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Paul B

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Anyway, one of the shows she's into ATM is "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette".
My TV doesn't actually work on any of those shows, 🤮 No reality shows actually except "American Pickers" which is very cool and I get Steam Punk Ideas from it.

My fish used to like to watch those Jacques Cousteau shows until they cancelled them.
 

Humblefish

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Going to the beach

My wife loves going to the beach, and since we live in Navarre we are only 2 miles from beautiful Navarre Beach. ;) She likes to lay out, get a tan, listen to the waves crashing, and play in the water. She could probably do this all day, every day. My idea of "going to the beach" is a little different. I prefer snorkeling around bridge pillars or near a jetty, looking for fish and other critters. I never take them from the water, I just like to observe them in their natural habitat.

Now, 30 years ago it was a different story. I was living in New Orleans at the time and had a "Florida tank". EVERYTHING in this aquarium was collected somewhere in-between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida. My dad & I would make multiple trips over every summer to collect specimens. I was definitely @Paul B'ing it back in the day. :p

I sorta wish I had setup another "Florida tank" when we moved here. Of course, you have to be a lot more careful (legal requirements) taking anything out of Florida waters nowadays. Maybe if I had met @Aaronhome27 a little sooner we could have taken field trips all over the area to catch fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures. But the business has taken so much of my time the past 2+ years that I don't know if I would have even had time to do it. And now we are close to leaving, so no time left to setup a "Florida tank". Oh well...
 

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I do love the old Florida tanks and that is generally the inspiration for my tanks. It is particularly why I favor gorgonia/LPS tanks...or maybe my preference for these corals is why I favor Florida style tanks lol.
 

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Going to the beach

My wife loves going to the beach, and since we live in Navarre we are only 2 miles from beautiful Navarre Beach. ;) She likes to lay out, get a tan, listen to the waves crashing, and play in the water. She could probably do this all day, every day. My idea of "going to the beach" is a little different. I prefer snorkeling around bridge pillars or near a jetty, looking for fish and other critters. I never take them from the water, I just like to observe them in their natural habitat.

Now, 30 years ago it was a different story. I was living in New Orleans at the time and had a "Florida tank". EVERYTHING in this aquarium was collected somewhere in-between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida. My dad & I would make multiple trips over every summer to collect specimens. I was definitely @Paul B'ing it back in the day. :p

I sorta wish I had setup another "Florida tank" when we moved here. Of course, you have to be a lot more careful (legal requirements) taking anything out of Florida waters nowadays. Maybe if I had met @Aaronhome27 a little sooner we could have taken field trips all over the area to catch fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures. But the business has taken so much of my time the past 2+ years that I don't know if I would have even had time to do it. And now we are close to leaving, so no time left to setup a "Florida tank". Oh well...
You'll be back and we can do this. I can show you a few we've done locally too! Big tank cool fish then we can concentrate on the reef!
 

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King Cakes!

So, being from New Orleans I have eaten many a King Cake around Mardi Gras time. IMO; the best always came from Haydel's Bakery. But times have changed, and Haydel's is probably no longer the best. Maybe some locals like @BluewaterLa @clsanchez77 @The Gob can give us their take.

For those who don't know what a King Cake is... It is a cinnamon-filled bready cake. Best described as a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough. It may be topped with icing or sugar, which may be colored to show the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, yellow, and purple. King cakes may also be filled with additional fillings, the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry.

The baby I'm sure it has some significance, but when I was growing up whoever got the baby had to buy the next King Cake. :D Nowadays they won't hide the baby inside the King Cake because they are worried about someone biting down on it and getting sued. But in the good ol' days getting a cracked tooth from eating a King Cake was just a risk you had to be willing to take! Bite down carefully! :eek:

My favorite King Cake is one filled with strawberry cream cheese. I live in Florida now, so I get my King Cakes from Publix (they're pretty good). But I'm sure I'll sneak home soon to get me a REAL king cake. ;) Pic below of my Publix King Cake:

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clsanchez77

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Haydel's is still pretty good, easily in my Top 5. For the best of the best, lately it has been Manny Randazzo's for me and my family. Also in our top 5 is a lesser known bakery called Party Palace. The Party Palace one is a bit too sweet for my tastes, but its a hit with the wife and kids.

If you want a good throwback King Cake, try and get a taste of Maurice's. They are a french bakery in Metairie that specializes in King Cakes. They do a twist on the original french king cake. It goes by a different name, but I don't recall it. The thing costs like $80 lol. My boss will get this usually once a year.
 

