A Visit to Florida, Part IV

Between Part III and Part V

November 8-15, 2003

Saturday, November 8, 2003

From The Nation (Bangkok, Thailand):

PS: Rusty tools....

PPS: This boat is owned by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's Trust Department in Macao ... (note: this local Chinese trust office does not use the more marketable acronym for its bank's 'holding' divisions) ... on behalf of the Macao office of The Korean Tourism and Friendship Society. The "Society" promotes Pyongyang's efforts for "world peace".

Sunday, November 9, 2003

Corkscrew addicts: what is this?

PS: Another test for corkscrew addicts: can you identify this print?

PPS: Fort Lauderdale also has one of the tackiest annual 'shows' in the American South: 'Promenade'. We wasted $14 just to get in the door. And $5 for parking.


Monday, November 10, 2003

Again, for corkscrew addicts (and those with some knowledge of sketches) ... can you identify these prints? And, dear readers ... (well, maybe just 'dear corkscrew addicts') ... go back to yesterday for another gander ... to see a fourth one.

If you are worrying about what is on his finger ... well, I have one of these.

PS: I'm so glad I grew up in the era of airy white bread! Without it I might now be practicing law.

PORTLAND, Maine (Nov. 10) - Some bakers around the country are seeing a similar drop in business: With millions of people trying the diet created by the late low-carb guru Dr. Robert Atkins, overall bread sales are flat or down slightly, while bread-bashing seems to be at an all-time high.

Loaves of freshly baked bread line the racks at Standard Bakery in Portland, Maine.

PPS: One of the benefits of being an AOL subscriber are the gratuitous household hints designed to make all AOL households cleaner.

A Surprising New Use for Your Microwave
Make the most of this versatile kitchen appliance.

  • Disinfect and Deodorize Sponges
    Soak a dirty sponge in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice, then heat it on high for 1 minute.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Another pair of corkscrews ...

PS: Reader D. Bull from Virginia writes:

Subj: Corkscrews
Date: 11/11/2003 10:55:25 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: corkscrew@bullworks.net
To: corkscrew@aol.com

Stop - too many great treasures [corkscrews]. My brain is hurting. I'm going to scroll up and look at beach bunnies.

THOCBDC obliges ... no need to scroll up.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

To help you with the prints from the day before yesterday and the day before that ... well, here are the 'big pictures'. Does this help?

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 (post-journal)

THOCBDC thunders forth with an exclusive: Just a few days after Bobby Hatfield 'ate the big one'...yes, our in-house GOOGLE sweeper remembered that Fort Lauderdale is still the home of a Bobby Hatfield hand-imprint, albeit in concrete.

Peaches Records Shop ... (later, Peaches Records and Tapes Shop ... but, now just an empty building as it never figured that CDs would ever catch on) ... anyway, back in the '70's it asked the Righteous Brothers to marry their hands in concrete near the sidewalk of its (Peaches) store.

We, at THOCBDC, believe that this is the first and only Internet photograph of Bobby Hatfield's hand prints found in commercially created stone.


The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, left, and Bobby Hatfield, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Bobby Hatfield, a Righteous Brothers Singer, Dies at 63
Published: November 7, 2003

Bobby Hatfield, whose wholesomely passionate tenor carried the upper harmonies of the pop-soul duo the Righteous Brothers in hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," died on Wednesday in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was 63 and lived in Newport Beach, Calif.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 (post-post-journal)

Today was about a 7.2 for Beach Bunnies ... but, remember, it is midweek and the season is still weeks off. Besides a US Navy ship is in port and some of the cream might have already been skimmed off the beach. [Hey, these guys have been busting their nuts for us in Iraq ... they deserve it.]

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Reader R. Patel of Bangalore, India, writes:

"Sir, you are getting too far away from your core interests: corkscrews, balloons and elephant polo. Some of us here in the home of India's "Silicon Valley" are sick to death of seeing so much scantily exposed human flesh when we tune in to see noble elephants, lovely hot air balloons and those clever little engines for getting at the wine. Unless you mind your ways we will launch a denial of service attack on your web site."

Your threat is our command ... so here are two screws for you. But, Mr. Patel, can you tell me what the other thing is? Is it part of the "core" or is it something to taunt you with?

And, are you related to the R. Patel who runs a tobacconist shop on Bayswater Road, London?

Friday, November 14, 2003 (pre-journal)

Back in the Cambrian and Ordovician days of the Web, "Hero of the Internet" medals were pinned on the chests of anyone who showed up on the field, even if they wandered in accidentally.

And, a couple of thousand days ago THOCBDC ... (like Soviet Field Marshals in the '40s) ... flaunted much for doing little.

PS: By the way, here's what USA Today said (in print) on February 25, 1997, in connnection with its "Hot Site" recognition:

"What do you do if your hobbies include collecting corkscrews, playing elephant polo and ballooning? Why, create a Web page, of course!"

Friday, November 14, 2003

One of my first cellphones (1989) was about the size of a breadbox. Watcharee's latest one (2003) is not much larger than a book of matches from any tony restaurant in New York. Hers can surf the Internet, wake you up in the morning, take your temperature, unlock your car door, unzip your garage and even send crispy photos to people who couldn't care less about what your new baby looks like. My old one can only get a dial tone (*) ... but even then only if the weather is clear and the line of sight is uninterrupted.

(*) Do you remember ... phones used to have dials? But, I guess they still have dial tones.

Saturday, November 15, 2003 (pre-journal)


Our friend Ning is in port!


And now she is at our house!


More later!

Saturday, November 15, 2003

The day played out nicely ...

Among other people, Ning met Ho Chi Minh ... and she was reunited with the 'girls'.

Next: Part V

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