Archive for January, 2005

New Beginings…

A new year has come and well, is anyone sick of looking at the pink/purple spiked ball in our banner?? There had been talk about getting a few pictures together of Lake Eola and we could vote/comment on them in order to choose which one we all liked. Just thought I might throw this out there. See if we might get the ball rolling… it’s just a suggestion! :0)

Dramatic Irony…

Preacher Dies During Sermon About Heaven

A Presbyterian minister collapsed and died in mid-sentence of a sermon after saying “And when I go to heaven …,” his colleague said Monday.

The Rev. Jack Arnold, 69, was nearing the end of his sermon Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in this Orlando suburb when he grabbed the podium before falling to the floor, said the Rev. Michael S. Beates, associate pastor at Covenant Presbyterian.

Before collapsing, Arnold quoted the 18th century Bible scholar, John Wesley, who said, “Until my work on this earth is done, I am immortal. But when my work for Christ is done … I go to be with Jesus,” Beates said in a telephone interview.

Several members of the congregation with medical backgrounds tried to revive the minister and paramedics were called, but Arnold appeared to die instantly, Beates said.

Arnold had been the senior minister at the church until the late 1990s when he began traveling to Africa and the Middle East to teach pastors. The cause of death was believed to be cardiac arrest. He had bypass surgery five years earlier.

Beates also recounted Arnold’s death in an e-mail he sent to members of the Central Florida Presbytery.

“We were stunned,” Beates said. “It was traumatic, but how wonderful it was he died in his own church among the people he loved the most.”


Ok while this isn’t funny or anything it is a little odd and ironic don’t you think? Someone upstairs must have been playing a round of ‘Can you top this?’

Any takers?…

I think I’d like to try and start an Orlando chapter of Drinking Liberally, for all you kids out there that like to talk shop about things going on in the world.

What is Drinking Liberally?
(From the Site)
An informal, inclusive weekly Democratic drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics.

Bars are democratic spaces – you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space – build Democracy one drink at a time.

Anyone interested in perhaps trying to do this?  Suggestions for locations, time, and/or day of week?

Just a thought.


Not Again!

I woke up yesterday to the news that there was ANOTHER sinkhole here in Volusia County. Technically it’s in Orange City (the first was in Deltona) but it’s only four miles from the first one.

It’s pretty scary because these things just happen with no warning and all your wordly possessions are gone! I really am glad everyone got out ok though.

I’ll take thing-a-ma-bob’s for $500 Alex…

Mysterious 4,000-Pound Buoy Washes Up On Cocoa Beach

A 4,000-pound buoy has washed ashore in Cocoa Beach and no one seems to know exactly where it came from.

The 20-foot long green cylinder was first spotted bobbing just off shore, but is now resting on the sand near 24th Street.

The National Weather Service says it’s not one of its devices used to measure waves and gather other information.

The Coast Guard says it could be a navigational buoy, but it isn’t missing any either.

Florida Today

Now I know this isn’t Orlando related but it’s Florida so I thought I’d give it a mention. What could this mysterious buoy be? A spacecraft? A piece of a sunken ship washed ashore? Or perhaps something the government doesn’t want you to know about, thus the denial. Oooh, mysteries abound. Or it could be just good ol’ sea-junk, it happens.

Via BoingBoing and Fark.

Whorring for the man…

On Sunday, January 16th Food Network’s Alton Brown will be at the Barnes & Noble on Colonial signing his various books. I think he is also scheduled to give a little lecture or something, so if you are interested in that I’d suggest getting there early. He is scheduled for 4:30PM, so figure it out if you are a super-fan and must be the first one to get something signed or else you will just die.

Whether you are a fan or just someone that wants to see if the “taller on TV” rumor is true, come and check it out. Perhaps you can score some free swag if he happens to be bringing something by.

That’s one way to do it…

Lotto winner delays $60 million jackpot for divorce

Before Robert G. Swofford Jr. could come forward and claim his $60 million Lotto prize, he had to take care of some unfinished business: his divorce.

The 53-year-old Seminole County postal worker is expected to claim a $34.7.million lump-sum payout today in Tallahassee, ending weeks of mystery about who had the winning numbers – 7, 8, 28, 29, 31, 33 – in the Nov. 24 drawing.

Swofford and his wife separated three years ago. But two weeks after the winning numbers were announced, Ann Swofford served him with divorce papers and claimed a share of the prize.

Just before Christmas, the Swoffords and their lawyers hammered out an agreement. According to court documents, Swofford will pay the taxes, his wife will get $5.25 million and $1 million will be set aside to support their 11-year-old son. In return, she agreed not to seek any more of Swofford’s winnings.

(Full Story)

At least the guy sort of deserves and will probably use it wisely. What a bitch though, he shouldn’t have given her shit and just left a trust for his son.

Orlando cocks, and I’m not talking about Tabu patrons…

Orange County Authorities Raid Cockfighting Ring

Authorities in Orange County raided a cockfighting ring yesterday, confiscating several thousand dollars in cash.

Orange County sheriff’s officials say an anonymous tip led them to the east Orange County site. About 50 people were at the fight.
Investigators say they plan to charge at least five people.

Deputies say they found about 60 chickens. Twenty to 30 were healthy, but the others were dead or injured.

Anyone participating in a cockfight or even attending one could face a felony charge.


Damn it! And I just finished training my rooster Leopold to be a champion. I guess now I have no choice but to eat him. Who wants some rooster soup?

Excellent service, just not my cup of coffee

I’m one to start my day with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee -sometimes even taking pleasure in grinding whole bean- which when at home, is all up to me. Therefore, it’s not surprising that when on vacation, my day must begin with the perfect cup o’java as well.

starbucks.gifFirst on my list this past Tuesday morning was to get that cup of coffee, and so, the hunt was on for the closest Starbucks location. However, as fate would have it, out of a group of 11, I was the only one craving a java fix. My morning indulgence had suddenly been dropped to third or fourth place in terms of group priority (or so I thought). We had all awoken late, and enjoyed brunch at 10:45AM, then headed out to start our day.

Our group heads on to Celebration, FL, and first stop is to check out Real Estate. Personally, I’m not shopping for a new home, but my brother-in-law would love to make some property investments here in Orlando, and so our direction shifts toward houses with signs stating “Home Available”. The hunt for the perfect home is on. We take down numbers, call several real estate agents, make a few international calls, and speak to the agents some more. How many rooms, what’s the square footage, how about the living area, tell me about the amenities, etc. Happy with several opportunities, my brother-in-law walks into the his agency of choice, to further talk details. My middle-man job is done, and I’m pleased with having helped with what little real estate knowledge I retained from my studies. Celebration is definitely a great investment if you have the means, it’s definitely all about “location, location, location”, and the beauty and comforts that this small city provides.

My new coffee shop…

I just had lunch at The Coffee House of Thorton Park and it was quite pleasant. It’s a little place that is a nice alternative to the corporate owned Starbuck’s up the street, plus the food is pretty good. I got a veggie foccacia, soup, and a spiced chai tea. Check it out if you are downtown and looking for a place to have lunch.

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