Monday, November 27, 2006

the well dressed palm tree

the well dressed palm tree, originally uploaded by freestone.

the well dressed palm tree
a oil palm with an unknown ferm that lives on the palm tree "bark".
There are many many palms here in tallahassee, florida, usa that are "dressed' this way. The fern leaves are all of one plant, like of a vine, the roots live off of the humus and the moisture deep in the cracks of the trunk.

Needs a lot of rain for this to happen, but tallahassee has over 60 inches a year.

The street is on one of the "Lawyer rows", park Ave, where law offices and new age healers share the street.

Uploaded by freestone on 27 Nov '06, 5.34pm EST.

links to Flickr and photo sites

links to Flickr and photo sites, originally uploaded by freestone.

links to Flickr and photo sites
I had trouble bookmarking my most interesting Flickr Links, so I made this "photo" to place in a Set of its own, so that I could refer to these links, myself; I have now enough that someone else *might* be interested in seeing them too, so here they are, a constant Work-In-Progress, as I add more all of the time. Some "regulars" might not know of all of these!

Links I have found, for Flickr stuff, for weblogs, for photos and other interesting URL internet things.
I cannot bookmark, in a public library computer, so I will do some of that, here!

a quiet clearing

a quiet clearing, originally uploaded by freestone.

a quiet clearing
An open air clearing, made so to place a holding pond. The "white"
object is the spillway, so far there is no water in the pond as it was just finished last week. Grass was laid out; almost looks as if this place has been here for years. The "line" at the rear is a railroad track, before Katrina hurrcane tore up 150 miles of track, passengar
trains would pass here.
This spot almost feels "holy", tis very calm and peaceful here.

This is what the end of november looks like, here in tallahassee, florida, usa.
Yes, I felt a great peace here, as if this last-week finished city project has been here for years. They may gate this off so that no one
can walk in unless they follow the rails. A lovely something that the rail passengars can see, as they travel through this subtropical rainforest, 63 inches of rain per year and 100 days of 90 degrees per year temperature.

note the bamboo in the rear and the kudzu vine on the left.

Uploaded by freestone on 26 Nov '06, 2.54pm EST.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

a quiet Tallahassee street

a quiet Tallahassee street, originally uploaded by freestone.

a quiet Tallahassee street
Thanksgiving week quiet. no one on the road.

Here is a street about four blocks from downtown, see how many plants there are.
About five blocks from where I live.
Maybe 60 degrees, on the way up to about 70 degrees, on the 23rd of November. Where I originally came from, Interlaken, new york, I have often seen white thanksgivings!

I give thanks that I live here in this city.

Whil I will live in Heaven some day, for now this place is heaven-on-earth, a good place to live until I get to go to there!

Uploaded by freestone on 25 Nov '06, 11.22am EST.

Gainesville Mural

Gainesville Mural, originally uploaded by freestone.

Gainesville Mural
a Mural from memory, as they had painted it over.
Gainesville Florida, about 1989 to 1993.

This mural was on the wall of a bycycle shop, on a main intersection of the city, probably the most important intersection in this city.
Note that the helmet of the rider looked *exactly* like the space-photo of the earth as seen on the cover of the Whole Earth catalogue, at the 1986, or so, time.
One might infer that, in this very envirnmentalist aware city, the Mural painter might have painted this helmet on purpose to appear as the 'earth' , as he might be commenting upon the condition of the planet; the pained face of this rider looks "pensive", in the painted
I was very struck by how there were 9 bike parts, 9 clouds, 9 wind
"indicators" of motion, in the mural!

The letters "JC" are *not* that of the painter!
Jim Evangelista was the painter, he also did the mural about the manatees and the county courthouse, on the same street that interesects with this mural-street.

There were shadows in the hill to the left, and the shadows looked
about just what I placed: looked like letters and if I turned them all about "upright" and read them left to right like of a book....
the word "KALKI" appears!

*Now* the "9" items becomes clear: the 9 avatars of India fame.
the 8th avatar, Krisna, has a brother who also is an Incarnation of Vishnu, like of Krisna, thus the 8th shadow is doubled. the 9th
avatar is not Buddha, it is Jesus, as apparent in the "JC"!

"77" ?!

sooomething seems to infer, to me, that the painter uncounsciously
painted this Mural to show the history of mankind, and that
as the Rider is now about to "touch" the hill, the hill of the pure spiirt from where the avatars incarnated from, the Time of the tenth avatar,
Kalki, is immenant!
the path goes to pure spirit, as this path of humanity intersects with
the spirit world! End of the Age, 2012 Looms, all of us go to Heaven and/or hell, the Final Judgement, and all of that!

