14-JAN-2021 Thursday – Stock Island Marina, Stock Island FL (0 nautical miles 0 statute miles)
24°33’54.4″N 81°44’16.7″W Stock Island Marina, Stock Island FL
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
Dale and I are back to being Empty Nesters. The girls have returned to Minnesota, and Dale’s brother Bruce and his wife Diana have returned to Cape Canaveral.
This and That – End of the Holiday Season
Yes, we really did see a real Flamingo in Florida!! An America Flamingo! It’s unusual to see a wild flamingo in Florida. The America Flamingo, once common in Florida was hunted out of existence for the plume trade in the 1800s. However, every now and then an off course flamingo from the Bahamas or Mexico ends up in the Florida Keys.
This and That – Along the Way
This and That – Out and About
This and That – Dining Out
And the Bubba goes to the ‘Hogfish Bar & Grill’. (People’s Choice Award)
This and That – Looking for the Green Flash
Like all good tourist we’ve been to Mallory Square for sunsets.
15-Jan-2021 update on the pedal pub – The tiki hut pedal pub was stolen on Jan. 13, 2021! Tyln Earl Morlang, 26, of Independence, Missouri, was spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard just off Fort Zachary Taylor State Park intoxicated, alone and slumped over the wheel. The boat was damaged with burn marks. Morlang had built mini fires, using lighter fluid, in cup holders, water jugs and coconut shells to stay warm. It melted a lot of stuff.
He remains at the county jail on Stock Island without bond.
Checking out the Southernmost Point at 8:30pm. We still had to wait in line, but not too long.
Pink lawn flamingos are NOT native to Florida. They are native to Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World. Union Products plastic company hired Don Featherstone, a sculptor at a nearby art school. His second project was to sculpt a pink flamingo. The first pink flamingo’s name was Diego.
There are more fake flamingos than real. Ornithologists estimate that there are only 950,000 flamingos in existence today compared to millions of plastic ones. Don Featherstone kept 57 in his backyard.
In 2009, the city of Madison, Wisconsin Common Council designated the plastic flamingo as the city’s official bird.
Drolleries and Yuks
How did the flamingo avoid the bird catcher?
– It stood still on a lawn and acted like a plastic flamingo!
Why did the young flamingos get in trouble?
– Their father finally put his foot down.
What do pink flamingos have on their front lawns?
– Plastic Italians.
Dale told me I had to stop acting like a flamingo.
– Reluctantly, I put my foot down.