Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lulu and I Drove a REAL Electric Car Today - the 2015 Nissan Leaf

Jamie Nichols of Kraft Nissan showed us where you insert the extension cord to charge it at night. In Tallahassee - you can choose time of day charging for even cheaper fuel. 

If you read my stuff - you know I am enamored by electric cars. You also know we just bought a BMW convertible and the last thing we need is a second car. With that in the back of you mind - we went to Kraft Nissan today to drive a Leaf - all electric car.

I have been shopping Low Speed Vehicles - small golf cartlike carts that can legally be driven on the highway. Lulu knows I want an electric car - but I cannot justify having two new cars costing over $20k. Also - I have a feeling Lulu does not want to cruise around town in a GEM car or golf cart. Me -  I just want something to plug in my garage. Presently - I have been driving around the neighborhood in a Club Car golf cart for the past 4 years. I love it but Lulu thinks it is silly for a 66 year old former teacher to be dodging the cops - like pre-teens riding on dirt bikes. 

At first I looked at the Nissan Leaf as a toy. It is a real honest to goodness family sedan. It has ONLY an electric motor - no gasoline backup engine to charge the batteries. You plug it in at night to charge - and drive it the next day. Your mileage may vary - but the government rates it from 70 to 110 miles of range. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We Saw Jimmy Buffett At The Moon Down The Street For Free

About one hour ago I was enjoying Jimmy Buffett at The Moon down Seminole Drive
About 1/2 mile down Seminole Drive is The Moon. It is an old A and P Store turned into a nightclub. We have seen many cool acts there.

Tonight we rode our scooter to the club to see Jimmy Buffett. Bob Graham's daughter Gwen is running for US Congress and Jimmy Buffett did a free concert to support her campaign. The place holds maybe 500 people - but we were able to walk up to within 15 feet of the stage.  We left our house at 6:15 - we thought the concert was to start at 7:00. At 6:30 - down went the lights and up went the show.

Gwen Graham and Bob her father - introduced Jimmy Buffett and his 3 piece band. It was just two guitars and a light set of drums - no sticks. Most of the folks there knew all the words to the songs - and did not seem too concerned about the election. Heck - Lulu and I already voted yesterday. But the music was nice - the atmosphere fantastic.

At 7:15 - the lights went up and we got on our scooter and were home before 7:30.

My pictures and video got pretty good.

Yes - we both voted for Gwen Graham - I think.

Gwen Graham is running for Congress. Funny - I was processing the pictures using iPhoto - it did not know the two Grahams - and it thought that was me in the middle. Now - who is more famous?

Free tickets were available at the Gwen Graham for Congress office 

GwenGraham and Bob Graham

You may remember Bob Graham - he was governor of Florida - US Senator for Florida - he even ran for US President. He looks like Jim Thorpe - both Jim and Bob are Cherokee Indian. Some Cherokees ran away from North Carolina to Florida and became Seminoles.

Jimmy Buffett did a great 45 minute set of his hits.

Lulu the Parrot Head

You can see Jimmy photobombing between our heads.

The three piece band was enjoyed by a crowd of maybe 500 - a very old crowd. Most of them knew all the words.

Jimmy also supports amendment 2 - medical marijuana. It must get 60% of the vote to pass. Democrats are for it - Republicans against it. 

After the last song - we hopped on our scooter and were home in a couple minutes.

We are at The Moon for a Jimmy Buffet Concert for Gwen Graham running for Congress

Friday, October 24, 2014

Look Who Is At The Palma Maria

Looks like the party is over. The 3 Coal Cracker cousins fly north at 5 AM - Lulu drops them off at the airport in Sanford - and drives home alone. 

They said the Palma Maria was super busy. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pann Staters Show Up at GameDay in Tallahassee To Appeal To God For Joe Paterno

Last weekend we had family for house guests. They flew down all the way from Pennsylvania claiming to want to see the Notre Dame and Florida State game - but deep in their hearts - they came to town to appeal to the football gods. 

Cathy and RuthAnn are hearty Penn State and Joe Paterno fans. They believe that PSU and Joe got a raw deal in the rush to judgment of Jerry Sandusky. You may re-call that the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million and also took away several of Joe Paterno's coaching wins. The sad part is the Governor Tom Corbett led board of trustees agreed to the penalties. 

Now fans are having second thoughts. 

Ruth Ann and Cathy hand lettered a sign and held it up at GameDay here in town. It made national television - and got several comments on the blogosphere. Many were surprised to see such a sign appearing at a game between Florida State and Notre Dame. The girls want Joe's wins to be re-instated. Ironically - the coach that is now considered the winningest coach Bobby Bowden is the former FSU coach. Bobby and Joe were very good friends - but I do not hear Bowden pushing to have Joe's wins added back on. Both coaches claimed they were not interested in being the top winning coach ever - but both coaches stayed on way too long - both hurting their teams and schools with their old age. 

Now that they lifted the bowl ban they should reinstate wins too say the girls. And they want Joe's statue  up too.  

Ruth Ann and Cathy - sisters from the Lehigh Valley could complete each other's sentences when it comes to the Nits and Joe. 

They said, "They judged too harshly and quickly.  We must show Penn State pride. 
We want to demonstrate freedom of speech.  And no one speared us. We enjoying atmosphere of good sportsmanship. We wanted those watching to agree and say "yes!!" We hope to start a movement to vocalize and get others excited.After living in Pennsylvania for 55 years - I love the Penn State fans and admired Joe Paterno. But I think if they re-instate the PSU wins - they would have to re-instate Bobby Bowden's wins too. He lost wins when his player simply cheated on an online exam for a music course. 

It will be interesting to see if the NCAA changes anything else for the people from Happy Valley. The Pennsylvania fans do not deserve the punishment - they did nothing wrong. 

Jim Thorpe's Body will remain in Jim Thorpe PA

From The Morning Call

Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania town named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma.

Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation.

Chief Judge Theodore McKee said it would be "patently absurd" to disinter Thorpe and ignore the wishes of his third wife Patricia, by blindly enforcing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The 1990 federal law was meant to stop the plundering of burial grounds.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cousins in Cocoa Beach

Enjoying dinner at the Sunset Waterfront Cafe after a long day on the beach.

40 years ago

Monday, October 20, 2014

Look Who Drove To Cocoa Beach Today

She will be spending 6 days with her cousins at a condo on Cocoa Beach FL. She drove 6 hours across the state and still barely got halfway.