S: Some of it's tragic, some it's magic...
BC: Boys in the band ordered boat drinks Visitors scored on the home rink Everything seems to be wrong Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap air fare I gotta to fly to saint somewhere Im close to bodily harm Twenty degrees and the hockey games on Nobody cares they are way too far gone Screamin boat drinks, something to keep em all warm This mornin, I shot six holes in my freezer I think I got cabin fever Somebody sound the alarm Id like to go where the pace of lifes slow Could you beam me somewhere mr. scott? Any ol place here on earth or in space You pick the century and I'll pick the spot Oh I know, (I know) I should be leaving this climate I got a verse but can't rhyme it I gotta go where it's warm Boat drinks Waitress I need two more boat drinks Then Im headin south fore my dream shrinks I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm) I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm) I gotta go where it's warm! I gotta go where there aint any snow Where there aint any blow Cause my fin sinks so low I gotta go where it's warm ~Jimmy Buffet
FC: But I've had a good life all the way!
1: "A father fills our lives - a Dad fills our memories with love." | The begining...
2: Things were changing, Mom and Dad separated and Dad moved to 522 Gardenia Lane. There would be 2 of everything....even Christmas. Caye became Dad's date for the ASWSC Christmas parties and a trip to Big Lots was in order to deck halls of the new condo. Eventually even Thanksgiving happened at the condo (as opposed to at the Waverly Hotel) Laura and Caye drafted a menu and created a spread like no other, featuring beer-can turkey!
3: Though small, Dad's kitchen was fully equipped with the finest of everything Williams Sonoma had to offer! | Christmas was always a fun time. One year, Dad booked 2 rooms at the JW Marriott at Lenox. All shopping to had to be done on Christmas Eve, then wrapped, then opened immediately...as none of us could keep a secret long.
4: Vacations | The closest trip to home was Chattanooga. We stayed in the Chattanooga Choo Choo and we saw all the sites...Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, the Aquarium, and of course, Rock City.
5: We went everywhere! Great memories would be the Olympic Peninsula trip where Scott dropped the rental car keys into some fish hatchery,or the Jeep rental in Hawaii that Dad was too cheap to get the cover for because "it never rains in Hawaii", but it did every afternoon we were there! Or the special dinner at Top of Waikiki where the waitress mistook Caye for Mom...at age 12. Vacations happened every summer while Mom was in Europe, and they were always to great places full of fun adventures!
6: Birthdays | Go big or go home! Birthdays were celebrated with Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes and friends & family. Dad and Caye usually celebrated together since theirs are only 3 days apart. Scott, the only son, always got the best party favorslike a 12 pack of Corona when he turned 18. But it was Laura’s Sweet Sixteen that landed us on a houseboat at Lake Lanier for a weekend full of wine coolers, grilling out and the waterslide!
7: Big Events | From the blizzard of 92 when Dad hadn't stocked the pantry and we had to hike to the Kroger in 10ft of snow to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics the Dad got tickets to everything, the years flew and then it was time for the baby to graduate college!
8: Caye surprised everyone one day in early 200 when she announced to the family she had enlisted in the US Navy. She shipped off to Great Lakes, IL on April 18 and it was a long 2 month while everyone waited with baited breath to see if the once unruly teenager would succeed or end up in the brig. Letters home asked for care packages with covert chocolate, but the only family member who fulfilled the requests was Grandmother Trudy! After 8 weeks and several letters, it was graduation time. It started with family night on a Thursday and ended with Pass & Review on Saturday with some liberty in uniform to enjoy some real food! Both parents made the trip and watched as a proud Caye crossed over to STGSA Enzweiler. | In the Navy
10: Dad made a couple trips to Aiea, HI while Caye was stationed onboard the USS O’Kane in Pearl Harbor. Both times we went deep sea fishing on the same boat, but the second visit was the best because it was to welcome the O’Kane home from a 7 month deployment to the Middle East where it had launched Tomahawk missiles into Baghdad. | Dad to Hawaii
11: While stationed in Hawaii, Caye visited Dad in his new home in St Petersburg, FL. Lots of Enzweiler history there, but most importantly, lots of Dad history there! A tour full of his childhood home, schools, and local hauntsincluding the one that served him and his under aged buddies, the Swigwam. | Caye to St Pete
12: In November 2004, the San Diego Enzweiler Clan united with Dad and traveled up to La Quinta, CA to see the condo in the desert that Ron lived in while he led a project on the Salton Sea. Dad was too excited to travel to what he had recently learned (while on a friends and family cruise aboard the USS Lassen DDG 82) was date country, and more importantly, home of the date shake. The first stop was at a small roadside market to tastes our first dates shakes, from there we drove by the Salton Sea and then ended up at a rodeo where the old man car (Dad and Ron) thought it would be funny to direct the kid car (Caye, Dan, & Lizzy) to the participant entrance.and then they laughed about this non-funny joke for the rest of the day!