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Mmmmm...king cake. :love: We lived in a small town in NW LA (where Bobby is headed back to, ironically enough) for 3 years while my husband worked at Louisiana Tech University. I have fond, fond memories of king cake; cinnamon with cream cheese is my personal fav. I love to bake, and tried my hand at king cake; folks told me it was good for a non-native. 😂 The little neighbor kid liked it well enough; every so often, he would ask me to make another, even when it wasn't king cake season; Remy loved king cake anytime. He was so cute. I obviously don't know much about New Orleans bakeries, but wish I had had the opportunity to sample some. My mouth MAY be watering just now!!
 

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Here is one i have made before at home. It was not my favorite, but the kids and my co-workers really liked it:

Braiding it instead of twisting it makes a big difference. I find the dough to be on the dry side, like an old McKenzie's king cake and not like the newer popular king cakes.

I'm also not above busting open three cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, unrolling them, group them in threes and braiding them. Then bake as per directions, cover with the icing and supply your own sprinkles. Not exactly king cake, but a great traditional short cut we will do with the kids 2-3 times a year.
 

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There is once shop in New Orleans some family gets theirs from, cant remember the name though I want to say its a Vietnamese store / bakery.
Dong Phuong's Bakery

People wait in line for hours for this cake. You have to drive out to the far end of New Orleans East to get there. My company does a lot of work out that way so we have inspectors wait in line lol sometimes. I actually do not like it LOL, but it does get rated as the best king cake in the city by several papers and other polls.
 

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Randazzo's is quality tasty king cakes and most of these businesses ship so they can be ordered online or by phone.
There is once shop in New Orleans some family gets theirs from, cant remember the name though I want to say its a Vietnamese store / bakery.
Is this the place (in Slidell) you told me to stop at one time? They had damn good King Cakes. (y)
 

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We have more than our parents, but are miserable somehow

I didn't grow up rich, I didn't grow up poor; my family was as middle class as you can be. By the time I was born, my father was retiring from the Air Force. He wanted the military to pay for the birth of one more brat before he retired. :p My dad worked as a machinist and later as a school teacher. We didn't have expensive things in the house (my mom & dad were both frugal), but we did spend a lot on aquariums. :D Nowadays my wife & I pretty much buy whatever we want. We aren't rich by any means, but money is not as big of a concern as I can remember it being for my parents. We also have nicer/fancier things than they ever had. But are we any happier?

I have a theory that when people have enough wealth to insulate themselves from real problems, they instead make themselves miserable worrying about trivial things. When you don't have enough wealth, you don't have time to sit around & worry. You have to actively work through your problems, which is a blessing in disguise because at least while you are working you aren't worrying as much. ;) I hope that makes sense.

I also think back to my grandfather, and how simple his life was. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed taking his dog for a walk, reading the newspaper or Reader's Digest, watching maybe 1 TV show per night, and just sitting on his porch watching the world go by. Those things cost little or nothing. His leisure time could be done at his own pace. He left work at work, and didn't worry about answering emails or text messages after hours. He could actually just turn it all off, and it would be there waiting for him again on Monday morning. If he wanted to go camping, he really could get away from it all because there were no smart phones that made him accessible 24/7/365.

I know there's no going back now, but technology really is a double edged sword. I think a simpler life is what made the "good ol' days" a special time for our parents & grandparents. They didn't have as much as we do today, but they knew how to make the most out of what they had. :)
 

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I also didn't grow up rich. Not even close. My Dad died suddenly when he was 47 and I was 10. Just went to work and dropped dead.
He had a small fish market in Queens NY.

He was born on Canal Street in Downtown Manhattan in 1910 and peddled fish on his back walking across the Brooklyn Bridge twice a day to sell fish. He carried the fish and ice on his back and a cutting board on his waist.

Then he made enough money to buy a push cart to peddle fish.
Then he bought a store. I played with the live lobsters and crabs in the sawdust on the floor.

If I wanted a nickel for a toy, my Dad would glve it to me, but I had to shine his shoes, fish scales and all.

Thats how you teach a kid, not by buying him a car. If he can't buy his own, let him buy shoes so he can walk.

People today wouldn't work that hard and most of them would think it is beneath them.

My Mother raised me and my brother by working in a sweat shop in NYC making baby hats.

But growing up like that made my a much better person. No one was going to give me money for the movies or later a car or wedding.

So I learned to make my own money and became very good at it. At 16 I would get cars from the Junk Yard, for $10.00, fix them up and sell them for 10 times the profit. Then I would shovel snow, mow grass, paint houses, install alarm systems etc.

I got drafted right out of high school so I didn't have to waste time going to college. I didn't have time for that because I wanted to make money. And I did,

There is money all over the place and it is easy to get as long as you are a little smarter and faster than the next guy. And I was.
I never needed money and never will. Everything I own, I paid for and I don't owe a nickel to anyone. It is very easy. :cool:


I am on the roof with all the hair. WE bought that Simca for $7.00 and make probably 500& profit on it.

