Not Many Warm Day Left

October 20th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This young man is getting this project done as there are not many warm days left.

She’s Still Winning

October 17th, 2020
Photograph submitted by Margo E. Downing-Faircloth

That’s my 95 year old mother-in-law and I going at a game of SKIP-BO. We’re both wearing mask because I made a visit to ER last week for a digestive issue. So, since we’re in the mist of a continuing COVID-19 pandemic my wife and I thought I should probably self-quarantine for a week. You never know what you can pick up in a hospital even in normal times. I’m off tomorrow.

My mother-in-law has everyone fooled except me. She plays the 95 year old person pity card to my wife and the children. She lets her great grandchildren slide, however. There’s noting wrong with her mind and she is still as sharp as tack. When she sits down a table to play cards she plays to win. And all her aches and pains seem to disappear. She won so many games I started keeping track. She has won most of them. I told her winning involved both skill and luck, She’s both skillful and definitely lucky. She gets most of the SKIP_BO wildcards during the vast majority of games. I usually can only win if I get more wildcards. She seldom wins without having the most wildcards. She taught me the game but still adapts her game to include some of my winning strategies.

Back In The Air Again

October 14th, 2020
drone shot of 22 Ruddy Duck in Heritage Shores
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

After weeks of not posting anything new here, I finally went back up in the air again with my Yuneec H Plus drone. It gave me something to post.

I’ve been doing Salsa classes using Zoom, creating short videos using Adobe Premiere and other stuff.

CDC Thinks This Is A Bad Idea

September 30th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

A friend of my neighbor is making a sign for a haunted house to be used during the upcoming Halloween. The CDC is frowning upon indoor gatherings such as a haunted house or places inside where social distancing can’t be practiced during COVID-19 in 2020.

The woman above is not my neighbor or lives in the house next door.

My neighbor loves Halloween and each year her displays become more intricate and expensive. They take over most rooms in her home besides the displays outside. We’re talking thousands of dollars.

Exit Through Front Door

September 20th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Our Fitness Center now has made changes to comply with health restrictions linked to COVID-19. The front door previously functioned as an entrance and exit to building. All doors functioned that way. Now, because of COVID-19, management has closed door to the aerobics room completely. The other side door is used as an entrance, only. The front door can now only be used to exit. I’m guessing this will help keep folks safer with fewer possible interactions.

What’s An Opportunist?

September 14th, 2020
Photograhy by E.W. Faircloth

What’s an opportunist?

This isn’t a definition but an example of an opportunist. A photographer is walking back home following his walk up to the driving range to hit a few balls. On his way back home he spots a  quinceañera, or 15th birthday celebration for a female. He hasn’t taken any pictures for his blog lately and see this as an “opportunity” to get a photograph. While the official photographer is setting up a shot, our guy goes upstairs and positions himself to take advantage of that opportunity.

So there you have it kiddies. That’s our word for today.


August 22nd, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

My local Walgreen’s pharmacy hosted a COVID-19 Drive-up Testing in its parking lot. I didn’t stop to get tested because if I had had it the past or am asymptomatic I didn’t want to know. I do my social distancing and mask wearing as suggested by the DCC.

This Is Like Being On Vacation

August 17th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

I saw this serpent in the front of a neighbors house. It reminded me of an attraction seen on vacation at Disney World.

When talking about my community, this place is like being on a vacation.

The Deck Is Stacked Against Me

July 22nd, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

After seeing how she kept winning someone needed to figure out why. Somebody picked me. So, I took to counting how many wild cards we were handed during a card game called Skip-Bo. We, being my 94 year-old mother-in-law and myself. She doesn’t get around much physically now but she’s very alert. She’s a force to reckoned with at the card table. Once this COVID-19 thing is over and with her luck I should give here $1,000 and a trip to Vegas.

She has to be the Skip-Bo queen of the family and is very hard to beat. She seems to win because she gets most of the wild cards or Skip-Bo’s. I decided to test my theory by writing down all our games results. After each game, I wrote down how many Skip-Bo we both used during the game. I also noted the winner of that game. Having access to a MySql database would allow me to “analyze” the data later. Also, it gave me a chance to write some mysql queries.

SELECT SUM(grammy) FROM `skipbo` WHERE grammy >  0


As of July 21, 2020
We’ve played 100 games

Grammy had a total of 1,762 SKIP-BO’s

I had a total of  1,423 SKIP-BO’s

Grammy had  54 wins

I had   46 wins

Grammy record number of SKIP-BO’s for any one game  34

I record number of SKIP-BO’s for any one game   24

Bottom Line Grammy has had 24% more SKIP-BO’s than me but only 17% more wins. When we first started playing I understood this game was as many games, card games especially, winning is determined by skill and luck. With two evenly matched competitors luck will determine the winner. She has won with fewer Skip-Bo’s during a game and so have I. But when I look back through 100 game, it’s usually the person with the most Skip-Bo’s who keeps coming out on top.

Tribute To John Lewis

July 19th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Flag lowering for U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

USA President Don J. Trump and Delaware governor ordered US and state flags flown at half-staff. Our flags here in Heritage Shores were also lowered and will return to regular height tomorrow.