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Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

THE ANGELS:

 

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Gasparilla Island Florida. No boardwalk, no lifeguards, nobody selling anything, no beach badge. Just beauty and pleasure. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Gasparilla Island Florida. No boardwalk, no lifeguards, nobody selling anything, no beach badge. Just beauty and pleasure. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

AMY GRANT

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Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers. ©

Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers.  © By Paul Goldfinger. Her brioches make fine French toast.

 

ALAN ARKIN  (She keeps his blood pressure normal–a non-pharmacologic therapy)

 

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Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinge ©

Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to improve the view..

 

EDWARD STRAUSS  From Guys and Dolls

 

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Paul Goldfinger © January, 2020. Southwest, Florida.   Click on image to enlarge.

 

LANA DEL REY “Blue Velvet.”    This song is from 1950, and Tony Bennett was the first to have a hit with it.  Lana Del Rey is a currently active recording star who made this version first in 2012, and it was well received.

David Lynch, who made the movie of the same name, liked it very much. Del Rey is a glamorous star who wore an off -the-rack dress from the mall to the Grammy Awards.

The version of Blue Velvet below is from her album Born to Die–the Paradise Edition (2018)

Her latest album was nominated but did not win at the 2020 Grammys. It is very good.

 

 

Lana Del Rey

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Boca Grande, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Boca Grande, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

AMY GRANT  from the album:  Remembering Patsy Cline

 

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Tommy Bahama's flagship store and restaurant in Naples, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo © March, 2016.

Tommy Bahama’s flagship store and restaurant in Naples, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo © March, 2016.  Click to see the finery.

 

The women’s store is on the left—-men’s wear is on the right.  In the middle is a fine casual restaurant.  Naples is a very fancy city on the Gulf of Mexico where rich people live and shop.  It is actually an international town where multiple languages are overheard all over.   It’s lovely to visit, but don’t leave home without your Amex card.  It is so much fun to people watch—–and the cars—oh boy.

Paul @Blogfinger.

 

MATT BERNINGER  with VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS   From “Boardwalk Empire.”

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Great White Egret. Sanibel Causeway between Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo © Jan., 2013.

Great White Egret. Sanibel Causeway between Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Can be found as far north as Canada.

 

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND:  “Georgia On My Mind.”

 

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Visit Lakes Park, off Gladiolus Dr.  Ft. Myers, Fla.  It’s very lovely, and there is bird watching. Feb. 17, 2021. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Click image to enlarge.

 

The islands in the water are bird sanctuaries and breeding grounds where birds nest and lay eggs in the spring. There is a farmers market there each Wednesday until April. It is from 9 am to 1 pm. Lee County watches over this beautiful park. You can jog, bike, stroll, picnic, meet friends (in small groups) and take nature walks.

 

BRIAN WILSON REIMAGINES GERSHWIN.

 

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Ft Myers, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger. Jan. 30, 2021.  Click image to watch him mow the lawn. The weird tree is a banyan.  It’s a fig. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger,   Editor Blogfinger.net

 

“Mo di lo”*  is the French pronunciation for “cut the grass.”

If you drive to downtown Ft. Myers, where the center of town is, you will have to travel uptown, ie north.  It is strange.  The city’s westerly border runs along the Caloosahatchie River which is one mile wide at its widest point.  Calusa Indians once lived along this river. There is a Calusa shell mound on Sanibel Island. If the Indians had a picnic, they would have clams on the half shell and toss the shells into the pile.

You will find that there are lots of ranch style houses–all over the place.  It’s sort of claustrophobic because many of the interior roads are multi-lane highways, and there aren’t too many places to pull over, park, and walk around.

 

This photo of a dock shows how wide the river is. This is Thomas Edison’s private dock.  The decorative entranceway was added many years after he moved in.  Paul Goldfinger photo. January, 2021.  Ft. Myers, Fla La Land.

 

ELVIS, CARL PERKINS, JOHNNY CASH AND JERRY LEE LEWIS:  “The Million Dollar Quartet.”

 

At Rutherford High School  (NJ) the Boys Glee Club  (I was a baritone–we had no sopranos in that ensemble)  sang this song “Down by the Riverside.”

For us it was the polluted Passaic River. If we wanted a snack, it wasn’t clams on the half shell. We would go to Rutt’s Hut, across the river, for burgers and fried hot dogs, consumed while sitting on the hoods of our cars overlooking the water.

 

 

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