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A Blonde Pushes Back . . . February 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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A young ventriloquist is touring Sweden and, one night, he’s doing a show in a small fishing town. With his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.

Suddenly, a blonde woman in the fourth row, Ceci, stands on her chair and starts shouting, “I’ve heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes.

“What makes you think you can stereotype Swedish blonde women that way? What does the color of a woman’s hair have to do with her worth as a human being?

“It’s men like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the community and from reaching our full potential as people.

“It’s people like you who make others think all blondes are dumb!

“You and your kind perpetuate discrimination against not only blondes, but women in general . . . all in the pathetic name of humor!”

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize and the blonde yells:

“You stay out of this! I’m talking to that little shit on your lap.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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A White Wedding February 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor.
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During the International Festival of the Arts, we stumbled upon a white wedding in the Mexican pavilion.

Now, I’m sure no one here would accuse Mickey of marketing manipulation, but the choreography did seem designed to coincide with the recent release of Coco.

Nevertheless, we loved the simple yet elegant maid of honor.

And her escort, the best man . . . a/k/a man’s best friend.

We found him fetching!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Try This At Home February 10, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Humor, Life Balance.
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At Epcot, we ran into a couple of mimes entertaining the crowds in France.

One serveur amusant had his feet firmly planted on terra firma while the other wafted around above the crowd building a tower of chairs.

To what end?

We soon found out.

After placing the last chair in what looked to be a rather precarious position, he . . .

. . . placed himself, feet over head, in an even more precarious position.

If this acrobatic idea appeals, causing you to flip head over heels, please exercise due caution!

I have it on good authority that they are trained professionals.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Edible Pop Art February 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor.
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At Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, we ran into some edible art at Pop Eats!

The sign advertised modern cuisine inspired by modern art . . . including Pop’T Art on miniature easels.

We opted for the Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian Chocolate.

It was almost too pretty to eat.

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s All Relative . . . February 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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On our recent road trip across the state to Miami and up the coast on Route A1A, we traveled through congested city streets with bumper to bumper buildings lining both sides of the road.

As we drove north on A1A, we often found ourselves traveling through canyons of skyscrapers peering down on us.

Late Saturday afternoon, we turned toward home on Route 710, driving through mile after mile of sawgrass prairie populated only by cows grazing in the fields.

Not these cows, but ones just like them . . . only slightly less curious about our “cruising tunes.”

Sometime after sunset, as we approached a 4-way intersection, a cautionary sign greeted us:

“Congested Area”

Looking around the intersection for the promised congestion, we noted a single gas station on one of the 4 corners.

And nothing else.

No high-rises.  No bumper to bumper traffic.  No trucks entering or leaving the highway.  No construction.

As we passed through the “congestion” with ease, and without mishap, I burst out laughing.

zebras

Like beauty, congestion is in the eye of the beholder ~> it’s all relative.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Post # 3000 January 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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This is my 3000th post.

When I started blogging, back in 2010, I had no idea that I would write anything close to that number of posts.

Or that I would be blogging for 8 years.

I guess that means that I’m prolific.
Or verbose.
Or both.

You decide.

Aah . . . that’s better!

An A1 Road Trip . . . Up A1A January 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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After craning our necks to see the Art Deco hotels of South Beach and the skyscrapers of Miami Beach, we headed north under Sunny Skies with sunny dispositions.

Memories of cutting school in high school to “cruise the beach” filtered into my thoughts.

We lowered the windows and cranked the tunes as we headed up the coast through storied locales overflowing with moneyed locals.

We drove north from South Beach to Miami Beach to Surfside to Bal Harbour to Sunny Isles to Golden Beach.

In Hallandale Beach, I spotted a decorative mural.

A well-timed stoplight let me get the full picture.

In Hollywood, we parked and headed out to the beach.

Gorgeous, eh?

Satisfied, we put more money in the meter, so that we could check out the 2.2 mile boardwalk.

Watching out for bikes and bikers, we wandered down the smooth surface.

I loved this house located along the boardwalk.

In Dania Beach, we stopped for lunch in a small bayside park.

Populated with more palms than people.

We enjoyed the breeze off the intercoastal.

Though simple, lunch was delicious.  Everything tastes better under sunny skies.

In Fort Lauderdale, we drove through two “tunnels” . . . which doubled as runways for the airport.  Now that’s urban planning!

Skirting the edge of the city, we turned east toward Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Crossing over the intercostal, we could see a number of city-sized cruise ships readying to head out to sea.

Like Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach had a simple uncluttered look to its promenade.

But it did engage in some unique beach marketing.

First, this inviting Adirondack Chair.

And then a sunny snowman wearing sunshades and a Panama Hat on a stand-up paddle board ~ let’s hope he remembered to put on some sunscreen!

Palms shaded the sidewalk.

And the tree-lined streets.

A few miles north, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea got our vote for funnest and funkiest beach town!

What an inviting and colorful place to hang out!

In Pompano Beach, we saw the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse standing guard over the busy inlet ~ a helpful navigation aid for sailors even on sunny days.

We continued north through Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach (which was surprisingly hilly), and Deerfield Beach.  The coastal views continued to be framed by blue skies and palm trees.


In Boca Raton, we stopped at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and enjoyed a stroll through the hardwood hammock on an elevated boardwalk.

Before leaving, we stopped to admire the turtles in the children’s play area.

We also walked around the Butterfly Garden & Trail to the Chickhee Hut at water’s edge.

And admired its interior architecture.

It was an enjoyable last stop.  In Highland Beach, just south of Delray Beach, we set our sights toward home . . . after a couple of quick pit stops to fuel up ~ both the car and our bellies.

Heading home across the sawgrass prairies, we admired countless cows grazing in the fields until it was too dark to see anything but the night lights.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

WILSON! January 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Less IS More, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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In Boca Raton, at Red Reef Park . . . I found a coconut!

Holding it up to my ear, I heard Tom Hanks hollering “WILSON!” . . . as his only and constant companion washed out to sea.

Not wanting to grow attached to an inanimate orb, I put the coconut back where I found it for some other Castaway to befriend.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Scenes From South Beach January 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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The next morning, after driving through downtown Miami on Route 1, we crossed the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, where we hopped on A1A to take in the sights, sounds, and scenes of South Beach.

We loved seeing the Art Deco buildings ~ with over 700 in the Historic District, we caught sight of more than a few, including the Delano and National Hotel.

I spotted my initials on the front porch of the National Hotel.

Art Deco architecture arrived on the scene during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.

It’s characterized by symmetry, ziggurat (stepped) rooflines, and decorative sculptural panels.

Set against the backdrop of a blue sky ~> c’est magnifique!  As were the palms.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“We’re All Here . . . “ January 20, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Music & Dance, Word Play.
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While driving up A1A through Fort Lauderdale Beach, a sign caught my eye:

M.E.N.T.A.L.

Hmm . . .

Curious, I looked closer and spied a funny tagline (like the one in this “borrowed” shot):

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After doing a quick google, I found bumper stickers, t-shirts, mugs, plaques, and even clocks sporting the same punny tagline.

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Even Steven Tyler is familiar with this funny punny.

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Which left me wondering ~> where have I been???

If not “all here” or “all there,” I guess I’ve been “out there” somewhere.

Aah . . . that’s better!