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D and B Sunoco Opens January 10, 2013

D and B Sunoco Opens January 10, 2013D & B Sunoco is opening on January 10, 2013 in the former location of Smile Gas (Sunoco on Sadler Road) in Fernandina Beach!

Their Grand Opening Sale will offer you gasoline at their cost! You will pay what they pay for the first week they are opened! And they will strive to always offer you the best gas prices available on Amelia Island.

This convenient store is not a deli, but be sure to come enjoy their hand scooped ice cream and daily, fresh, ground coffee.

Of course they will stock souveniers, beach attire, t-shirts, mugs and more for the tourists as well as beer, some wines and cigarettes.

Lotto returns SOON!

The new owners encourage you to fill up their suggestion box because they want to know WHAT you want to see in this new convenient store.

The new Sunoco is currently taking applications for employment and will be open from 6:00 AM until Midnight.

Please stop by and show the new owners a warm, Fernandina Beach welcome!

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Cycle Class with Dancing Dan

Cycle Class with Dancing DanJust over a year ago I began a journey to become certified in my favorite cycle class – Les Mills RPM. I became a fan of group fitness and especially cycle over a year before that and never thought I would get myself in good enough shape to actually teach a class, but now I am a certified RPM Instructor and very happy about the transformation I made not only in my body, but in my overall outlook on life!

During that transformation I learned to like two separate forms of cycle class, RPM and freestyle cycle. Each type is different in the way it is choreographed and taught. Les Mills Rpm is choreographed by the powers that be at their headquarters, whereas Freestyle is choreographed by the individual instructor.

Dan Cermak at CLUB 14 FITNESS here on Amelia Island is one of those talented enough to not only do this, but create the perfect atmosphere for his students to get a great workout and have some fun at the same time.

When Dan came to me and asked if I would help him video his newest Dance Cycle class, I was more than intrigued to see this and help out. Everyone who takes his special Wednesday class was happy to get their 15 minutes of fame on youtube so we set it up and the class was fantastic.

You get to see for yourself right here!!!

Now, remember as a cycle instructor myself, I encourage you to take a freestyle class, but also try Les Mills RPM as well, because you will find out that each instructor is different and most are very partial to their style of teaching!

For the time being though, I hope you enjoy this great video of an incredibly different cycle class.

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Political Meet and Greet at Second Amendment Outfitters [Video]

Political Meet and Greet at Second Amendment OutfittersSecond Amendment Outfitters recently hosted a political Meet and Greet for some of Nassau County’s candidates.

With free shooting, a DJ, free BBQ and drinks, a nice crowd showed up. SearchAmelia was there and caught up with Chris Hartley, a candidate for Nassau County Sheriff; Ronnie Stoots, candidate for County Commissioner District 3; and John Pulice, candidate for a seat on the Nassau County School Board.

Other candidates were there and we offered them the opportunity to speak on camera, but they said they had no idea what to say.

If you’d care to take time to watch the video found here, I assure you it is short and lasts less than two minutes. (Who says all politicians are long winded?)

Remember to vote on August 14, 2012!

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2011 Georgia Florida Football Classic

2011 Georgia Florida Football ClassicGeorgia Bulldog and Florida Gator fans are showing their colors all around Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. From flags on cars to banners hanging from balconies, signage and school spirit can be found everywhere.

Florida is the home team, which rotates each year as does the name of the game with the home team being the first name in the title, however for a Georgia fan like me, it is always The Georgia/Florida game.

This classic rivalry, which has been held in Jacksonville every year since 1933, except for 1994 and 1995, when the contest was held at the respective schools’ campus stadiums due to the reconstruction of the current Jacksonville Jaguars stadium, is always a great time here on Amelia Island and the surrounding areas, and everyone seems to be predicting a close game; one Amelia Island could use. Fernandina Beach becomes a sea of red and black and when the Bulldogs win those tourists will stay in town through Sunday. If they lose, they tuck their bulldog tails and head back home.

