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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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Duty Calls

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:00 pm

For the 4th time in my 17+ years of living here, I’ve again been chosen to join the Justice Squadron…at the Municipal Fortress of Vengeance. If my records are correct, I’ve been summonsed to jury duty a total of four times, including this one. Three of the four times were in April (2005 and 2016), the other in February (2014). I’ve never made it past voir dire. I suspect I’m not a very desirable juror. If anything of note happens, I’ll share. Justice for all.


Gull Reef Updates

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:32 pm

June started out as a pretty crappy (literally) month, but with each passing day has gotten better.

At the start of the month, we finally started to get bids for the new roof our house needs. As we were doing that, we learned we were also having a sewer drainage problem. We (ok, Mike) tried to initially fix it by the usual drain rodding, but that didn’t pan out. We feared it could have been a line collapse due to our house’s lines being so old and made of terra cotta. So the calls to professional plumbers began and we started to round up opinions on what was actually wrong and estimates to repair it. That process was awful and we learned that our repair was going to be anywhere from $1500 to $6000. Add that to the upcoming roof replacement, and we’re looking a lot of costs.

The plumber who provided the cheapest estimate wasn’t going to be able to come out for three weeks. With the impending Independence Day holiday and house guests set to arrive, we couldn’t wait three weeks. So Mike started digging. He dug for two days in upper 90° weather. On the third day, he found the problem. Fortunately, the line had not collapsed. It was, however, so packed with roots and other particulate, there was very little that was able to pass through. Lots of gagging, heavy rubber gloves, and hundred of flies swarming later, Mike removed over six feet of packed-in nastiness. He repaired the pipe (replaced with modern PVC) and we are free flowing again. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have him around. Mike is incredibly resourceful, and furthermore tenacious. Thanks, Mike.

Feeling like we scored one on the karma gods, we opted to have a little fun with the money we would have otherwise spent on the plumbing and invested in some used kayaks. We are now the proud owners of a Tsunami 120 and 125 Kayak. Mine is bright yellow, and given the shape of a kayak, it will appear that I am padding a banana. Going to have to get you some pics of that. I can’t wait to get out and try it out. Time to explore my beautiful home geography by water.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!


Train Roll On

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:16 pm

5 years on. The pain is less, but lingers. Things will never be the same.

For Brother Brian, 1970-2011.


Question for the (Potential) Jurors

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:36 pm

My number has been selected, yet again, and I have been invited to join the Justice Squadron at the Municipal Halls of Vengeance. My critical question for you – should I wear my brand new t-shirt celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the law firm for which I’m employed or should I wear my ‘The Constitution: I read it for the Articles’ t-shirt? Either will probably serve me well.


Don’t Worry – I Won’t Call You

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:11 pm

If you know anything about me, you know I really dislike talking on the phone. This is most strongly evidenced by the fact that I am one of the few people in all of the western world that does not have a cell or smart phone. I haven’t felt the need to get one or that I am ‘missing out’ on anything because I don’t have one. The single drawback that I’ve experienced is that I don’t have a convenient way to store everyone’s phone numbers. My work around is to maintain a call list and carry it in my wallet. The point of all of this is to let you know that I am updating my list. If you’d like me to have your number, and think I don’t already have it, please email me at legaleeze @ hotmail DOT com or send me a message through Facebook and I will put you on my list. As promised, don’t worry, I won’t call you.


Sometimes You Feel Like Nut

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:58 pm

My uncle found an abandoned 1960s Eko 995, and a number of family members were kind enough to make arrangements to send it here from Illinois. This weekend, with Mike as my guide, we were set to begin the tear down and clean up of the Eko. Unfortunately, we didn’t get very far. Turns out, the truss rod was broken off in the nut, so that killed any plans for this bass until we figure out whether we can get this fixed for a reasonable price.

Mike wrote about it more on his music blog, here: 1960s Eko 995 Broken Truss Rod Nut. He is reaching out to people he knows for ideas, and I am feeling slightly hopeful he will come up with a workable solution. In the meantime, I thought I’d share about this too in the off chance one you have an idea for this. I sure don’t want to have to part this thing off. It’s so pretty-pretty. Help!


