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  • Posted on March 16th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Once there was a man named Honi. He came upon an old man planting a carob tree.

    “How long does a carob tree take to produce fruit?” Honi asked.

    “Seventy years,” the old man replied.

    “You idiot!” cried Honi. “Why are you wasting your time planting a tree whose fruit you will never see?”

    “When I was born,” replied the old man, “the world was full of carob trees, planted by the people who came before me. So I plant this, so that my descendants and their neighbors might enjoy trees, as I did.”

    And he went back to planting.


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  • Addendum 8 March 2018:

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    This is an article I retweeted about a few weeks ago and is associated with decline of liberal democracy above:

    A model of the way opinions spread reveals how propagandists use the scientific process against itself to secretly influence policy makers.


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  • Thursday 8 March 2018: Burger Night Past

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    We went to the Elks here in Green Cove Springs last night.  The burgers were huge and tasted good plus the fries were ok too.  None of our immediate friends were there so we ate on the “porch” bundled up in jackets.  Actually, it was quite pleasant and we enjoyed our last GCS Elks burgers for this season.  We are heading out for an area 2 hours drive to the south in the Mt. Dora area and plan on staying for about a week. This will give us an opportunity to explore a bit.

    This morning I ordered the 4 gallons of food grade antifreeze for out return trip to the north.  Walmart said they had the antifreeze so I tried a new thing and will pick it up as I think it will be necessary to winterize the RV since the temperatures do not seem to be breaking up in N Indiana.

    While I was reading this morning I came across an article that appears to be thoughtful and reasonably well written.  It is about our turmoil in the political arena and those disaffected individuals that might bring down liberal democracy.  I the link below should lead you to The Guardian article.

    How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy


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  • Monday 5 March 2018: Cool Days & Cold Nights

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    The past couple of days have been cool, probably closer to typical early March, and the nights have been in the mid-30’s.  As you can imagine we have had the electric heaters on and the gas furnace is set to 68and has come on in the daybreak hours.  We have 12 units in the RV park but only about 9 are occupied.  The days are counting down for our stay here and we have 9 days left and then we will travel down to Eustis FL Elks for a few days stay.  Beyond that no plans have been made but we will probably meander northwards.

    In the back of my mind, I am thinking of stopping in Lake Park, GA and then somewhere south of Atlanta.  After that perhaps somewhere on I-24 SE of Nashville and then on to just north of Louisville.  We may stop overnight in Indy to see Beth and the grandkids and on to home in early April.  I will refine this time table from time to time.

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  • Wednesday 28 February 2018: Elks Burger Night

    Posted on February 28th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Tonight is the Elks Burger night.  We have invited 2 couples to join us tonight, one couple are boating friends and the other RV friends.  Both live in Green Cove Springs and both are enjoyable dinner companions.  Hopefully, tonight will be back to normal ans the burger making last week was a mess and could be likened to crispy burgers extra well done.  I guess that is why I had to go up to get them – twice.

    I am starting this morning with some information about Seniors: Have a great morning and a fruitful lunch.  You already know about dinner so  Moore later.

    #9 – Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

    #8 – Life is sexually transmitted
    #7 – Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

    #6 – Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky-panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

    #5 – Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

    #4 – Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

    #3 – All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

    #2 – In the 60’s, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

    #1 – Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.  

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  • The 2nd Amendment: Framers Intentions

    Posted on February 27th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    This is a good article that is easy for the non-lawyers to understand the intent of the 2nd amendment based on supportive documents of the time”

    QUOTE:The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The reference to a “well regulated” militia, probably conjures up a connotation at odds with the meaning intended by the Framers. In today’s English, the term “well regulated” probably implies heavy and intense government regulation. However, that conclusion is erroneous………  https://www.lectlaw.com/files/gun01.htm


    I decided to include it here because I thought it well written.


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  • Thursday 22 February 2018: Patio Rug Installed

    Posted on February 22nd, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Earlier this morning we received a text saying our patio rug was in so we quickly left to pick it up.  We quickly found out that it did not come with hold down stakes so back into town we went.  On return we quickly installed the stakes and now do not need the chairs to hold it down in the light easterly breeze.  I appears we might need another smaller one to act a s a sidewalk from the door to the main patio 9×12 rug.

    This evening, as I sit on the new front porch (rug), I am listening to the bagpipes practice for this weekend events.  I must say I love bagpipes and listened to them every Sunday when I worked in Scotland.  Somehow I feel a kinship with the Scots and so, even if I was lonely, I am so glad I was part of their lives for the years that I was in Fife.

    I guess I am finished for this blog today so Moore later.


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  • 21 February 2018: Busy Place

    Posted on February 21st, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Our quiet little RV Park has suddenly become very busy.  This weekend is the Scottish Games here in Clay County Florida and lots of Carny’s in the park. About ten big size 5th wheelers rolled in yesterday afternoon and it is just Tueasdaywith 3 more days to go before the event starts.  They say it will be very busy with more than 25K people attending.

    This will be another 83°F day and the RV air conditioner is on already and SAM is under the blanket complaining about the 76°F temperatures being too cold. OK, I did not get this published yesterday so shame on me.

    The RV park is busy as ever with new arrivals every hour or so.  Spring feaver has sprung.  My sister is on her way down too but not to our side of the state.  It looks like she is a west coaster.  SAM, Abby and I took a walk tody around the circuit.  We are trying to build up our stamina a bit so we get more exercise.  I used my heavy wood walking stick and about half way I switched hands and I can really tell my right side arms are not as strong as they used to be.  I think it was the pinched nerve of a few years ago that atrophied my right arm a bit.

    The through glass VHF antenna arrived today but it has no instructions so I emailed the factory.  Some place I read that you should not mount it on tinted glass of any kind.  Also, since it is mounted vertically on my vertical side window I think it will bang against the RV.  Maybe I can tilt it out a bit so this does not happen.


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  • Sunday 18 February 2018: Washed car

    Posted on February 18th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    We went to First Assembly church this morning and the service was very good.  It was on miracles both biblical and first hand experiences. What can you say?  I have witnessed a few in my life and expect a few more.  It was a happy morning and spirit filled.

    We drove home and had lunch and then took a nap.  I was the first to arise and started thinking we should wash the car and that is what we did.  The car has been covered with this yellow pollen dust day after day and it is sticky.  The birds have use us for target practice too.  Now it looks good again after a couple of months.

    We are expecting temperatures in the 80’s all week and this weekend is the Scottish Games at the fair grounds and it is a big deal. As for us, no one goes in or out of the RV Park all day Saturday.  We will have to park somewhere else if we want to go into town. We are expecting a big influx of campers and traffic through the RV Park.

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  • Saturday 17 February 2018: Clear Sunny 72°

    Posted on February 17th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    There is another horse event over at the fair grounds and we can hear the announcer.  The sun is hot and I just put down the awnings to reduce the heat on one side of the RV.  The windows are open and the breeze is just right.  Later on I will start the airconditioner since we have a lunch date with some new friends in Green Cove Springs who want to be RV’ers.  They picked the place called Mackeys Munchies and we have to be there at 1330 hrs.  The place offers Cajun style food.  There will be more later as the day develops.

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