The Bulldogs lead the overall series with a 47–40–2 overall record by its reckoning, and 46–40–2 by Florida’s count. Florida has compiled an 18–3 record in the series since 1990 (Georgia winning in 1997, 2004 and 2007), following a 15–5 streak by Georgia in the 1970s and 1980s. Granted, I went to Georgia during that time frame so it is hard for me to deal with the past 20 years!

This year my beloved Bulldogs (right now) are 2.5 point underdogs, but in this game you never know what will happen.

Prior to the game there will be lots of great things to do so if you are a fan of either team you need to indulge yourself in all that Amelia Island has to offer!

    -Second Amendment Outfitters lets you shoot a gun at your rival’s target and enter for a chance to win a gun.
    -Amelia Liquors will have the Jose Cuervo Girls at their South Store to take your picture in front of your favorite teams logos and colors. You can also create a label to put on a bottle of Cuervo tequila to show your team spirit to all your friends, and they will be available for personal photos as well. This all takes place from 4 till 6 on Friday. Their North Store also has a wine tasting and more, so get out and enjoy our paradise.

Friday night the island is buzzing with colorful fans, but come Saturday morning they start heading to Jacksonville to tailgate at the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, leaving the island all but deserted.

I will be staying at home this year to watch this most important game in the sanctity of my own man-cave so I can scream and imbibe in a few adult beverages with family and a few friends. When I was in College I witnessed this game in person many times so I feel I deserve to do it my way now!

Many locals throw parties, the grills are fired up and near kick-off time there is a noticeable reduction in traffic and especially male shoppers out and about.

My early prediction: Georgia 30, Florida 24 in a squeaker.

Go Dawgs! Sic Em Woof Woof Woof!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

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Yulee gets Les Mills and Zumba Fitness Classes

Yulee gets Les Mills and Zumba Fitness Classes

Rae Lane and Bill Comai

The Club in Yulee opens Monday, February 7, 2011 offering group fitness classes designed by the renowned Les Mills. RPM Cycling, Body Pump and Body Flow will all be offered for members of this “out of the ordinary” fitness center. An additional popular fitness class, Zumba, will also be offered.

Just over a year ago fate and a lot of coincidence allowed me to meet the owner of CLUB 14 FITNESS as we video-taped our son start his way back to becoming the athletic and fit person he had always been until falling on a little hard luck and gaining a lot of weight. Over a period of two months, I got to witness a lot of the group fitness classes he was a part of, and also created a friendship with Rae Lane and her staff.

At the time fitness to me was riding for thirty minutes a couple of times a week on the stationary bike we had spent a fortune on. Most of the time, we faced the difficulty of moving everything that was piled on it to actually use it. We would also try and get up early a couple of days a week to walk on the beach, but there were always way too many excuses.

I figured at least we were doing something!

Body Pump in Yulee

Body Pump

After finally biting the bullet and becoming members of Club 14 the whole family slowly but surely started to spend time there. I stuck to my routine of doing things by myself and working hard on the excuses I could make for not joining in on the group fitness routine. After a couple of months of hounding by my wife, son and daughter, I gave in and went to my first RPM cycle class. I realized right then why so many people enjoy the camaraderie and competition of these classes. It became easier and easier to talk myself into going and I was getting the most incredible workout that you can get in a minimal amount of time.

Soon enough I was trying to get to every class and started looking forward to seeing everyone and the instructors, and sweating profusely. I eventually was talked in to trying a Body Pump class and soon grew as fond of it as I am of RPM.

Over the last two months myself, my family, and friends have been fortunate enough to be able to spend many hours working side by side with the two co-owners of the Club in Yulee, Rae Lane and Bill Comai, helping their project come to fruition.

Saturday evening we were invited to an appreciation party at The Club put on by the owners to thank everyone who helped demolish and rebuild the space into what it is today. Having just recently started The Forever Fit Challenge at Club 14, I figured we would go out there for an hour so we would not be tempted to indulge in food we were not supposed to eat and drink things we were not supposed to drink.

