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1/29/2018

How You Like Them Waffles?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:48 pm

The weather is still not cooperating enough for us to go out on the boat, so I spent much of this weekend at home working on some family history and genealogy research. In doing so, I made a new connection.

My third great-grandfather had a brother named Calvin William. Calvin William married a lady named Jemima. Therefore, I have a third, great AUNT JEMIMA.

Third, Great Aunt Jemima made me think of this old internet gem, which is probably not cool to be posted any more in light of the #metoo trend, but I’m down for some irreverence today, so enjoy. Waffles

1/23/2018

Superfluous E

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:04 pm

My last post inspired the following limerick (as I was cleaning cat litters in case you needed that detail).

‘Superfluous E’
Ode to the superfluous e.
A silent gratuity.
Add to the end of any word
to make it absurd,
or reek of antiquity.

Dog Whistle Realty, LLC

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:31 pm

We are undergoing some office renovations and I found some old notes with this on it. It amused me enough to want to share.

How to Name Your Property Development to Get Suburbanites to Move to There:

-Ington. Take a common word, any word and add the letters ‘ington’ to the end of it and you just oooze classy. Try it, using Red, Stall, and Butt – Redington, Stallington, Buttington. See how much classier that sounds? Wouldn’t you rather live in the Buttington Hills Subdivision over the Butt Hills Subdivision? Of course you would.

-Superfluous E. Take a common word, any word and add a silent ‘e’ to the end of it. Common examples are Pointe and Shoppes, but this can be applied to any word. Golde Glade. See what I did there? CLASSY all the way. You know there are good schools somewhere nearby when the silent ‘e’ appears.

-The _____ @ _____. You will need two words to fill in here. It’s like gentrification adlibs. The first word needs to be a noun, the second a proper noun. So something like, the River at Rivers Glen or maybe the River at Rivers Glenne.

-Precious Metals. Hinted to above, adding in a precious metal to describe your development is golden. Silver Shores, Golden Isles, Titanium Forest. That sort of thing. You can never go wrong adding in a reference to items you mine from the ground. Platinum Hills. I can’t stop myself!

-Anglo Name + Geographic Identifier. Pick your favorite Anglo-Saxon sounding name and then add any sort of geographic item. Winchester Bluff. Lexington Woods. Easy, right?

Go ahead and try it using my handy formulas above. What would you name your gated, suburban community to let everyone know it has great schools and no thugs (most importantly – that it is not the evil city)?

1/8/2018

Nostramikus

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:36 pm

There is a lot of chatter in the news today encouraging Oprah Winfrey to run for president, which is based on some acceptance speech she gave at some awards show. I just want to point out this is not new news.

Mike made this suggestion on August 13, 2002. To be fair, he suggested Oprah as VP and Tom Hanks as the presidential candidate, but did say that ticket would be a ‘guaranteed winner’. His exact prediction/statement: “Here’s a guaranteed winner, although they would likely be Democrats. How about the Tom Hanks – Oprah ticket? Everyone loves Tom Hanks, and Oprah would certainly get the female vote, and likely a good percentage of the black vote. So if the Dems put up the Hanks-Winfrey ticket, I’m headed to Canada!”

I suspect the threat to move to Canada is nulled by now, but maybe I better ask.

(Source)

1/4/2018

Snow Day

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:08 pm

Yesterday was our first real snow day since we moved to Savannah. We have had at least two other days with snow, but nothing like yesterday. In fact, there was so much of it, and it was cold enough overnight, that it lingered into today. It is now melting, but things are still pretty covered.

Given that snow and cold were one of the top reasons I left Illinois, I surprised myself at how much fun it all was. We actually went outside multiple times to check out the progress. It was surreal seeing our normally green, lush yard look like a winter wonderland.

The memories of snow days of old came rushing back. I had stored a lot of this knowledge for going on two decades, and had completely forgotten it until yesterday. For example,
-Snow sounds. I had forgotten how much I absolutely despised the crunching noise that wet, icy snow makes when walking on it. It’s like walking on bits of styrofoam. It’s squeaky and it grunts and is generally gross on the ears.

