Off Key! – December 2020

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By Bob Frederickson

From the Gov’s Frozen Heart

To Van Gogh’s Living Art…

Dad’s House, Dad’s Rules?

One of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s four daughters, Cara Kennedy Cuomo, moved back in with dad at the governor’s mansion in Albany earlier this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She might have assumed that at 25 years-of-age her dad would cut her some slack as far as dating goes. But shortly after the Gov got wind of an intensifying romantic liaison between Cara and a state trooper assigned to his security detail, the trooper, Dane Pfeiffer, 35, was banished…err…‘reassigned’ to the farthest reaches of New York’s north country, just a screen door away from Canada at the NY State Police barracks near Plattsburg, New York.

Now some say this was simply a routine administrative move on the part of the trooper’s superiors. But other observers familiar with Cuomo’s penchant for (and delight in) insinuating himself into all manner of his citizens’ heretofore personal affairs (especially since the onset of the pandemic) aren’t buying that explanation.

The New York Post quoted one such skeptic as saying “He was transferred to keep him away from the daughter because the governor didn’t like what was going on.”

But alas, as princes and kings have learned from time immemorial, affairs of the human heart are often impervious to the dictates of those whose power respects no boundaries, a vexing lesson the king of New York may yet learn, as his daughter’s relationship with her banished suitor continues apace with long distance commutes up and down the I-87 Northway between Albany and Plattsburg.

The final act for this passion play remains to be written. But as the houses of Capulet and Montague learned, the price for love denied can be steep.

Man Fingers Himself in Log Splitter Theft

A Tennessee man implicated himself in the theft of a log splitter after Anderson County Sheriff department investigators found evidence at the scene allegedly left behind by the thief. That Evidence? A finger.

Hugh John Seeber, 50, was charged with felony theft and arrested after investigators found the finger, leading them to check area hospitals for ER patients seeking treatment for a missing digit.

Such a case was discovered at Methodist Medical Center, leading Anderson County Sheriff Russell Baker to praise his deputies for their efforts, and unabashedly add “Mr. Seeber’s finger pointed us in the right direction…”

Trump Wins Siesta Key by Wider Margin in 2020 than 2016

Support for President Trump increased among voters on the Island in the recent election compared to 2016.

On November 3, Trump received 3242 votes from Siesta’s four voting precincts (401, 403, 411 & 421) vs. 2615 for former Vice President Biden, which translates to a margin of Trump 55.4% vs. Biden 44.6%.

In 2016 in his race against Hillary Clinton Trump’s margin of victory was 53.2% to Clinton’s 44.3%.

Quote of the Day

“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.”

-Winston Churchill (disputed).

Ouch! That’ll Put a Dent in the Bottom Line

A tree-trimming firm that cut down 28 trees in a mobile home park along Gandy Boulevard in Tampa was fined nearly $250,000 for violating the city of Tampa’s tree ordinance.

Looking for a Change of Pace?

It’s been a long, hot summer and fall and if the recent cold-fronts pushing through the area have left you yearning for a more substantial taste of winter, a new Pasco County attraction may be just what you’re looking for. Florida’s first snow park, Snowcat Ridge, is slated to open in Dade City, Florida the week before Thanksgiving.

The park will feature a 60-foot snow covered tubing hill where you and the kiddos can experience the exhilaration of a downhill run over-and-over without having to hike back to the top of the hill after each descent. Automated conveyors known as Magic Carpet Lifts take care of that for you.

There’s also a smaller bunny hill for younger kids and an area set aside for making snow angels or a snowman (or woman).

Snowcat Park is about an hour and twenty minutes north of Siesta Key at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. Admission is $24.95 for two hours on the tubing hill, but you will need to reserve your time in advance at snowcatridge.com. Prices will vary according to the day you choose to visit and while there is a two-hour limit on the hill, there’s no such limit on exploring the park’s other attractions, which are to include an Alpine Village of shops and food. Fireworks are scheduled for the evenings.

The park claims it can keep the snow flying even with temperatures in the 80s, but you might want to check ahead if the temperature climbs much above 85 or 86 degrees just to make sure your tubing run won’t turn into a slush fest.

Oh, and one more thing: The park advises guests dress in layers and to wear closed-toed shoes.

Hello Dali!

If careening through the snow doesn’t appeal to you but you’re still looking to get out of Dodge for an afternoon, the Dali Museum has unveiled what sounds like an interesting multi-media exhibition showcasing the works of Vincent Van Gogh.

Titled “Van Gogh Alive,” the exhibit promises what the museum describes as an “immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring.”

The exhibit features over 3000 Van Gogh images enlarged through high-def projectors and synchronized to classical music played through cinema quality surround sound amplifier and speaker systems. The installation is powered by SENSORY4TM, a unique system developed by Grande Experiences of Melbourne, Australia.

The Dali Museum is less that an hour up the road in St. Petersburg. Tickets for “Van Gogh Alive” are $25 for adults (18-64); $23 for Seniors, Educators, Fire Police and military; $18 for students (teens 13-17, college 18+); $10 Youth (age 6-12). No charge for children under 5.

Follow this link for tickets: tickets.thedali.org

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