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Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

 

PEGGY LEE

 

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Tropicana Park, Ft. Myers, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 2016.  Click to enlarge, and please pick up after your dog.  This crowd is smiling because the San Carlos Blvd. Walgreen’s has just received a shipment of Viagra  (generic of course.)

They also are happy because somehow Irma failed to blow this manufactured home community of nearly 500 units to Kingdom Come.  A few roofs were blown off, and some carports fell victim to the winds, but, despite the Gulf nearby, there was no serious flooding.  Power was out for 5 days.

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This Tropicana home was hit hard by Irma. It looks like a tree fell on it. Photo 1/15/18 Blogfinger photo ©

So these seniors are able to return to their life of bingo, hot dog parties, competitive shuffle board (where they actually have a verb “to shuffle”…as in  “We’re going to shuffle this morning,”) golf, fishing, boating, or just hanging around.

Most of the folks in Tropicana are from the Midwest—–Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, etc. It is rare to see Jersey plates.  Some people wear cheese on their heads; others fly green and gold flags  (Green Bay Packers.)

My neighbors are from Kentucky.  They call me “Doc.”   I’m not sure they know my actual name,  although that’s true also in OG where they call me Blogfinger. On the other hand, I like nicknames—–just ask the Groaners.

And they have lots of 3-wheeler bikes and golf carts. There are early bird specials nearby where you can get a lobster dinner for 12 bucks.  And the swimming pools (2 of them) are heated, even in tropical temperatures.

Nearby are quite a few fancy gated communities where it’s more of a country club atmosphere.  And, of course, the east coast  (Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.) is another story altogether.  There you can get a great bagel and  hot pastrami sandwich.

But, in the middle of winter, all of south Florida shares the blessing of great weather, and that alone is worth the journey.

We are going down this week. So, if you can stand it, you will see some warm weather on Blogfinger.  If you learn of any news,  please let us know and send pictures.    If they start digging at the North End we would like that scoop.

And don’t try to enter our house.  We have a very strong Grover with a black dog staying there. His name is Stephen Goldfinger.

If you know of an efficiency apt. in the Grove, to rent, Stephen is looking for one. Contact us at blogfinger@verizon.net.

Here’s a link to a BF post about him:

Our Correspondent in New York City: Stephen Goldfinger

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

THE BAND (CONCERT VERSION WITH BOBBY CHARLES)  “Down South in New Orleans.”

“Ship’s at anchor, my suitcase packed,
Got a one way ticket, ain’t comin’ back.
Life’s a pleasure, love’s no dream,
Down south in New Orleans.”

I’m afraid you can’t substitute the name Ft. Myers for New Orleans, but you get the idea of heading south for pleasure, even if it’s Hot Dog Day in Tropicana Park rather then the NO version of a hot time.

 

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This beach in Ft. Myers, Florida is named for a great American: Ralph Bunche, winner of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize.   ©Paul Goldfinger photo. Posted on the occasion of Martin Luther King’s birthday (Jan 18, 2016).  Click to enlarge this image.

 

 

SOUNDTRACK:  Silver Wings: by Garrett Hedlund:

 

 

Here is a link to our main article about Ralph Bunche:

Remembering Ralph Bunche, a civil rights leader and maker of international peace.

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Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens,  Fla.   February 21, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©


LOS LOBOS  from the movie The Mambo Kings “Beautiful Maria of My Soul.”

 

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Fort Myers, Fla. undated. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Fort Myers, Fla. undated. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

THE HOT SARDINES—All they’ve got to give is…you know.

 

 

 

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Wedding Party. Edison Estate on the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers, Florida. March  2011. Re-posted by Paul Goldfinger- 2018—-Blogfinger.net ©.

 

—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

 

This photo requires a bit of narrative.  It’s a gorgeous Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Edison Estate  (the winter home of  Thomas A.)   We’re milling about, sizing up the tour which we are about to take, when a white limo pulls up.  Out spills the bridal party. The wedding photographer is fumbling with his equipment, and the women form a protective ring around the bride.

So here I am with my camera, and this scene unfolds right in front of me. I pick up my Leica M-9 and start shooting. I’m caught up in the event.    I’m a paparazzi, circling the scene like a shark—moving in with my wide angle lens.

Just then, a cell phone rings multiple times, with the sound coming from the right side.  It’s  the bride’s mother’s phone.   I snap the photo, and then the bride says, “Mom!!  I think your phone’s ringing!!”

 

Editor’s note:  The bride was so beautiful;   I can’t leave it like this–with Mom’s phone ringing.  Let’s fast forward and imagine a moment later in the day when all attention is focused on the bride.

 

Here are the JAGUARS:  This is one of the all-time great love songs—-By Jerome Kern  (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics.)  Dorothy said that she cried when she first heard Kern’s melody.

 

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Bunche Beach, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger © February , 2018. Click to enlarge.

 

Enlarge the photo to see the variety of bathing outfits at this family beach in South West Florida.

 

 

PINK MARTINI:

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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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Captiva Island. Florida, 2006. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Captiva Island. Florida, 2006. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

 

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK :

 

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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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