Going to Winn Dixie for Milk, Beer, Pepsi and a Baby Sitter!

Going to Winn Dixie for Milk, Beer, Pepsi and a Baby Sitter!

 

I’ve just got to post today about a memory that came up recently for me; it’s about going through the super market with your kids–looking for babysitters.

Our youngest had very curly, very red hair and people noticed him when we were out in public. In those days, there obviously was no craigslist, so if you needed sitters–which we did for our brood of three–church was option one but the grocery store was option two! (And, yes, sons one and two were terribly cute, as well!)

Here’s how that worked: once we were in the check out line, the cashier would, without fail, notice little Benji sitting in the cart and say “oh, that little guy is sooooo cute!” And I would say “he sure is! How would you like to baby sit him?” And we got three different sitters for Benji and his two big bros that way, including Traci, who was with us for almost a year. She didn’t stop sitting for us until she got a job interning for then Florida Senator Paula Hawkins.

Back in the ’80s, grocery stores pretty much filled cashier jobs with young women who were of baby sitting age. This technique would probably not work so well these days. I go back to when many young men made money by mowing lawns and their sisters often baby sat. There are many, many more ways to make part-time money now, but back in the ’80s when our kids were small, the local supermarket was a great place to find new–and good–sitters for those darling kids at home.

 

 

With this little walk down memory lane, I am,

 

Bulldog Ben Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

You’ve GOT to Love Libraries, Folks!

You’ve GOT to Love Libraries, Folks!

Bulldog loves libraries. Has his whole life.

If you’re reading this and you have a library card, good on you.

If you don’t, today could be your day! It just so happens that September is “National Get a Library Card Month” and I can point the way.

Folks who, like me, reside in Orange County can follow this handy link. The fine folks at the Orange Co. Library System will be happy to hook you up!

Happy reading. And viewing. And enjoying the educational and life-enriching activities available only through our public libraries.

 

Long-time library lover, I am,

Bulldog Ben Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

The Road Construction Project That Wouldn’t Die!

The Road Construction Project That Wouldn’t Die!

One of the things you get used to pretty quickly around metro Orlando is that we have road construction going on constantly. The project to improve I-4 is the mac-daddy one happening now. I’m not going to whine about that one, not at all. You can actually see the progress when cruising along I-4.

The one that I’d nominate for Worst Road Project in Metro O’do would be the job to widen/improve the intersection of John Young Pkwy and Sand Lake Rd. (Yeah, there should be an award called “WRPiMO”, shouldn’t there?)

It’s a major snafu. It makes it nearly impossible to get in or out of a major shopping complex used by locals and visitors alike; and it’s been going on for way.too.long.

When you cruise around this accursed intersection, you might not see any work being done. When you see that happening–or NOT happening, I should say–it can be very vexing, to say the least. Orange County needs to light a fire under this contractor.

When you do see work, it’s just one or two crews, and never more than two or three front end loaders. I’ve never seen a project inching towards completion like this one. And I’m over it. Completely over it.

I’m not daft enough to think that my rant today on this obscure blog will change anything. But I do feel better for getting it out of my system. Until the next time I have to go that way, that is!

Wherever you’re heading today, I hope it’s all sunshine and green lights! Little-to-no traffic, happy police with no quotas to fill and NO effin road construction!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Fox News pulled off the air in Britain – Aug. 29, 2017

Bulldog writes: I definitely have mixed feelings on hearing this news: on the one hand, it’s very good that folks in the UK won’t be hearing the constant half-truths, distortions and complete lies that come on Fox Noise. But on the other hand, it’s one more bit of evidence that the Brits are way smarter than us Yanks! They just wouldn’t take the bait. Final thought: the timing was great! For me, it’s the best birthday present EVER! <Smile!> Details right here:

Rupert Murdoch and his sons are pulling Fox News off the air in Britain.

Source: Fox News pulled off the air in Britain – Aug. 29, 2017

The Professional Bull Riders Tour came to Tulsa this week

The Professional Bull Riders Tour came to Tulsa this week

Professional bull riding is an insane sport! Mad respect to the cowboys who ride those damn bulls! I caught a Pro Bull Riders tour event this afternoon on CBS while channel surfing and stayed with it to the end. Some good riding in Tulsa this weekend.

And please know that the bulls are not mistreated; this is nothing at all like Bullfighting. The bulls are part of the action and get scored too. Riders don’t want to draw a bull that isn’t top shelf because it would hurt their score. Sort of like “degree of difficulty” for an Olympic diver. Unusual and very interesting sport. My fave bull is “Seven Dust” named because it’s so hard to stay on him for the full eight seconds required to score!

As many of you know, Bulldog is a big sports fan; bull riding is not at the top of my list, but I feel about the sport the way I feel about hockey; the skill level of the athletes is so insanely high–as is the likelihood of mayhem and great bodily injury–that you just have to give them a ton of respect.

The other reason I keep one eye on the sport is that in my early cab driving days I had several fares with riders who were in town for their events. I don’t think we’ve had many of those in Orlando lately, but there were several PBR events in the early aughts at the old Amway Arena. Those were the days!

Anyhow, a tip of the hat to the riders and to the bulls who don’t want to be ridden! And everyone associated with this sport. It’s way down on the list in terms of audience and dollars for the athletes, but it’s one helluva sport!

 

 

Lovin’ the PBR today and waiting for SNB to start, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Yes, It’s Good to Re-purpose Stuff!

Yes, It’s Good to Re-purpose Stuff!

Here’s a posting that doesn’t fit into any of my usual topics, but it’s the kind of thing bloggers write about a lot: re-purposing common stuff. This is my absolute fave…

I’ve discovered that a used Altoids tin is perfect for holding your earbuds. Absolutely perfect. I’ve been using two of them for that for a couple of years now. And Lord knows that their actual mints are a great product, so I’ve got several of those cool little boxes doing this or that in their “second careers!”

As a write this, I’m thinking that holding your loose earbuds just may be the best possible use for one! Holding buttons in your sewing kit would be my runner-up…

I hope this modest posting on the first day of August finds you well. Life in Central Florida’s not so bad today; the sun is actually shining right now! Great to get a break from that nasty, squally weather we’ve had almost daily for what seems like weeks!

Cleaning out my car and getting a blog posting up were the only two tasks on my list today and so I’m good. Tonight, watching the free Tuesday Night Baseball game on Twitter is the only thing I have planned. So at this moment, I’m relishing the feeling that I had one day this week without anything truly urgent to do. Tomorrow a couple of large tasks await, and so that’s a whole ‘nother thing, as the saying goes…

 

Blogging and takin’ life easy today, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

The Science of Wanderlust – Condé Nast Traveler

The Science of Wanderlust – Condé Nast Traveler

Bulldog says: Just stumbled across this article and I’ve got to pass it on. I dream–and daydream–about traveling constantly and can never get enough. I’ve not done as much wandering about as many folks, but would be all over this planet if I had deeper pockets. (It’s all about the benjamins!)  I think I’ve got that genetic trait to wander that the author is talking about! Fascinating read here, take a look:

 

 

Are some people genetically predisposed to travel? Science says maybe.

Source: The Science of Wanderlust – Condé Nast Traveler