Category Archives: Living in Florida

Don’t think twice…

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Visitors to Florida are usually keen to see an alligator.

There are myraid opportunities to visit Gator farms, Alligator museums and infamous  Gator displays.

Then, there is the unexpected shock of walking near a lake, lagoon, or a pond only to see a “sleeping” gator sunning herself…ready to strike when a pair of white legs walk by.

If ever there was a time to exercise caution – it is near one of those bodies of water which look so appealling for a quick swim.

Who know what lurks beneath those dark and murky waters?  Best Advice? Skip the temptation.

“Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.”

Dan Rather
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Living in FL: Lizards, geckos, and bugs, oh no!

photo_3231_20070906 We now live in the lush, green, warm tropics.

In the backyard, we have a dozen palm trees and a Star Fruit tree, which on a windy day, drops yellow blobs of fruits at an alarming rate.

Yuck

There are some pointy, succulent, cactusy things in one corner, an orange Hibiscus and thorny, purple, Bougainvillea in the other and there is a smattering of mangy bushes.

 

As a rule, Northern Californians are pretty clueless when it comes to palm trees. Redwood trees are our thing.  Joyce Kilmer certainly wasn’t writing about palm trees.

Who knew that a palm tree would give off these huge, dead pods that look like something out of  “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?”   Often you wake in the morning and discover, sometime in the quiet of night, another corpse has appeared on your lawn.

Every once in a while you might see a Black Snake. Today, there was a three-foot black snake sunning itself on the steps.

However, the most egregious creatures are the slippery, slimy, ones. They dart and dash and scurry and scamper all over the doorstep and on the patio. Lizards and reptile cousins slither up and down the trees, all over the fence, in and out of bushes.

And, they are on top of your garbage can.  Some of them reside in your garbage can.

I have the unseemly job of taking the garbage can to the driveway and putting it out for the pickup on Monday morning.

My stomach churns, my skin crawls and my mouth is dry, as I open the door to go outside to Lizard Land.  They must know I’m coming.  Can they smell my fear?

Once a week, I put on my perfect-for-Yosemite hiking boots and step into their world.  As fast as I can,  I grab that green receptacle and race to the curb and back into the safety of the house. Door slammed and locked. Good-bye, suckers.

Safe for another week.

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The Evil Twins of Florida: Curb and DB

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Bitter?  Florida is anger – very angry…Trumpcare /Traitors…

Florida is famousfor an Aging demographic. Seniors have time to think, talk, and Vote.10393941_1575977282640664_4067056485906082171_n

 

“The vote by Diaz Balart and Curbelo will be felt here more than in most places around the country. A Kaiser Family Foundation study demonstrates that Miami has the highest concentration of Obamacare users in the nation. More than 365,000 human beings stand to lose health care if the plan Diaz Balart and Curbelo voted for — which still has a long way to go to become law — passes the Senate and is then sent to the president for his signature.

  As stated, “Diaz Balart and Curbelo don’t care about you. They’ll tell you they do. They DON’T! Or else why would they vote to place thousand of their district constituents in harms way?”

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The Good NEWS: Kicked to the Curb, Curbelo

“He should know he wrote his political death certificate with that vote last week. Because we are hell-bent on turning that district blue in 2018,” said Mike Williams, the founder of Indivisible Miami, the local chapter of a new group that sprung up since the election as the left’s answer to the Tea Party.

Bitter

Florida Billboard: boosting Brazilian Butt Lift? Seriously?

 The billboard across from the mall on Biscayne Blvd in Miami read:

 

“Hey! Look at me! Brazilian Butt Lift only $4999″*

 

Stunned – I snapped a photo of the billboard – while driving  …and this is what I shot…IMG_0248

*Imagine, children,  a huge billboard –  

with a “Before” photograph of two old saggy – buns next to another photograph  of  an  

“After” photograph of two 20-year old buns.

You get the picture. Welcome to South Florida…

“My parents didn’t want to move to Florida,

but they turned sixty and that’s the law.”

Jerry Seinfeld

What on Earth were you thinking?

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Paul Ryan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Plan- Danger

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New York Times

Last week, President Trump’s sketch of a budget underscored how little interest he has in the nation’s social insurance programs —

proposing to shift $54 billion next year to the militarygun-1845347__340

from the civilian discretionary budget that funds many of the government’s social efforts.

“No other Congress or administration has ever put forward a plan with the intention of having fewer people covered.”

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Under the House Republican plan, 24 million more Americans will lack health insurance by 2026, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Of those, 14 million will lose access to Medicaid

and “choose” not to spend money — money they don’t have — on health insurance.

 

Millions more near-poor people in their 50s and early 60s will likewise be left without a policy they can afford.grandparents-1054311__340

 

Among those who survive, more are likely to report themselves in poorer health.
• Their rates of depression are likely to rise.
• Critically, their finances will certainly suffer.
• This provides a direct glimpse into how cutting off health insurance won’t just reduce access to health care among the poor.
• It will ricochet across society.

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Just Say No – Do Not Accept

 

If American history provides any sort of guidance, it is that continuing to shred the social safety net will definitely make things worse.

Email: eporter@nytimes.com; Twitter: @portereduardo

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All of the above was lifted from the New York Times article by Eduardo Porter at the New York Times

 

 

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Change the channel? Militant Church?

old-691069_960_720Spooky: It is called, Church Militant. A Right-wing fringe group building multimedia empire near Detroit

They broadcast Pro-life, Anti-gay, Anti-feminist, Islam-fearing, Climate-change-denying, Orthodox Catholic news on the website churchmiltant.com

They are oozing through social media using a high-tech, professional Production Studios that rival those at local TV news stations.

Got 35 full-time employees (and are hiring!)

They publish about 10 scary stories and three vile videos daily.

They rest on the Sabbath.

Once upon a time, they tried to link themselves to the Catholic Church and were given a resounding cease and desist and hasta la vista, baby.

Bless ‘em

Caustic Slurs, snipes and slams – seems to be their modus operandi;

See USAToday

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