Someone turned off the tap…

But they’re being a little overzealous with the blow-dryer.

Altogether we got a little over 2″ of rain yesterday, but it suddenly quit. And now we have 10 m.p.h. winds. Anyway, it all amounts to an uncomfortable day for anything but working inside.

The place is still crawling with rug rats. I don’t know where they’re coming from, but there had to be a dozen-or-so at breakfast. One kid had a voice that could silence a canon. I’ve never heard a three-year-old that could holler like this kid, and he could talk a blue streak as well.

So far today I have putzed about with small jobs that I wanted to get done–like update my “Stop The Bull” blog. Ma Bell, that money-grasping old witch, has raised the monthly cost for cell phones, and all finance minister Flaherty can do is wring his hands. When people as me if I’m retired, I answer ‘No’ I have a full time job: protecting what little I have from thieves and government, and I don’t make much distinction between the two!

Off to work. More next time.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day…


st patricks day greetings

A rainy day here, but not the severe weather that was forecast.

Today is book review day, and I have chosen a rather dark Irish non-fiction called “White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America.” It’s a rather fascinating story, and although some people might be upset that I have chosen that theme, on this particular day, it’s really interesting read.

Besides, it goes along with  celebrating an Irish saint who was born in Rome, who wore blue (not green), and who never drove any snakes out of Ireland because there wasn’t any.

Have a great day, anyway.

More next time.

All quiet on the home front…

The weekend deluge of tourists has (mercifully) moved on.

The place was crawling with rug rats this weekend, and this morning one kid had a meltdown at breakfast. Needless to say the parents did nothing about it, so I had one of the girls bring me a coffee in the lobby until the brat and her incompetent parents moved on.

It’s sunny and warm just now (75, feels like 82) but rain is on the way, plus a storm warning for tomorrow (possibility of tornadoes). Wisely, I think, I did my beer run yesterday, so I’m set until at least Friday–but that depends on the weather forecast. So far it’s tolerable, i.e. 68s, but it is what we get with it that determines whether it’s a nice day.

Here’s an example of how we are over-taxed in Canada. Last evening my dinner tab came to $11.00-and-change. In Canada the HST would have been $1.43. I paid $0.72 (roughly half!) Oh, and beer is $3.00 per bottle, retail.

More next time.

My bikini thong will have to wait…

There was frost in some places last night, but it is warming up. Still sweater weather, though.

I think  it must be spring break for junior schools this week, because the hotel is crawling with rug rats, and breakfast was like a romper room. Ugh! Add to this the parents who let their kids race up and down the aisles, and others who just can’t be satisfied until they kootchy-koo a sleeping baby until it squawks, and you’ve got bedlam.

I’ll stay in and write today, but tomorrow is forecast to be in the 70s with rain on Sunday, so a beer run is in order between the two.

I must say I chose a good year to come early and stay longer. The temps are still in the teens in Orillia, but there are some days above freezing. Also in Urban where there is even a 59 in the forecast. Good to see that. Old man winter has certainly reigned supreme this year, with an especial bone-on for the east coast.

More next time.

I think there’s something screwy with my stats…

I sort of keep track of who has visited the blog by country. This doesn’t tell me who, exactly, but only the number from generally U.S. or Canada. Well, today it says I had one visitor with 4 views, 2 from U.S. and 2 from Canada. Now how that visitor split himself or herself between two countries, I don’t know. Maybe they have a dual citizenship!

It’s an odd day. The official temp says 75, but there is a gusty wind and mostly clouds. So it doesn’t feel like 75. The rest of the week is 60s with rain.

I see the north and north/east are getting socked again, and Chicago has declared it to be the coldest winter on record. Man, this has been a winter to forget!

So far I have just puttered around. I updated my other page, In praise of Canadian History, and a couple of other side jobs that were hanging fire. That’s the thing about starting a page: you have to keep it fresh if you want people to visit. That is why every Monday, without fail, I update my book review page.

Well, back to writing. More next time.

Another nice day, but…

more miserable weather tomorrow. Up, down, up down, it just seem to settle on a happy medium.

Did a ‘just-in-case’ beer run this morning before it gets too hot. Speaking of such things, beloved old Sluggers has reopened at a new location. 3501 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. I haven’t been there yet, but it looks great–larger with a pool table.

new sluggers

It took until 1:00 this morning to finish writing my book review. Poor reviews always take longer. They have to be couched in such diplomatic that the author won’t be hurt, and yet the readers will get the picture. Nonetheless, I finally got it written.

Yesterday was a nice bright day, and I suppose it was comfortable enough in the sun, but it was just a bit too cool to work in the pool area. However, I’m out here today.

Must get some writing done.

More next time.

A superb day … at last!

Sunshine and 70s (felt like 90). My kind of weather. I did a beer run, and it was hot in the sun. It’s also good to see it’s starting to modify up north.

This week is ‘Bike Week’ in Daytona. Many of the bikers stay here and commute, so if you’re into bikers this is the place to be. Not many staying here, though. It’s a bit too quiet for their tastes. One ‘daddy’ came in with his ‘son’ for dinner last evening. The son looked like the ‘tricky’ type (hat on backwards, slinky shorts, etc.) and spent most of the meal with his nose in a smartphone. However, I suspect conversation isn’t his strong suit.


It’s good to see the sunshine, but I can do without daylight saving time. No one has ever proven it does any good–apart from disrupting people’s lives, and modifying their behaviour (because the gov’t can, type of thing). However, I guess we’ll get used to it.

Tomorrow is book review day, so I may or may not post until I finish.

More next time.