August 24, 2015

How I Made My First Friends in Florida

A lot of things about Southwest Florida are completely different than DC. For example, there are panther crossing signs here instead of bus stops. And people say things to you in the grocery store other than "move." The seafood is a lot better and the drivers aren't.

Also, unlike DC, I still don't have friends here.

Because how in the world do you make friends when your office is next to your bedroom? The CrossFit thing has potential, as long as I can keep carrying on through the bursting capillaries and pulled hamstrings (the latter being why I haven't gone in five days). But the thing is, I want to have a backup plan in case the next jumping snatch ring tire jump I do at CrossFit completely incapacities me.

Which is why Derrick and I decided it was time to pack up and head to the beach this weekend.


At first, I didn't think I was going to have any luck here either. Even the birds were not impressed with my presence. But then Derrick told me his secret: shuffle your feet. So of course, I started shuffling.


You're probably wondering how this would help. Well, because shuffling your feet is the only way you're going to find these guys:


Turns out that sand dollars live in places other than the 99 cent basket at souvenir stores.

So that's the story of how I made my first friends in Florida, Father Sand Dollar and Junior. And just think, I thought making friends as an adult was difficult.