Solash-Reed appointed to Local Board

Maitland, FL – Linda Solash-Reed, an attorney at the Orlando law firm Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires, P.A., and a member of the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, was named to the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center is non-profit organization based in Maitland, Florida. Its mission is to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust in order to build a just, caring and inclusive community free of anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and bigotry.

Gina’s 11th Grade school picture


See below previous years’ images that I’ve collected in a set.

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Tent AC

Tent air conditioningSome have asked about how the tent air conditioning went. The setup was pretty easy; I brought a small plastic table and cut the legs down to about 6 inches for it to sit on. I had to turn my tent backwards and use the large rear window panel for entrance and exit so that I could use the main door with a full corner zipper to place the AC. I placed the table half in and half out, and zipped up and placed a couple of clamps to hold the zippers in place. Then used some duct tape to close remaining gaps.

However, my high end “3-seasons” L.L. Bean tent is engineered for maximum ventilation, with huge mesh side windows and ceiling, all privacy protected by the rain fly. So it doesn’t ‘seal up’. Therefore, the AC couldn’t quite cool it down in sunny mid day, although it did fine on the rainy day and at night. I spent the better part of the rainy afternoon hunkered down watching a marathon session of season one Weeds on DVD.


The AC installation was clearly visible from the roadway and I got a couple of admiring inquiries about it.

The ACORN accusations

I read something important about the ACORN issue.   ACORN is accused of falsifying voter registrations, that is, registering people that don’t exist, or registering people multiple times.   And yes, that has happened, I’m sure.    It’s reported that Mickey Mouse has been registered to vote by ACORN.

This is not the same thing as the federal crime of voter fraud.   Just because there are bogus registrations, doesn’t mean there will be fraudulent votes!   The voters still have to show up, show ID, and then they can only vote once.    And no one will let mickey mouse vote even if he does show up.  With ID.

Big difference, but unfortunately, not in the public’s mind.

ps.  This malfeasance does not mean that ACORN is a corrupt or crooked organization.  It means that ACORN has employed some low-wage personnel that are corrupt.  ACORN has a problem, but it’s a mangement problem, not a character problem.

Recording studio on a stick

This is on my christmas wishlist!   CoolTools writes about it and says

Remember when $200 digital cameras (became) able to take a picture as rich and detailed as a professional 35mm camera? Recorders like the Zoom H2 have crossed a similar threshold for sound. For under $200 you can record music, voice, sound at a quality nearly indistinguishable (for 95% of uses) from anything a professional model would do.

I looked at this gem many months back, and read about its more advanced sibling the H4 model, with a great deal of interest.  The less expensive H2 records 4 track sound even. And now that the price has dropped, its just the thing for quartet, opera chorus, and practice recordings. Amazon link.

Makeshift benefit show November 8

We’re hosting a benefit show on November 8:

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Its produced by Pete Anderson for the Orlando Rotary and featuring Sweet Adelines quartet Double Trouble and UCF’s Crescendudes.

Saturday, November 8th at 7pm.
At Winter Springs High School Auditorium
130 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708

$10 admission, families welcome, children under 12 are free!
Tickets available at all Seminole County Wachovia banks,
or write to

All proceeds benefit the family of recovering Iraq war veteran
John Borders.