As usual, I have a number of things to say, but just don't know how to say them. So I write them up, and eventually decide to delete everything and start over.
Within 20 miles from here in this county lives about a quarter million people. During the winter the population is probably around 500,000.
Also within 20 miles are some of the largest wilderness areas in Florida. Three state parks, two state forests, two national wildlife refuges, a national preserve, and a national park. Probably a million acres of wilderness that developers have been trying to build upon for a hundred years.
I seldom get into town except to grocery shop or doctor appointments. I have lived here six years and don't know the city very well. I seldom have any other need to go there, mainly because I am usually broke all the time.
Just around the house I live in, I have seen raccoons, bald eagles and hawks, otters, bobcats, bears, and even heard panthers outside. (They're nocturnal; it was too dark to see them at the time.) Every type of bird and snake that you can imagine. Winter is beautiful. The millions of mosquitoes in the summer make it almost uninhabitable.
Besides my co-workers, my nearest neighbors are Miccosukee Indians. They don't appreciate visitors, and their village with the thatched chickees is not open to the public.
The old cypress log cabin that I live in is maybe 50-70 years old, but of somewhat unknown origin. It has been a home, volunteer fire station, bar, and rumored to also have been a brothel. The electrical work is a mystery to everyone, and other problems that many people would consider very rustic. There is a water cistern right outside the window where I am typing right now. It was abandoned 3 years ago when we hooked up the local municiple water, and the animals drink from it in the dry season.
But overall, a really neat place.
But, I have a few gripes to vent.
To the guy who insisted on talking about the tide tables for 20 minutes: Get over it. Those tables are a prediction, only. Don't rely on them. Weather and other environmental factors will change what they say. You have a kayak and can go just about anywhere, so just go out there and enjoy it.
I don't know what the weather will be like for the next week. It's much better than anywhere else right now. I only pay attention to the weather between June 1st and December 1st. (Hurricane season.)
Yes we have alligators, snakes, bears, panthers, stinging insects, and even sharks. Leave them alone. A lot of things eat the mosquitoes. You kill the mosquitoes, it will endanger the whole cycle of life down here. It is not about what you want--we are here to preserve the remaining natural habitat.
If you don't like the cost of camping here, I can't do anything about that. I feel it needs to be higher anyway. If you don't like the cost, why did you spend the money to come here? And the park utility bills are about $10,000 a month. Our park budget is only $80,000 a year. Do the math and pay your fair share.
The campground is full. Don't ask me again to change you to another campsite, which I am unable to do. That is the campsite that you booked with Reserve American. When you booked it, you entered into a contract that you would take that site. Have a nice day.
On February 12th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Surely you know that your line of business is going to attract clients whose attitude is "My life isn't perfect and that needs to be somebody's fault, and you're handy." To which, you could daydream a response along the lines of, "Well, I'm the best ignorant doofus they could afford to hire with the inadequate budget they have. If you want a higher grade of ignorance and incompetence, I could try to get my supervisor on the phone. Or, you could write to your state legislator about the parks budget." - Rick O.
Well sometimes it just makes it entertaining!
They have been threatening to close 22 different parks. I think it is all political. Unfortunately, most of the ones they want to close are those really cool museums that commemorate something most people did not know about. Like John Gorrie museum, Florida Constitution Convention, Cedar Key museum, Forestry Museum, San Marco near Wakulla, or Letchworth Mounds.