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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our First Overnight Visitors Were Coal Crackers Carl and Marylou Zimmerman for Springtime Tallahassee


Lulu - Marylou - Carl - and I had a nice weekend. They were our first new overnight guests.

On Thursday the last skid of sod was laid on the lawn of our new home - just in time for our Friday visitors - Carl and Marylou Zimmerman. Carl is really my cousin - but Lulu and Marylou were the closest of friends in Tamaqua. Their kids were the same age and they just progressed up the ladder - play group - school sports - college graduation - marriage - and grandkids. 

Our sod got a real challenge. Friday while Carl and Marylou were driving from their snowbird home near Tampa - Tallahassee had hours of deluge. I never saw such rain since we have been here. Even though the water was flowing in sheets - the sod held - and no erosion. I had to greet Carl and Marylou with  umbrellas. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lulu and I Took Separate Scooters to Games Tonight - We Got To Celebrate With President Barron At His Last FSU Game

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The Seminole won the game and are going to New York City this weekend. President Barron will be moving to State College. 


Lulu had to teach a class from 6 to 8 tonight. So I decided to go to the Florida A&M at FSU softball game at 6 - then on to the NIT basketball game between Louisiana Tech and FSU. I took my white scooter so that I could park close to the events. 

After 3 innings - FSU has the softball gam win hand 3-0. FSU's pitcher had not given up a hit. I decided to move onto the 7 PM basketball game. I later found out the games ended 8-0 and the FSU pitcher threw a no hitter. 

At the basketball game it was a different crowd. Imagine being able to see an NCAA basketball game for $10 and be able to sit in any seat you wanted. It is a much better atmosphere when people are allowed to fill in the empty seats - it just seems louder and more exciting. You get to rub elbows with the other fans. 

At 8 PM - I get and email from Lulu. she was going to ride her blue Vespa to the arena. By 8 PM - the temperature was in the 50s. But she made it - and the ticket collectors let her in for free. I was able to purchase a ticket outside for $8. 

President Barron posing with the team - on April 1st he becomes a Nit Lion.

I arrived late from the softball game and settled for this seat.


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FSU beat Florida A&M in the annual in-town rivalry.

After the game - the temperature was in the 40s. It is the first time I remember lulu and I riding separate scooters together. 

Went to softball. Beating FAMU 3-0. Then scootered to basketball. Beating LA Tech by 6 Almost Half Time

Monday, March 24, 2014

'Noles Hang Triple Digits on Hoyas

We were at the game. Got to see the two teams where Keith went to school - FSU and Georgetown. It was a good crowd - you could sit where you want for $15. Wednesday FSU plays Louisiana Tech. Tickets are $10. The winner goes to play in The Garden in NYC this weekend. Ironically - the big boys of the ACC - Duke - Carolina - Syracuse - are all at home watching while the Seminoles continue on. :-)



