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Our Elephant Died!

That was the news I heard on the radio last week. The Riverbank Zoo’s female elephant died, supposedly of natural causes. 

Being quite fond of this and all elephants, we decided to go to the zoo last weekend and pay our respects.

Well the daddy elephant looked very solemn, choosing to eat some comfort food….

And so we wondered if our other friends at the zoo ahhh, got wind of the news?

The Bears looked quite angry..

…but seemed to make up….

The Lion family was laying around, bummed about the news..

The kids didn’t seem to take it too bad…

The baboons were picking at each other….

And the Giraffe showed his ass….

Even our little monster was upset and broke free from her room!

Still others seemed at peace, like the freakish Tapir…

That went for a swim

The Tortoise didn’t seem to lose a step….

The monkeys were playing

The Penguin Girl was preparing her Happy Feet…

my little penguin

And Mr. and Mrs. Gorilla were letting their baby run wild!

While Mommy watched…

and Daddy watched from a far…

Soon, though, the baby came to play with his mum…

and play….


and that’s when I realized I had something in common with the momma Gorilla….

My feet and toes are starting to look like hers!

That’s about all there is for now knuckleheads.

I will try to do a better job next time.

One final bonus question….

What is the difference between a Turtle and a Tortoise?

No Googling now!

Have a great weekend!!


Happily Ever After (every now and then)

More songs of philosophy on life as I dream of the sand, Jimmy Buffett for a band…

with my adult beverage in my hand, 

I’ve been a stand-in, a stunt man
I’ve takin’ some falls
Troubles… I’ve had my share

the deification hitting the oscillation

But one has to learn how to run before walkin’
‘Round breathin’ that million air.

Take it from me cuz I found
If you leave it then somebody else is bound
To find that treasure,

that moment of pleasure
When yours, it could have been

Some people never find it
Some… only pretend, but me:
I just want to live happily ever after every now and then

I’ve been in vans and in bands

On and through stages

One thing I can conclude.

One has to learn havin’ fun is just smilin’ through
Those Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Take it from me cuz I’ve found
If you leave it then somebody else is bound
To find that treasure, that moment of pleasure
When yours, it could have been

African Sunset

Some people never find it
Some… only pretend, but me:
I just want to live happily ever after every now and then

Just my mind wondering as I listen to my  Buffett, in my hammock, sippin’ on my rum drink.

With the…

Storms rolling in

That’s it for now Knuckleheads.

Thanks for dropping by!

I will try to do a better job next time….


I’d like to be a Jellyfish,

Cause Jellyfish don’t pay rent.

They don’t walk and they dont talk

with some eurotrash accent.

Shopping with the World’s Largest Glass of Sweet Tea

(its a southern thing)


They’re just simple protoplasm,

Clear as cellophane.

They ride the winds of fortune…

Life without a brain!

Bird Watching yesterday

(They did not move all afternoon)


In one ear and out the other,

Don’t you get crisscrossed.

I reccommend you try a little ….

mental floss

Its’ the small, small problems

that get me so upset

and send me seeking shelter

beneath my mosquito net.

I stay there for hours,

protected from the night

all those insects and vipers…

and other things that bite.

Baby Gator in our neighborhood

(A time when its not so good to be a Jellyfish)


In one ear and out the other,

Don’t you get crisscrossed.

I rec-commend you try a little ….

mental floss.

Floss everyday!

Washed in the Ocean; Dried in the Sun

~~I’m trying to kickback into a relaxing weekend.

Thanks Jimmy Buffett for helping to put things in perspective..

Have the best weekend everyone!

DYLANism: the Truth about Easter ~ Busted

~~ here is an oldie but goodie that I saw in my Reader yesterday as I reread this year’s Easter Post. This post from 3 years ago was an intro for things to come…..


Easter morning went off without a hitch this year. Through a series of poor communication, that my family is getting famous for, our girls ended up with four Easter baskets each. [same this year in 2018 ugh…something has to change!!] We have enough Easter candy in our home to fill a small Dollar General!

Dylan! Where did all that candy go?

Daddy! Whah do you mmmmean I have too much cammmdie. Dis isn’t mumpch at all!

We had Easter dinner. Ate our fill and beyond. Then clean up was left to moi, a.k.a. the Easter bunny.

So while I was cleaning up Dylan decided to go back to our computer and play with her adopted-pet stuffed-dog-thingy that she got for Christmas. You adopt your stuffed toy, give it a name, and then log on the computer to find out all about it; history birthday, favorite foods and such.

She came out of my office and confronted me about 3 minute later. She walks up into my face and firmly states, “I know who the Easter bunny is!”

Before I could get out a word she says, “its YOU isn’t it? I know it is.”

Me: “ahhhh…”

Dylan: “the receipt from the Target store is laying on top of the desk and at the top of it is everything that was in my Easter basket….”

Me: “ahhh….”

Dylan: “See? Ring pop. Peeps. Peeps. Chocolate Bunny. Sweet Tarts. Jelly Beans. Its YOU! I know its you, isn’t it?”

Me: “ahhh… Mommy and I bought you some stuff we thought we knew you would like to get you an extra basket cause you and Skylar have been so good this year.”

Dylan: “I knew it. I knew it…”

Seven years old! She is so going to be out smarting me when she becomes a teenager.

…or before. I am so in trouble!

I guess we will have to have a plan for Christmas. Pay in cash? Not very likely for this Santa Clause.

Easter Bunny's credit slip

Easter Bunny’s credit slip

Spring Break From the Routine


We decided to take a quick holiday out-of-town this week during the kid’s spring break.

Here are a few pics that captured our adventures.

We stopped in Orlando, not for Disney World this time, but Sea World.

I found a hotel close to the fun..

The hotel offered some fun too.

But not like Sea World….

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