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Re: 9-14-2019
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Oh, Marcus, did the allocasia ever come back?

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Marcus what is a good chemical weed and grass killer to be used around fruit trees. Not Round-Up or it's chemical copy cats. I tried the 30 percent vinegar, orange oil and soap mix with little to no effect in the shady areas. There are just some grasses and weeds that are unaffected by Round-Up. Whatcha think?

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Out to cut the grass and toil in the jungle today. Past couple of days have been outdoors in the yard. One day overseeing a tank and drain field installation out back and doing a few related yard jobs. Painter started painting the shipping container out back with a custom Florida Everglades scene. pics upon completion. It's about half done now. Got two big dump truck loads of rock yesterday. 57 rock for out back for leveling and a load of pea rock to redo the driveway and parking area. Aluminum gutter crew comes in Mon or Tue to put a new gutter out front. Getting a pump, pressure tank and plumbing done for the new bathroom and electric will have to be run to from the building next door. Fun in the sun (and the rain). A rolling stone gathers no moss. There is no moss growing on me.

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Busy these past two days . I'll have to write a more detailed catch up post later this weekend, maybe. I have to catch up on my catch up work because what we did was not on my planned schedule. ;)

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Marcus .... that's what all the classic Chebby owners are hoping for. Better gas mileage. Maybe you'll be able to jump from 6 mpg to 8 mpg.

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Politically speaking I think where we are today was decades in the making. All I can do is vote my conscience which is nowhere near NATIONAL SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC platform. I'm anti abortion, pro right to bear arms. I would not go so far as to say I was a Republican but I would go so far to say I am definitely not a Democrat. I believe in less government, a balanced budget and funding for a secure America. Reform public programs across the board. At this time I would like to announce my intention to run for the office of the President of the United States. After thinking about this .... the job doesn't pay enough so I rescind my previous intention.

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Plowing along with an abundance of chores. Weather has been decent outside of the oppressive heat. Sweat glands have been getting a good workout.

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I don't have to remind you what day it is. Solemn thoughts for all those that needlessly lost their lives in the Twin Towers tragedy and the responders that lost their lives or contracted illnesses due to exposure to hazardous materials.

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Re: 10.IX.19
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Here are some long ago promised pics of the bathroom I'm building using part of an existing animal pen. It's an add on to the office I built several years ago.

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Brutal summer heat cycle continues and will for at least another 2 months. When we cruise next month I'm sure the temps will be significantly lower. Though I complain about the heat, the heat is my friend. When the cold winds of the north chill my bones to the marrow, the stiffness that accompanies it will have me rejoicing upon my return. A Chinese chiropractor told me years ago "A/C and cold not good for you. Better you be warm, like outside. I do spend a good amount of time outdoors. That has my dermatologist telling me "Stay indoors between the hours of 10 and 2. Advice I rarely heed. Cover up. Advice I rarely heed as the bullets of sweat drip from my brow. I do try to seek shade when possible. Well, the longer I sit here the less I get done. Later gurus.

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Resprayed the weeds today about a week after trying a 30 percent commercial vinegar, cold press orange peel oil and soap mix. It is effective in many uses and considered organic but didn't do much in certain shady areas of my yard. I had to break out the chemicals said to be responsible for some cases of non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Even those aren't guaranteed to kill the weeds and grasses I want dead. If I want the place to look good and be low maintenance this winter I have to attack the weed issue now. Later I cut down a tree then helped Sue with an after hours loading of a couple of plants. After dinner I rewarded myself with a delicious hot fudge sundae topped with whipped cream and cherries. I suspect my cardiologist might think that to be a poor choice. Well it did have cherries on it.

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Re: MONDAY AGAIN
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It's a beautiful day. What will I do with it? We shall see.

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Re: Sunday Chat 09.08.19
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Matt glue that thing back together and go drive it hard....... that always fixes stuff you know....





Great for finding ...... The weakest link .......

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Sue's birthday today. Going for a dinner gathering as that has become the routine now for family birthdays and inviting friends to join us. We are going to a Thai restaurant which has a great buffet twice a month on the first and third Saturday. Everybody is spoiled now. No prep, no cooking, no clean up. The only issue is getting the seating for about 20 people but it will all work out. It always does.

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2020 Corvette ..... 2020 Corvette ..... 2020 Corvette

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Re: 6 SEPTEMBER 19
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My heart goes out to you and your family, Bill.


