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Busy Bodies; Massage Therapy; Bad Golf; A Surprise Present; One Happy Medium

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After our very busy weekend filming, we thought that Monday would be relaxed. WRONG! We had a big backlog of admin tasks to take care of, some physical therapy, and a game of golf. The best part of the morning was our separate massage appointments with our friend Flo Tejeras at Therapeutic Touch. Suzanne had been suffering pain in her hip from running too much, and my lower back needs periodic massage to keep it loose. We both felt much better after our massage sessions; it may seem like a luxury, but massage really is therapeutic. (Thanks to Flo also for identifying the yellow and gold flower from my blog a few days ago as a canna lily, a beautiful plant that is also harvested for its starch, which is used in some noodles in southeast Asia and in tortillas).

In the afternoon, I played golf (some may dispute that, saying that what I played was not really golf) at Bonifay, a new country club here in The Villages. My partners were Joseph and Trevor, who is visiting from Northern Ireland. Here is one of Joseph’s nice tee shots.     

Since I only played twice last year, and hadn’t touched a golf club since April, I knew that I was doomed. My personal philosophy about golf has two principles: (1) go practice for two hours before your tee time; (2) drink at least one (preferably two) beers just before walking onto the first tee. I followed both these principles, and (2) appeared to be helping more than (1). I did okay on the first three holes and then snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, doubling my score on each hole. Sigh… but it was a pleasure watching Joseph and Trevor play; both are excellent golfers. 

Trevor was having some problems with his GPS-based course computer. It kept telling him he was 964 yards from the flag (maybe I shouldn’t have dropped it into the cooler while he was practicing his putting…) 

While walking the puppies in t-o-w-n, I thought, “Gee, I haven’t bought Suzanne a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas present in about 15 years… maybe I should find some cheap earrings for her.” But one of her angels sat on my shoulder for a few minutes and whispered in my ear, “Hey, Dude, get her something she’ll remember for more than a week.” Just then I looked up, and there it was… “A Vision”… an “arrest-me red” Corvette convertible. I heard this plaintive voice coming from beneath the hood, saying, “Help, I need Suzanne to be my new loving owner.” (Well, what’s a guy to do except to follow divine guidance?)

To make a long story short, after a couple of phone calls and a test drive, we traded a big bag of quarters and dimes for the car’s paperwork. Our first stop was to see Suzanne’s dear friend Elizabeth, who has her own silver Corvette. (I see trouble brewing… these gals may be planning a fast run down to Miami together to party this weekend…) 

On the way to the Tax Man’s office, we came up to a guy on a Harley who matched our speed and turned his arm to reveal a big “CORVETTE” tattoo, and then he gave Suzanne a big “thumbs up”. 

Here is My Lovely Bride in her new ‘Vette in front of the house. (I really got it for her because it matches the colors of the US and Marine Corps flags much better than her old silver car). Is this One Happy Mediumor what? 

Just after we took this photo, our neighbor John (last name redacted) drove by and said to Suzanne, “Is that YOURS? I LOVE you! Get a divorce and we’ll run off!” “Sorry, John, she’s already taken…”


  • Beverly G
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Whooo hooo – – Love the new ride!!! (You can coach Tom on how to buy a proper birthday/anniversary gift anytime, Ty!)

  • Ty and Suzanne Giesemann
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Bev, I would never presume to coach your handsome husband Tom on how to buy gifts… and if I see you and your new Mustang drag racing with Suzanne and her Corvette on I-75, you're in big trouble! I know how these Ford versus Chevy contests can get out of hand. Love, Ty

  • Jennifer
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Wow,congratulations Suzanne! That is one beautiful car. One amazing surprise after another…I bet
    Suzanne will have a lot of people wanting to hitch a ride from her!

    So glad you pointed out the name of the orange flower. Although it had similarities of a hibiscus
    it was twice the size….Just beautiful though..

  • Laura
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Nice wheels! Have lots of fun in the new car, Suzanne. We ALL need more fun in our lives and I do believe you will in that beautiful red Corvette. One of my sisters had one a long while go and it remains her favorite car to date, even tho it's long gone. I always got a charge out of being able to drive it, too. Enjoy and travel safely.

  • Dan clay
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Awesome! Love the car! Great choice Ty, I'm sure you guys will have tons of fun cruising around with the top down!

  • Ty and Suzanne Giesemann
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Dan, Thanks! Wish we had had you here to check out the car for the expert's opinion, but hope to let you see it when we get up to PA next. Maybe you and Suzanne can drag race down PA 200! HA!


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