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Flashback Friday

Halloween for me was always a bit of a curiosity more than a mission.  It wasn't one of my favorite days. We boys would always get our own pumpkins for carving and the small little candles for lighting.  I usually forgot the most important part of carving:  you must slant your first cut on the top circling the stem or else your lid will not fit securely.  But the guts were fun and stringy and had that distinctive Fall smell to it.
As kids we would go to most of the homes since we knew everyone.  Mary Seaton always gave a nickel.  She worked at the bank so that made sense.  My grandparents always gave out apples which was not something anyone really wanted.  Miss Anderson always gave out popcorn balls.  But mostly it was the little wrapped M & M's or Mars bars or Butterfingers.  Chocolate was always good, hard sucker-type stuff wasn't.  But I can't say I ever really got into it like other people.  
Transitioning out of treat-taking and into more treat-giving activitie…

First Nature Walk of the Fall - Part 1

With the temperatures falling a bit this Fall it seemed good to be able hit the walkways of  one of the best nature preserves around here, Sawgrass.  These pictures generally need no comment, so I'll remain quiet.  

Just a Few Of The Reasons Why Florida Sucks

Nothing is all good nor all bad.  Most states have their plusses and minuses.  Illinois is a corrupt bastion of Chicago politics.  Iowa has the Hawkeyes.  Florida is a different breed of state.  It's mostly bad. Hot, stupid and the home of weird.   

Hey ladies, get on your high high heels and grab your rifle.  "Stand Your Ground", birthed right here basically means you can shoot anything that moves if you are fearful.  

Wal-Mart, home of falling prices, personality-dead check-out clerks and long lines, will cheerfully sell you this dead plant I saw for 50% off.  I don't know if this is a reflection of Wal-Mart or Florida, but since this Wal-Mart was in Florida, its a twofer.

In Illinois you swat at flies in your house.  Here, you corral lizards.

This driver thought a silly Zombie style tire cover was cute.  At least I hope it was tongue-in-cheek.  But upon further inspection, on the license plate is the Tampa Bay Bucs NFL football logo.  If he is looking for a Zombie Out…

Tuesday Tidbits

1.  Neighbor Tim has healed well enough to resume work.  Sherwin-Williams, his many friends in Northlandia and at least one in Florida, and family breathe a sigh of relief.  Now if his Bears could just win a game. 

2.  I am a proponent of online banking.  Paying bills on the internet probably saves me close to $40.00 a year in postage.  But there is one thing I don't get.  I use Billpay for a couple of bills from my bank.  We know banks are stingy, blood-sucking parasitic ass worms who are every bit as evil as much as they are tightwads.  Who pays for  Billpay?

3.  I was extremely saddened by Illinois' dropping the Millionaire Raffle from their lotto lineup.  It had become a bit of a tradition with the Wombie and I having our raffle tickets and dreaming of untold wealth.  We never did win anything but found it fun nonetheless.  Pretty good odds, too.  It was something they did twice a year along with St. Patrick's Day.  Hopefully that one is still in the works.  

4.  The othe…

Mystery Reference Points

I am not given to hysterics.  In all my stargazing I have never seen a UFO (well, maybe one).  I have read the calculations of how far an advanced alien civilization would have to come to find us in the vastness of space and have ruled out the possibility. The technology for traveling such distances seems daunting even for the most advanced.  And there is the question of why.  Surely there must be millions of worlds more suitable for whatever they need, and thus, the third question.  If they need something why not take it?  Why just the endless spatial drive-bys?  
Anyway, after having had breakfast with the clan at the Egg Platter I noticed a small round washer driven into the parking lot by a small nail.  I asked if anyone had noticed them before and wondered what it was for.  No one knew.  
And then I started to notice them everywhere.

On sidewalks.

In roads.

In parking lots.

Some have been highlighted.
OK, lets deduce their purpose.  Obviously they are reference points.  One actually has…