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Old 10-31-2017, 09:34 PM   #101
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That's a great sign Hank

A lot more heartwarming than the ones am used to seeing from all the fast-food joints in my neighborhood saying stuff like, buy one DQ Blizzard after 4pm and get one free, act now!
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Old 12-22-2017, 05:22 PM   #102
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It's been an interesting few weeks UberEATS has proven to be enough to cover my expenses although I have started working at a friends bicycle shop which is in small shopping plaza whose occupants include; head shop, tattoo parlor, pizza parlor, West Indian food, and a gas station on the adjoining lot.

Here is a cool mural from one of my pickup sites Firehouse Subs, don't think this is the appropriate way to roast an alligator.




PrimeTime lounge is a frequent stop, they have a sweet logo and low wait time.



A very cool folding bike I've admired from afar for some time finally found a good place to capture it on I phone
, sometimes I think about getting a folding bike for ease of transit on international tour but not sure if I could sacrifice the speed of 700cc wheels.


Just a sad situation all around



Self automated bike rental has arrived here and you can use an app for rental and redocking at a multitude of locations. The bikes are pretty sweet; 5 speed internally geared hub, dynamo in the front for lighting, nice v-brakes, and fenders!


Ran into this fellow on an UberEATS run, cargo bike hauling a mini bike!



At the old 672 West Tennessee st McDonald's I came across this cowboys very cool belt lock system, he was able to keep an eye on it from one of the booths.


SvŽn's new Martha Stewart parka



My first customer at the new bike shop brought in his wicked motorized beach cruiser that he used to tow a trailer down to the estuary for crabbing expeditions. He just needed a new tire/tube installation, the bike had 2 chains and was filthy as could be.



Him test riding his mud bigger.


Sadly the International Book Mine burned down it was the last Quonset hut standing from an old armed forces installation, the owner Jay is a good friend and he poured so much into the space really a tragedy to lose that space as it will certainly be replaced by student housing which we have plenty of.




The fire Marshall has not come to a conclusion but it was quite an event and the building burned for over 12 hours enveloping the neighborhood in a noxious plume of smoke.




Tallahassee is really a seasonally driven economy with the students and legislators driving the action I've taken a break from UberEATS in their absence and as fortune would have it gone on a nice little online poker run turning my $25 deposit into $2400 most of which I've cashed out. Planning on a trip out to Ebro soon maybe with my little pal SvŽn to hit the cash tables.
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Old 12-23-2017, 07:03 PM   #103
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Assembled my fist bike at the Link!
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Old 12-24-2017, 03:52 AM   #104
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Those are great photos Hank - so many of them seem like they might be rather unique to Florida, like the mural of a roasting alligator? And the big bicycle culture, with all the different types serving different functions for people - all in the middle of Winter! So lucky to have the nice weather to be able to ride bikes year round - and it seems like maybe a city that's very bike friendly as well? Maybe not so many cars that everybody winds up jockeying for road space in the middle of rush hour, and stuff like that ... or enough room for bike lanes?

Have heard you mention your friend and the book mine in previous posts - so sad to hear about the fire It sounded like the two of you have had some great times together at that spot? Would be great if he's up for starting fresh with rebuild if he's able to find alternatives digs ...

Sven!! He looks so dapper in his Winter finery!! Some little girl is going to be over the moon to see her princess bike working better than ever, and now outfitted with a new basket companion - i sure would be!!1!


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Old 01-04-2018, 01:38 AM   #105
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Am used to seeing snow reports on the news - am not used to seeing reports of snowstorms in Tallahassee! Lester Holt on the NBC Evening News was saying it's something like the first snowfall for you guys in something like 28 years? And that it's been unseasonably cold and many roads have gotten slippery.

Hope you guys are managing to stay warm and safe on the roads down there Hank!


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Old 01-04-2018, 09:58 PM   #106
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Hey Sam! It did indeed snow for around an hour with pretty minimal accumulation, best part of the whole thing was seeing the excitement of folks who had never seen snow fall in real life. The cold snap has extended into South Florida causing iguanas to fall from their perches into a catatonic state, hope they aren't dying off something cute and endearing about them despite being an invasive species.

Things are going well and I'm feeling good, maybe not on this young man's level who was dancing to James Brown's "The Big Payback" at the frequently visited W. Tennessee St. McDonalds but close.



Apparently dancing is a thing at this UberEATs pickup partly because one of the guys who hangs out using the wifi brings a nice PC tower connected to a powerful speaker which he likes to blast late at night. If you look at the opposite side of the glass a fellow was attempting to mimic our dancing machines moves, all this took place while I was waiting for a pickup.



Been taking some time off from UberEATs while the students are away but plan to resume this Monday when they come pouring back in. The bike shop gig has been fun very little business but that could change with positive additions like the ashtray I constructed from odds and ends laying around my landlords little scrap yard.



For the first time in what seems like months we got 6 players out to play polo on NYE it was a blast, our captain Bob made everyone custom candles for Christmas here's mine.



I keep my polo bike locked up at the parking garage where we play on Thursdays, on Sundays when we play outside a few miles away I bring along the trailer to tote Sven and my gear.



Preparing for my first feral hog hunt not sure if taking Sven is such a good idea as he might not serve any purpose other than company and photo ops but perhaps he would be brave enough to follow a blood trail should that need arise. The Ecofina Creek wildlife management area is on the way to Ebro and has some swine, another option would be the massive Apalachicola National forest to the south west. Going to the range Sunday with my recently purchased Remington 700 SPS, got a decent deal on it at a local pawn shop. It came with a Leupold VX-2 3-9 scope, harris bipod, and soft case. Florida is second only to Texas in terms of feral hog population, no hunting license required and they can be harvested nearly year round. The "Sus Scrofa" is an invasive species that causes a lot of agricultural and environmental damage, they are also very tasty although my meat consumption is very low I'd like an excuse to be out in the woods for a few days get some return on investment for the rifle.


Regarding the Bookmine Sam things never cease to amaze me, after the inferno I told the owner Jay if he needed help with anything to let me know. Shortly thereafter he had me climbing around the rubble placing tarps over the burnt out debris in anticipation of rain then later on we returned to pick half charred water logged books out to be hung and dried.

Here is a cache of books drying at the nearby NAPCON construction headquarters a longtime neighbor of the BookMine.



Another lot drying in his yard



For a while he has been talking about renting a piece of heavy machinery with a scoop or thumb to pick apart the steel beams and corrugated steel in order to unearth his hidden treasures which apart from books and cases of vintage Playboy mags include a hand crafted broad sword that his friend made. Guy sure does love books, it's kind of funny that in the end we were literally mining for books in that ruined Quonset hut.

The legal ramifications of all that are still being settled but Jay hasn't missed a beat he's taken over the used book section at a faith based thrift store and is also hawking his charred smoke infused salvaged tomes online.

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Old 01-05-2018, 12:01 AM   #107
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Hey Hank - with all the hurricane stuff you guys have to deal with in the summertime, it's nice to hear you were spared the bulk of the snow cyclone, and that it turned out be was kind of a fun thing to have the snow fall for a little bit

Tallahassee looks so lovely - or maybe it's your zest for life that makes it seem that way Your blog's always such a joy to read, with stuff like children breaking out into impromptu dance competitions at the local take-out spot, and your thoughtfully and creatively repurposed ashtray, the stories of good times with good company. And so great hear your friend's managing to rebuild ... and always fun seeing Sven


It looks like you had a nice relaxing holiday - hope all those college kids got lots of $ over the holidays and will be happy that their UberEats orders arrived so fast that they're very generous with their tips!


Have fun with the hunting!!
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