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Saturday, December 11, 2010

We used to drive along East 10th Street, past the fancy houses, at Christmastime back in the early 1960's because we wanted to be awed by the light displays. There would be a string of cars as far as anyone could see, moving very slowly because one or two people didn't want to hurry. The show was fantastic. In later years other areas of Indianapolis took the lead, but there was always an excellent show somewhere.

Down here there are a lot of fancy areas, but this immediate neighborhood isn't one of them. We always used to drive over to Safety Harbor to see the house decorated by the two artists who live in it. They would make the St. Pete Times, and I still have pictures that I took there, but nothing is like seeing it in the flesh. We have sort of fallen out of the habit anymore. We have been in this area during the winter intermittently since 1992, and every winter since 1999, but we didn't start looking at the Safety Harbor show until about 2002, and after a few years the crowds and difficulty parking took the pleasure away. The BW was having trouble walking very far, and it just slid away.

Up around 18th and Pennsylvania there are some fancy places, with wire reindeer forms covered with lights, and multiple inflated lighted figures as well as light displays that knock you socks off. On the way home from the grocery store the BW made me drive by them, and they were a great show at dusk. It was still light out, but the lights showed brightly, and I wished I had a camera with me to try to get a reasonable available light shot. Instead, by the time I had carried everything in and we put everything away it was dark, and I didn't feel like driving up there. Instead I took another shot of Kenny's house from across the street, bracing the camera on someone's mail box. One of the consequences of being in the unincorporated Pinellas County is that everyone has a mailbox on the street, not on the house, and they're at a convenient height to satisfy the USPS.

This is another picture of Kenny's house. Ours isn't worth showing.

It's a little better than yesterday's. I changed the batteries in the camera and forgot to set the date and time - it was taken this evening.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 12/12/2010 8:00AM

    I always loved the palm trees with lights! Your picture is very good.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/11/2010 10:04PM

    Pretty picture. You can thank the mailbox, I guess.

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MRDPOLING 12/11/2010 9:37PM

    I didn't realize you live next to the Griswolds. hehe

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TUBLADY 12/11/2010 9:01PM

    That is a lovely picture. I like to see the decorations at Xmas, I am just tired of doing all the decorating and putting it all away later.
When in Miami we always went over to the big lighted display.
But sometimes the crowds got the best of me and I had to leave.
I can't deal with packed crowds. A little phobia of mine.
I'm not putting up any lights or tree this year. I have a wreath on door, and poinsettia inside. A few other easy decorations, scented pine cones, which I love.
Jim has said we will have a tree on our Xmas vacation in Colorado. Not sure what he has planned, it's his show, I'm just along for the ride.
Enjoy all the holiday has to offer.

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Pictures? of the lights.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm not sure what happened to my tripod, but I don't do very well taking pictures at night with a hand-held camera. The first (top) one is the house across the street, the second one is Kenny's (on the right - the one on the left has just the house lights), and the last two sad ones are of our front porch, first hand held and then braced on our mailbox. I just plugged these two strings into the end on one of the ones on the patio, around the corner to the right. They're all pretty sad, but farther east there are a bunch of fancy lights. In the daytime you can't see much of anything.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/11/2010 11:30AM

    Thanks for the effort . I appreciate it all.

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MS.ELENI 12/10/2010 10:14PM

    I like your lights. I will wait a few more days and then drive around and look at lights.

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Meeting the Lunch Bunch

Thursday, December 09, 2010

While we were in Indianapolis we drove out to Tuttle's Orchard to buy apples to bring home. They taste better than any we can buy in the store. Both our son and youngest daughter have said that they were surprised that the grapefruit and lemons from our back yard were so good - better than what they get in the store where they live.

This afternoon we drove down to US 19 and Bellaire to the big citrus grove and shopped. We bought some tangerines and some red naval oranges that the BW liked because of the taste samples. I guess we get good citrus here and not so good apples.

After that we stopped at Ace Hardware and bought a couple more strings of lights for the front porch. I untangled them and strung them up while the BW went to the mall.

Then it finally hit me - if they are selling grapefruit, it's time to start picking grapefruit. It seem as if we just got done eating last year's crop. The only problem with a grapefruit tree is that it makes way too much fruit. Added to that is the realization that it's time to prune the peach tree again, and least before February. And in three weeks I'll be starting my 19th year of retirement. I don't know whether to celebrate or cry.

