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A Scary Time For . . . October 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, People.
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Trump says this is a scary time for American men . . . because just look what’s happened to Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein, and Louis C.K., and all those other powerful men who thought they should be allowed to assault women with impunity just because they’re men.

Trump’s rather lopsided view of the #metoo movement inspired Lynzy Lab Stewart to counter with a song:

Dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter Lynzy Lab Stewart took to social media to share a song titled “A Scary Time” that appears to be written in response to Trump’s assertion. To the tune of a melody plucked out on her ukelele, Lynzy sings about the ways in which the world has always been a dangerous place for a woman, calling out the inherent privilege for men in a patriarchal system.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Dancer Lynzy Lab Wrote A Song(Time)

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An After-Dinner Stroll => A+ October 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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So we all know that exercise is good for us.

Right?

It improves our mood, helps us sleep better, moderates our weight, relieves stress, etc.

Turns out that taking a short 10-15 minute walk AFTER dinner pays even more dividends.

Engaging in moderate exercise after eating helps us utilize glucose stores, digest our food efficiently, and avoid heartburn.

To read more:  The Case For Taking a Walk After You Eat (Time)

Since daylight savings time is winding down, it’s dark out when we’re done eating.  And there are coyotes (and other things that go bump in the night) out there.  Plus I want to stay inside and watch Jeopardy.

So . . . I’m compromising, by marching/dancing/moving in place for 30 minutes after dinner.

It feels better than just “parking it.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related: 7 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise (Time)

Don’t Drink And . . . Diet October 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Life Balance.
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Last week, we enjoyed Happy Hour at the Chart House.

The menu now includes the calorie count for each of the well-priced appetizers.  Wow!  No wonder two or three appetizers washed down with a couple of drinks has always left us too full for dinner.

One of the appetizers we’ve never ordered ~ fish tacos ~ has more than 1,100 calories.  Yowsa!

Doing our best to ignore the calorie counts, we forged ahead and foraged on Spinach Artichoke Dip and assorted Cheese and Crackers.

Life is short:  Don’t Drink And . . . Diet!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

“Here . . . Have a Teddy!” October 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.
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Note to the thinking-impaired: Leave Your Emotional Support RODENT at Home:

‘Emotional Support Squirrel’ Gets Woman Kicked Off Flight and Then Everyone Just Had to Deplane

 

Spirit Lights The Way

We saw a short segment on the news a few weeks ago showing an airline passenger who needed 28 stitches after being bitten in the face by a dog.

On a plane!

The 50-pound dog was allowed on the flight as an “emotional support animal.”

Other animals that have been allowed to fly for free as emotional support animals ~> a turkey, a pig, and a duck!

QUACK!!!

What next?  An emotional support alligator?  Tarantula? Cobra?

Perhaps it’s time to rein in political correctness in favor of common sense by telling passengers that their right to fly with “emotional support animals” is limited by the rights of other passengers to fly the friendly skies.

Then hand them a teddy to hug for the duration of the flight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

As part of her investigation, the reporter applied for and received an “emotional support animal” certificate for…

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Mote Aquarium October 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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We finally had a chance to visit the “new” river otter exhibit at Mote Aquarium on City Island in Sarasota.  We adored watching the antics of Pippi, Huck, and Jane from the 2nd floor mezzanine:

Here they are enjoying some non-stop action:

As we walked through the shark exhibit, this brave lad in the Hurricane Simulator blew us away:

We loved the decor in the 50’s diner ~ everything back then was so black & white, no shades of gray:

And check out these giant “Egyptian” Seahorses standing guard:

Perhaps they’re there to protect the flowers in the adjoining lily pad pond:

Our enjoyable, educational, and entertaining afternoon featured a surprising highlight:  a small aquarium of mesmerizing jellyfish:

Gorgeous and graceful, they were gliding up and down with gentle and perpetual undulations ~ it was rather like watching a live-action lava lamp!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tampa Bay History Center October 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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For Smithsonian Museum Day, we paid a visit to Tampa Bay History Center, located on the Riverwalk in Tampa:

We enjoyed some Cuban Fare at the Columbia Restaurant:

Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread, Churros (with 3 dipping sauces):

After lunch, we checked out the exhibits, which focused on Cigars:

Seminole Dolls (I had one of these as a kid and gave it to one of my nieces ~ I learned it’s worth hundreds of dollars):

Audubon Artwork:

Maritime History:

Local Wildlife ~ then:

And now:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Drink And . . . Die October 6, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Life Balance.
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A few weeks back, while visiting family in Orlando, we had a late (vegetarian) lunch at Lone Star Steakhouse.

On the way out, I snapped a shot of this critter in the bar:

His message (which would be perfect for a Wordless Wednesday):

Don’t Drink And . . . Die!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Art Ovation Hotel October 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Poetry.
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We attended an art reception at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota.

First, we got a signature lemon lavender cocktail:

Then we got some nibbles:

While we imbibed, we listened to music:

And perused the art:

Before checking out Dragonfly Cafe:

Where middle schoolers (wearing lavender and raspberry berets) were using ancient typewriters to craft impromptu poems for passers-by:

But the biggest delight

Of our visit to Dragonfly Cafe that night?

Not a single smart phone in sight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Ouija? Oui! Ja! October 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Spirit & Ego.
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As a kid, I loved playing with the Ouija board with the girl next door and her twin sisters.  I remember spooking ourselves on dark dreary days and during the wee small hours before dawn during weekend sleep overs.

It’s been years since I’ve seen a Ouija board . . . until I stumbled across this clip:

To read more:  What “Ouija” actually means and how the game has changed

Good luck.

Good fun.

Good bye.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Landscape of Guitar Tour 2018 September 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Music & Dance.
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Our friends, Julie & Bruce, went on tour in China this summer, using Bruce’s artwork as a backdrop on stage.

While there, they filmed bits and pieces of their fascinating adventure:

Speaking of adventure, they were a tad more adventurous about trying the local food than BFF & I would have been.  Cow, Duck, Chicken, and Bullfrog are not a part of our vegetarian vocabulary or dining preferences.

But, judging from the video of several meals, we wouldn’t have starved to death ~> we would have enjoyed cabbage, corn, curried cauliflower, and tofu bags (16:37).  We also like the looks of the rice cakes, the rainbow cake (30:00), and (just for Kate!) the Starbucks logo.

Aah . . . that’s better!