Morning Look: Welcome to Viera
Because I'm nothing if not a slave to Web traffic, I came down to Viera for a few days. Ha! Wait until the accounting department hears about this one!
I'm also chatting today at 2 p.m.; submit your questions here. Ask me about college basketball rankings, Terp mohawks, Viera dining options, and skipping Caps games in favor of this trip. Do not ask me about the Nats' starting rotation. I'll just ignore you.
The dugouts here at the 'Coast are sponsored by National City bank, which the New York Times recently said "has come to symbolize the crisis that is hobbling regional lenders across the nation." Yeah.
What else do I have to report? When I checked in at my Cocoa Beach hotel, the woman at the front desk asked me where "Mr. Lavar" was. Turns out she was looking for Washington Times columnist Thom Loverro. Guess he left quite an impression last year.
My Cocoa Beach neighborhood is clearly designed for family travel. For junior, there's the 24-hour Ron Jon surfshop, which is roughly the size of Nationals Park. For mom, there's both IHOP and Denny's within a short drive. For dad, there's "Cheaters" gentlemen's club, plus an Oriental Massage Parlor. All class.
The hotel directory lists several fine dining options, including N.Y. Pizza House ("Home of the Mackin' Slice"), Dogs Family Sports Bar & Grill ("Where Your Always a Winner"), Florida's Seafood ("Where Shrimp Happens"), Greg's Steak & Seafood Grill ("A Rare Place Serving Food Well-Done") and Paesano's Pizza ("Open Every Day Until Midnight").
As for Viera, "Welcome to the end of the world," a fellow scribbler just told me. Why thanks.
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