I’m heading off Sunday for 5 days and nights of fishing and camping at Long Point Park down near Sebastian Inlet.   The mullet run is in full swing and the weather just this week turned enough to drop into the 60’s in the early AM.   Unlike in past years, I will not have internet access from the campsite, although I can keep an eye on my google email through my cellphone. I’ll be back in town next Friday evening.

However, I will do some cellphone photo posting with captions to my flickr account so go check that out, and leave a comment if you like.

For this trip, I picked up a second hand window AC unit from, and I’m going to set it up in my tent so I can sleep during the day, fish more at night.   Linda is appalled, but I’ve seen others doing it before.  Stay tuned for pictures.

nice redfish

I got out saturday for the first time in about 3 weeks. I found this guy off an island near the mouth of the Sebastian River. The water is still real brown from storm runoff, so sight fishing is poor, but I spotted a school of fish crashing bait in the choppy water washing up against the island. I positioned the boat upwind and drifted in and set my anchor. I flung a live mullet out in the general area, and in about 25 seconds, the line went taught. It was a good fight with several strong runs by the fish. I got him boatside and I was sure he was overslot (greater than 27″ long – must release). But no, he was 26″, so I managed this self portrait using the camera timer, while the boat was rocking up and down. Then put him on ice.


damn clever dog

yesbutnobutyes asks: is this the smartest dog in the world?   You be the judge.

Speaking of which, our old dog Jack has lost all his vim and vigor, and it happened overnight. He doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable and he’s still eating and drinking, but he spends most of his time in seclusion, doesn’t get on the bed anymore, and rarely goes outside. Can dogs suffer a stroke?

SNL Season opener

One of the first things I said when I saw Sarah Palin on TV was that Saturday Night Live was going to have to bring Tina Fey back to the show. And damn if they didn’t do just that. The impersonation/impression was spooky! And the sketch likely just wrote itself. (“I can see Russia from my house!”) This is last night’s cold open:
from the NBC website, where you can view it in full screen.

this doesn’t seem right

The father was charged? Story here.

DELTONA, Fla. —  An angry Deltona father whacked his teenage daughter’s boyfriend with a metal pipe after finding the boy naked in his daughter’s room.

Authorities say the father, 45, didn’t even know his daughter had a boyfriend or that the youngster had been sneaking into the home for more than a year.

When he heard noises coming from his daughter’s bedroom Thursday morning and saw a stranger standing naked on the girl’s bed, he swung a metal pipe. He then chased the teen out the front door and called police.

The boy was taken to the hospital where doctors closed a head wound with staples.

The father was charged with aggravated battery on a child and bonded out on $10,000.

Rock and Run

my cellphone picI ran a 5K this morning.  I managed my old 11 minute mile pace (official results: 10.44 min/mile), although I haven’t been very active since the half marathon last year.   I have been running 4 to 7 miles per week, along with my 2X weekly weight routine at the Y.

The Casselberry Rock N Run, which supposedly features rock bands at the mile markers, had about 1300 entrants.  But there was only one rock band on the route. We also encountered a steel drum guy, and a bagpiper.    This would be a great venue for Makeshift.  There were long silent stretches along quiet residential streets.   I can picture us on mic singing Bohemian Rhapsody, That’ll be the Day, Kiss Him Goodbye, All My lovin’ and some others.   We’d need electricity.  The steel drum guy had a honda generator and a PA system.  We’ll see next year.

Otherwise, boy was it hot!   I’ve never seen quite so much perspiring at the finish and the afterward meet-mingle-nosh.   When I got in my shaded car, it was noticeably cooler inside.  The thermometer registered 87 degrees when I headed for home at 8:30am.


blog about rock and pop

Just found this brand new blog called Bad Cover Version written by academic ethnomusicologist and feminist Elizabeth Keenan.  She’s knowledgeable and a lot of fun to read.   For example, she dissects the rock-girl pastiche that makes up current chart phenom Katy Perry.   Here she describes the Rock 101 class she teaches:

I spend a lot of time on things that seem pretty simple to me, like learning that the shit economy in the early 1990s was part of seeing grunge (and Riot Grrrl, though that’s one of the things I don’t talk about) as related to Generation X.  Or that soul music is integrally connected to the Civil Rights movement.  Or that heavy metal owes a lot to the blues, but also a lot to the 1960s counterculture.  Or that punk is just one iteration of the frustration with the death of the counterculture.

I’ll follow this blog.

deadhead Coulter

Who knew? Homophobic right wing harpy  Anne Coulter flaunts her dead head credentials in an interview with It appears legit; she claims she’s been to over 60 Grateful Dead concerts, and collects bootleg tapes and tie dye apparel. And she names other closet deadheads in the conservative mvoement.

Sometimes the lights all shinin on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me
what a long, strange trip its been.