I can see why this mural was painted over!

I wonder if the "77" infers the length of time until the End Times?!

But then again, this idea of the prediction of the time of the End Times, is only an interpetation.

---does not help my peace of mind that his last mural in the series was the brown brown courthouse: all of the colors were of shades of brown, and brown symbolizes "the earth".

"Final Judgement", anyone?!

Uploaded by freestone on 25 Nov '06, 10.13am EST.

Friday, November 17, 2006

getting ready for Xmas

getting ready for Xmas, originally uploaded by freestone.

getting ready for Xmas
Tis the time of year, even before Thanksgiving, to get the Tallahassee
downtown park ready for the Christmas lights. They will have, about the 5th of December, a great festival here, maybe 50,000 people and a parade. That a lot of effor to string and to test the ligths beforehand.
Actually, they leave them up year-round unlit!
---must be goood electrics to be able to survive a year in the subtropics outdoors!

Tallahassee, florida, usa

Live Oak trees and Spanish Moss with lights. I toned down the "red" just a bit, at first I thought that the redness was an artifact from my new canon powershot a610 not liking the near-sunset timing, but then again both the sidewalks and the street are paved with "faux"
red bricking; they have dyed asphault nowadays, then they lay a hot wire-grid over this paving to simulate the bricks!

Uploaded by freestone on 13 Nov '06, 9.13am EST.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

the water man

the water man, originally uploaded by freestone.

the water man
a resident at Georgia belle apartments for independant living, watering the small garden. he does this about once per week, if dry. many seniors "volunteer" for activities, like of helping with the meals and the activities.

"Solomon" is his name.

The Old School southern georgia way to live, strickly 1930.
Then a 3rd grade education was much much more than enough: what counted for all was how much you loved and were loved by!

Tallahassee, florida, usa.

I have learned some things about this senior guy, over the last year from when I took this picture.
He must be about 80. he was a mechanic all of his life, probably never finished high school. Probably the only book that he reads is his Bible. he sleeps only three hours a night and probably never ever has had a dream as he has slept only three hours all of his life. He gets up at 5 am every morning. He volunteers a LOT!
Drives people to places. waters the garden every morning or afternoon as needed, plus many many other choes he does.
he is not a man of "words", he speaks little, his way is of "doing"
things. he is very religious, very moral, very caring.
He has no views of "politics" or philosphy or of anything profound.
The other day he told me that he often sits alone as many many of the groups of people talk in gossup about others in a "negative way", and not for him, please.

He might be one of the most spiritual people in this georgia belle residence!

Uploaded by freestone on 18 Mar '06, 10.23am EST.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


The Storm that totaled the Seminoles football game!

The Storm that totaled the Seminoles football game!

The day that the FSU Seminoles football team met its match and "died" big time!

Here in Tallahassee, Florida, usa, Football is King, like of everywheres in the South.

On the road with Red Man, cigars and Bobby

The game started about 8 PM, here I was standing near my tallahassee residence, I was, here, looking to the west, about 6 PM. Been a very pretty day, but I could see the thunderhead at the horizen, a fast moving front comes.
They tell me that just before the game this squall hit, the 60,000+
fans got hit with 30 mph winds and a half-inch-plus of rain then the wind blew for hours all during the game at 20 to 30 mph, turning colder by the minute till about half game time the temperatute must have been all of 45 degrees, and drizzle and light rain for hours after the 8 PM start!!
No one brought their raincoats or umbrellas, of course; the day being *so* nice and sunny and 80 degrees!

"stand up and cheer", surely, the cheerleaders cried, as the rain poured in buckets.
Someone told me that half the people had left by the middle of the game, cold and wet!


Deacons Shut Out Seminoles, 30-0, In Tallahassee
Wake Forest beats FSU for first time in 33 years, improves to 9-1 for first time in school history.

Nov. 11, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Wake Forest made history and picked up a few more believers in the process.

Kevin Patterson scored on a 48-yard interception return and the 18th-ranked Demon Deacons beat Florida State 30-0 Saturday night to become the first team to shut out the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Bobby Bowden's 31 seasons as coach.

"Week in and week out, no matter what our record is, nobody believes we're going to win," Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner said. "We have to prove ourselves."

The resurgent Demon Deacons (5-1, Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 9-1 for the first time in school history with their first win over Florida State in 33 years. Wake Forest last won in Tallahassee in 1959.
The struggling Seminoles (5-5, 3-5), meanwhile, hit a new low. Florida State hadn't been shut out in 232 games, dating back to the 1988 opener at Miami. It was also Florida State's worst loss at home since a 58-14 loss to Southern Mississippi in 1981, the last year they didn't go to a bowl.

