Jack’s, near Orlando, has great barbeque.
Three more days until we snowbirds head for Sarasota for a week of warm.
Then there may be another trip to Florida in July.
The National Education Association is holding their national meeting, the Representative Assembly, in Orlando this year.
I’m running again in an Illinois state-wide union election as a retired delegate.
The last time the NEA RA was in Orlando was 2006. I was a delegate then from my Park Ridge local.
Surprising as it may seem, I don’t think Orlando is that great for a teacher convention. Things are expensive and everything is so spread out that getting around is difficult except by shuttle bus or if you have your own car. And because of that the restaurant choices are limited to what’s in the hotel and big national chain restaurants in what they call Downtown Disney. Which, as I said, can be expensive.
Unless you have old friends that own what is one of the great barbecue places I have had the pleasure to eat at.
Last time I was in Orlando I gave my friends a call.
That would be my old friends of over 40 years, Charlie and Eileen. The place is Jack’s. It’s a regular stop for those going to UF football games.
Charlie cooks a mean brisket in his smoker.
The last time I was there he packed me up a box of his spice rubs to take home.
Orlando is a bit of a drive from where we will be in Sarasota next week. But I’ll call Charlie and Eileen if I get elected as a delegate.
Although Charlie might be out fishing, which from looking at his Facebook page he seems to be doing more and more of.
Delegates get a day off from business during the RA.
In 2006 I was down there with Debbie and Terry.
I love them both, God bless them. But they liked to do things that don’t exactly resonate with me.
“C’mon, Fred. We’re going to the Magic Kingdom today,” Terry said to me in the lobby of the hotel.
“I’m a little old for Micky and spinning tea-cups,” I said.
“We’ll do Epcot. That’s educational!”
If you have never been, Epcot has a Disney version of the nations of the world. They supply visitors with a re-creation of each country comprising one famous landmark, a restaurant with a Disney version of their cuisine and a gift shop. Disney has the ability to reduce a culture to its least interesting, hardly authentic but most accessible components.
This was all before I owned a digital camera.
However you could buy a disposable camera and then have the pictures developed in two hours.
How quickly the technology has changed things.
I had Debbie take a picture of me in front of each national landmark.
Mexico had a repro of an Aztec pyramid.
France had a mini-Eiffel Tower.
And so on.
I got the pictures developed and put them in a little photo album. That night at the Illinois caucus dinner I showed the album to those at my table, claiming it was photographs of my latest travels around the world.
A teacher looked up from the photo album and frowned at me. “You’re wearing the same t-shirt in each picture.”
You know, you just can’t fool a teacher.