Jeaux and I parked on Main Street
We stopped for a drink by the bay, then headed back toward downtown through a small arts district (one of many). We found a restaurant ensconced under a banyan tree—but closed for renovation—that is now on our list to try.
It was time for lunch, so I picked the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand's Circle.
It is one of the few restaurants that has been around since forever. Sitting in the open dining area, we began to have conversation at which Jeaux excels: one which truly enriches, this time exploring friendship, morality, and life after death. Jeaux has a way of asking questions that stay with me for weeks.
After lunch we took off on foot again around the Circle to North Lido, a stretch of undeveloped beach that is reminiscent of my earliest years here.
Jeaux, you will be saddened to note that, even though we saw a lot, we missed something pretty special. This is an actual copy of a Wikipedia entry for Sarasota:
Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the state of Florida in the United States. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.(The entry has since been edited to read like some dry social studies lesson. Meh. They should have left it alone.)
These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the Gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. In addition to their sandy beaches, Sarasota is known for their homosexual townspeople. These people attract many other homosexuals to the islands for a splendid vacation. Even more, on Lido Key, there is many gay and nude beaches where many tourists meet other homosexuals. Whereas Lido Key is known for their nude beaches, Siesta Key is known for gay marriages. Most gay people get married on this island.*
It was getting late and Jeaux had a long drive back home. Maybe our talks are so good because we are aware of limited time. Wouldn't it be amazing if we all felt like that when we met? Until next time, dear friend.
*From "A Gay Scandal on Sarasota's Wikipedia Entry! " by Robert Plunkett, Sarasota Magazine
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