Posts Categorized: Florida

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 »

Practice makes perfect?

Yeesh. Hasn’t Mom Nature made her point already? In redundant fashion, more hurricanes formed in the Atlantic recently, once again putting up the prospect of an Atlantic storm map with three hurricanes at the same time. What used to be a delightful vacation destination has now turned out to be a disaster area…many times over…. Read more »

And that’s why I shouldn’t go on roofs

Heights and I have a complicated relationship. We get along best when we’re apart. I’ve always been afraid of allowing us to get too close. When I’m in an airplane, staring out a reinforced window at the ground thousands of miles below, we are most in love. When I stand above a tall abyss, say… Read more »

There’s more than humidity in the South Florida air

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a little scurred. I think I’d be stupid not to be. This house is old. Not Jackie Gleason 60’s old, but pre-Hurricane Andrew 80’s old. That means pre-tougher building codes. My house layout has the back side of the house facing east. That whole side is basically sliding glass doors… Read more »

Observations in the cone of uncertainty

Some random observations over the last 24 hours on South Florida, people and Hurricane Irma… – On the way to the first week of bowling league last night, I witnessed the heading-home-from-work traffic turn into the I-need-to-get-gas backup at one of the highest priced gas stations locally. Panic and lack of preparedness know no savings…. Read more »

Coincidentally prepared

As a lifelong resident of South Florida, I’ve seen and (thankfully) survived many hurricanes. Gratefully, only a few “hits” and nothing in the lines of Andrew’s direct hit. Preparations for a hurricane are redundant and tiresome, but they are critically necessary for you to protect yourself and your neighbors from irresponsible damage or demands, which… Read more »

Forget your winter…it’s Halloween that’s coming

You’ve got your multi-year fascination and I’ve got mine. Because this year is an exponential leap from last year’s eerily successful Dead Thing Pen, I’ve needed to arrange my zombie ducks in a row well in advance of that eagerly anticipated day in late October. Accordingly, the purchasing process began in earnest as early as… Read more »

No wind beneath my wings

Man. Totally out of shape. And by shape, I don’t mean “shape” (that’s a topic for another post), I mean “playing shape”. Stamina. Wind. Lung capacity. I haven’t played tennis since my “boys” went so far south I almost spent as much time driving to and from the courts as playing on them. That’s been… Read more »