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Boo, y’all!

Well, you see, its summer vacation. And Dylan has all this time on her hands.

Well she fancies herself as good with electronics. She likes to be creative. And she has a lot to say. So she decides she is going to START HER VERY OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Ahh, ahh, ahh!!

She has it all planned out. And, are you ready for this, the name of her YouTube channel was going to be moonshine189.



So after consideration of a clever way why SHE CAN’T HAVE THAT YOUTUBE NAME (!!!)…(deep breath) I googled ‘moonshine189’ on YouTube to show her the company she might be attracting with that name…..

Ok, well the little girl saw my point.

She came up to me the next day and told me she decided on ‘Beach Girl’ for a handle on YouTube (where does she get these names?)

But after searching on YouTube for beach girl herself she decided that might not be appropriate for a girl her age either…..

I promise you I am not this bad of a dad that she comes up with these names!

So I showed her my YouTube channel, mrbrew, (ohhh now I get it!). And then I showed her how many videos I had of her and our family in there….over 120…..which I think I have subjected you too at least once over the last 5 years of this blog.

And so we went scrolling through them to show her just how far they went back.

There were some real gems in there that I had forgotten about over the years.

But I wont’ subject you to these family favorites such as “Boo, y’all” or “Chansons pour le petite Dylan” yet one more time…


This one really touched my heart and brought back memories. She said her first phrase, ‘where’d it go?’ But when I said it to her something really amazing happened (she started looking for IT). Take a look at this nut, ah, I mean happy girl..8 years ago

And then Dylan remembered and wanted to see the video from when I brought a big packing air pillow home after work and she had some high flyin’, impromptu, keystone cops kinda fun…

And I saw one of my all-time favorites!

Dylan made this video when she was about 2 or 3!

No one knew.

I found it on my recorder about 3 weeks later.

She loved to do the hookie pookie dance with me as a toddler. Well one night we left her alone in the living room for just a few minutes. Grandpa was in his chair but Dylan was behind him. She was at our little work / computer desk.

She saw the hookie pookie video up on the screen. So she climbs up and stands on top of the chair at the desk, then turns on the video and grabs my little Flipshare recorder. She then holds it to her eye, hits ‘Record’ and proceeds to sing and dance the hookie pookie standing up on my chair! You know this if you know the song, follow the movements of the camera and listen to what she is singing. I saw this and knew at an early age she was a special girl…..

My dad chimed in there at the end like he was watching her or listening to her sing. But if he was watching her he never would have let her dance on top of that chair.

Too cute!

Listen, sorry to subject you to another round of family videos. Boo! y’all.. scared you!

I imagine you all have your own family videos and pictures that are pure gold and priceless memories too.

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m going to leave you with this quickie that I sent into America’s Funniest Videos…still waiting to here back from them.. while I go shoot down another one of Dylan’s YouTube names.

Have a great weekend!

I’ll try to do better next time knuckleheads…

Good bye Matt (Matthew part III)

Some of you have been wondering what eventually transpired to our home and family after Hurricane Matthew struck last Saturday. And I imagine my not posting for a few days may have led you to wonder.


Our Internet went out.

We all lived!

Here is what our house, or at least our back yard, resembled after Hurricane Matthew. 


We were blessed.

We went to bed Friday night as the winds of the Cat 3 or 2 storm were approaching Beaufort, SC (about 2 hours to our south).

We went to bed wondering what were we in store for that night? What would happen during the night while we slept? What would we wake up to? Would we hear a crash in the middle of the night.

So when I woke up around 7:00am Saturday (OK 6:30 cause I was making a video and I had to change my clothes cause all of you might be watching).

Yes, a welcome sigh of Relief!

My shower curtain did not blow away.

Still the hurricane was about an hour away from our town and had not arrived yet. It now appeared the eye would go right across Charleston. The winds did actually died down around 10 or 11am or so here as the eye passed. It was actually kinda disappointing after the big media storm build up.

“Come on Matthew! Is that all you got?”

Then Matt packed his bags later that morning and headed to Myrtle Beach, leaving drier but just as powerful gusts from his rear, er, from behind him. The winds, after the rain stopped, were every bit as serious as before the storm.

Still we were very fortunate. My whole neighborhood was actually. It just looked like a summer rain out front Saturday morning.

It wasn’t until I decided to go out and  return the Red Box flicks before late fees hit drive around exploring our area that morning I saw what effects Matt had on us. Mainly it was just fallen trees and downed fences. Completely bearable!

Especially since it wasn’t my fence that was laying down. 🙂

I was most concerned about the Storm Surge of Matthew the days leading up the storm. I knew the storm itself was not going to be a catastrophic one. Luckily we never saw anything resembling a Storm Surge at my house, 20 miles inland. Below are some pics of what the surge did look like in the tidal creek that goes behind our house.

Here is the creek at high tide the day before Matthew:

Tidal Creek before Matthew

Tidal Creek before Matthew

You can make out the boat docks or landings as well as a good foot high Lowcountry grass across from the homes.

Here is what the storm surge did to those homes, again 20 miles from the coast:


The docks are gone and the water is a good coupla yards up into the backyards (Yikes!). The outer layer of the sea grass is practically covered.

What did the Storm surge look like in downtown Charleston?

Remember this pic of the pink house on the Battery from last summer?

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

Here is what Matthew did to introduce it to the Atlantic ocean:

King Street at the Battery

King Street at the Battery

That first pic was taken from on top the wall of the Battery so the water in the second pic had to breach that wall and accumulate there on King Street.

Still, it could be worse, right? Right Haiti?

And the effects of the storm did vary up and down the coast. I understand Interstate 95 in South Carolina, a good two hours from the coast, was just devastated with accidents and the 85mph traffic coming to a halt.

I could go on and on about Matthew’s wrath but I guess you all know the story by now.

As for us, we never lost power. We didn’t lose a shingle. My cable did go out Saturday afternoon around 1pm just as my team was ready to score. But if that is the price I must pay for a hurricane, so be it. I was lucky!

Say a prayer for those in Haiti and seriously think about doing what you can, anything, to assist the people of that poor Caribbean country.

There ain’t no trying to reason in Hurricane season…

Thanks for dropping by and looking in!

Tune in again for my next post with (more ) evidence that I may be the missing link…….

and I am not talking about my dancing…

You all are great!

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