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Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.
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|[Snail Mail Sucks] Are you expecting packages coming via UPS/USPS Mail Innovations to arrive anytime soon? I don’t understand the logic behind this shipping method, possibly saving pennies on shipping. However, all it accomplishes is delaying your shipment. I have a small package of medicine that was shipped on 21 February and has not been delivered yet. It started out in Irvine, California. Then by UPS it went to Orlando, Florida where it was delivered to USPS Mail Innovations where it was shipped up north to Bensonville, Illinois(?) before arriving in Opolaka, Florida. What is the logic behind this if not to piss off the customer with delays? I have seen large piles of packages sitting behind the Big Pine Post Office that have not been delivered for 2 to3 days. This reminds me of the great airline strike in ‘78 while working for American Airlines at O’Hare field where there was literally, mountains of freight and mail sitting in the snow for several days. (I just got a bill for my postage box where my packages are not being delivered. Oh, the irony!)|
|[Fashion] Forget contacts – like going grey, wearing glasses can be empowering. women are still expected to whip off their glasses when the cameras start flashing. Julia Roberts, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren all wear glasses off duty, but tend not to on camera. When Annie Leibovitz photographed Jill Biden for Vogue last year, the first lady wore glasses in a casual portrait used inside the magazine but took them off for the cover. Link|
|[Local Solution] Months after paying $55,000 to engineering firm CPH Corp. to create a master plan for The Fills, the Village Council tossed their recommendations in the bin and proposed its own management solution: install guardrails and limit parking with meters.
The Fills, a man-made causeway between Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys, are approximately 7.38 acres of roadside land that include the Indian Key boat ramp, which is owned by the state of Florida and leased to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Ukrainians are selling used Russian tanks on eBay.
|[Noisy Choppers] I always wonder if the choppers that spray for mosquitos are really just shaking our houses so the local contractors can get work fixing the cracks?|
[IKEA] Putin has misread this so badly that now Sweden is sending Ukraine thousands Of missile launchers. Sweden. The IKEA guys!
|[Germs] Do you ever go to the store and try and undo the plastic bags to put your groceries into? You’re forced to wet your fingers and pry them apart. It’s a conspiracy!|
|[Jesus Said The Right is Right] Remember what Jesus said. ‘Goats on the left, sheep on the right’ (Matthew 25:33). Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat. They did and filled the boat with fish. John 21:6 (NIV). He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
“Origin of Left & Right…I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the “right” and Liberals are called the “left”. By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) – “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” It surely can’t get any simpler than that.
|[Ukraine] How tech companies are pushing back against Russia. Major tech and media platforms like Apple, YouTube, and TikTok move to block Russian state news. Link|
|[Death Sentence] Convicted Orlando cop killer scum sentenced to death. Now to see how many years he’s given free room and board before the deed is done. I’m on the list to witness a Florida execution, hope they let me sit in on this one.|
|[Friday Joke] As I walked out to get the mail a friendly large dog calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.
This continued off and on for a couple of weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful, sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’ The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: ‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?
Michael Meyers’ mask is a William Shatner Halloween mask painted whitish. The movie guys tried everything but Shatner’s mask was the creepiest.
|[Ukraine] It’s an absolute disgrace occurring in Ukraine while the world sits idle. Townspeople with pitchforks, AK rifles, Molotov cocktails. Singing the National anthem while sweeping glass from their bombed-out apartments.
Nazi Germany revisited front and center
|[Putin’s Palace] This is Putin’s palace, although his name doesn’t appear on the deed. His name doesn’t appear on much. No one knows what he owns. He’s one of the richest men in the world and the Russian people don’t know it. He seemed to have amassed his vast fortune by saving his paycheck.|
|[State gives Rowell’s Park $3 Million] Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded Monroe County a nearly $3 million Community Development Block Grant to enhance Rowell’s Waterfront Park improvement.|
|[Hearing] Wonder why you don’t hear so good any more after listening to loud rock n roll for fifty years?
Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause a permanent hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a sufficient time. The U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has specified the following permissible Noise level exposure.
Duration per Day in hours/ Sound Level dBA, slow response8 hours/90 dBA
6 hours /92 dBA
4 hours /95 dBA
3 hours /97 dBA
2 hours /100 dBA
1 ½ hours /102 dBA
1 hours /105 dBA
½ hours /110 dBA
1/4 hours or less/115 dBA
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of the above permissible limits could result in some hearing loss.
Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must be worn when operating this amplification system in order to prevent a permanent hearing loss if exposure exceeds the limits set forth above. To ensure against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure levels, it is recommended that all persons exposed to equipment capable of producing high sound pressure levels, such as this amplification system, be protected by hearing protectors while this unit is in operation.
|[Damned Russians] Putin’s approval rating has gone up to 71%. Don’t believe western news sources who don’t know what’s going on in Russia.|
|[Pope Gives Away the World] This “making a requirement” from the Pope was at once a naïve and arrogant formality by which the Spaniards sought to give legal sanction to their high-handed invasion of Mexico and claims on the Indians’ submission. That the natives of the countries discovered should be Christianized was the high authority on which the “requirement” was based. By a bull dated May 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI gave to the Spanish sovereigns all lands which might be discovered in the new world, defined by a line drawn one hundred leagues west of the Azores and Cape Verde Islands.
A convention was afterwards signed between Spain and Portugal removing the line seventy leagues further westward.
Martin V had made a similar grant to the Portuguese in the East Indies in 1420, which was afterwards confirmed by Nicholas V. and Calixtus Ill.
[Aliens] If we continue to beam light and sound waves into outer space, do you think aliens will someday be able to travel along those beams?
|[Friday Joke] After a prolonged drought when the rain came, all the animals in the forest were happy except the Kangaroo. When the others asked him what the reason was for such sadness, the Kangaroo revealed that the rain meant that all its kids would now be playing inside.|
I need to believe in make believe.