Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Always going, never gone.

We spent all weekend goodbye-ing then forgot to leave. More beach time, because Annie indulges my every whim.  We've been so busy not leaving that I haven't had the energy to yoo-hoo.

This was my cousin, Jennifer.

 "See?  Guantanamo security isn't so ... "

We still don't understand the mystery of Woodhenge.

The next day:

I call him "Big Bill."

I call him "Jack Webb."

He is not an albatross, but it's good luck to photograph him. 
It's super-good luck to be photographed with a pelican, whose beak can hold more than his belican.

It's always good luck to hang out with my friend, Tammy.





"Faster-than-light neutrinos?  I'm skeptical."

"Yet, relativity is no longer orthodoxy."

"Let's just enjoy the van der Waal forces."

"See, Roxi?  Hydrogen bonding!"

"Oooh, look!  Water!  Does this hat make my butt look big?"

Later that evening, my old friend (John) and his wife (Kim) made us a delicious Thai dinner.  Yessir, we really Thaied one on.  They live on a pond and have ducks who knock at their back door.  This was one night they had Ducks knocking on their front door, too.  John and Kim, it was a pleasure and WHY OH WHY didn't I take your pictures?  The conversation was too interesting and I forgot.   I blame you.

Here's a thought about anxiety.  If you don't full-time, you might think there's nothing to be anxious about.  But, some ducks are naturally anxiety-prone and will find things to worry about even when waters are calm and bugs are plentiful.  John showed me a yoga posture that helps with anxiety by forcing deep, diaphragmatic breathing.   It started helping immediately.  Yay!  Ducks don't like to paddle constantly.  I found this page that describes it, but if you've just ordered your senior coffee in McDonald's and they forgot your cream, easing the stress with the crocodile pose is going to get you more attention than you paid for.  Just notice how your breath flows, and breathe deeply wherever you are.  You'll unclench faster than you can say Dr. Young's Ideal Rectal Dilators.

We tried to leave Lake City yesterday, but our caliper stuck and we didn't make it to the city limits.  We used Lamb's Automotive, and we liked them a lot.  Took the Big Duck in this morning for more maintenance we've been putting off.  While we're here, you know.

It is our earnest and honest intention to leave Florida on Thursday.

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Lisa said...

LOL! And now wonder you're not in a hurry to leave. It looks pretty dang nice there.

Russ Krecklow said...

Love those Pelican pictures! That's so neat that you can walk right up to them like that. People must feed them sometimes, huh?

The Good Luck Duck said...

It really is awesome on the beach - any beach. Too bad Lake City is so far from a coast. Mom is luring us to stay with a shady perma-site.

Truth be told, Russ, that's just one pelican. If he gets annoyed, he flies 15 feet to the other side of the pier. He gets fed very well - even ignores shrimp in favor of fish. I don't know how the helican.

Andra Watkins said...

These photos are awesome. If you two do not make a valiant effort to park the Duck at the blog par-tay on the 18th, I will.........I don't know what. We will figure something out if you do. But, whatever your plans, I am glad you took this detour. It suits you.

cathie said...

Love the pics, especially Woodhenge!

Donna K said...

That bird can afford to be picky - he can hold in his beak, enough food for a week...

Didn't know you had a scofflaw for a cousin - I'm shocked!

Judy and Emma said...

I think a house on wheels means you should move it occasionally?? Could be your problem. Why didn't you spend the summer somewhere else, and the winter in Florida? :)

Are you an adverse duck?

Rubye Jack said...

This entire post kept me laughing to the end. Plus, the pictures are great, but the captions are better. :)

EcoCatLady said...

I love me a henge of any variety:

Sherry said...

OK that's enough. I was laughing so hard I had to go back to the beginning to look at those absolutely totally tremendous fantastic pelican pictures. The babe in pink isn't so bad either.

But why leave Florida just got there and it's cold and colder and coldest EVERYWHERE else.

Rethink this gone idea.
Moby Duckie's sidekick

PS - I fully intend to steal your fabulous idea to blame the picturee for the fact that you forgot to take the picture.
PPSS You get NO royalties so don't ask.

Gaelyn said...

I don't why you'd want to leave the beach where it's got to be warmer than.....almost anywhere you can drive to without crossing an international border, or two.

Contessa said...

Hmmm, are you really RVers? Are you really hitting the road?

Carolyn said...

oh wow! the pelican pictures! so cool! ... where are you going? and why are you leaving Florida in the winter time?

Jeeeeez that's pretty where you all are... and your home town? whoa

The Good Luck Duck said...

Andra, it would be completely awesome to meet you and MTM ... and Lou Mello! I think it would take more will than either of us have to point north in December. But, we DO like Mexican food ...

Thanks, Cathie! I didn't build it, but I can ponder its origins.

Donna -yes! He really can. Great limerick. It's so funny - when I posted this picture, I was going to call her a scofflaw. Thanks for filling in!

Judy, are you saying the Duck was protesting leaving now? Maybe it only wants to be the "R" and not the "V." "Adverse Duck." You may be right. We did winter in the Duck instead of our house in NY.

Thanks, RJ!

Cat, I love me some Eddie - thanks! I didn't know I was ripping off his material.

Oh Sherry, you and Gaelyn and Carolyn and Judy are giving me doubts! It was in the 30's here last night. Will this front stay over the Southwest all winter?? If you will keep it warm out there, you may use the blame idea royalty-free. It's a bargain.

Contessa, we totallyRVed into town this week. That's us. We drag our tires everywhere.

Wanderoke said...

Great Pictures!

And for the record, my favorite yoga pose is Savasana......

Kate said...

You make me want to go there. Great post.

Anonymous said...

You ducks may turn into Lake City statues by the time you decide to leave :)
Love the beach pics!

Your Old Friend John said...

Kim and I were delighted to have such esteemed ducks knocking on our door, eating with us, quacking until way after late. It was a stellar evening.

Re: The "blame" thing for said missed photo op... It's Okey Dokey. I'll gladly accept it for the chance to have seen "my old friend" once more.

TexCyn said...

Loved today's post! And like the peliduck too. He's got to be part duck. look at dem feets! Sooo, if you ever get da rolling barge outta da Fla swamp, where will ya'll be headin'? We gots TexMex food! :-9

Steve said...

When they sat, you sat. When they knelt, you knelt. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Ish, I call that the Nap Pose. And, I like the sensation of the Earth holding me up.

Kate, you would like it. What's not to like? Ocean, sand, photogenic pelican.

Nina, we intend to get somewhere else before it's cold enough to freeze us in place.

John, let's not wait another ___ years to do it again.

Cyn, we're headed West, alright!

Steve, I'm feeling Yulish, and I don't mean the holiday. Also, I'm feeling dense-ish, because I'm sensing a King and I reference, but I don't get it. Waah!

lesliewhozit said...

I'd never leave the beach either, given the choice. .... Well, unless a hurricane was headed my way.

Just call me Prudence (NOT Prude, PruDENCE!) Ok, call me Leslie instead. Geezzz..Ok, so you will come west for Tex-Cyn, but not for me? *pout* Fortunately, I share a state with Cyn, so you will not escape me THAT easily. Other than it's a rather large place....

The Good Luck Duck said...

Abbie, you're funny. We ARE coming to see you. It has just taken longer than expected.

michael ultra said...

Well crap!(har) I finally wrote a sort of poop post and now, I can't post to Nellie about it. I know you guys will like it though! (great minds and such).

Steve said...

King of Siam which was later renamed to Thailand. You guys Thai'd it on that night. It was the best I could come up with before my morning tea.

D0N said...

Great pics!