Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Mark and Holly have been great and generous hosts but I will move my base of operations today to Pat's in Knoxville. Dead fish and house guests start to stink after 3 days. That is, if you are able to catch any.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It was great to see the BFE crew on Tuesday: Tim, Christopher, Carrie, Ole, CiJi, Diane, Richard, Ashley and Vincent. I hope to have some pictures up soon.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
There is a dog park about a half mile from here. My daughter and her beau have a two year old, well-hung German Shepherd, Bishop, who doesn't take chunks out of my leg, and he is a regular. Really didn't know they had parks just for dogs but I've been there a couple of times and its kind of a neat place. They romp, run, sniff and seem to all get along. There is a section for smaller dogs, and an area for the big ones. The owners sit at picnic tables and yak about things, they seem to meet at the same times and they all know each other. If I was a dog and couldn't live in BFE, I'd want to live around here and go to the park.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Didn't have the camera with me but sure wish I could have recorded the contact. I don't think this is a common sighting at Sunset beach so feel honored we were there and saw it.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This is the best I have been able to get of the dive-bombing pelicans. I've taken some pictures but they never come out too well. These babies roam along the beach and then when they see a treat they pull their wings into a tight streamline and dive. Fun to watch.
Or Paste this into your search: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsOPYyIF-cY
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
If you like your films to tackle big ideas, head out to District 9. We went on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The set-up was a bit slow, but then it catches fire and takes you on a Hell of a ride. If you don't go to the theater be sure to watch it when it goes on DVD. Clever, humorous, touching, laced with just enough action, thought-provoking, and excellent special effects. Last I checked it had amassed a score of 88% positive-critic approval reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I think I have the technical problems solved. This was taken last Saturday. Warm sunny day, water was calm, clear and you can see the little fish swarming around when I first got in. I don't know what they are or if their edible - Tim, you'd have a tough time fixing these guys with a beer can.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
1. Do almost no homework - why clutter an uncluttered mind?
2. Drink and guzzle beer starting 6 hours prior to draft. This gives you an excuse for picking a lousy team.
3. Take your fantasy football magazine - cause you never know when some writer's ideas 4 months ago might come in handy.
4. Always pause an extra few seconds to announce your pick - others will think you are thoughtful, when actually you trying to force back that nasty burrito you ate with onions.
5. No matter how dumb you think your pick was, there is always someone else who is dumber.
6. Tell Focker he is a pussy for wearing his Phillies baseball jersey at a football draft
7. Ask Gullstrand if he is losing weight...his expression will be priceless.
8. Do not, I repeat, do not look at your team for at least a week - better to brace yourself for the crap job you did.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
These big birds never do anything, just sit there and stare out at the ocean. They stand their ground, too.
OK, I wasn't under the influence when I spotted this little bugger, I mean bug. It was walking without grace outside the door the other day. At first I thought an ant had found a goody and was taking it back to its lair. You really need to click on the picture to enlarge it to get a good look. On the off chance that I have discovered a new species I hereby name it turpissimus furis creatura, Latin for nasty fur bug.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Short film that was a bit of our weekly trip to the beach. Fridays work great because we avoid the weekend crowds. The birds are fun to watch, along with the pelicans that dive right into water for food.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
First off, Happy Birthday. Seems I never get to be with you on your big day, so I hope Karen is there and will give you a big hug for me. 23 years ago you blessed our life by arriving quietly, with a scrambling of the nursing staff and no congratulations from the Doctor. You were an eight week preemie, establishing early on that you would be your own person, and so it has been. A couple of weeks in the hospital and then sprung onto an unaware world. I have never seen a happier more care-free kid.
I hope you had a good childhood, and I hope you are having a good adulthood. Live it up and enjoy, because all too often the crushing obligations of 'living' will rear its head and put you on your backside. When that happens get back up, face those obligations squarely and deal with them like the man you are. I am proud of your service to our country and heartsick that you have wounds that still won't heal. I am proud of your sense of adventure, of your predilection for doing it your way and taking a path in life I was too timid to take. Furthermore, I am proud for who you are: courageous, loyal, with an almost Arthurian sense of gallantry. So, as is my prerogative here are some hints for stress-free living:
1. Email your father more often, he would appreciate it
2. Save as much money as you can now and keep saving it throughout your life
3. Brush your teeth three times a day
4. Learn to appreciate old black and white movies
5. Relationships thrive on the little things; think of little things every day to make someone happy
6. Come up with a hobby, or several: when the world no longer has use for your skills, you'll always have something to do
7. Read books
8. Take lots of pictures, they will comfort you in old age
9. Savor friendships, they are so hard to find
10. Keep in shape, it's the best way to stay out of doctor's offices and pharmacies
Come back soon and see us, we love you, we miss you, and wish you the gift of health, wealth and love.
