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The Big Five Oh . . . Almost!

I put up the second solar-powered light at the office this afternoon, so I got to use my new ladder again




And the more I use it, the more I like it. It’s light enough that even extended to its 12 foot height, I can pick it up and move it around with no problems. And it only takes a couple of minutes to set it op and break it down.

Check it out here: OxGord Folding 11.5 foot Extension Ladder

A great deal for only $80.

About 4:45 Jan and I headed up to the Webster area to have dinner at the Outback Steakhouse at Baybrook Mall. We were meeting our son Chris, his wife Linda, our granddaughter Miss Piper and her boyfriend Conner. We were celebrating Chris’ Big Five Oh Birthday, but a day early since Chris has to work tomorrow.

Outback Birthday Group

Jan started out with Outback’s version of the Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad,

Outback Wedge Salad

while I got the House Salad with their Tangy Tomato Dressing.

Outback Salad 2

For the entrée Jan followed her usual pattern by ordering seafood, Grilled Tilapia with Lump Crab Topping, at a steakhouse.

Outback Tilapia with Crab Meat

For my part I did stick with their strong suite and actually ordered a steak, an 11oz Center Cut Sirloin, along with the Grilled Asparagus.

Outback Sirloin

It’s been over a year  since we’ve eaten at an Outback, actually last April in Palmdale, CA, where we were staying at the Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails Park north of Los Angeles for a week.

For many years Outback was our go-to place for steaks, but over the years it’s been somewhat displaced by Longhorn, Saltgrass, and to a lesser extend, Texas Roadhouse. But Outback is always good.

I’m mentioned before that Jan and I met the summer of 1967 when we were both working at Florida Wonderland, an amusement park in Titusville, FL.

While Jan was one of the saloon girls at the Miss Kitty’s Soft Drink Saloon,

Florida Wonderland - Miss Kitty's Pleasure Palace

I was doing the animal acts at the Marine Life attraction across the street. I took care of all the animals and gave the tours to the visitors.

Florida Wonderland Marine Life 3

I discovered recently that there is a Facebook group about Florida Wonderland. And browsing through there last week I came across this photo.

Thor and Lori

That’s Lori on the left and Thor, the bigger one on the right, the two porpoises we had there. What’s unusual about this photo is that we didn’t put them together too often because Thor, the male, just would not leave Lori alone. And then when we did put them together it was hard to get them back in their own enclosures.

Lori was the most teachable and I spent a lot of time swimming in her pool teaching her new tricks. And seeing that photo really brings back memories.




Thought for the Day:
 

“The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’” – Sigmund Freud

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One Response to The Big Five Oh . . . Almost!

  1. Charles Dickson says:

    Greg, so not being an animal trainer, I’m curious …just how you went about teaching porpoises tricks.  Thanks.

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