Taken from Seminoles.com

March 24, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) —This was supposed to be a defensive slugfest. Instead, an offensive explosion has the Florida State men’s basketball team one victory away from a trip to the Big Apple.
After beating Georgetown, 101-90, Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center, FSU (21-13) will now host Louisiana Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals round of the NIT. The winner of that contest will become one of four teams to earn spots in next week’s NIT semifinals at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game are general admission and cost just $10 — a discounted price from the opening two rounds in Tallahassee. Youth tickets are just $4 and the first 1,000 FSU students in the gates get in free.
Equally matched defensively as squads giving up less than 70 points per game and forcing opponents to shoot around 40 percent all season, the Hoyas-Seminoles showdown was supposed to be a dog fight.
But it became a shootout.
The ‘Noles eclipsed 90 points for the fourth time this season as they scored the second-most points in an NIT game in school history. On the flip side, the Hoyas (18-15) hadn’t allowed a single opponent to register more than the 86 Kansas hung on them in a Dec. 21, 2013 loss. In fact, Georgetown hadn’t allowed 100 points in regulation in a staggering 13 years.
Aaron Thomas helped end that sterak by matching his career high with 26 points in the triumph, shooting 8-of-10 from the field while adding six rebounds.
And Thomas wasn’t the only hot shooter in garnet and gold as FSU shot 68.8 percent from the field as a team. Devon Bookert hit four of his five shots and all three of his 3-pointers to add 21 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Ian Miller returned from a foot injury to shoot 4-of-6 from 3-point land and notch 18 points and Okaro White, playing in his school-record 137th game at Florida State, was 5-of-7 from the field with 16 points, three blocks and four rebounds.
FSU was 11-of-16 from 3-point range.
“They were making threes no matter no matter what defense we threw at them,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.
Montay Brandon and Boris Bojanovsky each contributed six points and Jarquez Smith scored four, including a well-time, crowd-pleasing alley-oop in the first half during a key FSU run.
The Hoyas shot 47.5 percent from the field but were out-rebounded 30-26 and blocked five times. Markel Starks led all scorers with 27 and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 22. 
Both teams were in a one-score game before a double technical foul was called on Bojanovsky and Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes with 2:21 left in the first half. For whatever reason, the brief skirmish between the big men served as the spark to fireworks-filled final few minutes in the opening period.
All by the ‘Noles.
First Miller drained back-to-back 3-pointers and then Bookert’s alley-oop to Smith blew the lid off the Tucker Center as a raucous Tallahassee crowd jumped to its feet. Following two Hoyas free-throws, Thomas was fouled on his made triple and the resulting four-point play propelled FSU into halftime with a 48-35 lead.
In the first half, FSU set an offensive tone by shooting 64 percent — highlighted by the 12-2 run to close the frame.
After the break, Georgetown’s 7-2 run halted any would-be carryover momentum from the game’s first 20 minutes. But it wouldn't be enough as a 50-42 score with 17:49 left in the game was as close as the Hoyas would get as the ‘Noles would never lead by less than eight.
To purchase tickets to Wednesday’s game, call 1-888-FSU-NOLE or by clicking the graphic below.

Larry Miller - Basketball All-American


From Today's Morning Call in Allentown

Larry Miller was 'the best ever' in Lehigh Valley basketball

Every school day, dozens of Catasauqua High students walk past a trophy case in the hallway just outside the school's gym. In that case hangs a faded, white basketball uniform with brown trim and the number 40 stitched on the front.
On a typical day, no one stops to look at the uniform and most probably don't know the person who wore it.
But 50 years ago, that uniform and the guy who wore it were known by virtually everybody; not only in Catasauqua, not only in the Lehigh Valley, but also the entire state.
The guy who wore that white jersey, and an accompanying brown No. 41 jersey for road games, was Larry Miller.


Friday, March 21, 2014

The Edison Restaurant Coming to Cascades Park


The old electric power plant in downtown Tallahassee will turn into a restaurant. I am not sure I am in favor of the city funding the restaurant renovations giving the vendor an unfair advantage over other restaurants in a very competitive market.

Of course - since it is within walking distance of our home - we will probably have our own table  :-)

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We Have A New Neighbor - Cascades Park

This week Tallahassee opened a new park between our home and the Capitol - it is called Cascades Park. What was once the site of beautiful waterfalls and one of the reason Tallahassee was selected our state capital - had slowly been turned to wasteland by the city's old coal fired power plant. Waste from the plant turned the area into an off limits polluted Superfund Site. 

It took almost 10 years and $30 million to reclaim the area. Now it has become a beauty mark between our home and the state Capitol building. 

Already we had a neighborhood group complaining about the possible noise of the park.

The new park includes an amphitheater which reminds one of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In the background is the old electric power plant - soon to be turned into a restaurant.

A re-creation of the old cascades waterfall and a small water park will draw visitors on the hot summer days.

The green dot is the Capitol - the blue dot is Cascades Park - and the red dot is our new home. Last night we rode our golf cart to the park for the first time. 

The fountain has dancing jets and synchronized lights that put on a little show.

Even on this cool day - kids were enjoying the action.

The whole park is really a disguised flood control zone.

During a flood -  these areas will fill and absorb the deluge.

To the right of the fountain is the Department of Education building. They took thousands of tons of coal tar out of this area - creating a 200 foot deep sinkhole. 

The park seems a little high maintenance with its flowers and trees. they say they having money in the budget to maintain it. 

This old coal fired plant powered the city for decades. I imagine the smoke stack were very attractive just a couple blocks from downtown and the Capitol. The plant is supposed to be turned into a restaurant - many other businesses are not happy with a private business being funded by tax money. 

