Posts Tagged ‘florida’

Scientology, Clearwater, Florida, and the Seperation of Church and State

I wonder what would happen if a local Catholic Bishop, or senior Jewish Rabbi were part of these headlines.
Clearwater Council defends meetings with Church of Scientology
Editorial: Clearwater officials should not surrender to Church of Scientology

Scientology (look at wixipedia, or elsewhere is big, buildingwise in Los Angeles, Claifornia it is HUGE relative to the population. Downtown Clearwater is a ghost town. There is no shortage of empty buildings.


Holiday Hello, From Tom’s Desk


Best wishes to all and thanks to Sean Sullivan for sending the following. I had never seen it before. Best to all

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . .


Thursby House, Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, Florida

imageI guess the natives might not have been to pleased with the site selection of the house. You can read more about paranormal activities at Blue Springs. All in all if you are near Orlando and want a break from the big amusement  parks this might be a great  alternative.


From Tom’s Desk, Social Media seems quite Antisocial, and More

googlemapsThe more I look at social media the more aggresive perople seem to become. Over the years I have shared, retweeted or whatever, articles I found interesting in some way. In no case to I only share items I agree with, simply things that might be of some interest. Lately more and more people take umbrage at things they disagree with. More and nore travel stories appear that have no similarity to the subject matter on the ground. More places are improperly located on maps. And more and more foodies don’t seem to have a clue about the food they are talking about. I do though take pride in that fact that my photos in Google Maps have had  more than 5,000,000 views, helping people see what is actually at a location. And I have been spending quite a bit of time corrcting errors in Google Maps, mostly in Northeast Thailand, but in the U.S. as well


Foodporn at Long Phung, Vietnamese Restaurant, Pinellas Park, Florida

goi cuonokay this restaurant has the greatest assortment of Vietnamese food I have seen here in the States. Open the album take a look at the scanned menu pages that I’ve listed. The food is authentic Vietnamese. and although I have only been in there a few times I have not seen another Westerner, but the place is full of Vietnamese people from the moment it from the moment it opens. The staff is polite and prompt and the servings are more than adequate. If you are in the area and want to expand your Vietnamese food experience beyond pho this is the place to go.

Some of the State Parks of Florida


Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge lies on both the North and South bank of the river, unfortunately intermittent rain once again dashed my plans to travel both banks and I only traveled…Continue reading


Clearwater Ferry Taxi Service,Florida

TIMG_20150524_102704his a very convenient servise. Parking costs are expensive, and spaces limited. On  weekends and holidays their can be long delays when crossing the bridge by car.
Their website is clear, concise and provides all the information necessary to make your visit to Clearwater Beach care free visit Clearwater Ferry Taxi Service,


Pho Queen, Vietnamese Restaurant, Clearwater, Florida, Revisit

pqyou can look at my first impression of the Pho Queen, Clearwater , their menu is there as well. Just follow the link.
I ordered the Bun Bo Hue, a bowl I have been revisiting at a number of Vietnemese places down in Pinellas Park, and area where the are bunches of Vietnemese folk to fill those establishments. Plenty of Thais and Laos also prefer the Vietnamese food to the stuff sold in the pseudo Thai places.


Dunedin, Florida, Downtown Market

imageThe Dunedin, Florida, Downtown Market takes place from 0900 to 1400 Fridays and Saturdays. The town’s  downtown area is shady and pleasant, unlike nearby Clearwater’s concrete and empty shops. Parking is free in Dunedin, once again unlike Clearwater, whete one must pay, in a town that should be encouraging visitors. there is a wide variety of products available, and shady places to sit and enjoy the music and a cold drink, or even a meal.


From Tom’s Desk, Visiting, Georgia, Alabama and Florida

imageFrom Daeng’s flight arriving, not only on time, but early the entire trip was quite restful. Except for the fact that I was both tour guide and interpetor. Not in the least demanding showing  her around parts of the 3 states was quite painless, but was, for sure, tiring.

And now it is time for me to start preparing for my return to Isaan