Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

Just putting this out there…

Photo: “We must do more research on accordion music” — featuring woman in red dancing in the street
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America funny

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope your Thanksgiving Day turned out better than this cookie design. I think they were going for “turkey” but ended up with “turd on fire”.


Sausage Cat is my new role model

Thanks to Byron Sonne for the find!

When people look at me, I want them to think “That cat knows what he is, and what he wants.”

The Current Situation

1990, meet 2020

Photo: “Cornholio” standing in a grocery aisle with empty toilet paper shelves.

Florida funny

Florida dog

The right mindset allows us to surpass what we perceive to be our limits. It’s just that in Florida, the “right mindset” often means “drunk”.

The meme above reminds me of this Florida Man story from 2018, where this happened:

We later found out more details:

Stranger than Fiction

Your new YouTube obsession: James Blackwood, Raccoon Whisperer

If you haven’t seen it yet, go to YouTube and watch this channel now: James Blackwood – Raccoon Whisperer.

Blackwood is a retired RCMP officer who lives in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and now feeds raccoons full-time. The raccoons eat well — here’s what he’s fed them:

Sometimes he serves chicken hot dogs, hard-boiled eggs, grapes, apples, bananas and unsalted peanuts.

“I cook sausages for them, I do Hamburger Helper with sauteed mushrooms, Vienna sausages, roast chicken, pigs-in-a-blanket. And Tim Hortons doughnuts.”

(For those of you unfamiliar with Canada, Tim Hortons is more than just a place to get donuts. It’s synonymous with Canadian identity.)

Here’s more from a CBC article titled Meet the ‘Raccoon Whisperer’ of Pictou County:

One of his oldest raccoon friends, Rascal, will turn 13 in the spring. He knows her birthday because it was her mother that first reached out to him from the raccoon world. She had been hurt, likely by a car, and so Blackwood and his wife Jane took her in. That was 1999. “We gave a soft release into the wild and she’s been here with us every year since,” he says.

That raccoon later returned with her cub, which Blackwood and his wife named Rascal. His wife took to raccoons with a passion and on some nights 18 turned up for the late-night eats.

Jane Blackwood died in 2003 of cancer. Jim Blackwood merged her love of raccoons with his love for her, and so became the Raccoon Whisperer. “I fell in love with the animal and would not have it any other way. I am a retired RCMP officer and this is what I do full time,” he says.

It may seem that Blackwood is training his own Raccoon Army of the night, but I get the feeling the raccoons have trained him to be a reliable source of exotic food that’s just unavailable to most wild creatures.

He should be doing reasonably well if he’s monetizing his YouTube videos. He currently has 328,000 subscribers, and a number his videos have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views.

It’s not all raccoons and peanut butter sandwiches on his channel. Sometimes, he’ll throw in a musical performance:

Go ahead, watch this channel — it’s mesmerizing!

James Blackwood – Raccoon Whisperer

It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Sunday sunset

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Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorI took this photo of our house just a moment before walking across the street to our neighbors’ house for a socially-distanced barbecue on their front lawn. It was just a few of us from the street, and it was a lovely way to spend Sunday evening.

love this neighborhood.