Thing you think about in the KEYS on the last day of MAY

I’m just doing a little “free-association” writing here.

Here are some of the things you think about when you are living in the Florida Keys when you realize it’s the last day of May and Summer is really here;

This the first day of the Hurricane Season, so for some reason, whenever the news people say there is a storm coming, those horrific news photos of Hurricanes striking land pop into your mind.

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I love Sunsets

I love Sunsets.

I always have and I always will.

These random acts of Nature are one of those natural phenomenon we all see regularly, and far too often we just ignore them as we rush through our busy lives.

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Mardi Gras in Rubonia? Where the Heck is Rubonia anyway?

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My Wife and I attended the annual Mardi Gras Parade in Rubonia Florida.

It definitely is not a Mardi Gras like you would see in New Orleans and doesn’t come anywhere near as big and exotic as the famous Carnival in Rio.

But, we had a Ball. This little parade and celebration has been going on for decades in this little coastal town and even though you may have missed the one this year, you should mark your calendar and attend the next one.

Rubonia is literally a “one-horse town” along the Tampa Bay coast, just north of Bradenton. And actually, the rest of the year it is a time capsule of small town Florida from long ago. But, they blossom into a fantastic three-day celebration for Mardi Gras.  Continue reading “Mardi Gras in Rubonia? Where the Heck is Rubonia anyway?”

Ever Wonder if those Satellites are WATCHING YOU?

Satellite in Space
Satellite in Space

There are many dozens of satellites circling the earth today and there are many more to come, according to sources.

The majority of them are simple data receivers and re-transmitters owned and operated by government, commercial and private science organizations around the world.

Some of them are; government spy satellites, some are privately owned by organizations who do not share their data, flying alongside other secretive data collection satellites.

But, there are also a number of these satellites that are busily circle the earth and taking extraordinarily detailed photography. And as I said, some of them are owned by governments and are used for spying.

We, the people going through our daily lives all know this and live with it.

Interestingly, there are a number of these that are either commercial or are not considered confidential that have a lot of information available about them. And a lot of this information could be used to not only track these satellite systems, but the types of data they collect, their planned orbits and the areas they are flying over.

In my reading I found this article that discussed a NEW iPhone APP called Spymesat that provides much of the data on these satellites. It presently only costs $1.99 via the iTunes store and I am so intrigued that I know I am going to check it out.

If you wanted to know who might be watching you as well as where and when they are watching, and be able to keep away from such prying eyes, you might want to get this APP for your iPhone.

If you want to read the article, click here; Spy Satellite Article.

Try it yourself by clicking on the site below to go to the APP in iTunes;

SPYMESAT

by DON BOBBITT

 

Storm over Tampa Bay

Storm over Tampa Bay
Storm over Tampa Bay

I was sitting at one of my favorite Tiki Bars, called the Sunset Grill, at Little Harbor last week.

It was late afternoon and my wife and I were relaxing over a glass of wine and trying to decide whether to eat there or go home and cook up something later.

We were Just Chillin

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This is How WE ROLL – in our Community

Wandering Elves, cup in Hand? Mysterious Mariachi Dancers? Confusion in the Night?

What can be Next at the riverside Club?

DON

Gator Food on the Golf Course

Water Turtle
Water Turtle

You find these all over Florida in the small ponds and lakes. This one measured almost 18-inches along the shell. This time of the year, they are busy laying eggs to feed the larger birds before they go back into the water to provide a meal or the ever growing Gators.

Don

 

 

 

 

Say HELLO to my Little Friend

Nig Mama Gator
Big Mama Gator

This elegant lady, that we all call “Mama GATOR” is one of our many wandering examples of florida wildlife in our community, here at Riverside Club.

I caught this shot while she was “sunnin'” next to our Boat docks. Aint she cute.

by Don Bobbitt, 2013