It seems somewhere along the line I forgot who was throwing the party- fitness experts!!!

The Club in Yulee

Celebrating The Club in Yulee

The food was healthy and the drink was too. We ended up staying much longer than anticipated and had one of the most enjoyable evenings, as impromptu Body Pump and Zumba classes came about.

If you have not tried any group fitness classes before – now is the time to check some out. With their ingenious per class or multiple class pricing you can try them out and see what you like for your own fitness workout.

Congratulations on making me a group fitness junkie and I hope to help you build your third, fourth and maybe fifth new Club.

For more information, go to www.theclubinyulee.com. You will find class schedules and pricing there. Hope to see all of Yulee there for classes.

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Aaron Murray

It is Georgia- Florida football weekend here on Amelia Island and the town is a buzz with football activity and partying! The fall air has come back to us and the weather is perfect for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things about this weekend is that there is so much to do surrounding the game. Unfortunately for some of us there is too much to do sometimes.

As many of you know I am a fan of football (OK, a football fanatic) and have a passion for Georgia football(OK- I am a diehard Dawgs Fan!!!). Having graduated from The University of Georgia in the early 80’s, (I just gave away my age didn’t I?) I have followed this game from the Hershell Walker era through Tim Tebow’s dominance and now into a new decade of SEC football where everything this year so far has been topsy turvey. Each week brings a whole new dimension to college football which makes it very interesting.

As SearchAmelia has grown it takes us in many different directions, often with so much to do we sometimes wonder if we can actually sleep-in or stay at home and watch a movie. Most of the time this is not an option with our family, but I pride myself in taking my Saturdays to watch college football and my Bulldogs grind it out each week. Last week I actually watched my first Dawgs game on my laptop live streamed from ESPN3.com. It was great!

I have been to what is now Everbank Stadium numerous times to see this game live, but now prefer to sit in my own living room, with my own cooler and witness every play multiple times, and rewind or pause the game if I so desire since technology is now advanced enough to do such things.

This year however so much is going on that my preferred viewing preference may not be an option. Starting with Thursday night’s Shiny Badges A Night of Laughter, and a great Halloween Party Friday night, things just keep getting interesting. On game day our favorite rock and roll trio Blistur is having their CD release party in Jacksonville shortly after the game and since we are heavily involved with them I will not be allowed the luxury of watching the whole game in the privacy of my home, instead I will video the band during their concert for their DVD and that will be a blast!!!

As for this Georgia- Florida game I am extremely optimistic, due to the fact that GA and their fine group of players, Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Washaun Ealy, and Caleb King are on top of their game, as well as our defense. Most of my FL fan buddies are not as optimistic as I am about their chances. Even Arlene Rowland-Scott of Rowland’s Upholstery pleaded the fifth and would not talk to me about the outcome of this game.

My Prediction…

GA 34, FL 21

Go Dawgs Sic Em Woof Woof Woof

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

Week two of college football is over and we learned a little this week. Florida struggled for the first half against South Florida, FSU was taught a few things by Oklahoma, Georgia showed that they weren’t quite prepared for a Steve Spurrier driven South Carolina team and Tennessee didn’t handle an Oregon team that perhaps is better than anyone predicted this season.

Our third week of SEC (and FSU) football pics are sponsored by Halftime Sports Bar and Grill on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. If you haven’t been there yet, you should stop by. They have boxes that let you control the sound of the game you want to hear conveniently at your table!

This week’s celebrity guest is Neal Gupton, the drummer from the rockin’ trio, Blistur. Blistur is currently preparing for their upcoming CD release concert and party that will be held in Jacksonville, Florida in late October. We will bring you the latest details as they become available, but it looks like they will be filming a music video at the event. The rumors I am hearing is the event will be near Halloween and concert goers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Who knows? You may just be featured in their music video!

Go Dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!

