Like most national retailers, immediately following Halloween is Christmas. Nothing is different in sunny Florida and while we aren’t experiencing the cooler temperatures that Mother Nature provides to get us in the holiday spirit, she gave us something else to remind us that it’s almost winter. Florida snow. No, not the individual ice crystals that grow while suspended in the atmosphere. This is the weed variety.
There might be something equally iconic and common stance to Floridians as the mouse ears - the Publix scale, or people weigher as they call it. These lollipop-looking scales have been around since the late 1930s when the first Publix stores opened. George Jenkins, the founder of Publix, thought having free scales in the store would be a great addition for customers. Apparently most scales during that time required a fee and they weren’t common household items just yet.
Florida is known for it’s plethora of dangerous animals; alligators, bears, sharks, snakes, and spiders. The Io (eye-oh) caterpillar needs to be added to this list. While not deadly, the sting of this caterpillar is unpleasant and there’s probably one located within 100 yards of your current location.
As many know, we’ve partnered with Adventure HQ to hold monthly climbing nights. As part of Villon night, if you wear Villon you can purchase a bouldering pass plus a shoe rental for $10. For those who haven’t participated, below are a few things that might be helpful to know before venturing out and joining us.
I pass by the Satellite Beach Police Department frequently visiting family who live in Michigan Beach. During one of those trips last week I noticed the name of the building, Hartmann Flagg, and wondered how I had been a beachside resident for 28 years and did not know who Hartmann Flagg was. Curiosity getting the best of me here’s what I discovered.
Is it me or has the hype around weather forecasts and predictions become excessive? It seems like we can no longer get simple weather reports. Instead of delivering the probable outcome of an area experiencing a tornado, heavy rain, flooding or hail, now we have to get through the live storm tracks and be warned incessantly about potentially severe and devastating weather threats for normal events.
The U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) has gotten a lot of attention recently in part because of the controversial celebrating in their 13-0 win over Thailand, their back-to-back World Cup championships, and Twitter bouts with President Trump, but the thing we're still discussing is their on going lawsuit with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) for equal pay.
The Iowa State Fair is a dichotomy, bringing together aspiring American Presidents with your common consumers of fried food on stick and butter sculpture enthusiasts. It’s a place where political aspirations can rise and fall, which makes it an event worthy of your attention.
Flamingos, silly pink birds with long legs and a curved neck. We’ve all seen them, whether at the zoo or the plastic variety in our neighbor’s front yard. They’ve been pictured on countless postcards of tropical locations, but how much do we know about this pink bird and why might one go against their seemingly goofy nature and tout them as being nature’s badass?
Ryan Buynak hates bios. We sat down with him to discuss his latest book and this is what happened.