Stormfront, Meh

August 26, 2012 9:29pm
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It’s funny how after living someplace for a while, you sorta get complacent about things like the weather when there’s a storm brewing that could potentially blow your recently purchased and hopefully adequately insured new house halfway across town…


It’s kinda crazy to actually sit back and do the math, but I guess I’ve technically been living here in Florida for 9 years now – nearly a third of my life! – so much in the same way that up in Michigan when “the blizzard of all blizzards” was coming in off Lake Michigan and we simply shrugged it off as an excuse to try out our new shovels, now here in the middle of “hurricane season” I find myself not so much scrambling around for canned goods and batteries as do wishing that I’d have taken Cleo out for her walk before it started to torrential downpour that will likely last for the next week and a half!

I honestly don’t think that Isaac is going to have much impact on us here in the Tampa Bay area at all, aside from some rain and wind, anyways.

I will admit that I do find it a little amusing that threat of the storm may upset the Republican National Convention that’s taken over downtown for the next week … hey, at the very least those guys deserve to get a little inconvenienced after the floods of ridiculous bullshit coming from their own mouths that we have to wade through the rest of the year!

wet and sunny in Downtown Tampa

July 15, 2012 9:10pm
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Here’s one more photo that I took while we were downtown today – I’ve always been a fan of our downtown area because it’s big, but not I’m gonna get mugged big … so it’s a little easier for me to relax and take in the scenery. I actually used to work downtown years ago and absolutely loved just walking around amongst the buildings on my lunch hour – it’s a very unique experience when you’re normally surrounded by suburban sprawl and more suburban sprawl…

Anyways, I thought this view looked kinda nice! 😉

a day of local learning

July 15, 2012 9:03pm
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Today was sort of our last day out and about with family before they head back early Monday morning, so we ended up taking them to see a couple of local sights that we thought might be fun (and also educational!) for the kids…

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

So the night before, Sara had the kids watch Dolphin Tale so that they could look forward to meeting Winter the next day. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of the aquarium itself, though – I’d never been, but I’d heard stories from others (including Sara) that it wasn’t kept up very well and was pretty small, so I guess you could say that I walked in the door with pretty low expectations to begin with…

I actually ended up really enjoying it, even though the ticket prices at the door ($20/adults; $15/kids) seemed a bit high. I don’t know – maybe I’m just losing a tiny bit of my cynicism in my old age, but as I walked around the various tanks, I realized that it really isn’t fair to compare it to someplace like The Florida Aquarium or even SeaWorld because it’s very clear that the primary focus is on rehabilitating injured animals, with tourism and education off to the side, and because it’s a non-profit effort to keep the place running, it’s not nearly as polished as you’d expect from a normal exhibit.

We weren’t really there a long time – maybe a little over an hour, but it was time enough to see Winter floating around in her tank (sans prosthetic tail, which was surprising), watch a neat demo with one of the other rescue dolphins, and then take a quick tour past the other animals. It’s not necessarily a place that I would rush just any out-of-town guest over to see, but it is someplace that I could see Sara and I making donations to in the future simply for their support of the area’s wildlife.

Glazer Children’s Museum

Now this was one that I was really looking forward to after a referral from a friend and boy, it didn’t fail to disappoint! The museum is downtown next to the big waterfront park that’s been getting a lot of publicity lately, and I love an excuse to go downtown. It’s a two-story building divided up into numerous sections each dedicated to teaching kids about all sorts of stuff – there was an area on currents and waterways, and weather, and how television and telephones work, and how roads and cities are planned, and an interactive supermarket … the list just goes on and on, and one thing that I really enjoyed was seeing how all sorts of local businesses had branded the various areas for their sponsorships (i.e. Publix had the supermarket, I think the Port Authority had the shipyard, etc…).

Here we actually spent several hours, nearly up to when the place was closing and everyone was really starting to run out of steam fast! Though I haven’t been to MOSI in many years to know if it’s improved (I wasn’t really impressed last time I went), the children’s museum is exactly the kind of thing I like to see with tons of hands on exhibits and plenty of good information for kids to pick up on while they play! This is one that I definitely would make a point to visit again for any future guests who come with young ones in tow!  :mrgreen:

random pic from the 4th of July…

July 20, 2008 10:44pm
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We didn’t end up getting any even remotely decent fireworks pics from the 4th, as we were pretty far away from all of the action, but a few nice photos still came out of the sky as the sun went down. The body of water would be Hillsborough Bay (Tampa Bay is the area between Tampa & St. Petersburg, so this is the area between South Tampa and the rest of Florida), which means that the sunset was actually happening behind us, making for some pretty neat colors in the clouds in front of us as they caught the reflections of the actual sunset itself.

no personal responsibility…

July 17, 2008 10:00pm
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If this doesn’t get thrown out of court faster than our non-existent bullet train, our legal system drops yet another notch in my eyes of actually being intelligent purveyors of justice in America…

Woman Suing Green Iguana For ‘Flaming Shot’ Injuries

Basically, this woman goes into a bar in St. Petersburg, orders a shot of Bacardi 151 on fire, then spit it out and caught herself on fire because she got scared of the flames.  She ended up being rushed to the hospital and couldn’t work for two months due to the burns, so she’s suing the bar.  Oh yeah, but one other thing – she was underage at the time that this happened…

“I’m suing because I should not have been let in,” Shannon said today.  “If I weren’t let in, none of the events would have happened.”

