Florida Living

I live in Florida, the “Freak-Show State”. Here are some of my observations.

My Letters to Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite

For RSS Readers: Yes, this is a political post. My blog, my POV, generally uncensored (although I keep it pretty clean). Sorry if you don’t like. I rarely, if ever mix politics with anything else, but this was important. If you ARE interested in more articles like this one, please see ReformHealthCare.US, which I also run.

Recently I wrote my local House representative, Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) about health care. With all the news going on about it, I really wanted to make sure she knew what my wishes were. Maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be the only one and she could be persuaded to support a plan which brought about universal coverage without giving the health insurance industry a big wet kiss and a present. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - September 25, 2009 at 12:34 am

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A Brown Year

August. September. October. November. December. Everything I remember about 1989 took place during these months. As for what happened before then I really don’t remember, so I couldn’t tell you. In any case, it is unimportant to our story, except to say that it wasn’t brown. I was, however, coming out of a dark age, which is a strange thing to say, considering I was nine years old at the time. But after years defined by light and dark, finally the world began to be defined by color. One color.

Brown. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - November 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

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So Wait… USF is Ranked WHAT?!

First, a warning: This article isn’t about writing, or finances, or personal development, so if you’re here only to read that kind of article, you can skip this. This article’s about college football, and trying to figure out what the hell is going on this year. In short, I’m starting to wonder about the increasingly real possibility that the University of South Florida may be en route to a national championship. And that just freaks me out (in a good way). Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - October 7, 2007 at 8:17 am

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I Found A Writers’ Group Near Fort Lauderdale!

And it’s right next to my house (almost)!

Last Thursday I attended my first ever writer’s group meeting. I had been looking for one for a while, figuring that to be the next logical step towards developing a career as a fiction writer (short stories, novels, and maybe even movie scripts, if I ever get to be as popular as, say, Neil Gaiman). I’ve done more than enough writing alone, and it’s about time I shared some of my stuff with others. Of course, I intended to do this in a manner which would allow me to sell some of the works to print publications. (Those I don’t sell will, of course, make their way to the Web, either here or somewhere else.)

The writing group was… not at all what I expected. Where I had though I’d find a well structured, classroom-like environment I instead found a group of people gathered around a table in a coffee house, talking about writing related stuff.

I loved it. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - September 24, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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A Land Not Soon Forgotten

Just a heads up, I’ve just published an article for a British site, Calling America, titled A Land Not Soon Forgotten. (The title was a play on the title of the book Land Remembered, which traces the story of the fictional MacIvey family of Florida from 1858 to 1968.) Here’s their synopsis of the story:

A story about a young Puerto Rican boy growing up in the city of Tampa and overcoming cultural differences.

And here’s a clip: Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - September 19, 2007 at 8:34 am

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My Monsters

“OK,” he said. He put another blank sheet of paper on top of the small folding table in front of me, sat back, and crossed his legs. “Now draw a monster.” Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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Dell: No Accidental Damage Coverage in Florida

The Wife and I are in the process of looking for a new laptop. Our old Inspiron 8000 (20GB HD, 600MHz, 192MB SDRAM, 14″ screen) just isn’t up to the task of running today’s memory hogging, processor intensive, hard drive chugging applications, like Firefox and WinAmp. (Attention Mozilla Foundation: Please fix that damned Firefox memory leak. Browsers shouldn’t need 300+ MB of RAM.) Worse yet, we need it in order to run Windows for some of what The Wife does at her job, and up to now, only one Windows OS has successfully run on that thing for more than two months: Windows ME. (The “ME”, as you may know, stands for Moron Edition, which is apt, considering that anyone who actually chose that over either 2000 or 98 can indeed be classified as a moron. By the way, no, I didn’t have a choice for my OS on this one.) Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - January 16, 2007 at 9:35 am

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A Father’s Shadow

Twice have I gone to the theater to see the new film The Pursuit of Happyness and twice have I failed to get tickets. It’s the strangest phenomenon. The shows would be available while we are there on line, but would be sold out while we are just a few people away from acquiring our tickets. It wouldn’t just be the timing we wanted to see but also any showing within a reasonable time to wait for it.

If you haven’t heard about the movie, it seems to be doing rather well. I am not too familiar with the storyline, but I believe it is about a man and his son who are overcoming life’s obstacles after having suffered some kind of loss. I really can’t get any more specific (or generic) than that.

Now since I haven’t seen that movie, I can’t write about the impression the father made upon the son in his ability to always look ahead and set an example for the young one to follow. Instead I shall talk about the movie I did see when this one became unavailable the first time: Rocky Balboa. Read more…

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Posted by Junior - December 30, 2006 at 9:04 pm

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Time to Think

Have you ever been so completely disoriented in life that it caused your mind to feel like it was imploding? What happened to enjoying a childlike innocence on your perspective of life as you naively walked through a valley of flowers and candy canes? I suppose everyone has to grow up eventually and hit the milestone in life known as the mental breakdown, I just didn’t think it would happen to me at the ripe young age of twenty. Read more…

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Posted by Junior - December 29, 2006 at 1:07 pm

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

That’s right everyone. It’s the season tons of kids around the U.S. have been anticipating. All across the nation children are bursting with emotion as the ever memorable days approach. You guessed it! It’s crunch time to get your college applications in to your desired university! Read more…

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Posted by Junior - December 26, 2006 at 2:07 pm

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