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    FLOOD! March 29th, 2005

    On Easter weekend, the area was inundated with heavy thunderstorms with frequent lightning and widespread hail (some to almost the size of baseballs). With the ground saturated to capacity, the runoff has been causing all the local rivers and streams to rise, many above flood stages.

    The latter part of the normal route I take to work has been closed due to floodwaters flowing over it at one point so I now have to take the long way around.

    A part of my normal route closer to home is Old Bainbridge Road and it crosses the Ochlocknee River north of town. After coming home from work this afternoon, I decided to take my camera to the boat landing there and take some pictures.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    The Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    Here’s another view of the same bridge showing the floodwaters.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    This is a closer view of the previous photo.
    I estimate the distance between the two points indicated to be a little over 30 yards.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    I took this a bit further away to show how far back the flood’s edgewaters had gone.
    Those trees to the left of the bridge are only a few feet from the river’s bank at normal levels.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    A closer view of those same trees.

    Ochlocknee River at the bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    Some other trees further back from the river’s bank yet still under water.

    Ochlocknee River at the bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    Here’s a view of the bridge’s underside.

    Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    A closer view of the underside of the bridge.

    Private gated road near the Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    Here is a private gated road nearby the river bridge.

    Private gated road near the Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    This is a closer view of the gate and the flooded roadway behind it.
    The actual distance indicated by the two arrows is at least 100 yards. All flooded.

    Boat landing sign at the Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    This sign’s post is under at least 3 feet of water.

    No littering sign at the Ochlocknee River bridge on Old Bainbridge Road in Leon County, Florida
    The base of the tree trunk is under about 2 feet of water.

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    HAPPY EASTER March 27th, 2005

    Happy Easter everyone!

    Easter Dog

    Did the Easter Dog bring you plenty of goodies?

    Easter Eggs

    Did you manage to find all the Easter eggs?

    Easter candy

    Did you eat too much Easter candy?

    Jesus

    Did you remember the REAL reason for Easter?

    I wish you and your family all the best on this day.

    Empty Tomb Dash


    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

    (John 20:1-4; KJV)

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    Governor Jeb Bush March 26th, 2005

    Normally on Thursdays I direct a weekly political talk show that WCTV airs later on Sunday mornings, but this week a very special guest was scheduled. Governor Jeb Bush made an appearance on the show, but his schedule only allowed for him to appear on Friday. After the show I had my picture taken with him.

    Carl McCaskey and Florida Governor Jeb Bush

    Carl and Governor Jeb Bush

    Now you can see what I look like. Yes, I am fat and short. However Friday, my wife and I went to our physician to start the process for gastric bypass surgery. My insurance requires us to jump through a whole series of hurdles before they will consider us for coverage. I hope we qualify and sucessfully have the surgical procedure because nothing else has worked in our lives.

    So make your fat jokes while you can because there’s going to be a lot less of me to make jokes about in the future, God willing.

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    Favorite Movies March 23rd, 2005

    I’ve been working periodically on a “Top 10” list of favorite movies, along with other movies I like. Even though the top 4 movies were a given, I really had a hard time rounding out the remaining 6 because there are many movies I like. However, after much consideration, here are my top ten favorite movies of all time, along with others I like, as well as some “guilty pleasures.”

    10) Young Frankenstein

    Young Frankenstein

    This movie is extremely funny, and I was a Marty Feldman fan as a kid (one of the regional TV stations played his British TV show).

    9) Blazing Saddles

    Blazing Saddles

    Blazing Saddles was the first R-rated movie my parents took me to when I was a kid. My Dad had gotten back from a business trip, and to kill some time during the trip he saw the movie and thought we’d enjoy it. He didn’t think the profanity was too bad. I laughed so hard that my sides hurt, especially at the campfire scene (remember the effects of the beans?) and when Mongo punched out the horse.

    8) Tommy

    Tommy

    I actually first saw Tommy on television and something about it really intrigued me, plus it didn’t hurt that the music is great.

