o This past Sunday's Walgreen's newsprint supplement features an oversized coupon that states "On June 1 Passport Laws are Changing U. S. citizens will need a passport to travel anywhere outside the U. S. by land, sea or air". The coupon offers a "FREE Passport Travel Kit with purchase of Passport Photos. Includes two travel-sized cosmetic bottles, toothbrush case and passport holder all in a handy travel bag."
Aside from the fact that such a change should apply only to travel-industry common-carrier activities, not stipulated in the coupon offer, the false 'need' to buy and have special items in order to travel is quite hilarious and has the potential for yet more definite conflict. That certain populations residing in the United States wish to track the movements of all U. S. citizens as they visit relatives in other American regions is a transparent bid continued to make use of everything we do and say with "civil defense" claims lacking the serendipity that makes creative and imaginative experiences for fellow human beings.
In the late 1970s in San Francisco, CA, I wanted to inquire about passport requirements from that city's passport office -- questions only, some years after some unnamed population began advertising Brazil in South America as THE place to send Portuguese immigrants. I stopped in at a place nearby that advertised 'passport photos' with intent to either use or to send them to family as evidence of my appearance within peninsula environs. My queries were answered, with advisement that passports were required only if traveling outside the continental (equatorial?) Americas, and the photos were sent to my mother showing the flattened visage of a definite neophyte traveller.
o SE Ocean Boulevard, post-hurricanes, has a 'Florida Blood Center' addressed near the St. Lucie River where unwilling red-blooded Americans can be lured, intimidated and wrestled into premises circulatory-system tap-actions. A Starbucks franchise location installed beside it has already folded, and a 'For Sale' sign advertises the failure of the fast-food venture.
The operation appears to follow the example of San Francisco, CA, where a large 'blood center' was installed on Masonic Avenue after the earthquake of 1989, showing a large red drop painted on the outside of the building at the entrance. Telephone calls not affiliated with the operation lured or intimidated, asking "Will you go to give blood?", with angry people (high blood pressure) specifically targeted.
The north Stuart Blood Center is located within the medical-mall zone that lacks sidewalk entryway into mall shops, businesses and markets -- pedestrians must share asphalt roadway entrances with motorists.
o A Sheriff's Office was spotted on SE Monterey Road in a plaza-type setting across from the thrift shops, used car lots, and other small businesses addressed between U. S. 1 and Willoughby Boulevard.
o Oh yeah, the steak knife previously described was not a pointed or sharp example of the culinary tool -- it was simply serrated at its tip and had a plastic handle -- and I felt followed into/awaited by the Salvation Army as if I had neglected to bring it to them and had erred (a "faux pas") because dropping it into a 10th Street trash can instead. After all, Stuart (FL) is advertised as a sort of expanded fishing village that has not lost its small-town charm.
o Also, the latest walk southward from Johnson Street to regain Monterey Road showed a key-lock flattened and lying in the bicycle lane in two pieces -- the stem and the lock mechanism proper. Flashback to San Francisco, CA, where my daughter 'lost' two locks -- one combination and one key-type -- in Roosevelt Middle School where students had to negotiate use of assigned lockers half the size of regular school lockers, stacked two each along the hallways. A student either had a bottom locker or had the stacked top locker assigned. She probaby knows where the two locks are, but I don't know (and ain't that a clever tactic).