Posts Categorized: Florida

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 »

Echoes in the sand

Longtime readers of my blog or bio know that I wrote the majority of my books in a chair on the beach in South Florida (specifically, my current city, Boca Raton). Heck, even my Facebook page shows me as “Writer At the beach”. But it’s been more than three years since I finished my last… Read more »

Under pressure

Following yesterday’s chat about the high costs of home repair, we now jaunt off to that other favorite confection of modern homes – the HOA, or Homeowner’s Association. Once again, I won’t take this time to bemoan the dunderhead things some HOA’s do to homeowners, nor will I use this space to pick nits with… Read more »

Blinded me with science

Sunday was nieceling day. A previously rescheduled visit to Miami’s newly reborn Museum of Science ended up occurring on elder nieceling’s birthday. The original trip was an idea by younger nieceling, who asked me if I was interested and also wanted her sister to go, too. It gladdens my heart to see the sisterly bond… Read more »

The nose knows

Conflate –  to combine (things, such as two readings of a text) into a composite whole. As in, I’m about to conflate several post references to a conclusion and an inanity. To start off, several posts ago I mentioned my battles with pesky and possibly reproducing flying pests commonly known as mosquitoes. Additionally, many times… Read more »

It’s coming from…inside the house!

A typical call between my Dad and I often starts off like this: “Good Afternoon! Getting much rain today?” “Hi Dad! Tons! How about you?” “Not a drop.” Florida’s nickname is the Sunshine State, but don’t let that fool you, we get plenty of rain. Well, historically we do, though we have been in a… Read more »