17 July, 2015

You Can See Clearly Now

Started off on walkies this morning. The hint of rain in the air, as it has been virtually each day this summer. We've actually had very little rain and no storms (since this is hurricane season).

I couldn't resist showing you the very latest in security here in Corozal. This protects the gate (and I assume the contents) of the hotel once known as the Inn At Corozal Bay. I'm not sure what it's name is now as the sign has never been changed.

I would hope that the gate treatment is not a sign of how potential guests at the hotel may be treated. Just on the face of it, it would seem that something is needed, I'm  just not sure what.
The Zenith of Security in Belize
I've been meaning to show this for several days now. I have no idea what caused this change for the better along the Northern Highway (the George Price Memorial Highway as is it's proper name) as you come into Corozal, but it is a very nice and welcome change.

Where All The Billboards Should Have Been All Along
I'd like to think that it was the force of my journalistic skills that helped push the issue. See my blog post "Welcome to Corozal" (http://www.winjama.net/2014/08/welcome-to-corozal.html). Well, probably not so much that. Maybe it was the Corozal Town Council having a change of heart and working to seriously enhance Corozal in the eyes of tourists and, of course, it's residents. Or maybe, the very shopkeepers who paid for the obnoxious billboards in the first place, decided to put a value on quality of life instead of just measuring it by how thick their wallets are.
Billboards Placed As They Should Be
In any case, it's a much improved approach to Corozal, and my hearty thanks to all concerned for having the courage to do it in the first place. I, for one, and I'm sure there's many others as well, really do appreciate having an unobstructed view of our gorgeous bay.
Wecome To Corozal - Much Improved View
Here's how the view was just a short time ago:
What An Atrocious View
There is, yet, a small reminder of the way things used to be. I wonder what's wrong with these people?

Perhaps Bill Wildman, Developer of Consejo Shores, would prefer to have his billboard placed in his front yard? These need to be moved, and the sooner the better.
Now, What About These Two POS's?
Mike Wu is in the process of making a name for himself and his restaurant, Z-Restaurant, located where Bumper's Chinese Restaurant used to be. Mike's menu is, frankly, for Corozal, superb. And the sushi, hey, it's wonderful!

He's also done an amazing job of creating a very pleasant atmosphere inside. Much cleaner and more modern than the old Bumpers. Congrats Mike. You have a winnah!
Mike Wu's Z-Restaurant - The Best!

04 July, 2015

Tougher Than... Well, Just Tough

Last night I came into the bathroom intending to take a shower before going to bed. There was a momentary delay while I flossed and brushed my teeth, and took my prescription pills and vitamins.

While I was doing that I noticed out of the corner of my eye, something that kept flying around the bathroom (Isn't that always the way it is, you always see these critters at the edge of your vision?).

Finishing up with a swig of water to wash the pills down, as I was undressing, I saw the culprit resting on the wall near the toilet paper holder. A doctor fly. I knew it! I'll bet he was just watching me to see what I was going to do so he could plan his attack.
A Doctor Fly. Also Called A Yellow Fly Thanks to the U of Fla. for the foto
Fooling him, I slipped out to the kitchen and retrieved a fly swatter. Luckily, he was still in the same position as when I had left. That usually doesn't happen. My lucky day, I guess.

Putting my glasses back on, so that I'd be sure of getting a good shot at him, I lined up and swung. Using my right hand too, to ensure deadly aim, I missed him - not by much, but enough that he took off toward the ceiling.

With lightning reflexes, I swung with a strong backhand and made contact with him. Unfortunately, I lost track of where I had knocked him. It's a good idea to keep track of the critters after a successful hit, because usually, you have to whack them again to kill them, otherwise, they're likely to just feign death, wait a bit, shiver and shake, and take off to try coming after you again.

Like I said, I lost him, so I undressed, getting ready for my shower. As I was stepping into the shower enclosure, I saw something on the floor of the shower over against the far wall. I looked closer, and sure enough it was the doctor fly I had whacked before, just lying there motionless.

I grabbed the fly swatter once again and clobbered him again, this time knocking him into the middle of the shower. I nudged him onto the fly swatter with my finger and dumped him into the toilet.

As often happens with doctor flies, I was just kind of gazing at him, making sure he was dead, when I noticed a twitch, and another. "Son of a bitch, he's not dead," I thought. I pulled a couple of sheets off the toilet paper roll and covered him with them. I was going to leave him, but thought better of it at that time and so hit the flush lever, sending him to the great septic tank in the sky.

Or so I thought. Here he comes back up swirling around with the water filling the toilet bowl. "Damn. Tough little thing, isn't he?" I said to myself, and grabbed a couple more sheets of toilet paper and covered him with those.

Thinking he was surely done for, I stepped into the shower and proceeded to wash the afternoon and evening's sweat off. As I stepped out of the shower, I glanced into the toilet bowl once again. Uh oh. toilet paper was there floating on the surface, but no doctor fly.

That little begger had out-foxed me completely. Talk about being tough. He survived three good whacks with the fly swatter, one flushing, and two attempted drownings using the toilet paper, and he still managed to make a clean getaway.

I looked for him for a bit, but never saw sign of him again. I even looked this morning. Nothing. Probably just as well. As tough as he hadappeared to be, I'm not sure but that he might have whacked me soundly and then tried to stuff me in the toilet.

Sometimes, it's probably better to wait for another day and try again. Or maybe I need to move one of the blue balls into the bathroom. Doctor flies don't seem to be able to resist those too well.

As an example, here's a shot of the blue beach ball we have hanging in the front breezeway.
Not Well Focused, but Gets the Idea Across
It's probably got fifty or sixty doctor flies stuck to it. I seem to haave better luck with those than with my aim with a fly swatter.

So, the next time you hit a doctor fly, and are tempted to leave him for the ants to remove... Are you sure he's dead - really sure?

03 July, 2015

Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Along comes something kinda fun to do. As soon as I saw the instructions on Instructables (http://www.instructables.com) something told me I just had to give it a go. So I did. And here's the result.
A Nice Virgin Watermelon
  First, I downloaded the instructions, complete with pictures, then got some sharp knives and very carefully hacked away at it.
First Couple of Cuts and Then Some
Then I carefully cut about a half-inch of skin from around the opening. Then, after also carefully scooping out the innards, I cut the teeth. You can see where this is going.

It's Done and Ready
Since I got it done a bit early, I popped it into the fridge, so it stays nice and cool.
Hard to Find Space For It

Oh, I almost forgot, the leftover watermelon. Some of it diced up, some just scooped out and kind of mangled. Too much to save, but I knew just the guys who'd like it. So, I took two bowl-fulls out to the dock and spread them all over for the iguanas. Turns out the grackles kind of like watermelon too.

Anyway, it's all ready for pool time, so, for those who show up... Enjoy.