Showing posts from August 25, 2019

Of course I blame the cats.

Oh for goodness sake, let's hope that it by-passes Puerto Rico and the small Islands, whose residents have suffered enough hurricane damage (and in the case of the American territory Puerto Rico, via the cruel tongue of the American President Donald Trump).

The storm is expected to go up the east coast of Florida or Georgia.

We on Florida's west coast watch,wonder and wait.  We remember that Sarasota was supposed to be in the path of Hurricane Irma in 2017, but the storm (like a cat) had a sudden change of mind and moved east.  We were spared the worst, but even then some Sarasotans were without electricity for six weeks.

I checked my emergency box today.  My "Coleman" camping stove, flashlight, headlight, lantern, battery operated radio, candles and matches are all in good shape.

I have two gallons of bottled water.  

Before Friday I will fill my car with gas/petrol, and get some hard cash from an ATM - just in case.


When kidnapped African Women, Men and Children were enslaved.


It wasn't slavery.

At various places in the United States the 400th anniversary of the importation of a new commodity to the shores of Virginia is being noted.

"The 400th anniversary of slavery" they say.  I hate and despise that generic word "slavery".

Rather it should be called "the importation of human beings as a commodity"  -  women, men, girls, boys:  ripped from their villages, homes, religions, history and culture; shackled and chained; beaten and whipped; shoved into the cargo holds; taken westward across the ocean to be sold in the market place (if they survived the passage).

To call it "slavery", or "the slave trade"  makes the whole enterprise seem bland.  It was the enslavement  of mothers and fathers, of their beloved girl and boy children.

It was the destruction of a peoples' history, language, culture, tradition and religion.


I speak as a (sometimes) nice, (sometimes) …

Canine Concierge Company

Those of you who have super memories will recall that I took a trip to Inverness FL as long ago as (gasp) last Tuesday 20th August.

My dog, Prince Zion of Sarasota, spent the day at the Bayside Pet Resort in Manatee County, (at the back end of SRQ Airport, just over the County line).

It's a great place.  

I left one of my Tee Shirts with Zion in the hope that he would be "comforted" with my smell.

Not a bit!  He shredded it to pieces

Then his canine remorse set in.  He used Auntie Ashley's Canine Concierge Company to order a replacement Tee Shirt from "Three Dog Bakery" at the University Town Centre Abomination.

Sadly Zion got my size wrong, so I went to the store this morning, and replaced the "extra large" Tee Shirt which Auntie Ashley bought at Zion's instruction with a "large" size.

What fun:"I am just the man at the end of the leash"!


What fun and joy:

I …