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Self-employment allows me to be in Florida right now

My friend Alex grew up in Sarasota, Fla., and moved back here about 2.5 years ago. With that has come an open invitation to visit and stay in one of his guest rooms.

I’ve been fortunate enough to take Alex up on this offer before; I spent New Year’s in Sarasota two years ago with a group of friends in a rental home, then spent the following week at Alex’s.

Fast forward two years and I work for myself and make my own hours. That allowed me to escape the sub-25-degree weather currently battering New York to Florida. Granted, I had the misfortune of visiting in a stretch where the high temperature is only 70 degrees (it’ll be 80 degrees for most of the next week), but the sun was out all day today and I went for a walk along the beach. Neither of those things are really possible in New York in November, unless you’re willing to suffer through wind gusts at the Rockaways. I’m not.

Anyway, this won’t be my most substantial post of the year, but it’s nice to be able to take time with friends and to break up the doldrums. Normally, my best friends this time of year are my light therapy lamp and Vitamin D pills. Thankfully, they’re not my sole friends this year.

It’s great to catch up with old pals and remain productive while doing so. Remote work has allowed me to live more of the life I’ve wanted, and I’m happy about that. How else would I get to see a double feature of “How to Have Sex” (his choice) and “Sexy Beast” (my choice) with a friend who lives thousands of miles away?

Yesterday I played disc golf for the first time. Of course I wasn’t great for the first nine holes, but I definitely improved on the second nine and again on the third nine. Alex provided pointers on which disc to use (there’s a putter disc) and what grip and motion to use to make longer throws.

I woke up with a sore right butt check from throwing (I’m right-handed), but it was a fun, relaxing sport that’s definitely less frustrating than real golf and requires less sophisticated equipment.

I’ve also eaten fried grouper and conch fritters, among other seafood. Tough to beat fresh seafood. All in all, a win.

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