Just doing stuff. Electrical switch in the bathroom. Check out the box truck staring issue. Some quick shopping and maybe get to work out back on the bathroom a bit later. Full day everyday (but sometimes I cheat).

Cruise comes up 4 weeks from Sunday, not that I'm counting or anything.

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The random F bomb dropped around here is usually a pretty good indicator of something not going as planned. Nothing ever seem to be straight forward and easy. And when it is all you can say is "I can't believe it.".

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Took a spirited drive in my black 911. Performed well. Stayed out of Homestead city limits because that's where most of the enforcement action is. Opened up all the windows. Next up, untether the mermaid. Have to wade in the pond for that and get up on a ladder in the water.

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Sue's B-day is Saturday but we're having dinner with her parents tonight. They're heading up to South Carolina hill country so they can't be there Saturday. Going over to sonny-boys to see if he wants to go. He has a phone but doesn't answer it. Have to physically talk to him about anything and everything. I'll do a few chores around here today. Take the tether lines off the pond bronze statue and open the few hurricane shutters I closed. Yard clean up went pretty good and we have a truckload out front ready for pick up. Never a dull day.

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Key West and Homestead (where I live) had no impact from the storm. Breezy, a couple of rain bands. That's it. Hhhhmmm. It's rumbling now. It's pretty far away from us but the outer feeder bands might make a couple of passes. Grand Bahama got decimated.

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Working in the yard with two guys and Sue. The labor is talking on the phone with one hand and pulling weeds with the other hand. Getting ready to tell them both 1 hand is only worth half pay. I don't mind a quick call but lets not get ridiculous. They're generally good workers so I'm cutting a little (very little ) slack.

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Ya, I know the feeling of building up steam. I know I can. I know I can . I know I can.

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I'm south of the activity. Breezy, gray and some rain is about all we'll have as long as the hurricane goes as predicted. We all believe what the weather people tell us, right?

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Feeling for the people trapped in the eye of a hurricane that's moving a a lowly 1 mph. That's a brutal assault. Anybody caught in it must be terrified.

It's interesting how your thoughts shift in a time of crisis. What was important before becomes unimportant but once the threat has passed the unimportant becomes important again. Just goes to show the games the mind is capable of concocting to keep it occupied.

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Hurricane is going to miss us but might see some rain. Full court press on yard clean up today with a 3 man crew plus me and Sue. Major tree trimming effort and me on edging and weed control. Just a routine semi annual yard cleaning.

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I'm out of the danger zone. That's a relief. Guess Home Depot and Lowes will be busy with plywood and generator returns. Rather get ready and have a miss than get hit and not be ready. Today I guess I'll do something. Not sure yet. Wait till the coffee kicks in, loosen up in a hot shower and spread some Ben Gay on my knees and back. A little sunscreen and foot spray and I'll be ready.

When we moved in to this house we contracted a shutter company to put accordion shutters around 3/4ths of the house and panels for the front. Cost almost 10 grand then. Best 10 grand we spent as it makes closing up for a storm a lot easier. Take down too. Generators started up with no problems. I'm ready for the next one. Not a matter of if it's a matter of when.

We've been in this house 8 years already. Tempus fugit.

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That's why it's important to make a decision when you come to a fork in the road.

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Watching and waiting. The weather gurus are throwing out a lot of unpredictables. What they do believe is Hurricane Dorian it's going to hit somewhere in Florida.

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Still suffer PTSD from Hurricane Andrew. Even though the forecast repeats itself, I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I can button everything up tight in about 6 hours. Going to do some yard stuff today. Put away market umbrellas, put blocks around the pond and some other proactive non committal stuff. Secure light stuff that can blow around over in the carport. Better to keep busy than to lock in on the talking heads.

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Love that view.

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LOL Tee, I was looking for the like button.


Letty, I just googled Key West Event Schedule and too many things came up to list.

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Letty, if you fly, Miami or Fort Lauderdale Airports are about a 4 1/2 to 5 hour drive. Car rentals are easily available. There are airports in Marathon or Key West. Both small airports. Marathon is 50 miles from Key West. Fantasy Fest is a big party weekend in Key West if you would like to see a lot of trans/gays/straights in crazy themed outfits. Never been but many of my friends have and say it's a hoot. Lots of topless painted damsels. There are a number of nice bars and restaurants, nightly shows at sundown on the Mallory Pier and it's a good walking town. The Keys pass times fishing, drinking, eating and f@(%ing in no particular order. Of course there are a few beaches.

