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Port St. Lucie, Florida

Posted by graywacke on July 27, 2018

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-a-week blog), I use an app that provides a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”

I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town or towns I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. 

To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some relatively recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2410; A Landing A Day blog post number 844.

Dan:  Today’s lat/long (27o 20.252’N, 80o 19.682’W) puts me on Florida’s east coast:

Here’s my very local landing map, showing I landed right on Brazilian Circle:

And a little less local landing map:

And a regional map:

Here’s my streams-only map:

So.  I landed in the watershed of the N Fk of the St. Lucie R (2nd hit); on to the St. Lucie (2nd hit).

Here’s a Google Earth (GE) shot to show how incredibly urbanized area around Port St. Lucie:

Of course, I wanted the Orange Dude to have a look at my landing:

As you can see, I landed in a condo complex of some sort.  I am extremely sorry that the GoogleMobile didn’t venture into the complex!  Anyway, here’s what he sees:

OK, so I landed in “St. Lucie Oaks.”  A quick search shows that it’s an apartment complex, with apartments as low as $1050/mo!  Here’s a promotional video:



As my regulars might know, I’m not enthralled with johnny-come-lately communities filled with suburbanites & retirees. So, basically, I have nothing to say about Port St. Lucie.

Strangely, Wiki (nor anyone else) has anything to say about the name origin.  But there is a Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia in Spanish) that likely morphed into Saint Lucie.  I mean, really, there’s a a Saint Lucia island in the Caribbean.  Oh my!  I spent a week there . . .

So, Wiki says this about the origin of the island’s name:

Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, who were the island’s first European settlers. It is the only country in the world named after a woman.

The only country in the world named after a woman!!!!!!!  Oh my!!

So, who was St. Lucy?  From Wiki:

Lucia of Syracuse (283–304), was a Christian martyr. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women along with the Blessed Virgin Mary who are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Her feast day, known as Saint Lucy’s Day, is celebrated in the West on 13 December.

There must be a back story here . . .

Here’s a Catholic church video about good ol’ Lucy:


Obviously, I have very little to say about Port St. Lucie.  So, now (as promised in previous ALADus Obscurus pronouncements), here’s a little old fashioned ALAD statistical analysis.

First, a quick review about my obsession with whether a state is Over Subscribed (OS) or Under Subscribed (US).  A quick review:  based on the area of each state and the number of landings, one would expect a certain proportional number of landings in each state.  For example, Texas is about 9% of the area of the lower 48.  So, of course, I would expect that about 9% of my landings would be in Texas.

My spreadsheet makes a similar calculation for every state, so I know for each landing if a given state is OS (has more than expected landings) or US (has less than expected landings).

Today’s landing is landing 2410.  That’s right.  I’ve landed 2410 times.  Now to be fair, I didn’t start blogging until landing 1583.  Before that I landed every day, but did it for my own edification.  Sometime after landing 1500, I started emailing my neighbor Dan about my daily landings, and I started doing the kind of research that launched my blog (with Dan’s help).

But then, at landing 2215, I received an email from my son Jordan, saying thusly:

Your lat longs are random, which is of course a fair way to do it, but there might be a flaw with it. Latitude is fine, as the distance between parallel lines is always the same. However the distance between lines of longitude varies based on latitude and the lines are not parallel.

Look at your most OS state, Montana and compare it with your most US state, Texas.  The distance between W 100 and W 110 is significantly less near Montana than it is near Texas, meaning that your landings are bound to be more dense up north and less dense down south.

Ouch.  So, I came up with an accurate way of coming up with a random lat/long, using a website called “GeoMidpoint,” which, amazingly enough, has a function to select a random lat/long, bounded by N&S lats and E&W longs.

Since the beginning, I have had my spreadsheet calculate a “Score,” which is a measure of how “out of whack” I am with the perfect world where the number of landings in each state would be proportional to the area of each state.  And oh, by the way, if I were to do a million landings, it is inevitable that I would be damn close to such proportionality.

One of the reasons my son Jordan was suspicious about the supposed randomness of my landings is the fact that my Score wasn’t acting like it was asymptotic to zero; rather, it seemed to be leveling off at an arbitrary 150 or so. 

Here’s my Score graph for all 2410 landings:

See what I mean about leveling off at 150?

So anyway, I’m now keeping track of two Scores.  My ongoing original Score that includes all 2410 landings and my new revised Score. 

Here’s a portion of my spreadsheet that calculates my new revised Score (since I changed how I select my random lat/longs 194 landings ago):

You can see that I’ve landed 194 times since I made that change and that my current Score is 356.  The negative numbers show Under Subscribed states; corresponding positive numbers are for Over Subscribed states. The more “out of whack” each state is, the higher the number.  So right now, WV is the most OS state and IL is the most US state.

I won’t go into any detail about how I come up with the numbers; check out “About Landing” for such a discussion. 

Because I can (and because I’m such a nerd), I’ve been having the spreadsheet compare the Scores for the very first 194 landings with the Scores of my most recent 194 landings.

Because I’m now being truly random and back in the day, I wasn’t, I expected my new Score to move more quickly towards zero than my old Score.  Well, it takes a graph to see what’s going on:

Strangely, for nearly all of the 194 landings, my new Score has been staying higher than my old.  Not at all what I expected, but then again, the Landing God acts in strange ways.  But you can see that the Scores have finally converged.  Let’s take a closer look, zooming in at the tail end of the graph:

As I expected (knew?), my more random landings would end up with a Score that is lower than my less random landing Score, because now, I truly am heading towards zero, not some stupid number like 150.

Phew.  I’ll revisit this topic again at some time in the future, but don’t worry, it’ll probably be in a couple of years . . .

Anyway, back to Florida . . .

I’ll close with this GE shot by Jorge Silva of some sort of prehistoric reptilian creature hanging out in the North Fork of the St. Lucie River:

That’ll do it . . .




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