Well, no one ever promised balmy weather in February, even in Florida. We took a quick trip to visit my wife’s brother in Orlando and friends in Palm Beach last week.
Obviously we booked the trip well before a weather forecast was available.
We arrived Thursday night to temperatures in the low 50s. Friday was all rain and never got out of the 50s (Chuck E. Cheese, here we come). Saturday was supposed to be sunny, so that was our day for the Magic Kingdom.
When we got there it was a hardly magical 45 degrees.
People were in winter coats, hats and gloves. It would have been comical if it wasn’t so frickin’ cold. The sun did come out and warm us up, but it still didn’t get above 55. But Danielle got to ride Space Mountain and that was the most important thing (Tori loved the Dumbo ride).
On Sunday we headed south to Palm Beach. It was still chilly so our friends (this is Danielle’s best friend’s family) wanted to go to Wannado City. I had never heard of this place. It’s a mock mini city inside a huge mall. You pay your admission and the kids get a “bank account” of 150 Wongas (the fake currency used in Wannado City). They can go to various places in the city and either spend their Wongas or do “jobs” and earn Wongas.
It’s an interesting concept. I’m not sure it totally works, but the kids had fun and they weren’t cold.
Finally, the next day it warmed up. It actually hit 70. So we stayed at our friend’s house with their pool.
Did I mention that our friend is an investment banker? A very successful investment banker? With the crazy bonus and all that? They live a block and a half away from us in Brooklyn. And they aren’t pretentious at all. You wouldn’t even know how much money they have.
Until you saw their house in North Palm Springs.
I don’t think I actually saw all the rooms. It’s a $10 million dollar place. Simply spectacular. And the pool was heated, so even the next two days when it got cool again, the kids had plenty of fun in the water.
But talk about how the other half lives…