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This Is The End……Or Is It?

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Written by David A. Ufer

December 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Posted in Cartoons

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas in Florida took a few years to get used to; the first year I was in shorts with my windows open but I’ve been here long enough to appreciate the cooler weather now. So while I can enjoy the holiday without the beauty of a snow capped landscape, it just wouldn’t be the same without hearing these songs at least once.

A beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. How could Santa resist?

I love the unexpected pairing of these two and Bing Crosby reminds me of my grandfather with his baritone “pah rumpa bum bum’s”.

Not much of a video but I always loved this song. The normally “punkish” band put out a catchy holiday classic. 

There are many great versions of this song but what could possibly go better with your Christmas goose than a little Christmas duck walk?

Another song I’ve always loved. Blow that saxophone, Santa!

And finally, the most perfect voice in music, ever.

So no matter where you are or whom you are with, Merry Christmas to one and all!

Written by David A. Ufer

December 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

Posted in Lists

The Snowbirds are coming! The Snowbirds are coming!

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Winter in Florida brings with it many changes; cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves and the return of the Northern wildlife. Yes, that’s right; the Snowbirds have arrived once again. Their arrival is announced throughout the day by the wailing sirens of the various emergency vehicles responding to the many mishaps these part-time residents cause.

It’s not really surprising though considering the behavior of these creatures. They are notorious for driving at the posted speed limit, or quite often slower, in the left most lane of any roadway, either turn signal blinking continuously since 1968 with no intention whatsoever of shifting lanes or making a turn.

The most recognizable features of the Snowbird are the tufts of white hair exposed just above the front seat headrest and the bare knuckles gripped tightly against the steering wheel. God help them, but every road trip must be akin to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Don’t get me wrong, if it weren’t for their arrival, we wouldn’t have all the Early Bird specials or two for one’s at the local restaurants. So come on down! Lace up your Rockports with your black knee high socks, pull your shorts up to your armpits and have a ball!

Just move over when those of us who have to work for a living are trying to get there.

Written by David A. Ufer

December 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

Posted in Florida

St. Augustine, Florida – Part Two

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The Saragossa Inn Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful 1920’s house that was ordered out of the Sears catalog, shipped from New York to St. Augustine and hauled by horse cart piece by piece to its present location. It was first converted to apartments and most recently as the B&B. The house is divided into six guest rooms with the owners living upstairs.

We stayed in what is perhaps the smallest room of the six but it was quite satisfactory for our needs. Sure the bathroom could have been a tad bit larger but we made do (no pun intended). Nothing says romance like a well-placed poop joke!

The Inn is located a mere two blocks from the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, so we had the perfect location. It was far enough away from the revelry and spirited outbursts of the trolley and ghost tours yet close enough for a quiet, reflective walk home in the evening after enjoying all the shopping and dining locations that St. Augustine has to offer.

Our hosts, Gibbs and Chuck, were wonderful. Gibbs produced some of the most incredible breakfast offerings I have ever eaten from a kitchen no bigger than 20 square feet! Who knew that cold strawberry and banana soup would be so delicious for breakfast?

This brings me to my favorite restaurant in all of St. Augustine – Salt Water Cowboys. “Cowboys” is located on Dondanville Road, just off A1A. Good Lord, this restaurant is awesome! I first experienced this turn of the century fish camp inspired gem while on vacation over 20 years ago and it is a must-visit every chance I get to the area.

There is nothing fancy about the décor; all the magic happens in the kitchen. The “Florida Cracker Combo” is always ordered. Gator tail, frog legs and fish bites with dipping sauces is a great appetizer. Next we ordered the chicken and ribs dinner and the blackened mahi mahi over a bed of the most incredibly creamy grits ever! This restaurant never fails to deliver which is why the locals come here in droves. Get here early or expect to wait on the open air patio where you will be forced to enjoy a magnificent Florida sunset melting into the local marsh land.

Sorry Mom, next time I’ll invite you too.

Written by David A. Ufer

December 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

Posted in Florida