I would like to personally thank President Trump for steering Hurricane Dorian well clear of Alabama (and parts of Florida) through the sheer force of his will. That was a close one. If the president had not been closely monitoring the situation between rounds at his golf club in Virginia, this thing could have gotten rough. It’s still pretty bad: We have a couple of small branches […]
Dorian. Never met anyone named Dorian, unless you count “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I finally got around to reading that a few years ago. Oscar Wilde. The book was sort of controversial in 1890. It’s about a guy who makes a deal with, if not the devil, then at least a Jeffrey Epstein-like character, if Jeffrey Epstein had been a gifted painter instead of a gifted […]
Today I went to Publix, thinking I should do something to prepare for the approach of a Category 4 hurricane. But the only thing I bought of a hurricane nature was a case of bottled water. Publix had big pallets of it stationed around the store, and most people seemed to be grabbing at least one. I did too. If everybody had been grabbing big sacks of […]
Another reason to hate Florida: Fire ants! Just when I thought I could put up with the heat and humidity and Gov. Rick Scott, one million of these little bastards decided it was time to teach me a valuable lesson. Lesson one: Don’t live in Florida. Lesson two: if you do live in Florida, don’t walk your dog at night past a vacant lot filled with interesting […]
Yeah, I voted. I’m not sure why. Here in the Sunshine State, the big contest was between an inept current governor and an inept former one. After a month of dueling attack ads, both men pretty much reduced each other to the stature of small, evil clowns. The sad reality of election day in Florida is knowing that no matter how you vote, one of the candidates […]
Today, for the first time in years, I was out the door and walking before 7:30 a.m. That’s quite a departure for a guy who has never been a morning person. But I’ve been forced into it. Even though the official first day of summer was just a couple of days ago, here in the Sunshine State it’s been summer since about April Fool’s Day. By “summer,” […]
One thing about the oldish houses of my neighborhood here in Springfield: A fair number of them have a pair of stone lions guarding the steps. It’s something modern home builders never think of, for some reason. Anyway, I’ve been stalking them during my daily ramble.