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For variety, we celebrated Christmas after New Year’s this year

by meanlouise January 9, 2017 florida files

We kicked off the new year doing as little as possible for a few days on Siesta Key, in preparation for a whirlwind bout of Family Fun that we had to schedule for the 1st week in January because…well, just because. Despite the delay, we did indeed have a fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. One could […]

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I don’t know what it means when JunglePete & I start sharing dreams

by meanlouise December 31, 2014 florida files

Yikes, it’s New Year’s Eve and I’ve neglected you all for months and I should probably be writing something profound about the new year (or something snarky about resolutions). Instead, I’m posting a draft that’s been hanging around since last New Year’s Eve. I’ve been a little disorganized this year. Last year, we drove to […]

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Happy New Year!

by meanlouise December 31, 2013 florida files

image: meanlouise A visit to Fort Myers beach (that included dinner with the JunglePete Family) before heading back up to Sarasota for some wandering around Lido Key was an excellent way for Husband and I to conclude a year that swooshed by incredibly fast. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go create a […]

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Floridiana in Slate

by meanlouise August 7, 2013 florida files

It’s Wednesday, you love Florida, and you want to disappear down an entertaining internet rabbit hole for a while? I have just the solution for you: Craig Pittman’s month-long Slate series Oh, #Florida! Here’s a teaser from the 1st post: The other day my friend Shannon called me asking for help. She said her women’s […]

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Human cannonballs

by meanlouise July 25, 2013 florida files

(Ringling Brothers promotional poster for the Zacchini Brothers Human Cannonball Act) Sometimes I forget what a bunch of weirdos you all are. When I mentioned human cannonballs on facebook yesterday, that wasn’t a euphemism. Mario, the last of the original Zacchini Brothers, passed away in 1999. I found a trailer for a possible documentary on […]

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The Cat Exorcist

by meanlouise July 18, 2013 florida files

When I was a small child, my parents adopted a kitten. A Siamese kitten who I loved dearly. Siamese kittens grow up to be Siamese cats, creatures who possess a very special kind of crazy. This cat was very tolerant of family members, but had a tendency to bite other people – viciously, and with […]

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Dad & I found a monkey in a Wendy’s

by meanlouise June 21, 2013 florida files

When I was a kid, I found a monkey. Technically, it wasn’t a monkey, it was an ape called a Siamang, but I wouldn’t learn that detail for many years. 30 years, to be precise(ish). Back on that day in the late 1970s, dad and I stopped at Wendy’s. I guess we were there for […]

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who gave those wild animals the silly idea that they were entitled to live in their habitat?

by meanlouise May 19, 2013 florida files

I was drinking coffee and watching sandhill cranes by the lake this morning when a woman, who obviously lives in the neighborhood, let her yaptastic dog scare them off. Well, you don’t scare a 4 foot tall bird away so much as you annoy it into leaving. I rather jealously wished I could fly away […]

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Rule #1: if you find an evil book bound in human skin, don’t open it

by meanlouise May 16, 2013 florida files

An 8 day house-sitting getaway with ample time and quiet and opportunities for swamp-y adventures and research sounds great, doesn’t it? (No, it doesn’t. It did before I had to get up at 5 a.m. to catch a plane. Right about now it sounds like the stupidist fucking idea I’ve ever had). The house has […]

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R.I.P. W. Watts Biggers, co-creator of Underdog

by meanlouise February 23, 2013 florida files

[embedded video: Underdog theme] I loved Underdog. The cartoon, not whatever this was. It was shown in syndication in the afternoon and I used to watch it at my grandparent’s house when the weather was too crappy for my grandfather to take dad and I out for boating adventures in the Port Charlotte canals. The […]

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