Here are the results from week two’s games:

Halftime Sports Pub 20
Rowlands Upholstery 17
Eric Childers 20
Stanton Studs 17
Lawrence Mackie 17
Han Ramakers 14
Celebrity Picks 13

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Neal Gupton
Alabama VS Duke Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Duke Alabama
Arkansas VS UGA Georgia Arkansas Georgia Arkansas Georgia Georgia Georgia
Auburn VS Clemson Auburn Auburn Clemson Auburn Clemson Auburn Auburn
Florida VS Tenn. Florida Florida Florida Florida Tenn. Florida Tenn.
Kentucky VS Akron Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
LSU VS Miss. State LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
Ole Miss VS Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss
SC VS Furman SC SC SC SC SC SC Furman
FSU VS BYU FSU BYU FSU FSU BYU BYU FSU

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Predictions Week One

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Predictions Week One

2010 Fantasy Football

Now that the NFL has started the 2010 season we decided to tap into our football resources and put a little twist on picking games for each Sunday. Having been a commissior for a fantasy football league for 9 years I decided to have our panel pick specific players for their Fantasy value each week. As many of you know Fantasy football decisions are entirely different than picking the winners of games.

Each week our experts, or non-experts, will be given a list of 3 Quarterbacks, 3 Running Backs, 3 Wide Recievers and 3 Tight Ends to determine who they think will have the best fantasy point week. Hopefully this can help you decide which players to play on your teams, or who not to play as the case may be! The scoring for this will be determined by the default NFL.com scoring. As with our SEC picks, this is only for bragging rights.

The players are the same as the SEC Football Picks with the addition of the editor of SearchAmelia.com, Judie Mackie, who is also an award winning Fantasy Football player (for nearly a decade) herself.

Good Luck to all!

NFL.com scoring is as follows-
OFFENSE

Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
Interceptions: -2 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points
2-Point Conversions: 2 points
Fumbles Lost: -2 points

Quarterback – Pick One

Position Player Team
Quarterback Peyton Manning Indy
Quarterback Tom Brady New England
Quarterback Phillip Rivers San Diego

Running Back – Pick One

Position Player Team
Running Back Frank Gorre San Francisco
Running Back Maurice Jones Drew Jacksonville
Running Back Steven Jackson St Louis

Wide Receiver – Pick One

Position Player Team
Wide Receiver Roddy White Atlanta
Wide Receiver Steve Smith Carolina
Wide Receiver Hines Ward Pittsburgh

Tight End – Pick One

Position Player Team
Tight End Antonio Gates San Diego
Tight End Kellen Winslow Tampa Bay
Tight End Jason Whitten Dallas

Week One Fantasy Football Picks

Players Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Judie Mackie
Quarterback Manning Manning Manning Brady Rivers Brady Manning
Running Back Gore Jones-Drew Gore Jones-Drew Jones-Drew Gore Gore
Wide Receiver Ward White Smith White White Ward White
Tight End Whitten Whitten Gates Gates Whitten Winslow Gates

SEC Week Two Picks

SEC Week Two Picks

SEC

Week one didn’t hold too many surprises for SEC football. The Tim Tebow-less Florida Gators had a tough time against a far inferior Miami of Ohio, while Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina showed what the SEC is all about.

Ole Miss and Vandy both struggled, and Florida State (not an SEC team but a favorite among many locals) handily beat Samson.

This week brings much more difficult match-ups for most SEC teams, except of course Florida, who chooses to play the Old Ladies of the Poor for the first two games every season. At least this week they will be bringing the money and cameras to another Florida school, the University of South Florida. Go Bulls!

Go Dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!

