I had a chance to take the kayak out on Saturday, something that doesn’t happen nearly often enough. I found a place called Shell Creek that is just outside of Punta Gorda, FL. We found it a few weeks back when looking for a good place to go hiking. The hiking was fairly nonexistent, but there is a boat ramp and what looked like a good place to kayak. Indeed, it is. For some reason it isn’t listed in my kayaking Florida guidebook. The author missed out on some fine kayaking. Starting out from the boat ramp, you can either go toward the lake that is up the creek a ways or go in the other direction, which leads you father away from civilization. We chose to go away from the lake. We were taking a chance by going this way because the creek could easily have narrowed or gotten shallow quickly. We went in this direction to try to avoid the motorized boats as much as possible. We only saw a few small boats with people fishing from them. The creek surprisingly stayed fairly deep for quite a ways. It wouldn’t be an ideal place for a boat with a motor, though, since we did encounter several spots where there was fallen trees just below the water. This is easy enough to pass over with a kayak, but they don’t do much for a motor. Another nice feature of this creek is the lack of alligators. The creek is rather high banked. Alligators tend to prefer bodies of water with plenty of places where they can sun themselves. Alligators aren’t really known for their climbing ability. We only saw one the whole time, and it probably came up from down in the lake. The creek winds back and forth through the Florida countryside. There were a few houses at first, most of them with dock, but only a few of them looked like they got used very much anymore. The houses were soon left behind. The many trees along the banks made for a fairly shady trip, especially after the creek had started to narrow. Naturally, we got caught in a thunderstorm when we were too far out to make it worth trying to get back to avoid it. This tends to be fairly common when you get into hurricane season in Florida, but they seldom last long. We found a location where the trees afforded a pretty decent shelter. It wasn’t perfect, but it did keep us from being poured on. Shell Creek is a place that we plan to return to and try to get further up next time. The best way to see the true beauty of Florida is from somewhere other than the streets. Florida has a lot more to offer than just beaches, theme parks and Spring Break destinations.
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The limited edition version of the album “Hold the Mayo” is now available. It is limited because it will eventually be replaced by a longer version as soon as the songs are all finished. To make this version special it not only contains six of the songs by Seaze of Mystery from the music page but also features three of the commercials from the odds and ends page. The commercials won’t appear on the future version and the artwork on the cover will be slightly different. This could become a collector’s item someday. The tracks in order are: “Deranged,” “Scum of the Earth,” “Mr. Charming,” “Don’t Ask Me,” “I’ve Got a Gun,” “Invisible,” “Tidy Bowel,” “eHorney.com” and “Chicken Chokers Home Kit.” The CD is now available by clicking on the link on the music page at www.myfunnystories.com and will soon be available within the next few days on amazon.com in mp3 and CD form.
The new advertiser at www.myfunnystories.com is ”Something Fishy,” the canned tuna alternative. Find it on the Odds & Ends page.
Did you ever find yourself in one of those positions where you have a certain piece of information that you’re not supposed to know about, one that you just stumbled onto by accident, so you can’t really talk about it, even if it is some really juicy information? This is the kind of information that is very serious to someone who is right up against it, but could be taken in so many different ways with so many different reactions if you are standing back from it a pace. I personally think it is rather amusing and unsurprising in the least. Of course, I am a bit twisted. Others would probably take great offense at the news and be rather angered by it and possibly even filled with some hatred, as well. I think it is the kind of thing that is going to be blown out of proportion and taken far too seriously, when it is just a fact of life that needs to be brought out in the open and dealt with in a realistic and sane manner. This is not likely to happen, but I could hopefully be wrong. My biggest issue is that I have a thousand jokes to fit the situation, but I can’t use them or talk about it because I’m not supposed to know about it. Call me Mr. Sensitivity. Hopefully the news will come out soon and then act two of the soap opera can begin. I bet you can’t wait to hear about this one.
In more upbeat news, the proof of the new CD has been shipped to me to look over and “Hold the Mayo” may be ready to purchase very soon.
The big shock of the day is the death of Donna Summer. Believe it or not, but I was a fan. She was big back when I was a teenager. Yes, I was listening to the guitar oriented rock of the time, and that is still my first choice, I did have a secret passion for some of the disco of the day. This was brought on mostly by the music of Donna Summer. I had a couple of her albums. “Bad Girls” was a personal favorite. I have never been a dancer and I only listened to the music in the privacy of my bedroom with the headphones on. It was good music, worth taking the chance of getting caught listening to while living in a world that despised its existence. My friends never would have understood. But I’m older now and not afraid to admit that I once listened to disco music as a teenager. Thanks for the memories, Donna. We shall never forget you.
Here is an update on the new CD. It appears that the music has actually passed muster. And then there is the question of the artwork. Naturally, they had to find a problem. I think those problems are fixed. It will be interesting to see what they will find wrong next. The changes will make the limited edition version artwork a bit different from what the final extended version will look like. That is fine. It is better if they are a little different. Now I am waiting for word on the latest step. It will be nice to have “Hold the Mayo” for you soon.
I had a fun time recently. I thought it would be a good idea to make a limited edition EP available featuring some of the songs that you can hear on the music page. It is a limited edition because there will eventually be more songs added to it when those recordings are available. Things are never as simple as you would like them to be. The CD is made available through CreateSpace and will be available on their site and on Amazon. In order to do this, you have to, of course, load all of the tracks onto their site so it can be made into CDs. Naturally, I didn’t have the songs in the format that is to their liking so I had to convert each of them. I did this according to their requirements and there was still something wrong with the files. Since their preferred format wasn’t working for me for whatever reason, I figured I would send them the less favored MP3 form. Of course, the ones I already had weren’t done at the right bit rate so I had to reformat again. Naturally, their computer found something else to complain about that I had to fix. But I finally got it sent in a form that was acceptable . . . to the computer at least. I loaded all of the artwork for the jewel box and put all of the information in and now I just have to wait up to 20 days to see if everything about my submission is acceptable. Hopefully, I will have good news for everyone out there in a short time and if I am lucky it will not take the entire 20 days to get it. Cross your fingers.
President Barack Obama has come out (I didn’t mean it like that) and stated that he supports homosexuals’ right to marry. Good for him. I have always said that it isn’t an issue of personal beliefs but an issue of freedom for all people. That is what this country is based on. Just because you don’t have the desire to do something it doesn’t mean you have to pass a law that will stop anyone else from doing it. That would be petty and small. If you are not gay, then why should you care if they get married to each other? It doesn’t affect you . . . unless you are trying to keep your own secretly held desires a secret from everyone, possibly even yourself. That said, Mitt Romney still doesn’t think gay marriage should be legal. Hmmmm?
There has been an interesting new theory that might explain the demise of the dinosaur. It is possible that dinosaurs my have helped bring about their own extinction. Blame it on the large herbivores for contributing excessive amounts of methane gas to the atmosphere and contributing to global warming, changing the environment enough that they couldn’t survive. I don’t know if this theory is correct or not, but it smells like it could have a whiff of truth in it. Let the debate begin. Which theory do you think is the correct one? Was it a meteor or the ice age or possibly an issue of unpleasant emanations?