I first stopped in Jacksonville (north florida) to stay with my cousins/aunt/uncle for a day. My uncle is a successfull web developer and he really knows his stuff (finished top of his class, etc.)
He wants me to intern for him at his company when I'm done with high school, and I think I will. Thats's right, I let the cat out of the bag, for those who don't already know, I'm only 17 (18 in september). Up till recently I've been pretty secretive about my age due to the fear of age discrimination (I guess). It was probably obvious though.
After that we went to Fort Lauderdale (south florida) which is where we stayed at a mediocre beach resort. The beach was the most beutifull i've ever seen it. The water was a clear emerald green. I've been told the farther south you go (till you hit the equator?) the clearer the water gets. At the bahamas it's clear blue, so there you go :)
We also went to miami (even more southern florida). There we took a ride on a glass bottom boat. Really cool, we saw some baracuda's, sharks, other fish, and ship artifacts.
I'm so glad to be back though. During the trip, I spent some time reading "tricks of the 3d game programming gurus" just for kicks. I've had the book for months just never read it till now. I'm so glad I don't code like him anymore :)
Meanwhile my engine hasn't gone anywhere in 10 days or so. I've got a really polygon heavy lamborghini floating in my window and my frame rate is really bad (~7 fps). I need to work on a scene graph and some occluding technologies to gain some speed, then a basic mesh terrain, mabey a hight map in the future.
So then... wait, I'm hungry