The Life and Times of Jim
Hi, there. I'm Jim. Welcome to my phlog!
This site was written for Las Vegas, then LouisVille. Now, it seems to be about anywhere. In these phlogs, you'll see a lot of my personal notes and pictures. I like to post my observations here to remember life and celebrate it. I'm not religious. I don't pray for good fortune. I'm ecstatically grateful for the gift of life and I think our time should be remembered and not taken for granted. I'm not a writer. I think pictures tell stories so much better than words. I love just about everything in this life, and, I guess that would have to include you. So, if you've seen me, don't be surprised if your picture is in here somewhere. Of all the critters, people are absolutely the most interesting. 
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Sun 
02/20/2011 18:21:50
 jim  StPetersburg-CrabShack
Sun 
02/20/2011 17:40:56
 jim  BuschGardens-JoanJett
Sun 
02/20/2011 17:04:10
 jim  Busch Gardens-DoWops
Sun 
02/20/2011 16:47:38
 jim  Busch Gardens-Coasters
Sat 
02/19/2011 18:18:11
 jim  Joan Jet and the Blackhearts - 2/20/2011
Busch Gardens
Sat 
02/19/2011 15:00:27
 jim  Replaced the F150s actuators
AFTER 3 HOURS of CONTORTING my hands, I finally replaced both of my bad power lock actuators.
These are the doohinkees that cause your doors to unlock by the remote.
Ya gotta tear the doors apart to get to them.
So much fun!
Tue 
02/15/2011 03:15:59
 jim  The Female Point System
The Female Point System
In the world of romance, one single rule applies: Make the woman happy. Do something she likes and you get points. Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something she expects.
SIMPLE DUTIES
+1 You make the bed
0 You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillow
-1 You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets
+5 You go out to buy her what she wants
+8 in the rain
-5 But return with Beer
+1 You check out a suspicious noise at night
0 You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing
+5 You check out a suspicious noise and it is something
+10 You pummel it with iron rod
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
0 You stay by her side the entire party
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with an old
-2 school friend
-10 Named Tina
-20 Tina is a dancer
-80 Tina has silicone implants
HER BIRTHDAY
+2 You take her out to dinner
+3 You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar
-2 Okay, it's a sports bar
-3 And it's all-you-can-eat night
-10 It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colors of your favourite team
A NIGHT OUT
+1 You take her to a movie
+3 You take her to a movie she likes
+6 You take her to a movie you hate
-2 You take her to a movie you like
-3 It's called 'Death Cop'
-15 You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans
YOUR PHYSIQUE
-15 You develop a noticeable potbelly
+10 You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it
-30 You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts
-8000 You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too."
THE BIG QUESTION
-5 She asks, "Do I look fat?"
-10 You hesitate in responding
-35 You reply, "Where?"
-20 Any other response
COMMUNICATION
When she wants to talk about a problem, you listen, displaying what
0 looks like a concerned expression
+50 You listen, for over 30 minutes
+500 You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV
-4000 She realizes this is because you have fallen asleep
Sat 
02/12/2011 19:32:17
 jim  Watched Sanctum
Very good movie, with a some what grim path. Cave divers lose their exit in the largest (unexplored) cave in the world.
Sat 
02/12/2011 06:42:51
 jim  Fiesta Day: (Ybor City) 02/13/2010
Fiesta Day has grown and changed since it originated in the 40's. This year it is planned for Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with plenty of action taking place from Seventh Avenue to Centennial Park. Entertainment and food, a parade, art shows, and cooking contest make Fiesta Day one of areas most widely attended events attended by both residents and tourists.
Fri 
02/11/2011 18:34:18
 jim  Aphorisms
APHORISM:
A SHORT, POINTED SENTENCE THAT EXPRESSES A WISE OR CLEVER OBSERVATION OR A GENERAL TRUTH
  1. The nicest thing about the future is . . . that it always starts tomorrow.
  2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
  3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
  4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
  5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
  6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
  7. Business conventions are important . . . because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
  8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
  9. Scratch a cat . . .. and you will have a permanent job.
  10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.
  11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
  12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number.
  13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.
  14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.
  15. Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . There's no way you're going to like it.
  16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
  17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos in strange places? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
  18. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.
  19. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . . and the ones that mind don't matter.
  20. Life isn't tied with a bow . . . . . . . but it's still a gift.
Fri 
02/11/2011 11:25:19
 jim  Dawns Going away Party
Dawn has moved on to Fifth Third Bank. I organized a get together at Courtside, and I say organized loosely!
I sent off an email saying Friday was Pennys last day. Greg, John, Joe, Dawn, Penny, and myself showed up.
Tue 
02/08/2011 19:21:19
 jim  Everbody Wung Thai Tonight!
We had Tom Yum Goon, Yum seafood salad, Curry w/ coconut milk, pork, veggies and crab rangoons.
Tossed in the Thai Tea for good measure, and it was all delicious.
5545 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL.
Tue 
02/08/2011 17:59:39
 jim  Clearwater-WungThai
Sat 
02/05/2011 12:35:16
 jim  StPetersburg-Gandy Shore
Fri 
02/04/2011 17:17:41
 jim  Orthopedic Surgery - Rotator Cuff
It's a helpless feeling, seeing my baby on Demerol and Percocets.
