Way Down South. Just Not in New Orleans.
While half the world population seems to be in New Orleans today and football fans are making bets (San Francisco by 3 in the 4th quarter, no OT), we’re home under a new blanket of snow. Less than 2″ but the Town plow boys must be in need of overtime because they loudly scraped by at least twice overnight, if not more. I was sure I was going to wake to a foot of snow, given their frenzy. I laughed when I saw how little, then I cried at realizing my taxes paid for that! Sigh.
Two regular readers, Little Rock and EarthImage are lucky enough to be in the sunny south and sent some dandy photos for my Super Bowl Sunday Super EOS- Weekend, Round Two.
First up, from Regular Little Rock Reader, real estate humor with a capital R for gotta love Arkansas Rednecks!
One photo, Two paragraphs
Have I got a property for you!
Outdoorsman’s paradise! Enjoy 360-degree views and savor every breeze at this rustic retreat. Amenities include a/c compressor, dish TV, laundry facilities, hot tub, extra towel, and much more. Wooded acreage ensures that toilet will not be needed and meth lab will not be discovered. Country living at its finest!
P.S. The joke’s on us; this lovely scene is about a tenth of a mile from our weekend house. (Fortunately, we don’t have to look at it.) The people just up and moved their trailer, and left all these goodies behind. Rural life should not be romanticized!
And from Florida, EarthImage sends this:
We took an afternoon excursion to the old fort guarding the access to Tampa Bay.
In 1849, Brevet Col. Robert E. Lee (the famous American Civil War commander) and three other US Army Engineers surveyed the area and recommended Mullet and Egmont Keys become fortified. Both keys could only be reached by boat, since they were islands off the mainland. Union troops were stationed on the two keys during the Civil War (1861–1865) to aid in the Union blockade of Tampa Bay.
The invasion of Cuba in the Spanish-American war was launched from Tampa, which is just 330 miles due north from Havana.
As a defensive measure to protect Tampa from naval reprisals, these 6″ rapid-fire rifle guns (20 ft long) were purchased from the British in 1898.
Likewise, in preparation for the first world war, four revolving 12″ mortars were set in place, but never fired at an enemy.
Today the entrance to Tampa Bay is crossed by the cable stayed Sunshine Skyway Bridge.