PS I sure enjoyed your two visits to BFE.
PSS I love you.Father and Son painted in 1990
These little buggers are all over the place. They puff out their throats and remind me of those neat old movies I saw as a kid.
This is where i want to stock shelves, just behind this complex. It is brand new and the ground level is parking, while the shopping takes place on the 2nd floor. There are elevators that take you and your cart down.
What appears as gravel along the curbs around here is actually sea shells.
These ditches were full of water a couple weeks ago. Now they are dry. When full they look like gator swamps.
This is Feola's, a pizza and pasta joint. We're going to try it this weekend. I have an admiration for the small neighborhood places that remain open when franchise joints are built all around them.
Friday, August 7, 2009
It just came back today. Now what do i do? Think I'll send it to Jen, one of the city honchos. Hey Jen, tell Gary to relax, his money is on the way...maybe.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
2. Finished reading "The Art of Racing In The Rain" by Garth Stein on the recommendation of Karen after Missy died. It did everything it was supposed to do, and thanks Karen. This book is very sad. But it is also humorous, and filled with love, devotion, philosophy and hopefulness.
4. I don't know what they trying to do here, but some of it was staged. Look at the kid on the right holding his pogo so the other one could land on it or perhaps they were working on a double-pogo jump.
5. Checking out Carrie's blog, http://northhendersoncommunitycenter.blogspot.com/, and noticed they have filled a giant pothole in front of my house in North Henderson. She made a comment about upgrading the town after the riff-raff left. I am reminded of Robert Mitchum's remark to a reporter when asked how his stay in jail was (marijuana usage): "It was like Palm Springs without the riff-raff. "
6. Old Blue seems to have been saved. A local company, Tire Kingdom has promised to fix it at a far lesser price than a new or used truck payment. Yippee! From 4-5 year payments on a new or used truck down to a small bill for fixing things. Blue is back and looking better than ever - no more bike hauling.
7. The trip across the Skyway Bridge has been postponed till next Sunday due to transportation needs and my truck in the shop.
8. I get this feeling that everyone is having fun at NHCC (I have photographic evidence) and I'm missing it.
9. Man, I want a 40" HDTV.
10. I was telling Mark, my new barber, that I wanted to be here at least through the winter up North. He said this was Florida's winter - the heat it makes this place kinda tough, but it really gets nice in October. Interesting perspective.
11. My neighbor here has offered me a job, sort of. He wants to see my resume but talks a lot about passion, devotion and commitment to the job. Wow. Not sure if I'm up to that. I just want to stock shelves at Publix grocery store.
12. I have a chance to get reduced tickets to the Rays game against Toronto or Texas. Gonna go to one of them. Can't wait. Its been years since I've been to a major League game.
13. Starting to plan a WEEK-long visit back to Illinois in September. Cold beer, stimulating conversation, loose women, riding bikes like bats outta Hell, dew in the morning, and maybe climbing the grain tower in BFE.
14. Mets are out of it this year. Another disappointing season. If we can't do it, then go Cubs.
15. I have been given the green light to start looking for another canine companion. Not sure if I'd ever pull the trigger on it, but nothing hurts to look, does it? Could there be another Missy out there? No. But a reasonable facsimile may be possible.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We then went to Hummel Auto Service and had a conniption thinking we were on the road with it and that the only thing holding the truck together was a shock absorber and that is rusty as all get out. They even offered to drive us home. Oh, and by the way, a fellow we know has this great Toyota pick up for sale if you'd like his number. Well, we nursed it home, and will get a third evaluation hopefully today.
Mind you, this truck runs great and only has 83,000 miles on it. But now suddenly, it seems its days may be over. Guess hauling the bike in the back of it really took its toll.
Options if truck is indeed done:
1. New truck (least favorite idea,as I don't want 4-5 years of payments)
2. Used truck (the one offered by Hummel is a 94, has 53,000 miles and only a couple thou)
3. Go without. Its not like I have a job right now, and besides I have my bike.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I am hoping to get a nice long ride in on Sunday or Monday. Plans are in flux, but a nice trip out of the city might be nice. The Skyway Bridge is a popular run for bikers and I haven't used the bike much. I just picked Parrish as my destination and for no particular reason, except it is a small town and I might find a nice small town bar. By the way, my truck is in the shop: out of alignment and I had a major suspension cave-in due to hauling the bike down.
Actually I need to get a nice compass because I never seem to know which direction I am going. They tell me that if I travel East I'll get wet. And if I travel West I'll get even wetter. If I miss the Skyway I'll get wet, too. So my options are to go North or South via the bridge. Down here I don't need to watch the weather to see if Sunday will work. Everyday is the same. Sure wish I could meet up with the North Henderson Mild Ones.