Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Happy 4th of July

Monday, July 4th, 2016

My friend Kevin shared this video….which just happens to be the squadron in Germany, with which his father served, many years ago.

What a fabulous tribute to American ingenuity, and the particular joy of being an American.

Happy 4th, all.  Thanks, Kev….and cheers to your Dad, wherever he may be.

~ Blonde Gator


Cops’ Sense of Humor

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Well, about noon today, on this very chilly Sunday, we were snuggled in, enjoying ourselves.  And all of a sudden, we heard a cacophony from outside….and then….bagpipes!  Playing “The Minstrel Boy”.  Which, of course, we knew was a funeral dirge.

We looked out the front door, and what to our wondering eyes did appear?  Eight men in kilts, playing bagpipes, and drums, marching down the street.  They stopped in front of our neighbor’s home, Mike, the retired NYC cop.  I feared the worst.

Mikes Procession

They played another song, with many neighbors emerging from their homes to watch.  Then they turned and marched back up the street.  I heard them tell my neighbor John “his 65th birthday”….as they were discussing which bar to visit for lunch and a few little cold boat drinks.

Bag Pipes

As I said, a strange sense of humor!!!  But it was an amazing sight, and sound, for a cold Sunday.

All’s well that ends well.  Happy Birthday, Mike!

~ Blonde Gator

An Afternoon Break at the Beach

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Today we took Mason over to the beach in the late afternoon, to fly his birthday sea-turtle kite.

Mason with his Birthday Kite

Mason with his Birthday Kite

It was a beautiful afternoon, warm with a soft breeze (at the house).  The breezes at the beach were substantial, a mere quarter mile away.  And rather crowded at 4 p.m.  But we put Mason’s new kite together, and ventured out to the beach.  “Our Beach” is a local kite-surfers’ hang-out on windy days like today.  I recognized an old friend’s 1970 green & white K5 Blazer in the parking lot, alas, I never saw him.

Breezy Afternoon at the Beach

Breezy Afternoon at the Beach

The kite flew like a champ, immediately upon taking it out of the packaging.  It was, in fact, quite beautiful, and we heard many people surrounding us commenting about how lovely it was.  Its little front flippers flapped in the wind, appearing to try to swim through the sky.  As a point of reference, the kite’s tail is at least twelve feet long, the kite is approximately 40″.    Gorgeous!

The Sea Turtle Swims in the Sky

The Sea Turtle Swims in the Sky

Mason did a great job, flying his kite for the very first time.  He thinks the kite surfing looks like something fun to try when he gets older, as well.

Flying a Kite for the First Time

Flying a Kite for the First Time

After we were done kite-flying, Mason had a quick dip in the ocean.  It was rather choppy, with a swift current running south to north, so I bird-dogged him as he played in the waves.  He’s becoming a pretty good swimmer, so I was pleased.  I really didn’t want to have to dive in after him if he got in trouble, as I was wearing a dress!  As they say, all’s well that ends well, and after Mason had a quick in-and-out of the beach-side shower, we hopped in the XTerra and drove home.   Another happy day in the books.

~ Blonde Gator

Beach Day

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Today was the last day of “Surf Camp”, so we all went over to the beach this morning.  It was an absolutely beautiful day.  Surf Camp is at “our beach”, which is kind of a local hang out.  We noticed the Summer Surfers about six years ago, and this year, we enrolled the grandson for a week of surfing, skin diving, tubing, etc.  He had a blast.

"Our Beach" spot, looking North @ Hillsboro Inlet (old photo)

“Our Beach” spot, looking North @ Hillsboro Inlet (old photo)

Hidden Entrance to "Our Beach"

Hidden Entrance to “Our Beach”

Sometimes the Yachts Make the Waves

Sometimes the Yachts Make the Waves

Paddling Practice ~ Out to the Pylon

Paddling Practice ~ Out to the Pylon

Kowabunga, Dude!

Kowabunga, Dude!

The Sea Oats are Making a Comeback

The Sea Oats are Making a Comeback

Even a Bee Was Busy at the Beach Today

Even a Bee Was Busy at the Beach Today

Our Happy Surf Camper at the End of Surf Camp

Our Happy Surf Camper at the End of Camp

We are quite pleased with the experience at Surf Camp.  There were probably 40 – 50 kids there, but lots of adult supervision, and the camp was very professionally run.  There were some really wee ones there, too…all participating and having a ball.  It’s funny, we live about 1/4 mile from the beach, and haven’t been there in almost five years.  That’s going to change, I forget how beautiful it is to just hang out, catch some rays, take a dip, and see someone walk up to your umbrella…and recognize an old friend!  We’ll be back, and soon, too.  The little guy is enamored with skin diving, and I know a couple of other good spots.

See you on the beach!

~ Blonde Gator

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Blonde Mom has been having big adventures forever.  Once when she was 7 years old, she and her BFF walked 10 miles(!) to her friend’s family getaway home…Stoney Lonesome (where she learned to play tennis, one of her lifelong passions).



Another life-long passion….hot cars!

Mom & Her First Baby

Mom & Her First Baby

Great Clothes….

She's Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever

She’s Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever


Mom's Two Perfect Children

Mom’s Two Perfect Children

Four-legged companions…

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Spending quality time with us….

College Break Get-Together

College Break Get-Together

Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

Beach Babe

Beach Babe

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I love you.

~ Blonde Gator

Another Blonde Joke

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher for 16 year olds. She notices a boy at the end of the field standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun kicking a ball. She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

‘You ok?’ she says.


‘You can go and play with the other kids you know’ she says.

‘It’s best I stay here.’

‘Why’s that sweetie?’ says the blonde.

The boy looks at her incredulously and says,  ‘Because I’m the goalie!’

~ Blonde Gator w/thanks to Torchy!

Try Not to Laugh

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

I’m not sure which one is my favorite, the truck shark, or the very last one.  Either way….enjoy!


~ Blonde Gator

An Oldie But a Goodie

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

It’s not a blonde joke, but it’s still one of my all time favorites….

American History 101

It was the first day of school and a new student, Suzuki, son of a Japanese businessman, entered the fourth grade class.  The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history.

“Who said,  ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’ ?”  She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Suzuki’s

“Patrick Henry 1775,” he  said.

“Very  good!  Who said ‘…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth’?”

Again, no response, except from Suzuki. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”

The teacher snapped, “Class, you  should be ashamed. Suzuki, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”

She heard a loud whisper, “Screw the Japs.”

“Who said that?” she demanded.

Suzuki raised his hand: “Lee Iacocca, 1982.”

At that point a student said, “I’m  gonna puke.” The teacher glared and asked, “All right!  Who said that?”

Suzuki says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”

Furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”

Suzuki jumps up waving his hand and shouts, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky,  1997!”

With near mob hysteria, someone screams, “You little s**t. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”

Suzuki yells, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001.”

At this, the teacher fainted.  The class gathered around her.

One of the kids says, “Oh s**t, we’re in BIG  trouble!”

Suzuki says,  “Arthur Andersen, 2002.”

~ Blonde Gator….dedicated to all my bean counter pals!

RIP, Payton

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

It was a year ago today that you went on your last insane hunting safari…..and leaped like a maniac after that MARINE iguana.  Silly girl!

I miss you every day.  EVERY single day.  Paytie, you were the best cat ever!  Miss you so much.

Payton ~ the Empress....knows clean when she sits on it

Payton ~ the Empress….knows clean when she sits on it

~ Blonde Gator

P.S. Blonde Mom misses you too!  Happy hunting, your Highness!


A Woman’s Right to Choose

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Woman's Right to Choose

















What else needs to be said?

~ Blonde Gator