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Friday, December 8, 2023

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[Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day] Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft. Video
Every year more and more people are forgetting December 7 because most of those who remember it are dead by now.
[Toys For Tots] Where can I donate a nice, unwrapped Xmas toy to go to a truly needy child? A couple of years ago I was on the phone donating a toy to Toys For Tots; when I told him what toy I had, I heard him say (either to himself or someone else in the room), “Hey, I can give this to my nephew!” I said to him,” Hey, these toys are meant for the poor and needy,” he said,” Well, he’s needy!”  Yeah right. I don’t want to be buying toys for the Toys for Tots guy’s family; let him buy his own presents!

[Shark] Boston woman killed in shark attack after going for a swim in the Bahamas. Link

[Christmas Dinner] A turkey, some crab legs and some string sausage and nobody will ever ask you to make a holiday dinner again

The December AARP calendar of activities is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > AARP
[Computer Club] Our meeting this Saturday, Dec.9, 10:30am will be held at the new Community Center, just a right angle away from the Library & next to UPS. We thank Mike Piekenbrock for making this possible for us.  Let’s thank him by having a good turnout.

[Big Pine Library Book Club] The December book is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.  Saturday, December 16 at 10am. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > Book Club

I think those incessant Medicare Advantage commercials will end December 7 when the enrollment ends. I hope.

Iowa grandma shares her dirty Carnation Milk jingle on TikTok. Video

[Coffee] Chemists and volcanologists want you to make a better espresso. A bit of moisture can keep static electricity out of your coffee. Link

[Boat Trails] Wake up sheeple! They’re putting dihydrogen monoxide in our water.

[Friday Joke] I sat in my Haircutter’s chair and said “Make me look sexy”.
She started drinking.

[Border] Huge group of well-dressed Chinese migrants with smart luggage wait to be processed after illegally crossing border from Mexico into California. Video
[Friday Joke] I always wanted to be a Gregorian Monk, but I never got the chants.
[Flood Insurance] Did you get a notice that you must have flood insurance (which you’ve never had) for a whopping $4000?, or they will cancel your wind insurance?  They don’t even “allow” us to put anything downstairs that’s worth $4000. The few people who’ve had it over the years say they insurance doesn’t pay for anything anyway.  I’m thinking of cancelling my wind insurance
[Balfour Beatty] Congress expands oversight for privatized military housing. After years of scandals and calls for oversight, Congress is taking a few more steps to improve military housing. The 2023 version of the National Defense Authorization Act calls on the Defense Department to report more details to Congress on its housing privatization projects, including changes to contracts involving loans or ground leases. Link

[Crazies] YouTuber sentenced to prison after intentionally crashing his plane. Trevor Jacob’s infamous stunt with a single-prop Taylorcraft BL-65 sparked two years of federal investigations, fabrications, and millions of views. Video

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Vladimir Putin to run for Russian president again in March 2024. The Russian leader is a step closer to a fifth term with little doubt over outcome as all his opponents have been poisoned.
[Crooks] Swiss Bank admits helping Americans hide $5.6 billion from IRS. As part of the deal, the bank also agreed to cooperate with ongoing investigations into hidden bank accounts. Link

So much love… Video

[Friday Joke] Two old guys, one 80 and one 87, were sitting on a park bench one morning. The 87-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn’t even short of breath.  The 80-year-old was amazed at the guy’s stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy. The 87-year-old said, “Well, I eat rye bread every day.  It keeps your energy level high and you’ll have great stamina with the ladies.”
So, on the way home the 80-year-old stopped at the bakery.  As he was looking around, the saleslady asked if he needed any help. He said, “Do  you have any rye bread?”
She said,  “Yes, there’s a whole shelf of it.  Would you like some?”
He said, “I  want five loaves.”
She said,  “My goodness, five loaves!  By the time you get to the 3rd loaf, it’ll be hard.”
The old man  says to himself,  ‘I can’t believe everybody knows about this but me.’
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 12/8/23 at 9:25 am.