Sunday, February 19, 2017


GEOCACHING POTPOURRI--

One of the best benefits of geocaching is the delightful places and experiences it delivers as we wander from cache to cache.  Here's a sample:


That's Sue, also known as Skagway071 in geocaching circles, doing some photography in a large bush near Ft. Pierce, FL.  The amazing but common bush is a Sea Grape plant which grows in profusion in the sub-tropical climate.  Absent heavy rain the plant could provide a quite comfortable campsite.

Here she is again showing her consternation with this Rube-Goldburg style creation of a geocache:


We found this concoction of PVC plumbing hidden in a well camouflaged kitty-litter container in a park's palmetto scrubland.  The upper right side of the concoction was a tube, secured with a luggage lock that contained the log we needed to sign.  The only thing we needed to do was decipher the combination from numbers displayed on the outside container.  *Gasp*.  We'll be trying again someday--hence her consternation.


Not all experiences are confined to the boondocks.  Here we are at a fine dock-side restaurant in Port Salerno, FL.  That's Sue, lower left with our caching companions, known as GOC+me enjoying some nautical ambiance while our lunch is being prepared.

A week or so earlier we were at a geocaching event at the huge Jonathan Dickson State Park near Jupiter, FL where we encountered this theatrical gal presenting her tee for all to see:


And so it goes!



Tuesday, January 31, 2017



ARMADILLO--

We enjoyed a geocaching outing today and, while working just northwest of Sebastian, FL, saw at least a dozen of these curious critters along one county road.  They exceeded in number the total of armadillos we have seen in six plus snow-birding seasons in the Vero Beach area.

This photo was done with a cell phone by caching partner Betty (Boop) Maus who winters in our RV park.  Although, while commonly viewed as a sub-tropical animal, they have pushed their range as far north as Indiana.

Several of our team clicked away with their phone cameras and this critter, obviously aware of our presence, didn't seem to mind terribly.  I later learned they have poor eyesight, thus explaining its inclination to munch some Armadillo lunch while generally ignoring us.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


POTPOURRI--

"Editor's Note:  When I changed telephones recently to a Samsung Galaxy 7, I lost the ability to download photos for use in the blog.  That problem continued when I lost that phone and replaced it with a Samsung J-3, or whatever.

Since photos are a key component of my blog entries that effectively shut down publication until I recently discovered a work-around so I will be using that in the interim to get back to the pleasure of sharing stories with you."


Square Dancing in the Florida Keys!

That's Sue and I with Homer Magnet, a popular Ohio square dance caller, and wife Susie preparing for lunch at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West.  Sue and I drove down to the Marathon, FL area where Homer has a snowbird calling gig and enjoyed a delightful dance with their local dance club.  The following day the four of us romped around Key West where we shared some geocaching with them

There is a cache at the southern-most tip of the US and another at the Zero "0" mile-marker for US Highway 1.  Sue and I logged both of them while Homer and Susie participated.  What a hoot!  ...and I am convinced that visit likely will be the highlight of our season.

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Geocaching near Melbourne, FL--

The clue for finding this cache was stated simply as "Palmettos".  As you can plainly see Sue and our friends Greg and Leslie are standing in the middle of forest of those plants.  We failed to see the humor in the hint but found the cache regardless.  It was a tiny container glued into a softball and lying near the roots of one of the bazillion plants represented above.  Greg was on his knees to make the find.

Local geocaching friends who own the Space Coast Geocaching Store put together the day's caching romp in Melbourne's Wickham Park.  Our caching team besides the four of us included good friends Mike and Linda from Columbus/Marion, OH and Betty, Elaine and Bev from upstate NY.  We signed the cache logs as Team OHNY.

During our hike of several miles while finding 16 caches for the day we encountered numerous Gopher Turtles.  These creatures live in sandy burrows everywhere in the state and politely endure pesky photographers, like me, doing this photo from just a couple of feet at nearly turtle eye level; with my apologies, of course.

Friday, December 16, 2016


MERRY CHRISTMAS

This enchanting Christmas light display was done by Scott and LuAnn Trumpopwer on Abbeyfeale Rd., Mansfield.  There are larger light displays around the county but none with this delightful and creative artistry.

Do yourself a favor and put this on your must-see list during this Christmas season.

