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Line-Up Announced for Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2009

It’s that time of year when Universal breaks out the party floats on weekends to celebrate Mardi Gras Florida style and this year features a well-rounded line-up of musical guests.

Here’s the rundown of the concerts, which fall on Saturday nights, unless otherwise indicated:

Feb 07 – KC & the Sunshine Band
Feb 14 – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Feb 15 – Village People (Sun)
Feb 21 – Ne-Yo
Feb 28 – Pat Benatar ft. Neil Giraldo
Mar 07 – Barenaked Ladies
Mar 14 – Montgomery Gentry
Mar 21 – Collective Soul
Mar 27 – Boys Like Girls (Fri)
Mar 28 – Kelly Clarkson
Apr 04 – MC Hammer
Apr 11 – Trace Adkins
Apr 18 – Nelly

Admission to Mardi Gras is included with any regular Universal Orlando valid ticket or annual pass. There is also the option of a special Mardi Gras ticket that gives the holder admission to Universal Studios after 5pm, plus admission to select CityWalk clubs after the concert.

Visit Universal’s Mardi Gras page for all the info on tickets.

Gubment Make Website Good!

Maybe it’s just one of those “let’s knock the man” kind of days but I was kicking around the OC Clerk of Court site to find info about traffic ticketing and came across this gem that I will have to systematically tear to pieces:

Everything is off to a great start! Smiling face of Lydia Gardner assuring you that “paying your traffic ticket is FAST and EASY!” Super, if there is one thing the internet is good at, it’s making things that usually require standing in line for, much more fast and easy! Super! But wait, there’s more! Just a few things you need to know before you get started, probably things that help you to make things even more FAST and EASY, I’m sure!

Great, we can use the system to do several things, excellent! Gotta have my citation number ready, sure thing! And they accept Visa and Mastercard, no Discover, though… hmm, well that happens. It’s handled through Link2Gov, um, okay… not sure who that is or if I should know… wait… what? Service fee of $3.99?!? Well that’s usual, I mean everytime I shop online they charge me even more than usual… oh, wait… that’s backwards, it’s usually cheaper to shop online… the whole less overhead thing…. Maybe I should send Lydia some info about Google Payments or PayPal or something. Apparently Link2Gov is so grossly expensive in their transaction fees that the city has to try and recoup that by passing off $4 to us! Seeing as how this fee does not appear at the windows, it’s not related to actual credit card processing, but purely from taking the order via the internet. Good job choosing an online payment service Lydia!

Okay, well, maybe Link2Gov’s premium cost is due to their superior service, I mean I’m sure I can securely and quickly make online paymnts with it… between the hours of 2am… and 10pm… WTF?!?! I’m sorry, does someone have to wind the computer back up from 10-2 in the middle of the night? Maybe the hamster in the wheel gets tired, needs a little sip from that plastic water bottle with the metal straw hanging out the bottom. Maybe Lydia is superstitious and doesn’t trust the internet’s series of tubes to handle credit cards during the “witching hours”.

So, maybe I’m thinking the system has downtime so that the day’s citiation can be put into the system. That might make sense, given that the database servers are running from Microsoft Access off of Ms. Gardner’s desktop. But if that downtime helps us to get to pay our tickets as quickly as good citizens should, it’s worth the sacrifice! What’s this… may take 15 days for your citation to appear… you mean the citations that we have to pay within 30 days or you issue a bench warrant? That’s kinda, I don’t know, incompetent.

And the final cherry on top of this primo example of government ineptitude? “Select Pay a Ticket at left to Continue”! Um… why not just make the word “Pay a Ticket” a link? I promise it won’t make the left side nav jealous.

And in the words of Columbo… oh, just one more thing… Why would I call the number at the bottom for information in English… if the page of information you just provided was… in English?

Make sure you get a big raise Lydia, and have the deputies deliver it to you in their tights and tutus.

Orange County Deputies Dress Like Silly Pansies

Hey Look at Me! I'm a Dofus!You keep doing it, and I’ll keep saying it. Dressing officers of the law in silly costumes while they pull over citizens during commuter hours only illustrates the point that you are spending more creative thought and effort in targeting people who actually have jobs and contribute to society than you are the murders and thugs that have driven our crime rates to the point that we are rated consistently one of the most dangerous cities in the damned country. If you’re going to be a joke of a police force, well, I guess you better dress the part then, don’t you? Bunch of keystone coppers on our our hands, I swear.

Ch-ch-chaaanges!

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Enjoy!

Only 2.5 Hours.

So why didn’t anyone tell me the Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum is only two and a half hours away, in Jupiter, FL?!?!?!

If I’d known that, I would not have built my own in my backyard.

Bye bye

See you again next year… time to return to Vienna.

As a last picture… this warning sign…and the little fleeing pictographic man has a certain groove in is jump…

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(Spotted at a Walmart.)

A bumper sticker that rocks

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Location: Mall at Millennia, parking lot

“Ears up where I can see them!”

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It’s hard for me to embrace the idea of Detective Stabler riding Dumbo at the Magic Kingdom.

Out From Behind the Desks

Seen this morning at the News Channel 13 website:

Orlando Police announce a new crackdown on crime Monday. This time, the target is five areas known for trouble.

Operation: All Hands on Deck will focus on Parramore, Mercy Drive, Kirkman Road, Washington Shores, Rosemont, and a part of Semoran Boulevard near S.R. 408.

For the next 30 days, 88 officers who normally sit behind a desk or in an office will spend their days out patrolling the high crime zones.

On behalf of the citizens of Orlando, thank you! Godspeed and go get ’em!

It’s About Time!

WFTV, Channel 9 here in Orlando, just broke the story that “Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum is under a state investigation for abusing her power.” because of her actions last June when her son was pulled over for driving with a broken headlight. Both Juan Lynum and his mother attempted to turn attention away from her actions (calling the police chief at home at 3am in the morning because her son was crying on his cell phone to mommy about being stopped) by claiming that the traffic stop was “racial profiling”.

Now the State Ethics Commission is investigating her actions.

It’s about time.

Now if someone would just investigate her for the arrogant attitude she displays whenever anyone calls her judgment into question, it would be a slam-dunk decision.

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