MLK Holiday

I haven’t blogged for a while now, not too much has been happening. But today Gina and I had the day off and G asked if we could go fishing. The weather was great, but the water was low and pretty dirty. We didn’t find a single fish, but spent a few hours exploring around Mosquito Lagoon.

The Eastern Oyster

‘I don’t eat oysters. I hate oysters,’ said Linda Walters, the University of Central Florida biologist who has dedicated her last several years to keeping the Mosquito Lagoon’s oysters alive.

I agree, and also don’t eat oysters, but this is an interesting article from the Daytona Beach News-Journal about the collapse of the oyster fisheries up and down the east coast. UCF research, The Nature Conservancy and my recreational pastime are all involved.

Classes for Men

This was forwarded to me by my boss (a man). I really need Class #7:




Class 1 How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays — Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Class 2 The Toilet Paper Roll — Does It Change Itself? Round Table Discussion.

Class 3 Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub? — Group Practice.

Class 4 Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor— Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Class 5 After Dinner Dishes — Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink? Examples on Video.

Class 6 Loss Of Identity — Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other. Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Class 7 Learning How To Find Things — Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming. Open Forum .

Class 8 Health Watch — Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health. Graphics and Audio Tapes.

Class 9 Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost — Real Life Testimonials.

Class 10 Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks? Driving Simulations.

Class 11 Learning to Live — Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife. Online Classes and role-playing.

Class 12 How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion – Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Class 13 How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy — Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You’re Going To Be Late. Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.

Class 14 The Stove/Oven — What It Is and How It Is Used. Live Demonstration.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Cabin in the woods

Many years ago, I think shortly after gina was born, Linda and I were invited to a holiday open house hosted by our Unitarian friends here in florida at a cabin in the woods. It was a huge private cabin situated adjacent to a beautiful spring with canoes and foot trails available. It was deep in the middle of the Ocala National forest, and seemed to me one of the most privileged places in the whole state. Our friends explained that several persons teamed up and separately entered a lottery every year to reserve the cabin for this particular holiday week. If anyone were to win, they would share the week with the others, and this was the year that one of them got it.

On a lark today, I googled ‘ocala cabin’, and within a couple of clicks I found it, and recognized it instantly. Its apparently state or national property, and the management company still holds a lottery for friday-friday reservations. Lottery entries for year 2007 are to be mailed in prior to May 31, 2006. and I’m thinking about taking a shot at it.

Trying to move this blog

Inspired by those teentech guys, I’m trying to migrate this blog onto a wordpress platform. I use wordpress at work and I’d really like to have the categorization feature on my personal blog. So I found a free host that doesn’t post advertising (I think) and opened an account.

Now, can someone help me import by content? I found numerous references on the web on how to do it, even about how it works so well with the limited access accounts. In fact, one site says:

“Finally WP provides a feature which enables us to import our blogger located at Google’s to You can find a button at the right side of your dashboard. This importer allows you to import posts and comments from your Blogger account into your WordPress blog.

Follow the link and you will find a step by step instruction.

Damn if I can find the button on my dashboard. does not appear to have a help facility, or even a faq. Can anyone (hint: Aaron!) help me with this.

UPDATE: I found some clues, first a screenshot from october that clearly shows a tab control that I don’t have.

Then I found other comments that the update function was missing, then that it was limited to those with admin privileges. Then one blogger said it was easy to find due to’s naming conventions. Finally, I found an explicit direction to bring up the import script:

The blogger import is a top level option in your admin panel, titled import However, to make it easy for you – change this URI to reflect your account, and you should get there:

That seemed to work, but when I ran it, I got this message:

Import Blogger
Howdy! This importer allows you to import posts and comments from your Blogger account into your WordPress blog. Your web server is not properly configured to use this importer. Please enable the CURL extension for PHP and then reload this page.

so, apparently, importing is not currently available on my host.