Tomorrow I will pick up Jack and take him with me to the Pier. Charlie, Olsen, and Byron will be there for sure, and maybe Charlie's neighbor in Venice. We will "do lunch" or kill a couple of hours, depending on your viewpoint. It's just a chance to drink a couple of beers and catch up on what other people have to say.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 12/10/2010 9:03AM

    We had a grapefruit tree when we lived there. Wow, do I miss that. I loved having it fresh and from my own yard. Just too cold to grow where I live now.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/10/2010 6:58AM

    I don't even like grapefruit, which is strange since I like just about everything. However, while visiting my grandparents in south Texas one winter, I decided to pick some from their tree out back. Well naturally, I had to try it and it was delightful. Strange that it varies that much. You have me interested in those apples too.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/9/2010 11:02PM

    Oh I love eating grapefruits and I know that the tree that we have is probably ready to pick and eat those fruits. Will have to ask my son if they are ready.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/9/2010 10:46PM

    I love citrus fruits and that is without ever eating one fresh from the orchard. that sounds like a delight. I think the best peaches that I've ever eaten came from my own backyard. I suppose that has to do with the freshness factor.

I do hope you post pictures of your lights. We've been looking for Christmas scenes without the snow. So many people are enamored of the idea of a white Christmas. Yet much of the world celebrates without the white stuff.

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MS.ELENI 12/9/2010 10:34PM

    I love grapefruit.My favorite is the ruby red ones.I eat them like an orange.
19 years of retirement is a celebration. Especially when you are able to be active and enjoy life.
Bill never puts as much outside as I would like but since he does it I keep quiet.I just fill inside of house with lights my way.
Enjoy your lunch with your buddy's.

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The First Joke

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Pinellas County is "built out" now - all urban area, but 50 years ago it was all citrus orchards and cattle ranching, with a few small towns and some railroad sidings. But if you look in the yellow pages you will find that even today, in the middle of all the malls and shopping centers, there are three feed stores. There's a really nice one down in Largo, down on East Bay Drive. You can get anything you want - grass seed, fertilizer, even vaccinations for your pets.

(Everyone nods, because the feed store is well known)

One day a duck walked into the feed store, looked around, and walked up to a clerk.

"Got any duck feed," the duck asked.

The clerk replied, "No sir, we don't. We've never had any call for duck feed, so we just don't stock any. We do carry three brands of chicken feed, however. Could I interest you in some chicken feed?"

The duck turns around and walks out.

The next morning, the duck walks into the feed store again, looks around, and walks up to the same clerk.

"Got any duck feed" he asks.

"No," the clerk replies.

The duck turns around and walks out.

The third morning, the duck walks into the feed store and up to the same clerk.

"Got any duck feed?"

"No." the clerk replies. "I told you yesterday, and I told you the day before, we don't have any duck feed. We never did have any duck feed, and we're never gonna have any duck feed. Now I'm getting sick of this, and if you come in here one more time and ask for duck feed I'm gonna nail your feet to the floor!"

The duck turns around and walks out.

The fourth day the duck walks into the feed store, looks around, and walks up to the same clerk.

"Got any nails?" he quavers.

"No," the clerk answers.

"Good! Got any duck feed?"

You need to sound like a duck, and the clerk needs to sound respectful at first, but irritated on the third day.

We're not supposed to tell jokes that offend anyone, but we are supposed to tell a joke at the beginning of each day to relax people a little, so I keep a few animal jokes and clowns (jokes on me) on hand. I used the one on dead penguins today, and got a great response.

I hope that satisfies you Danny.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/9/2010 10:51PM

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MRDPOLING 12/9/2010 7:20AM

    LOL! Good joke!

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MS.ELENI 12/8/2010 9:01PM

    I remember the big feed store that was in Tarpon when I was little.
Love the joke

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First Day Done

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I had 20 people signed up, and one more lady walked in, so I made her a nameplate, gave her a registration form, and took her money. She said she had called last Wednesday, but she wasn't on the list so I guess she wasn't really a walk-in.

After a slow start (traffic held a lot of them up) we had a good class and finished on time today. I gave them their homework and got home by 1:30. Then I had a bowl of soup and started making certificates and counting money. By the time I was finished, it was after five. I put everything in the trunk of my car, and tomorrow I won't have to be there until about 8:30.

It was nice having a decent group there today - I got a great laugh with my starting joke, and I realized that people are coming from Tampa, Largo, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, and Port Richy. There were actually not many local people there, and I guessed that maybe a bunch of the other instructors were taking the month off.

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MRDPOLING 12/8/2010 6:58AM

    What was the opening joke?

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MS.ELENI 12/7/2010 10:14PM

    Sounds like you had another busy day

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