“Now Mark, you promise to take care of that key? Yes, Mayor Iorio”
Today, Destructo HQ (Mr. D and Myself) were honored to be invited by comedian Mark Malkoff to attend his awarding of the Key to the City of Tampa by Mayor Pam Iorio. Last time Tampa saw Mark, he was aboard an Airtran airplane for a month, now he’s got a new gig driving around in a Ford Fusion Hybrid to collect 100 city keys in 28 days for his “Keys to the City” project.
That’s not humidity, it’s snowman tears….
Fall is my favorite season, it’s those early autumn mornings with a cool breeze and a cup of coffee that really give a magical quality to every day. However, Florida always seems to be the last kid on the bus when it comes to Fall. This year it seems “the sunshine state” has not only missed the bus but tried unsuccessfully to hitch a ride. Being we had last week a few humidity free and cool mornings that was only cruel tease, as now most of us sit outside drinking our pumpkin spice lattes in 90 degree weather. I can fondly remember a Christmas a few years ago that was 88 degrees outside, while I do not miss the cold of up north a little cool weather is not only inspiring but nostalgic.
Here’s a few ways to beat the heat and get into the autumn spirit.
- Pumpkin Spice Reed Diffusers work great for giving your house that “I want to eat the air” smell.
- Cpt. Spauldad has decorated his whole room up like a haunted house, extreme but the effect of decorating works!
- Start wearing a spicy fragrance, my favorite fall perfume is BPAL’s Snake Oil.
- At night, crank the a/c… get out your fuzziest blanket and watch movies like “Serendipity” or “Love Actually”
- Or, if Halloween is more your thing, visit Spooky Empire Horror Con this weekend in Orlando!
solve the mysteries
rule with your heart
make a change and evolve
because a second chance
will never never come
-Vasi Vallis (Frozen Plasma
I realized something powerful sitting in the closet last Thursday, okay crazy lady what were you doing pondering life IN the closet? Well, as far as I know it was the hand of God reaching down to give me a good shake as the sky grew dark and the dog started act crazier than Richard Simmons in a Burger King. A few minutes later, a huge gust of wind (75 MPH) that lasted for about 10 minutes swept past leaving us all without power and being from Florida, I knew this could possibly be fun funnel cloud action. I grabbed the pooch and hit the closet, then I realized the power of nature not only of nature itself but the time we have in it, are we really in control of what happens or just what we do with the time in those moments? It’s quite amazing how much things can change in just a few minutes.
Oh, it gets more disturbing…
(Look at all the rest of my photos so far
from the Florida trip)
“I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.”- David Byrne (True Stories)
Florida is the place I lived in for 23 years, being away for it for just three months I have forgotten how odd it really is here. In the last few days I have seen the following, the rest I have deleted from my brain.
There is that certain point in your life where you become homeless, even if you have a roof over your head your sense of home becomes a land of confusion. For all of us there’s a point of transition that for some of us continues on for years or lifetimes. I used to know where everything was, my life had order and my clothes were hung up neatly in my closet. Living out of suitcases and boxes for three years now, I used to be between Tampa and New Port Richey every weekend packing up my bags every weekend from what used to be my childhood home.
Then it was off to college, back and forth between different dorm rooms every semester and then back home again. I guess I paid $30,000 to learn how to pack a room. Then came the traveling in between, to New York City and Europe every time I turned around I was packing up and unloading another suitcase. Sometimes my suitcases sat half unpacked for months as life swirled up upon me. When you travel you really find out that you can survive with much less than all you own, I remember coming home from Germany for a month and cleaning out half of my closet knowing I didn’t need ALL of that stuff.
It seems that even still today, even after three months in Greenville. I still don’t have an address and many of my things are still in sealed bags and boxes. I feel that I will be staying in Greenville as long as possible, it should feel like home… I love it here in my foothill home among the mountains. Yet there is still that tinge of sorrow for places once been, I still miss the warmth of the fireplace during the winter time, summer nights dancing at The Castle, the rainy nights upon streets of Leipzig. A world citizen, belonging to where ever I create memories. My suitcases will always be packed in my head, full of times long past. People that are missed beyond words, the ones I haven’t met yet.
You have that song stuck in your head yet?
That little ditty is a good example of what being on the social networking site Twitter is like… a repetitious, addictive, short phrased wonder that can either bring total joy or be an utter annoyance.
Something that is certain that Twitter is here and isn’t flying away anytime soon, over the weekend I overheard at least ten conversations out in public that were about Twitter. Surprisingly they weren’t in 140 characters or less, as some of us Twitter folk have found ourselves doing in real life conversation. It has become more than a trendy, new site but a new way to communicate. Seems like the bird IS the word these days.
If you are going to network you might as well do it in your underwear.(Thanks to @Nullvariable for repeating this on “Why Twitter Is Great For Networking?” during his Greenville Social Media Club presentation on “Twitter in Twelve Minutes“)
Not only has it changed my life, but has allowed me to meet people I may have not been able to even if I spent all day in meetings or social events.
It’s better than a mirror. if I ever need a question answered,I usually just ask my twitter friends and someone will have an answer. This works great for food recommendations, job tips, music, you name it someone will have an opinion. I have even seen people post Twitpics from dressing rooms when they can’t decide what to buy.
I tend to use Twitter Search more than Google nowadays, why? Well, if I am looking up information on a topic I can usually find tons of personal reviews or information on it immediately. For example I recently wanted information on the Flip Mino and found tons of people on Twitter search that recommended the Kodak ZI6 instead.
Tired of Internet based job searches going nowhere? Find Yourself a Job Through Twitter!
It’s a big world out there, sometimes you can feel yourself being caught up in everyday life that you don’t really realize that there is so much more waiting for you in another place. It’s mighty scary to take that leap into the big unknown. But once you do it you may just find your place in the sun.
Thanks to TimTV for this very inspiring post. Another blue haired gift to Greenville, he also just moved from Michigan starting a new life here and founding The Greenville Gaff Contingent and Inner Cirkus.