beach shark

I landed another nice bonnethead shark this morning out at playa linda beach. (Here’s the video of catching a shark last summer.) The weather was gorgeous, no bugs, gentle breeze. Real easy fishing. The playa linda beach has restored itself nicely from the depletion in the 2004 hurricanes. So much sand was washed away that season that I recall the water was lapping at the dune lines at high tide. This picture here was just shy of the morning high tide.The shark put up a great fight, and was released unharmed.

stuckairboatOn the way back, I stopped at the newly renovated Lake Loughman lodge on the St. Johns. river system. The water level is so low, the lodge is about to close down. I watched this guy trying to get his 3.5 ton truck out of the bog. He tried to winch himself out, but only succeeded in pulling the truck deeper into the bank. A tow truck driver arrived, and he did the exact same thing, and pulled the stuck truck even deeper. Then the tow driver drove around behind and tried to pull the stuck truck the other way, but he got himself stuck. When I left, they were sitting in the shade waiting for a bigger truck.


The Blue Streak is up for sale on ebay

I’m taking a bit of a risk here by not setting a reserve price. Most of the Kia Sedona’s sold on ebay have been the more upscale EX model. Mine is an LX, but I’m pretty confident I’ll get more than I could by trading it in. Anything more than $6K will be a win. Kelley blue book value for trade is $4900, and I’ve got some bumper damage.

Auction ends late next saturday night.

She’s a Maniac…

Update: The group is called The Blanks, and they have a CD out. You can hear them on Acapodcast #9 singing a full length version of the Scrubs theme song “Superman”. It starts at about the 13 minute point on the 28 minute podcast. Here’s a realaudio stream of a complete cut from their album called “A Little Polish”.

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Did you see this segment on the NBC show “Scrubs” a few weeks back? Hospital business manager Ted has an a cappella quartet, and they take on a classic. I could so see this as Makeshift schtick.


Lebanon We were approached through our church network about possibly hosting a Lebanese teenage exchange student for the next school year. The program is coordinated by AYUSA.

Gina was immediately enthusiastic and thats enough for me to get on board. This will be a bit more involved than our brief visit by Japanese student Marina this spring. The student will enroll and complete a year at Winter Park High. We’re being interviewed in a home visit by a AYUSA rep this week.

more later,

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is getting high marks and good reviews. Gina had some persistent infections on your Gateway computer, and I spent several hours tracking down individual trojan removal instructions and tools unsuccessfully trying to clean it up. I was preparing to wipe the hard drive and reinstall the operating system (again). Then I tried Defender (download here), and its detection and removal process seemed to do the trick. Her computer has been operating OK without the constant distruptive trojan detections from her AV.

Seven in Orange rank among top 5% of US high schools

In contrast to the headlines that the Orlando Sentinel gives to our F graded schools, OCPS announced that 7 of their 16 high schools were ranked in Newsweek’s top 5% of US schools.

Orange County Public School High Schools:

165. Cypress Creek HS
172. University HS
277. Winter Park HS
637. Timber Creek HS
662. Olympia HS
1011. Freedom HS
1137. Edgewater HS

Gina starts at Winter Park HS next fall.

Panic! Juggling! YouTube!

Update on previous post: – Panic! Juggling! YouTube!
Chris Bliss

Comedian and juggler,

He’s a staple on late-night TV, headlines comedy clubs and was recently picked to perform at the 20th anniversary Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the world’s largest comedy festival. And Bliss freely gives much of the credit to a random YouTube posting by unknown persons of a juggling video.

“I had it on a personal and a corporate website, and sometime after January, it was posted,” says Bliss, who is from Washington, D.C., and juggled professionally before switching to stand-up. “The viral video phenomenon has had a huge impact on my career, certainly the biggest thing since I first did the Tonight show several years ago.”

Fit for a king or a knight: Bliss says that as a direct result of the spread of the juggling video via YouTube, “I’ve been to Scotland to speak at a conference featuring Sir Bob Geldof, been invited to perform for the King of Sweden, been posted on Ringo Starr’s website, and am shooting a music video for a well-known artist. (I can’t say who.)”

Recently, Bliss received the ultimate honor: A parody of his act was posted on YouTube. “But judging from the comments e-mailers made about that video, I don’t think the exposure was very helpful to that act. It’s definitely a ‘sword cuts both ways’ technology.”

Click here for an amazing juggling video