Here are the results from week one’s games:

Halftime Sports Pub 11
Rowlands Upholstery 10
Eric Childers 11
Stanton Studs 9
Lawrence Mackie 9
Han Ramakers 8
Celebrity Picks 6

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Alex Watts
Alabama VS Penn State Alabama Penn State Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
Arkansas VS Monroe Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Auburn VS MSU Auburn Auburn Auburn MSU Auburn MSU Auburn
Florida VS USF Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida
UGA VS SC SC Georgia SC SC Georgia SC Georgia
KY VS Akron Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Akron
LSU VS Vandy LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU Vandy LSU
Ole Miss VS Tulane Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Tulane Ole Miss Tulane Ole Miss
TN VS Oregon Tennessee Oregon Oregon Oregon Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
FSU VS Oklahoma Oklahoma Florida State Florida State Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma

SEC Football Picks Week One

SEC Football Picks Week One

SEC Football Picks Week One

Football withdrawals are officially over!!! Today, September 4th, 2010 is the official start of College football season with the NFL starting next week. I am personally very excited about this and have found out that plenty of other people around here are also as excited as I am.

The good folks at Halftime Sports Bar and I decided to host our own version of football picks to be displayed for everyone who comes to SearchAmelia to see. We rounded out our panel with some very interesting football fans like us. We have TJ and Becky at Halftime; myself (a University of Georgia Grad and self proclaimed football fanatic and avid Jaguar fan); Arlene at Rowland’s Upholstery; Eric Childers (a city commissioner and car salesman for Rick Keffer Dodge); Stanton’s Studs, a graduate of South Carolina whose son just recently started at FSU; Search Amelia’s own publisher (a fan of the other football sport played overseas mostly); and a celebrity pick each week. This week our celebrity is Ally at the Desk.

We are going to focus on SEC football and the FSU Seminoles for our picks each week. There is no money involved, just bragging rights. We encourage each and every one of you to tell us how you think we are doing and hope that you join in with your comments and good natured banter.

Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to each of our players and what makes them a so-called expert in their field of footballdom!

Have a great football season and look next week for our Fantasy football pick ’em for the NFL to start up. This week everyone picked South Carolina, because they already played their game and won, so everyone has one win to start. We look forward to a great college football season and exceptional fall here on Amelia Island.

Go Dawgs, Sic ’em, woof – woof – Woof!!!

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholstery Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Ally at the Desk
Alabama VS San Jose Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
Arkansas VS TN Tech Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas TN Tech
Auburn VS Arkansas ST Auburn Auburn Auburn Arkansas ST Auburn Auburn Arkansas ST
Florida VS Miami-Ohio Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida
UGA VS LA-Lafayette Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia
KY VS Louisville Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Louisville Louisville Louisville
LSU VS NC LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
Ole Miss VS Jax State Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss
Miss State VS Memphis Miss State Miss State Miss State Miss State Memphis Memphis Memphis
TN VS TN-Martin Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Vandy VS NWestern NW Vandy NW Vandy NW Vandy Vandy
FSU VS Sampson Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State
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Petanque Tournament Results

Petanque Tournament

Petanque Tournament

I played my first Petanque tournament this weekend and had a great time. Though the wind made it a little chilly, I still ended up with a sunburned nose.

Each team played five games, three in the morning and two after lunch. The schedule may not sound brutal, but that was a lot of Pentanque played in one day! I enjoyed each and every game and made many new friends on the courts who also enjoy the game. The biggest surprise of the day was when the Lonely Boules Team, headed by Aubrey Dahl, knocked off the number one team going into the final game. This took the number one team down to third place. It just goes to show you that anyone can play this game and win!

Even though our SearchAmelia Team had never played Petanque together, we quickly developed a strategy highlighting each of our strengths and it proved a successful formula.

Thanks to all who came to play and watch and I hope to play in many more local tournaments.

Here are the official results of the Pentanque tournament that was played in Fernandina Beach Saturday. (Please make note of the team that came in second place!)

“Ranking was based on (a) games won and (b) point spread.

