Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stormy Weather

Robb and I are making reservations for a one week trip to Boston where we hope to meet [blocked] and her husband. They live in England and are visiting Boston in September. Making these reservations brings up the fact that it's a hell of a lot less expensive to spend a month in Europe than a week in a US city, even with the money exchange rate what it is now. Robb has never been there and I've only been once. It was a long time ago when I was in the Army. I was stationed at a fort about ten miles from Boston and a few of us went down one night to go to White Castle for burgers. That was my one and only visit.

Monday was a strange day in Florida. We had alternating periods of sunshine, clouds, wind, rain, lightening and thunder throughout the day. Even though Isaac is many miles to the north and west of us, we will most likely be affected by it for several more days.

Big doins at the condo. We got a new fence around the pool. It's much nicer than the chain-link fence we had before. The only thing is that it is a bit higher than the old fence, which is a problem when you see someone and want to stop and chat by leaning on the fence. With the old fence, you could end up with some nasty gashes on your arms. The new fence is too high to lean on while chatting.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Louisana, it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Voting Dinner

We totally missed Early Voting (it only lasted a week), but we did vote on the actual Election Day. Although, that's a bit of a misnomer because it wasn't really an election, it was just a primary. I didn't know that when I suggested to Robb that we get over there and cast our ballots. Our voting place is only three blocks from the apartment and in past years, we have walked, but I wasn't up to walking this year, between the heat and my breathing. The only thing they asked to see was our drivers license. I wonder what would have happened if we hadn't had them? Not only was it a primary, but because I'm registered as an Independant, I could only vote in the bi-partisan section. So I only got to vote for various judges and a couple of school board members. Robb got all the good stuff, Wilton Manors mayor, state representatives and senators, local commissioners and such. Hopefully, I'll get my chance in November.

Thursday evening, we had dinner again at Cafe Seville. It was so nice. The restaurant wasn't full but there was a fair crowd and they were nicely quiet. I had the Veal Segovia and Robb had the Lamb Shank with a house salad which was huge. It was interesting that several of the diners spent a lot of time on theirsmartphones or tablets.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Kentucky, by law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Internet Olympics

I've been having a lot of bad luck ordering things on the internet lately. I ordered batteries for our parking lot gate remote control. It took forever to get here. I finally bought a tablet because the price was really great. Unfortunately, the tablet (called an iBridge) was not even worth that price. I sent it back. I ordered eight pairs of shorts from JCPenney because they showed them to be nice and slim fitting. They were just more ghetto style shorts. I took them back to the store. I hope this trend is going to come to a screeching halt immediately.

The Olympics are over. For the most part, it was enjoyable, but there were many times when I turned off the TV and occupied myself elsewhere. There were far too many women's events. Sorry ladies, things like ribbon twirling, women boxing, women wrestling and dancing with balls are just not in my interest zone! Watching the Olympic telecasts has reinforced my reason for not watching TV on a regular basis. There are way too many commercials. The commercials are absolutely geared to the lowest possible common denominator. I've never seen so much stupidity. Oddly enough, the internet, which is usually an excellent source of information and videos, was horrendous during the Olympics. There was a lot of information, but very few videos.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Iowa, it is illegal for kisses to last more than five minutes.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mars Voting

Early Voting began in Florida on Saturday. I was going to wait until Monday to vote, but I somehow never got around to it. Perhaps Robb and I will go on Tuesday.

I stayed up late Sunday night to watch the Mars rover, Curiosity land and send back its first pictues. Well, it wasn't really late for me since I usually don't go to bed before 02h00. The Mars pictures weren't as good as I was hoping for and I was kind of surprised that NASA didn't do better with that.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Indiana, it is illegal to bathe during the winter.

À la prochaine, mes amis.