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I got so many nice comments from you all, wishing me a lovely Florida vacation.

And then, of course, there was Calikim’s comment warning me of a SERIAL KILLER IN BOCA RATON. At first I thought, California Kim was just trying to sabotage my vacation because she lives in San Francisco where it’s always inexplicably colder than it should be.

But after a little frantic Googling, I realize she’s just trying to save my arse.

Apparently, there have been a few horrific murders in Boca Raton over the past year or so (either at the mall or outside the mall) that may be related. So that sort of settles the, “Should we run by the Gap while we’re here?” question.

Umm… no thanks.

California Kim watched a whole “20/20” special and advised me to avoid the mall, not to drive a black SUV (the victims drove black SUV’s) but rather to stick with the reliable Yugo.

Apparently, nobody kills anybody for a Yugo.

Murdering spree hysteria aside, I’ve really been enjoying our Florida trip.

Each morning, the newspaper will say, “Today the temperature is 72 degrees. Feels like 71 degrees.”

So I immediately take off my 72 degree weather outfit and put something on that’s more appropriate for 71 degrees, which is why it totally pays off to read the paper.

During our visit, Rick’s 85 year-old grandmother Sylvia (aka Mom Mom) taught me how to play the card game Casino. And then I whooped her butt at cards.

Before you admonish me for being some kind of card shark and picking on Rick’s grandmother, just know, that she is a very sharp, witty, sassy lady who is a master at card games.

Here she is with Rick and the girls…


She’s the one on the left in case you are confusing her with Summer.

Oh sure. She looks sweet. But I promise you, she’s already fine tuning her ruthless techniques right now for our next 52-card face off. I’m screwed. I’m definitely going down.

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Contributing mama Karen Palmer Bland offers a spirited defense of pizza as she fesses up about her little secret. Click on contributing mamas to read more.

33 Responses to card shark

  • Terra says:

    So glad you are having a great time, my husband had a sassy, card shark for a granny too so I am very familiar – her game of choice though was Euchre – I have only played a couple times but it can be addicting.

    By the way you better watch out if it is 73 tomorrow you just might have to take off your 72 outfit and leave it off.

  • Jordana says:

    I will kick both your and Mom-Mom’s tushes in casino! Have been playing for years and I LOVE it! Mom mom, I’ll be in Boca in a few weeks – get ready, lady. And as for you, Kittenhead – be warned. I play for money and I play to win!

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    We’ll be on our way to Florida next month!  I am SO excited!!!  I need some sun, surf and adult beverages.  

  • Pearl says:

    I seriously hope you didn’t rent a Yugo because I don’t think they come equipped with LATCH. 
    As for the serial killer, maybe your friend is just tired of everyone reminding her that she lives in the Zodiac Killer’s backyard.  They never caught him you know…

  • calikim says:

    HA HA!! I am so honored to have provoked part of one of your blogs. I seriously don’t think I have laughed so hard in a long time!!!

    I for one am glad I don’t live in Boca because ironically enough, I do drive a Black SUV. I might just have to start driving my 92 Honda Accord with a ton of body damage again. No one will kill over that…..would they???

    Oh and Pearl, I don’t think I was even born yet when the Zodiac was on his/her rampage….but that person is probably dead by now. At least I can hope!!!

  • wa says:

    FYI–the ad to the left of your post is actually for BOCA BURGERS. You couldn’t plan something like that.
    Stay safe–enjoy the Yugo!

  • Auntie T says:

    HI Kelcey,
    Be sure to say hi to card shark Sylvia!
    She looks terrific!!! Rick has very good genes!
    Have fun in the sun! Love these latest blogs, I was behind, in a lot apparently! Love, T

  • MN Mama says:

    I am so glad you are enjoying your feels like 72 feels like 71 weather.  I just checked our weather and it is 6 but it feels like minus 12.  Oh goodness….  what should I wear?  Well, I tell you this morning I should have worn something on my ears when I left the gym and went to Costco.  My ears were a little cold.   Thankfully the girls had their hats and mittens on.  Silly me, we did enjoy some really warm temps this weekend though it was 40s on Saturday and 30s yesterday.  Honestly, we felt like spring was coming.  I am sure that sounds crazy to you but it did feel so incredibly warm.   Now it back to reality and two more months of winter.   Have a wonderful time with Rick and the girls.  You all look as though you are having lots of fun!

  • Jessica says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by my little corner blog.  I have nothing to say to people vacationing in FL, though….(it’s a jealousy thing and I’m not too big to keep it secret).  My bro and SIL are in West Palm Beach, and I dislike him more than did before he moved there.  That’s a LOT, by the way.

  • Two things:
    1) Come on! Gap? Big sales going on now!  Get a body guard!

    2) Those grannies can be pretty wily – you know that ole trick of letting the person THINK they won? Just don’t bet money next time you play her!

  • Merrily says:

    Love the temperature info. They will do that here – in the South. ‘Temperature is 45 but with the wind it feels like 42’  Thanks guys – that changes everything! but maybe that’s just a Minnesota girl reaction – where wind chill can drop that temperature 60 degrees.

  • Lanie says:

    Rick’s grandmother is so cute!  Summer looks a lot like her.  Hope that you all had a fun/safe trip!  Great post! 

  • Sally says:

    I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, I really don’t.  But, I am disturbed by laughs over Florida mamas desperate to save their kids’ lives.   The 20-20 story is very, very sad.  Yugos and Jeffrey Dahmer jokes are so inappropriate.  I waited to write, and am stunned that no one else defended the honor of those women and children.  Sorry Kelcey.  It’s just not funny.

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