Aug 30, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
I was sat next to two 17/18 year old girls at lunch and could not help but listen to their conversation. I say conversation, but I mean vacuous drivel. You may think vacuous is a cruel word being that it means
1. Devoid of matter; empty.
2.a. Lacking intelligence; stupid.
b. Devoid of substance or meaning; inane: a vacuous comment.
c. Devoid of expression; vacant:
3. Lacking serious purpose or occupation
but the conversation between these two was inane beyond belief. The best line was ... Girl one...'did you see those pretzels that are one side pretzel and one side cracker?', Girl two ' I know aren't they amazing, when I saw them on the television I was like, that's sooo amazing, uber cool'....I give up...what is today's youth coming to?
Aug 18, 2009
Anyway to make up for it hubbie and decided to go to see Incubus - ( an American Grammy Award-nominated rock band, from Calabasas, California. ) They are sort of alternative rock...and they Rock!!! And their lead singer is a touch hot too, even though I'm not into skinny rockers!
Brandon Boyd - lead singer of Incubus
On the way to the Fairgrounds we stopped at Five Guys Burger & Fries, the best fast food burger in America. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it...you can see my bacon cheesburger here, and their fries are proper 'chips' (in England we call fries chips) with their skins on..they even tell you where the potatoes are from that day when you go in! Yummy!!!Anyway the subject of the blog was ...you know when you are old when....
Well I haven't been to a concert like this for a while..there is tailgating outside the venue as it is a huge fairgrounds site and the venue is open air save for an awning over the band so i know I'm getting old when ....
- We have Ponchos with us in case it rains ! I think we would have been the only ones that would have had ponchos with us as everyone else except the man in front of us with his binoculars ! were young enough to be our kids!2. I am worrying about whether I will be able to drive following the massive contact high I'm getting from the young man pictured in the left of the picture...and when he kindly finished his 'cigarette', 5 girls on the next row down lit up the biggest joint I have ever seen!..
3. Both hubbie & I have to wear our glasses ...and still couldn't see much....where were those binoculars now....
4. When the band finished the regular set I was deafened by the seat smacking and foot stomping for an encore!! Still they came out and gave us 3 more songs so I guess it worked!
I still loved it though and the venue is great when the breeze is blowing like it was Saturday, so we had a great evening...now if we could just get our Coldplay money back.....
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
Don’t give raccoons access to garbage. Keep your garbage can lid on tight by securing it with rope, chain, bungee cords, or weights. Better yet, buy garbage cans with clamps or other mechanisms that hold lids on. To prevent tipping, secure side handles to metal or wooden stakes driven into the ground. Or keep your cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage. Put garbage cans out for pickup in the morning, after raccoons have returned to their resting areas.
Aug 6, 2009
Gary has a Bag on Board attached to his lead, with bio degradable bags, however I've only seen one other owner picking up after their pet here, and there are lots of dogs.
It's disgusting, especially during the hot humid days where it really starts to smell in certain areas - the stinkiest area near us ( about 500 ft away) has a sign that says to pick up dog poo...Ha! Huge big dollops everywhere...we don't walk there anymore..
I wondered what I could do to encourage people to pick up..I'd love to post something in everyone's mailbox that tells them that pet waste left on the ground, especially near streets and sidewalks, gets washed into storm drains and drainage ditches which flow to the local waterway. This water does not get cleaned or treated along the way, so anything that goes into the storm drain or ditch goes into the water. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses found in pet waste can be harmful to water quality and human health.
These offending dog owner's dogs (including Gary) are probably walking in the old poo and picking up bacteria, and if the owners cannot be bothered to pick up, then it's likely that they have not had their dogs wormed etc...my dog is picking up your dog's bacteria...thanks for that.
I love this North Carolina postcard which people are sent and encouraged to post in places of interest (vet clinics, animal shelters, and other sites) ...I'd like to post on some people's heads around here!
It seems in some places (Boulder) you can get people to pick up, then they leave the bags! You've done the hard part people, throw it in the trash...
I'm going to approach the management to ask them to include something in next months flyer and ask them to consider putting up some more dog poo bag stands (say that quickly when you've had a few !!) I only know of one and this site is enormous.
I'll let you know how I go!
Aug 5, 2009
Aug 3, 2009
Hubby had an omelet too and I went for some of their home made corned beef hash. Apart from the the wait (approx 20 mins..which is a little slow in a diner over here) the food was tasty and good value, we might even go back..the problem for the diner is that are so many options around here..I think if we had 60 days we still wouldn't be able to go to every restaurant / take away within a 5 mile radius...too much choice!!
We got back to the apartment to find Gary and Oscar the pug trashing the place..running backwards and forwards and jumping on each other on the sofa.
They've made cool walkways through the dunes down to the beach and also there are signs up about whales which you can spot from the beach.... everyone else kept walking whilst I read that we wouldn't be seeing any whales today as they are only around in March.
We stayed for about 2 hours which was long enough for Hubby and Cole to get burnt (men) .. Kerri and I had sun tan cream on..don't ask. We hopped back in the car with the guys wanting to return home that evening. Fun times, hopefully they come back soon...
Aug 2, 2009
I used a different groomer than usual and was pleasant surprised when they only charged me $35 - he normally is over $50. As he wasn't completely traumatised he will be going back...you can see Gary's spots better now..I did ask him to sit up for this picture, but he thought that meant roll over for a tummy tickle...hmmm note to self ..training required.
He went to 'U dirty dog' , it's quite a cool place as you can go in a bathe your own dog there too.
Any I picked him up and then packed the house up and we made our way in yet another storm back to Jacksonville. Hopefully this weather would clear for when Hubby's nephew and new wife ( and little pug, Oscar..Gary's best friend) got there later. We planned to go and get some dinner and then go to the beach on Saturday.
Well they arrived later than expected from Gainesville and the storms had moved through by then, so all that remained was dinner to be decided on (after the dogs had stormed around the apartment like wild things for 15 minutes!)
Kerri, Cole's wife is a vegetarian, so it narrows where we can down a little, however the consensus was pizza, so we would could go and try a pizzeria that we had passing, but never got too.
Well what a surprise...it was great..and I normally don't rave about pizza, but this place was fab. We had some Pesto Cheese Bread with Basil Pesto & loaded with Mozzarella Cheese (heavenly!), then I had a small personal Chorizo Pizza...Crumbles of mildly, spicy Sausage, sliced Green Olives, Red Onions, and fire Roasted Red Pepper. Yummy...the boys had a super large meat pizza, which was also delicious and Kerri has a thick Sicilian style cheese pizza - we took tons back to the apartment and everyone was sated! Hubby and I will definitely be going again...
When we got back, Kerri zonked out asleep, whilst I watched a little t.v. whilst ..the boys played Fallout 3...we were computer game widows ;-) Beach Saturday, and weather forecast is great!