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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens December 12, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Special Events, Travel & Leisure.
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Last weekend, we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas Town.

First stop, Stanleyville Station to ride the Christmas Express.  After boarding, it started to rain. At the conductor’s request, we debarked and huddled together in the station to watch rain drops plopping in puddles for 15 minutes until the conductor asked us to retrace our steps:

“A~L~L    A~B~O~A~R~D!”

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The rain slowed long enough for us to pull out of the station, seated on soggy rainswept seats.

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We took the tracks less traveled . . . and saw behind the scenes hardware.

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As we passed Nairobi, the rains came . . . offering passengers a soggy safari.

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Can you hear My Fair Lady?   “The rain on the plain stays mainly on the train.”

Giraffes craned long necks in our direction.

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They stood high, but not dry, under tall palms.

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I heard them chuckling at prisoners huddled in puddles on the Candy Cane Express.

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After de-boarding, we decided to dry off inside.  We opted to see a show ~ Opening Night Critters ~ featuring rescue dogs, cats, birds, plus a plucky pony, a shy skunk, and a prickly porcupine.

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After the show, we saw other animals ~ elephants, Cape Buffalo, orangutans, and tigers.

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And a kangaroo stationed outside of Walkabout Way.

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Flocks of flamingos paraded around the grounds.

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All decked out in their Christmas finery.

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Amid beautiful floral arrangements.

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We saw fields of poinsettias blanketing a zebra-drawn sleigh.

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Inside the market place, we spied zebras, elephants, and giraffes for sale.

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Ready to be adopted by collectors of all ages.

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Before leaving, we walked through Christmas Village to watch wee ones enjoying a pint sized train.

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As it circled round and round model trains completing smaller loops.

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The trains defied all attempts to capture an unblurred image.  The trees stood silent and still, awash in bright lights while displaying a spirit of cooperation.

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Throughout the park, Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes offered scents of the season.

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This one stood in a pool of white poinsettia.

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And presiding over it all . . . the Big Man himself.

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Urging visitors to “Bring Home The Coke.”  HO~HO~HO!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Tigger’s Tiggerific Tall Tail Tales December 11, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Fun & Games, Humor.
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Every year when I unpack Christmas decorations, Tigger appears.

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He likes to take time to smell the roses . . . and poinsettias.

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Before pondering the best placement for Santa and Lulu.

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But he’s never too busy to play hide-and-seek-wrestle with BFF.

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Once BFF finds him, the gloves are off . . .

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“My what big paws you have . . . “

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“Enough of this!  I need a nap.”

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“What?  I didn’t run away.”

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“Do I LOOK like a quitter?”

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“I’m just getting my second wind.”

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“I’ll wrestle again later.  Tuesday at the latest.”

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Gentlemen . . . Rev Yer Engines! December 6, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Joke.
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Woodstock-&-SnoopyA car mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a car when he spotted a well-known cardiologist waiting for the service manager.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?”

The cardiologist walked over to where the mechanic was working.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and said, “So, Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything damaged, and then put everything back in.  When I finished, it worked just like new. So how is it that I make $30,000 a year and you make $800,000 when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3The cardiologist smiled at the mechanic before saying, “Try doing it with the engine running.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

Thanksgiving Grace November 27, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Humor, People.
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200px-March-hareLord, as you know
We’ve been trying of late
To stick to our diets
To lose some weight

On this day of Thanksgiving
Please turn a blind eye
As we inhale stuffing
And two slices of pie

We promise if you
Will look the other way
We’ll resume our diets
On Black Friday!

Aah . . . men!

For those of you in the States, may your Thanksgiving be full of grace.
Eat, drink, and be merry . . . for tomorrow we die-t!

Gobble.  Gobble.

Related post:  But I Don’t WANNA Be An Onion!

We Love This LOVE Ladder November 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Fun & Games, Travel & Leisure.
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On Saturday, we went to a Vintage Fair and Arts & Crafts Show at Seabreeze Park on Terra Ceia Island.

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Once there, we wandered the boardwalk to check out Terra Ceia Bay.

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The bay strained at its shoreline as it chopped and rolled under a stiff sea breeze.

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We turned to retrace our steps and spied something ahead to our right.

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Natives!  Hanging out in the mangroves.