Two bridges intersect to form the amphitheater. One bridge is north-south - the other east-west. The bridges intersect at the prime meridian marker. This is the spot where all the land surveys start in the state of Florida. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tamaqua Teacher In-Service Day at Atlas Powder Plant


I found this picture on the "Tamaqua Reynolds" Facebook Page. In the picture I can identify - Bruce Geiger - Ed Kemzura - and Paul Jewells. Can you identify others?



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We are 69! NIT At FSU


It was an exciting game as the Seminoles passed the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at the 7 minute mark -  and held on at the end for a 5 point victory. 

We left our hour at 6:45 in the Prius. We found a free parking spot around 6:50 - walked to the arena -  and got tickets. Tickets were general admission with a face value of $15. I bought one outside for $10 - Lulu got one at the box office for $15. 

We sat 5 rows up from center court - the view above was from our seats at tip off. Since there were very few empty seats near the court - the fans seemed to be more into the game. FGCU brought a good following. They also brought cheerleaders and a pep band - it was the first time the visitors brought that support this year.

FSU was ahead by 5 at the half - they quickly lost that lead and fell behind by as many as 6. Fouls hurt the Eagles and with 5 minutes to go - FSU pulled ahead. they hung on to win by 5.

On March 24th - Keith's Georgetown Hoyas will be here for the second round. It will be interesting to see if many Hoya fans make the trip. If FSU stays lucky - the final games of the NIT are held in NYC in the Garden.

Florida Gulf Coast University is in Fort Myers FL. It is a member of the state educational system. The Eagles were the regular season champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Is This for Real?


Former Navy SEAL and Panther Valley Superintedent

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cascades Park Opened Today

Lulu caught me in the Florida state map at Cascades Park

After about 7 years of labor and $20 million - Cascades Park opened today in downtown Tallahassee. It is in line directly between the Capitol and our house. 

It was 68 degrees as we left our home - walked to the park - then circled the park - then walked home.  There is one hill to climb on the way home. 

The park has an amphitheatre - several ponds - a playground - bridges - a water park - and an old power plant that will be turned into a restaurant. 

The park takes up 40 acres and was mainly designed to be a flood prevention area. 

House For Sale - Price Reduced $299,900

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1607 Seminole Drive - Downtown Tallahassee


Completely Renovated





Sunday, March 09, 2014

Syracuse Won - $25 a pair. Place is empty 15 minutes to tip. Section C1


Note later - FSU was down 6 at the half. In the second half they got to within 1 - then ran out of gas. They lost by 16. This ends any chance of being in the NCAA tournament.

Before our trip to Germany - we had sold out 4 season tickets for $200 total. We were able to buy 2 nice tickets for $25 total - after our trip was cancelled. 


Syracuse - section c1 - 2 for $25 total

Saturday, March 08, 2014

12 Years A Slave Shows A Side Of Slavery I Never Heard About


Last night Lulu and I considered going out to the movies. We wanted to see a few Academy Award winning pictures. "12 Years A Slave" captured my fantasy. Since I now live in the Deep South  - the land of plantations - cotton - live oak trees - and lastly slavery. 

I was really surprise when I tuned to DirecTV to find out that "12 Years A Slave " was available as a pay per view movie for $6.00. Instead of driving to the Tallahassee Square Mall - paying $9.00 a person - and sitting elbow to elbow with the unwashed masses - I could enjoy the movie in my living room with a refrigerator full of snacks. I could even turn the volume as loud as I wished. 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

5 Days in Berlin Turns to 30 Hours in Miami

This picture was taken from our bedroom - thru a glass wall into the shower. 

Lulu was scheduled to present at a conference in Berlin. I was scheduled to loaf around the city for 5 days. We left Tallahassee early in the morning - little did we realize we would be back in the same spot 30 hours later waiting for George Dawson to pick us up in the van. 

The first leg of our American Airline flight was simple enough - a one hour trip south to the tropical city of Miami. This Gold Coast city is special to Lulu and I - we honeymooned there for a month in 1971. We considered making it our home - we even returned the next summer to take real jobs there. 

We took the express bus to South Beach because we only had 6 hours to kill before our 10 hour flight to Berlin. On South Beach - we walked along Ocean Drive - had lunch at one of the cute sidewalk cafes - then walked back north on the sand. 

