Yeni Loves Bears

It’s Earth Day 2016 and my beautiful, smoking hot wife loves bears. On her behalf, I encourage everyone to do a little more to help keep our planet alive and sustainable for the creatures providing my wife so much joy.

Thank you. #BearLivesMatter

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Starbucks on Main Street

Yeni and I love going to DisneyWorld — our one big spend each year is annual passes. We go as often as we can… not as often as we’d like… but we get there 20+ times a year.

We each have our favorite places.

Castle Courtyard

Yeni loves the Magic Kingdom… I love Epcot. The castle is her house… I can sit on the People Mover for hours. We both love Main Street, England, the Land, and Chefs de France.

Main Street (or officially Main Street, U.S.A. since we’re talking DisneyWorld) was meant to showcase the typical turn of the century (1900 not 2000) American Main Street.

For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of grandfather’s youth.Walt Disney

Recently, the good ol’ Main Street Bakery was replaced by a Starbucks.

Many people were excited about the change. Lines to get a cup of coffee went out the door. Literally. You could see the Starbucks mermaid more than Ariel.

Yeni and I did not welcome the change.

I found it ironic that an attraction showcasing the carefree time of yesteryear saw a big, national chain replace a local shop.

Of course, I’m one of the few who actually wonder why Starbucks is so popular. A good cup of coffee, at a better price, can be found at your local coffee shop.

Now… finding a local coffee shop still in business? That’s the difficult part.


Five Years Later

So last night, the Mrs, her parents, and I headed to Blue Water Bay in Melrose to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

Fred and Yeni at Blue Water Bay

We’ve had a lot going on these past years… moves, starting a bakery, job stress, fun with immigration, family, money — you know… the same kind of crap everyone deals with.

It comes down to this… life has challenges.

Some are harder than others– but the reality remains that we all have our own fights. Life is truly better when we talk about our blessings more than our burdens.

Starting a business shows you who are the people in your life that truly love and support you. In the last few months, I’ve employed the mantra to stop thinking what could go wrong, and start thinking what could go right.

These past 5 years have felt like 20. But as Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire’s mentor, said:

Hey, I don’t have all the answers. To be honest, in life, I have failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.



Let's see how this goes…

So normally we have Monday off — but today Yeni and I packed up the truck with some cakes and headed to Lake County for a delivery.

On the way back to Gainesville, we stopped off at the Wing Stop in Ocala. The Wing Stop is a Hooters knock-off with very good wings. Wings so good that Yeni suggested we stop there.



Booker's Bourbon
Booker’s Bourbon



The Rule of Law and Immigration

Yeni Monroy

Recently, a bi-partisan group is attempting to create a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants. Many in our community (and country) support such a plan — I do not.

Of course I’m biased. I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on fees, wiped away more tears than one can count, and have had my motives questions all to follow the rule of law and have Yeni and I keep within the bounds of legal immigration.

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Ride Until You See Blue

Fred and Yeni, Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, FL

It’s the first Sunday I can remember that Yeni and I didn’t have to work. How’d we celebrate?

With a ride to Daytona Beach, FL.

Yeni had never been to Daytona Beach and we had a few hours to kill. We hopped on the Harley and rode…. until we saw blue. =)

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The Tipping Conundrum

So, the Mrs. and I (and her parents) enjoyed a very well cooked dinner at a local (and independent) restaurant here in town. The food was excellent; this is easily one of the best restaurants in town.

I enjoyed a drink (just one — I was driving), Yeni enjoyed a drink. Both were top notch.

So… when the bill came I was faced with a conundrum.

How much should I tip?


Winning the Lotto

Sometimes, you’ve already got the winning ticket in your hands. I submit the above proof.

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Thou Shalt Remember Sun Block

Sun marked frowny face
Glove marks, courtesy Florida sunshine

Took the bike out to St. Augustine with Yeni and Richard Armstrong yesterday. Started out as a late afternoon ride (left Gainesville at 1pm) after Yeni and I had finished some work at the bakery.