Saturday, December 30, 2006
Back away from the beach a ways, northward along the warped and cracked county roads that lead into thick woods and cypress swamps, lies the backcountry of Walton County. Today we took a little spin along the floodplain of the Choctawatchee River basin and explored parts of this diverse county that we hadn't yet seen before. It was a trip back in time, thank goodness.
To say that the traditional South is alive and well in post-modern America turns out to be the understatement of the year. I'm real glad to see that it's a kicking and a stomping here in these later days. Y'all come visit now, ya hear?
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the upcoming new year with hope and optimism in my heart and wanted to send y'all wishes to enjoy a safe and sane New Year's holiday by staying home and watching Dick Clark on the boob tube! Better safe than sorry.
I also hope your favorite college teams win their respective bowl games. Georgia plays Virginia Tech on Saturday, so let's hear it for the Dawgs! (Yeeeee-haaaaw!) I'm also getting three and a half points from the boys in Vegas, so life is very good!
Night now y'all.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
During the Christmas holidays the park is elaborately decorated with lights while music is played from loudspeakers mounted high upon the town's municipal building. It is quite a sight, even for Christmas grinches like myself, which is why I wanted to share a few shots of this spectacle with you my dear readers. Oh and by the way, have a Merry Christmas y'all!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
This is my second tour, and as of a few days ago it's half-over. Before I deployed with my unit for the second time I already had feelings of not wanting to go. When in late September a buddy in my platoon died from a bullet in the head, I really took a long hard look at this war, this Administration, and the reasons why.
After months of research on the Internet, I came to the conclusion that this war was based on lies and deception. I started to break free of all the propaganda that the Bush Administration and the Army puts out on a daily basis.
So far in three years we have succeeded in toppling a dictator and replacing him with puppets. Outlawing the old government and its standing army and replacing them with an unreliable and poorly trained crew of paycheck collectors. The well is so poisoned by what we have done here that nothing can fix it.The full article: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070101/cooperweb
Monday, December 11, 2006
Many of you have inquired about the new place that I call home, so I thought I'd produce a brief picture album from my morning travels to give you a thumbnail sketch. I'll say this: "It is shore is purty here!"
Morning light along the shores of Eastern Lake
Fall colors decorate the woods of Watercolor, Florida.
A lone gull meditates on the seashore of Grayton Beach.
Preparations are being made for the pelican pot luck.
Sign in front of a Grayton Beach home (Springdale take note)
Connie can't figure out why I always need to bring my snake along.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
The name is apparently derived from the word voodoo and is related to the fact that many of these rock columns resemble human forms in an eerie sort of way. They can be found in many places around the world and composed of a variety of materials. Keep your eyes peeled because you never know when you might bump into one.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
As fate would have it I recently unpacked a collection of 1950's Gourmet magazines that were purchased at a Cedar City library sale some years ago. As I was flipping through the November 1956 issue (exactly 50 years ago), looking for some holiday cooking ideas, I inadvertently stumbled upon a recipe for Southern Pecan Pie on page 34. This was my cue to plunge in with wild abandon. It turned out to be such a delicious pie that none of it is left to photograph for this blog post. I'll be making another in a week or so.
I think that this traditional treat of the Deep South is a wonderfully sweet and tasty alternative to the standard mince, canned pumpkin and frozen apple pies that most folks endure during holiday gatherings.
So here is the recipe that I hope will bring a big smile to all those you love cooking for at Christmas time. It's really not so hard to prepare, especially if you buy a pre-made crust from the frozen food section of your friendly neighborhood grocer.
Southern Pecan Pie
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I bought the pictured items below as stocking stuffers and wondered how many of you out there might want me to send y'all one this holiday season? Let me know soon 'cause there's only 23 days left to shop till I drop!!!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Here I present an article about the upcoming 2006 hurricane season that was published back on March 20th of this year:
My attitude towards these false prophets, as with global warming doomsayers, is that what shall be---shall be. Our job is to prepare as best we can to face God's will, on His terms not ours. It is foolish to think that these forces, which are far beyond the limited abilities of human intelligence to adequately understand, could ever be predicted with any degree of accuracy. These same weather prophets should try getting the three-day forecast right first! Truth be told they are only correct about 40% of the time predicting that particular outcome.
I wish Al Gore would exclusively focus his very limited intellect on trying to stop brutal and bloody war, something we CAN control, and let the heavens do what they will. His work, in my humble estimation, would be a whole lot more meaningful. We are too small to ever know the inner workings of such systems of might and magnitude. Let's stick to things we can actually have a real effect on.
So whatever you do----try not to put too much of your faith in these earthly prophets of gloom and doom. They just want to scare you into being controlled.
They prophesy falsely unto you in My name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 29:9
A short article about the actual outcome of the 2006 hurricane season: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=44469
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Our hotel was in the heart of the French Quarter and we got out quite a bit to walk and sightsee during this relatively calm period of the year in the Big Easy.
On this trip I got around to doing some of the things I had been unable to accomplish on previous visits, including a comprehensive walking tour of historic homes in the Garden District and a visit to Saint Louis Cemetery #1 (the oldest in New Orleans).
I took almost 200 pictures, so it was a real chore to winnow it down to what you see displayed here. I hope y'all enjoy my armchair tour through this truly one-of-a-kind city.
Chartes Street sign
Early morning in the Quarter
Waterfront along the Mississippi River
Short-Moran House in the Garden District (1859)
Whole Foods store in the newly renovated Arabella Station
Loyola University on St. Charles Ave.
Stained glass in Tilton Hall, Tulane University
Statue of Louis Armstrong in Algiers
The Big Muddy viewed from the Algiers ferry
St. Louis Cemetary #1
View from our hotel room
Night time in the Quarter
Big Daddy's on Bourbon St.
Very cool old neon sign
Coffee & beignets at Cafe Dumonde