Mo di lo. * A Fla kid makes a few bucks…

Ft Myers, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger. Jan. 30, 2021.  Click image to watch him mow the lawn. The weird tree is a banyan.  It’s a fig. ©


By Paul Goldfinger,   Editor


“Mo di lo”*  is the French pronunciation for “cut the grass.”

If you drive to downtown Ft. Myers, where the center of town is, you will have to travel uptown, ie north.  It is strange.  The city’s westerly border runs along the Caloosahatchie River which is one mile wide at its widest point.  Calusa Indians once lived along this river. There is a Calusa shell mound on Sanibel Island. If the Indians had a picnic, they would have clams on the half shell and toss the shells into the pile.

You will find that there are lots of ranch style houses–all over the place.  It’s sort of claustrophobic because many of the interior roads are multi-lane highways, and there aren’t too many places to pull over, park, and walk around.


This photo of a dock shows how wide the river is. This is Thomas Edison’s private dock.  The decorative entranceway was added many years after he moved in.  Paul Goldfinger photo.   Ft. Myers, Fla La Land.




At Rutherford High School  1959  (NJ) the Boys Glee Club  (I was a baritone–we had no sopranos in that ensemble)  sang this song “Down by the Riverside.”

For us it was the polluted Passaic River. If we wanted a snack, it wasn’t clams on the half shell. We would go to Rutt’s Hut, across the river, for burgers and fried hot dogs, consumed while sitting on the hoods of our cars overlooking the water.