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Backstage: Transportation Center—Signs and Signals

Tomorrow is another Backstage Pass Session. We'll be checking out the Water Treatment Facility. Speaking of which, a county water guy just pulled up and checked our water meter! But before heading out on that tour, I needed to finish up the Highway Center Overview with two more departments. These were probably my favorites. Signalization I […]

This Week in the Garden and Around the House

Garden This week was finally planting week. I thought I missed it and was lat once again. But, I was glad to hear from the guy at Kerby's that since it's been so hot, I haven't missed it. In fact, he said that, depending on the heat, he will wait unit mid-October to the end […]

Backstage: Transportation Center—Picassos of the Roadways and Controlling the Traffic

Markings These are the guys that keep us all in line, literally.  Can you image a road without lines? The Markings department of the highway paint all stop bars and crosswalk lines on the roadways, guide lines to get us around corners, median noses to keep people like me from running them over and legends (turn […]

Hillsborough County Backstage Pass—Session 1 Highways

Session One: Head Out on the Highway—Exploring the Transportation Center Thursday we headed out on the highways to check out the Transportation Center responsible for managing and maintaining all traffic operations. All I can say is, next time you're on the road appreciate all the traffic signals, traffic signs, traffic control equipment and temporary traffic control […]

Hillsborough County Backstage Pass—Overview

If I was excited before about taking this program, I'm even more so now that we have heard the details. Hillsborough County has really put together a great program for people to really see what the county is all about and the intricacies of how it runs. Each session is not just a bunch of […]

Hillsborough County Backstage Pass Tour

Hillsborough County is one of Florida's largest counties in Florida both in land mass (#12 with 1,051 sq mi (2,722 km2) and populations (#4 with 1,267,775 people). We are also the third largest school district in Florida, right behind Miami-Dade and Boward Counties. So what keeps all this humming along? How do things get done around our county to keep it […]

Lesson Learned at the Shelter

Staying in a shelter was a new experience for us. We weren't really sure what to expect. Overall we were pleasantly surprised. Here are the lessons we can share with others: Be neighborly. Everyone was great at the shelter. The first night, though, there was a family stationed in the corner of the gym. They […]

This Week in the Garden, Catching Up After Irma

We were very fortunate that we did have much in the way of damage to our home or our property after Hurricane Irma. But we did have cleanup to do, not to mention getting ready for our main planting. Florida is different from the rest of the US. While everyone is winding down their gardens […]

The Shelter of the Almighty Looks Like Bloomingdale High School

We have all seen images of jam-packed shelters of scared people sleep in overcrowded storm shelters. In the recent hurricane, Cody and I decided we would go to a shelter. It's a hard and humbling decision. Part of me felt like I was quitting. I think I even had a little snobbery of thinking I have a home, […]

Long Distant Grandma

This past weekend I got to play with my four year old grandson. This is no easy task considering I'm in Florida and my grandson, Bruce, is in Arizona! Truly, I hate this long distance thing. But life can be as great was we make it. Forest Gump might have his box of chocolates. But I […]