April 2013

A Sure Sign I’m in the Tampa Bay Area…

by Joey deVilla on April 29, 2013

food fuel fried chicken

Photo by Yours Truly, taken March 2013.

…is seeing the multi-purpose institution known (and loved) by locals as Florida Food, Fuel and Fried Chicken. The photo above is mine; the photo below was taken by a Flickr user going by the handle “xvm”:

florida food fuel and fried chicken 2

Photo by “xvm”, taken October 2011.
Click to see the original.

It’s actually a BP station. It looks as though the proprietor decided that the BP name was mud in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and decided to rebrand. I think it’s a pretty good idea: the vinyl overlay was probably the most cost-effective way to redo the sign, the name is certainly memorable, and the use of Impact (“the official font of memes everywhere”) gives the sign a sort of home-spun feel. And hey, fried chicken!

If you ever find yourself in need of gas, chicken (according to this review, they even have chicken gizzards and livers), locally-grown produce and electronic cigarettes, this place has you covered. Here’s a handy map in case you want to head on down:

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An Effective Reminder to Wash Your Hands

by Joey deVilla on April 28, 2013

wash your hands

Of course, there are times when you want the scenario in the bottom picture. Say, on a Saturday tryst.

Found via Tom Bailey via Karen Lee.


Getting Ready to Board My Flight…

by Joey deVilla on April 27, 2013

carry on restrictions

…and I am observing all baggage restrictions, having left my chainsaw at home.


A Lovely Way to Spend Saturday

by Joey deVilla on April 27, 2013

single guy diary



Joey deVilla

I got my hair cut this afternoon, and they did a nice job. There was something odd, though.

When the stylist was finished with my hair, she took a look at me and asked “I’d like to trim your eyebrows. Would you like me to trim your eyebrows?”

My reply: “No way! I’m going for the ‘Asian Scorsese’ look!”

(Or maybe the Asian “Roger Sterling” look.)


The guy who shot this footage and provided the whiny, “I’m telling” voice-over reminds me of this H.L. Mencken definition:

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

To further drive home the point that he’s a dick, he shot a vertical video. Is there no end to this man’s faults?

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When Doors Aspire to Become Buddhist Koans

by Joey deVilla on April 24, 2013

not an entrance - not an exit

Photo found at AcidCow.com.

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