    7) UHF

    UHF

    I’ve been a big fan of Weird Al’s ever since I first heard him featured on the Dr. Demento Show on radio at the beginning of his career, so I absolutely had to see this when it came out in theaters. It’s very funny and the spoofs are typical Al. Michael Richards in a pre-Seinfeld role is hilarious, and Anthony Geary’s character of Philo is played to a surreal level.

    6) The Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers

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    Mystery Sign March 17th, 2005

    As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Nancy and I took a trip westward to see relatives for the first time in over 2 years. While on the trip we drove around Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, and decided to take a scenic route along Beach Boulevard. Close to the end of Beach Boulevard we took a road north to get to U.S. Highway 90. When we got to Highway 90 we saw this abandoned casino sign in the middle of nowhere and I thought I’d take some pictures. Well, here are a couple.

    Abandoned Casino Sign

    Anyone know what casino this sign advertised?

    Abandoned Casino Sign

    Here’s a closer view of the gator’s head.

    Abandoned Casino Sign

    The base resembling dice was made from vinyl and has seen better days.

    If anyone knows the history of this advertising sign and the casino it represented, please let me know.

    [UPDATE: I have been informed by someone who lived nearby for many years that the name of the casino was “The Jubilee Casino.” Apparently the sign is now gone and has been replaced by a sign advertising the Silver Slipper Casino.]

    The Trip March 16th, 2005

    Again, it’s been a while since I have posted on this ol’ blog but I haven’t quit.

    Nancy and I got back from our first trip together to see relatives in over 2 years. We arrived home last Thursday after seeing my parents, Nancy’s parents, my grandmother and Nancy’s sister. Not all in that order. Most of the trip was spent staying with my in-laws in Gulfport, Mississippi but we broke up the driving by staying overnight in a Pensacola motel and each time had dinner with my parents.

    One quick sidenote, it’s been several months since Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast but you can still see a lot of damage from just along Interstate 10. While we were visiting my parents, my Dad showed me pictures he took of their house, the neighborhood they live in and a couple of nearby roads. The devastation was just heartbreaking. My folks were fortunate that the damage to home and property was minimal but there are plenty of people still awaiting repairs on their homes. You can still see tarps on countless roofs just from the roadside. The I-10 Escambia Bay bridge still is only a single lane eastbound with some of the sections temporary metal grating.

    We stopped in Mobile on our way from Pensacola to Gulfort in order to visit my paternal Grandmother who resides is a nice nursing home. She’s now confined to a wheelchair but still gets around. They seem to be taking good care of her and Daddy visits her frequently and takes care of things for her. This was the first time in over 2 years that I had the chance to visit. In recent years, it’s been very difficult for Nancy and I to be able to get time off from work at the same times.

    While we were in Gulfport, Nancy had to get her Po’Boy “fix” at a little place called Pirate’s Cove which is in Long Beach, Mississippi. They have a delicious albeit extremely messy roast beef with gravy Po’Boy. It’s tradition with Nancy and I to each get one with a bottle of Barq’s root beer each. Good but oh so messy.

    We also drove around Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi along the beach road to Waveland, Mississippi and then came back along U.S. Highway 90. At the point where we got back on U.S. 90 we saw a huge sign in the shape of an alligator pulling the arm on a slot machine and standing on a pair of dice. This was an old information sign for a long-defunct casino that I don’t even remember. I will put the pictures I took online soon. It was a strange sight…this huge sign just in the middle of nowhere no casino or remnants of a casino in sight anywhere. In fact, this sign was in the countryside. A sort of a Twilight Zone moment so to speak.

    Nancy’s biggest moment was when her Mom took her clothes shopping. Well actually I took them to the clothes shop and waited in the car for over two hours while they shopped. Turned out they managed to accidentally hit it when a storewide sale had just begun. Needless to say Nancy came out a double armload of stuff.

    And what did I get to do for fun on that day while chaperoning the ladies?

    I got to spend 10 minutes in a guitar shop drooling over guitars that I can’t afford.

    SIGH

    Still, it was a good trip. It was nice seeing most of my family and my inlaws but as with most vacations, it ended far too early.

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