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Our favorite arts & crafts item ~>  this LOVE ladder we saw at Two Little Sheep.

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Teri started her crafting business this past summer ~ this was only her 2nd craft fair.

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Contact info:  twolittlesheep@gmail.com or find Two Little Sheep on Facebook.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Taste Of Mixon November 21, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Humor, Nature.
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A few days ago, we went to Mixon Fruit Farms and Groveside Market for “A Taste of Mixon.”  Guests traveled from station to station sampling Pizza, Fudge, Honey, Oranges, Orange Juice, Cheese, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Peach Chardonnay (and other wine varietals).

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After eating our fill, and turning in our passports, we went outside for a wander through the Citrus Groves.

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The lush landscaping looked great under blue blue skies.

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Benches invited wanderers to meander awhile.

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But the fish whispered . . . “Feed Me!”

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We complied.

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A mural (commissioned by koi) encourages visitors to feed the fish.

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How could anyone resist those friendly fins?

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Back on track, we continued our trek.

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And stumbled across a turquoise maze.

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Which invited us in.

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And in and in and in . . . the way mazes do.

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We got out.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Fun Pub Signs November 19, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Humor, Joke.
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IMGP1105bKathy sent me some FUN Pub Signs.  My favorites:

* Today’s Special:  Buy 1 Pint for the price of 2 and get your 2nd Pint FREE.

* FREE Beer.  Topless Bartenders.  False Advertising.

* Alcohol and Calculus don’t mix.  Don’t drink and derive.

* Jokes about German Sausage are the Wurst.

* FREE Air Guitar with every Pint!

* The Perfect Martini:  Pour Gin, Vermouth, and Olives into the Trash where they belong.  Drink Whisky!

* Helping UGLY people have sex since 1864.

* Come in and meet your future Ex-Wife.

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* I distrust camels and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.

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* Alcohol!  Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Lizard Mania November 18, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Home & Garden, Humor, Nature.
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IMGP3570A few nights ago, we spent 20 minutes catching a lizard in the lanai.

BFF reached up to the ceiling and “almost” got it in the bucket first try.

It escaped, raced around the room, and hid under the corner bookcase.

We had to take everything off the shelves, lay the bookcase down on its side, and . . .

“Got it!”

Almost.

We chased it around the room a few more times.  At last, BFF caught the lizard for real, took it outside and released it.

Yay!

During Lizard Mania, Tigger sat on the other side of the sliding glass doors flicking his tail and yowling to be allowed to join the hunt.

Tigger is better at catching lizards than we are, but they aren’t good for him. So we muddle along the best we can so he doesn’t have to do the dirty work.

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We’re not convinced that he appreciates our consideration.

Aah . . . that’s better!

I Have More Friends Than You Think! November 14, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Joke.
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For the past week or so, Facebook has bombarded me with the same message:

You have more friends on Facebook than you think

The fastest way to find all of your friends on Facebook is importing your email contacts. Once you’ve imported your contacts you can view, manage or delete them at any time.

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Facebook shoots the message out 3x in an hour, then 3x more every hour on the hour, then 3x more in the following days.

After a cease fire, the shelling begins again.

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The message has been dropped into the e-trenches 13+ times.  I don’t have an exact count because I shoot them out of the cyber sky as soon as they appear on the horizon.

If I had a pink flamingo for each, my cyber lawn would look littered.

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Facebook’s unrelenting relentlessness and persistent persistence is reason enough for me to refuse to cave to the demand.

Damn the torpedoes!  FB shall NOT capture my cyber contacts.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

“Shiver Me Timbers!” November 8, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Special Events.
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The fun on Halloween did not begin and end at the Halloween Bake Sale.

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After getting a kid fix at the costume contest, we went to 101 Bridge Street to enjoy a cold draft beer.

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I ordered a Fat Tire to go with a Greek Pizza.

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BFF ordered a Ultra Light to go with a Four Cheese Pie.

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We didn’t waste any time digging in.

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On Saturday, before heading to the parade, we went to Coquina Beach to hook up with the Pirates.

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Standing next to me, this one looked rather dapper.

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But next to BFF, he looked like a dwarf pirate ~ not the least intimidating.

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Due to a cold front, the weather was too brisk for sun bathing.  That might be why we heard bones rattling as this guy sputtered, “Shiver Me Timbers!”

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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