2019 June

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.



We got two new fawns. They are so cute and skittish. They spring straight up when they see someone. They also make a sound like the Roadrunner’s “Beep, beep, but with an N, “Neep, neep”

[“Air conditioning”] When I grew up in the early forties, we didn’t have air conditioning.  It didn’t take us long to figure out how to cool the whole house with fans. The trick is to create circulation. Put one large box fan in the window on the prevailing wind side, add another to exhausting out on the lee side. You have to fill in the sides of the fans the same as you do with an AC unit.  If I had a house here on stilts, I wouldn’t need ac with the predominate easterly winds. If you’re building a new house, window placement will really lower your ac bill.  Most Hawaiian houses don’t have ac, but they are always comfortable.





[Bow Bunnies] So you’ve totaled your boat, but, hey, the bow bunnies still want to party! Life is good.

[Guns] Background checks for gun purchases aren’t an invasion of privacy. Being shot is!
[“Air conditioning”] When I moved here 30 plus years ago nobody had a/c. They cost money and ran on electricity. We had no money. We just sat on our porches with a fan blowing on us. I thought these people down here are mighty friendly. Everybody had their hand out the window. I thought they were waving at me, but reality was their car had no a/c either.
[Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon] Nothing will make you feel better faster, if you’re feeling exhausted from working in the heat.  The three seedless watermelons purchased at W/D (product of USA-Mr. Melon Man) were all excellent. Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that’s also good for you. It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds. Link
Where did Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos just vacation? Key West. Video
Day-trippers are trashing popular Keys beach. Keys officials demand that state do something. Link

[“Cuckoo Air conditioning”] When I lived off the grid on BPK the hardest thing about it was the stifling heat in the cabin in summer. The dead, humid air. All I needed was a fan. I tried to figure out how to make a ceiling fan based on the spring and gears of a big cuckoo clock mechanism. Using concrete blocks as the weights, and a leaf from a car spring to provide the resistance to turn the gears. I tried to get smart people interested in making the fan without any luck. I still think it’s a good idea to use the height of a stilt house to power a fan. Pulleys, belts, gears, a spring and concrete blocks. The bird won’t be necessary.

[Abortion] “Who has the right to dictate what you can or cannot do with your own life and body.” I am not religious in any way. I read your post. So, by your own logic nobody should be able to dictate what should or should not be done to another’s life. Each life is a separate entity; with its own DNA, separate from all others. A baby/fetus/embryo, is a separate life. How is it okay for one life and body — the mother, to dictate what happens to another life and body — the baby? This contradicts your own logic.
[“Air conditioning”]. Being a native Floridian, I remember Florida before A/C. Our home had jalousie windows, with clamshell metal hurricane shutters that shaded them from the sun coming in – enough light without the heat. We wore shorts, no shoes, no shirts, no sunscreen. We got mosquito bit, played in puddles and drank from the hose. Then, sometime around the mid 1960’s we got our first wall unit AC, an Amana. Soon after we started hearing a disgusting sound, the New York accent, and with the evolution of AC came the destruction of paradise and the invaders of the northeast.



Limbo dancer from Trinidad. That’s so 50’s. Day-o! Where’s Harry Belafonte? Video

[Don’t Let Peeing Kill You] A very important warning for those who wake up at night to go to the bathroom. You must be careful and use the One-and-a-half-minute law which is scientifically proven. We often hear that someone, “In good health and died suddenly during the night without reason.”

The most likely reason is that when that person woke up to go to the bathroom, he/she got up from the bed in a hurry, but his brain needs greater blood flow from having rested, causing fainting and that is when the stroke happens. Learn the One-and-a-half-minute law. It can save your life. When you wake up to go to the bathroom:
1. Lay there for 30 seconds after waking up.
2. Sit up in bed for 30 seconds.
3. Lower your legs to the floor and sit like that for another 30 seconds. And only then get up to go to the bathroom.
bon peepee!

[Help] We just had our AC ducts cleaned and they ruined them with their vacuum brush tools. They scared the duct interiors and exposed the fiber glass insulation which is now spreading fiber glass partials all over my house and in our lungs. I now have to find some AC company to remove and replace all the ducts and probably the fiberglass insulation in the attic. The air handler is now contaminated and might have to be replaced also. Anyone have any sensible suggestions?
The 3 questions we should ask about UFOs!
1: Are they malevolent?
2. What diseases do they have?
3. What do they eat?
A woman’s body was found in the water off Geiger Key in the Lower Keys. Video




[Snoring] Did anyone else notice that when his snoring got “Extra” bad, his wife left him?

[Faith] Jinns. Muslims believe that Allah fashioned man out of clay. The jinns he made from fire–a demon. By day the jinns live among us in inanimate objects, leading lives quite like ours, but they come out after dark in any form they desire. They’re shape-shifters and wicked. Nothing gives them more pleasure than harming humans.


[Uses] Hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, is a low-cost, handy household supply that you can use for cleaning, healing, hygiene. Link

Sarcasm] What scares me the most is when you make an obviously sarcastic joke of something and post it, some viewers don’t get it and take offence. They vote and breed too.
The meek shall inherit the earth, is an understatement. It should be the meek, weak, geek, bent and useless will screw up everything!

Attach your outboards kill switch to you, don’t just let it dangle. This is real exciting video especially if you’re a boater and know how fast things happen on the water. Exciting Video

Some people cannot see a truth or be logical even judging who can use which bathroom. Seems this happened way back when Egypt and Rome fell and a few other countries too. When the nut cases take power, the world ends.


Laughing is good. Ha ha ha!

The air conditioning post only touches the surface of how the racket of building the costliest to run and maintain living quarters in the Keys is being exposed finally. Nothing they engineer is made to be efficient or economical, but to make the owner spend, spend, spend for maintenance and utilities.