"It was a complete team breakdown," the 77-year-old Bowden said afterward. "Just inept."

Things started poorly for the Seminoles and then got worse.
"It's the worst football game I've ever been a part of," Weatherford said. "I don't think anyone thought we could play this bad."


---excerpted from the
FSU Seminoles sports program pages.

Bobby Bowden

Head Coach

American culture seems obsessed at times with crowning the best and greatest. One could certainly make that observation of sports fans. Countdown shows have whittled away at great people and events to arrive at THE greatest ever. Boxers and tight ends have even declared themselves the greatest. And by just about any measure available, Bobby Bowden, who will lead the Seminoles for the 30th time in 2005, has put up the numbers suggesting he should be called the greatest college football coach in history.

The statistics are startling. Bowden became the all-time winningest coach in major college history in 2003 and currently has 351 career wins. He is the winningest bowl coach by percentage and is just one shy of tying for the most bowl wins ever by a college coach. He is the only coach to lead his team to 14 straight seasons that ended with a ranking among the Associated Press Top five. He's coached two national championship teams including the 1999 squad that was the first ever to go through a season from start to finish as the AP No. 1. So overwhelming has Bowden's influence been on college football and, in particular, at Florida State, that the field at Doak Campbell Stadium was named for him last season and a national award given by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes now bears his name.

Bowden's interest in the sport of football began while watching his neighborhood high school team practice just on the other side of his backyard fence in Birmingham, Alabama. His love and talent for the game grew from playing with friends on the same fields everyday and later practicing with high school teammates. His knowledge of the game grew as a quarterback at Samford and from watching and listening to the legendary Bear Bryant. His skill and creativity were honed on the coaching staffs at South Georgia College, FSU and West Virginia. But it has been his combination of leadership, vision, talent and magnetic personality that have flourished over 30 years at Florida State, raising the program from perhaps its lowest point to the national powerhouse it is today.

Bowden's latest addition to his long list of accomplishments came in last year's Gator Bowl. The win over West Virginia, ironically, gave Bowden a 19-8-1 record in bowl games allowing him to retake his position as college football's most successful bowl coach in terms of winning percentage. He trails the overall record of 20 career bowl wins held by Penn State's Joe Paterno by just one. FSU's Gator Bowl trip marked the 23rd straight season that the Seminoles reached a bowl game, and was the 14th consecutive "New Year's Day" bowl. Bowden is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss (FSU tied Georgia 17-17 in the 1984 Citrus Bowl).

Bowden's remarkable career numbers are even more impressive considering the fact that he took over an FSU program in 1976 that had won just four games over the previous three seasons. He has remained at FSU despite offers from NFL teams and several other prestigious college football programs. Bowden's loyalty has meant the world to Florida State University and its athletics program. Part of that was recognized by the school this past season with the dedication of a statue of his likeness that sits in front of the Moore Athletic Center and with the official proclamation of Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

Bowden's record at Florida State is 278-70-4. The totals include a 144-22-2 record in Tallahassee, 31-8-1 record at neutral sites and 103-40-1 on an opponent's field. He has built those numbers against some of the nation's toughest schedules, earning respect for his team, attracting top players to his program and establishing his reputation as a competitor in the process.

Bowden achieved impressive numbers in his previous coaching stops, including a 31-6 record at his alma mater Samford University between 1959 and 1962, and a 42-26 mark at West Virginia from 1970-75. But what he has done at FSU is simply phenomenal. Eighteen times in 29 years, his Seminoles have won 10 or more games in a season. Florida State had been to just eight bowls in the 29 years before him. The 2005 Gator Bowl marked the Seminole's 26th since his arrival and was the 19th "New Year's Day" trip. He is, by far, the winningest coach ever at Florida State as his win total is greater than the previous seven Seminole head coaches combined.

Florida State is the only school to finish among the (Associated Press) Top Five for 14 consecutive seasons. The Seminoles finished first twice (1993, 1999), second twice (1987, 92), third, four times (1988, 89, 97, 99), fourth, five times (1990, 91, 94, 95, 96) and fifth in 2000. No team in college football history can match the run.

Over the past 13 years, Florida State has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since joining the league, FSU is 102-10 and has claimed 11 ACC championships and set the league record for consecutive victories. Bowden picked up ACC Coach of the Year titles in 1993 and 1997.

