A Visit to Florida, Part II

Between Part I and Part III

October 24-31, 2003

Friday, October 24, 2003 (late afternoon, London time)

Just minutes ago the 'final' transatlantic commercial Concorde flight came to its end.

Concorde touches down in London at the end of its 27-year service.
It flew from New York's JFK to Heathrow, London's main airport, in the customary 3+ hours. CNN was there ... along with Christie Brinkley, who admitted to pocketing the 'silverware' (plastic!) as souvenirs.

The last words were from CNN.com:

But the sheer thrill of flying Concorde was perhaps best captured by veteran pilot Mike Bannister before he took the controls to fly the Big Bird up and away from the Big Apple.

He told the last passengers: "We're going to take you to the edge of space, where the sky gets darker, where you can see the curvature of the earth.

"We're going to travel across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound, faster than a rifle bullet, 23 miles every minute. We're going to travel so fast, we are moving faster than the earth's rotation -- and the world will be watching us."

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Saturday, October 25, 2003 (pre-journal)

Right now CNN is running a special on the life of the Concorde.

During my kleptomaniacal days (1977) I 'picked' up this Concorde dining set while flying on Air France and BA (though 'it' might have been called just "British" ... or, even "B.O.A.C." ... back then).


More from October 25th:

Tonight Stephani and Robin took us to a Thai restaurant near their home. The food was very good but the company was excellent. We are lucky to have them as friends.


Sunday, October 26, 2003 (pre-journal)

Andy Page shows us what we would have seen had we just lingered in London a little bit longer:

Britney waxwork goes pole-dancing
Professional dancers accompany the synthetic Spears

A life-size model of Britney Spears has taken pole position at an interactive display at Madame Tussaud's in London. The pop singer's scantily-clad and apparently breathing dummy can be seen pole-dancing flanked by live dancers.

Visitors will be able to perform some dance moves alongside professional dancers as their efforts are relayed on giant plasma screens.

Britney's pole dancing show is the latest interactive installation at the famous waxworks museum.

Customers can already become showbiz reporters and have a celebrity make-over for a magazine photo shoot.

There is also an interactive Pop Idol display with a waxwork Simon Cowell which comments on the singing talent of members of the public.


Sunday, October 26, 2003

Which of these three corkscrews do you think I 'found' today? This should be easy; I've given you (*) three angles for a complete gawk.



Oh ... and, I did find this balloon postcard today.


* "You", meaning members of the ICCA, CCCC, PCC and the Southern Methodist Corkscrew Club of Virginia.


Monday, October 27, 2003

Three more corkscrew 'finds' (*):


* Hey, this site is supposed to be 50% corkscrews....at least the URL would suggest this!


Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Corkscrew litter ...


PS: Only two days before the Boat Show!


Wednesday, October 29, 2003

This from reader P. Moresby of 12 Upper Mill, Wateringbury (near Maidstone), Kent, England:

"Must we suffer more corkscrews? It was bad enough that you had to leave Bangkok to go to that meeting in the First Colony ... couldn't you, at least, give us another peek at your Florida beaches ... nudge, nudge, know what I mean?"

Coming right up ... beach bunnies on sand.

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PS: Tonight we had a stone crab feast at Cindy's house; just the five of us: Watcharee & myself, Cindy & Mark and Leo (Cindy's dog).


Thursday, October 30, 2003

The Boat Show starts today!

Here are the boats ... from afar ... but, we'll try to 'capture' the girls who 'follow' the boats as the days roll on. But, for now THOCBDC just has wood on show:


PS: Tonight our good friends, Rick and P'Kig, took us out to dinner at the Blue Moon Restaurant. The food was fabulous ... but, their company and friendship was even better.


PPS: Today (October 30th) is the 2,800th day that THOCBDC has been 'on the air'.


Friday, October 31, 2003 pre-journal [Halloween]

Not an auspicious start ... for beach bunny sightings.


Friday, October 31, 2003

The highlight of the Boat Show was:

  1. Boats
  2. Motors
  3. This 'Convention Girl'
  4. Something in the background of one of the photographs

... up to you, dear reader. Of course, THOCBDC will tabulate what you hold highest and publish YOUR thoughts ... well, maybe.

Convention Girl


PS: Now it is Halloween Night ... and my friend, Gail, gave us RESUSCI ANNE to serve as a greeter for the 'little trick-or-treaters'.


PPS: The Resusci Anne that I got from Gail only cost me $25.00 ... and my model has 'real' hair.

Resusci® Anne Modular System Full Body Skillguide (Hard Case)

The Resusci Anne Skillguide is designed to deliver comprehensive BLS training for professional rescuers.

Anatomically correct landmarks and realistic compressions/ventilations for learning correct CPR techniques Correct head tilt/chin lift and/or jaw thrust techniques must be performed for ventilations Skillguide Performance Indicator provides immediate and objective feedback on key CPR elements

Price: $2,070.20

Next: November

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