Are you f’ing kidding me?!  If you would’ve caught me trying to drink underage, none of this would’ve happened!  The manager is even quoted earlier in the article that someone had told her that others were buying the girl drinks all evening, presumably because she couldn’t actually do so herself.  You’ve just got to love the level of personal responsibility of today’s youth – I mean, my generation has had its dumb moments, but come on?!  What are the chances that the judge will turn the tables and not only dismiss the lawsuit against the bar, but also add in some jail time for underage drinking?

And the biggest kicker of them all?  Apparently she’s currently enrolled in college under a criminal justice major…

Oh, the weather outside is awesome.

May 7, 2008 7:37pm
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This is the perfect time of year in Florida for me. Well, this and October/November before the temperatures “really” start dipping back down to those dreaded sub-50-degree numbers in the evenings. Right now is great, though – it’s warm, but not blazing hot in the morning; the afternoons are sunny and hot, but not so much that you can’t go outside for a bit; and the evenings are still warm enough that a relaxing dip in the pool after a workout is comfortable, yet I can open up some windows around the house after it gets dark to help circulate air. In another month when the frogs start going at it, open doors and windows will no longer be an option so I have to enjoy that while I can!

Soon those tables will turn and instead of the weather being quaint and enjoyable, it’ll be pushing 100 degrees mid-afternoon, only cooled down by the 4pm rain, and you probably won’t catch me outside for anything more than a brief moment when the sun is up. Luckily Disney blocks us out of the parks all summer when it’s mad hot anyways, so that makes it a little easier. Still, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else…

clearly it’s been another one of those weeks…

February 15, 2008 8:10am
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More photos from Downtown Tampa…

I actually took these last weekend when we were out and about, but never got around to posting them until just now. Last Saturday we went on a free lunch cruise around the bay under the guise that we were actually considering them for our rehearsal dinner. It turned out, however, that their prices actually make The Melting Pot look pretty affordable, so unless we find any other restaurants that are willing to attempt to woo us with free food, it looks like we’ll probably end up scavenging for extra money to make our fondue rehearsal dinner a reality.

It’s been a long week, and it’s already stacking up to be an even longer weekend – I may have to work tomorrow, we have a wedding to attend in the afternoon, and I still need to do our taxes so we can get our money back from Uncle Sam! I do want to try and post again later tonight, though, to share all of my leftover wuv from Valentine’s Day. Sneak Preview: I got something big and cuddly from Sara!

The Simpsons local quote of the day:

“Many years ago, astrology was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of the sciences…”

“They disappointed me with science…”

December 20, 2004 12:02am
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I took a trip over to MOSI yesterday afternoon and, well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing that admission was FREE because otherwise I would’ve left there feeling disappointed and ripped off! Quite the bummer, too, because I’ve been wanting to go there for such a long time now – it seems like a year and a half later I’m just now getting around to visiting the big name venues of the town – the Forum last week, the science museum yesterday, the unemployment office tomorrow…I kid, I kid…

Anyone who’s been there will probably agree that the place has scads of potential, but just continuously seems to drop the ball at all of the wrong times. Very nice building – plenty of room, and even an IMAX-dome theater – but the content was simply severely lacking and barely even close to par with some of the other science museums I’ve visited. Signs were old and faded, some displays reminded me more of middle school science projects than what you’d expect to see having just paid $20 a piece for admission. They had about three worthwhile exhibits – space exploration and the planets, magnetism, and a few neat displays about forces and whatnot, but overall I probably won’t be going back anytime soon…especially if it’s not free.

In other news, I just got finished watching Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) – and maybe this is just my weekend for disappointments, I don’t know! Of course, the theatrical movie itself is still stellar and it had been a while since I’d watched anything on the big screen, but the extra 50 minutes just seemed like a waste to me. Nothing really significant, other than the scene where Aragorn and the army of the dead took the boats on the river, but unlike the uncut footage from the other two, it almost felt like the director was just throwing in extra footage because he had done the same with the previous two DVD sets… *shrug*

I did, however, watch Resident Evil: Apocalypse last night and I thought that that turned out really good. I had been wondering if this was going to be a completely separate movie, so it was a relief to see that this one basically picks up exactly where the first one left off…give or take maybe five minutes. Mind you, a considerable number of scenes scared the bejesus out of me, but anyone who’s endured pretty much any movie with me will vouch that this is a common happening! I think I slept in the car for something like six days after seeing Arachnaphobia for the first time… 😛

Or maybe not!!!

September 6, 2004 12:51pm
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It seems that a good portion of Tampa is, well, underwater and going home right now might not be the safest idea, so we’re stuck here for at least another day – maybe two.

It’s funny – management and the salaried employees are dying to get home, and yet all I continue to see are the dollar signs…

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