews are often a life saver.  Don’t forget to check in and leave your own reviews.

Brodie

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Love notes for your vacation renters

As we’ve traveled from one vacation rental to another, there is at least one thing that’s been missing each time.  It’s operating instructions for the house.

Electronics of all types are common place in most homes now.  From the cable box to the remotes to thermostats that may be Transformers in disguise.  The controls are complex to say the least.  We’re actually pretty good with gadgets.  But, I don’t always want to have to learn how the house is engineered in order to function.

Most vacation renters are not staying in one place as we are and therefore they don’t want to waste vacation time trying to learn how to turn on the TV.  So, here are a few things that you as a vacation home owner can do to help your renters and garner that all important positive feedback.

1. Print out instructions for the T.V. remotes.  There is rarely just one remote for a T.V. system anymore.  Many have one for the T.V., one for the cable box, one for the sound, dvd player, etc.  That’s a lot of remotes!  I’m pretty tech savvy and I still find myself staring at the pile of remotes like a monkey with a laptop.

2. How do I run the sound?  I’ve noticed many owners like to put in a sound system of some sort.  That’s cool.  But, how do I turn it up or down?  You don’t have to explain every function.  Just let me know how to adjust the volume and turn it on.

3. How do I operate your fancy thermostat?  Thermostats are a whole new world.  Digital, programmable, save the whale settings and so forth.  Same as above, how do I make it do things?

4. It’s dark, please help me.  In the newer houses, this is what I see: groups of light switches on every wall and I have no clue what they do.  What we end up doing is flipping on a switch and then running around to see what happened.  Put a small label on them.  You’ll probably save on electricity and your renter will save time and frustration.

5. Should I just throw matches at the fireplace?  As I type this post I’m looking at a gas log fireplace in the living room.  I see no gas key, starter button or switch.  Do I just throw matches at it until something catches fire?

These are just a few items and I’m being kind of sarcastic just for humors sake.  Most of the above listed items are things that we figure out as we go.  But, I would be more annoyed if I only had one week of vacation time and a part of it was spent learning the engineering specs on your home electronics.

So, go get some paper and post it notes and make your rental user friendly.  Everybody will be happier.

English: Flight controllers in the space shutt...

English: Flight controllers in the space shuttle flight control room in the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center watch the big screens during the landing of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128) at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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