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Get out and vote!

I was pleased to get my voting ballot in the mail this past Thursday for the series of Florida primaries that most of the populous will be voting on in late August. Personally, I tend to be an advocate for these early votes – you never know if a hurricane could pay us a visit in late August, or even early November. Voting early also allows me the time to research which candidates are the best personal fit for me.

It’s not my intent to bore you with who I endorse – I’ll just let you in on who I went with pertaining to the two big Republican races here.

For Governor, I went with Ron DeSantis – even though I’m probably spitting in the wind on this one. I’m thinking Adam Putnam will wind up winning that race (and wind up being the Governor for that matter), but I felt he was too much of a “Republican establishment” guy to vote for in this round.

For Senator, I went with Rick Scott – who I feel is a flawed candidate but still better than anything else out there.

At this point, I’m hard pressed to find a Democrat worth voting for in the November general election, as I don’t really see anyone out there who can tell me what they can do that would be better for the country than what President Trump is doing or what he could do. I tend to think it’s all a stall so that Hillary Clinton runs again in 2020, and that everything is being held in place until that point. If Hillary falls ill, or something winds up happening that she can’t run, I’m thinking Bernie Sanders is their Plan B – but kind of what the Republicans did with John McCain in 2008, by the time he gets to the “big dance” it’s going to be way too late for him to win.

A Clinton/Trump rematch scares the poo out of me – I don’t know if the country could withstand a rematch between these two.

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Flashback: “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion

This has a familiar ring to it:

A song that Meat Loaf wanted to use – but producer Jim Steinman gives it to another singer. The song winds up being a hit of significance, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1996 and winds up a couple of decades later on a commercial.

Yep, I think I’ve seen this song and dance a few times over the years.

To Pledge, Or Not To Pledge?

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The word “pledge” is not a favorite word of mine. Ever look up the numerous definitions the word has? They seem to contradict each other, in a sense. Some definitions imply that if you pledge something, it is absolutely binding – while others have a looser meaning.

You’d think with all of that advocation I give about aggressive telemarketing, I wouldn’t get hoodwinked. But, back in May, a group calling themselves the National Police Support Fund was able to hook me in the ether of giving a small pledge. I’ve learned since from doing a little Google searching that the company operates out of a post office box, and since they solicited me for funding – other companies have crawled out of the woodwork, soliciting similar donations. Plus, they sent similar mailers for donations to other family members who were not being solicited, so how did they know how to do that?

With this in mind, I’m backing away from pledging money from this group. At that time I gave the pledge, I thought the group was a bit more reputable then they have proven to be. Due to the multiple definitions of the word “pledge” and how that can be interpreted, I believe I have some wiggle room – they might think otherwise. We’ll see.

Tiger Sighting

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Watching the British Open this past weekend that Francesco Molinari won, it was interesting to see Tiger Woods take the lead a couple of times the last 36 hours.

Yes, that Tiger Woods. You mean there’s another one?

That raises the question of whether or not Tiger ever wins another major. Well, his game is improving – though I don’t know if he will ever return to the peak of his career and the style of play he had back in the 2000’s.

But at this point, I’d say yes – I think Tiger can win another major at some point in his remaining career. Plus, he’s 42 – Jack Nicklaus was well into his 40’s winning the 1986 Masters. So yes, Tiger still has time to pull one off – though I think his chances at beating Jack’s record for most majors won seem slim.

Flashback: “Once In A Lifetime” by The Talking Heads

Believe or not, the recorded version of this song didn’t even make the Hot 100 when it was released in 1981, peaking at #103. The live version of the song made the lower part of the Hot 100 in 1986.

A shame. This song was iconic, getting a lot of play on MTV and some other cable outlets in that era.

Meet The Scammars

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To entertain myself with the volume of calls I get from another part of the world selling me credit scams (as I frequently mentioned in the past), I came up with a fictional family I use to identify myself. Mentioning this family of fiction seems to send the phone operators into profanity-laced tirades, so I thought I’d share this with you to drive them crazy even more.

I often identify myself as Ulysses Robert Abraham Scammar, or for short, U.R.A. Scammar.

In my work of fiction, U.R.A. has a father – Yul Ulysses Robert Abraham Scammar, or Y.U.R.A. Scammar for short.

Ulysses is not an only child – he has two sisters: Hira Scammar and Thera Scammar.

He has an uncle who’s like a brother to him: Whatta Scammar. Whatta had two sons who give him trouble from time to time – Fookin Scammar and Bleepen Scammar. Whatta also has a daughter who chases all the boys in her neighborhood – Dolla Scammar.

Of course Ulysses has a kind mother like most of us do: Kinda Scammar.

So there they are – the Scammar family. Have fun with that.

Changing Times And Landscapes

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I was reading this weekend about the continuing demise of Sears stores across the country – how these stores, once found in almost every mall in the country plus a few other locations, are now becoming part of the history books. You can say Walmart did what they used to do better, but you also probably give an assist to Amazon as well.

When I grew up, the closest Sears store was on the west side of Clearwater off of Missouri Avenue, though you could find bigger Sears stores in Tyrone Mall in St. Pete, Clearwater Mall, and if you really felt industrious – Countryside Mall. It would take my parents 20-30 minutes to drive to the Missouri Avenue store, but it wouldn’t stop the multitude of trips. All they had to do was get me in front of their electronics section – usually where an Atari or an Intellivision was set up for the kids to play – and I usually didn’t feel bad about being hauled around. Those few minutes usually filled my imagination for a good week or so.

Of course in another part of the country not too far for me in South Florida, that’s how a young man named Adam Walsh was abducted and murdered. But I never had such trouble. I talked to the kiddies and made my temporary friendships with them – I’m sure my parents taught me not to talk to strangers for the very reasons that Walsh was sadly exposed to.

Nowadays, a child is too busy looking at his or her cell phone to deign to look at reality. I kind of miss those times and that era.