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Here’s This Month’s Crazy Florida Life Offerings
As part of my move to Florida from NY, I have begun posting stories about my new home state on my Professional Facebook page every Wednesday.
If you like them – go give my page a like. Not a Facebook fan? No problem! Read my posts about Florida Life here…
NO, I DID NOT MAKE THIS UP — MULLET TOSS IN THE PANHANDLE
Did you know they have a Mullet Toss competition down here where people pay $15 to throw a dead mullet from #Florida over the state line into #Alabama? It’s true and looks like quite a party. I’m looking forward to visiting the #Panhandle.
JUST YOUR TYPICAL SATURDAY NIGHT IN FLORIDA
Why did they bury the lead? “Troopers said they found multiple Florida drivers licenses in her purse, and loaded guns and handcuffs in her car.”
This from WFTV Channel 9 – interesting part of the state, Central Florida. Read more here…
POKEMON CATCH = POLICE ARREST
FL Tuesday again and it includes a #PokemonGo tip. When the police ask you to leave a closed park at night, you should probably power down. Here’s a clip from First Coast News, July 22, 2016″
“Police tase Florida man after refusing to leave park while playing Pokémon GO”
“Tampa, FL – Just when you thought you had heard the craziest story about people playing Pokémon GO, there’s this.
At 10:30 p.m. Thursday night officers responded to Ballast Point Park in response to a complaint of trespassers in the park after closing time. When officers arrived they observed about 150 people still in the park playing the virtual game Pokémon GO.”
All but one left when directed. The one who did not got tased.
EMU ON THE LOOSE
Want to see an emu juke law enforcement? Who doesn’t?
Thanks WFTV Channel 9 for reminding me that Florida has a whole different set of problems.
Cray Cray Crime
Every Saturday I feature what I call #CrayCrayCrime on my Facebook page– crime from around the world that stuns, amuses or leaves me scratching my head. I feature all four posts on my blog. So here is the month of October 2016, three posts for the weeks I’ve been featuring this topic.
Not Your Typical Church Service
Sadly a Florida Church has lost its tax-exempt status because the Tabernacle, as it is called, was operating what is known as a night club. Way to capitalized on Spring Break traffic in a creative and not entirely legal operation. The specific event that tipped the legal scales and earned the attention of law enforcement was called Amnesia which involved naked paint parties.
I have a strong feeling that spring break will be a treasure trove for #CrayCrayCrime
Home Made Bikini is a Clear Violation
A 59 year old New Jersey man was arrested in Beach Haven, NJ for crafting a homemade bikini from clear plastic wrap. Police did not appreciate the man’s crafty skills and charged him with lewdness. You can’t make this up. Blame it on the heat? #CrayCrayCrime
You Broke it, You Bought it
No use crying over spilled milk. But one hapless shopper from across the pond managed to knock over two huge flatscreen TVs one into the next. This turn of events so shocked the London shopper, he backed up into two other flatscreen televisions. Crash. Crash. Two becomes four and the final tab was over $6000. Best of all, the entire cataclysm was caught on surveillance camera. I’m not sure if the ex-customer was charged for the damage or if he was pardoned but you can watch the video here. No charge.
Gettysburg is a quaint small town inextricably tied to the historic event that took its name from the place: The Battle of Gettysburg.
The battle was actually many battles over three bloody days of the Civil War. The aftermath crippled the town and gave it its legacy.
My recent visit included a spot at the place where Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in such record time that the photographers never got a shot of him speaking. The only existing photo was taken by someone in the crowd (likely using the newest smartphone).
The speech was given to dedicate the national cemetery. Everyone knows the Four score and seven years ago part, but my favorite bit is tucked in the middle:
“…we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced…”
Notice how he changed the purpose from dedicating a cemetery to dedication to the cause of preservation of the union? Masterful!
But here’s a little-known fact thanks to a previous National Parks Service tour. This grave with the funny hollowed place did not always read: UNKNOWN. Imagine the surprise of the veteran, after returning to visit the grave of his fallen comrades, discovering his own grave. There were so many bodies strewn over such historic battle sites as Devil’s Den and the Wheatfield, that identification was difficult to impossible. His body was identified by the contents of his backpack but the veteran reported the pack was stolen the night before the battle.
So the stone should read: THIEF. Or perhaps, UNKNOWN THIEF.
The town still bears the scars of the battle that ebbed and flowed for days. The Farnsworth House Inn was the site of Confederate sharpshooters and the efforts to eliminate them is etched on the stone wall. Each minie ball strike is painted white to show its location. If you walk around the town, you can find other many homes with such scars and some with cannon balls still in embedded in the brick.
We visited the train station where Lincoln arrived in downtown Gettysburg. There is a small museum there and many shops and restaurants nearby.
Outside of town in the Military Park there are numerous monuments (it’s nearly impossible to see them all) and the new welcome center. Funny, I went straight to the old site which once housed the Electric Map. Do you remember that?
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Well both the map and the building were gone. The new location is larger and includes an extensive museum, film, gift shops, restaurant and cyclorama which is the largest painting (circa 1880) of the battle which is longer than a football field and viewed from a platform inside the circular painting. We were there during an Eagle Scout invasion driving us to take a higher position.
Do you know there was only ONE civilian casualty of the battle? Here name was Jenny Wade and she was making bread in her kitchen when she was struck and killed by a mini ball. Her home is now a museum. This reminds me of the kind of accidental shootings still hitting innocents today. Thankfully, the gift shop does not serve bread.
If you are a history buff, Gettysburg is a must see!
So…Back to the riders hoof position giving us clues to how the rider fared in battle. This from Wiki:
“In the United States and the United Kingdom, an urban legend states that if the horse is rearing (both front legs in the air), the rider died in battle; one front leg up means the rider was wounded in battle or died of battle wounds; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle.”
The Death Star was nothing compared to Pumpkin Spice.
We are facing a new, more virulent threat than Imperial stormtroopers. I speak of Pumpkin Spice.
What once was a spice in the bakery aisle has infiltrated a prodigious number of products, many of them non-edible and completely unrelated to the harvest season.
Now, I love pumpkin pie. I even tried a pumpkin latte once. But little did I anticipate these were only the vanguard of the full out invasion. I took all these photos in about five minutes in two stores. I can only imagine what awaits in the bath and candle stores. What I do not need is a candle that make me hungry!
Anyone else spiced out?
I’d love to know what Pumpkin Spice products have invaded your home territory. Be careful out there and may the spice be with you.
Got a favorite Pumpkin Spice product or one you love to hate?
Let me know in the comments.