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Date: 13 December 2019. Spinners restaurant in St. Pete (island chain)


In the last posted piece I told you about how my friend Cheryl had taken me with her to a thrift store. Well, there was more. Prior to that fun time, Cheryl arranged a ladies luncheon at our local Spinners. The premise of Spinners is that the entire seating area of the restaurant rotates 360 degrees in the course of an hour. This was a new experience for me. I loved being included in such a unique activity.

Like many soloists, I tend to become happily ensconced in my boat. Life aboard Seaweed is fabulous. Decorating for the holidays has taken time. I had Christmas cards to prepare and send. All that occurs while I'm enjoying to my music.

This time of the year I listen to favorite singers including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Dino and more. Plus I've got a few of the old radio theater shows including "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" (Scrooge) on a thumb drive. They become background during this time of the year.

But I digress...
Cheryl arranged a lunch get-together at a restaurant. She chose Spinners. Everyone enjoyed it.

The views from the Spinners restaurant atop a 12-story hotel were spectacular.

Side Note regarding Spinners: Though I call the restaurant Spinners throughout this article, my receipt says Grand Plaza. It is located at 5250 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 with a phone number of 727-360-1811. My cup of clam chowder was $6.42. Most prices at lunch were in the $13 and up range.

The thing about this peninsula in St. Petersburg is that I know intuitively that I am on an island chain because of the bridges. Seeing the islands from such a high vantage point brings it all home. This really is a spectacular area. I love the green waters.

This chart shows what you're seeing in the previous photograph:

The restaurant is located on the beach just above the letter "B" on the chart.

As Spinners turns there are plaques along the walls telling you how far it is to certain cities.

Baby lives in Pensacola which is 329 miles from me as the crow flies.

"As the crow flies" is an American term. It means by direct path, not via roads or railways.

The above pages are from my
Birds of North America book. A crow is medium sized a black bird.

I often do recommend Americans and Canadians purchase the Birds of North America ( ←affiliate link) because it is such a good book. This Golden Guides series gem is pocket sized. The illustrations are accurate. Buy any edition, as the contents remain the same. The only advantage of purchasing newer is the 1950's and 60's editions have a glued binding that (at least on my copies) is starting to dry out and fail. The contents are identical though covers vary. I've glued mine and they are a-okay to this day. End blatant bird book plug!

When I was a little girl I knew all the boat brands and models. It has been a long time since those days. Still, I do recognize some such as the Hatteras. I confess a partiality to them. The 40' boat I grew up aboard was very similar to the Hatt41 sports fish. When at the restaurant with Cheryl and the other two gals (Cher and Lou) I spotted a Hatteras.

The Hatteras has a recognizable flair at the bow. It's hard to describe but distinctive nonetheless.

Also in the late 1960's Hatteras changed the shape of their windows to make them pointy.

Hatteras is still built in the United States. These are definitely
nice boats. One of my neighbors has a Hatteras50, the yachtfish model.

She's got naturally aspirated twin Detroit 871's, in case you were curious.

Here is the location of the HATTERAS in that picture I took from Spinners.

There are a lot of smaller islands along Boca Ciega Bay. That is the *G-ICW name of waterway in this area.

It is nice to see undeveloped land in the midst of a city.

*G-ICW - The Gulf coast Intra-Coastal Waterway.

Today I rambled on about a lovely luncheon with three ladies. Spinners was a new experience for me. Looking out over the Gulf of Mexico was simply amazing, however it was the company that made the event so memorable. Thank you again Cheryl.

The views are spectacular from Spinners. I am so grateful to have been a part of the gathering.

In the far distance you can see the anchorage at Gulfport. There is a new mooring field there now too.

Cheryl arranged everything. It was such fun to chat with the gals. And Cheryl even had gift bags for each of us! That was such an unexpected surprise. Inside mine was a spoon with a cool snowman face, a dishtowel, a new clothespin, chocolate and more. Plus the bag is nifty as all get out.

After emptying the fabric Merry Christmas bag Cheryl
gave me, I hung it in my forward cabin from the fishing pole.

My bag is green. It is perfect for Seaweed. The Florida map is from a favorite Chinese restaurant called Zom Hee.

The meal was great fun. We gals chatted, sharing news of family and friends. Lou spoke about her son's Michigan restaurant and how cozy it is. This lunch gathering was one of those where the conversation flowed. I enjoyed it.

And so that is life aboard Seaweed in early December 2019. Thanks for reading.

Do you have a spinning restaurant in your area?
And, have you ever eaten in one of these places? How was it?

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