It's going to be an interesting attempt at scheduling. All of my friends may be in Tampa, but my mother is in Ridge Manor, forty-odd miles north directly along I-75, and my mother has taken that week off from work. I have a lunch scheduled with my former coworkers at NetWolves on Monday, a dinner with Josh, Dusty and Kiarrh that evening, and a party with Maggie and the "Tampa Pack" on Friday. I want to have dinner with just Josh at some other point--probably a weekend day, at a restaurant I should probably pick really soon (despite being in foodie central out here, there are several Tampa Bay area restaurants I miss--even a few good chains that haven't come out here yet). I have other friends who aren't quite synced with either of those groups--or, as far as I know, with each other--that I'd like to get in touch with. And I also know that if I don't spend the majority of free time with my mother, it will create much angst. (And at least some of my friends, my mother would like to see, too, but I have no idea if I'm going to be able to work that one out--truth to tell, it's been a lower priority meet than the others.)
In the interim I seem to be trying to shop for gifts, fruitlessly. I have a limited budget since I have a zero income, and I'm having trouble finding small but interesting gifts for people I'd like to, at least for principle's sake, not be empty-handed to. Saying, "Well, I'm in Florida and we can see each other, at least," may be true, but--call me a product of my commercial culture--it feels like it would be disappointing. At any rate, I've wandered Los Gatos twice and the Oakridge mall twice, and I planned on today being my "expand out to other shopping areas" day. Naturally, the weather has planned on today being the "cloudy and rainy" day after a week of pleasant sun with light clouds. Nonetheless, it's off up the peninsula for more shopping attempts, I think.
And if I meet you in Florida later this week empty-handed--well, at least I'm in Florida.