Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Clearwater, Florida: Field Trip: Popcorn Central Station at Safety Harbor Third Friday Street Festival

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Clearwater, Florida: Field Trip: Popcorn Central Station at Safety Harbor Third Friday Festival
The Better Half and I went for a stroll last Friday, in Safety Harbor, where they have a monthly festival called Third Fridays. Street vendors, crafts, music and more. It was pretty cool. As I understand it, there is usually live music on the main stage, but this particular Friday was Renaissance Festival Theme Friday.

There were small musical groups and solo acts scattered throughout the area, but the main stage was reserved for some sort of Renaissance act. We didn't see the main act, and I thought it was still a nice evening for wandering and seeing this and that. Of course, having performers roaming the streets in Renaissance costumes added to the festival atmosphere.

I also got to see my friend Charles in action at his popcorn, pretzels, shaved ice, and more booth. It's called Popcorn Central Station. He has told me about all the different flavors of popcorn they have, but it's a very different thing to see it all laid out on the table there. I opted for a giant pretzel though, since it's been so long since I had one. Dribble on a little mustard, and I was eating good!

Look for Charles and Popcorn Central Station if you get down to Safety Harbor's Third Fridays festival. And they will be at the Harbor Sounds Music Festival also, at Safety Harbor Marina on October 1st and 2nd. Tell him you read about him on Clearwater Daily Photo when you see him!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Clearwater, Florida: Crowded BP Station Closed Before The Spill

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Clearwater, Florida: Crowded BP Station Closed Before The Spill
I took this picture last year, during the Turkey Trot that was being held at the nearby Clearwater High School. This BP station was already closed then, with an auction sign at the left of the picture. I snapped it because of the crowds and the writing on the back of the truck at left and the cool way the shadows spread across the bottom of the frame.

The writing on the back window of the truck to the left says, if I read it right, "Don't Fear The Government, Make The Government Fear 'We The People'" and at the very bottom it says "Read The Constitution". It's a different world these days from when the constitution was originally signed. I wonder what those men who first signed the constitution would now think of the democratic republic they sacrificed so much for.

These are the little things that get me thinking. So I am including some pertinent links:

Read the full text of the U.S. Constitution online. Fairly simple site, but with links to specific sections of the Constitution.
Again, read the full text of the U.S. Constitution online. A little bit nicer site, in my opinion, but without the links to the various sections.
Read the full text of the United States Declaration of Independence online. If you've never read it before, it really is very interesting. Required reading, really, as a citizen.

I also found a couple of pdf versions of the U.S. Constitution. If you'd like to have a copy for yourself, click one of the links below:

Download a pdf of the full text of the U.S. Constitution., courtesy of ConstitutionCenter.org. I like the presentation of this version better myself, but it does lack the level of inline detail about subsequent amendments that the one below includes.

Download a pdf of the full text of the U.S. Constitution, courtesy of USConstitution.net. This presentation is more simple, but includes more inline notes about subsequent amendments.


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