Going local is getting predictable, right?
Eating local, shopping local, growing local veggies on the local deck of your local co-op. We've all been there, seen that, sipped local beer flavored by the sweat of local mustaches.
This isn't to say we should return to big-box stores and chain restaurants out of boredom. Going local is cool, but it's time to push ourselves to new local limits.
That's where Halloween comes in.
In that spirit, let's adorn ourselves locally. Forget Donald Trump (you don't want the same costume as six other guys at the party, anyway). This year is about costumes that will cause your Uncle Ralphie in Poughkeepsie to leave a baffled message on your Facebook photo because he doesn't get the reference. This year's costume is all Tampa Bay.
With input from the Times' Lydia Harvey, Ellen E. Clarke and Katie Sanders, we came up with a few ideas. (Check back next week for more broad-based pop culture costume ideas from Lydia in the Shopping Planner.)
Half a pier
Oh, dearly departed inverted pyramid. After a lengthy public battle, we've watched it come down piece by piece in St. Petersburg. Make the deconstructed building bits from pool noodles and PVC pipe. Hit the toy aisle for some mini cranes and construction workers to glue on your poor pier body.
A stalled South Tampa car
OCTAVIO JONES | Times
After the epic rainfall this summer, cars were in the drink left and right. Get really ambitious and make your car out of an old refrigerator box, construction paper waves crawling up the sides. Or, be more evocative. Wear the logo of your choice automobile and walk around with wet hair, frowning.
MONICA HERNDON | Times
Rooster & the Till. Fodder & Shine. Brick & Mortar. Birch & Vine. You're no one unless your restaurant or business has an ampersand in the middle. Consult hipsterbusiness.name for more ideas.
And then there were three
Remember the viral story in which a Tampa woman claimed to have had a third breast implanted? Then remember how it got real weird when her bag was stolen at Tampa International Airport and police found a "3 breast prosthesis" inside? We'll just leave this suggestion right here for you.