There is a day each spring or early summer; it’s not on the calendar but you know it when you see it. You go out on GMD and there is nobody there. It is grand.
The town of Longboat Key apparently ignored veterans again this Memorial Day. The three-day weekend passed without ceremony or symbolism in our small island community. Six months ago the town skipped Veterans Day. Now it followed up by skipping any attention to Memorial Day, thought by many to be our nation’s most important secular holiday. [...]
As we approach the winter season the topic of sunshine comes up again in local news. Just to get you up to speed; the winter solstice in our northern hemisphere occurred this year at 0530 (UTC), Dec. 22. At that time the sun reached its most southerly declination — the North Pole was tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. In the northern hemisphere the December solstice marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight (north of the Tropic of Cancer). You knew that.
I’ve been reading of late a lot of correspondence from almost all quarters about dogs, dogs on beaches, our beaches, use of beaches, etc. It all reminds me of controversy along the Jersey Shore some years ago over just who could venture onto the beaches of the many shore towns there. They used bathing suit patches to identify suitable bathers; one town even proposed a small tattoo to the exposed skin of honest and true residents. Here it sounds like some locals or wannabes desire to identify or maybe ban all canines from the shore.
There seems to be an awful lot of discourse on cell phones and their maybe necessary cell towers around here of late. That is for a technology that has been around for almost 30 years. Maybe we just discovered it. I’m no ‘techy’ but I am an engineer and I think I understand the basics of the technology. I’ll suggest that we should start with the basics, so I offer the definition following.