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Travel Day

This morning I will be boarding one of those wonderfully rickety old Allegiant planes and they will be whisking me back home to Northlandia.  You can measure the flight time: One quarter mark they wheel the refreshment cart down the aisle.  Then at the halfway mark they do it again.  At the three quarter mark they announce a new Allegiant credit card offer.  Then, hopefully somewhere on time and at the right place, we land.  I was thinking about the last time I rode my bike and have it pegged somewhere around October/November of last year, yeah 2017.  I'm kind of anxious to get on the Yama Dawg again.  Picture taking was too cloudy last time I was up there, so hoping for some decent weather.


Last time I was up there the Mets were only three games back and still heady from the 11-1 start.  Now we are in 4th place, 16 games back and playing out the string.  Last time I was there it was freezing and rainy and a whole summer had yet to begin.  Now the kids are back in school and fall i…

Tuesday Tidbits

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A couple things to update you one from past posts:
1.  The state's attorney's office has decided to prosecute the Stand Your Ground shooter that I mentioned a couple weeks ago.  After looking at the video the office decided to pursue manslaughter charges because the victim was walking back after he shoved the guy, thus he was in retreat. 
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These are the remains of the snake that was run over on my walkjog route I take every morning.  I had to wait to be sure there it was safe to approach the carcass.  Those things can play possum.  All the possum seemed to be out of this guy.  I took the picture to prove to you my paranoia is justified.
3.  Last Friday I said Michael was turning 17 this month.  I was wrong.  He is turning 16.  Dumb math.


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Update on Whizzbang, aka Dumbstruck the Wonder Pup




Every trip you make to the kitchen.  Every time you open the fridge.  Every snack, every meal, every drawer or door opened... I'll be watching.

Mix For Monday

I collected some various pics from some events in the past week and thought I'd just post them on this Monday before Northlandia.  
The first set is from a trip to Courtney Campbell Causeway which isn't too far from Sinkhole estates.  I haven't been here in ages and kind of sorry about that.  It's a great place to walk, jog, jogwalk, bike, fish, take night pics or just sit.  



This path stretches from Clearwater to Tampa, across the Bay.  It's 10 miles of blue sky (if you are into that sort of thing), bluer water and skylines if St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa.  From here you can see planes land at two airports, see Tropicana Field, and the entire Tampa Bay. 



I've thought for quite awhile that it seems crazy not to have some type of water sport to engage in down here.  There is no shortage of water to enjoy.  Here on this walk I spied a fishing boat and kayaks.  Same thing with Northlandia - one should have some kind of winter outdoor recreation since it takes up h…

Friday Flashback

Shortly before I got that wonderful early retirement thing from the Ninth Judicial Circuit my son decided he wanted to marry someone from Florida.  She arrived via bus with a little year and a half old kid and they lived with us in G-Burg.  That little kid, Michael, was a dandy and we spent a lot of time together.  

I have posted pics before of us wandering around town, he on his little toy ATV I got him and me trying to keep up.  We covered the town like a cold sweat.  Even had to order another battery just in case one would die out while we were blocks from home.  






He loved trains and we spent a great deal of time at the depot watching them as they swooshed by.  We would be gone hours exploring.







It was a fun time.  We were inseparable.  But eventually it would end.  Brendan joined the Army, and they went with him to Clarksville.  Tours in Iraq didn't help with their marriage and it withered,  they were just kids themselves.  She eventually returned to Florida and my time with Micha…

A Piece Of My Mind

I was reading a great but disturbing article on MetaFilter.  The gist of it was about our shrinking entertainment media.  The writer said she had tried to find a movie on her streaming systems and had been unsuccessful.  She was searching for Fresh Horses, a mediocre 1988 flick that starred Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy.  She knew it wasn't a blockbuster but after a separation she wanted to see it to touch base with some aspects of her life that was represented in the film.  

They can't all be Schindler's List.  But we have all seen movies that for some reason appeal to us.  Some are lousy, some are just OK.  I can remember that for me there was a flick called Fluke.  Absolutely one of the worst movies of all time, but damned if I didn't like it.  In fact I was one of only 4 people who bought it when it came out on VHS.  It was about a guy who is in a car crash, dies, and is reincarnated into a dog.  Matthew Modine was the character and I think this was his last st…

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Tuesday Tidbits

My old buddy Mike Johnson said they should've stopped making movies after John Wayne died.  This isn't about John, Mike, or westerns.  It's about movie art.











John Wayne movie posters seem redundant.  Same blueprint, it seems for all of his stuff.  Just plant his face on the cover with some small scene to the side.  Name another Hollywood star who commands that kind of artwork.


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Went to the Mall for the first time in ages to renew my hazy hatred of the place.  In the food court I saw this guy. 
So, how did he do it?  Yes, he took the mask off.


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Saw this mushroom at Sinkhole Estates.  Reminded me of one of the Wombie's shank shots into the rough.


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Update on Whizzbang, aka Dumbstruck the Wonder Pup