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Day 10: I’ve Been Googled….

20140617-191943.jpg Spoiler alert: I may be slightly jaded so please read with less judgment than I have shown. Pretty please.
Today I attended Googlefest 2014 at Trident Technical College. Billed as an opportunity for teachers to hone their google skills and learn what else we can do with google drive and other google features, I signed up. After all I am my school’s Google Guide (in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed woman rules) and there was a free lunch.
My observations:
1. Google Glass is way cool and I’m sure my kids will benefit from this technology – $1500ish and not available now, but remember when no one had a smartphone and that concept was way too new/expensive/edgy for most of us. If you don’t feel the need to investigate further (http://www.google.com/glass/start/) picture Jordy’s (Lavar Burton) visor with no vision enhancement but lots of super cool smartphone-ish capabilities. One caveat though: Glass will not transform you to a skydiving, hot air ballooning ballet dancer – in other words, if you don’t see or do something interesting, you won’t get to video/photograph/share anything interesting.
2. Another cool google tool is google earth’s tour guide feature – intrigued and will investigate further.
3. Google wants to make you cry. Now I came to this rather bizarre conclusion after watching various speakers today, who showed videos (think old phone company crying commercials) showing adorable baby pictures and inspiring 20 something’s overcoming disabilities through use of google technologies. So there were many shiny eyes in the house. I’ve been puzzling over why this is? Can’t we just use google’s various, useful tools without converting to googleterian as the new religion of the day? I hesitate to say Google wanted us all to be overcome with emotion and love of babies and confuse that with our love of google… But maybe I’m a little jaded.
So to wrap up:
*Glass is cool; we’ll see more in future – beam us up Jordy.
*Google earth still rocks and the tour guide feature holds lots of potential for teachers.
*Google is cool but has a strange compelsion (a la Barney Fife) to make teachers cry.

So I feel a little guilty as I drank a lot of free coffee and had a yummy (also free) boxed lunch. Google, please teach me a little more and pull on my heart strings a little less next year – I’ll be back if I’m invited again. I am a sucker for free coffee.
Yes, this is Mark Sanford. Remember I said I was a little jaded and I tuned him out after he said something about transparency with colleagues. Wow!



Day 9: Flower Power

I enjoyed a great (hot) walk today through McClellanville and thought a flower photo montage would be a lovely addition to my blog this summer. Since today is June 16th I decided to have 16 flowers, which I thought might be a challenge – of course I found way more than that.

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
Georgia O’Keeffe

















Cedar Key Pictures

Enjoying some world's best clam chowder at Tony's.

Enjoying some world’s best clam chowder at Tony’s.

A great work & fun trip to start the summer. I highly recommend a visit to Cedar Key, Florida even if you’re not fortunate enough to be a clam farmer! We enjoyed great seafood in many restaurants, wonderful hospitality from Carla and Ray and in every shop, restaurant and hardware store we visited.

Relaxing and laid back without being boring! Loved it.



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Day 2: Atsena Otie

Atsena Otie (Creek Indian for Cedar Island) was our first stop on our almost day-long exploration of Cedar Key with our excellent guides Carla and Ray. Carla is possibly a cousin of mine, but my people grew up with her people is possibly the best way to explain our relationship. I’ve only known her in a business kinda way since we began clam farming and Carla and Ray own Island Bags which makes the bags we use to grow our scrumptious clams (™ pending).
But before our balmy boat ride, we stopped at a local restaurant where my dad says a cousin eats breakfast every Sunday. He even told me where she sits, and I was hesitant to go. The last time I saw Helen I was a 24-year-old new bride. Jeff and I had just returned home from our honeymoon trip to Key West and Disney where we saw manatees. Helen told us very sweetly in her lovely, Southern way that she would love to eat a manatee again before she died, as they have wonderful, white, lean meat. I was a little taken aback as they seemed so gentle and docile (a lot like a cow….hmmm) but that conversation has remained a memorable and favorite one. Despite that memory, try as I might, I could not bring her face to my mind; it’s been a while. Until I rounded the corner of the restaurant and saw her sitting there. Hey, I know that lady! So I introduced myself, Bill’s daughter Kim and she said to tell my family she loves them and me too. And I was so glad we went and said hello. Seeing her reminded me of my grandparents and lots of fond memories. A
We enjoyed a hearty breakfast at Annie’s Cafe (no manatee) met at Carla and Ray’s house and visited several of the islands off of Cedar Key including Otsena Otie Key where the original town was built and the cedar pencil factory was. Very cool.
After a picnic lunch (grilled hotdogs and silver queen corn) we tried some fishing (not much success) but saw the local clam leases, lots of dolphin and a turtle. I applied about 49 layers of sunscreen but not sure if I’ll be able to see the sun tomorrow as I am a lovely shade of burgundy now but what a great day.


Loved this wire bushel basket at Annie’s full of coffee cups. you can’t see in the pic., but on the back side, S hooks hold bags full of straws and other items – Martha Stewart would be impressed. Salty, simple organization.

Day 1 of summer fun!

My 3rd year of summer blogging begins today…..

Yesterday morning I was at my school (for a great end-of-year lunch) and today, I’m in super sunny Florida already sunburnt! We are in Cedar Key, home base for all things clam farming where we are picking up clam bags, visiting with another farmer and going on a clam research boat ride and also having some rest and recharge time.

Thank you to friends who have asked if I’d be blogging again. I’m very flattered that my nearly dozens of blogging fans are asking for more! Now I know how Taylor Swift feels.



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