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Very busy day at the office again, stuff has exploded around here, not sure why but I"m sure owner appreciates it as he's gone this week moving his freshman son into Harvard.
BF has asked me about a trip to Key West soon as he's not been and he's apparently figured out I'm stressed and sick of not being able to do anything or go anywhere. HE's a homebody. IT's either us do things or I'll live elsewhere and do them myself. If I will be by myself all the time I could've saved myself a house note and other bills. Perhaps he's getting the point. He's not old but he's old enough he needs to quit working like his body is 21.
It's up to me though to find us a place to stay. I've not been in years either, but want a beach front with amenities, oudoor cabanas, massages out doors, etc but away from obnoxious kids. And don't want a hurricane on my head



Don't forget to call before passing through Homestead. I'm on the way to Key West. Breakfast. lunch, whatever. I'll send you my phone number when your ready. Key West is about 3 hours south of Homestead. Much of it is 45 mph. Don't have any good hotel ideas for you so you'll have to hunt. Trivago? Kayak? Hotels.com. AAA, AARP ?

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Yesterday I went north for another delivery to the house about 14 miles away. Another hour and a half plus excursion. I went a different route but it didn't matter. Roads were at a crawl or stagnant. Then came back and swapped trucks, about 1/2 hour drive to get back. Then drove 40 miles south to the southern part of Key Largo. Less than an hour to get there. Having lived here for 40 years I hate the population explosion. When I moved here it was a great place. Now to me, it's Paradise lost. Fortunately where my home and nursery are is still comparatively quiet and rural. There is building out here, not too crazy about it, but it is still livable. Today I'm gonna go work out on the bathroom some more. I work on it here and there. It's not like I can dedicate straight time on it. Too many things to do beside that. So, I do a day or 1/2 day here and there. Cardiologist appointment tomorrow morning. The results are in ....

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I stopped in. I'll write something tomorrow.

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GRIS, I can't even state how sorry I am for this loss to your family. Your son sounded to be a great man and one that made a father proud. May you find peace. The suffering from his dreadful medical condition is over. He did all he could do. That's all one can ask for.

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The rain in Spain is mainly in South Florida. Summer is a tough time to try and get a lot done here. Hot and humid with sporadic downpours. Well I do live in a tropical zone. Maybe that has something to do with it. Lately when I get motivated to get something done I've had the wind taken out of my sails. That, having a bad back, heart disease and sore joints and muscles might be contributing factors. Well, whining never gets anything done. Pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again. Press on gurus. There are items on the list.



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Thinking of you and your family, Gris.


I got the bottom layer of sheathing of the roof on the bathroom yesterday. Today I'm going to roofing paper then plastic before adding the top layer which will be the deck on the roof. I did not go to extraordinary means in leveling the beams hoping I would have a pitch in one direction or another. No such luck. The roof/deck is pretty level. I didn't want any water to pool up there. I came up with a fix that I will employ today. When I get the window and door framed I'll take a few pics. I'm doing this by myself so I'm getting a good workout hoisting the plywood sheets.I'm doing alright. I have a system.

I had a scary thought yesterday. On my next birthday I will officially be a senior citizen. I really don't like that term. There has to be a better one, like well experienced terrestrial.

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Janis Joplin .... "It's all the same fuckin day, man."


The radiology tech said to me "Have a nice weekend." on Monday .... I told him "It's alright. I'm retired and everyday is like a weekend."

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Ya, lets just skip the 21st and continue on the 22nd. Just got back from a delivery less than 20 miles away. Took over an hour and a half to get there. Many log jams along the way. Traffic is getting worse and the morons that hold office are so far behind on getting a good public transportation system in place that I'll never see improvement on the public roads. Too many people live here, plain and simple.

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Went for my stress test yesterday. The nurse practician and assistant said to me they wouldn't call it a stress test if there wasn't any stress. I told them "Thanks for torturing me." They took some pics of my heart as well with some die running through my veins. Get the results next week at my doctors visit. I'm thinking he'll just keep me on meds for now but we'll see. I'll do what has to be done.


