12/12/13 Blog1. The part where the Williston police chief said, "Are y'all kidding me? I've responded to deer, bear and snake calls, but never a monkey call."2. The part where Brian Tucker, a blacksmith in Levy County, said, "It looked like someone with long arms, down on its knees, pulling weeds at the fence line."12/12/13 Blog
Good morning. It's Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. An athetist attention-seeking South Florida blogger erected a Festivus pole made of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon inside the state Capitol. Relax. Pretending to cough and sneeze: not a good disguise while robbing a bank. Somebody's slashing pouches of pelicans in the Keys. Officers in Niceville were summoned to the Magic Kastle Coin Laundry parking lot to quell a disturbance. Kenny caught the monkey from Marion County! Don't do drugs....
Surely I'm not the only person who spent a good bit of time this morning looking at this picture in the paper12/11/13 Blog
This beauty from the great Edmund D. Fountain ran with a story by Jodie Tillman about a troubled sea turtle named Freud. Again and as always: Sea turtles!...12/11/13 Blog
Pittman, one of the foremost Sunshine State experts employed by the Southeast's best and biggest newspaper, noted the BroBible listicle headlined The 25 Craziest Things That Happened in Florida in 2013. He also called attention to some of its insufficiencies. For instance: the time a Deltona Water customer tried to pay a bill with cocaine, the time the inventor of Whac-A-Mole blew up a warehouse in Orlando, the time the feds charged a man who cannonballed onto the back of a manatee in a Cocoa Beach canal and the time a man got stuck in the chimney of the Naples home he was attempting to burgle. Said his accomplice, "Dude, you're not Santa Claus."...12/11/13 Blog
That's what Jenny Rogers, assistant managing editor of the Washington City Paper, called it on Twitter. The Times' Craig Pittman retweeted it, which is how I saw it. Matt Dunn took the picture. Pretty Florida....
Why I'm going to write an actual letter on actual paper and put it in the actual mail down to Boca Raton12/10/13 Blog
NPR's assurance to Go Ahead And Mail Your Boring Holiday Cards -- I've come to enjoy writing and sending letters on their own merit, Alan Greenblatt wrote -- made me think of something I read in the current Saturday Evening Post:...12/10/13 Blog
2. Kill a gator.
3. Chase a burglar....
How the Times' Stephanie Hayes went to a Justin Bieber concert and came away with a story about authentic connection and a man named Rusty Peacock12/10/13 Blog
TAMPA — The fans charged like wildebeests with flat-ironed hair, and they screamed, literally, at nothing. They chewed chicken nuggets and swilled soda through gum-clung braces and crumpled paper towels in volcanic masses in bathrooms. When they could finally take their seats to see Justin Bieber perform, a cloud of glitter revealed their left-behinds....12/10/13 Blog
From January: "Today at All Children's we had a really exciting opportunity to meet any child's hero, Spider-Man, climbing up the sides of the building, surprising chidren and making their day." The photo. More....12/10/13 Blog
Good morning. It's Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Teacher Debra Lafave, with blond hair and blue eyes, had sex with a 14-year-old student and got no years in prison; Ethel Anderson, with neither, performed oral sex on a 12-year-old student and got 38 years in prison. A man played Christmas music on a flute outside a Pinellas Park shopping center to raise money for his sick friend and police cited him for panhandling. USF's furry Rocky has bulging biceps but just one face. Who punches a baby? Need a marble basketball court built by a college dropout turned shady peddler of gold? Don't do drugs....12/09/13 Blog
A bear in an area some 20 minutes from downtown Orlando where bears are known to be earlier this month attacked a woman walking her dog. State wildlife officials began looking for the bear where the mauling occured, a subdivision called Wingfield North, 115 custom homes secured by a 24-hour guarded gate entrance. They figured the bear probably went back into the nearby woods. Eventually, though, the wildlife officials caught a bear that may or may not have been the bear that attacked the woman walking her dog, and they killed it. They then caught a second bear that may or may not have been the bear that attacked the woman walking her dog, and they killed that bear, too. Bears, the Orlando Sentinel points out, are Florida's largest native land mammals. All of this made me think of Jon Mooallem's recently published book, Wild Ones, especially the section helpfully labeled Bears, in which he writes the following:...12/09/13 Blog
I favorited this picture when I saw it in Robert Neff's Twitter feed. Something about the nice light and also of course the old man, the way he's standing, and the smokestacks, too, across the bay. Live here long enough and Florida becomes not just a postcard but a place and then not just a place but an adjective. This scene? It's pretty Florida....
The surprising tale of friendly Outside Bunny of Tampa's Old Seminole Heights, and how she lived, really lived12/09/13 Blog
A 600-or-so-word Ben Montgomery gem from the archives that ran two years ago today on 1A:
About a year ago, a little brown bunny moved into a green bungalow on W Lambright Street in Old Seminole Heights, down by the Hillsborough River. She stayed inside at first, safe from growling dogs and taunting raccoons and the 8-foot gators the river deposits on its banks....12/09/13 Blog
Just passing this along.