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    Below is a complete archive of all entries, to help you navigate the large volume of entries we created drop down menus to either select by category or the date the entry was posted. I hope you enjoy reading our stories, and please note that this diary is a grammatically-free zone so please excuse our typos :)

    [24 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

    Every Christmas Sharon and I set up a large Christmas village. And over the years I have collected many Santa figures to go in it. I have one plotting his course, there is one playing with elves on a teeter-totter, I have one skiing, I have one checking his list…you get the idea. 26 Santa figures in all. Obviously I cannot place them all out at one time, so what I do, is every morning before Nora wakes up I swap out a Santa. She is under the belief that …

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    [21 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
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    Being from Cincinnati, and with German heritage, it is easy to see why I was excited to visit this brewhouse, which almost exclusively brews authentic German recipes. Christian Moerlein has been brewing award-winning beers since 1853. What I found really cool is that the first beer to certifiably pass the strict Reinhetsgebot Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 was brewed by Christian Moerlein. The brewery brews authentic German beers.
    BUt it ended up being not just the brews that were impressive, but the building and the food was equally above standards. Situated …

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    [21 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
    The outdoor seating of Spot of Tea, and the interior was just as unique.

    Mobile, Alabama is one of those places, while close to home, I have not explored much. So on a run to pick up political signs outside Mobile for a client, Sharon and I decided it was time to check out the downtown. It was actually much cleaner and nicer than I expected and we sat down for lunch at a restaurant, A Spot of Tea, that had a little something different to offer. The had outdoor seating across the street from their restaurant right along the sidewalk in the park. …

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    [15 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
    It was so dark down in there I never got a great shot of the "Sea" itself. And Nora was not cooperating for smiling for some reason. So this is all we got.

    When I was about 10 years old I remember visiting the Lost Sea and I loved it. So I thought it would be fun to relive the fun through Nora.
    The Lost Sea is the largest underground water feature in the world, or so they claim. I have never looked it up to see if it is true. The Sea, or lake, is 4.5 acres in size and is very clear. They stock rainbow trout in it which have become so tame you can touch them in the water as you …

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    [15 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
    A new Pensacola landmark, the idea and execution is great!

    Al Fresco is located downtown Pensacola in an area that has recently undergone a transformation. What was old empty buildings, just going to waste. Is now a vibrant and bustling area. One of my favorite additions was Al Fresco.
    Al Fresco is a combination of old, repurposed, Airstream trailers which now serve as individual kitchens. Sort of like a group of food trucks that share a common outdoor eating area, anchored by one traditional restaurant. Because of a no-food-truck-ordinance in Pensacola, any such structures must be tied to a traditional …

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    [15 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
    The Hangout at night, where dancing on the tables is a ritual.

    This is more of a complex than restaurant. The place is quite large inside and outside. The inside has walls covered with so many eclectic and interesting items you can get lost looking at them. For instance I found myself losing track of time searching through the collection of hundreds of old kid’s lunch boxes trying to find ones that I had as a kid.
    The place is all about fun, and just hanging out. Becoming a kid again. The outside area is walled in and has a play area for …

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    [7 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
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    On my way to pick up Sharon from a week down south at her sisters house I had the chance to stopover at Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee to check out their trail system. I have read alot about them and was really excited to check them out for myself.
    The park itself is impressive. Very well maintained. They have a lake, dog park, huge playground, paved paths, baseball fields, disc golf course (which I will return at some point to play and review). And of course the Magnolia Mountain Bike …

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    [2 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

    Having spent a lot of time in Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda Sharon and I have gotten to know many of the locals, mainly through her sister Rachie. One of the people we saw over and over again was a man we only knew as Fuzzy. His real name was Timothy Allen Deah.
    He was jovial type person, who was always laughing smiling and cracking a joke of some sort. Usually off-color, but he was a good guy. He became one of Rachel and Donny’s best friends.
    Our last visit to Port …

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    [2 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

    Another year has passed. Hard to believe. But I feel the same way each New Years day. And it seems every year goes by faster and faster. Yet, each New Years Day, I approach it with optimism and create resolutions for myself, much like everyone else does. And like everyone else I like the idea of a fresh start to tackle the things I know I have been needing to do.

    Have more money.
    Be a better person.
    Take more time to cherish what I have.

    These 3 resolutions though are intricately tied together …

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    [25 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

    This is Nora’s 4th Christmas. I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. And after just finishing playing “Santa” for Nora I am taking this time of stillness in the house to write some thoughts.
    When I was young I could never figure out why they always said the holidays were the most stressful time of year. Why would there be so many suicides? I can now see what happens, maybe not the suicide part, but the stress and depression.
    Financially, it can be a real struggle, especially in my …

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