I love stories of people pursuing unusual goals, and what drives them. I've written about retirees attending Santa Claus School, competitors at the World Sign Spinning Championships and an optician rebuilding old Chuck E. Cheese robots in his bedroom. I'm seeking local culture stories, from tracing the global path plastic beads take to Tampa's Gasparilla festival, to pondering mysterious butt graffiti in downtown St. Pete. I previously worked for the Tampa Tribune and Ocala Star-Banner. I'm a rare, native-born Floridian. Florida isn't "weird," it's just more interesting.