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I am just scatter shooting some muses about my life on Galveston, AKA the island. I won't use any emoticons on this one.

I imagine that half of the modes of transportation here are on the island aren't cars. There are many trucks, buses, trolleys, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, surreys, mopeds, smart cars, segways, skateboards, several horse drawn carriages, and three DUKs (amphibious WW II land/water vehicles). Most of the bicycles look like they are from the 1950s.

My buddy and I do a lot of night fishing. It is best during the two hour period before high tide.

Galveston is also known as Galcatraz. It has a great mass transit system but unless you have a vehicle you can't get off of the island.

My tomatoes are just about kaput. The two plants I planted produced a dozen tomatoes everyday for close to two months. The two cherry tomato volunteers have been producing a bowl of small cherry tomatoes every day for about a month. They too will be gone in a couple of weeks. I like growing tomatoes, eating tomatoes, and I am tired of tomatoes.

The roads here are horrid and in need of repair. But it is a clean city. Street sweepers come by my place at seven in the morning, seven days a week.

I had a girlfriend until about two months ago. She had separation issues concerning her son and granddaughters so she moved 100 miles to the north. I think it is best for her and it really didn't bother me too much.

About 100,000 people reside on the island but only about two thirds of them are alive.

Many evenings are spent with my buddies eating, drinking, and playing dominos while watching baseball.

The city provides umbrellas and wooden lounges chairs about ten feet apart on the clean beaches on the east end of the island. About five miles to west are nice beaches but the city doesn't have the resources to clean them. Seaweed washes up this time of year and it stinks.

We found a crab trap in a field that was probably there due to Hurricane Ike. We put out and when we came back two days later to check it, someone had stolen it.

It is okay park on the street with two wheels on the sidewalk. I park all day and all night on the street that is posted two hour parking limit.

I am still getting all the spinach (New Zealand spinach) I want out of the garden.

The water temperature in the gulf is 85 degrees right now. I want to go to the beach, but I haven't been there yet even though it is within walking distance.

The place where I have my garden plot also has 21 chickens and four goats.

You have to pay to park on the street next to the beaches. The only way to pay is by using your cell phone to key in a credit card. At most places you have to pay a surcharge if using a credit card.

If we don't catch fish, we eat the bait (we use live shrimp). We finally found a good place to fish where we aren't bothered by people, boats or the police.

On Saturday mornings near my place, a church offers breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 to homeless people in its parking lot. At about 9;20 I go out to the balcony to watch the hundreds of seagulls, grackles, and pigeons come in to scavenge. They poop on the diners. It is quite funny. I had a pelican poop on my windshield. It looked like a pancake.

I am a nice guy if I do say so myself. Neighbors frequently come by to have a cup of coffee, borrow some milk or a smoke. I also give away a lot of tomatoes. They appreciate it. Consequently people are always giving me something. Usually it is a meal or a dessert that they made. One guy gave me about three pounds of cooked crabs yesterday that will be my dinner tonight.

About a week and a half ago a girl swimming at beach got bit by a shark. It wasn't a very big shark so she wasn't severely injured.

I came down pneumonia around Memorial Day. I think it is pretty well gone but I still have an infection in my lungs and I'm on my fourth kind of antibiotic. If this one doesn't work I'm going to be hospitalized. That's why I haven't gone to the beach.

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xquseme

Jun 18 @ 9:07AM  
Glad to see you drop in! Hopefully you're part of the 2/3 of the living population...

Sounds like you've found a place where you're happy, unlike middle America where
you were. No winters to speak of, I guess...

Maybe you need to put traps out for the women, like you do the crabs! Sure couldn't hurt...
RJ53

Jun 20 @ 5:57AM  
My parents had many fond memories of being in that area from back in the 40s. Simcet I have skin that easily burns and hair that thinks it is in a hair metal band when anywhere near the ocean I don't think I would share their enthusiasm for being surrounded by water. I am glad you are in a place you enjoy,

I skipped the gardening this year except for a few cooking herbs and with the weather we are having that was a good choice, Mother nature has been throwing a temper tantrum for the last month here in NC, The weather resembles the middle of August rather than June, Anywhere north of the Arctic Circle is sounding very appealing at the moment,

As of July 15 I will have the house to myself if everything works out as planned, Only took me 37 years to have a place all to myself, I am seriously thinking of changing all the locks,
flavorbuster2

Jun 21 @ 7:24PM  
I used to feed the gulls out there as a kid so a few months back I thought I was going to do a little reminiscing @ a dock in Laporte, the baithouse was closed so I bought a cheap bag of dogfood to feed them in hopes I didn't waste my money. Needless to say l didn't but I had forgotten how aggressively close they got for a meal & the careless free shitting they do. (Thanks for the meal here's a token of my appreciation ). Well I ran, dumped the whole bag & used it like a fly swatter to get them away from me.
Wordsofwit

Jun 22 @ 10:13AM  
In the parking lot of a church across from me, they have a breakfast for the indigent and homeless on Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30. Around 9:20 the gulls show up and I like to go out on the porch and watch them bomb the remaining diners
flavorbuster2

Jun 25 @ 8:03PM  
How much rain Galveston get this week ?

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