Been on Patrick Air Force Base in Coco Beach, FL for just a little over one week and I’m pretty much settled in. I am trying to get as involved in the community that I can so that I remain active. I am doing my best to go to the gymnasium for a couple of hours each day because I think it is important to try to stay in shape. Right across the street from the gymnasium is the Base Library. I went over there the other day and got myself a library card. The library has a wide selection of DVD’s that can be signed out for a week (6 maximum at a tie and they are free of charge!) Since the RV park doesn’t have cable service capability I am kind of stuck with basic TV (antenna service only) here (although the antenna reception is great and I get me the main channels and some others up to about 40 or so) but it is nice that I can supplement the basic TV with the capability to occasionally watch a DVD movie and it is very convenient for me to just swap a few movies out every few days when leaving the gym and on my way back home (saves me time rather than having to make two trips). At some point I might look into getting DISH service, which I think is available, but I will wait a few weeks to re-evaluate if I actually think this will be necessary. Also in the park free Whi-Fi is available but only in the club house, so when I want to access the internet from my RV I must do it via my hotspot, which has been working fine for me thus far. I have 10 GB’s available per month, which so far seems to be sufficient for me thus far. Only issue is that when I am on my cell phone, I can’t simultaneously be on the internet, but I am adjusting to working around this.
I also joined 2 social clubs on base this past week. One is the Tides Club and the other the Marina Club. The monthly dues are very reasonable….$ 10/month for the Tides Club and $ 9/month for the Marina Club. As a member of the Tides Club you get a 10 % discount on all meals, they have a monthly complementary breakfast for members, they do the Bingo Wednesday nights (with $ 5 off your bingo package) and you have the complementary spread of food items prior to the bingo which I described in a former post. They also have several other complementary events throughout the year and also snacks and giveaways if you go in there on football Sundays. As a member of the Marina Club you get a weekly free hot food snacks on Friday happy hour, plus you are automatically entered to possibly win the weekly jackpot which is currently $ 1,000. Once a month this club offers a free Pancake breakfast, they have a quarterly appreciation dinner, run special customer parties for things like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc; Also on Wednesdays they have a Trivia Team contest with prize giveaways and the also have on Sunday’s a football frenzy get together with free food and snacks.
Snowboard season in the RV park really doesn’t start until mid November, but once the park gets completely full here I also understand that there are a number of activities that are coordinated directly here such as pot lucks, karaoke nights, poker nights, bingo, day trip excursions, etc.
All the above is in addition to other activities that happen on the base like special Halloween Parties, family cookout events, sports team championships, craft work activities, the movie theater that has current movies that can be see at reasonable rates.
So as you can see…there are so many things to keep me occupied just here on base, however future posts will discuss some other things I have been doing as well to keep me well-rounded.
The attached photos are the monthly leaflets from the Tides and the Marina Club just to give you a further appreciation of what they have to offer. Sorry the quality of those photos aren’t the best.