Wedding and Baseball Season Begins
The next day was spent with my dearest friends from college, my sorority family
. We watched my "grand big" Erin exchange vows with her love and the rest of the afternoon was spent guzzling the free champagne as fast as we could. We had an evening flight, so we were forced to leave the reception early. Unfortunately, we didn't make the flight and opted to spend the night in the Palm Beach Holiday Inn Express. Since Rufio hadn't seen much of Palm Beach in his few travels to Florida, I took him to one of my favorite spots in the shopping/dining/living destination that is City Place. Taverna Opa, a Greek restaurant and bar/nightclub, serves delicious Greek fare, frosty cold Mythos beer and encourages dancing on the tables. I couldn't design a better restaurant myself. Sunday night, as I learned, is much less exciting as Thursday-Saturday. The DJ who spins a mix of Top 40 and Middle Eastern tracks was off for the night and overall the entire complex was fairly empty. We ordered a few ορεκτικό, including hummus and fried sardines, savored a Mythos or two and called our personal driver for the evening to take us back to the hotel.
Rufio and I headed to South Florida to kick off what would be a record breaking wedding and baseball season for us. With a full day at our disposal before the Sunday nuptials, I introduced Rufio to the Floridian tradition of Spring Training, as his beloved St. Louis Cardinals took on the Minnesota Twins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Compulsory pretzels, hot dogs and beers in hand, we watched as the Cardinals started off their championship season with a 3-2 win. Like a child, Rufio raided the souvenir booth, snagging a vintage inspired T-shirt and hat. Our section was rather lively, with local Cards fans heckling a Twins player the entire game for denying a little kid a foul ball that came his way. We laughed, joining in on occasion, and relished in the fact that baseball, with its emotional highs and lows, was back in our lives for a few precious months.