Buttons and Socks

There is a perfidiousness in this world.  An unnatural, unholy condition which bedevils sage and idiot alike.  So dire is this nefariousness that it manifests itself more than just in a singular occurrence.  This insidious evil has a name.  Be afeared, now, as you read it, for surely will you feel the chill of terrified… Read more »

Above the weather

It’s a beautiful day in sunny South Florida with a rising sun and temperature leading to rising spirits and energy. One of the more popular features in my last newsletter was a section I called “Out on a limb”.  It was devoted to common catch-phrases and their origins (such as the feature title).  In that… Read more »

Excuse me while I whine

Last week, I had to visit the doctor for an ailing foot.  We weren’t able to decide the causality of the problem, but the working theory is that something got into my shoe during tennis and I proceeded to pound it into my foot over the next several hours. Small digression.  It’s good that most… Read more »

We don’t get many like that

I had a doctor’s appointment this Friday that I wanted to reschedule.  I like to wait until mid-morning before I call professional offices to allow them time to get organized and started on the day. The woman on the phone said the next nearest day was two weeks from now, which was fine with me. … Read more »

Have a niece day

Enjoying kids as much as I do and not having any of my own doesn’t create as many problems as you might think. I have plenty of “nephews” and “nieces” from a variety of friends, where I am most often given the “Uncle Jeffrey” treatment.  But I only have two authentic nieces. As most parents… Read more »

Barracuda shoulda woulda

“Fish Week” is drawing to a close, but I couldn’t allow the entire week to pass without telling the tales of the battles between man and fish…where the fish wins.  Two of our stories revolve around the titular hunter of the not-so-deep, the speedy and sleek barracuda. You are my sunshine It was on one… Read more »

Disaster at sea

You don’t grow up in Florida and not spend a good amount of time in a boat. Okay, I guess you could grow up and not do that, but you would miss a big part of the fun of living on a peninsula. I have had many adventures on the water and a fair share… Read more »

Size matters

When I was a kid, some of the most fun I had was catching and raising salt-water fish in my aquarium.  You’ve read many times about my happiness living in Florida.  Easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s terrific shorelines, including the reefs, is just another reason why it’s great to live here. My… Read more »

Something fishy

My childhood friend is in town and between dinner last night and preparing a BBQ for him and his gaggle, I’m a little behind schedule.  While the ribs are slow grilling, let me try to get a post in now and see if I can make up the missing post before the weekend. We’re back on… Read more »

I laugh so as not to weep

Yes, this was supposed to be on Friday, but these things happen. If you’ve been following along up until now, you’ve noticed the tone of the posts is usually light.  Even the occasional rant (such as Thursday’s) is hopefully accented to the positive.  That’s obviously on purpose. With the recent disaster in Japan fresh in… Read more »