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Paul holds an alligator. It feels like a chicken. (That means it wants a chicken).

Paul holds an alligator. It feels like a chicken.  Eileen Goldfinger photo © 2014.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

They say that you should never smile at a crocodile, but this one smiled at me, so what the heck avenue should I do?  If you go to the Everglades, you can get to meet crocs.  We saw one munching on a large Anhinga (bird.)

The little guy seemed harmless enough, although I held him/her only long enough to get this photo.

And, from Peter Pan:

“Never smile at a crocodile

No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile

Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin

He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin

Never smile at a crocodile

Never tip your hat and stop to talk awhile

Never run, walk away, say good-night, not good-day

Clear the aisle but never smile at Mister Crocodile.”

OK, here’s a joke  (get ready for special instructions:)  An elephant is drinking in the river. A crocodile swims  over and bites off the elephant’s trunk.  The elephant looks down and  says (pinch your nose) , “Very funny, very funny.”

Everglade’s air-boat. Takes tourists on a wild ride through the Everglades Wilderness Waterway. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Riding around the Everglades in an air-boat driven by a local denizen, you can get close to a crocodile.  (I guess it could be an alligator…not sure)   I think the guides have a deal with the neighborhood crocs who secretly get pieces of meat to come near the boat.

Hello. What's that ticking sound? This one came to the boat. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Hello. What’s that ticking sound?  This one came to the boat looking for spare change. He wanted to go for coffee.  I suggested Starbucks.   Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


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Pat of our super-Mom series from the Lakes Park Market in Fort Myers, Fla. February 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Part of our super-Mom series from the Lakes Park Farmers Market in Fort Myers, Fla. February 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.


MARIACHI MEXICO de PEPE VILLA  with” Cancion Mixteca”

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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.

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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Pastels. Gasparilla Island,  Fla. by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net    Click to enlarge.


From the Buena Vista Social Club: “Dos Gardenias.”

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They're not all farmers. This booth is Coastal Driftwood Decor. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

They’re not all farmers. This booth is Coastal Driftwood Decor. Lakes Park Farmers Market.  January, 2015.  Ft. Myers, Fla. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge. 

DUKE ELLINGTON:  “At a Dixie Roadside Diner”

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Corn popper. Key West. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2017.



BILLIE HOLIDAY AND  TEDDY WILSON From the Essential Billie Holiday.

“Easy Living.”

This song  (1937)  is associated with “Lady Day,” and she and Teddy Wilson had the first hit.



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Paul Goldfinger ©  Tropicana.  Ft.Myers, Fla.  2020.




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Paul Goldfinger. photo.  Sanibel Island. Undated ©  Click for back to black.



AMY WINEHOUSE:  from her album Back to Black



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Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SIMPLY RED   “Every Time We Say Goodbye”   from his album Simplified

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Words and music by Cole Porter for a stage show in 1944.

The lyrics are appreciated viscerally and down to your soul. One of the cleverest lyric lines in music occurs when it goes, “There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor, every time we say goodbye.”

If  you listen carefully you might be able to appreciate the change in chord progression during that line from A flat major to A flat minor—a brilliant musical moment where the music and lyrics match exactly and the meaning is deepened by the chord change.

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Paul Goldfinger photo. Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach. Feb 11, 2020.  Click to enlarge.


No beach fees, no lifeguards, no crowds in peak season, no boardwalk, no food concessions, and no schlock shops.  There are no condominiums anywhere in site.

But there are clean and airy bathrooms hidden among the trees.

There is a parking lot which charges $5.00 per hour.


ART GARFUNKEL.    “Kathy’s Song” from the album The Singer.







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