Part of the reason for Bowden's success in his long run at FSU is that the elements of the job that seem to turn into chores over the years for most coaches: recruiting, speaking engagements, public functions, and press responsibilities, come easily for Bowden.

"I feel great physically," said Bowden who will turn 76 in November. "I've always been a people person. I enjoy getting to know people, so the recruiting is still a lot of fun for me. I like going into a player's home and meeting his parents and family. I don't have any desire to slow down on all the elements outside of the actual game that some people find hard. I understand why it grinds away at some people, but it just doesn't on me. I guess I've always been able to put football in its place."

He has developed the most consistently successful program in the history of college football. FSU won more games in the decade of the 1990s than any other program. The win over Wake Forest on October 25, 2003 allowed him to become the all-time winningest major college coach.

"To be honest, it doesn't really feel like I should be there," said Bowden at the time of the feat. "It's not something that I sat down 40 years ago and said `you know if I coached long enough and was successful maybe I could get there.' That type of thought never entered my mind. I don't really think about it. Maybe when I'm done I'll look back on everything."

While Bowden has not spent much time looking back, most of the nation has spent time looking in at his program's extraordinary success. Just imagine a college basketball program advancing to the Final Four for 14 years in a row. Even more startling is the thought of playing in the national title game five times in eight seasons. FSU set an NCAA record with 14 straight Top Five finishes and the 2001 Orange Bowl was the Tribe's third straight national title game and fifth in eight years.

Like few other coaches before him, Bowden has created unreal expectations for his program. He has coached his Florida State teams so very close to perfection that for some, anything short of another national championship is a down year. The last time FSU did not finish the season ranked was following a 7-4-1 record in 1986. Over the 18 seasons since, Florida State has won 196 games and lost just 37 with one tie.

In the fickle world of "big-time" college sports some forget what it is all about. Sure, Bobby Bowden is proud of his two national championships, his place among the all-time greats, and a football program that is the model for the entire country. But he has always pointed to the fact that there are more important things in life. He makes time for charity and to give to his church. He has never passed an admiring child without a wink and a smile. He greets total strangers. He listens and he cares.

What Bobby Bowden means to Florida State University off the playing field cannot be measured. Respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charisma, charm and humor are just some of the words that describe and define this man better than wins, losses or coaching records.

It has been well chronicled how the Birmingham, Alabama native left snowy West Virginia to come to Florida State and save the program. Three seasons after he first walked across the campus, he had taken FSU to within one game of a national championship.

Rising above Bowden's coaching accomplishments, though, are his credentials as a man. Friendly and outgoing, he is a deeply religious man who believes strongly in the strength of the family. He loves people. His personality and charm are bigger than life and he has become somewhat of a folk hero. An engaging speaker, Bowden is constantly in demand and most free evenings will find him on the speaking circuit. His off-season travel schedule would exhaust anyone. Sunday morning will usually find him in the pulpit of a church somewhere in the south. Outside of football, Bowden has an intense interest in World War II history and he is a voracious reader on the subject. He traced his ancestry to parts of Germany and has visited the country several times.

Bowden's faith and family have always been most important to him. The nation can follow son Tommy's career as head coach at Clemson as well as Terry, who is a college football analyst for ABC. The Bowden's oldest son, Steve, co-wrote a book entitled "The Bowden Way" with his dad . Youngest son, Jeff, is in his 13th season on the FSU staff and his fifth as offensive coordinator. His oldest daughter Robyn is married to Clemson assistant coach Jack Hine Hines and his youngest daughter Ginger is an attorney.

--a living legend, but time rots every apple eventually!

Uploaded by freestone on 13 Nov '06, 9.13am EST.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The sidewalk art contest

The sidewalk art contest, originally uploaded by freestone.

The sidewalk art contest
The annual sidewalk art contest!

Tallahassee, florida, usa

Here, downtown, every year, there is this contest for the sidewalk art.
There were about 15 to 20 entries. I took this shot about 5 PM, a bit dark, but the rainclouds were, at this very moment, creeping up over the horizen. Now or never!

The link to the Set is below, where each entry, that I liked, has its own image.

There are about 5 to 7 entries in this set, each drawing has its own photo for it, there.

The next day, the rain had done such a wash on the art that for all intents the the Works have now vanished utterly!

"a one-day blip thing!"

Uploaded by freestone on 13 Nov '06, 9.13am EST.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

there must be a Story here!

there must be a Story here!, originally uploaded by freestone.

there must be a Story here!
yes there surely must be a story here, with this!

Three shoes.
A sweater.
An empty ciggarette pack.
An empty bottle of beer.

All on a street, at the corner. The shoes are very very moldy.

