June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012

South Beach with Dab the AIDS Bear

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and we have made it through another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great start to your weekend so far. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear.

Today, Dab the AIDS Bear is at the start of Berlin's week long Pride festivals. They events end next Sunday with a big Pride day and parade. So stay tuned for pictures and a slide show from the event in about ten days or so.

Yesterday, Dab the AIDS Bear and I were in South Beach, Florida. It was a very hot, sunny and humid day. One of the downsides to going to South Beach is the lack of parking. So you end up having to walk many blocks before you get to where you want to go unless you are staying in one of the hotels.

After parking at the public parking lot at 22nd Street and Collins Ave (A1A), I walked about a half mile to take pictures with Dab the AIDS Bear. I was amazed how many places and hotels were under construction. But when I thought about it, this is the off season for South Beach because of the heat and humidity.

The big downside of walking down Lincoln Road (which is the main tourist area with shops and restaurants) is the lack of shade. So within a couple of hours, Dab the AIDS Bear and I were both hot, sweaty and sunburned. Usually I do not have much trouble with being in the sun. But this year, I have not been to the beach much before of Todd's health problems. I have been so busy taking care of him when I am not doing events with the bear, I am much less tan than normal.

After walking back to the car, it was time for the long drive back home to Fort Lauderdale. While the actual distance is less than 50 miles, the traffic (especially during rush hour) makes the drive take almost an hour and a half. So I learned my lesson to head back before then the next time I go down with the bear to take pictures.

I am going to keep the blog short for today because I want you to get out there and make some special memories for yourself. Remember life is not a dress rehearsal. We are only given one life and it is up to you to make the most of it!

Hope you have a safe and great Father's Day weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab