Archive for October, 2004

Support Local [Professional] Theatre

Worried about the upcoming election? Looking for a temporary escape from the election aftermath? Turn to the warm embrace of live theatre.

Orlando Theatre Project is opening their second show of the 2004-2005 season at Seminole Community College on November 4.

Details are below.
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Downtown Fun

The other night a couple friends, my girl and I went downtown to have some fun. None of us have ever really gone downtown for any length of time, in fact all of us together had probably only been downtown a handful of times. We ended up having a blast, going to a few bars before walking back to the downtown hotel room we had gotten in advance. Downtown’s a pretty cool place; one I’d like to get to know a whole lot better!

So what, for you, is the most fun you can have downtown?

A Night of Enchantment

Make sure to step outside tonight, October 27, 2004, and look towards the sky.

At 9:14PM, a Total Lunar Eclipse will take place.

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Image credit: Loyd Overcash, Houston, Texas, USA

I’m sick of the ads!

I understand that Florida is a battleground state and I wish we weren’t. You cannot turn on TV right now without EVERY commercial being a political ad. It’s crazy! Think about all the money they are spending on these ads.

Wouldn’t it be better spent finding a cure for diabetes or funding schools or giving homeless people a shelter this winter? This is craziness. And I’m not sure it will ultimately make any difference in people’s opinion at this juncture. I think debates and meetings have more impact, not ads.

Coincidental

For the past month, I’ve been sitting in on these cross-training classes at my school. The guy who teaches one of my classes has been working at the school for awhile. He’s a nice guy. We’ve passed each other in the halls quite a few times over the past 3 years, said hi, made chitcat.

The other day, I was sitting in on his class and he mentioned to the students that he used to be a DJ at UCF. Suddenly, something clicked in my head, and I realized:

This guy sat next to me for an entire college semester in 1998!

I had vague memories of a long-haired, affable guy who sat next to me in Broadcast Regulations at UCF. He usually had a Mountain Dew by his side. He DJ’d at W-UCF. But I had no memory of his face or his name or anything aside from those details. And he’d been working next to me for 3 years! Craziness!

Stuff like this happens to me all the time, to the point where the coincidences have gotten spooky. I firmly believe that Orlando is the smallest big city in America. Everyone here is connected in some way. It’s kind of beautiful, if you think about it.

We Wiggled

Today was The Wiggles concert my 3-year-old son and I attended. It was really a lot of fun for the adults as well as the children.

Mikey had a hard time dealing with it all. He was quite shocked to see them at all and then a little overwhelmed, but he enjoyed it too. He cried halfway home.

Even more amusing to me, was the concert tour t-shirt I bought him, with all the cities listed on the back. Just like a rock concert! Except, no rock.

At one point Anthony asked everyone to get out and vote.

Just kidding, figured I’d throw that in there. I’ve already voted! I went to our nearest branch and stood in line for about 15 minutes. When I came out, there was no line. That figures. But I am happy I have done my part and now I am just waiting for the results. Is anyone else doing early voting?

Is anyone else tired of the “Florida 2000 Election” jokes? Come on people, it’s been 4 years. Let it go.

Delaney Park

I recently moved from Ocoee to downtown — Delaney Park area. And I have to confess that I love it! I knew I enjoyed the downtown area, but I didn’t realize until a few years ago how revitalized it has become in the last decade or so.
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Baseball with the tourists

Who’d have thought the Sox could have, for the first time in MLB history, force a game 7 after being down 3 games to none? So tonight it’s winner-take-all and I really don’t care. I’m not a baseball fan in the least, but I told a couple friends I’d meet them down at ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk last night to watch the game. With a good environment of fans cheering maybe I could just get into it. Turns out I was bored to tears. Plus, there was a convention on WDW property that day 10,000 guests strong. It would be safe to say we were the only locals in the place. Not that the tourists weren’t into it, because they were. Maybe I’ll come back if the NHL ever plays again.

I watched the Lightning win the cup in several local places including Damon’s, Friday’s Front Row, Orlando Ale House and Frogger’s, and I must say Ale House had the best environment. Anyway, so I can go to Ale House for next year’s MLB playoffs, read on for what needs to be done for me to enjoy baseball.
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Vote Smart!

One of the things that annoys the hell out of me in Florida is its constitutional amendment process. In my not-so-humble opinion, the constitution is supposed to be a framework for government, not a detailed laundry list of specific issues. As I wrote in 2002, why do we continue to allow special interest groups to scrape up (or buy) enough petition signatures to be able to ram a bazillion amendments to the constitution onto our ballots? Especially when the first time most people have even seen them is when they open up their War&Peace-like ballots on election day!

At least this time, you can try and be informed about what you’re voting on by going to VoteSmartFlorida.org and checking out their voter guide. They list each of the proposed amendments, along with who is for it and who is against it and why. Then, in plain, non-partisan language, they tell you what happens if you vote “yes” and what happens if you vote “no.”

Kerry in Orlando…again.

Why didn’t someone tell me that John Kerry was in Orlando tonight at Barnett Park? I totally would have gone. Sure he’s not the most ideal choice, but he couldn’t be any worse than Mr. Bush. For those of you that think Kerry is a horrible, traitorious monster that hates America, please try and watch Going Upriver with an open mind. This guy has a good heart, and despite some political faux paus I believe that he wants to improve America more than the other guy. For a free online copy go here.

And, if you are voting for the other guy then God bless ya’, at least you are getting involved.

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