 

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We have more than our parents, but are miserable somehow

I didn't grow up rich, I didn't grow up poor; my family was as middle class as you can be. By the time I was born, my father was retiring from the Air Force. He wanted the military to pay for the birth of one more brat before he retired. :p My dad worked as a machinist and later as a school teacher. We didn't have expensive things in the house (my mom & dad were both frugal), but we did spend a lot on aquariums. :D Nowadays my wife & I pretty much buy whatever we want. We aren't rich by any means, but money is not as big of a concern as I can remember it being for my parents. We also have nicer/fancier things than they ever had. But are we any happier?

I have a theory that when people have enough wealth to insulate themselves from real problems, they instead make themselves miserable worrying about trivial things. When you don't have enough wealth, you don't have time to sit around & worry. You have to actively work through your problems, which is a blessing in disguise because at least while you are working you aren't worrying as much. ;) I hope that makes sense.

I also think back to my grandfather, and how simple his life was. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed taking his dog for a walk, reading the newspaper or Reader's Digest, watching maybe 1 TV show per night, and just sitting on his porch watching the world go by. Those things cost little or nothing. His leisure time could be done at his own pace. He left work at work, and didn't worry about answering emails or text messages after hours. He could actually just turn it all off, and it would be there waiting for him again on Monday morning. If he wanted to go camping, he really could get away from it all because there were no smart phones that made him accessible 24/7/365.

I know there's no going back now, but technology really is a double edged sword. I think a simpler life is what made the "good ol' days" a special time for our parents & grandparents. They didn't have as much as we do today, but they knew how to make the most out of what they had. :)
Have you ever read Tribe by Sebastian Junger? It's a great book and touches on topics like this, I found it fascinating. The lack of struggle in modern life, the lack of real concern, etc.
 

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We have more than our parents, but are miserable somehow

I didn't grow up rich, I didn't grow up poor; my family was as middle class as you can be. By the time I was born, my father was retiring from the Air Force. He wanted the military to pay for the birth of one more brat before he retired. :p My dad worked as a machinist and later as a school teacher. We didn't have expensive things in the house (my mom & dad were both frugal), but we did spend a lot on aquariums. :D Nowadays my wife & I pretty much buy whatever we want. We aren't rich by any means, but money is not as big of a concern as I can remember it being for my parents. We also have nicer/fancier things than they ever had. But are we any happier?

I have a theory that when people have enough wealth to insulate themselves from real problems, they instead make themselves miserable worrying about trivial things. When you don't have enough wealth, you don't have time to sit around & worry. You have to actively work through your problems, which is a blessing in disguise because at least while you are working you aren't worrying as much. ;) I hope that makes sense.

I also think back to my grandfather, and how simple his life was. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed taking his dog for a walk, reading the newspaper or Reader's Digest, watching maybe 1 TV show per night, and just sitting on his porch watching the world go by. Those things cost little or nothing. His leisure time could be done at his own pace. He left work at work, and didn't worry about answering emails or text messages after hours. He could actually just turn it all off, and it would be there waiting for him again on Monday morning. If he wanted to go camping, he really could get away from it all because there were no smart phones that made him accessible 24/7/365.

I know there's no going back now, but technology really is a double edged sword. I think a simpler life is what made the "good ol' days" a special time for our parents & grandparents. They didn't have as much as we do today, but they knew how to make the most out of what they had. :)
This is a profound & compelling point. My dad was a research scientist & my mom was a stay at home mother. We lived in the same modest middle class neighborhood my whole childhood. My dad made very good money in his career. I remember friends at school often asking why we still lived in that “old neighborhood“ & did not move to a newer, trendier, bigger house. Or why my brother & I didn’t go out & buy the designer sneakers etc. We had nice clothes (not token designer brands) & a great education, but my parents taught us that your words & actions define you. Not some other name or brand on clothing or a car. Unlike the mindset you see so prevalent today, we did not worry about so-called peer pressure. This was not our own accomplishment at all. We owed that confidence solely to our parents, who worked hard to make us independent thinkers.

My dad loved to tinker on old retro cars. He loved any DIY. He & my mom taught us how to do some wood crafts, garden, cook etc. They instilled confidence by giving us age appropriate chores & responsibilities. Best of all they both were avid readers. They showed us how you can become more skilled in almost any interest by reading & asking questions.

So now as an adult, I am happy to drive my 14 year old car so I can use that money towards my tank. 😛
I totally agree about technology as a 2 edged sword... Technology is a blessing & a curse. I struggle to stay focused & not be distracted. It is great to have some info readily accessible. But if you have ever been on vacation & deliberately “unplugged”, it is so freeing to step away to enjoy what is right in front of you.
 
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