Seasonal Patterns

I admit this is relatively late in terms of the weather here, but I’ve finally gotten some time to post about the beautiful changes here in North Central Florida.

In March I began to notice the bare trees sprouting tiny, tightly-coiled buds of vivid spring green leaves — that vibrant, yellowish green color exclusive to spring. I love that color. Over the course of a month, the trees came back to life, inviting white ibis to perch among the many branches of the live oak, cypress, and pine trees. Gorgeous azaleas blossomed all over town — pinks, purples, white. It was fantastic. We even witnessed a pair of sandhill cranes before they departed for the north in early April. Flocks of robins paraded back and forth in the mornings in search of fallen berries from the palm trees. All of these occurences mark the end of the Floridian season I call “sprall” — a mixture of fall and spring that begins with a cooling trend and ends with a warming trend. It’s usually dry during this season as well, therefore some may call it the dry season.

Now in late April, we’ve shifted into early summer. The cicadas have returned, buzzing away in trees to remind us that sultry summer days will soon be upon us. We’re on the brink of wildfire season, which usually gives way into hurricane season. The highlights of a Floridian summer are really only swimming, barbeques, fresh summer produce, and ice cream. I could honestly do without the wildfire smoke, hurricanes, and blistering heat.


Spam Bots Galore

Have I ever mentioned how much I despise spam bots? Yes, buddy, that’s right — I’m talking to you. Here are a few reasons as to why it’s pointless and laughable that you make an attempt to use my blog as your own personal billboard:

1. All comments have to be approved by me first. If it’s spam, it will be deleted without so much as a skim-over.
2. When I say “without so much as a skim-over,” I absolutely mean it — I see the blue text, assume links to unsavory websites, and select “delete it” at the bottom of the comment.
3. You’re better suited to going through someone like Google Ads to advertise your stuff — at least that way the advertisement is presented in such a way that visitors might not feel blinded by your overusage of links.
4. Of course if you’re advertising pornography, you probably aren’t all that popular with the ladies. Try leaving your house once in a while and doing this little thing called “socializing.”
5. The fact that you’re spineless enough to program a spam bot to attack my blog with gibberish and links tells me that you probably live in your mother’s basement, wear thick coke-bottle glasses, have terrible halitosis, and are generally a child in a middle-aged man’s body. Dude, for the love of Scorpio, please grow up and get a life! And move!

And to my real readership, I apologize greatly for my lack of posting. I know I had gotten onto someone’s RSS feed back in February, but I haven’t been capitalizing on it.