However, snow also brings a sound-deafening property that is peaceful and calming. Once everything is covered with a layer of snow, ambient sounds are insulated. Add that to the fact that everyone is nestled inside, and the quiet is delightful, and in the city, so rare.

-Snow lighting. The lighting of everything outside changes when covered in snow. I had forgotten how everything is enveloped in a light blue hue when snow is on the ground. During the day, everything gleams. It is so bright that sunglasses are an absolute must. Snow blindness is real. At night, everything seems to glow from the ground level. We had the bonus of a waning full moon last night, so the moonlight added to the glow. It was very bright out last night. It is still pretty bright today, but getting back to the more green-tinted light that I’m used to than the light-blue of snow cover.

-Could I be wearing any more clothes? When I left Illinois, I gave away my most hardcore winter gear – like a jacket and boots. I never replaced them when I moved here. In order to enjoy the snow without freezing (and I am known to be freezing in 70 degree weather), I had to layer up. From the bottom up, I had my hiking shoes, wool socks, long underwear, sweatpants (classy!), long sleeve body shirt, tshirt, sweatshirt, fleece, windbreaker (with hood), Blackhawks knitted cap with ear flaps, and Isotoner gloves. I wish I had a scarf, but otherwise, wasn’t too bad off. Actually, a balaclava would be really nice, but owning those around here just means ‘robber’. Boots of some sort would have been helpful too, but more for the warmth/waterproof qualities. The snow wasn’t all that deep. I had forgotten how long it takes to put all of that on and take it all back off again.

-Mud Rooms. Now I remember why so many Midwestern homes have mudrooms. Tracking snow inside is really annoying. I guess we, at least, have the bonus of our snow being untainted by road salt, which is a floor-ruiner and cat-sickener. Truly, I am unsure if the amount of snow we tracked in was more, even, or less than the amount of saltwater we track in after fishing/boating. It maybe be that it was the visible sight of snow in my house that was weirding me out. Snow in the house just isn’t right.

All in all, yesterday’s snow day wasn’t all that bad. I just hope it clears out quickly. I also it doesn’t happen again any time soon. snowfish

1/2/2018

Fragile Magic

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:09 pm

Christmas was hard on us this year with the passing of my paternal Grandmother on the 28th. Circumstances being beyond our control, we won’t be able to make it to her wake or funeral. This is especially upsetting for me, but I know it is the most reasonable option.

Christmas was without its usual magic in 2017. This was also upsetting because the magic of Christmas is my favorite part. I love that enchanted, far-away feeling you (sometimes) get during this season. While I don’t have any kids of my own, I particularly love seeing how much children love the magic of Christmas. They understand it better than anyone.

The passing of my Grandmother at Christmastime did offer me some valuable perspective, however. In remembering my Grandma, one of the key themes that I keep going back to is the magic. Grandma had this amazing way of keeping the Christmas magic alive all year round. I cherish the fact that nearly every Sunday, growing up, I got to spend the day at their house. Being at Grandma and Grandpa’s house was enchanting and magical. Grandma always encouraged our creative side. It was a place I could always be me, be an uninhibited kid.

Now that I am older, I realize what a very special and unique influence I had because of my precious Grandma. I wish I could be more articulate in describing how honored I feel having had her in my life. I just keep going back to ‘magical’ because truly, she was.

Rest in Peace, Grandma.

1/1/2018

New Years Eve Around the World

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:22 pm

For many years now, I have spent New Year’s Eve watching midnight arrive on live, usually unsecured, webcams from around the world. This year was no different. I managed to write down all the cities I viewed and made brief notes about what I saw at each location. Here is the list.

