St. Augustine Bed and Breakfasts | 05/06/04
Well, it looks like I have my work cut out for me tonight. Jamie and I took a little trip to St. Augustine, FL to get away from the constant hustle and bustle of Tallahassee. This trip was made possible by the generosity of one Michael R, who watched the ever-skittish Chompy while we were away. Thank you, thank you, thank you! On our trip we stayed at the Charlotte Inn, which was a bed and breakfast in downtown St. Augustine. The place was really nice and had plenty of comforting amenities. We checked out Flagler College, which was built within an old hotel in the Spanish Renaissance style. It was nothing short of beautifully amazing. I would love to teach there. Today we checked out the oldest settlement in the United States, the Castillo de San Marcos. The most interesting part for me was the coquina bricks that were quarried to make the walls. It's a really laid back town and is the perfect place to get away. Being nerds, we spent a lot of time at historical places but there's no shortage of fun things to do. Go there! Especially if you live in Florida. It's only about a three hour drive and well worth the relaxing atmosphere. In other news, I received a bunch of rejection letters in the mail. At least now I know people are looking at my applications. Chompy and all the fish are doing well and they left me very nice notes to say how well Michael took care of them. We went to the big outlet mall (and I mean BIG) but although we were there for three hours we bought nothing. On the way back we stopped in Jacksonville and had dinner with Jamie's sister and her husband, where we had dinner at an "authentic" Mexican restaurant. I thought if I drowned by tacos in tabasco sauce I'd be able to put up with one of my least favorite ethnic foods. My God, Chompy. That was some hot stuff but also delicious. I need to start using that stuff. My lips finally got feeling back about five minutes ago but it was totally worth it.
Before we left I received word I would be working with the Virginia Arts Council's Brass 5, some NEA sponsored brass quintet. Apparently the guy in Roanoke liked my stuff so much he recommended me to start doing some brass quintet stuff for this group as well as a bunch of big band charts. All in all, there's about thirty pieces that need to be written between now and September. Go me.