Fort Lauderdale, August 2006
Part III

After Part II

August 17-23, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Dan from Shanghai and Taipei sent these photographs of a Thai 'rest room'.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Storm clouds?

Saturday, August 19, 2006

This morning our friends Jon and Ta left for Bangkok via Chicago (*) and Hong Kong. Since they are going to be gone for a few weeks they wanted to store their two cars in our spare garage (**). Jon drives a BMW; Ta a Jeep. We told them that we'd keep their machines in running shape until they returned.

(*) This afternoon Jon called to say that their United flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was canceled even while they were sitting on the plane ready to go. It seems that since it is a trans-polar flight it has to have two independent radio systems on board. Apparently, one radio went out and could not be repaired in time. The crew would be on a course to exceed their maximum allowable number of working hours had the plane been cleared for the journey when the repair was complete.

(**) Florida is in the middle of the hurricane season and the BMW and the Jeep, otherwise, don't have a safe place to hibernate.

PS: There was a lot of 'action' at the beach today ... but, no parking places. But these two beach bunnies were 'shot' on August 15th.1

1 In 2005.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Whenever we drive to Publix we have to pass the office building where Stephani works. It is the Broward County School Board building and it was heavily damaged by last October's hurricane Wilma. It lost most of its windows to the storm. When we were here seven months ago the building had a lot of wood where glass had once been. Today it doesn't look like there has been that much progress in replacing the glass. Today's angled up photo of the building doesn't seem too much different from the January photo of the place when I shot it from the draw bridge over New River.

Am I the only one who thinks this is an odd name for a bank?

PS: As it was another no parking day at the beach I had to rummage around in the memory of my SanDisk for images of interest.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Today Watcharee went to Kaw's house in Pompano for lunch and an afternoon of Karaoke. Kaw's dog, Tarzan, looked on and listened appreciatively.

Yesterday I speculated on why anyone would name a bank "Fifth Third Bank". Today Google took me to Wikipedia. Yes, there is a logical reason for the name. But, still, I prefer "Third Fifth Bank". Anyway, here is what Wikipedia said:

Fifth Third's unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger of two banks, The Fifth National Bank and The Third National Bank, to become The Fifth Third National Bank of Cincinnati. Because the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist ideas were gaining popularity, it was believed that "Fifth Third" was better than "Third Fifth," which could be construed as a reference to "three fifths" of alcohol. The name went through several changes over the years, until on March 24, 1969, the name was changed to Fifth Third Bank.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 (Pre-journal)

Thirty-two floors completed.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

If you can't afford a McDonald's franchise ....

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Members of the class of 2010, entering college this fall, were mostly born in 1988. For them: Billy Carter, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Billy Martin, Andy Gibb, and Secretariat have always been dead.

1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2.They have known only two presidents.
3.For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4.Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
5.They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes."
6.There has always been only one Germany.
They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register.
8.They are wireless, yet always connected.
9.A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents'.
10.Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front.
11.A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.
Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines.
13.Faux fur has always been a necessary element of style.
14.The Moral Majority has never needed an organization.
15. They have never had to distinguish between the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and football teams.
16.DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court.
17.They grew up pushing their own miniature shopping carts in the supermarket.
18.They grew up with and have outgrown faxing as a means of communication.
19."Google" has always been a verb.
20.Text messaging is their email.
21.Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
22.Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America.
23.Bar codes have always been on everything, from library cards and snail mail to retail items.
24.Madden has always been a game, not a Superbowl-winning coach.
25.Phantom of the Opera has always been on Broadway.
26."Boogers" candy has always been a favorite for grossing out parents.
27.There has never been a "skyhook" in the NBA.
28.Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents' attics.
29.Computerized player pianos have always been tinkling in the lobby.
30.Non-denominational mega-churches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S.
31.They grew up in mini-vans.
32.Reality shows have always been on television.
33.They have no idea why we needed to ask "... can we all get along?"
34.They have always known that "In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups."
35.Young women's fashions have never been concerned with where the waist is.
36.They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
37.Brides have always worn white for a first, second, or third wedding.
38.Being techno-savvy has always been inversely proportional to age.
39."So" as in "Sooooo New York," has always been a drawn-out adjective modifying a proper noun, which in turn modifies something else
40.Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series.
41.They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.
42.Ken Burns has always been producing very long documentaries on PBS.
43.They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
44.Retin-A has always made America look less wrinkled.
45.Green tea has always been marketed for health purposes.
46.Public school officials have always had the right to censor school newspapers.
47.Small white holiday lights have always been in style.
48.Most of them never had the chance to eat bad airline food.
49.They have always been searching for "Waldo."
50.The really rich have regularly expressed exuberance with outlandish birthday parties.
51.Michael Moore has always been showing up uninvited.
52.They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
53.They have always preferred going out in groups as opposed to dating.
54.There have always been live organ donors.
55.They have always had access to their own credit cards.
56.They have never put their money in a "Savings & Loan."
57.Sara Lee has always made underwear.
58.Bad behavior has always been getting captured on amateur videos.
59.Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.
60.They never saw Bernard Shaw on CNN.
61.Beach volleyball has always been a recognized sport.
62.Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti have always been luxury cars of choice.
63.Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.
64.LoJack transmitters have always been finding lost cars.
Diane Sawyer has always been live in Prime Time.
66.Dolphin-free canned tuna has always been on sale.
67.Disposable contact lenses have always been available.
68."Outing" has always been a threat.
69.Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss has always been the perfect graduation gift.
70. They have always "dissed" what they don't like.
71.The U.S. has always been studying global warming to confirm its existence.
72.Richard M. Daley has always been the Mayor of Chicago.
73.They grew up with virtual pets to feed, water, and play games with, lest they die.
74.Ringo Starr has always been clean and sober.
75.Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics.

© 2006 Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin

PS: Another exciting day in South Florida: a visit to the automatic car wash. At least in Bangkok they have real people who wash our machines by hand.

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