BYE, BYE, FLORIDA...by b. Malin

ON THE ROAD AGAIN...

I just hate to get on the road again...Homeward bound...Monday morning... Or this morning, depending upon when you are reading my Hub. I'll be traveling for a few days, leaving my beloved Florida, and all those fun filled memories of the last few months. I'm going to miss the "Condo with the View". Which now looks all Shiny and New...Lots of "Blood, (we cut outselves a few times) Sweat (yeah, I'm admitting to that one) and Tears...Some Happy Tears... And some, ready to KILL EACH OTHER TEARS"...But in the end, making up, and making Love...Going to the Pool at night for a swim, because we can...and feeling oh so Proud of all that we've accomplished. And Now I'd like to share a Laugh or two...

A few days ago, Lover Man says to me, "Hey, it's Wednesday...It's Spaghetti night at Venezia". We have just finished another project, and I hadn't even thought about dinner until that moment. Now I have to tell you, "Venezia's" is not just another Italitan Restaurant. Oh no, It is run by a "Family". There is the Wife, who is this Buxom young woman, with Curves all over... and long, flowing, streaked hair...and this Wonderful thick Italian accent. She doubles as the Hostess, as well as the Waitress. You are greeted by her in a "Polite" or "Extremely Friendly" or "Huggs and Kisses" fashion. I guess it depends on how many times you have been there. We, having been there only twice, so we are greeted Politely. However we do get her leaning on the table as she takes our order, then hands on hips, and then a snap of the finger to "Momma" to fill our water glasses. You feel like you are part of a Woody Allen Movie...Where's the Camera? Better yet, where's Woody?

"Momma" comes scurrying over quickly and fills our glasses. "Momma, she says, bring the Hot Garlic rolls". Momma, runs off...Momma, never Walks she Runs. Our Sultry Waitress, bends low to our table and says, "Momma, comes from Greece, she is a relative on my husband's side of the family"...after telling us this, she seems to snort, with distain...and then goes on. "We are family, we try to help her...she knows No English". Now Momma is back with the rolls, and then off she runs. "She's like a little Greek Road Runner" I say to Lover Man when the waitress has finally left our table. A few minutes later, a frustrated man at another table say's to the waitress, how do I get her attention" he say's, pointing in "Momma" direction. She just keeps running by. I'd like some Wine". The waitress eyes him for a moment before moving those hips over to his table. And once again we hear her tell the tale of Momma. And as I listen, and watch Momma, I find myself starting to LAUGH...She's so cute. One of the women at this man's table decides to try to talk to Momma in Italian. "She's GREEK", the waitress say in a Tone that implies, Don't be Stupid, she can't understand you... pay attention to Me, I'm the Star! The woman smiles, but you can tell she feels embarrased. But not the waitress, this is her Show and she knows it. As once again, Momma is running by.

We are served our food, and it is mouth wateringly GOOD. The waitress' husband is the Chef. We are to learn that they have two children. Momma, has two sons, whom the family will also send for. The Sons want to become "Chiropractors". The waitress rolls the words in her thick accent "CHIROPRACTORS... We will make room for them, she sighs, after all that's what families do...Right"? "Right" Lover Man and I say in unison. "Dessert"? she says leaning low on the table and showing off her full cleveage. We both shake our heads and say, we are full...and how delicious everything was. She stands up and smiles. "I like you two...you come back again soon". Before we can reply she is off to greet "Regulars" who are getting Huggs, and Kisses...the full Treatment!

So, I'm going to miss this Restaurant, and The Beach, which we've only been to once, but of course there's always next season... I also going to miss Friends, old ones, and new ones, we've made. And I miss you guys, my "Hub Writer Friends". But I'll be back on line in a few days...And so, I'm on the Road Again... back to the Jersey Shore.

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love your observations of life, b. Malin! You've written such a vivid and interesting description of the people in the restaurant, and your hub was very enjoyable to read. I hope that you and Lover Man have a great trip back to New Jersey.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I like the sounds of Momma. I am not so sure about the waitress/hostess. She sounds a little too impressed with herself. I am glad you found a good restaurant. We don't have an Italian restaurant here. 4 Mexican, 3 Chinese and numerous steak houses though. I love Italian, but my husband does not.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Hi b! a fun read. felt like I was there. Have a good trip home and make sure momma isn't in the car!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I keep humming in my head, 'On the road again' Another funny night out. I could see all the activity, Hilarious!