13: 2005 was the first Disney World half marathon with Enzweiler participants. The whole clan met in Orlando, as well as Kelly Rejent and Laura's friend. Universal Studios was ahot spot, especially with Margarittaville calling to us Parrotheads. We also visited Pleasure Island where Caye, Scott and Kelly managed to get kicked out the comedy club for being too intoxicated. | Disney half Marathon 2005... Enzweiler's first!
15: Bim, Lizzy, Dan, Ron, Elena, Trudy and Caye met in San Francisco for what can only be described as the Pacific Coast Highway to Hell trip. After a night in the city we set out on our adventure that would end in San Luis Obispo for Nick’s last collegiate basketball game at Cal Poly. Since we all wouldn’t fit in Ron’s sedan, a Kia minivan was rented. Bim purchased a 6-pack for the road and we hit the highway. A stop in Monterey (in the rain) was scenic and provided a delicious lunch, but caused us to lag behind on Ron’s non-flexible schedule and forced us to make the last leg of the trip at record speeds on the rain slicked, cliff lined Route 1. By the time we arrived nerve stricken at the gym, no one was in a good mood, but we were all thankful to be alive! Bim saved the evening by mooning the gym from the bleachers. After the game, we checked into the famous Madonna Inn where we ate a late dinner in there hot pink dining room. The next morning we toured the Hearst Castle and then everyone returned to their respective cities.
16: When Caye got orders to transfer from San Diego to Jacksonville, Dad flew to San Diego to make the cross country drive with her. Lots of planning went into the route which would take them through some iconic towns, breathtaking views, and historical cities. It took 8 days and lots of gas in the 2004 F150, but the trip was fabulous and all on the Navy’s dime! | LONDON BRIDGE ~ ALBUQUERQUE ~ SPEEDING TICKET ~ MUFFALETTA ~ AMARILLO ~ ROUTE 66 ~ GRAND CANYON ~ WINSLOW, AZ ~ LAKE HAVASU CITY ~ STOCKYARDS ~ BIRMINGHAM ~ F150 ~ HELICOPTER ~ PAINTED DESERT ~ METEOR CRATER | 2,261 miles...
18: Another Enzweiler trip to the west coast! This one included Scott and Laura too! The east coasters rendezvous’d at the Atlanta airport, where Bim had lovingly told the waitress at the Budweiser House that Caye had recently been released from prison and this was her first time seeing the family in a long time! The long weekend in SF was chocked full of events. A long walk along the bay that ended at the Golden Gate Bridge, cable car ride across town (in which Bim offered the gripman condoms for our fare,) Alcatraz visit, and a birthday celebration for Grandmother Trudy. The most memorable event would be Bim hailing a cab after the birthday dinner.
21: Jimmy Buffet is a constant influence from our childhood. He cassette tapes were always played on road trips, and we always had tickets when he played at Lakewood Amphitheater. As us kids grew, our love of the Buffet lifestyle only grew stronger. Today, we are all adults, but never miss a chance to catch a Buffet concert with our Dad! | Wastin' away again in MARGARITAVILLE!
22: Laura and Warren wed in a quick, small ceremony on March 14, 2008 but planned a big reception later that summer that everyone could attend. It was held at Holycrest Hall on July 25th. It was a grand event with a karaoke DJ and a fabulous cake!
23: While Caye was stationed in Cornwall, England, Dad made the transatlantic journey to visit the Cornish coast. The trip consisted of a 10 mile hike along the coast path, pints at the Fraddon local, Blue Anchor, and a drive to Lands End with stops at Inns that had 2 names (The Fox & Hound). Dad returned to Cornwall after Caye had her first big surgery in the fall of 2008 to help with recovery.
25: March 14, 2009 Dad and Shannon married in St Petersburg, FL at a small, locally owned Italian restaurant, Buona Vita.
26: After Cornwall, Caye was transferred to Virginia Beach which happens to be a short drive from the Outer Banks. A destination Dad had always wanted to visit, but the desire had increased when Jimmy Buffet blogged a trip through OBX with food recommendations and photos. Dad and Caye followed his first blogs to a ‘T” even posing in the same places for pictures as JB.
27: June 18, 2010 in Bryant Park Manhattan, Addi and Scott tied the knot. The wedding was gorgeous, but even better was the free time allotted for site seeing in NYC. A cruise around the south side of the island and out to the Statue of Liberty at sunset was the highlight of the weekend!