+Tbilisi, Georgia – lots of personal fireworks. One office of some sort was open and the front desk was manned by an older man. Near midnight, three women appeared from behind some of the closed doors and joined him in the lobby and squatted near a Christmas tree. They all took some photos and went back to behind their doors.
+Armenia – fireworks in the distance
+Lithuania – groups of people shooting off fireworks and holding sparklers in parking lot
+Athens, Greece – huge fireworks. Watched this on an NBC live feed and I suspect the fireworks were doctored
+Jerusalem – a small group of Muslim women in a candy shop who prayed, ate some candy, and then closed up shop
+Bucharest, Romania – organized fireworks
+Bangor, N Ireland – a bar, but with lots of unruly, young kids, but no doubt it was a bar. No one really reacted to the arrival of midnight, just a few hugs but mostly everyone kept on doing what they were doing before midnight, which was drinking or dancing or if a kid, throwing crap around.
+Croydon, England – very large Church service, not sure the denomination, but maybe Catholic, lots of iconography in the the church. Seemed pretty formal.
+Bognor Regis Beach, England – fireworks
+Dublin – an Earthcam pub cam. I was embarrassed for this crowd, which was pretty large. At least three people were sporting those oversized, green, leprechaun hats you see at all the St. Pat’s parades in the US. Who does that? So tacky.
+London – also watched this on the NBC live feed and, like Athens, I suspect the fireworks were doctored
+Rio de Janero – third one where I watched on the NBC live feed. Nearly all the fireworks were red. Now I am unsure if it was doctored; who would doctor something that ugly? It was a bit creepy. Like a communist/Chinese rally or something.
+Georgetown, Guyana – a webcam to the New Testament Church of God, and I think this one was my favorite. The church was packed with people wearing vibrant, and tropical colors. They were singing and really seemed to be the happiest people ringing in the new year.
+Ascension, Paraguay – everyone at a restaurant was wearing red, glitter bowlers (got to get one of those!), but at midnight headed outside and I did not see most of them again after that
+Mar del Plata, Argentina – seems like the town started their fireworks about 5 minutes late. Does Argentina run on ‘Southern’ time, too?
+This is where the East coast would fall, but since I was celebrating at that time, I didn’t watch any cams, nor did we turn on the TV. What’s the point? The channels that cover New Year’s eve in the US only cover New York anyway and who wants to see a bunch of diaper-wearing adults freeze their asses off, listening to auto-tuned/lip-synced ‘music’, under the watchful eye of police snipers?
+No fireworks for the following: Tuscaloosa, AL, a marina near Minneapolis, MN, the extremely cold (-21) Brookings, SD, or Brookfield, WI
+Chicago, Navy Pier fireworks. Whoever was operating the cam was an idiot and kept moving off the fireworks to the Ferris wheel which had pretty lights displayed on it. We want to see the fireworks, that is how we know it is midnight. Duh.
+Park City, UT – a surprising amount of fireworks for how cold it was
+Colorado Springs, CO, some fireworks
+Jackson, WY – a Ski Resort had it’s lights on and people using the hill until about 5 minutes to midnight. Then they shut off the lights and sent out three Zamboni-like machines that smoothed all the snow. I assumed they would be having some sort of fireworks or celebration based on the shut-down time, but no show. The snow smoothing machines disappeared and the place closed for the night.
+Boise, ID – nothing that I could see
+Venice, CA – an outdoor restaurant, about half-full of hipsters who were so obviously trying really hard to ignore midnight. Most pulled out their phones at midnight, casually looked at it and put it down and continued eating. Sometimes, California seems more foreign to me than Tbilisi, Georgia.
+Chino Hills, CA – a cam of someone’s garage and alley, some fireworks
+Banff, Alberta – cute little street scene, lots of bundled up people, possible fireworks in distance but couldn’t really tell with the cam I had
+San Diego, CA – a city street scene with a few fireworks
+Palm Springs, CA – a tightly manicured city square, dotted with police vehicles, a few fireworks
+Leavenworth, WA – very bright decorated town square. Very cute, like Banff. Also with a lot of bundled up people. The Christmas lights were so bright it washed out any fireworks that may have happened.
+Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Blvd – ending New Years with a serious whimper in Hollywood. There were a lot people milling about, but none of them appeared to acknowledge midnight whatsoever. It was like a throng of zombies just wandering among each other.

I couldn’t make it any longer to ring in the New Year with Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. I’m sure theirs were far warmer than any of ours.

Well, I hope you all had a safe and peaceful New Year. Here is to hoping for a healthy, prosperous, and joyous 2018!

The Gull Reef Club