The sling she'll be wearing for 6 weeks is mammoth size!
Any, its done, and all we be great soon.
Fri 
02/04/2011 07:18:11
 jim  StPetersburg Surgery
Fri 
02/04/2011 06:48:04
 jim  Bayfront Medical
Am tying my shoes. Na. Just in PreOp with Becky Babe. She's getting her rotator cuff fixed today.
Thu 
02/03/2011 21:09:33
 jim  Jerry Seinfield
  • According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right?
  • Are there keys to a plane? Maybe that's what those delays are sometimes, when you're just sitting there at the gate. Maybe the pilot forgot his keys.
  • Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.
  • I have a friend who's collecting unemployment insurance. This guy works so hard to keeping it going, they should give him a raise.
  • I once had a leather jacket that got ruined in the rain. Why does moisture ruin leather? Aren't cows outside a lot of the time?
  • I was the best man at the wedding. If I'm the best man, why is she marrying him?
  • I will never understand why they cook on TV. I can't smell it. Can't eat it. Can't taste it. The end of the show they hold it up to the camera, "Well, here it is. You can't have any. Thanks for watching. Goodbye."
  • It's amazing how the amount of news that happens every day fits the newspaper exactly.
  • Men want the same things from both their women and underwear: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.
  • My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty, and that's the law.
  • Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem.
  • People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.
  • There's a lot of ugly people out there walking around that don't know they're ugly. Nobody actually tells them.
  • Do you really a shower radio? Is that a good place to dance,  on a slick surface next to a glass door.
  • Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason
  • The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with?
  • The big advantage of a book is it's very easy to rewind. Close it and you're right back at the beginning. 
  • What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is that on many job interviews, is there no chance you'll wind up naked.
  • Why do they call it a "building"? It looks like they're finished. Why isn't it a "built"?
  • You can measure distance by time. "How far away is it?" "Oh about 20 minutes." But it doesn't work the other way. "When do you get off work?" "Around 3 miles."
  • You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, "See if you can blow this out."
  • Tue 
    02/01/2011 07:13:30
     jim  The F150 was Burgled
    They got my Canon camera, the new lense and a new camera bag. Its a fluke, me leaving it in the truck (out-of-sight).
    Guess they liked my cheap GPS unit. They didn't take the power cord. My truck sits high, and this is an upscale area, so its amazing they picked on my truck.
    On the Plus Side
    I didn't like the Canon. The camera with its long lense was bulky and stuck out. It was next to impossible to get a candid shot of people.
    Someone would always be snearing at the camera in pictures of crowd, and forget about taking shots on a beach.
    Serials: Canon EOS Rebel T1i. EOS 500D. $840.
    Fri 
    01/28/2011 07:10:57
     jim  Loggins/Cross - 02/1/2011
    Tuesday, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.
    Dismiss this declaration as hyperbole if you must, but Tuesday night's Kenny Loggins/Christopher Cross concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall could be the musical highlight of 2011 in Tampa Bay. Snicker if you want, but "yacht rock" isn't a farce; it's a soothing, mental balm that wraps around you like a warm blanket. Look for a night of non-stop hits from their '70s and '80s catalogs. Cross will open with a slew of heart-mending ballads including Think of Laura, Sailing and Best That You Can Do followed by the prickly Ride Like the Wind. Loggins will crank things up further with Footloose, Danger Zone and This Is It. And just when you think your soul can fly no higher, Kenny will come crashing down, leaving you sobbing and vulnerable with the wrenching Return to Pooh Corner. Steve Spears
    Wed 
    01/26/2011 20:49:48
     jim  Court Side Grill Party
    Had another get together at the CourtSide Grill Wednesday night.
    15 people showed up. Now I have a four drink hangover. :(
    Guess I'll be drinking sweet tea at future parties. It was fun.
    Becky and I both had a good time!
    Tue 
    01/25/2011 19:17:10
     jim  Clearwater BuffaloWings
    Tue 
    01/25/2011 17:34:07
     jim  Buffalo Wings - Another Going Away Party
    John, Anthony, Keith, Becky and I ate at Wings. I think maybe their sweet tea was expired.
    The weather in Tampa Bay was crazy yesterday. High winds, torrential rains, flooding.
    Driving down the road, it was hard to see 10 feet ahead.
    Fri 
    01/21/2011 20:56:56
     jim  Keiths going away party (Joes Crab Shack)
    Put together a going away party for Keith Z. 14 people showed up to Joes Crab Shack. Nice turn out!!!
    Thu 
    01/20/2011 18:41:58
     jim  Tampa JimbosBBQ
    Tue 
    01/18/2011 22:36:52
     jim  Ate at Buffalo Wild Wings on 19
    At Bay Meadows, I had 100s of birds catching bread pieces (salvaged from the back of the truck)
    I loaned a neighbor my remote camera shutter control.
    His parents have been here from India for the last 6 months. They go back tommorrow and they wanted some pix!
    Wings, cider beer, cheese cake, and great company. Keith, Becky and I hooked up, then Anthony joined us !

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