Prize winners:
1. Carolina Petanque (with a 33% Fernandina input) Gary, Shirley & Jeff
2. SearchAmelia – Han, Thom & Lawrence
3. Cool Boules “Chillin” – David, Bobby & Will
4. Boules de Leon – Daniel, Gary & Alex
5. Les Screwboules – Lynda, Maleana & Colson
6. Meat Boules – Bryan, Pete & Charlie

The other teams were “Dazed & Confused”, “Boules of Fire”, “Palm Pelicans”, “We are the Closest”, and 4 teams that had hardly ever touched a boule, but were on a roll just as well: “PAC Beach Boules”, “Westrec”, “Boules of Steel” and “The Big Kahunas”.

As always, it was wonderful to see players, most of whom had never met, and some over 60 years apart in age, high fiving, cheering, and cracking jokes all day long. To be repeated, without a doubt.”

Thank you Petanque America for putting on such a fun event!

Daylight Saving Watering Restrictions

Daylight Saving Watering Restrictions

Daylight Saving Watering Restrictions

I know that most of us are upset about the fact that we lost an hour of sleep last night because of Daylight savings, especially when we have to get up real early to be able to park for the Concourse d’Elegance, but we can look forward to changing our sprinkler systems to coincide with the new water restrictions. I know, everyone is excited about this, but it is a good thing for our landscapes.

According to the St. Johns River Water Management, during daylight saving time we are allowed to water twice a week instead of once. Daylight savings time is from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

Homes with oOdd numbered addresses can now water on Wednesday and Saturday. Even numbered addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday. No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and you must not water for more than one hour per zone. These restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.

I am sure this excites quite a few people and gives them something very important to do tomorrow. While you are doing this, since the weather should be rather nice, take the time to check your sprinklers to make sure they are watering properly and the clock is set to the right time and watering the correct areas.

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Deer Hunting Tips

Deer Hunting Tips

Deer Hunting Tips

I’m not sure where some of these tips come from, but this one about deer hunting comes from an educated rancher and experienced deer hunter.

Author Unknown

“I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up… three of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold.

The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope.

That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer… no chance.

That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals.

A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.

I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer’s momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in.

I didn’t want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder. This was a little trap I had set before hand, kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.

Did you know that deer bite?

They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head–almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective.

It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose.

That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day.

Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal, like a horse, strikes at you with their hooves and you can’t get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.

I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds.

All these events are true, so help me God…
An Educated Rancher”

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New Scam Takes Advantage of Older Men

Men's Wallets

Men's Wallets

You see lots of internet and emailed warnings to women. Advice for protecting themselves in parking lots or while shopping, but this is the first warning I have seen for men. (Original author unknown)

“A ‘heads up’ for those men who may be regular Lowe’s, Home Depot or Sams customers. This one caught me by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic.

Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your friends.

Here’s how the scam works:

Two seriously good-looking 20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ‘No’ and instead ask you for a ride to McDonalds.

You agree and they get into the back seat. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also July 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.

Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at K-Mart and bought them out. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonalds. I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sams.”

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Another Fernandina Business Bites the Dust

Another Fernandina Business Bites the Dust

Another Fernandina Business Bites the Dust

While traveling down 8th street here in Fernandina Beach I noticed that yet another local business bites the dust. The Papa Johns on Amelia Island has shut down and has a sign in the window that says, “We are closed for good.”

After doing a little research on the web I found that the store locator on Papajohns.com lists the closest restaurants to Fernandina Beach as St. Mary’s and two more located in North Jacksonville. Neither of these will be delivering to the Island I am sure.

Fernandina Papa Johns is Closed

Fernandina Papa Johns is Closed

It is hard to imagine a pizza place like Papa Johns going out of business. I guess the influx of reasonably priced specialty pizza places proved too much for them. I would guess that because more restaurants now deliver to their customers in order to get more of the market share may have also had something to do with it.

Whatever the reason, I hate to see any of our local businesses go under. With a tight economy, people are tight with their dollars – make sure you provide a great value and attentive customer service! If you haven’t tried Tony’s Pizza in the Publix Shopping Center, now is your opportunity… and they deliver, too!

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