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It was a day that had California written all over it. More specifically SoCal. I mean, how often can you go to Knotts Berry Farm, chow down at In-N-Out, hit the beach AND party with the stars of Real Housewives of Orange County? All in one day! Certainly not back home in Oklahoma. The day started off with the home of the chicken dinner and thrill rides, and ended with a night out… Read More

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Guess what?  It’s starting to snow again.  Our weather guys say a little today, maybe some more on Sunday, and the biggest chance of significant snowfall middle of next week.  Just what we need, right?  Tired of it?  So am I. So I thought you’d enjoy looking at something other than snow and ice. These are some beach scenes from one of our recent vacations. Just think, there are people, sitting on… Read More

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The Gulf looks angry today.  Or maybe sick.  Very few people are in the normally crystal clear, emerald green water.  Many are just standing at its edge, staring at it, afraid to step in.  The way I describe it is it looks like the Gulf  “threw up” overnight.  One of the tourists walking by yells to me (as he points to the green clumps of algae), “That was a hell of an… Read More

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An oil-free, drama-free day on the beach in Destin. At least for the beaches near us. That TV news satellite truck I wrote about yesterday, the one that parked in our condo complex lot , left around 10:30 last night. Presumably right after the 10 o’clock news, and presumably to head west of here where some beaches are closed. Here’s a report from firstcoastnews.com: A six mile stretch of Florida coastline is… Read More

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Another oil free day on the beaches of Destin. That’s the good news.  But it’s a little unnerving to see one of those TV news satellite trucks pull up and set up shop for the night in the parking lot of your condo complex.  This one is from Tampa, but who knows how many others are parked nearby.  I’ve worked in the biz long enough to know what that usually means.  Destin… Read More

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It’s Monday in Destin, and the beaches are oil-free.  But I have a feeling we’re under the microscope.  We’re being watched.  Destin has company, and I’m not talking tourists. From the ground and in the air, state and federal officials, along with their monikers, are here.  The FEP, FWC, USCG, USAF.  And I know what they’re looking for.   Oil.  Tar balls. First I spotted the FEP police. Florida Environmental Protection.  Three of… Read More

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