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

b, great story. i like the hostess myself. a fine curvy busty italian woman always turns me on. i think it's from my "Sofia Loren" days, oh, oh, giving away my true age now.! lol .

but i must say she was a true bombshell. Booooom.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Welcome home !


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Hostess with the mostess sounds like she is "on" all the time. Fun story to read!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are a wonderful talent my friend and now I must go to that restaurant and see the waitress and the Greek Road Runner....great read! Have a safe trip!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

What are the directions to this fine dining establishment?

Heading back to Jersey? My sympathies...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

AAZ, don't hate... there are some kewl special effects in Jersey... just sayin...!

b Malin-- FL isn't going anywhere and Momma probably isn't either! Welcome back to NJ!

This was a FAB read, Up too...! Hugs, Maria


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful read. Take care driving home to Jersey.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You must not say good-bye to Florida when you leave, b. You must say, 'Hasta la vista.' Till we meet again. No one can ever really leave Florida. It's a something to do with sand in the shoes thing.

That Italian restaurant sounds delightful - authentic and delicious all at the same time.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Have a great trip, and what a fine Hub!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I so enjoyed reading this, just love your descriptions of the characters in the restaurant. Not many could have made this story so hilarious, you have a knack for turning the mundane into a humerous story.

Have a good trip home.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a great fun read, I felt I was in the restaurant with you, I could picture Momma clearly running around and could even see that cleveage!

Take care, safe trip and best wishes to you and Lover man!

Lesley


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I so loved your description of the people and atmosphere at Venezia's and I had a good laugh, especially when it turned out momma couldn't speak Italian because she came from Greece.

Could just see the curvy waitress greeting patrons. I'm sure my hubby would want to be a regular!

Hope you and Lover man have a great trip home.

Voted up across the board.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello b.Malin, this was so much fun to read. Your descriptive powers are extraordinary. There are more Florida stories in your future; and ours.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

It is hard to leave all the beauty and sunshine of Florida, but with the summer season beginning it is much cooler in Jersey. Enjoyed your hub.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Looking forward to seeing you back on HP soon!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Well 2 days on the road and we're back in NJ...Mixed Emotions indeed! I'm so glad you Enjoyed this Fun Restaurant we went to. Lots of Good Food, and Fun Hub reading.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky, she was the "Show" and she knew it. But you had to Love Momma... We LOVE Italian Food and this Restaurant was really Good. I'm surprised your Husband doesn't like it...there's so much to choose from.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

That's pretty Funny Arb, but you know I did check the back seat...Trip home took 2 days, we share the Driving...Boring Drive...But hey, what can you do.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, I just Hated to get on the Road Again...I know, I thought of Willie Nelson and I hummed his tune half way home! You know I can find Humor Anywhere and this Restaurant was LOADED with it!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Cleaner, So glad you Enjoyed the "Hostess with the Mostess"...I really wanted to capture her, in my Hub writings... she was really A Hot Lady, and like I said, something you'd see in a Woody Allen Movie. So if I remember Sofia Loren, am I giving my AGE away? Mmmm...


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpops...I'm Adjusting...I'm Adjusting! And Thank You!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Xstatic, I believe you're right. But I think she's a Natural...what you saw was what she was really like...Woody Allen could "cast her' for his next movie, she'd fit right in!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Billybuc, You'd love that place and the Atmosphere...as well as the Food...And Momma, she's also a "Class Act"...But she better not try to outdo the Waitress! Hey, and Thanks for the Compliments!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi A.A. You would LOVE this place... It's in N. Palm Beach. And if you're into Italian Food...well it would make for a Fun Filled Evening with Entertainment from "Momma" and of course, the "Waitress"!

Yeah, I'm back in NJ and missing Florida!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Marcoujor, You really think A.A. hates NJ...Nah, He must Know how HIGH are TAXES are! He's just being Sympathetic?

I know Momma and FL are waiting for my return! I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the read girlfriend.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Joyce, I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the read.

A 2 day trip and I'm Home once again! Thanks so much for the Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

The Sand in the Shoes, is also a Jersey thing...so now BOTH shoes are pretty full of SAND!

