Buckeyes in Paradise

While taking a vacation/break in the Tampa Bay/Clear Water Beach area, I decided to make my way down to Anna Maria Island.  Now, I have been to quite a few beaches in my life (e.g. Bahamas, Pompano Beach, La Jolla, etc.) but I must say, this is probably the most gorgeous (and secluded) place I have ever visited.  The water was crystal clear blue, the weather was a gorgeous, humidity free 88F degrees and I had all the sun I could handle.  All I can say is this:  paradise.

But I have come to one major conclusion while attending graduate school at Ohio State University:  Buckeyes are EVERYWHERE.  Even in paradise.

As I was walking back to the restaurant to get some more iced tea, I noticed this “Ohio State” hat propped up on a beach chair.  And being as curious as a cat, I decided to strike up a conversation to see if these folks were fellow Buckeyes like me.  And, as fate would have it, the couple were fellow Buckeyes and lived just outside of Columbus.  So what do you do when you have Buckeyes in paradise?  One word:  O-H-I-O.

So the next time you find yourself in the middle of paradise, keep a look out for some fellow Buckeyes.  I am sure there are some around!

Anne Marie Island, Florida

A Break From Grad School

At the beginning of 2011 winter quarter, I decided to schedule a formal “break” from grad school.  So I came up with this really good idea to trade my compensation and staffing textbooks for a week of sun and fun in the Tampa Bay, FL, area with my girlfriend.  And if that isn’t exciting enough, I decided to pick the week of my birthday to take that break! It’s like a personal spring break …

Currently, it’s 7:55 PM EST in Largo, FL, a beautiful, cloud-less, humidity free 79 degs and I am writing a blog.  So instead of writing a diary of events (which I will do in next week’s blog), I wanted to share some of the pictures of the trip my wonderful girlfriend has taken.  She certainly does an amazing job taking photo’s.  If you want to see more of her work, check out her website.

Some of the areas I have been to so far:  Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay, FL, Clearwater Beach, FL and Anna Maria Island, FL.

*WARNING*  The pictures you are about to see will result in feelings of depression, jealously, more depression and nauseousness.  Heck, it might even cause an acute case of summer fever.  Viewer Discretion is strongly advised.