Thursday, June 29, 2006


Tonight I was sitting in my living room watching tv. All of a sudden I felt like I was watching a 3D Pixar movie. Something swooped down & flew at my head. It seemed to be the size of a 747 (or at least as big as a sparrow)! I jumped out of my chair & tried to see what it was. I couldn't find anything. How could something so big, just disappear?!? I went to get a flyswatter in case it decided to fly again. About 90 minutes later, I spotted it crawling up on the wall. It's a good thing I happened to be testing my heartrate monitor. My rate just rose from 82 to 141 after my epic battle with what turned out to be a GIGANTIC palmetto bug. It was massive & didn't think I could harm it with a mere fly swatter (size-wise, I equate it to smacking a Shaquille O'Neal size human with a number 2 pencil! I wacked it once, it fell then scampered under the chair & tv stand. I moved a tote bag & it came out & started charging aggressively towards my bare feet. I screamed twice (I hope no one called the police). I don't know what scared me charging at me or the thought of it not being dead, but still being in the apt. I NEVER would have been able to sleep, knowing it was a palmetto. I later found out that the maintenance men were working on my patio & must have left my front door open to let it inside.

Odds are, if you live in Florida, you have encountered a Palmetto Bug or two. What are they? Essentially, a cockroach. Not your everyday, average size cockroach; no, we're talking two or three inches long. You may think cockroaches are gross, but the experience is much more vivid when all the gory details are magnified. They have a tough armored shell, so you can't even squish them. And they know it; palmetto bugs generally don't seem to give a damn if you step on them or not, they know it won't hurt them. Step on one and you're lucky if you get its attention. They also aren't afraid of the light like most normal cockroaches. Here's the worst part about palmetto bugs: they can fly. Yes, you heard me. Giant flying cockroaches that you can't easily crush. YIKES!!! (You must be wondering why I didn't take a picture for my blog. I'll take one after it comes back the taxidermist ... just kidding!).

Friday, June 16, 2006

Beach Wedding

Tonight I shot a wedding on the beach.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Airplane Graveyard

Today I went to a clinic at the PGA TOUR Academy that was part of the American Express Women's Golf Week. After the clinic, Stacey, Kelsey, & I went to Caddyshack for lunch, then on to TOUR STOP for a little shopping. After that I went to shoot this airplane graveyard that I had seen about 8 months ago. It was very cool!

After shooting the airplanes, I went to the Ecco store at the outlets in St Augustine to buy this funky pair of golf shoes I had seen a few weeks before. They were having a great sale. The funky ones (see below left) were marked down from $130 to $60. With every golf shoe purchase, you could buy another pair for 50% off. I figured this wouldn't be valid on sale shoes, but it was. I decided on a pair of Gore-Tex all black leather with a black crocodile accent (not pictured, but same style as below right) that were orignally $180 & on sale for $50. I got these for $25 (since they were half off the sale price)! CRAZY! Well the sales lady knew she had a live one...and proceeded to talk me into taking another pair (below right) at 50% off. She said, "you should get another pair, in case anything ever happens to those." After that I was doomed! She hit me in both of my weak spots...I always buy multiple when I like something, and I can't pass up a bargain! So I got $490 worth of Ecco golf shoes, two of which were Gore-Tex, for $110! REALLY CRAZY!!! I guess it's time to buy clubs!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

45 foot putt!

Today was my last lesson in level 3 at the PGA TOUR Academy. We played 6 holes on the Slammer & Squire after work. The carts had GPS, so that was very cool. It was my first time hitting a golf ball on a course (instead of just on the range). I didn't drive as straight as I did on the range & my putts were not very good either ... until ... the final hole. We finished up on #9 & I sunk an uphill 45 foot putt! The crowd went wild (okay, that might be a slight embellishment)! It was amazing! Now that I've peaked, I think it's time to give up golf. ;o)