Category Archives: Welcome to Florida

18? Yes, you can buy an assault weapon

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Never has it been easier to buy an assualt weapon.

The New York Times Podcast, The Daily, produced an insightful show this morning about the ease of anyone 18, or older, to walk into a Gun Store, and buy a deadly AR-15.

 

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates there are roughly 5 million to 10 million AR-15 rifles owned in the United States. And, a  small share of the roughly 300 million firearms owned by Americans.”

 

Top 5 Senators With the Most Contributions From NRA

John McCain (R, AZ) – $7.74 million

Richard Burr (R, NC) – $6.99 million

Roy Blunt (R, MO) – $4.55 million

Thom Tillis (R, NC) – $4.42 million

Cory Gardner (R, CO) – $3.88 million

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Think: TRUMP – Pocket – NRA

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Strangers in a Strange land: Florida at Christmas?

Good Bye, California and Cashmere!

And turtle-necks, leather boots, scarves, and gloves, berets, blazers, and wool coats…

Hello, Flip flops, sandals, T-shrts, sundresses, capris

and suncreen in December

(and January, February, March…)

No reindeer – lots of Pink Flamingos – 

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No Snow-flakes – Lots of Snow-cones


Flipper and Flamingos  – The New Normal

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Florida- where Palm Reading takes on a whole new meaning.

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Miami is just really fun whenever I go there. It’s like this post-apocalyptic Barbie world: everything is pink, and there’re palm trees everywhere. But then there are also all these people in crazy sunglasses

 

My Top 10 Florida Observations

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Top 10 things I learned about Florida

  1. The drivers in Florida are infamous for being are the worst in the nation.
  2. The produce is a lot more expensive- and you are spoiled in California.
  3. Everything is located in a strip mall: doctors, dentists, gourmet restaurants.
  4. There are big box stores everywhere- BJ’s, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Marshall’s.
  5. Dunkin’ Donuts is on every street corner; Floridians eat a lot of donuts.
  6. It’s hard to find a Wi-Fi cafés.  It is hard to find a “coffee shop.”
  7. There are no bookstores. (Those two or three Barnes & Noble don’t count)
  8. Rain can fall in buckets, and miraculously cause traffic to crawl – then clear up instantaneously.
  9. The summertime clouds in Florida are breathtakingly spectacular. The hot, sticky humidity isn’t.

10. Everyone goes to the beach on the weekends- and it’s impossible to find a parking place- especially in light of the fact they just razed an 800-car parking garage.

Book club in Miami

And…There is a reason 1,000 people

per day

move to Florida.

Village Idiot babbling incoherently

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Me, smart, too

Florida’s Freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) doesn’t mention University excellance, his GPA’s, SAT scores, or any scholastic accomplishments…he is just a good ol boy…

Mere minutes after getting sworn in he grabbed the mic and commenced to make a fool of himself.

All the world is watching and laughing at Little Matt

 

Timing – is everything

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Mother Nature is not happy.

 

We are running out of time.

There are too many people chomping at the bit to destroy our planet

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”

Brian Tracy

 

via Daily Prompt: Planet

Cannabis Candy? Hoax or panacea?

The women in the book club had been friends for decades.

There was hardly a secret between them.  Until Joanie and her  perpetual insomnia battle ended abruptly.

One meeting, she arrived bounding with energy and brimming with enthusiasm. She announced she had finally found a pancaea for her sleep deprivation.  Most of the gals assumed she was back on Ambien. 

Joanie had all the girls sit down with wine glasses filled. She shared her most recent foray into research for a Good Night’s Sleep. She cut to the chase and admitted she discovered that an old friend had a medical marijuana license and had “turned her onto” some fabulous cannabis chocolate edibles to induce sleep. You could hear a pin drop.

The ladies in the book club perked up. The more Joanie bragged about sleeping through the night, the more fascinated  the women were with this new product. Many of them suffered from insomnia, too.

Joanie told them about Green Health Consultants and an RN, Eloise Thiesen, with  whom she had booked an appointment with for the next week.

They agreed to meet the next week, and rather than discussing books, they would be discussing yummy edibles, and medical cannabis. And, so it begins

 

Yes, you can Call Eloise Theisen, RN who counsels patients on how to use cannabinoids safely and effectively to treat illnesses and reduce the intake of pharmaceuticals.

She provides patients with phone, office and in-home counseling, and individualized treatment plans developed in collaboration with dietitians and patients’ doctors.

 

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Berry Bites…

Edible

The top 8 best tips – finding a new dentist in Florida

Top 8 tips for selecting a new dentist: beware the red flags

New in town and looking for a dentist? We all know the 1-800 ads on TV are a flim-flam-scam, right?

Caveat Emptor. Statistically, 1000 people move to the perpetual Sunshine State of Florida every day.  Chances are they will be looking for a new complement of doctors – including a new dentist.

If you’re like me, you’ve had the same set of doctors for a couple of decades- tried and true, honest and then, bam! Here you are – starting anew.  How hard could it be to find a new DDS, right? It is a Herculean task. Get your head examined before this dental exam

 

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Pay close attention to these eight red flags when looking for new dentist in South Florida:

1.) Check out the dentist’s website – Is it full of flashing lights, long lists of potential procedures- lightening, brightening, Botox, Chemical Peels, braces? Does it look like a flashy boutique or a dental office? Is there a neon sign stating: Se habla español, French Canadian, and Urdu?

2.) If the office sends you a six-page questionnaire – pause.  Some South Florida dentist’s charge a whopping $90 consultation fee to review that questionnaire.  Fifteen minutes: $90? Go figure.

3.) Ka-ching! If the doctor owns his own building, is a solo practitioner, and has a private parking lot, wide-screen Tv’s in every room – I’ll let you guess who’s paying for that.

4.) There is no free…If you’re offered coffee or tea upon arrival in the office- guess who’s paying for that?

5.) Coming up roses? If after the procedure, you’re offered a long-stem pink rose… ask yourself that same nagging question.

6.) If after the procedure that Dr. says, “0h, by the way, now that I’m done, you might need a root canal on that tooth. How about a little bit of Botox? Pause. See those red flags?

7.) Hidden Fees? If you think that $90 Consultation fee before the procedure is a little- shall we say, redundant and inappropriate – and you ask for it to be waived in light of the costly procedure and they say, “No.” Pay attention to that.

8.) Hit me again? If the nurse tells you that your next appointment will cost an additional $130, just to inspect your mouth – big Red flag.

An older, wiser, dentist commented that these extraneous charges and multiple bells and whistles are because

that DDS is new and paying off his extraordinarily high tuition fees – or he has a new, second – or third wife.

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Beware of the sharks…

A bit of Botox while you get your teeth cleaned?

Mais oui! We do it all…Cavities and Chemical Peels- a deal!

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Dr Beri Beri