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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 1:30 pm· Jaime · Good Bye Blue Sky
It's summer. We don't adventure much in the summer. It's too hot & buggy. We hibernate and wait... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 2:25 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
So how goes the summer of adventure? Inquiring minds want to know.... | Read More

6/6/2018 · 12:46 am· Michael (Net2007) · My friend, my friend, (s)he’s got a knife
I've often felt this way, it's strange and divisive times in many ways. As far as this goes, I... | Read More

7/12/2017 · 4:22 pm· Trouble · Half of Us Are Wrong or in the Alternative, Half of Us Are Right
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Interested In Changing The History and Future of Georgia?!?!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:46 pm

Stealing away a quick moment while Mike fields the annual, expected telephone calls, I bring you this from the sweet, sunny South –

The Secretary of State of Georgia has announced the certified write-in candidates for this election. Not much to see there, except JEHOVAH GOD CAMPAIGN FOR CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER FOR GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA U.S.A 2014. Be sure to check out the actual URL of that link, too. Come to think of it, I probably shouldn’t be linking to that site. Well, enjoy it for as long as you can stand it.


Charlotte’s Gone Home

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:12 pm

Yesterday we concluded a lost-cat story with a very happy ending. It started last Thursday when a beautiful Maine Coon cat followed Mike home. She was a little hungry but otherwise in great shape. She was well groomed, well fed, and well socialized. It was clear from the start she was not a stray, and likely someone’s beloved house pet.

She spent the weekend coming and going to our house and a neighbor’s. We asked around trying to figure out whose cat she was. We searched Craigslist and all the usual online places where people post about missing pets. Finally, yesterday, Mike was able to scoop her up and bring her to our wonderful vet, Brian Mulvey’s office to scan her for a tracking chip. BINGO! She had one. The fantastic staff at Savannah Veterinary Medical Center connected us with the kitty’s owner, and in the meantime, we learned her name – Charlotte.

Last evening, we had the great fortune of reuniting Charlotte with her stunned owners. Turns out, they had recently moved into our neighborhood and Charlotte escaped on the third day there. While she really didn’t get too far away from her home (about 3 blocks at most), she simply had no idea how to get back home. Charlotte’s family seemed delighted to have her back. It was and still is a great feeling knowing they are all together again.

Get your pets chipped! It’s an amazing technology.


Bulking Up

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:15 pm

It’s birthday month at The Gull Reef Club. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than with 50 lbs. of the exact same popcorn kernels as Garrett (thanks, Pop!), 12 lbs. of high quality roasted San Francisco Bay Coffee (French Roast, Rain Forest Blend, and 2 Colombian), nearly 3 lbs. of Hoosier Hill dehydrated cheddar, and enough coconut oil to make all the cheese sauce we need for the popcorn. Run on sentence of the year, right there.

If you’re in the area and want some popcorn or coffee, you know where to go. Oh yeah, and gumbo tomorrow during the Bears game. I love October. Happy Birthday to us!


One for the Dagger

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:02 pm

No more being maudlin. The Chicago Blackhawks open their season tonight, and it’s time to get ready. Which, for The Gull Reef Club, means playlists! Music and hockey are like Forest & Jenny – peas and carrots.

Today’s set list, so far, has included only obvious choices:
Juke Box Hero, Foreigner (ok, so maybe I might like this song now. It’s grown on me. It’s not just a joke anymore).
Chelsea Dagger, The Fratellis – because, duh. If you don’t get this you never will.
I’m Your Captain, Grand Funk Railroad – I like songs that mention captains. For Toewsey, you know?
Ride Captain Ride, Blues Image. Another captain song.

Before the game, I hope to squeeze in:
Highway Man Johnny Cash, with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson – the manliest song ever, for the manliest game ever. Mmmmm, manly…
The Walker, Fitz and the Tantrums. Although, it sucks this song is now being used in both a Reebok ad and one for some ugly-animated kids movie. I hate when my favorites go commercial (On the same subject – note to Bank of America – stop using Shambala and the Tide is High, you are destroying the classics!).

I’m certain there will be others – especially if you suggest them. Bobby? I’m looking in your direction, brother.

Go Hawks Go!


Stella Blue, 2014

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:45 pm

Distraught, and really mostly unable to write – we have lost our Stella Blue. She went peacefully, and seemingly without pain. We will bury her near one of her favorite spots in the yard tomorrow. I already miss my tiny ninja more than words can express. I will be forever grateful she was part our lives as long as she was.

There’s nothing you can hold
for very long
And when you hear that song
come crying like the wind
it seems like all this life
was just a dream
Stella Blue



Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:27 pm

SPAM, while mostly annoying (hence that third letter in the acronym), can sometimes provide sparks of humor, albeit confusing.

Somehow, I started getting SPAM to my work email for bidding on construction jobs, which in my line of work, is not all that odd. The offers actually looked legit and were getting past the spam filter, but everything was being addressed as “Dear Test”. I opted to email the company back and ask if I could be removed as their test account. I’ve not received another email from them since then. Then, just yesterday, I get another construction bid offer from a totally different company to my personal email address. This time to bid on building a $1m house in Deerfield, IL. Huh? Why are these construction companies following me around the internet?!?

Two other SPAM I’ve received recently are more typical, but funny because of their use of the English language. One came from someone claiming to be in Egypt and in need of smuggling some money to me (the modern twist on the old 419 scams). This email contained this little gem, “I send you so many mails but all prove abortive.” Abortive, eh?

The other I received, said:
“Dear Apple Customer,
We detected several attempts to log in your account. Actually, your account has been frozen.”
I love how this spammer is REALLY trying hard to sound like an American by throwing that ‘actually’ in there. Too bad it was SO out of place. Oh yeah, and I’ve never owned an Apple product in my life. I ain’t no 1%er.

Mmmm, SPAM!

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