Drbj, I love your description of the Italian Restaurant...it is all of those things and more, because of Momma & the Waitress!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi WillStarr, I could see you making a good Western Story out of Momma, & the Waitress, sort of a "High Noon...Italian Style!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, You had to be there to totally appreciate these Wonderful people...the humor could not have been there without them! Thanks for your Complimentary Comments as well.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Movie Master, It was like a Show, being in that Restaurant with Momma & the Waitress, and Delicious Food...what more could we have asked for. I'm glad I was able to capture them in my Hub.

Thanks for your best wishes and we are now safely back in NJ again!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail, I think you were the only one that got that JOKE...about Momma.

I'm telling you, the Waitress was straight out of a Woody Allen Movie!

The Trip home, with us both taking turns at the wheel, wasn't that Bad...

Thanks so much for your Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mckbirdbks, Well more Florida stories next Season...or maybe August, if we find a Cheap Flight. I thank you Humbly, for your Wonderful Compliments!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Teaches 12345, I'll miss the Friends "Old" & "New" that we made, and of course, "the Condo with the View" that we worked so hard on to make it our own! Thanks for Enjoying my Hub.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hey Dexter, I'm Back...tired but back...See you soon!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

You poor thing! I would hate to leave all of that behind also. Even so, I would say it feels good to be home:) I miss traveling myself. I have family in Tampa and it always seemed like you never get bored down there. Always something to do. It is really hard leaving friends that you meet along the way. I feel for you. Hopefully it is just the beginning though. Enjoy home, it is where the heart is:)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric, It feels ok to be home...Still haven't quite readjusted...Lots of yard cleanup to do. And I do miss our Friends in Fl. But, I will, I will.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

This reminds me of the Italians I met up in New England. Until then, I had only had old school SW Texas style spaghetti. My Mom is from Sweetwater. It is more like bland chili on overcooked noodles. You will never find a better Tex-Mex cook than my mom, though. I never liked eggplant much. I went to their house and they served eggplant parmigiana. Oh no. I determined to be gracious and choke it down.

I couldn't believe it! So that's what Italian food is supposed to taste like. Never let the Italian grandmother know how much you enjoy her food. She will just keep making you try this and that until you are clinically stuffed. Even then, she will ride on the ambulance and try to feed you more.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Florida has Great Italian Food...Almost as GOOD as NJ! I'm so glad you stopped by WD, and Loved your Commentary too!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Barbara, great hub. I want to be eating at this restaurant sometime in my life - you brought things to life so well in this tale. I also envy your Florida hideaway as well, how wonderful, it sounds like a great place to be :o)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Jools99, Thank You! Yes, that Restaurant had "Mouthwatering Food"...and with that Atmosphere, it was a Laugh a minute! We worked hard to get that Florida hideaway, and hope someday to move there...

Now I'm off to visit your Hubs!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was a fun read! I live in Florida; got here sort of by accident, but I like it. I'd never want to live where it's cold!

I wish you well in NJ. Come back to Florida soon.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mary, We are Almost ready to move to Florida FULL TIME...We will be back in Dec. and stay until the end of May. We are Thrilled to have found a Wonderful place. But for now, we are back on the Jersey Shore. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed my Hub!


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is so enjoyable to read. Your waitress sure was on the friendly side. I love Florida but always left in the summer because it is too hot and too buggy. Now it is so hot it is starting fires every summer near Daytona. Maybe where you were in Floida is better.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Suzzycue, We were in N. Palm Beach and there, they BRAG that there are NO FLIES...and it seems to be true! I would move there in a Heart Beat...As for HOT, I'm at the Jersey Shore and it's HOT as well as Humid.

I'm so glad you Enjoyed the Read.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Where I was in Palm Bay,they had these tank like trucks with six pipes sticking out the sides( three on each side) that came down your street and srayed to keep the bugs down. You sure ran for cover when you spoted that thing becaused it sprayed everything in its way and closed the windows too, lol. Great memories . I miss Florida. I now live in Southern Ontario.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

We ar thinking Seriously of Moving to Florida next year, once we Sell Jersey...It's a Dream...Never too late...Suzzycue, it's Interesting that you wound up in Southern Ontario.

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