Engaging and Creative Content Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

One of the qualities I have honed while working in newsrooms for 25 years is my ability to work under pressure while delivering a quality product. A good story teller can grab an audience’s attention with whatever resources are available. Below is a good example! I created this video on my iPhone in a short period of time.  It’s upbeat message with strong visuals instantly allowed it to out perform most other posts. It speaks volumes to the power of good content creation, technological know-how and  resourcefulness.

To say it was a labor of love is an under estimate! It took 2 1/2 years to remodel my house, but it was well worth it! My pink nightmare was really a diamond in the rough. I made this video to show you how hard work can transform anything!!!

Posted by Eric Roby on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Attack of the Monitor Lizards

Living in South Florida you get used to the exotic animals that surround us. We may be lacking lightening bugs, but we do have cockroaches the size of smart cars. In addition to our cute lizards crawling around everywhere, we also have 12 foot alligators. Even local rivers and beaches are now dealing with the beautiful, but poisonous lion fish. I can get used to most creepy crawlies, but I draw the line at dragons!

It’s true. A small colony of nile monitor lizards have moved in along the banks of the C51 canal in West Palm Beach. These lizards (that are indigenous to Africa) are so big they are sometimes called dragons. They can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh hundreds of pounds. They have a vicious bite and can be very aggressive.

I checked state records and found a dozen or so have been found over the past year from Palm Beach International Airport to the Turnpike along Southern Boulevard.  A five footer was even caught inside of a screened in porch. The lizard got there by entering a doggie door.

The state is now trying to catch and kill off the breeding lizards. They’ve lost the battle in Cape Coral in Southwest Florida. A large colony is currently terrorizing that small town. The lizards are even breaking into foreclosed homes and breeding inside of them. Yes, the lizards are also breeding in West Palm Beach. I know because the state sent me a picture to prove it!

Most Floridians can take a lot when it comes to exotic animals. Boa constrictors moving into the Everglades and eating alligators is ok for most, but the idea of a monitor lizard moving in next door is not. Personally that’s where I have to draw a line.