Saturday, June 26, 2010


Saturday, June 26, 2010

My wife Wendy had a milestone birthday Thursday (I won't say which one out of self-preservation) and she wanted to do something special to celebrate it. One thing she has always wanted to do since moving here was to stay at the Don Cesar Hotel, which is a 4-star resort on St Petersburg Beach. And it's pink. I hadn't stayed there either so we took the plunge.

It was an interesting mix, as far as I am concerned. There was the usual rich polished wood and shiny brass accents, crystal chandeliers and expensive statues and paintings on every floor. The staff were top notch as well. There were also reminders that the building itself was rather old: cracked plaster here and there that had been filled in and painted over and dusty, dingy air conditioning vents in the ceiling.

That didn't keep us from having a wonderful time, however. The suite that we stayed in was well appointed and clean, with a private balcony, separate bedroom and living room and even a television in the bathroom! We received a free selection of cheeses and breads shortly after we arrived in the room as well. That night we had a wonderful meal at the Maritana, a 4-star restaurant on site. The decor, food and service were wonderful and my wife even got a special birthday dessert.

Next was after dinner drinks at the piano bar. The pianist was nice enough to play a few of my favorite songs without being asked, but my wife was skunked. Ah well, she can't have all the fun now can she? After drinks we walked outside to the private beach to catch the sunset, which was absolutely beautiful. At midnight we had champagne, petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries to bring in her birthday in style.

Our stay concluded the next day with breakfast in bed, followed by a dip in the pool and some seashell hunting on the beach, which was thankfully devoid of any hint of oil. Before checking out we stopped in the ice cream parlor for ice cream and so Wendy could play Ms. Pac Man, her favorite retro video game. All in all it was a wonderful experience, one that I'm sure we'll both never forget.

My question is this: If you could have the most wonderful experience of your life but afterward would remember nothing about it, would you still want to do it? Are the memories of an experience more important than the experience itself?


SIS Brandy said...

Wow! what a thought provoking question! You are really trying to make us think.

I think I would still want to do it even if the memory wouldn't be there. At least I would have had a wonderful experience while it was going on. At the same time though, I do think the memories probably are more important. It would be horrible not being able to remember all the great events in my life.

I am so glad that you guys had a beautiful time. And the best part of it... you get to have great memories of this little getaway!

PS... Your question makes me think of the movie 50 First Dates!!

Krys said...


You're so right about that movie, I hadn't even thought about that! I think most people that have answered that question to me answered the same way you did. They would rather have the experience than not, even if it means not remembering it afterward.

Tori Lennox said...

Your wife's birthday sounds fabulous! :)

SIS BJ said...

Hi Krys

Sounds like you two had a wonderful time. Very romantic.

I would love to have a great adventure even if I couldn't remember it. Just the fact that I had a fabulous time is enough for me.

Beth Ciotta said...

If you could have the most wonderful experience of your life but afterward would remember nothing about it, would you still want to do it?

In a word--yes. I have the worst memory. The. Worst. I have had hundreds of amazing experiences. Some of which I have little to no memory of. But I know that in that moment it was wondrous. So why wouldn't I want to experience the now rather than not at all?

Congrts to Wendy on whatever the milestone was! Sounds like you had a wonderul time. I have a mlestone coming up too and also plan to spend it someplace special with my spouse. :) I'l take lots of pics... as a way of remembering.

SIS Beth

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