People are starting to trickle back to Venice for the winter season, but because it is also school holidays time, there are still quite a few young people around.
It is always slightly jarring to see the Christmas decorations in Florida yards during the daytime, but they do look very pretty at night.
The Venice libraries have such a different collection of books than we have in little Jericho, VT. Today I picked up a mystery by Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol. I am hooked at twenty pages in.
On a somewhat related note, or a complete non sequitur, as the case may be, I read about a gay couple in a southern Texas club being ordered to not dance to a country-western tune, "Cowboys and Angels." I am not so much a big country music fan, but the two-step kind of looks like fun and women dance together all the time. In some cultures men dance with men and women dance with women and that's the way it is. I am not going to make any kind of judgement, but the gay guys were told they could dance to hip-hop, just not the country-western because that constituted a safety risk. Twerk=OK; two-step=NO-NO.
So does anyone think that the world will get to the state, when today's 20-somethings are old fogeys like me that there will be fond nostalgia for the wholesome entertainment of folks like Miley Cyrus? Okay, I am making judgements. Sorry. So very sorry. I did not used to be a prudish type.
I set up a budget for myself on mint.com. I am going to try to be more aware of how I handle money now that it is solely my job. I pretty much hate it. Mint is already pointing out that I am over budget on groceries--never mind that I had to restock everything. Now I am intimidated about going to the grocery store and I am glad that there are only a few days left in this month. However, if I pick up a bunch of stuff at the drugstore...no problems!
I think that my resolution for 2014 is to stop letting myself be pushed around by technology!