Proofreaders, Please (Blackhawks Fans Preferred)

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:55 pm

As you may recall, laaaate last Saturday night, I contemplated why the Chicago Blackhawks play the Foreigner song Juke Box Hero so often at their home games. In a Facebook conversation that subsequently followed, I promised to contact the team to see if we could find out why.

I have some postcards at the ready, and below is my draft text on what I plan to write. I’d appreciate any input you have. I’m already seeing subject irregularities that need to be addressed (I or we – make a choice). I’m going to try to send these out tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for any help you’re willing to offer. I promise to share any results I get with you here at The Gull Reef Club.

The text:
Greetings from all the Hawks fans in Savannah, GA! I noticed that the Foreigner song, Juke Box Hero, is played at most Blackhawks home games. However, it’s not listed on the Hawks’ webpage listing the commonly played songs. We’re curious as to why this tune is played so often. If there is a joke here, we’d love to be let in on it. Thanks for any information you can provide. Thanks as well for all the good work you do at keeping the crowd pumped. We appreciate it. GO HAWKS!


Attention Pet Owners (Mostly of Dogs)

Filed under: — Jaime @ 4:10 pm

It is NOT cool to bring your pets to the store…any store, well except Petsmart. Repeat: It. Is. NOT. Cool. To. Bring. Pets. To. The. Store.

Don’t be an insecure loser. Leave your pet at home.



Filed under: — Jaime @ 5:51 pm

My St. Patrick’s day post errantly attributed One Nation Under a Groove to Parliament, when I should have written Funkadelic. While it is no excuse, I am, clearly, not the only one who has made this error, as supported by Wikipedia on the Funkadelic page, “The bands Parliament and Funkadelic cannot be easily separated.”


Summonsed Again, 9 Years Later

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:54 pm

The Machine has pulled my number. For the second time in the nearly thirteen years I’ve lived here, I have been called to the join the Justice Squadron at the Municipal Fortress of Vengeance. I was delighted to find I had kept notes of my last term of public service, and now, intend to do so again. More tomorrow.


New Guts

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:52 am

The parts arrived and Mike has assembled my screaming new computer. It’s late so I don’t have much time now, but I’m curious – can one be in love with a machine? I’m smitten.


No Mas II

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:24 pm

My computer,which actually was Mike’s old computer, is dead. It was a good long run, and Mike has a kick ass backup and NAS system set up so I have few concerns about lost data. Phew! Thanks, Mike!

Mike has researched and purchased me the parts to make a stellar new computer. They should arrive by Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, I’m stuck using my tablet. I’m old school and don’t know if I will ever get used to not using a keyboard (mostly because I refuse to make the effort). I very much dislike this touch type/autocorrect bs. I feel out of control. If I’m slow to respond this week, please be patient. I’ll be back when I have real typing ability again.


Awful Good Advice

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:34 pm

Exactly a year ago today, I was given some poignant advice on what had developed into a very crappy job situation. Keep in mind, I had held this position for ten years (to the date!). I was a hard working and loyal employee, who was facing removed benefits not based on merit. In this regard, I was told by a mean-spirited person in a very rude way that, “If you don’t like it, find a new job.”

I took that advice to heart, and within two weeks I had already accepted a position with the wonderful firm I am now with. I would never look back. I am thankful everyday since that I left that old place.

Thank you, mean-spirited man, for your awful advice. It was some of the best I’ve ever received.


Death Pool 2013 – The Mayans Were Wrong Edition

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:58 am

Were it not for Julian’s kind reminder, I might not have considered reviving the Death Pool. In fact, the last time I hosted the Death Pool (2009), one of the players, our dear friend Wertz, died that year (yes, for real). For what I hope are obvious reasons, I shied away from playing since.

It’s been three years. Julian wants to play. I sort of miss playing. Plus, Wertz would have wanted us to play. He loved Death Pool. So – I suppose I’ll host one again. The rules are pretty much the same as 2009, with the prize being the same as well. Post your picks here or email me with your list if you want to play – jaime @ Feel free to invite anyone you want to play as well. I’ll take all reasonable submissions. I’ll post a comprehensive list of everyone’s picks once they’re in. I guess I should give a deadline to submit your list of 11:59p edt, December 31, 2012. You know, if the world hasn’t ended by then.

