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26 June 2017 @ 07:38 am
Headlights are in  
So here is the video of the new headlights.

I need to make an appointment today with the dealership for an oil change, tire rotation and headlight alignment. I don't think they are right and I don't know how to do it myself. So let them mess with it. I'm tired for taking the grill on and off anyway. I'll be glad to let that be for a long time after this.

Chris and I had a nice time yesterday on our day off. He bought me some cleaning supplies for the jeep and a hose repair kit because the hose to the front yard busted where you attach the spray nozzle. I hope we can get that fixed soon.

I found this great journal yesterday called What Floridians Like, and they had a quiz on it about how Florida are you? Here are my results. Naturally I got Native.

How could I not as I've lived here all my life and love my state. I found this site because I was looking into getting one of those Flo Grown stickers for my car I have been seeing. They had a two part article on what the stickers say about your driving habits. Funny enough the one for this didn't fit me as they said they are rude dangerous drivers that usually drive big trucks. I had no idea Publix was such a Florida thing. To me it's just a supermarket but well when I read some of the stuff like about drinking iced tea and liking sub sandwiches from there it if me. As for the other bumper stickers I kind of was a little of almost all of them. Other than the bad driver ones. I also enjoyed an article about how things that are normal to us are weird or scary for tourists. Like the abundant wildlife. I guess we're just so used to it having giant birds in our yards, insects everywhere and alligators in swimming pools. I forget who I told about the big alligator I saw just walking on the grass when it was the dry season. This year many lakes and ponds dried up and when this happens the alligators walk in search of a new water source. Well this person thought that was so scary just to see one walking along the road. It's common for us. They're even in the big cities.

I love this pic taken in downtown Tampa under a major expressway and there's an Alligator warning sign.

I took this photo one day when I went to the dump. They always have cool things in this pond. This was during the dry season and the water was slow so he was using that grass bed to sing on. Now we are in the wet season and well his singing spot is gone.
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actipton80actipton80 on June 26th, 2017 11:59 am (UTC)
I love Publix and have ever since they opened here. I would probably give an alligator a wide berth if I saw one just like I do with snakes.
Des: Floridathagirion on June 26th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like them. It's such a nice store. When did they first open there? Alligators need to be respected. Every native Floridian knows every body of fresh water has a gator in it and doesn't get too close to the shore.
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Des: Floridathagirion on June 26th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh that's great you found it. Hey not a bad score. Yeah somethings you just have to experience here to know. I'm glad they posted those on the quiz. I wish they had an html code because as you saw I had to do a screen cap to share my results. I'm glad you just copy and pasted yours.

I like this site a lot too and will have to read more of their journals. Perhaps I'll start to post more about what it's like to live in Florida in general here too. I'm glad you want to come to FL first. I've been thinking that perhaps the only state that could give us competition is Hawaii, but after thinking about it, I think I still like Florida better. It just seems more exciting here. They don't have dangerous animals there like gators. They have sharks but so do we. They have more whales but we get right wales in the north east at certain times of year. Something most people, even Floridians don't know. They have volcanoes and we have hurricanes. So it's close. I do hope to visit Kauai soon as that is Jurassic Park. Ha, I hadn't suggested this video because no one else is from Florida but I could post the link and they can try it if they like.

I'm glad you liked the alligator pics. They are a way of life here you just get used to. We also have American Crocodile but they are very rare and only found in the southern part of the everglades thank goodness. Crocs are much more aggressive. Gators are much more mellow and easier to live with. So I'm glad it's like 95% gators.

Thanks. Glad you liked the headlights video. I'm looking forward to getting them aligned right and having the services done that the car needs now. I'm very happy with them. I'm good at avoiding driving at night so it's ok if they are not right for a few days. They really do look like eyes. And I get to leave them in even when I get the JP look in a year. It's the only mod I won't lose when I do that.
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Desthagirion on June 27th, 2017 12:14 pm (UTC)
I did not know about the virtual school. But I have known for ages now that the whole American public school system has gone to Hell. Major rant for another time. FCAT. I think I remember that stupidity. Pronounce F-Cat. It's a waste of time because if you have good grades in high school no single test should keep you from graduating when you've already proven yourself. I just read the article on Words and Phrases and kept thinking, "Yes. YES!!!" I may repost that here with my own commentary.

We just know to not go near the water's edge. Responsible and respectful residents also know not to feed them. It's against the law for a reason. It's dangerous as they lose fear of humans and associate us AS food. This is why I am more afraid and untrusting of subdivision gators than wild gators at parks. It's very likely the ones in subdivisions are fed. They don't go under when they see you like the wild ones do. That alone is bad. I had that happen a while back on a call with Chris. I was exploring a neighborhood while he was on a leak. I was on a road and there was a ditch and I saw a young gator. He did not budge and that unnerved me so I didn't get any closer. Well we'll hear about him eat a dog or a kid in the news very soon. Chris was once with his boss doing a leak and the same thing happened with a larger gator. They left and said the same thing. Sure enough about a week later there was an attack there. Idiot people feeding these gators. I hate that.

It's scary to visit any new country alone even if you know the language. I was a bit afraid in Canada ha especially in Montreal. It's not a stereotype. French people are rude. I am afraid of going to Spain this year even though I'll be with Karyl and I know Spanish. Fear of the unknown. Probably the second most powerful fear after fear of death.
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Desthagirion on June 27th, 2017 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think these will work great. I'm glad the problem with them is pretty much over now. Yeah I can probably fix the hose myself. I just need to cut off the bad part and add the new end to it.
Ha yes I've lived here all my life so no way I could have gotten anything other than native.
Thanks. I'm so glad I got one doing the mating call and dance.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on June 27th, 2017 10:11 am (UTC)
Alligators sing? What do they sound like? I imagine something like a bull roaring. Very nice photo of the alligator.

I wondered about the alignment of your headlights. Well, it will be good to get someone expert to do it.

And yes, I don't think you can get any more Floridian than you! I like how you and Chris wear thongs (flip flops) in the house :)

Desthagirion on June 27th, 2017 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yes they do. They have a low roar they sing with that I think is beautiful. But I love deep sounds. And it's cool they make the water on their backs dance by lifting their heads and tails and vibrating. I'll post a video of that next time.
Ha yes I'm wearing flip flops now but the kind without the part that goes on your big toe.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 29th, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember now how they make the water dance. I think I would like the sound, too.

Ah, yes, I know those kind of flip flops :)