(Abbeyfeale Rd., is a short connector street that runs west from Lexington Ave just south of Sturgis to Wood St.)

Sunday, December 4, 2016


COMMENTERRY-- 
From today's headlines

"Madonna Bashes Donald Trump at Miami Show:  I'm Ashamed to be an American"

Guess what lady, I'm also ashamed you are an American!






Thursday, December 1, 2016


COMMENTERRY--
All in this morning's news...

The Levi-Straus Co., it is reported today, requested customers no longer bring their constitutionally protected and legally authorized concealed handguns into their stores.

This, evidently, is in response to an incident in a Commerce, GA store where some hapless twit accidently shot himself causing non-life threatening injuries with a legally carried gun and, evidently, ignoring the millions of other times legally armed customers have visited their stores without incident.

The company's witless chief executive officer went on to state:  "...he knows some individuals will react to the request to disarm by boycotting Levi Strauss, but he 'concluded that most boycott threats around this topic ultimately blow over.' "

Actually, I had learned, long ago, of this company's disrespect for our Constitutional rights under the 2nd Amendment and haven't bought a pair of their denims in the past 15 or 20 years in their stores or in any other store, for that matter.

I just counted 14 pairs of denim pants in my home closet, including the pair I am wearing, and there is not a Levi brand in the bunch.  Add about a half dozen more pairs of denims in permanent residence in our FL camper and you have 20 sales lost to this outfit at this time with one person alone, which ignores, of course pairs bought and worn out in the meantime.

Let me help you with a little math Mr. executive in chief.  There are an estimated 12.8 million concealed carry licenses now issued in the US, not counting the folks legally carrying in about a dozen states where no license is necessary.

But, considering those 12.8 million potential customers alone; if each of them has just 1/2 the quantity of denims I own and assuming an average retail price of $35 per pair of your denims (12.8 x 10 pairs x $35 each)  and you have a potential loss in sales value of some $4,500,000,000.

In the interest of making a conservative estimate lets halve that number again to $2,250,000,000.

Like the ageless politician Everett Dirksen once said, paraphrasing, "Pretty soon that adds up to a lot of money (say lost sales revenue in this case)."  If I counted my zeros correctly we are talking in the billions of dollars.

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Speaking of stupidity or insanity or whatever, today's news also tells us democrats in the US House of Representatives have re-elected what's her name to the speaker's position.

Here we are with the recent election having demolished democrat candidates from the courthouse to the state house to the White House and their minions in the Congress vote to retain a noisy slice of the same losing leadership.

Remember the old saying that dealt with repeating the same mistake and expecting a different result.

You can see me rolling my eyes, can't you?

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And finally there was this news headline:

"California to begin controlling cow farts."

I'll leave you to ponder that one.



Monday, November 14, 2016

ELECTION RIOTS--

The main squawk of this current rioting crowd seems to surround Clinton winning the popular vote but not likely winning the Electoral College process.

1)  The election appears to have been conducted (mostly) under the rules of our country and simply not liking the outcome is not a valid reason to try to forcibly change that result.

Changing the declared result, however, is likely very much favored by the Clinton regime, if not actually being encouraged by that crowd.  Playing by the rules of law or civilized society is not something they seem to favor.

2)  The "winning" margin of Clinton's popular vote total appears to be entirely within her winning margin in California alone.  Which means, the "winning" candidate in this or any future national election could be determined by the liberal enclaves mostly located in the dense population areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This particular election is clear evidence of why the Electoral College process is part of our legal system.

Remember also our country is being swamped, daily, by immigrants crossing our southern border completely outside the rule of our immigration laws.  This has been going on, in fact encouraged, during the entire term of the Obama regime occuping our presidency.

You don't suppose that open-border tactic was intended to increase illegal votes for democrat candidates, do you?

Why, of course not! 😉

Finally, rioting is a violation of law in most jurisdictions.  I'm wondering what would happen if these current culprits were examined by law enforcement for their status as US citizens and were sent home if they have no legal right to be in this country.

We might quickly cease to appear like the bananna republic they evidently intend to create.

(Note, this column is talking about rioters, not the law abiding folks who chose, in their good conscience to support the Clinton candidacy--no matter how flawed their logic.)

May God bless America, and may America bless God!