Booked a one week cruise to Alaska out of Seattle next May. Alaska is one of out favorite states. Spend the day before in Seattle by Pikes Market. Walk, shop and eat. Next day up the inside passage to Skagway , Ketchikan, Juneau and the last night in Victoria Canada. The scenery is beautiful even from the ship. We got a balcony so we can enjoy the views. Of course we got a great deal. Saving about $2k off standard rates. Got a good price on flights as well since we book so early. I'll get the hotel for the one night in Seattle later. Seattle hotels $$$.

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So sorry to read about your son, Gris. The unfortunate truth is there is only so much that modern medicine can do for any of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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I was thinking the other day about how my parents, all my aunts and uncles and most of the older folks I knew are gone. As one generation leaves another fills the void. Until that generation leaves.


I think we all have those recognitions at one time or another. I guess if I average the lifespan of my dad and his, I’ve got about 7-8 years left. So I’m doing what’s responsible and looking forward to the irresponsible, and just gonna live and work with what I got.



I've been thinking about my bucket list and I realize that my bucket is pretty full. I've done most of what I've wanted to do in life. From here on out everything is pretty much a bonus. Still have some National Parks I'd like to visit. Maybe see the Northern or Southern Lights (after smoking a joint) lol I don't really use marijuana but if it helps ...... I have a good friend that lives in Colorado. Next year just might be a good time for a visit.


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Good send off today for my friend, Marvin. Celebration of life. I like those better than funerals.

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I was thinking the other day about how my parents, all my aunts and uncles and most of the older folks I knew are gone. As one generation leaves another fills the void. Until that generation leaves.

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Eric's wife Vanessa is a marine biologist that works in Biscayne National Park. She is a diver and monitors reef habitat and various species such as the invasive lionfish, effects of runoff, and so much more. I like all my neighbors. Good people.

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Here is a post written by one of my neighbors about the other.

James Eric McDonough wrote:

"When America’s Crocodile Hunter, Mark Parry, ask you to go flying around Everglades National Park jumping out of helicopters and wrestling alligators with him, there is only one proper response, heck YEAH!!!

This is somewhat in jest, as we weren’t actually planning on wrestling any alligators (at least I wasn’t anyway). But even better we were going to open up alligator nest to monitor their egg development and check for losses due to flooding.

Come to think of it wrestling alligators may be safer than rooting around in momma gators nest. What did I sign myself up for?

Thankfully, it was late in the season and their protective instincts were greatly diminished. Of the roughly dozen nests we physically checked, only twice did the momma come to check us out. Even better news, for the baby gators, only a few were flooded, and many had hatched already. Yeah for conservation!

As a safety precaution, I always made sure to keep Mr. Parry between me and the gators. My strategy here is kind of like my swimming with sharks theory, you will be OK as long as one person in the group swims slower than you. In this case it was who could run faster, which was a question I was not sure of, so I decided it would be best would give myself an advantage through a head start. LOL

Now before anyone starts thinking it is time to call FWC to report me, I was volunteering with Mr. Parry who is a biologist for the Park. We were collecting data as part of a multi-year study on habitat suitability that has great promise to be useful in other monitoring and restoration projects both inside and outside of Everglades National Park.

The study as explained to me, during refueling and lunch stops, was fascinating and gives hope for our ability to manage sensitive habitat and critical and/or endangered species for future preservation.


In short, the hydrology and topography of the Everglades, after tampering with the flow by man, leaves some places with too much water and some places with too little. Years with either excess or shortages in rainfall negatively affect alligator nesting in different areas. In dry years only the deep sloughs have enough water, but in wet years they flood. The alligator is the most important keystone species in the Everglades and creates and maintains habitat necessary for the survival of other species.

Either condition, too wet or too dry, is detrimental for the baby alligators in some parts of the Park. What is found is that spatial distribution is highly important to their continued survival. When all the alligators were concentrated only in the slough the eggs kept flooding. Now that their distribution is wider once again many of the babies survive in other places when the slough floods. Yet, by maintaining nesting in the slough some babies survive even in the dry years when those outside of the slough don’t make it.

As a lab scientist with a biology background it is always exciting to participate in field work. And I must say it was an adventure of a lifetime. My only problem is figuring out what was more adrenaline provoking flying in the chopper or getting so close to gators.

Mr. Parry is tagged in this post, and hopefully will explain the work in greater depth for our interested reads and/or provide information in the comments.

Here in Homestead we are surrounded on two sides by national Parks, Biscayne to the east and Everglades to the west. It is highly recommended that you visit these treasures, and if given the opportunity to volunteer make sure you take it.

National Parks, America’s best idea."

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