Monday, June 29, 2009

The hero of this blog Robert Crumb has made progress on his latest masterpiece, Genesis. There are several things to watch for, the story is in French, and it contains very provocative Robert Crumb drawings of large round posterior ladies that all resemble Janis Joplin!

There was a bad storm that came through today, but yesterday the pelicans flight up and down the beach was interrupted by a large school of bait fish schooling just off the beach. About half the pelicans stopped for a few attempts at diving for them.

Bravo to the judge that gave Madoff 150 years!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Let's hear more about the pelicans! Well the wind yesterday was so light that they couldn't do the trick where they stay in the condo updraft. A few tried it and appeared to be working hard flapping their wings. Most stayed a few inches off the water about a hundred yards off the bench. That close to the water there's a cushion of air that is easy t0 glide on. I learned all that during my hang gliding phase.

There's a new fad here where you paddle a large surfboard with a long paddle standing up. I watched a bunch do it and they don't appear to have a j-stroke like they use on canoes. They paddle on one side and then they switch and paddle on the other side. I was thinking about a paddling rig like they use on Venetian gondolas! They don't ever switch sides at all and move along pretty well.

I suppose I should say something about Michael Jackson. He was a great entertainer it must be said. I liked his music and his dancing. Wow! wasn't that great?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

So the spring is over and I'm spending a lot of time knapping in front of the air conditioner. Sorry, Al Gore. I do try to go down to the Gulf and watch the sun set. That's the least I can do. The pellicans have a game of seeing how far they can glide without flapping their wings. Last night the wind was from the south east and they did pretty well using the updrafts from all the condos.

The June grass, a lettuce like seaweed is heavy this year. The method used to fish in it is to hook the fish and they wade out to where the fish is and then try to pick him straight up. With any other method your line breaks from all the seaweed. After the June grass comes the red tide that stinks and smells so bad it makes your eyes water. Ah! the delights of living by the Gulf.

Monday, June 15, 2009

English Sparrows have also filled some ecological niche here at the beach. Near sundown every day they comb the dunes looking for what must be sea oat seeds. The oats are there and so are the birds, so what else? The sparrows once specialized in this country on digging thru horse manure. With the advent of the automobile, the sparrow population crashed except for those that could find other niches to fill. Here the sparrows are experimenting in nesting in the dried up old fronds of palm trees.They also nest in the "o's" of raised letter signs along the highway and on the sides of buildings.

-- Osama bin Laden -- 250 Guantanamo Bay Cuba POW's --
--Half the world tries to survive on two dollars a day--
----24,000 people will starve to death today----

Friday, June 12, 2009

Around seven I head down to the beach to watch the sun go down. Retirement is so grand! Yesterday there was a group of crows ( gang of crows? ) down at the beach just enjoying being crows. There was a strong updraft there as the breeze came up from the South and up the beach. The crows were folding their wings back and doing strange dives and other decents thru the rising winds. Some were shaking the wind of their wings as they sank and just before hitting the beach they would unfold their wings and glide back up and joyfully start all over again.

At LongBeach there were a group of guys with radio control gliders playing with the updrafts and the beach was actually long but with no swimmers because of the tiny drops of oil that came drifting to the beach from the oil derricks. They could keep those gliders up for hours just running those boys up and down the beach.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Here's a scary story in the New York Times about the decline of blog's and bloggers. Kind of sad. But hey! We had a good time of it didn't we?! No book deal offers here, but I did get an offer to buy the blog by a guy that built birdhouses and liked how my page was listed on Google. I offered to link to his birdhouse building page but got no reply.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The blueberries are in full fruit now and they sure are good, even though there aren't nearly as many as last year. All those storms this spring knocked off all the blossoms and the oranges went the same way as well.

As you remember, I was concerned that kids today don't know the words to songs the way my wife and I did. Sitting at a coffee shop a few hours ago about twenty country songs played on the juke box and every waitress in the place mouthed the words to every song complete. So things haven't changed all that much. I just must remember that I am in the true South now and people aren't exactly the same.

Just think! In just a very few years my hateful generation will be dead and gone with all their hatred of Blacks, Orientals, Hispanics, Jews, Catholics, Liberals, Gays, and all religions but their own. Just think of the huge weight that will be lifted off the shoulders of the world. My generation will be one that the world should be overjoyed to be rid of!

-- Osama bin Laden -- 250 Guantanamo Bay Cuba POW's --
--Half the world tries to survive on two dollars a day--
----24,000 people will starve to death today----