Hold Your Breath - Old Dogs Rule!
Genius Fiction Writer Lives On In His Work
Thomas Berger, the author of more than 20 books including the modern classic, Little Big Man, passed away on July 13th. He was 89 years old. Little Big Man, the book, is 64 years old. The stellar movie came out six years later with the main character Jack Crabb, at a 120 years old, played by Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman, in narrative, portrays Crabb as he relives his unequaled life on screen. I have watched this movie more than a dozen times, over the last 44 years, and have seen things new, each time. Jack Crabb is my idol.
What Youngsters Know & Old Folks Blow!
In Amsterdam, Holland, a phenomenal, new age, event is about to launch. Dutch architects are recreating a standard style that dates back four hundred years. And they are doing it with a novelty device that has now transitioned into a tool that fertile imaginations have just begun to tinker with. We know that 3D printers have been employed to render body parts, complicated mechanical devices, and models for numerous objects. DUS Architecture is building a house. According to an article in the July – August, issue, of Smithsonian magazine, digital design files are fed into a device called the KamerMaker ( “room builder”). The 20 foot tall printer converts the design into code and then prints the interior and exterior of a room in one round of creation.
Bioplastic layers are squeezed together, forming walls with space for pipes and electrical. Completed individual rooms become building blocks, stacked to form the 13 room house. The room units can be rearranged to form different floor plans. The house is printed and assembled on-site using locally sourced materials. There is very little waste, drastically reduced construction manpower, and minimal transportation cost. No estimate for what this futuristic ideal, sited on a canal front lot, will cost. Want to guess?
I asked my 10 year old grandson if he had heard of this and he gave me a blasé shrug and slightly exaggerated “Yeahhhh?” as an answer.
What We Do In The Name Of Fun
I was on vacation last week. We went to Cudjoe Key to spend a week in an $850 dollar shoe box to participate in the two-day recreational lobster season. Four adults, a granddaughter, and my faithful canine companion made this commitment, financed our collective indulgences (beer,groceries, & junk food), and shared daylight fare with my second youngest daughter, her husband, and two children, who stayed in a Hilton Hotel in Key West. Of this bunch, who do you think was the smartest?
Well, Back To Reality
Is life as simple as we make it, or do we make it simple by some secret, intricate, maneuver? I think life is best by happenstance. You get lucky, or blessed, depending on your perspective. There has to be special meaning to a life altering event that takes place coincidentally. Such as, meeting that beyond special person, and becoming dumb- struck with the electricity of a newfound attraction. Or just mundane things, like learning something new without the research.
I digress. . . .
It’s Monday, space aliens have returned me to Inglis. Or maybe I was transported home by more practical means and the space aliens never left. What’s really alarming is that all that clamoring and yammering from July, seems to be displacing “normal”. That can’t be. How can a consensus of a dozen people tops, be anything but white noise in a community of 1,200 residents?
Here’s the recent hash. At the behest of friendly Yankeetown citizens, who like us, are seeking real world solutions to age old problems, we went to a meeting recently, to learn about future developments across our southern border served by U.S. 19.
Citrus County has plans for completing and expanding the trail system at the Barge Canal. Connecting same to the Greenway Trail from Dunnellon and improving the Barge Canal recreation access. They own 18 acres on the north side of the canal at the bridge and are proposing a marina complex. Access from U.S. 19, will be paved.
A little to the south, Duke Energy is building a natural gas power plant adjacent to the nuclear plant site. Citrus would like to see Duke use a recycled water supply for its’ cooling needs and that gets accomplished the easiest by building a wastewater treatment facility next to the new power plant. Ideally, two customers and potential, economic development lie to the north in our community, Inglis. Secondly, Yankeetown needs sewer as much as we do, for much different, but equally beneficial reasons.
Dennis Damato, Citrus County Commissioner, asked both towns to express support and interest in the above. And Wednesday evening, August 6th at 5:00PM, the Inglis town commission will act on a resolution to do that - - - express our support, state our interest pending actual development . No agreement has been signed. No commitment has been made other than to support concepts and receive information that could be important to our respective communities.
Meanwhile, a handful of detractors continue to harass city hall employees with specious demands. One of these community welfare zealots is our defrocked commissioner who is under indictment and who wants only to “save the taxpayers money.”
These same klatch members show up in barely present numbers to express their opposition to any rumored improvement to or for the town. They huff and they puff, but never offer any fresh ideas. It’s kinda tough to think and do positively, when you spend your time and energy on negative rumors, character the assassination, and unfounded anger over matters that only exist as suggestions.
Let me remind you that the people I keep referring to are the same ones who want to dissolve our town and sell off the water system. They are the same ones who want to protect the “poor”, by raising use taxes and lowering real estate ad valorum taxes.
Did You Know?
That Vitamin E is said to be one of the best remedies for Sunburn. Not only does the oil from the capsules bring quick relief, but it also promotes tanning. Another goody for burns of all types - - - vinegar. You'll stink for awhile but you'll feel better longer.
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