Before we knew it - time was up. To be safe - we caught a cab back to the airport for our 4 PM flight. I figured that I was not about to ruin our glorious trip for a $30 cab fare. We got back in plenty of time - got our 5 bags out of storage - and went to the gate of our AirBerlin jet. About 300 Germans were waiting to take the long trip home. Many had just finished cruises that sailed to and from Miami. The crowd had lots of fair skinned - blue eyed - blondes - with sun burned faces.

At 4 PM they announced the first delay. Then another - then another. I was amazed how orderly this crowd was - not a bunch of grumblers - no loud complainers. All of a sudden at 7 PM they announced the flight was canceled. Later on we learned that the plane had a bad wing flap. 

Immediately after the announcement - there was a mad dash of 300 people to get to the ticket counter - maybe ½ mile away - to get vouchers for hotel rooms and meals. We were not very fast - this crowd must have been on some of those East German Olympic steroids - because we were almost last. 

That line of 300 people did not move for 2 hours. Air Berlin was trying to get enough rooms for everyone. Lulu and I got frustrated - we decided that we would not wait - but get a hotel on our own. We still had to wait for our bags. I got tipped off early that the bags were at carousel 13 - so I went there while Lulu was in line. They announced we would fly the next day at the same time to Berlin. They would send two planes in tandem to Berlin. Lulu and I kept texting each other like a couple teenagers. Then I got a text I did not expect. Lulu talked to Expedia and they let her cancel her room for free. Expedia never does that. Then she somehow did an end run around the crowd of 300 explaining she wanted to catch the 8 PM flight back to Tallahassee. I found out by text we were going home. 

There was no way that Lulu could meet her obligations on a flight 24 hours later. She decided it was a waste of time and money. She sent an apology text to me. I replied that I really was not looking forward to Berlin in winter. I was going along only to be her companion. I would be happy to get home to work on our new house and ready the old house for sale. 

We were going to get our own hotel on our own dime - when the line started to move. While Lulu was going from American Airline desk to Air Berlin desk. I sat on the floor. They ran out of rooms and were telling people to find their own and they would reimburse them. I just said No - and politely waited. Finally the lady that was so helpful for us before when she found us to better seats together on the flight to Berlin - recognized me. She handed me vouchers for the EB Hotel - vouchers for supper - and vouchers for room service breakfast. When Lulu came back to explain she got full refunds on flights and hotels - I showed her our vouchers. A silver Mercedes limo van awaited. They took the two of us along with the whole flight crew to the EB Hotel. I never heard of it - but it could not be too bad if this whole crew was staying there. More pictures on the next page.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Ich Bin Eine Berliner Nicht

Lulu loves Miami South Beach like no other place on earth. She just glows there. Here we are at the Loews Hotel. Did you know we honeymooned here in 1971?

Our 6 day trip to Berlin only lasted 30 hours. The full story is coming later. Our plane from Miami to Berlin had problems with a flap. It was cancelled after we waited 4 hours. We did have a nice day in Miami South Beach before the flight and a wonderful free night at the EB Hotel in Miami. All of our money for the trip was refunded. So we flew to Miami - stayed in a 4-star hotel - and flew home - all for free. 

A big story is coming with pictures. Stay tuned. We are back at 1816 Seminole Drive in Tallahassee.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Flight Cancelled. We are coming home :-(

After spending the day in Miami Beach our Air Berlin flight to Berlin was cancelled. After so much hassle we cancelled the whole trip. We will spend one night here and fly in the morning at 10 am. It was just too much hassle for 4 days in Berlin. Lulu worked the tickets agent and got full refunds. She also called the expedia reserved hotel and got them to do a full refund. It was a zoo when they cancelled. Every one ran for the ticket desk.

Doak Campbell Stadium - we took of north and circled Tallahassee

Miami - we are taking the express bus to South Beach - $2.65

We changed our clothes - dropped our bags - now we are taking an express bus to Miami South Beach. Plane leaves for Berlin at 4 pm. Temperature is in 70s with a mild breeze.


Sent from my iPhone
Nancy Everhart

Leaving busy Tallahassee for Miami and Berlin. Traveling with iPad only

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Garage And Driveway Done





Some grading and sodding left to do. The garage doors seem invisible - they are brown with tiny windows in each.