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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.

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 colors.)  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.

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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Lakes Park Farmers market. Ft. Myers, Florida. This is the paella stand. 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net.

 

FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS:

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Fort Myers, Florida. January 18, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

“Look Ma…no locks.”   Fort Myers, Florida. January 18, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.

KERMIT RUFFINS:

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Click to clarify. Lakes Park Farmers Market, Ft. Myers, Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Lakes Park Farmers Market, Ft. Myers, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

FRANKIE RANDALL   “As Long As She Needs Me.”   This ballad was sung by a woman in the film version of Oliver. “He” was changed to “she.”

Frankie Randall    (1938-2014)  was a Passaic, New Jersey born singer and jazz pianist.

When I was a senior at Rutherford High School, across the river from Passaic, Randall performed with his trio. He was about 20 years old then, and the boys in our jazz band were thrilled  because he was using the “cool jazz” style which had just come into vogue.  I don’t recall that he sang. His bio. says that he was known only for his piano playing early in his career.

 

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Off the Sanibel Island Causeway. Morning, Feb 26, 2017 © Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Off the Sanibel Island Causeway. Morning, Feb 26, 2017 © Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Wind surfer #2 Blogfinger photo. ©

Wind surfer #2 Blogfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge any of these photos.

Wrapping it up. Blogfinger photo © 2/26/17.

Wrapping it up. Blogfinger photo © 2/26/17.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

They are a group of about eight friends who met on this beautiful Sunday morning, for a session of wind surfing.  The group meets at various locations where conditions might be ideal.  They told me that the winds were good for about one hour this morning, just enough time to form a line and catch the breezes as they surfed around in a big continuous circle, like sail boats do.   It is a strenuous sport, and you have to be in good condition; the surfers were a mix of men and women of varied ages.

I watched their session as the wind caught their colorful sales and propelled them at high speed through the calm surf. It wasn’t easy to stay afloat.

I got a chance to take some photos, then, as they reorganized on shore, we chatted for a while.  One of them, a professional piano tuner, gave me her card. I promised to send them some photos, which I did.

They all seemed to have a wonderful fun time. They were laughing and chatting away on the beach as they explained how good this sport made them feel. One of them said, “It’s a great workout.”

DON CHERRY AND WILLIE NELSON

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Lakes Park Farmer's Market. 2/8/17. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Lakes Park Farmer’s Market. 2/8/17. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to find out.

 

RENEE OLSTEAD

 

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San Carlos Island, Fla. Shrimp boat. By Paul Goldfinger ©. February, 2017.  Click to enlarge

San Carlos Island, Fla. Shrimp boat. By Paul Goldfinger ©. February, 2017.  Click to enlarge

 

MANU DIBANGO

 

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Lakes Park,Ft.Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

Lakes Park, Ft.Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net © Note the Blogfinger card in her left hand. 

 

JANE MONHEIT:

 

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Sanibel Island, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. 2003.

Sanibel Island, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. 2003.  Click to enlarge.  Silver gelatin print by the photographer. ©

JOHN RUTTER WITH THE CAMBRIDGE SINGERS AND THE CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA:  “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

 

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Gasparilla Island, Florida. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Gasparilla Island, Florida. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

NANCY WILSON: This song is from 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Ned Washington (lyrics)  It was in a movie Romance in the Dark ( an idea that is a mixed blessing.)

 

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