More musings from the south…

September 29, 2003 11:36pm
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It’s kind of a bummer that I can’t really get any work done for Just Laugh right now because not only is my main computer buried in the trunk of my car, but the monitor is still sitting up in Michigan. I also learned the hard way that my trunk wasn’t exactly packed very well as I attempted to retrieve my printer and ended up spilling a few dozen DVDs across the parking lot. I still haven’t gotten the printer, but at least I’ll know what I’m up against when I try again later…

In other news, my shoulders and neck have been aching for the past few days, which I was originally attributing to the long drive down here, but I’m coming to realize that this stiff as a board “bed” is actually the culprit. It tends to come and go, finally leaving just in time for me to go to sleep and usher the pain back into my world once again, to the point where I might actually consider sleeping on the floor tonight! Nonetheless, I’m going to meet with the leasing office of the #1 apartment complex on my list tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be out of this place in a week anyways – if not, I might need to pick up another bottle of aspirin…

More Random Noticings About the Tampa Bay Area (and Florida in General…):

  • The heat (at least right now) isn’t really so bad, as long as you don’t have your A/C on full blast all the time. I’ve found that just rolling the window down in the car is good enough and I actually woke up too cold this morning because I left the A/C on…
  • There are several stadiums of all varieties in the area, but the one that really had me scratching my head was the New York Yankee’s Legends Field. You see, this confused me because the New York Yankees are from New York, yet this is anything but New York. Further research explained that Legends Field actually has the same dimensions as Yankee Stadiumin New York, primarily because this is where their spring training takes place. Apparently they can’t stand the cold, either – who’d’ve thought?!
  • Silver, 4-cylinder cars, such as the Honda Civic, are very popular down here, just as was The Fast and the Furiousapparently. When are the children of today going to learn that four-bangers just aren’t muscle cars, no matter how big of a muffler you throw on them. It’s kind of like tricking out a Neon – it sounds horrible and frankly, just looks silly.
  • There are presumably a lot of old people down here. I say presumably because although I’ve yet to encounter any of them in large groups, there’s a minimum of six to eighthandicapped spaces in front of every Wal-Mart, Publix, and Kash-n-Karry here. I had to pick-up some items at a Wal-Mart Supercenter the other day and not only did I end up parking in a secondary lot like a half a mile from the store, but I passed no less than a dozen handicapped spaces in a row on my way in – they were all full.
  • Nobody really gives a damn what the speed limit is…the signs are still there, but pretty much for asthetic qualities only. Nonetheless, everyone’s still quite polite about the whole situation – if they want to pass you, they merely ride your ass until you pull into one of the farther right lanes instead of going around you and flipping you off in the process.
  • I’m hearing that there’s a flood warning out right now, although I’ve yet to bear witness to more than fifteen minutes of rain in the last four days. Perhaps it’s veryhard rain???And lastly…
    • Young or old, it seems that all of us enjoy mocking those who make announcements over the PA systems of supermarkets and superstores, but seriously, when we’re all interrupted with the message that “The time is now 9:00 PM and the customer service desk is now closed…”, who can resist?

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