Tallahassee, florida, usa.

I think that they all just fell out of the back of a truck, as it rounded the corner to the left of the crossing-bar.

But sure looks a bit "surreal", seeing them just lying there on the street!

Uploaded by freestone on 9 Nov '06, 6.02pm EST.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

subtropical urban scene

subtropical urban scene, originally uploaded by freestone.

subtropical urban scene
downtown Tallahassee, florida, usa. Looking north towards Georgia belle apartments, where I live.
Even in the "parking lot fringes" of the city center, there are trees!
Here is a Live Oak, a Cabbage palm tree, and the spanish moss.
The temperature is about 78 to 80 degrees, about 2 PM, still at 6 PM, when I upload these images, still shirtsleeve weather.

Nothing special here, Just a subrtopixcal snapshot of a section of my hometown, the town, now, that I call "home".
Probably snowing, now, in my Interlaken, ny, hometown of my childhood!

Uploaded by freestone on 9 Nov '06, 6.02pm EST.

"was a good life"!

"was a good life"!, originally uploaded by freestone.

I took this one last year, this is one of my favorite photos.

To me it sums up Old Age well, at least what the Symbol of old age would be, for me!

Time to Sum up one's life, time to look at the setting sun, with your walker in hand, and try to imagine, even if it was *not*, to imagine that you had a good life!
The area is so dark that you might miss that old lady with her walker, standing just outside of the entrance to the Georgia Belle
Apartments for Independant Living, here in Tallahassee, Florida.
I live here too! I am 65 years old, my apartment is a few floors above this entrance. So I Summerize my life also, here!
my weblog helps with this.

A good place this is, why someone, the other day, told me that a year ago an old lady moved who never smiled and laughted, within a couple of months she opened up to laughter and smiles and made friends!

When I walked up to her, she told me that she indeed had come out to get some air and to look at the setting sun!
Thus the Mood was Real.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

wheelchair, walker, oxygen!

wheelchair, walker, oxygen!, originally uploaded by freestone.

wheelchair, walker, oxygen!
Here at the senior residence for Independant living, where I, myself, live, there are a number of seniors who use walkers, wheelchairs, and other aids for independance.
Down the hall from my room is this Veteran who has this wheelchair, plus his walker [the shaft with the handle on it]
and his oxygen tanks that are behind his chair. He often just leaves all of this in the hall if he steps into his room for a few minutes then comes back out.
He *can* walk about unaided, for a few feet, he can breathe somewhat without his oxygen tank, but not for long.

One could "pity" him, say, "how awful", that "your cup is almost empty"!
I could also say that his cup is still half-full, due to these Aids for independence! The technology of these helping objects has come a long ways, and plus the medicare/veterans disibility payments, even the $2000+ wheelchair is affordable for him.
His mind is clear, he comes down to eat meals, and does other social actions, he gets out of his room, talks with his friends.
Back in, say, 1920, or even 1950, he might well be living in a "regular" nursing home. NO independence at all.

I know of two people here who take 20 pills each morning, each lady swallows 20 pills first thing in the morning. Again, side effects and
such, aside, the other side of the story is that maybe these 20 pills
make it possible for these ladies to live tolerably well, and tolerably happy, for years to come!

the critics of Modern medicine forget that back in 1880, or even 1949, many many of these seniors, and "not-so-seniors", would be dead by now.
maybe even *you*, reader of this post, might owe your health and/or your life, not only to spiritual cures, but also to "modern medicine", even at age 25 or, say, age 35!

Uploaded by freestone on 7 Nov '06, 9.07am EST.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I uploaded this to update my picture in my profile

Thursday, November 02, 2006

the "forbidden Path"!

the Forbidden path: with my new canon a610!

The image comes, in flickr, in several sizes. the "medium" is too
small for my likenings, the Default size. This is the size that Flickr
uses when you "post to blog" from their site, and thus all of my photos
below this one are of that size.
but the "Large" is "too too large"! Throws off the whole page, makes
one side-scroll
to read the writings.

I have decided to go with the "MEDIUM" settings for the photos as the large photo will fill up the screen and also be of slow download time to view the page when there will be more photos added!

you can click on any photo to see the larger image.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

spanish moss

spanish moss, originally uploaded by freestone.

spanish moss
An Airplant, this spanish moss. Tis not a parisite, does not use the tree sap to live. Here in tallahassee, Florida, usa, there are trees with tons of this plant drapping from the limbs.

This moss is hanging from a Live Oak tree, the leaes are evergreen year round.

Uploaded by freestone on 30 Oct '06, 9.20am EST.