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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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MacIntosh Books and Paper on Sanibel Island. Jan 26, 2021. Paul Goldfinger photos.   Click to enlarge photos.

 

 

MacIntosh display.  James Patterson lives in Florida, and this book was released just one month ago.  Paul Goldfinger photograph.

 

By Paul Golfinger, MD, Editor@Blogfinger.net

 

When we  visit Sanibel Island we always stop at the MacIntosh bookstore.  It is the sort of place where book-lovers love to go, to browse and to talk about books. Eileen’s eyes widened as we entered Rebecca Binkowski’s shop.  She looked around and exclaimed, “I love sox.”

I said, “Now you tell me.”

Another woman was also looking at the sox display. This selection was brightly colored with pictures on them.

This shop is hanging on. The shopping traffic has diminished, and across the country 20% of independent book shops are in danger of closing.

Eileen headed right to the children’s section.  She has pretty much given up on books on paper because all her “reading” is of audio books where someone reads a book to her.  The readers are specially talented–some are actors who make a career out of it.

 

 

Rebecca the owner of MacIntosh is bubbly, talkative, and happy; the perfect personality for what she does. She unmasked for the photo.   Paul Goldfinger photo.  Q2M   1/26/21

 

Rebecca is the 6th owner of the MacIntosh shop located in the 6th location on Sanibel Island.  That business was started in 1960, and a large photograph of the founder, named MacIntosh was hanging behind her.  But she was feeling optimistic because she said that “sales of books on paper” are up 30%—a good side effect of the pandemic.

The shop’s cat was sitting near my feet, looking up at us.  Rebecca says that Bart is the perfect book store cat.

 

 

Bart, the book store cat. Click to enlarge. PG

 

JOHN LENNON:

 

 

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These three beautiful purveyors of hand-crafted creations were happy to be mask free for this Paul Goldfinger photograph.  I said, “OK girls take a deep breast.”  The joke is mine; the smiles are theirs.   1/8/21 ©

 

January 8, 2021.  Fort Myers, Florida.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

I tried to photograph this threesome who were selling hand-crafted jewelry at the Outlets Farmers Market on Friday. It was the first day this season, so there was a great deal of enthusiasm.  These lovely young ladies weren’t feeling the groove posing for a photo with the masks on, so they asked.

It seemed safe enough with them distanced from all the customers and wearing masks all along.  When they took off their masks they were busting out all over—big smiles erupted, and you can see how much was being missed under those masks.

From now on I will try to ask my street photography subjects to briefly unmask.  After all, a photo only takes 1/250th of a second.  So I took one exposure, the smiles lingered for a few moments, and then the masking resumed.

 

 

THE CAST OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S FOLLIES:

 

 

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Ft. Myers farmers market. Gypsy fashion attracts interest. Paul Goldfinger. December 2020. ©

 

The dark hued gypsy music is often described as romantic. It may be a coincidence but gypsies are often called Romas.  It has its origins in eastern Europe and borrows from a number of ethnic musical styles.

The Glenn Miller classic “I Know Why and So Do You” references gypsy violins:

"When you smile at me I hear the gypsy violins,
When you dance with me, I'm in heaven when the music begins."


Zoltan's Gypsy Music from Hungary and Romania

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A throwback to the 1950’s—even the name: Tropicana. Ft. Myers. Paul Goldfinger © Feb 2018.

THE MELLO-KINGS :

Editor’s note:  The color scheme of the 1950’s was recreated by Francis Ford Coppola, 1970’s, for the Godfather movies, which were set in the ’40’s and ’50’s.  He used  special Technicolor film to provide authenticity when filming scenes in  Little Italy, Havana, Sicily and suburban America.

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Tropicana Park in Ft. Myers, Fla. Golf cart parade for Christmas. Dec. 20, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

Tropicana Park Christmas Parade. 12/20/20. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

–CANADIAN BRASS from their album  “Christmas Time is Here”   (Brass quintet with percussion.)

 

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