Horseshoe Crab Shell , A walk on a Beach in the Flats.

Horseshoe Crab Shell
Horseshoe Crab Shell

I am one of those Lucky people, living in the Tampa area, who has a friend that owns a Boat. And we are often invited to just go out onto the Tampa Bay and enjoy the water and the many small islands (keys) and beaches, with them.

There were five of us on the boat the other day and we were just tooling around in the area that everyone calls the “flats”. It’s called the Flats because the water in the area is very shallow , often just 1-3 feet deep. And, if you do go there be aware that the area requires some careful navigation to avoid grounding your boat or Prop. But the extra caution is worth it.

Besides the great fishing in the Flats, there are beautiful white sandy beaches that you can pull up to and Picnic, or just take a walk on the beach and enjoy the cooling Bay breezes and near perfect weather.

My Buddy eventually did just that and pulled his boat onto a beautiful clean beach on an island. He jumped into the knee-deep and clear waters to do a little cleaning on the rear of his boat, and the ladies pulled out our light picnic lunches, singing along with some old Parrot Head music on the radio.

Me? I took the opportunity to stroll down the beach with my camera. I snapped a few good shots along the way, including this lonely, empty shell of a Horseshoe Crab.

Eventually, I turned, retracing my steps and when I got back to the boat, we sat and talked, mostly about nothing, as we devoured our lunch.

Then, a push-off from the beach, and a smooth ride home.  I can’t wait until we get another invitation to explore Tamps Bay.

DON

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by DON BOBBITT May, 2013

Copyright  DON BOBBITT 2013,  All Rights Reserved

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Sometimes I Write just to Clear My Head

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OK, I write a lot.   In fact, sometimes, I write too darn much, at least according to my wife.

But, I’s sorry, it’s what I do!  Being a normal person in other ways, this writing thing is not quite an obsession for me, but I guess that it does come close, at times.

If you check out this new site of mine, it is an attempt to provide access to my writings that I have foolishly laid like fresh eggs all over the web. I really didn’t start out with a plan for presenting my works, and boy, does it show now.

I have published books, articles, short stories, poetry, recipes, “How To” articles, Blogs and more. I’m not bragging, this kind of thing just seems to happen to myself and my fellow web writers, eventually. Even if we aren’t necessarily great at a form of writing, sooner or later, in  our arrogance, we will attempt it.

So What, You say?

Looking at a lot of my writings, I can see that I am often just attempting to do a very simple thing. I Just Need to Clear my Head.

You see, things grow there, in my head. They always have. Regardless of what I am doing, there are these other ideas, thoughts, whatever that are stirring around up there. And, over my life, I have entertained myself by taking these and working them into something more than a passing thought.

Once I take these thoughts and work them to the point that they make sense,  then I can finally file them away in a remote corner of my brain, and, with a level of relief, I can move on to the next one.  Of, course, this wasn’t very productive, but it was a way I entertained myself.

Over the years, I began writing these things down, evolving eventually to using the web as my storage media. That is how I ended up scattered seemingly randomly all over the web.

This crazy way of writing has been great for me, and I now count on it as my special way to Clear my Head of random thoughts.

So, sometimes, I just write to Clear my Head! And, if you end up following me, you will be subjected to a wide range of ideas and thoughts that are just escaping form my addled brain.

Jump On the Wagon or Run!

DON

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Just Thinkin’ – Internet Sales Tax

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I was Just Thinkin’

I was Just Thinkin’ about an Internet Sales Tax

OK, Here I go on one of my stupid Rants.

I am a Techno-Geek, an Old One, I admit, but still, as Popeye says, “I Am What I Am“.

So, from my perspective, I have watched this Internet world of ours blossom into what it is today.

Hold on, for a minute. Yes, it is confusing, filled with great and awful things, sources and people. But, in my opinion, the good far exceeds the bad, so I keep on using it.

Why do I by on the Internet? For the convenience and specifically for the PRICE! That’s right, I want the best Price on the best Product. Part of that price is the presence of a Sales Tax.

With that said, I just want to express my frustration about this Internet Sales Tax issue that is now in our Florida legislature.

Here are my questions and thoughts:

  1. If they start forcing an automatic Internet Sales Tax on Floridians, how much will they actually gain for the state coffers.
  2. Yes – They will get more money, of course, from companies in other states that are forced to collect.
  3. Yes – Individual Floridians will now have to pay the same extra tax cost whether they shop with Florida companies or not.
  4. Yes, This means that the individual Floridian online shopper will lose a decent discount of 6% on whatever they purchase, regardless of the location of the company.  
  5. And, Yes, we all know, and wink at the fact that most individuals do not make or claim these sales taxes.

In conclusion, what I see coming in our complex global economic system is the fact that, by leveling the sales tax field, Florida companies will, in all probability, no longer have this slight pricing advantage for many individual shoppers.

Look at it logically. If I can get the same product, from multiple companies, and they are priced the same, do I really care where it comes from?

Especially considering that the only other variable to consider is Shipping, and so many companies now offer this for free.

Anyway, I was Just Thinkin’

DON