Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jameis Cleared - Never A Doubt - You Have Been Scammed by ESPN All In The Name of Ratings

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not face any discipline from the school after his Code of Conduct hearing following allegations of sexual assault.
Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, tweeted the conclusion of the case on Sunday afternoon.
“In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for ANY of the charged violations of the Code," tweeted Cornwell.
Had Winston been found in violation of the school's Code of Conduct he would have faced discipline that could have included expulsion from the school. It is possible, however, that Winstcon could face legal trouble in a civil case.
But that won't have any affect on his eligibility as Florida State's quarterback as the Seminoles prepare to face Oregon in the College Football Playoff on New Year's Day. 

If Hitler Were An FSU Seminole

Our Visit With Ji Hei and Claire

We had our first Christmas visitors on Friday night. Ji Hei and Claire came over for dinner and then we went to an FSU girls basketball game. 

Ji Hei is one of Lulu' doctoral students. She is from Korea. Her daughter Claire is 6 years old and very smart. Last week we went to a concert where she played the violin. 

We exchanged presents. 

In the background you can see tow of Lulu's new chairs. We also had a fire going in the fireplace. 

The name is pronounced GEE Hay. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tamaqua - Santa Rides Into Town In Steam Train

This Don Serfass photo shows Santa visiting Tamaqua PA today. The train has been booked solid for 3 excursions today. The trip travels north from town - across the famous high bridge - and then back again. It is a highly popular annual event. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

We Had A Little Visit to Tamaqua and the Panther Valley

On Friday we left London at 5 PM on our flight home to Tallahassee. About 7 PM- we passed over Eastern Pennsylvania. I took this picture of the GPS at my seat on our jet. Our flight went directly over the Valley - and I could still see the Rosinola's Christmas lights.

It always amazes me the places you pass over on a flight from place to place. Our trip from London to Tallahassee covered 4500 miles.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Safely Home in Tallahassee

We had a nice trip home - no bumps - but a long delay.

We left the apartment around 11 AM and took a black cab to Paddington Station. Lulu and I each had a roller bag and backpack. At Paddington Station we caught the Heathrow Express to the airport. It got us there in 13 minutes.

At the airport we spent time at the gold card lounge. We had plenty to eat - drink - and even had wifi. They had game rooms - showers - even bedrooms in that lounge.

We got in our plane to Atlanta at 3 PM - but there was a big delay. The airport computer would not allow anyone to take off - so we sat in the plane two hours. Finally we lifted off around 5 PM London time - it was already pitch black. We felt like Peter Pan looking back and seeing London in lights.

Our flight home was supposed to be 9 hours - but we were aided by a 60 MPH tailwind and a pilot with a hot foot. We landed in Atlanta at 9 PM - they have a very fast customs system - and we were able to catch our regular flight to Tallahassee. Delta Airlines had already sent us a new reservation to fly home in the morning - but we rushed to our gate hoping to catch our regular plane. We were the last ones into the ramp. We had a quiet 37 minute ride to Tallahassee.

We only had carry-on bags. We caught a cab - and were in our own bed by 11 PM. It is hard to believe we were in our apartment in London at 11 AM - and in our own bed in Tallahassee at 11 PM - even with that long delay. The trip home was 4400 miles.

We had a wonderful trip to London - Oxford - Gibraltar - and Morocco. Next is Hawaii in January - no - we are not going to the Rose Bowl on the way.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Leaving Our London Apartment For Our Florida Home

The bedrooms have all new furniture and fixtures - lots of lights. The building is older than the USA.

Today is going to be a long day for us - 5 hours longer in fact. We woke up in London about 9 AM - it rained hard during the night. Lulu heard it but I slept through it. Lulu made breakfast in the kitchen and then she ran off to shop for a bit of last minute things. 

Lulu got the FSU apartment because of the price and location. Hotels in the area want 200 and 300 pounds a night. Multiply that by 1.57  for dollars. When she saw the apartment price for 67 pounds - she jumped on it. We had three rooms - a modern new kitchen - 3 beds - and it was on the first floor - no steps or elevators. Outside the front door are three old red cast iron phone booths. 

Postcards from Lulu