Sunday, March 29, 2009

touchstone culture

Not such an unusual day in Stuart, FL -- warm, slightly humid and sunny.

A walk to the supermarket reveals piles of Palm Beach Post newspapers stacked on a wire rack un-purchased, with their new higher prices printed in one corner, and semi-irate staff members semi-prowling around. The outside PBP newracks were not empty, either.

Returning to Kcc the back way, along Kingswood Terrace Road, revealed a new park designated across the street (Monterey Road traffic lanes) with a large new sign proclaiming the small cleared space to be Eagle's Nest Park. Bald Eagles have been frequenting the area, but there was no sign of any such birds today. Crows, cardinels, white wading birds, blackbirds, scrub jays, mourning doves, and an array of small brownish birds continued their presence in the riverside area.

Two three-inch dark-blue Skyy Vodka bottles decorated the berm beside the fenced retention pond, one placed very near a pile of bleached bones plus skull that appeared to originate from an oppossum. A live oppossum appeared in the front yardspace along SE Ocean Boulevard yesterday evening, and was rewarded with a handful of sunflower-seed kernels tossed into the new mulch. Further along KTR moving towards its terminus an aged 'Icehouse' brown beer bottle with rusting cap, intact and empty, was removed from the berm, as was a slightly rusted, empty BIC disposable lighter with grass-green-colored plastic case.

The fish were especially wriggly since the last time I took a walk along the south edge of Kcc beside the unfenced section of the retention pond, because I had been tossing shredded grapefruit rinds into the water that provided Vitamin C for the finny creatures and to some extent purified the water with ascorbic acid.

The walk through Kcc along the drive/roadways revealed something different than the usual toad/frogskins drying out on the asphalt, but today what appeared to be an actual corporeal frog lay headless in the road.

This past week, one of the Palm Beach TV stations broadcast a story describing how a toddler had fallen alone into the family swimming pool, but used skills learned in swimming classes to float on his back without drowning, until rescued. As I walked through Kcc today, there was no container placed outside the former chapel/shelter structure and no line drawing of a baby-over-a-bucket overtly visible in the open air to tempt fate.

Flashback to the Riverwalk docks located at the edge of the St. Lucie River in downtown Stuart, near the Stuart Heritage Museum and the south side of the Roosevelt Bridge -- one section of the docks gives a close-up view of a round, smooth and very white pebble-type rock that lies in the river muck just below the surface of the water's flow. The white rock is approximately the size and shape of an adult human skull beneath the shoreline water near the Pelican Cafe, and perhaps is used as a meeting place to signal human bones surfacing elsewhere.

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