- EXACTLY WHEN IS “THE END OF THE DAY”? Everyone says, “ at the end of the day, what really counts is yadda yadda . ” But no one ever names a precise time. Is it 5 p.m., at the close of the work day? Or maybe 7 p.m., as the family sits down to feast on gluten and kale? Or midnight, when the colonel says, “This is it, soldiers! Set your watches. We’re going in to a brand spanking new day!!!”
- WHEN AN ELECTED OFFICIAL OR A BILLIONAIRE PUBLISHER IS ACCUSED of trifling with a woman/man/bank account to which he/she is not entitled, and he responds “I categorically deny these charges!!,” which categories is he talking about?
We love the water around here. We boat on it, haul fish from it, swim in it, and build houses that provide spectacular views of it. Water is such a big deal around here that many people identify us not by the actual places where we live, but by the catchall name of Tampa Bay.
So while having local waterways polluted with millions of gallons of untreated sewage would be a major story anywhere, it is a catastrophe here. And that is what we have, stretching from St. Petersburg into Pasco County.
Because my maternal grandfather James Wynd Sr. was born in Dundee, Scotland, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the sound of bagpipes. I spent most of my life believing that the Scots had invented bagpipe music and therefore had a corner on the market.
Now I know better. Experts tell us that the sound of air blowing past specially chosen reeds was heard thousands of years ago in many lands distant from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands that poet Robert Burns and singer Harry Lauder made famous. Today bagpipe music is played all over the world, often by people who wouldn’t understand “it’s a braw bricht moonlight nicht” any more than a Chippewa would.
There’s a reason marijuana laws don’t work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. Used in moderation, cannabis has few ill effects; used in excess, the intoxicant has fewer and less severe side effects than alcohol. It’s not in a class with opioids that can kill users. There has been no known lethal human overdose of marijuana. The California Medical Association supports state Proposition 64, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for recreational adult use. There is no compelling public-safety interest in government’s ban on adult recreational use - not in a free country.
Let’s get this straight: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says “Hillary Clinton will not bully me” over the legitimate scrutiny being paid to the timing of a campaign donation Bondi received in 2014 from Donald Trump.
Bullying is a pretty stern accusation, so let’s explore this further. What did Clinton do to rise to that level of schoolyard terror?
Musings and meanderings as the summer closes down. GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE to Hurricane Hermine. The name itself had overtones of an ugly aunt who came to visit and stayed much too long. Where did the meteorological big boys (or girls) dig up such a name, in the first place? Don’t they have a responsibility to choose hurricane names that correspond somewhat to reality? Did you ever know anyone actually named Hermine? I haven’t.
Many TV weather reporters pronounced it her-MINE. But the weather authorities tell us the proper version is her-MEEN, as in “Her-MEEN is one mean mother.” Later on this hurricane season we may get acquainted with Hurricane Virginie. Not Virginia, but Virginie, as in “Carry Me Back to Old Virginie.”
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released results of the largest and most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicides ever conducted.
More than 55 million veterans records were reviewed from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. This major undertaking has advanced the department’s knowledge from the previous report conducted in 2012. Compared to the data from the 2012 report, which estimated the number of veteran deaths by suicide to be 22 per day, the current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died from suicide.
Scientists and other close observers estimate that to get through life, an average person will face 156,214 situations.
The first one, for most of us, is the growing awareness that we are tightly enclosed in a dark but comfortable space. We have a tube attached to our stomachs through which an assortment of nourishments is fed to us. This is called the fetus situation. The next one, months later, is called the birth situation.
BBQ Cook-off and Rodeo PINELLAS PARK – The Public Works department will hold its BBQ Cook-off & Rodeo Saturday, Oct. 1, noon to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. A full rodeo with bull riding will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.
Contestants can compete in either pork butts, ribs or both. To register a team, call 727-369-5617.
Entry is free. The event includes live entertainment, beer, fireworks, children’s rides and bounce houses, and more.
Bands scheduled to perform throughout the day include Bay Bluegrass, Clemons Road, Pirate Flag and Confederate Railroad.
Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit People Helping People, a local charitable organization that helps residents that are elderly, disabled or incapacitated on fixed incomes by helping with their yardwork or minor repairs to their properties.