Rules Recap:
Submit to me 10 names of celebrities/well-known people that you think will die in 2013. The people on your list cannot currently be hospitalized (care facilities like nursing homes and drug/alcohol rehab are ok, though), nor can they be on death row. If the person on your list can not easily be found by a wikipedia or google search, then that person is not famous enough to be valid. I recommend not copying someone’s list 100%, that’s rude and lazy. If one of your picks happens to pass away after you submit your list but before the end of 2012, you will be permitted to pick a replacement. If there’s a tie in the end, winner will be decided by whomever’s picks died earlier in the year.


Welcome Baby B!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:08 am

Today my nephew, the adorable Baby B was born. I’m having flashbacks to September 1983.

Welcome little one. Stay calm and have fun (as you plot to take over the world).

Baby B


Small Step? Giant Leap?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:09 am

The hardest part about this particular post is coming up with some clever way of opening. As I’m getting sick of trying, I’ll just go ahead and put it out there. We have some news. (Insert drumroll or similar suspense music here). Tomorrow, July 20, 2012, Mike and I are registering our relationship with the government getting married.

Yes, that’s right. You read it here first. Just as on that July 20th in 1969, Mike and I are committing an act most thought would never happen in their lifetime, and some still believe never did.

Yeah us!


July 18, 2012

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:31 pm

…will be a very good day.


Sweet 16

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:19 am

It was a mere 16 years ago today that the fun all started, and every day the bond grows stronger.

Love you, Mike!

PS – happy 15th birthday Jerry old boy!


Close 2010 Open 2011

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:39 am

So long stinkyear, hello 2011! (That’s Twenty-Eleven, not Two Thousand and Eleven – we’re not getting paid by the syllable here).

Some Gull Reef Club record keeping –

Mike brought in the new year with southern aplomb by perfectly smoking us some pork butt, making homemade coleslaw, and bringing us luck with a traditional Hoppin John. Dinner was over 5 hours ago and I’m still full. Looking forward to leftovers and Bears tomorrow.

I read some, but not as much as a normal year. Fortunately for you beachcombers, that meant I skipped my book reviews. Since this is record keeping day, here’s the list anyway:

The Dark House, I.A.R. Wylie
A Master Hand, The Story of a Crime, Richard Dallas
Dead Men’s Money, J.S. Fletcher
The Mind Digger, Winston Marks (short story)
Dubliners, James Joyce (started but too dull to finish)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
Envy, Sandra Brown
Who Cares? Cosmo Hamilton

I spent a lot of my free time working on my genealogy. Mom’s side has been pretty tough – all Italian immigrants, and unless/until I learn Italian and how to navigate their records, I’m at a deadend about 3-4 generations back. Dad’s side is much more WASPy and I’ve got us traced 7-8 generations back. I can’t pinpoint yet if I qualify as a DAR, but I can say portions of my family were here before the Revolution, rejected slavery, helped settle portions of the Midwest, and fought on the right side during the Civil War (sorry folks, the South will never, ever rise again). I’ve managed to do all this without throwing money to that grossly overpriced (which still tempts me with its primary sources, but I’ve resisted so far).

The house went through some very needed upgrades this year, including a complete strip and repaint of the front porch, tear-down of the dangerous old shed and a new, non-dangeous, one in a new spot (making way for a backyard patio and picnic table), and the downstairs bathroom is usable again and looks damned good. Mike did 99% of the work, and he did a great job. He’s working on rehabbing the office next. Meanwhile, we’re living room furniture shopping and will be updating the living room.

We also had a great string of out of town guests come through during the year. We love visitors! Hope you make it here next.

That rounds out most of what I want to remember about 2010. Wishing all of you a peaceful and prosperous 2011!


The Gull Reef Lap

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:03 pm

…is where my new laptop is resting. Ok, not really. In fact, I have it on my desk, in front of my desktop monitor and keyboard. I swear, though, I will get mobile with this thing. My new toy is an Acer Aspire 5740-5513. Much thanks to Mike for not only finding me a killer deal, but for setting it up with all my preferred software and settings. Thanks Mike!

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