Posts Categorized: Florida

Northern holidays

There are a number of things I enjoy about being clean-shaven, the least of which, surprisingly, that I look younger (on account of the beard containing substantially more of the famous Daniels family white hair than on the top of my head). Chief among those simple pleasures is eating, especially barbecue. And corn on the… Read more »

The day after the day after

The day after Halloween always presents a challenge for me. Unlike Christmas, the decorations don’t feel right sitting up after that one night is over. I mean, sure, reindeer and snowmen look good for a whole winter, but how long do people want to see skeletons and ghosts? So I tend to commit myself to… Read more »

We learn by doing

Halloween is nearly upon us and I have, for all intents and purposes completed my rights and responsibilities to friends, family and kids. My Halloween efforts are probably best summed up in two adages: – “It looked good on paper.” – “His eyes were bigger than his stomach.” What I learned by doing… The display… Read more »

Grave undertaking

The last piece of the puzzle is now complete. Of all the decorations, the graveyard is probably the easiest to set up (excluding the fence gang, which is just hanging stuff and so doesn’t qualify in *my* definition of decorating). Once the mulch is down (two bags worked fine), there is nothing left but for… Read more »

Down to the wire

It’s been torrentially raining for the last two days, preventing me from doing any work on the Dead Thing Driveway…and I couldn’t be more pleased! “What?” you may be wondering. “Has he gone batty at last?” Not at all my friends and I’ll tell you why. (As a related aside, this looks like the 2nd… Read more »

Halloween is for sportsmen

I think I’m making progress with my Animal Control skeleton and I have my years of experience as a sportsman to thank for it. I’ve had several vexing problems regarding AC (as I call him). First, the stand that is supposed to work for this type of skeleton is either poorly made or I got… Read more »

Endlessly redundantly repeating ad infinitum

Okay, barring a brain-melting incident in the political spectrum, this blog begins its inevitable turn to the sole province of Halloween and all its associated circumstances. That means day-by-day updates on my preparations for my Dead Thing Driveway and progress towards my annual Halloween BBQ and development of this year’s Halloween goody bags. In other… Read more »

I see food and I cook it

Seafood. Ah, my second love (next to BBQ). Growing up in South Florida has always been a gift. Among many other things was the opportunity to sample so much seafood, much of it self-caught in my early days. But, generally, I didn’t like to cook it myself. Not fish, not shellfish, naught. Apart from an… Read more »

Arboreal aggravation

I had all sorts of witticisms and puns planned to open this post, but I decided, nah, my current and expected aggravation with my Homeowners’ Association (HOA) suggests a more sober tone. My home is just about perfect for me. Three bedrooms (meaning two to fill up and one to sleep in), a nice sized… Read more »