For information on becoming a vendor or sponsor for the event, call 727-369-5743.
Blessing of the Animals CLEARWATER – A Blessing of the Animals event will be presented Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Crest Lake Park, 201 S. Glenwood Ave., Clearwater.
The event will feature live music, photo sessions with pets and a blessing from a celebrant of the Light of Christ Church.
All pets are allowed at the event but attendees must observe all park rules. Sponsored by the Crest Lake Park Friends, the event aims to bring together the local community to celebrate peace and unity between humans and animals.
People are encouraged to bring their dogs and other pets to the event for photo sessions, live music by a local musician, homemade doggy treats and a very special blessing from a celebrant of the Light of Christ Church.
Bags for waste and littler will also be provided. People are advised to bring their own chairs.
Classic car show MADEIRA BEACH – The Treasure Island Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce plans its annual classic car show Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ROC Park, 300 Municipal Drive.
For more information, call Vito Musante at 727-367-6076.
Environmentalist presentation TARPON SPRINGS – Jono Miller, noted environmentalist, will give a presentation on Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 to 3 p.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve’s Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
Miller will touch upon some of the threats to Florida’s state parks such as cattle grazing, hunting, timbering and the legislative underfunding of the entire parks system.
The free event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County and hosted by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve.
Miller has been a community leader on topics such as environmentally sensitive land protection, neighborhood parkland, voting systems, tree protection, comprehensive planning, coastal issues, cabbage palms and water supply.
Household/Business Electronics and Chemical Mobile collection LARGO – Pinellas County and the city of Largo encourage residents to bring unwanted electronics, household batteries, paint and other harmful chemicals to the Household/Business Electronics and Chemical Mobile collection at the Starkey Collection Center, 1551 Starkey Road, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pinellas County Utilities in cooperation with the city offer this service free to county residents. Businesses with electronics or chemicals should arrange for drop off and payment by calling EQ Florida at 813-319-3400 for chemical disposal.
The city reminds residents that hazardous waste items should never be disposed of in residential trash collection. These chemicals have the potential to contaminate our ground, air, and surface water if they reach the county's landfill. Hazardous waste also can cause potential harm to Solid Waste workers in transport.
Accepted hazardous waste items include: fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, computers, TVs, printers, ink cartridges, and rechargeable household batteries. Also accepted are harmful chemicals such as pesticides, paints, paint thinners, fertilizers, automotive fluids, and much more.
For questions and more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations at 727-464-7500 or visit www.LargoRecycles.com.
Indian Rocks Beach pub crawl INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – “Invasion Rocks the Beach Pub Crawl,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 4 to 10 p.m. in downtown Indian Rocks Beach.
The event features drink specials, awards, raffles, 50/50 drawing and pirate costume contest. The winner of the contest will receive $200. The raffle includes $350 in gift certificates. Koozies and T-shirts will be available as long as supplies last.
Preregistration is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
The after-party and costume contest will be at Crabby Bill’s Loading Dock, starting at 9 p.m.
To register online, go to IRBhomeowners.com.
Participating pubs are Crabby Bill’s IRB, PJ’s, Lulu’s, Jimmy Guana’s, JD’s, Slyce and Aqua Prime.
The event will benefit the Beach Food Pantry and community projects.
Literary pub crawl ST. PETERSBURG – Join Wordier Than Thou for a literary twist on the classic pub crawl. The literary arts group hosts its Grand Central Lit Crawl Saturday, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wordierthanthou or email WordierThanThou@gmail.com.
Misa en Español SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.
Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.
The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor.
St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole.
For information, call 397-3312 or visit stjustinmartyr.net.
Oktoberfest REDINGTON BEACH – Santa’s Angels plans its seventh annual craft beer garden and Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 to 10:30 p.m., at Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street.
Food and beverages include various sausages, pretzels, zwiebelkuchan (a tasty one-crust onion cake), a variety of beers, wine and cocktails. Music will be provided by a disc jockey.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. To reserve tickets, call Mark and Elke Deighton at 727-393-0100 or email email@example.com.
All proceeds benefit Santa’s Angels, a nonprofit organization that purchases gifts for children at Christmas.