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March 3, 2017

Well, this isn’t one of my advertised archival PCB pics. It’s these awesome clouds I saw today while I was driving to a meeting. I helped them look a bit more dramatic, maybe doing a disservice to them because they were awesome all on their own, but when it comes to drama, well, sometimes, I can’t help myself.

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While we’re talking about drama, I looked at a website that says I’m being cruel to 2 spot, because guppies are social fish and should not be kept alone, and that I really need to set up at least a 5 gallon tank with a filter and a heater and two female (spotless) guppies. He cost 40 cents. Yes, its awful to put a price on a life. But remember, he was only a 20 cent fish when he was a feeder fish, so I doubled his value on the open market already. If I can find a 5 gallon tank and a filter and a heater at the Dollar Store (where his Florida beach home came from), well, maybe  I’ll set him up in style. Fact is, since he’s been in my possession, he’s lived twice as long as all of his schoolmates. Maybe he’s just a bit of a loner like me…

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Well, we made it home alive — that’s always a good thing. I still have fresh memories of the beach, the sunsets, the water that was warm enough to actually swim in, but most importantly, the people who came to visit and make my life so much more enjoyable. I actually made a few friends this year who’s names I actually remember. There was Josh, the oyster shucker at Dat Cajun Place, Don the Cop from Nebraska, and the world’s most aptly-named couple, Tweetie and Gas Can. I want to especially thank my family for accepting the trip (though it looks like they thrived quite well without me…)

Anyway… while the memories are still fresh and before I delete many of the 700 photos I took down there, I’m going to keep putting some pics up every few days — at least until you guys stop visiting…

Here’s an artsy-fartsy sand shot I took as the sun went down.

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End of the Trip

February 27, 2017

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Evan came down to make sure I got home. We spent a little time on the biker bar circuit. Do I really look like a nerd? Cuz that’s what a biker mama told me…

This was the second that the sun went down on the last day. Not a great sunset, but the last is the last…

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Getting Near the End

February 24, 2017

The trip, alas, is drawing to a close. I can’t wait to get home to my family, whom I thank immensely for allowing this annual trek. But I will miss some things about this place. Its magical in the off-season. An off-duty police officer Bruce and I were talking to at Buasters referred to the place as Mayberry. Peaceful, low intensity, slow pace. Lotsa sitting out on porches drinking lemonade (Mike’s Hard Lemonade, I’d guess…). One thing that is kind cool is that wherever I went to watch a sunset, I was never the only one watching it. People pull up and take out their chairs or a blanket and park it on the beach. Turn around and about a quarter of the people are on their balconies, drinks and cameras in hand. There’s about 30 minutes of peace and reflection, and it feels like its town-wide. In the picture below, the small images you see at the water’s edge are some spectators — more are on blankets or in their chairs on the beach.

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On the other hand, Two Spot is making things a little harder than necessary by living all month. I’m afraid to change the water because that killed his friends, and I’m not sure he’ll survive the ride home…

Accomplishments and Rainbows

February 23, 2017

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Why is this man smiling? Well, not exactly smiling, but taking a picture of himself? It’s because he finished the annual 50 mile beach walk — inlet to inlet, pier to pier to pier.

 

 

 

Speaking of today’s walk — a rainbow is always nice to see!

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Happy Birthday Donna!

February 22, 2017

Big Sister hit the big 62 today.

31 x 2. Just to put it into prime numbers.

434 in dog years for animal lovers…

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Happy Birthday! I love you!

 

Catching Up

February 22, 2017

Well, today was kind of yucky weather-wise, spent all day working, and I just sent off my last work email at 2200 hours, so there’s nothing new to show — from today at least. However…. I did come across this beach wedding the other day. It was supposed to be a romantic sunset wedding between two middle-aged women, but the clouds and sun didn’t cooperate.

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Instead, I think they started the ceremony a little early, I guess so they still had some light for pics. This was at the Richard Seltzer State Park (so that’s Seltzer water you’re looking at) — I’m basing my guess they started early because there were several car loads of dressed-up people just getting out of cars when I returned to the parking lot, and the Thomas Drive end of PCB has like zero-squared traffic ever.

In the Good News department, 2 Spot is still alive. And Evan is coming Friday to help with the ride home!